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'Blue's Clues Live!'

When: 7 p.m. June 20; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. June 21; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 22

Where: Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St.

Cost: $17.50-$30.50, 503-248-4335; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-4400), subject to service charges

'Blue's Clues Live!' is a full-scale theatrical production aimed at children ages 1 to 6. The show is based on the hit Nickelodeon Jr. television series and features all of the characters kids are familiar with including the title character; a dog named Blue; and cohorts Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper, Paprika and Tickety, among others. The current show follows the adventures surrounding Blue's birthday party.

What they say

'Using puppets, elaborate costumes, colorful sets and a little stage magic, the animated characters come to vibrant life on stage in the form of several very energetic young performers. It has to be tough for these professional actors to be dancing around dressed as a bar of soap or an alarm clock, but you'd never guess it from their enthusiastic performances.

'Unlike many of the touring versions of popular kids shows, 'Blue's Clues Live!' bypasses the usual click-track approach featuring the well-known (taped) voices from the television series. Instead, this stage production takes the novel approach of letting the costumed actors provide their own vocal interpretations of the characters. While this might be disconcerting for some youngsters (who know these characters like the back of their own hands), it does add an energy to the proceedings that is usually lacking in one of those lip-synched shows.'

Ñ Gus Gordon, freelance arts reviewer

Chris Isaak

When: 8 p.m. June 20

Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway

Cost: $32.50-$47.50, 503-248-4335; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-4400), subject to service charges

After nearly three years off the road, pop troubadour Chris Isaak goes on tour to support his 2002 album, 'Always Got Tonight.'

What they say

'Chris Isaak's opening song was the rocking and rollicking version of 'Original American Boy,' one of the many tracks off his recent album that he played. His song list for his concert consisted of many favorites of almost every album, from 'San Francisco Days,' 'Forever Blue,' 'Speak of the Devil,' 'Heart Shaped World' and of course his most recent songs from 'Always Got Tonight.'

'Isaak's stage show consists of the performer, his band, and simple stage lighting used effectively to emanate the moods of the songs and the performer himself.'

Ñ Vibewire.net