THEATER / 'The Holy Ghost'
8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, through Thursday, June 19, Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center
The Play Workshop Theatre is a local company devoted to the creation of new works. It has set an ambitious goal of workshopping 12 plays a year and producing two. This month the company presents a staged reading of a work by Reed College student Brigid Pierce. 'The Holy Ghost' is a musical retelling of the story of the Virgin Mary.
1819 N.W. Everett St., 503-274-6838, $3-$5
TASTING / 'Moroccan Tea Traditions'
7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, TeaZone
The TeaZone, a specialty tea shop, is sharing its expertise in a series of educational tea tastings. The first seminar delves into the mysteries of Morocco, including its famous tea tents and unique brewing methods.
510 N.W. 11th Ave., 503-221-2130, $5
STAGE / 'Wait Wait É Don't Tell Me!'
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
National Public Radio's goofy quiz show will record live in Portland. Hosted by playwright Peter Sagal and NPR newscaster Carl Kasell, the show asks contestants to sniff out fake news items, decipher limericks and banter about bizarre events. This episode will be tailored to include Oregon references. It will be broadcast nationwide the weekend of June 21. See www.npr.org for local air times.
1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-4335, $16-$32; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges
MUSIC / Michael Penn
9 p.m. Thursday, June 19, Dante's
Michael Penn has quietly carved out a name for himself as a poetic lyricist and affecting vocalist. His best-known hit remains 'No Myth' from his 1990 debut album, but Penn has released three more well-received albums, scored several films and produced a number of artists, including Liz Phair.
1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, $13.50-$15; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-4400), subject to service charges
Compiled by Tina Satter