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THEATER / 'The Gardener's Son'

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, CoHo Theater

Buck Skelton directs a staged reading of a play by Portland filmmaker Lawrence Johnson. Ted Roisum, Camille Cettina and Tom Moorman star in the comedic story of a young man's transformation from disaffected gardener to psychological experiment.

2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-294-1019, free

FOR KIDS / Digital Mystery Tour

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, and Thursday, July 31, Lloyd Center mall

Kids can get in on the investigation at Court TV's Mobile Investigation Unit, an interactive forensics lab. The traveling tour has children use hair and fiber samples, fingerprinting and footprint casts to solve the case of a missing laptop.

2201 Lloyd Center, free

MUSIC / Erin McKeown

8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, Aladdin Theatre

McKeown's unique voice anchors the songs on her new album, 'Grand.' The tunes range in style and sound. Sleater-Kinney-type backup shouts lend a lo-fi feel on one. Saxophone and trumpet on the next say old-school lounge. Her first record sold 30,000 copies, a highly respectable number for an indie label, and she's hitting the proving grounds of the European festivals. Catch her while you can.

3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $12; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges

ART / Last Thursday

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, starting at Northeast Alberta Street and 14th Avenue

Portlanders have been flocking to Northeast Alberta Street to take in art on warm summer evenings. Last Thursdays are the big night for artist receptions and free music on the strip. Brightly colored paintings by Eugenia Pardue are on display at Embellishment Studios, 5018 N.E. 22nd Ave., Suite E.

Starting at Northeast Alberta Street and 14th Avenue, free

Ñ Compiled by Tina Satter