The Short List
Vertigo Dance Company
White Bird presents the West Coast debut of the Israel dance group, with North American premieres of 'Mana, Vessel of Light' by choreographer Noa Wertheim.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-15, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.whitebird.org, $26-$64
'The Importance of Being Earnest'
North End Players opens it 42nd season with Oscar Wilde's famous play adapted with a quick-witted cast that delights the audience.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-15, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.Wednesday-Saturday, Oct. 19-22, Bert Mann Theatre, 7600 N. Hereford Ave., www.stjohnsnorthendplayers.com, $10
The comedy duo Jason and Randy, from 'Comedy Central' and 'Entourage' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' fame, hits Portland.
8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15, Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave., www.heliumcomedyclub.com, $15, $20 reserved
'New Now Wow!'
Northwest Dance Project presents new works by visiting choreographers, including Didy Veldman of The Netherlands, who's big in Europe. The others: Noam Gagnon of Canada and Pedro Dia of Portugal. The show contains partial nudity.
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.nwdanceproject.org, $25-$39
Blue Man Group
The famous group's first theatrical production hits Portland, featuring classic moments and new content. Blue Man Group, the bald and blue characters accompanied by haunting tribal rhythms, has toured previously with its Megastar arena rock show.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 18-21, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $24.50
The sixth year of the film tour shows the finest climbing and adventure films that push the boundaries of human recreation. This year's lineup: 'Sketchy Andy'; 'Race for the Nose'; 'Origins: Obe and Ashima'; 'Project Down Wall'; 'Ice Revolution'; 'Cold'.
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., www.reelrocktour.com, $12 advance, $14 door
'Fishing with My Dad'
Corey Arnold's show, from his days with Pops, 1978-1995, features nostalgic photographs from Corey's childhood growing up fishing in Southern California.
6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, through Nov. 27 Ampersand Gallery, 2916 N.E. Alberta St., www.ampersandvintage.com
It's all things canine at the fourth annual event at the World Forestry Center.
10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, World Forestry Center, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, www.worldforestry.org, $5-$8
The FAR West Folk Alliance All-Stars features such top roots performers as Jim Page, Teresa Tudury, Anne Weiss, Sky In The Road, Joanne Rand, Tom May and Caroline Aiken.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 503-719-6055, $12
Portland Fermentation Festival
It's a great opportunity for do-it-yourselfers to sample fermented foods and beverages and get tips and recipes from more than 30 professional and amateur makers.
6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, Ecotrust's Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center in the Pearl, 721 N.W. Ninth Ave., www.portlandfermentationfestival.com, $5