The Short List
Singing Christmas Tree
The Portland tradition lights up the Keller.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Dec. 1-2, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.singingchristmastree.org, $17-$65
Providence Festival of Trees
The 29th annual community tradition is a showcase of all things holiday, including trees, decorations, music and activities. This year's theme is 'Wish. Hope. Dream.' Highlights: Santa's Workshop, Teddy Bear Hospital, cookie kitchen, gingerbread houses.
5:30-11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 (gala evening), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.providence.org/festivaloftrees, $6 adults, $5 seniors, $5 youth (ages 3-12) for public shows
The 27th season of Portland Actors Conservatory opens with Craig Lucas' story of nostalgic holiday memories and the absurdity of crazy family gatherings. It's directed by Philip Cuomo.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 11 and 18, through Dec. 18, Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St., www.actorsconservatory.com, $10-$25
'Girls! Girls! Girls!'
The Brody Theater's 15th anniversary celebration continues with the all-woman improv troupe, which was formed six years ago.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, www.brodytheater.com, $10, $8 students/seniors
The folks at Imago Theatre bring to life the antics of our everyday household pet in a not-so-everyday way, as the 'Cats!' join the entourage of frogs, penguins, hippos and the festival world of 'ZooZoo.'
Various times, Dec. 8-Jan. 1, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., www.imagotheatre.com, $29 adults, $25 youth/senior, $16 kids
The Scandanavian Heritage Foundation puts on the 27th annual Nordic winter festival and bazaar, at a new location at Memorial Coliseum. It features traditional Nordic music (featured artist Kaivama), dancing, food and a Joulupukka (Santa in the Finnish tradition), and vendors.
10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 3-4, Memorial Coliseum, www.scanheritage.org, $6 adults, $5 seniors/students
The Corvallis resident's show, 'Winter,' is an exhibition of exquisite black-and-white photographs, combining still-life, abstraction and studies of pristine wilderness.
5 p.m. First Thursday, Dec. 1, through Jan. 14, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 N.W. Eighth Ave., www.hartmanfineart.net
Jesse Reno, Theodore Holdt
'Gamic Magic' is their new works, exposing fertilization behind magic.
5 p.m. First Thursday, Dec. 1, through Dec. 30, Graeter Art Gallery, 131 N.W. Second Ave., www.graeterartgallery.com
Inspired by French masters, her original oil paintings are full of startling jubilant color.
6 p.m. First Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 31, Shaffer Fine Art Gallery, 308 S.W. First Ave., www.shafferfineart.com
Mixed media artists Earl Hamilton and Jerry Fenter and sculptors Sandy Visse and Christy Runyan are featured.
6 p.m. First Thursday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, through Dec. 31, Attic Gallery, 206 S.W. First Ave., www.atticgallery.com
The portrait artist showcases a series of photographs, 'Arteries' - quiet and contemplative images that explore ideas of unseen and internal forces of development, loosely based around the writings of Rainier Maria Rilke.
6 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 2, 3-7 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 3, Half Dozen Gallery, 722 E. Burnside, www.halfdozengallery.com
It's a dinosaur and bike inspired art installation by printmaker and illustrator Carye Bye of Red Bat Press and Hidden Portland.
7 p.m. First Friday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 31, Bikeasaurus, 1337 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.bikeasauruspdx.com
The exhibition of historical and contemporary feminist art concludes the Elizabeth Leach Gallery's 30th anniversary program. A First Thursday reception will be Jan. 5.
10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Jan. 28, Elizabeth Leach Gallery,417 N.W. Ninth Ave., www.elizabethleach.com