The Short List
Lan Su Chinese Garden
The beautiful garden in Old Town celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010 while also honoring its relationship with sister city Suzhou. The garden has kicked off the celebration with 10 free days of admission.
10 a.m.-5 p.m., free through Jan. 11, Portland Classical (Lan Su) Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., 503-228-8131
The artists group is marking the fifth anniversary of Portlandart.net with a month-long celebration of visual art from PORT writers past and present. The Web site is called a loose confederation of writers who are highly educated in the visual arts and have a vested interest in the health of the art scene.
Runs through Jan. 30, Gallery 114, 1100 N.W. Glisan St., www.portlandart.net, free
Mayer: Lucky guy
A heads-up: Every now and then, the guy gets the guitar, the voice AND the girl. At this point in time, that's Grammy-winning pop heartthrob, pretty darn good guitarist and Jennifer-Aniston-ex John 'Your Body is a Wonderland' Mayer who will appear with fellow mega-seller Michael Franti and Spearhead (the 'Say Hey' dancehall dude) in Portland in March.
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, $36-$66
FMX Gravity Slashers
The inaugural Gravity Slashers Freestyle Motocross comes to Portland, featuring some of the world's best freestyle motocross riders.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $20-$30
'Laugh to Keep from Crying'
Tyler Perry's latest stage production explores confusion vs. an illustration of courage, helping manage your situations on a lighter scale.
5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $42.50 and $47.50
The New York Times called the Broadway show 'Heaven on Wheels,' as it takes you back to 1980s California and Kira, who travels to Earth to inspire a young artist named Sonny to find his voice and love and build the world's first roller disco.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12-17, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 1-866-739-6737, $23.25-$68.25.
'Snow Falling on Cedars'
Portland Center Stage begins its month-long run of the haunting, 1954 story where Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with murder and tensions rise between white and Japanese townspeople on an isolated island in northern Washington.
Starting 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 through Feb. 15, Gerding Theater, 120 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, starting at $30.50.