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by: COURTESY OF Literary Arts, Garrison Keillor, the much loved radio host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” performs his stories from Lake Wobegon at the Schnitzer on Jan. 26 and 27.

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Garrison Keillor

The Oregon Symphony presents the famed author and orator and host of the popular radio program, 'A Prairie Home Companion,' the same title of the book that he authored featuring stories from his days growing up in his beloved Lake Wobegon.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Jan. 26-27, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, starting at $25

'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

The Oregon Ballet Theater orchestra and dancers have been reunited for the upcoming, Christopher Stowell-directed performances. An agreement by union musicians and a reduction in Portland Center for the Performing Arts theater rental fees led to the resumption of the programs.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 2 p.m. Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. March 4-6 and 2 p.m. March 6, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-222-5538

'Fighter Girl: The Musical'

It's the electrifying story based on a young Portland girl Sparrow's naive dream to change the world by getting her song on the radio. Musical playwright is Catherine Garvin, composer is Arlie Conner, and it's part of the Fertile Ground Festival.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24, Brunish Hall Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave., www.fertilegroundpdx.org (all festival info on site), $38, festival passes $100

Paula Poundstone

The comedian makes a stop in Portland, armed with a stool, a microphone and can of Diet Pepsi, ready to engage audiences in her spontaneous manner.

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, $30

'Pinocchio'

The Northwest Children's Theater puts on the classic musical about Gepetto's mechanical boy who learns to be humble - and not lie.

7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Jan. 29-Feb. 21, Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center, 1819 N.W. Everett St., 503-222-4480, $22 adults, $18 youth

MUSIC

You've heard 'em

A heads-up: With such heard-everywhere singles as 'Supermassive Black Hole,' and 'Starlight,' futuristic rockin' British trio Muse has its finger firmly on the contemporary music pulse. Kind of like a Queen for the 21st Century, the band, which recently supported U2 on its most recent tour, will appear in Portland in April. Silversun Pickups (the wispy turned howlin' 'Lazy Eye' fer sure!) open.

7 p.m. Saturday, April 3, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, $39.50

'The Groovemovement Fundraiser for Haiti'

The care and kindness of people has sprung up since the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and Chevrona and other acts have come together to aid the people of the stricken island country. Intervision and Voltronic will also perform.

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., $8 donation

ART

'Gestures of Resistance'

The Museum of Contemporary Craft features an exhibition, with eight artists presenting their works over the course of time, meant to agitate for change through direct political statements, public interventions or community-specific projects. Each artist will remake space to suit their own purpose. It opens with a craft conversation with curators Judith Leeman and Shannon Stratton at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26; Sara Black and John Preus will be the first artists in action.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Jan. 26-June 26, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St., www.MuseumofContemporaryCraft.org .