Story of their lives
Heads up: Social Distortion is one of the best folk-inflected rock bands to ever crawl out of the American underground. Their single 'Ball and Chain' alone should guarantee them rocker immortality, but as anyone familiar with their catalog knows, that's just one of several of the tightly written, hard-hitting yet singable songs this band has produced.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, all ages; and Wednesday, Feb. 9, 21 and older, Crystal Ballroom, 332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $30 advance, $35 day of show
Portland Old-Time Music Gathering
The 12th annual event of stringband music and square dancing goes for five days - including three days of concerts, public square dances all week, films about traditional music and singing and clogging workshops. It is made for audience participation, as attendees can bring musical instruments and join in the scores of jam sessions, and public also participates in dances and workshops. The kickoff party will be at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at The Spare Room, 4830 N.E. 42nd Ave., with Rabbit Foot, Foghorn and The Shadies performing.
Various times and locations, Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 12-16, get info at bubbaguitar.com/festival/schedule.html
Lakewood Theatre Company presents simmering passion and murder in the Agatha Christie mystery, directed by Don Alder. It has all the ingredients of a classic murder mystery: a grand country house, upper crust family, weekend party with a variety of intriguing guests, a dutiful butler and maid, cocktails before dinner and a complex triangle of secret love affairs that seem destined for trouble.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays (Jan. 16, 23, 30), 2 p.m. Sundays (Jan. 23, Feb. 6, 13, 20), Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $27, $24 seniors
White Bird presents the West Coast premiere of Doug Elkins' and Friends' dance, set to the complete score of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'The Sound of Music.' Former Jefferson High dancer John Sorenson-Jolink, who schooled at New York University's Tisch School, is part of the cast.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 13-15, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 1-800-745-3000, $22
Magic Arts and Entertainment presents the musical, now starring Eddie Mekka as DJ Vince Fontaine - Mekka was 'Carmine 'The Big Ragu' Ragusa' on 'Laverne and Shirley.' Take a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins and T-birds.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., pcpa.com, $31.75-$63
The Brody Theater's improv crew takes part in an elimination format competition created by Keith Johnstone, who also created Theatresports. Audience scores the performers and the low scores are bumped until one performer reigns supreme.
8 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 14-Feb. 11, Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, brodytheater.com, $10, $7 students
Portland Bridal Show
'From Elegant to Practical' is the theme, because even in these tough economic times, the wedding must go on, they say. Now in its 32nd year, the show features bridal fashion, photography, catering, honeymoon travel and everything else wedding. More than 150 bridal experts will be on hand.
10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 16, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., ticketswest.com, $9
Portland Boat Show
Make your plans now for the 51st annual show, where hundreds of boats will be on exhibit - sailboats, wakeboard boats, an enormous houseboat, a trailerable houseboat, pleasure craft and sports and fishing boats.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Jan. 12-15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, otshows.com, $10, $8 parking ($7 car pools)