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Celebrate the world premiere of  “Small Steps,” written and adapted for the stage by Louis Sachar, at the Winningstad Theatre April 24 - May 16.

STAGE

'Small Steps'

It's adapted from Louis Sachar's book and the world premiere sequel to 'Holes,' put on by the Oregon Children's Theatre.

2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays, April 24, May 1, 8 and 15, and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 25, May 2, 9 and 16, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave., www.octc.org, $16-$24

'Melancholy Play'

It's the second production of the Portland Actors Conservatory's 25th season, Sarah Ruhl's offbeat look at one woman's melancholia and its effect on the small town Illinois residents who surround her.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 14-May 2, Firehouse Theatre, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St., www.actorsconservatory.com, $13-$25

'Romance/Romance'

Broadway Rose puts on the Tony-nominated musical, which pairs two distinctive one-acts, 'The Little Comedy' and 'Summer Share,' for an entertaining musical that explores the highs and lows of love.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 15 to May 9, Broadway Rose, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard, 503-620-5262, $20-$35

'Singlehandedly'

Portland Story Theatre's second annual solo performance festival features storyteller Lawrence Howard, actor Sharon Knorr and puppeteer Penny Walter among others on various days.

7:30 p.m. April 23-24, April 30, May 1, May 7-8, May 14, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., 503-793-5484, $12 per night, $30 three-night pass

'Hot Off the Page'

Portland's finest actors and singers present an ingenious evening of poetry in performance as VOX, a unique spoken-word chorus.

7:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, April 16-18, April 23-25, The Waterbrook Studio, 2109 N. Albina St., No. 108, 503-205-0715, $10-15

'Mike's Incredible Indian Adventure'

Portland Center Stage portrays Mike as he directs Neil Simon's play 'They're Playing Our Song' in India and makes an uncompleted movie about it.

April 21-June 13, Gerding Theatre, 120 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, 503-445-3700, $17-$47

CELEBRATION

African Night

Portland State's Association of African Students, which boasts of wanting to educate the public about the birth place of mankind, celebrates its 35th year of existence. This year's theme is 'In The Beginning,' and the night features an African house band, cuisine and dance.

5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Smith Ballroom, 1825 S.W. Broadway, 971-533-0083, $10 general

Red Dress Party

The 10th anniversary event will feature a performance by BodyVox and The Wet Spots.

9 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Bison Building, 419 N.E. 10th Ave., www.reddresspdx.com, $50

DANCE

Pendulum performances

Cirque du Soleil is in town with 'Kooza,' and it's well worth the price of admission ($35-$100, 1-800-450-1480). But Portland's Pendulum Aerial Arts also provides some high-wire entertainment, the latest being its '10 Years of Inspiration of Flight,' featuring the group's favorite shows.

Various times, April 17-25, French American International School, 8500 N.W. Johnson St., 503-319-5486, $15, $10 children/students/seniors

Oregon Ballet Theatre

The work of American icon Twyla Tharp is featured in a clever pas de deux, complemented by Balanchine's Duo Concertant.

7:30 p.m. April 22-25, 29 and May 1, 2 p.m. April 24-25 and May 2, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave., 503-222-5538, starting at $17

LECTURE

Iwona Blazwick

The director of London's Whitchapel Gallery addresses issues in 'Just What Is It That Makes Today's Institutions So Different, So Appealing?'

2 p.m. Sunday, April 18, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-2811, $12

COMEDY

Bridgetown Comedy Festival

It's the third year of the event, and it'll feature 120 performers, many of whom have appeared on television.

Thursday-Sunday, April 22-25, various locations, www.bridgetowncomedyfestival.com, $50