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by: JONATHAN HOUSE, Bamboo Sushi is one of 50 restaurants committed to fighting childhood hunger April 26 at the 23rd annual Taste of the Nation Portland culinary event.

MUSIC

Itzhak Perlman

The legendary violinist plays one night only, hosted by Oregon Symphony.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave., 503-228-1353, $35-$130

Carrie Underwood

A heads up: Tickets go on sale April 24 for the country's star's 'Play On Tour' stop. Billy Currington and Sons of Sylvia join her.

7 p.m. Sept. 25, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, $35.50, $45.50, $55.50

Still popular

Another heads up: In 1996, it was impossible to escape Nada Surf's hit single 'Popular,' a grungey deadpan rendering of advice for teenagers. The band will be in Portland with Telekinesis in May.

May 29, Wonder Ballroom, www.wonderballroom.com

STAGE

'Doomed to Repeat It'

Brody Theater puts on an engaging improvised piece, throwing traditional history lessons into the fire and allowing the audience to choose the topic.

8 p.m. Saturdays, April 25-May 29, Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway Ave., 503-224-2227, $10, $7 students

'Gracie and the Atom'

Artists Repertory Theatre presents a musical by McKinley, member of Dirty Martini.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 27-May 30, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., 503-241-1278, $25-$47, $20 students

SCREEN

Jackpot festival

Jackpot Records Film and Music Festival features first-time films and, this year, a live concert by avant-garde musician Jandek and Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore.

7 p.m. Thursday, April 22 and April 26-30, Hollywood Theater, 4122 S.E. Sandy Blvd., www.filmaction.org, free ($20 advance, $25 at door for concert)

Wheel of Fortune

Erica Somes, a teacher from Portland, will be the city's fourth recent contestant on the Wheel of Fortune.

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, KATU (2)

MISC.

KidFest

Adults and kids will revel in interactive exhibits and entertainment.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 25, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 503-736-5200, $5

Cinco de Mayo Festival

The Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association puts on the 26th annual event.

11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, Waterfront Park, 1020 S.W. Naito Parkway, www.cincodemayo.org, $6 adults, $3 children (6-12 years), $4 seniors (62-over)

Power of the Purse

Singer Dionne Warwick appears in an event with food, drink, live entertainment and an auction of 14 unique purses.

5:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-230-0054, $125

Taste of the Nation Portland

Fifty restaurants, 20 wineries, breweries, chefs and mixologists participate in Share Our Strength's bid to curb childhood hunger.

5 p.m. Monday, April 26, Luxe Autohaus, 410 N.E. 17th Ave., www.strength.org/portland, $75-$175