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by: COURTESY OF ALICIA J. ROSE, Vagabond Opera premiers "Queen of Knives" on May 7 at the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.

MUSIC

Head parrot

Heads up: Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band are coming to Portland, and tickets went on sale this week. The King of Key West has one of music's most fiercely loyal fan bases, the Parrotheads, who are beside themselves knowing he is coming to town. Prediction: He will play this song called 'Margaritaville.'

8 p.m. Oct. 19, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, $36-$126

Nickelback

Billboard's top group of the decade will be playing as part of their 'Dark Horse World Tour.'

6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, Memorial Coliseum, 1-877-789-7673, $45-$70

STAGE

'Queen of Knives'

The status of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center remains up in the air, but Vagabond Opera plans a big show there, a knife-throwing bulls-eye opera in conjuction with Wanderlust Circus. Singers from Portland Opera, Opera Theater Oregon, Willamette Concert Opera and Cirque du Soleil will be included, and it'll feature Balkan, Arabic, Romanian, jazz, flamenco, Greek Rembetiko and klezmer musical styles.

8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 7-15, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-823-4322, $20, $18 students, $15 with group

Chanticleer

It's one of the world's best male choral groups, doing Renaissance, jazz, gospel and new stuff, presented by the Friends of Chamber Music.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-224-9842, $27-$40 adults, half-price for students

'The Barber of Seville'

In Portland Opera's latest, The barber knows all as Dr. Bartolo is enraptured with young Rosina, who really wants to marry Count Almaviva.

7:30 p.m. May 7, May 13, May 15, 2 p.m. May 9, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $20, $10 students/military

'The Gray Sisters'

Third Rail's production is written by Craig Wright, a play about four sisters and their family's history.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 30-May 23, World Trade Center Theater, 121 S.W. Salmon St., 503-235-1101, $22-$29, $15 students

'Curtains'

In the Lakewood Theatre Company's production, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi investigates a death of a Broadway musical star, and he ends up making a show himself.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, May 7-June 13, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $26-$30

MISC.

Free Comic Books Day

Area comic door stories will be participating, with free comic books given to anyone who stops in. Cosmic Monkey Comics (5335 N.E. Sandy Blvd.), for example, will be giving away special issues of Iron Man, The Hedge Hog, The Simpsons, Fractured Fables, G.I. Joe, Shrek, Archie and Superman, among others.

Various retailers, Saturday, May 1, more info at www.freecomicbookday.com

Cascade AIDS Project

Its 21st Annual Art Evening and Auction will feature more than 200 artworks, delicious food and Linda Hornbuckle performing.

6 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, May 1, Bison Building, 419 N.E. 10th Ave., www.capartauction.org, $275 for Patron Event, $100 for Grand Event

'Wanted: Adventure Host'

The last of 10 episodes of the reality series airs 8 p.m. Monday, May 3, on Comcast SportsNet (37) with contestants Jeremy McLaughlin (of Portland), Duane Inglin and Cameron Carpenter asked to tape a five-minute outdoor/adventure show which will be a pilot for the network's new series; the winner will be announced, and the outdoor/adventure show starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 5.