The Short List
Fireworks, Waterfront Village
The 17 days of the Rose Festival begins with fireworks and the opening of the Waterfront Village. (See page 4 for breakdown of big events).
Fireworks festivities, free, begin at 8 p.m. Friday, May 28, with Curtis Salgado concert (10 p.m. fireworks); Waterfront Village, admission $5, starts at 5 p.m. May 28, and opens at 11 a.m. every day (except closed June 1, 7 and 8); Waterfront Park, www.rosefestival.org
The 20th Annual Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country features 158 wineries from Eugene to Portland opening their doors to the public, as well as giving tours and tastings. It's put on by Willamette Valley Wineries Association.
May 29-31, various Willamette Valley wineries, www.willamettewines.com
Three performances, featuring 'Magnus Lidberg: Purcell Variation,' 'Benjamin Britten: Violin Concerto' and 'Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 'The Titan,'' will conclude the Oregon Symphony season in Portland. Violinist Elina Vähälä plays as soloist in the Britten concerto. It'll be the first playing of Mahler's symphony in a decade.
7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 22-23, 8 p.m. Monday, May 24, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave., 503-228-1353, $15-$100
'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'
Portland Center Stage has fun with the musical as six kids face off, spelling outrageous words amid hot competition as three adults preside.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon Thursdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 26-June 27, Gerding Theater, 120 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, 503-445-3700, starting at $31.50
'Cirque Dreams Illumination'
Portland Opera and the Fred Meyer Broadway Across America present a tale of circus dreamers amidst a city landscape.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, May 25-28, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, 1 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 30, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 1-866-739-6737, $23.25-$68.25
Stars on Ice
Gold medalist Evan Lysacek, pairs Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto and Sasha Cohen will be among the Olympic skating stars in the Smuckers-sponsored event.
4 p.m., Sunday, May 30, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, starting at $25