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by: COURTESY OF Steve Hambuchen, The University of Portland will host the popular Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, “The Mikado,” by Mock’s Crest Productions, June 4 to 27.

ROSE FESTIVAL

The parades are coming!

The Starlight Parade begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, with KGW-TV (8) televising live from 9-11 p.m. The 'Spirit of the West' section returns. Vancouver, Wash., resident and fashion designer Seth Aaron Henderson will be the Grand Marshal. Then, the KeyBank Grand Floral Parade starts at 10 a.m. June 12 at Memorial Coliseum. It's televised live on KGW-TV (8) at 10 a.m. The parade features sections 'Northwest Spirit,' 'Spirit of Service' and 'International Spirit.' Grand Marshal is Brian Grant, the ex-Trail Blazers player who lives in the Portland area and has been battling Parkinson's disease.

STAGE

'The Mikado'

Mock's Crest Productions, a professional theater company supported by University of Portland, puts on the Gilbert and Sullivan classic operetta. Kristine McIntyre, formerly of Metropolitan Opera, directs.

7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 4-27, Mago Hunt Center Theater, UP, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., 503-943-7287, $30 adults, $25 seniors and students

'One Night in Frogtown'

Amy Roloff, star of TLC's series 'Little People, Big World' teams with Portland Public Schools students in the musical with frogs, told through music on Emmy-winning author and composer Philip Pelletier's musical storybook. The Primary Colors Kids Chorus and PPS Dance Troupe join soul diva Linda Harbuckle, Grammy nominee Patrick Lamb, Oregon Music Hall of Famer Andy Stokes and acclaimed vocalist Heather Christie for the show.

2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.W. Milwaukie Ave., www.ticketmaster.com, $10 adults, $6 kids

'Big Love'

It's the third show in the Portland Actors' Conservatory 25th anniversary season, written by Chuck Mee and featuring guest artists, alumni and conservatory students directed by faculty member Philip Cuomo. Mee's loose adaptation of Aeschylus 'Suppliant Women' reflects a cutup sensibility, collaging pieces of shampoo ads against ancient Greek quandaries, taking on gender inequality as the main topic.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, June 9-10, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 11-27, Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St., 503-274-1717, $13-$25

ZOO

'Ocean Commotion'

The Oregon Zoo celebrates World Oceans Day (June 8) and how to protect them, in lieu of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, June 6, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, www.oregonzoo.org, $10.50 adults (12-64), $9 seniors (65-over), $7.50 (3-11)

'Zoo Brew'

People party with beer and a band, Crazy 8s, at the Zoo's popular venue.

5-10 p.m. Friday, June 4, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, www.oregonzoo.org/zoobrew, $25 advance, $30 door (21-over only)