The Short List
'Songs for a New World'
Staged! and Milagro Theatre collaborate to feature work of acclaimed young composer/lyricist/ pianist Jason Robert Brown, who will be coming to Portland for a solo concert June 27.
Jason Robert Brown, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 27, Milagro Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., www.stagedpdx.org, www.hulahub .com, $35; 'Songs for a New World,' June 18-July 3, workshops July 19-30, Aug. 2-13, tickets at www.hula hub.com, info at www.stagedpdx.org
'Backs Like That'
Imago Theatre presents Carol Triffle's fourth play in a whimsical, off-kilter series that examines small moments and large tragedies in the comedic turmoil of the playwrights' lead heroine, Chloe, who battles to keep a new job while her father and two brothers invade her office space.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 p.m. Sundays, June 17-27, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., www.imagotheatre.com, free
It's Zack Hoffman's one-man show, with showbiz tales and crooner tunes of nightclub singer 'Nick Sands,' produced by Mary McDonald-Lewis.
7:30 p.m., Thursdays-Sundays, June 17-26, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., www.brownpapertickets.com, $15
'Percales, Prince of Tyre'
The Portland Actors Ensemble opens it's Shakespeare-in-the-Parks series, which will be staged at Mt. Tabor Park and other metro venues.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 17-19, June 24, eight shows in July, Mt. Tabor Park, www.portlandactors.com, free
The Portland Pride Festival will be held in Portland, with the parade at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 20 along the North Park Blocks and Naito Parkway being the highlight.
Saturday-Sunday, June 19-20, info at www.pridenw.org and 503-295-9788
'Gayest Day of the Year Ride'
The Pride Festival event is brought to you by the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center as a fundraiser to help LGBTQ (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) youth.
Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, SMYRC, 3024 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.smyrc.org, free (suggested $20 donation)
'Everybody Have Fun Tonight' was its hit, but the band from England's 1980s post-punk era continues to churn out the music. Its current release is 'Abducted By The '80s,' comprised of a double CD package - 'Wang,' which features the band's biggest hits, and 'Chung' with brand new material.
8 p.m., Saturday, June 19, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., www.dougfirlounge.com, $20 advance, $22 day of show
Miniature carvings (netsuke) were the essence of understated chic during the Edo period (1615-1868) in Japan, and Marian P. Miller's and Nick Lamb's work will be featured in 'From Damsels and Demons: The Hidden Art of Netsuke Carving.' Lamb will demonstrate his craft, from 1 to 3 p.m. June 19 and 20.
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, June 19 to July 5, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Drive, 503-542-0280, $9.50 adult, $7.75 seniors (62-over) and college student, $6.75 youth (6-17)
The circus will be putting on 'Rose Rush,' in which a cunning Captain of Commerce comes gunning for the Creme de Cascadia. Vagabond Opera's Eric Stern is a guest villain.
8 p.m. Friday, June 18, Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St., bossanovaballroom.com, wanderlustcircus.com, $15 advance, $20 at door
The author of 'Women of True Grit' will be speaking and signing copies at Concordia University. 'Women of True Grit,' which she co-authored with Edie Hand, profiles 38 women - some famous and all notorious for their career accomplishments and life in general.
5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, Concordia's George R. White Library and Learning Center, 2800 N.E. Liberty St., www.cu-portland.edu, free
Cannon Beach Sandcastle Day
The 46-year tradition continues with the artistry and ingenuity of sandcastle and sand sculpture builders. It features competitive professional teams, individual masters, local veterans, novices and other beach visitors.
A concert, cook out and activities follow at Cannon Beach City Park.
9 a.m. Saturday, June 19, Cannon Beach, www.cannonbeach.org, free (donations accepted)