The Short List

by: Courtesy of Michael Allen Harrison Michael Allen Harrison (above) will team up with Tom Grant for an arts fundraiser March 12.


Right this way, please

Heads up: TWO HOURS! That's how long Usher dances every night for audiences on his 'OMG Tour.' Oh yeah, he sings as well, and has sold 45 million albums of R and B flavored pop, garnering almost the same amount of music industry awards. Fellow mega pop star Akon joins the show.

8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, Rose Garden,, $29.50-$99.50

Josh Groban

Another heads up: Playing songs from his self-titled debut album 'Closer,' as well as from 'Awake' and 'Illuminations, his 'Straight To You' tour stops in Portland in August.

8 p.m. Aug. 26, Rose Garden, rosequarter .com, $55, $95

Portland Country Underground

The second show features Michael Hurley, Little Sue, Lewi Longmire, Justin Power, Justin Ready and Morgan Geer, with a band backing on outlaw country music.

9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Laurelthirst Public House, 2958 N.E. Glisan St., 503-754-1571, $10

Harrison and Grant

Pianist Michael Allen Harrison and pianist/singer/songwriter Tom Grant team up for 'Two Grands' for a religious school and arts fundraiser, as part of the Celebration of the Arts week.

7:45 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Main Sanctuary of Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 N.W. Flanders St., 503-222-1069, tickets and packages $18-$126

'Short 'n Suite'

Esteemed local pianist Colleen Adent will perform Schumann's 'Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54' with the Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Another highlight will be the orchestra's performance of Beethoven's 'Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62.'

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Montavilla United Methodist Church, 232 S.E. 80th Ave.,, $15, $12 seniors, $5 students


'Two for the Show'

It's a showcase of improv duos at The Brody Theater, opening with Tom Johnson and Kerry Leek, with one playing a character and the other playing characters in that character's life.

8 p.m. Saturdays, March 12-April 9, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, 503-224-2227, $7-$10

Northwest Dance Project

World premieres from French choreographer Patrick Delcroix (with his work in U.S. for first time) and NWDP artistic director Sarah Slipper, as well as Lucas Crandall, are featured in the group's spring performance.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 18-19, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $27-$43

'The Ghosts of Celilo'

The groundbreaking production continues, with a bittersweet love story within a mystery, based on true events near Celilo Falls' fisheries and Native American spiritual center before construction of The Dalles Dam in the 1950s, featuring a haunting score of Native American music and traditional musical theatre songs.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, March 10-11, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $31.25-$63

'Jack Goes Boating'

It's an intelligent and witty romantic comedy about the toils of being 30-something and trying to find love and keep relationships, an off-Broadway hit from 2007.

7:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. Sundays, March 15-April 17 (matinee 11 a.m. April 6), Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 S.W. Morrison St.,, $20-$26


Portland Paper City

It's a paper replica of the city of Portland, replete with landmarks and well-known citizens, a collaborative showcase of abstract, figurative and architectural representations.

Noon-5 p.m., Mondays-Fridays through March 26, Disjecta, 8371 N. Interstate,