The Short List
'In The Heights'
A winner of four 2008 Tony Awards and 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show, it's presented by the Fred Meyer Broadway Across America. It tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood, which is on the brink of change, and full of hopes, dreams and pressures.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 19-22, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., 503-241-1802, starting at $23.50
Miz Kitty's Parlor Vaudeville Novelty Show and Revusical returns for its ninth season. Dim Sum Puppet Opera, Blackberry Bushes, Whiskey Flats Brass Band, 12th Avenue Hot Club with Jenny Hauser and Nagasita perform.
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., mizkittysparlour.com, $12
The Portland Gay Men's Chorus opens its 31st season with an adults-only cabaret, with the featured number, 'Don't Stop Believin',' made popular by 'Glee,' and 'My Favorite Things' and 'Big Spender.'
8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-226-2588, $25-$40
Portland Baroque Orchestra
Its 27th season opens Oct. 15-17 with Mozart's 'Sinfonia Concertante' for violin and viola, featuring Monica Huggett and Adam LaMotte as soloists.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 15-16, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave., 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-205-0715, $18-$59 reserved; The Young People's Concert will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at First Baptist Church, $10 adults, $5 youth, $20 family pass
Heads up: Celtic Thunder's six members hail from Ireland and Scotland and adhere to a simple yet winning formula - melody matters most. Last year, Billboard named Celtic Thunder 'Top World Album Artist,' proving most folks don't give a tinker's damn about trends as much as they do about songs and will lionize good singers using timeless material.
8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, Rose Garden, rosequarter.com, $37.50-$57.50
Week three of the venue's final month of shows features 'The Return of Organic Wrestling' (Oct. 20, $7), Kleveland and other bands (Oct. 21, $7), Quasi and others (Oct. 23, $10) and End of the World Cabaret (Oct. 24, $6). Go to farewellsatyricon.com for more info.
The Great American Distillers Festival celebrates small distillers from around the country and the spirit of entrepreneurship.
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 23-24, Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St., distillersfestival.com, $10 one day, $16 two days
Portland Actors Ensemble
Shakespeare lovers rejoice as the group does four readings of plays, with the intent of raising money to stage a free indoor production of 'The Tragedy of Richard III' in 2011. The plays: 'The Winter's Tale' (7:30 p.m. Oct, 14, 16, 22) 'The Tragedie of Antony and Cleopatra' (7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 3 p.m. Oct. 17), 'The Tale of King Cymbeline' (7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 23, 3 p.m. Oct. 24) and 'All is True: The Famous History of the Life of King Henry VIII' (3 p.m. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24).
Oct. 14 through Oct. 24, Concordia University Theater, 2811 N.E. Holman St., portlandactors.com, $15 or $50 for four tickets
Pacific Pie Co. on TV
Local Pacific Pie Company, which specializes in Aussie-style pies, pastries and sausage rolls, will be featured on the Food Network show 'Meat and Potatoes' on Oct. 22 (check your listings). A film crew shot footage and did interviews in July. For more information, go to pacificpieco.com.
Walt Whitman project
It'll be a staged reading of 'Song of Myself' as part of the The Whitman 150 Project, celebrating the writer's 150th anniversary of 'Leaves of Grass.'
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 1241 N.W. Johnston St., 503-327-9733, free
It's an exhibit featuring North Portland artist Victoria Christen, who chronicled the response to the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 with found objects, clay, drawing and painting.
8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 18, Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., 503-943-7228, free