The Short List

by: L.E. BASKOW The Oregon Zoo hosts spring break enrichment activities for kids March 19-27 and April 2-7.



Heads up: Since his halcyon days with Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant has wandered all over the musical world, but seems to have found his groove in recent years with the folkish Band of Joy. The critically acclaimed show will also include an appearance by southern rockers North Mississippi Allstars.

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, $48.50-$95.50

Cascadia Composers

The local chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA puts on 'In Just Spring …,' a two-day festival of contemporary concert hall music by living composers from the 'Cascadia' region and abroad.

8 p.m. Friday, March 18, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Lincoln Hall/Portland State University, 1620 S.W. Park Ave.,, $20, $15 artists, $10 members/seniors, $5 students

Portland Columbia Symphony

The orchestra, conducted by Huw Edwards, presents pianist extraordinaire Ben Kim in 'Character Studies.' The concert also features composer Andrew Poole Todd, 19, of Portland, who's also an accomplished violinist.

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St., Gresham, 503-234-4077, $30 adult, $25 senior, $10 students (12-over), $5 children (under-12)


'Silence of the Clams'

The man who made 'Mommie Queerest' and 'The Facts of Life: The Lost Episode' - playwright/actor Jamie Morris - takes on 'Hannibal Licthter' in this parody play of the 1990 Oscar-winning Jodie Foster/Anthony Hopkins thriller, making its West Coast premiere. The plot: 'Clarice Starling' is assigned to find Nancy Pelosi's missing daughter and save her from 'Beaver Bob.' It's directed by Christopher Kenney, a Portland native who plays in Cirque du Soleil's 'Zumanity' in Las Vegas.

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 24-26, 5 p.m. Sunday, March 27, Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 S. W. Montgomery St., 1-800-838-3006, $25

'Motown Sound'

The 130-voice Portland Gay Men's Chorus puts on two concerts with music ('Baby Love,' 'Heat Wave,' etc.) and stage production from the Detroit culture of the 1960s.

8 p.m. March 19, 2 p.m. March 20, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-226-2588, $16-$30

Live Wire!

The next show features Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director Bill Rauch, author Andres Dubus III and filmmaker Matt McCormick.

7:30 p.m. Friday, March 18, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E Alberta St., 503-427-8201, $18 advance, $20 day of show, $30 reserved


'Zoo's Gone Wild'

The Oregon Zoo wants to be your spring break destination, with animal enrichment events taking place each day during Oregon and Washington spring breaks. Kids can go wild with the elephants, polar bears, sun bears, chimps, lions and more.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., March 19-27, April 2-7, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-226-1561, $10.50, $9 seniors (65-older), $7.50 children (ages 3-11)

Tulip Festival

The 26th annual event at the Iverson family farm in Woodburn opens March 25, with the main attraction being 40 acres of colorful tulips in various stages of bloom. the festival's on-site Display Garden will feature an array of more than 150 varieties of tulips for visitors to order.

9 a.m.-6 p.m., March 25-May 1, Iverson Family Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Road,, $5 vehicle weekdays, $10 weekends

Portland Roadster Show

The 55th annual event has moved to the Expo Center and features more than 350 cars, some of them worth more than $1 million. One highlight is the 2011 Grand National 'Best Custom' award-winning 'Futurama 40,' a 1940 Ford.

Noon-9 p.m. Friday, March 18, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, March 20, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 503-736-5200, $15

Ted Danson

The actor of 'Cheers' fame will be in Portland to promote his book, 'Oceana,' about the largest organization in the world focused solely on ocean conservation.

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.,, $29.99 (includes copy of book)