The Short List
Dark Star Orchestra
The famed Grateful Dead tribute band returns to Portland, with 13 years and 1,900 shows and counting. The band has expanded its repertoire to include new Dead eras.
8 p.m. Friday, April 1, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., mcmenamins.com, $25, $27 day of show
Heads up: The country superstar will play the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Clark County in June, and tickets went on sale March 18. His special guests are Luke Bryan and The Band Perry. Billboard named Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors the top country music touring act of 2010.
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, Sleep Country Amphitheater, Ridgefield, Wash., 1-800-745-3000, $30.25, $75.50, $99 lawn four-packs
The Portland musician, featured in the Feb. 24 Portland Tribune, begins a spring tour with three shows in Portland - March 29 at The Woods in a fundraising show titled 'Japan Relief: From Oregon With Love,' April 12 at the Aladdin Theater and April 15 at Portland Art Museum during a 'Live Wire!' show. Eight shows in the Midwest follow.
For more information, go to holcombewaller.com.
Artists Repertory Theatre presents a staged reading of Portland playwright George Taylor's story, about a young Japanese man who gets arrested in Portland during the World War II hysteria of 1942 - it's presented on the date 69 years ago of Minoru Yasui's arrest. It's directed by Philip Cuomo,
7:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., artistsrep.org, $8 suggested donation
Tickets are on sale for the comedian's Portland stop on his 'Identity Crisis' tour. The New York Times declared Dunham 'the most successful comedian working in America,' with his comedic crew of Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J and the manic purple creature Peanut.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $49.50
'Billy Elliot The Musical'
It's the joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true, as Billy stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class and discovers his passion in this Fred Meyer Broadway Across America presentation. It's based on the hit film, with a cast of 45 and a Tony Award-winning creative team, including director Stephen Daldry and music legend Elton John with the score.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, April 5-17, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., pcpa.com, starting at $36
'Beware the Thighs of March'
The 'Time Out,' geared toward and performed by mothers, presents a comedy show about what happens to a woman's body, post-baby.
9:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, Curious Comedy Theatre, 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., curiouscomedy.org, $14
Maurice Ravel double bill
The Portland Opera Studio Artist stages two works of one of the world's most favorite composers with 'L'Heure Espagnole' ('The Spanish Hour') and 'L'Enfant et les Sortileges' ('The Bewitched Child'). They capture the essence of what the late Ravel loved: machines, gadgetry, cats, children and storytelling.
7:30 p.m. April 1, 5, 7 and 9, 2 p.m. April 3, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-241-1802, $75
White Bird Uncaged dance
The group presents the West Coast debut of internationally acclaimed Laboratory Dance Project from Seoul, South Korea, which will perform an all-male program featuring award-winning work.
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., whitebird.org, $28, $18 students/seniors