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by: Courtesy of Hanz Araki Portland flautist Hanz Araki (above) teams up with a talented local lineup for an April 12 benefit he organized for Mercy Corps in Japan, at the Secret Society Ballroom.


Michael Kessler

Nationally exhibited and recognized, his approach to abstraction has become more sophisticated and rich with each new body of work. 'Trillium' is his latest.

6 p.m. First Thursday, April 7, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through April 30, Butters, 520 N.W. Davis St., www.buttersgallery.com .

Mitch Dobrowner, Michael Light

Dobrowner's 'Storms' and Light's 'Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West' shine in Blue Sky Gallery's latest openings.

6 p.m. First Thursday, April 7, noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., www.blueskygallery.org .

Ron van Dongen, Susan Seubert, Theresa Wingert

Van Dongen's 'Proof,' Seubert's 'restraint>' and Wingert's 'Cinema Deconstructed' are on display concurrent with the biennial Photolucida Conference.

6 p.m. First Thursday, April 7, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 30, Froelick Gallery, 714 N.W. Davis St., www.froelickgallery.com .

Ron Cronin, Trude Parkinson

Vintage prints and photographs from Cronin and prompts, paintings and prints from Parkinson are featured.

5:30 p.m. First Thursday, April 7, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 30, Augen Gallery, 716 N.W. Davis St., www.augengallery.com .

Mary Josephson

Her 'Work Play (Rites and Rituals)' is presented in collaboration with the G. Gibson Gallery of Seattle.

5 p.m. First Thursday, April 7, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through April 30, Laura Russo Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., www.laurarusso.com .

Sean Healy

His 'Upstate' sculpture is the third installment for Elizabeth Leach Gallery's 30th Anniversary Exhibition Program. It's Healy's eighth exhibition at the gallery, which will also present large-scale photographs by Isaac Lyman and portraits by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg as part of its celebration of Portland Photo Month.

6 p.m. First Thursday, April 7, through May 28, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., www.elizabethleach.com .


'Into the Woods'

Stephen Sondheim's award-winning musical hits the stage at the University of Portland, as it weaves familiar fairy tales together with new stories (and new endings) to teach us a little something about wishing and responsibility.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, April 12-16, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, Mago Hunt Center Theater, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., 503-943-7287, $10, $5 students and seniors

White Bird Uncaged

The dance group's season concludes with the Portland debut of Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, two of Israel's most celebrated dance artists, and their critically acclaimed multidimensional work '4Men, Alice, Bach and the Deer.'

8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, April 13-15, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.whitebird.org , $28, $18 students and seniors

'The Ugliest Duckling'

Tears of Joy presents the reimagined version of Hans Christian Anderson's classic, set in Australia and featuring an array of wonderful creatures - including the star platypus.

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays, April 9 and 16, 2 and 4 p.m. Sundays, April 10 and 17, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $20 adults, $17 children

Sarah Silverman

The comedian recently published her memoir, 'The Bedwetter,' and will soon be seen in the movie 'Peep World.'

8 p.m. Thursday, April 7, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $42