The Short List

by: Courtesy of OWEN CAREY 
The Portland Actors Convervatory puts on Sarah Ruhl’s “Passion Play,” directed by Rose Riordan, from April 15 to May 1 at Firehouse Theater.


Live Wire!

The staged radio show celebrates its 150th episode and seventh anniversary at the Portland Art Museum with authors Chelsea Cain and Anne Lamott, as well as Academy Award-winning director Todd Haynes, writer Stacy Bolt and musical acts Holcombe Waller and Sophe Lux.

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, PAM Kridel Ballroom, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.,, $25, $40 reserved

'Passion Play'

The Portland Actors Conservatory crowns its 10-person training class of 2011 with Portland Center Stage's Rose Riordan directing Sarah's Ruhl's play, an ambitious project that spans history, multiple locations, characters and moves at a dizzying pace.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 15-May 1, Firehouse Theater, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St., 503-274-1717, $5-$25

Do Jump!

The Tik Toks, the dance group's youth performance troupe (ages 9-14), does an original show celebrating the 100th anniversary of their theatre's home, the Francis Building. It's titled '100 Echoes,' telling a story of silent movies, flappers, pigeons, adventures in plumbing, a theatre reborn and rats, using aerial dance, acrobatics, physical theatre and a lot of humor.

7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, The Echo Theatre, 1515 S.E. 37th Ave., 503-231-1232, $10 adults, $5 kids

'The Cherry Orchard'

It's the world premiere of Richard Kramer's striking new adaptation of one of literature's most read and referenced plays, peering into an avant-garde interpretation of this classic Anton Chekhov story that takes on a magical quality as a family grapples with the impending foreclosure of their estate. Kramer has taken much liberty with the play's dialogue and character development, including adding the ghost of Chekhov as a character.

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. May 11, April 17-May 22, Artists Repertory Theatre/Alder Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, $20-$42


Filmed By Bike

The ninth annual festival showcases bike-themed short movies from across the world, with submissions limited to eight minutes. The New Belgium Street Party kicks things off.

Shows starting at 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, Clinton Street Theater, 2516 S.E. Clinton St.,, $25 festival pass, $8 nightly

Stumptown Comics Fest

The eighth annual event moves to the Oregon Convention Center, with more than 200 exhibitors and publishers and 40 hours of panels and workshops. Special guests are Eric Powell ('The Goon'), Rick Remender ('Venom,' 'Punisher'), Jeffrey Brown ('Unlikely,' 'Incredible Change-Bots'), Sarah Glidden ('How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less'), Brandon Graham ('King City') and Ethan Nicolle ('Axe Cop').

10 p.m. Saturday, April 16, noon Sunday, April 17, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,, $7, $5 students, $12/$10 passes

Earth Day

It's April 16, and a highlight will be a hands-on family event by the Portland State University Learning Gardens Laboratory.

11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, The Learning Gardens Laboratory, 6801 S.E. 60th Ave.,, free


It's all about focusing on an active and healthy family and raising kids successfully, with nonstop entertainment, interactive exhibits and family fun zones.

10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive,, $5, $20 family pass, $7 parking


'Lady Sings the Blues'

Siren Nation presents a tribute to the great jazz singer Billie Holliday, featuring several performers from many genres.

9 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave.,, $10 advance, $12 at door


Heads up: The pop star, who opened her tour in Portland, returns to the Rose City in September with LMFAO and Spank Rock on the second leg of her 'Get $leazy' tour. Tickets are now on sale.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $39.50, $49.50