The Short List
'The Secret Garden'
It's the story, based on the children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett and done by Lakewood Theatre Company, of young Mary Lennox, an orphan in India who returns to England to live with her embittered, reclusive Uncle Archibald Craven and his invalid son Colin, and haunting melodies and spirits emanating from the state's neglected garden.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sundays, May 6-June 12, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $32 adults, $29 students/ seniors
'Road House: The Play!'
The play returns after a sold-out run last year, telling the timeless tale of a bar bouncer with a mysterious past who lives by his own rules, and a town terrorized by a wealthy senior citizen, a sexy doctor and karate - made famous in the Patrick Swayze movie.
10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 6-7, May 12-13, May 20-21, Ellyn Bye Studio/Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., badreputationprods.com, $18, $22 at door
His live shows have amazed millions on every continent, and he's returned to the U.S. and Canada for a tour, playing music from his shows from the Acropolis in Greece, the Taj Mahal in India, the Forbidden City in China and the Royal Albert Hall in England.
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., pcpa .com, $42-$105
Community Music Center
A concert showcasing CMC's music instructors will benefit the late Sergiu Luca - international concert violinist, educator and longtime supporter - for need-based music scholarships.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, Community Music Center, 3350 S.E. Francis St., 503-823-3177, $20, $7.50 students (ages 6-18), $35 families
'Music for a Time of War'
The Oregon Symphony, led by conductor Carlos Kalmar, will perform the show it plans to perform in its upcoming Carnegie Hall appearance.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, orsymphony.org, $20-$90
The acoustic-flavored three-day indie roots festival seems to get better each year, and this summer's lineup features Mavis Staples, The Sadies, Fruit Bats, and Corrine West and Kelly Joe Phelps.
Friday-Sunday, Aug. 5-7, Pendarvis Farm, 16581 S.E. Hagen Road, Happy Valley, info at pickathon.com
'How to Die in Oregon'
An exclusive sneak peek at Portland filmmaker Peter Richardson's HBO documentary will be shown May 11 at the Oregon Convention Center. It's a powerful, compassionate and intimate exploration of the state's historic and controversial Death with Dignity Act. A discussion and question-and-answer session with Richardson follow the screening. It won the U.S. Documentary grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It'll air on HBO on May 26.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., homeboxoffice.com/rsvp/portland, free