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by: ©2008 ALICIA J. ROSE, Alicia J. Rose steps into fantasyland this month, reimagining three fairy tales – including Hansel and Gretel – with her photographs, which show at Grass Hut Gallery.

MUSIC

'Songs of Travel'

Led by Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda, the Oregon Symphony orchestra embarks on a tour that takes in works by Ravel, Sousa, Bartók and Edvard Grieg.

Things get truly exotic when the journey continues on to far Washington County and the talents of violinist Brandon Garbot, the Portland Youth Philharmonic veteran who is a Beaverton eighth-grader, and the Skyview Steel Band, the well-traveled 11-member high school ensemble.

- Eric Bartels

2 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 6, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, www.orsymphony.org, $8-$39

THEATER

'Biglittlethings'

Calling this show puppetry is like calling Dr. Seuss a guy who wrote children's stories. It's great all-ages entertainment.

- EB

3 p.m. FRIDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 4-5, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, www.imagotheatre.com, $16-$31

'Scandal in Bohemia'

Leif Norby stars as Sherlock Holmes in this adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle novel. Grant Turner, artistic director of the Northwest Classical Theater Company, provided the adaptation; Bibi Walton directs.

- EB

7 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 4-6, Shoe Box Theatre, 2110 S.E. 10th Ave., 971-244-3740, www.nwctc.org $12-$18

DINNER THEATER

'Who Stole My Dead Husband'

New York native Lou Pallotta has touched a nerve with his raucous tribute to growing up in Brooklyn, which he did. His star-filled interactive comedy about a disappearing corpse has been delighting weekend audiences for going on a year and a half.

- EB

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, through March 29, Madison's East Wing, 1125 S.E. Madison St., 800-966-8865, www.whostolemydeadhusband.com, $60 includes dinner

ART

Chuck Close

This must-see display of Chuck Close's prints and explanations of how he makes them ends Sunday, Jan. 6.

Here's your chance to see how he makes giant prints with woodblock, lithograph and spitbite, and a few spitbite techniques he invented himself. Vitrines contain materials both he and the master printers used, such as grids drawn on paper with numbers penciled in.

Also showing is Seattle painter Ann Gale's nonflattering portraits, whose intense brushwork shows she learned a thing or two from Lucian Freud. (Through Feb. 10.)

- Joseph Gallivan

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. FRIDAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-2811, www.portlandartmuseum.org $10

'A NW Thang'

This group show inaugurates the new home of Gallery Homeland in the Ford Building, another piece of flak from the IED that was Disjecta. A NW Thang features artists from Portland and Seattle including Marc Dombrosky, Saya Moriyasu, Patrick Rock, Paige Saez, Cynthia Star and Jason Wood. Treat it like a new cable channel.

- JG

Noon to 6 p.m. FRIDAY-Monday, through Jan. 27, 2505 S.E. 11th Ave., 503-819-9656, www.galleryhomeland.org, free

Alicia J. Rose

Rose's new show of sumptuous, medium-format photographs reimagine three of the Grimms' fairy tales, with the accent on the grim.

Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel all get the treatment. For the shoot, a gaggle of drag queens descended on a Sauvie Island farm, and the results are quite breathtaking.

Of 500 shots, Rose was happy with 50 and is showing 20. (More can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/aliciajrose/ .) See it.

- JG

First Friday reception 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 4, regular hours noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday-SUNDAY, through Jan. 28, Grass Hut Gallery, 811 E. Burnside St., 503-445-9924, free

Chris Haberman

Haberman's new paintings have wordy elements, with writing scrawled in between the cartoonish faces. Works are painted on found materials such as doors, signs and planks.

- JG

Noon to 6 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY and Thursday, through Feb. 2, 23 Sandy Gallery, 623 N.E. 23rd Ave., 503-927-4409, free

David Jonason

A former magazine illustrator from Mendocino, Calif., Jonason has for the past 10 years made a living painting interesting buildings in what he calls his 'Cubism Lite' style. His take on Portland is conventional - Union Station, the Japanese Garden - but his style is refreshing.

- JG

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. FRIDAY, noon to 4 p.m. SUNDAY, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, through Jan. 30, Bella Perla, 327 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-222-1862, free

Henk Pander

The senior Dutchman is back with a fine new wave of dramatic landscapes, still lifes and psychological tableaux - all in watercolor. There's always the thrill of seeing what he'll pick as his subject matter, whether it be Oregon or Oregonians.

Also showing is 'Burned and Bloom,' the ceramic sculptures of J.D. Perkin. He's influenced by yoga and meditation poses, and now he's into self-immolating Buddhist monks.

- JG

11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through Feb. 2, Laura Russo Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., 503-226-2754, free

HISTORY

A House Divided

Abraham Lincoln wasn't on Facebook, but fortunately he left quite the paper trail.

Learn about America's best Republican by viewing a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, his letter declining the opportunity to become the governor of Oregon (his loss), and plenty of photos of him, young and old.

Who knew they had, like, cameras back then?

- JG

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through March 31, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., www.ohs.org, 503-222-1741, $10