Zhao Han Xing
Lan Su Chinese Garden will open for First Thursday, featuring Zhao's contemporary paintings of traditional Chinese themes of flowers, birds and fish. Zhao moved to Portland in 1995.
6 p.m. First Thursday, May 5, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., lansugarden.org
The retrospective on the late Portland designer and craftperson's 50 years of work explores weaving as a living craft in 'Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,' curated by Namita Gupta Wiggers.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. First Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through July 30, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St., museumofcontemporarycraft.org
His color photo series 'Life in Blue' documents leisure-time activities by the shores of a reservoir on the southeastern tip of the Czech Republic, focusing on a group of nomadic caravanners who have taken up residence.
6 p.m. First Thursday, May 5, noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., blueskygallery.org
Her 'Fab:topia' paintings explore the subject of the American utopian landscape, using this concept as an entry point to approach the broader theme of consumer culture.
6 p.m. First Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through June 25, Chambers Gallery, 916 N.W. Flanders St., chambersgallery.com
Gabriel Manca, Robert Yoder
Manca's 'Socializing Cats' features carved wooden figures, raw and unpainted, in an act of decontextualization, and Yoder's 'Cover You and Smother You' mixed media art is a collection of collages and oil paintings investigating issues of fantasy, desire and what it means to physically and emotionally connect and detach.
6 p.m. First Thursday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through May 28, Froelick Gallery, 714 N.W. Davis St., froelickgallery.com
It's the final week of the showing of 'Bloated City/Skinny Language,' a physically engaging and visual exploration of Chinese calligraphy and the ideology incorporated into the characters as a vehicle of expression, shown on two large screens and produced by Colin Ives.
Through May 14, University of Oregon's Portland White Box, 70 N.W. Couch St., aaablogs.uoregon.edu
It's regarded as the premier Johnny Cash tribute, referencing the late Man in Black's early Columbia and Sun Records sound. it has more than 100 Cash songs in its repertoire.
9 p.m. Friday, May 6, Dante's, 350 W. Burnside St., 503-226-6630, $15, $18 at door
The pop star is coming to Portland on her 'Femme Fatale Tour,' with special guests Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7. Her seventh solo album, 'Femme Fatale,' continues her reign as one of the top-selling artists of the past decade; she has sold more 67 million albums worldwide since 1999.
8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $39.50-$149.50
Two big and sexy shows are this week: producer Zora Phoenix and Karina Dale presenting the book release party for Dale's book, 'PDX Gorgeous,' including Burlesque S'il Vous Plait performance; the Phoenix Variety Revue celebrates 'Saturday Morning Memories' of cartoons and TV specials of the 1980s and '90s.
Burlesque S'il Vous Plait, 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, Crush Bar, 1400 S.E. Morrison St., brownpapertickets.com, $7; Saturday Morning Memories, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 8, Kelly's Olympian, 426 S.W. Washington St., phoenixvarietyrevue.com, $7
The Newspace Center for Photography is holding a big fundraiser with a dinner and First Friday exhibits at Biwa, 215 S.E. Ninth Ave., and Newspace, 1632 S.E. 10th Ave. 'Tidal' by Jason Carslile will be at Biwa, 'Fringe Economics' by Sarina Finkelstein and Maureen Drennan at Newspace. For info, go to newspacephoto.org.