The Short List
The famed crooner is accompanied by his own quartet in a rare Portland appearance, presented by the Oregon Symphony.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, pcpa.com, $55-$150
The singer-songwriter has penned some of the finer melodies of our time, has been covered by everyone from Barenaked Ladies to Judy Collins, and isn't afraid to challenge his listeners with the occasional polysyllabic word and off-center take on issues.
8 p.m. Friday, June 3, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, $35
The tenor torch pop singer will 'catch a grenade for ya/jump in front of a train for ya' but warns video watchers not to do the same. This wise and sensitive soul will perform along with fellow R and B popster Janelle Monae, whose dance steps and fantastic hairdos are worth the price of admission alone.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, Rose Garden, rosequarter.com, $35
Heads up: Forty-two years after its release, the musical sensation 'Tommy' returns to the stage with The Who's lead singer performing. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $40.50-$100
'Evening of Scenes and Monologues'
Portland Actors Conservatory puts on its graduate showcase. The class of 10 includes Sam DeRoest and Patrick Roth of Portland.
7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, May 19-21, Firehouse Theatre, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St., 503-274-1717, $15
A new dance by TopShakeDance explores movement inspired by ghostly wind. A predecessor, 'Blown,' was shown at Conduit Dance in 2010. Jim McGinn is choreographer, Loren Chasse composer.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, May 19-21, May 26-28, Conduit Dance, 918 S.W. Yamhill St., topshakedance.com, $12.25
Metropolitan Youth Symphony
Eden Condren, a 9-year-old soprano sensation, will sing Puccini's 'O Mio babbino caro' as part of the MYS concert.
3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway, 503-239-4566, $10, $5 students
The thunderous celebration of joyful music, song and dance returns to Portland, now in its 16th year, as part of the Fred Meyer Broadway Across America series. The troupe, which draws on Irish traditions, has done more than 10,000 performances, seen by more than 22 million people in over 350 venues and 40 countries, traveled more than 600,000 miles and been seen on television by 2 billion people.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., 503-241-1802, starting at $28.50
Kung Fu Theater
Hollywood Theatre is putting on a new monthly series of movies, featuring the Shaolin monks, animal fighting styles, flying guillotines, old-school sound effects and white-haired villains with maniacal laughter, the movies from Hong Kong in the 1970s and '80s, starting with 'Buddha's Palm.'
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., hollywoodtheatre.org/kung-fu-theater
The author of 'First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth' appears in Portland, just as Space Shuttle Endeavour explores space.
7:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, Powell's Books, 1005 W. Burnside, powells.com, free
The comedian appears in Portland, fresh off the release of his CD 'The Point Is …'
8 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday- Saturday, May 20-21, Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave., heliumcomedy .com/portland, $15 reserved, $10