The Short List
Portland Pride Parade and Festival
'Make It Happen!' is the theme for the LGBTQ festival. The parade at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19, through downtown will be a highlight, as will a performance by the Portland Gay Men's Chorus, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. ($16-$42). The concert features 2010 Tony Award winner Levi Kreis.
June 17-19, Waterfront Park, go to pridenw.org for extensive information
Heads up 1: One of the most successful roots rock bands ever, BoDeans straddled the line between alternative integrity and mainstream success with hits like 'Good Things' and 'Closer to Free,' the theme song for the 1990s TV show 'Party of Five.'
8 p.m. Sunday, July 17, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., mcmenamins.com, $28, $30 day of show
Heads up 2: An all-time great of reggae music, Steel Pulse was there when punk and reggae revitalized the English pop scene in the late 1970s, and the band's still promoting its Afrocentric rhythms and rhymes.
9 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Roseland Theater, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave., roselandpdx.com, $25
The Portland Actors Ensemble series is starting with 'The Tempest,' running through July 16 primarily at Lovejoy Fountain Park in downtown and 'Much Ado About Nothing,' which starts a a six-week run July 30 at various parks.
7 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, June 16-July 16, mostly at Lovejoy Fountain Park, Southwest Third Avenue and Harrison Street, portlandactors.org, free
It's the summer night show for Portland's own Bohemian Eastern-Euro Cabaret, featuring two of the best belly dancers west of the Mississippi River in Karolina and Elise, and the seven-piece group is recording its fourth album.
9 p.m. Friday, June 24, The Secret Society, 116 N.E. Russell St., 1-800-838-3006, $15 advance, $16 day of show
The irreverent comedian and talk show host shows in Portland on her 'Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me' tour, coming off a successful 2010 tour and after publishing a book with the same title.
7 p.m. Friday, June 24, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, pcpa.com, $75, $96
By Broadway Rose, it'll be big musical, big comedy, big hair about lovable plus-size heroine Tracy Turnblad, who wins a spot on a TV dance program, set in 1960s Baltimore.
June 30-July 24, Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 S.W. Durham Road, Tigard, broadwayrose.org, $28-$35, $20 youth (6-25)
The seventh annual North American Organic Brewers Festival is designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, with attendees sampling beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch glasses made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company.
Noon-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 24-25; noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, Overlook Park, North Fremont Street and Interstate Avenue, naobf.org, free
The Oregon Zoo has brought back its exhibit from a year for all the 'kiddosauruses' out there. The interactive, outdoor experience features an interpretive trail through an ancient rain forest, surrounded by life-size animatronic creatures that roar, snarl and move with lifelike ferocity.
9 a.m. daily, through Sept. 5, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, oregonzoo.org, admission plus $3.50