Edited by Randall Barton
'The Flying Dutchman'
The Devil has condemned the Dutchman (Richard Paul Fink) and his ghost crew to sail the sea for eternity, or until he is redeemed by the love of a woman, whichever comes first.
Director Christopher Alden sets the action in a vaguely 1920s Germany and makes sure it all ends in tears, with a twist.
Bladder alert: At two hours and 20 minutes, this is short opera for Wagner, but there will be no intermission. Sung in German with English surtitles.
- Joseph Gallivan
7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, March 31, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, $39-$140
This must-see print exhibition proves that minimalism wasn't all stark sculpture and monochromatic painting.
It had a more colorful and subtle life in print form, which continues through the messier postminimalism to conceptualism.
The 127 prints in this show have been selected from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and FRIDAY, March 31-May 6, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-226-2811, $10
The mind of Imago Theatre co-artistic director Carol Triffle can be a strange and fertile place.
It offers a tiny human terrarium populated by odd, fractured characters. At the center is a couple - albeit a strange one - who must come to decisions about their lives and each other.
Their prospects don't seem terribly good, but at least the two reveal a semblance of real emotion, which provides a lifeline to the audience.
Throw in some physical comedy and a weird little chorus of adorable/scary child angels and you've got an odd slice of theater, but one that actually entertains.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, March 30-31, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $16-$26
'The Sisters Rosensweig'
Wendy Wasserstein's story about three Brooklyn-bred sisters has not one, but two tough acts to follow in Profile Theatre's yearlong celebration of the late playwright.
After fine productions of both 'An American Daughter' and the Pulitzer Prize-winning 'The Heidi Chronicles,' this rather downbeat comedy falls a bit short by comparison.
The sisters' struggles in the mating game produce some good performances, but their efforts seem largely doomed from the start.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 8 p.m. Thursday, through April 22, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-242-0080, $10-$28
'Defending the Caveman'
Portland native Isaac Lamb takes on Rob Becker's hit comedy, the longest-running one-man show in Broadway history.
7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, through April 4, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-4335, $42.50-$49.50
Eleven actresses tell women's stories through monologue and movement in the West Coast premiere of Jonn Jorgensen's original work.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 3 p.m. SUNDAY, 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, through April 7, Theater Theatre, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-274-9309, $12-$16
Voices of the Spirit
The Oregon Symphony is joined by soprano Camellia Johnson, tenor David Maier and the Portland Symphonic Choir for a program that includes Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard, Opus 30 and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra.
7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, 8 p.m. Monday, March 31 and April 2, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $27.50-$96.50
Wosner Shifrin Turkovic Trio
Chamber Music Northwest's artistic director, David Shifrin, is joined by pianist Shai Wosner and Milan Turkovic on bassoon.
8 p.m. SATURDAY, March 31, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-294-6400, www.cmnw.org, $10-$40
Mozart, in Context
Violinist Stanley Ritchie is the featured artist in this Portland Baroque Orchestra concert, which offers the music of Mozart and other composers of his epoch.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, March 30-31, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave.; 3 p.m. SUNDAY, April 1, Reed College, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-222-6000, www.pbo.org, $15-$39
Music of the Passion of Christ
For Palm Sunday, the sacred-music choir Cantores in Ecclesia performs masterpieces of polyphony that portray the suffering of Christ. The concert benefits the restoration of the historic St. Patrick's Church.
5 p.m. SUNDAY, April 1, St. Patrick's Church, 1623 N.W. 19th Ave., 503-295-2811, $20-$25
The peppery comic and actress ('The Truth About Cats and Dogs,' 'Mystery Men'), who later served in the trenches at Air America Radio during the political left's darkest days, makes a visit.
8 p.m. FRIDAY, March 30, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $30, ages 21 and over