Weekend!Life: Your guide to the next 72 hours

Sign of summer
by: courtesy of Joe Liptak, Joe Liptak (working here on Peter Pan) sculpts figures and paints sets for a View-Master photos.



Beavers home opener

For more than 100 years, Portland Beavers baseball games have been one of the metro area's favorite family summertime pastimes.

Beginning today, you can once again root, root, root for the home team as the Portland Beavers take on the Fresno Grizzlies in their season-opening weekend.

The first 3,000 fans tonight will receive 2007 Beavers schedule magnets. The first 500 also will receive commemorative Friday the 13th Beavers' baseballs.

- Suzie Ridgway

7:05 p.m. Friday, 2:05 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 13-15, PGE Park, 1844 S.W. Morrison St., 503-553-5555, $8-$13; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400, www.ticketmaster.com), subject to service charges


The Long Winters

For any other outfit, playing a show on Friday the 13th could be construed as an inauspicious sign.

For Seattle's Long Winters - who have weathered countless lineup changes and challenges only to emerge better, stronger and more popular than ever - it's probably a twisted bit of good fortune.

If you've never experienced the band's infectiously energetic live shows and singer-songwriter John Roderick's off-kilter, self-deprecating and occasionally withering wit, this is definitely your lucky day.

Get there early for the excellent pop of Broken West, which has a fine new album out on Merge.

- Barbara Mitchell

9 p.m. Friday, April 13, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $12



Gorge Artists Open Studios

This is your chance to take a self-guided tour and check out what artists are making in Hood River, Mosier and The Dalles on the Oregon side as well as White Salmon and Goldendale, Wash.

Bring shades and keep your eyes peeled for jam stands and fixer-uppers.

- Joseph Gallivan

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, Hood River and points east, go to www.gorgeartistsopenstudios.com for a list of stores selling tickets, essentially a guidebook that admits two for $15



The most successful of August Wilson's 10-play cycle chronicling the black experience, this timeless drama won the Tony Award for best play and the Pulitzer Prize after premiering on Broadway in 1987.

A collaboration with the Hartford Stage Company and the Dallas Theater Center, the production comes straight from the Lone Star State, with the same cast responsible for what the Dallas Observer called 'by far the finest thing this theater has offered this season - or last, or the one before that.'

A classic story of an aging patriarch, Wilson's drama has earned comparisons to 'Death of a Salesman' and 'King Lear.' It completes Portland Center Stage's first season on the Gerding Theater main stage.

- Eric Bartels

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through May 6, Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., 503-445-3700, www.pcs.org, $16.50-$59.50



Filmed by Bike

Tattooed bike messengers, muddy mountain bikers and tall-bike riders in wigs convene for the fifth annual Filmed by Bike festival.

A collection of short films pays homage to the two-wheeled, human-powered contraptions, with perspectives ranging from the pastoral to the political.

Friday night is the 'Smack Down,' with a rowdy atmosphere and a raffle - the grand prize is, of all things, a bicycle.

- Anne Marie DiStefano

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, April 13, $5-$10 sliding scale; 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday, April 14-15, $6; Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., 503-238-8899, www.filmedbybike.org


The Magic of View-Master

View-Master is known for its stereoscopic images of cartoon characters and tourist traps, but it began life in the 1930s as an educational tool.

Portlander William Gruber used it to produce authoritative books on mushrooms and Chinese art.

Now that history is being told at the 3D Center of Art and Photography, in the form of exhibits under glass as well as a digital slide show and a few hands-on click-alongs.

Included are several models made by local artist Joe Liptak, who used low-fire clay and Sculpey to make sets for the likes of 'Cinderella' and 'The Flintstones.'

Liptak and Rich Dubnow, owner of Image3D, will be in conversation at the museum 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19, and May 19, $8.

- JG

1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, through May 27, 3D Center of Art and Photography, 1928 N.W. Lovejoy St., 503-227-6667, www.3dcenter.us, $4