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Think globally, party locally
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Celebrate the strength and the fragility of Mother Earth on Earth Day.

The annual event, presented by the City Repair Project, hopes to attract 5,000 to 6,000 participants and has made Planting Seeds of Community its theme this year.

Along with presentations by environmentally conscious groups and green businesses, the celebration features an impressive lineup of live music, kids activities and workshops on how every Portlander can help make the world a better place.

- Suzie Ridgway

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Woodlawn Park, Northeast 13th Avenue and Dekum Street, 503-235-8946, www.cityrepair.org, free; see Web site for schedule and information on group bicycle rides to the park

FRIDAY

MUSEUM

Trash to Treasures Earth Day Bash

Earth Day activities at the Portland Children's Museum include true tales from the road told by author Joe Kurmaskie; live music from Trashcan Joe, Johnny Keener, and Recycle Man and the Dumpster Divers; and the chance to check out a biodiesel TriMet bus, worm composting and more.

- SR

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 20-22, Portland Children's Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-223-6500, www.portlandchildrensmuseum.org, $6-$7, free for members and children under 1

MUSIC

John Prine

Two-time Grammy winner John Prine has a list of celebrity endorsements about a mile long.

He's collaborated with Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams; Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Springsteen have appeared on his records.

Prine also has a fine new album of countrified covers done with bluegrass pal Mac Wiseman, 'Standard Songs for Average People,' that hits the stores next week.

- Barbara Mitchell

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-274-6564, $43.25-$60, all ages

SATURDAY

COMEDY

'They Came From Way Out There'

UFO sightings are merely the starting point for Artists Repertory Theatre's song-filled collection of comedy sketches, based on the actual lives of activists who pester the government for information pertaining to paranormal activity.

The five-member cast includes Susannah Mars and Kevin Michael Moore.

- EB

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through May 27, Artists Repertory Theatre Second Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, www.artistsrep.org, $32.50-$47.50

SUNDAY

MUSIC

Oregon Symphony

Charismatic former concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti is back in town, but only for a visit.

Her tenure in Portland ended earlier this year when she took a leadership position at Georgia's Mercer University. She returns to solo on Chausson's 'Poème' and Tchaikovsky's Valse-scherzo Op. 34.

Gregory Vajda conducts.

- EB

7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday, April 21-23, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, www.orsymphony.org, $23-$88; also available through Ticketmaster (503-790-2787), subject to service charges

MOVIE

'Avenue Montaigne' (PG-13)

Joie de vivre permeates this Francophile's cinematic dream about a lovely provincial gamine who makes good in the City of Lights.

A waitress offers a fresh perspective for her tortured-artist friends, while the Eiffel Tower glimmers in the background, and l'amour is just around the corner.

- Anne Marie DiStefano

Fox Tower