The Short List
Waterfront, Oaks Park, Fort Vancouver
Fireworks will light up the sky throughout Portland on Monday, July 4, but none brighter will be seen than from Waterfront Park during the Waterfront Blues Festival. A rendition of 'Star Spangled Banner' will play at 10 p.m., following by the fireworks show (waterfrontblues.fest.com). Just down the Willamette River, Oaks Park will also put on its annual July 4 fireworks show starting at dusk (oakspark.com). On the Columbia River, the grand Fort Vancouver show starts at 10:05 p.m., capping off a day-long celebration at the historic site on the Washington side of the river (fortvan.org).
The Pearl Jam lead singer is touring in support of his solo album, 'Ukulele Songs,' with special guest Glen Hansard. 'Ukulele Songs' is a collection of originals and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele, including the first single, 'Longing to Belong.'
7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, pcpa.com, $85
Vans Warped Tour
Heads up: For 17 years, the Vans Warped Tour has showcased skateboarders and the punk, indie, metal and hardcore bands they love. This year's lineup features a wide range of acts from Gym Class Heroes to We Came As Romans.
Noon Sunday, Aug. 14, Washington County Fairgrounds, Hillsboro, vanswarpedtour.com, starting at $31.50
'U.S.S. Improvise; the Musical'
The Unscriptables, a new unscripted theatre company, has put on quite an improv hit spoofing 'Star Trek,' and the show has been extended through mid-July. Actors take audience suggestions and play out plots for Capt. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew.
8 p.m. July 1-2, July 8-9, July 15-16, The Unscriptables Studio, 1121 N. Loring St., theunscriptables.com, 'pay what you want.'
The Lakewood Theatre Company presents the premiere of the Marc Camoletti play, translated from French by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans and directed by Alan Shearman. It's a Tony Award-winning comedy and Broadway smash hit about Bernard, a successful architect living in Manhattan, who confidentially believes he can juggle his three flight attendant fiancees by meticulously monitoring their schedules. The play premiered in Paris in 1960.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. some Sundays, 2 p.m. some Sundays, July 8-Aug. 21, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $28, $25 seniors
'Ten Tiny Dances'
The Beaverton Farmers Market puts on a special show, featuring five stages, each 4-by-4-foot square, with 10 dances. The thinking: By performing in confined spaces, the dance/theatre performance challenges the artists to reinvent the usual expectations of dance vocabulary.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, Beaverton City Park/First Street, more info at beavertonarts.org
Glendening, Welsh, Weird Fiction
Last Thursday lights up Northeast Alberta Street, including with 'Neverland,' a showing by Daniel J. Glendening and Michael Welsh at Appendix Project Space. With 'Neverland,' the two collapse their individual practices into a single dreamlike environment, a survivalist clubhouse seemingly torqued out of time. In addition, Weird Fiction's 'Artificial Empathy Machine' will be thrilling crowds; Weird Fiction is an interdisciplinary arts group operating on the innards of the technocultural imagination with fiction blogs, multimedia performance, videos, interactive installations and books works.
Last Thursday, June 30, Appendix Project Space, Northeast 26th/27th avenues and Alberta Street, appendixspace.com
A new photography exhibit opens at the aquarium in Newport, titled 'Passages of the Deep,' by photographers Susan and Steve Dimock of Bandon. Their work features Oregon coast landscapes and birds, including aquarium puffins.
Opening July 1, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, more info at aquarium.org.
Mississippi Street Fair
The 10th anniversary features free live music all day (36 bands, five stages), as well as food and craft beer and art displays. About 30,000 people are expected to attend.
Saturday, July 9, North Mississippi Street (from Fremont to Skidmore), more info at mississippiave.com