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MUSIC

Hutchins Consort

The Southern California-based ensemble offers one of the more unique experiences in classical music, the performing violin octet.

The group will play works by Gershwin, Bartók and Edvard Grieg on eight scaled violins ranging from a treble that plays an octave higher than traditional violin to a contrabass that stands 7 feet tall.

- Eric Bartels

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, June 23, the Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., 866-701-2787, $15-$25

DANCE

Summer Morgan Dance

Transplanted New York dance maker Summer Morgan unleashes her first full-length show in Portland, premiering two works, 'Impending Waltz' and 'Florence Chadwick vs. the Strait of Gibraltar.'

Dancer-choreographer Arti Boyd chips in with a new work, 'The Miss Adventures of Pogo.'

- EB

8 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, June 24-25, Conduit, 918 S.W. Yamhill St., Suite 401, 503-239-5350, $10

THEATER

'Civil Disunion'

Humble Divas members Elizabeth Lavenue and Mark Steering present a one-hour musical comedy about love and marriage in our politically charged times.

- EB

8 p.m. SATURDAY, June 24, Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2823 N. Portland Blvd., 503-234-1140, $5-$20

'H.M.S. Pinafore'

Mock's Crest Productions completes its run of the witty and lyrical Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta, which remains popular long after its London debut in 1878.

- EB

7:30 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, June 23-25, Mago Hunt Center, University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., 503-943-7287, $23-$25

'Next Best Thing'

The hardworking improv troupe offers its popular long-format show one more time to cap its season.

- EB

8 p.m. SATURDAY, June 24, the Brody Theater, 1904 N.W. 27th Ave., 503-224-0688, www.brodytheater.com - $7-$10

'The Centering'

In Chris Harder's one-man show at the Back Door Theater, a political prisoner caught up in the fear and suspicion that follows a terrorist attack despairs of ever regaining his freedom. So he begins to fall back on a lifetime of memories, most of which involve sexual depravity and a career as a clown.

It may sound absurd, but Harder's collaboration with local playwright Steve Patterson has produced a wonderfully crafted story that is both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply poignant.

- EB

11 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 7 p.m. SUNDAY, June 23-25, Back Door Theater, 4319 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-956-6089, $7-$10

'Theater District'

Artists Repertory Theatre closes its season with an edgy comedy by successful television writer Richard Kramer ('My So-called Life').

In his first effort for the stage, Kramer invents a collection of characters who populate the adrenaline-fueled upper reaches of Manhattan life, where a 15-year-old boy attempts to forge a relationship with his gay father.

Things move along crisply enough, but some of Kramer's key plot developments feel forced or unsupported, leaving it to a solid cast, led by Michael Mendelson and Morgan Lee, to carry the production.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. SUNDAY, 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, through July 3, Artists Repertory Theatre, Mainstage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-231-1278, $15-$40

'The Odd Couple'

Integrity Productions sets its time machine for 1985, when Neil Simon rewrote his comedy classic for an all-female cast. Hence the Cyndi Lauper music, Patrick Nagel art, and garish hair and clothes.

But the laughs here tend to be vintage 1965, when Simon's original Broadway production broke his zingy, Gotham-centric comedy into the big time.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY, SATURDAY and Thursday, 4 p.m. SUNDAY, through July 2, Theater Theatre, Arena Stage, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., 503-286-3456, $12-$15

'Kimberly Akimbo'

Portland Actors Conservatory presents the twisted but touching comedy of a young girl who suffers from a rare disorder that makes her age rapidly.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, June 23-25, Firehouse Theatre, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St., 503-274-1717, $5-$25

'Tao Soup'

Scott Kelman and his Drunken Monkeys of Brooklyn Bay keep tinkering with this intriguing piece of performance art-theater, which now has enjoyed several incarnations since its debut a year and a half ago.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, through July 1, the Brooklyn Bay, 1825 S.E. Franklin St., Bay K, 503-777-5879, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - $10-$15

'Silence'

Viking raids, a French princess and a wedding-night surprise appear in Moira Buffini's award-winning comedy of medieval sexual politics.

- EB

8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, June 23-24, Back Door Theater, 4319 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-784-7316, $15-$18

'Menopause the Musical'

Four female stereotypes - ex-hippie, aging soap star, power woman and Iowa housewife - meet at a Bloomingdale's sale and bond in this coming-of-middle-age comedy that gets the audience on its feet and, often, on stage.

- Joseph Gallivan

8 p.m. Tuesday-FRIDAY, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, open run, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Dolores Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, $44.50, available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges

EXHIBITION

Treasures of the John Wilson Special Collections

This greatest-hits package is just the thing for people who can't make it to the library during the restricted hours that the fine collection of rare books is open to the public.

Works under glass include Audubon's 'The Birds of America' (1827-38), in which a page will be turned daily; Pierre Joseph Redouté's 'Les Roses' (1817-24); 'Atlas Major' (1662), by Joan Blaeu; and Beatrix Potter's tiny first book, 'A Happy Pair' (1890).

Also worth a look is 'The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer' from William Morris' Kelmscott Press (1896), which tried to recapture the beauty of handcrafted bookmaking from before the Industrial Revolution. And there are letters and first editions by Charles Dickens and D.H. Lawrence as well as highlights of the Native American literature collection. Saturday's opening reception has music and some food, and is open to the public.

- JG

Opening reception 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. SATURDAY, June 24; regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. SUNDAY, through Aug. 20, Central Library, Collins Gallery, 801 S.W. 10th Ave., 503-988-5123

ART

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

The 43rd annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts now has grown to include more than 1,000 artists.

This year look out for a special exhibit show and sale called 'Splash: Mystery of the Studio. Intrigue of the Brush.' There also is an open show tent, invitational and lectures.

- JG

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. SUNDAY, June 23-25, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, www.lakewood-center.org - free

Sherrie Wolf

She does one thing, but she does it very well: Dutch-style still lifes in front of images pinched from old masters. And why the hell not?

- JG

11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-FRIDAY, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, through July 1, Laura Russo Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., 503-226-2754, free

Kari Merkl

Sculptural light boxes constructed from cast resin and steel, with imprints from found objects - it's far more mod than it sounds. And it's in the emptiest bar in Portland, too.

- JG

5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday-Thursday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, through June 30, Apotheke, 1314 N.W. Glisan St., Suite 2A, 503-241-7866, free

Jim Riswold

The productive chappy presents 'The Last Supper,' a series of 44 screen prints depicting Leonardo da Vinci's famous fresco. The works, based on an original paint-by-numbers image, were printed by Pete McCracken's Crack Press art and design studio in Old Town. To you, $3,000.

- JG

10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-SATURDAY, through July 1, Augen Gallery, 817 S.W. Second Ave., 503-224-8182, free

Juri Morioka

Morioka's debut show at Butters is of sweet and colorful stripes.

They are broken up with doodlelike pencil marks suggestive of household items - vases of flowers, sinks - such that the works look like cross-sections of apartment buildings.

Also showing is new sculpture by Ming Fay. He did that thing that looks like a giant green olive in the Oregon Convention Center.

- JG

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-FRIDAY, through July 1, Butters Gallery, 520 N.W. Davis St., 503-248-9378, free

grey|area

Artist-curator-blogger-flack T.J. Norris has curated grey|area, a West Coast show that is 'themeless and non-narrative, peppered in shades of conceptual and abstract minimalism.'

No, wait - it's good! With Portland artists Troy Briggs, Daniel Duford, David Eckard, Scott Wayne Indiana and Ellen George.

- JG

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-SATURDAY, through July 1, Guestroom Gallery, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-8378, free