Portland Story Theater

The storytelling group’s Armchair Adventurer Series will feature the world premiere of Lawrence Howard’s telling of the historical tale of John “Babbacome” Lee, the famed “man they could not hang” after he had been convicted of murdering his master; the attempted execution failed three times. Howard, co-founder of Portland Story Theater, put on his “Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare” at last year’s United Solo Festival in New York.

8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Jan. 18-19, Jan. 25-26, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St.,, $15, $20 at door

“Alive and Dead in the USA”

The Brody Theater has some upcoming shows, including “Micetro” and “Fly-Ass Jokes,” and the new long form improv show “Alive and Dead in the USA,” scenes and stories examining the uncertainty of life, and the proximity of death.

7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 19 to Feb. 16, Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway,, $8-$10

“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Oregon Children’s Theatre presents C.S. Lewis’ classic about good vs. evil in a journey of fantasy, adventure and mystery.

2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 19-Feb. 17, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-9571, $18-$30, $15-$26 children

Fertile Ground

The 10-day, fifth annual Fertile Ground Festival of New Works is coming up, presented by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance and continuing to promote prolific playwrights, abundant actors, innovative dancers, talented designers and adventuresome producers and their new works. Many theatre and dance companies are more are participating — Artists Repertory Theatre, CoHo Productions, Hand2Mouth Theatre, Portland Playhouse, Third Rail Repertory Theatre are among the key producers. Among the highlights: MilePost5’s “Ripen,” Polaris Dance Theatre’s “Groovin Greenhouse” and PDX Playwrights’ 17 staged readings. There’ll be nearly 90 acts in all.

Other highlights: “Stories: From the Trenches of Middle School,” by Lunacy Stageworks; “Lying in Judgment,” starring Margie Boule, by playwright Gary Corbin; “7 Minutes,” a musical about a teen kissing game that addresses stereotypes, gay bullying, peer pressure and akwardness, by Amber Kiara Mitchell, 15, the youngest playwright in the festival, as part of the “4x4=8” musicals; “Finding the Lost Spark,” a one-woman performance art piece by Sue Ellen Liss, who explores five generations of women in her family; and “A Noble Failure,” a Third Rail Repertory Theatre production by Susan Mach, about America’s public education system (starts Jan. 17)

Thursday, Jan. 24 to Sunday, Feb. 3, various locations, (check for complete listings and info), single tickets through companies, $50 passes


National Pigeon Association

The group’s 2013 Grand National Show and Convention will be held in Vancouver, Wash., with more than 200 breeds and about 3,700 exhibition pigeons on display.

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Hilton Vancouver, 301 W. Sixth St., Vancouver, Wash.,, free

“The Mountain Runners

Northwest Film Center presents the documentary film by Todd Warger and Brian Young about the Northwestern Washington mountain adventure race of 1911 to 1913 that consisted of miles of travel by train, auto and by foot. The $100 prize in gold coins attracted 14 contestants who clambered up and down Mount Baker. It’s narrated by Kevin Tighe (“Lost,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”), and includes hundreds of vintage images, historic footage, graphics, digital effects and dramatizations, starring William B. Davis (“The X-Files”). Young, the director, will be in attendance.

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.,, $9, $8 students/seniors

Museum of Contemporary Craft

In partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, the museum plays host to the Hallie Ford Fellows Exhibition, “We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live.” The inaugural exhibition showcases the work of recipients of the nine Hallie Ford Fellowship in Visual Arts, from 2010-12 — Daniel Duford, David Eckard, Heidi Schwegler, Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, Stephen Hayes, Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi and Michelle Ross.

Thursday, Jan. 24 to April 27, 724 N.W. Davis St.,, regular admission

International Cat Show

Fans of felines will surely want to gather for the eighth annual show, with more than 300 cats expected to be featured, among them: Savannah, Sphynx, Maine Coon, Pixie-bob, Bengal and Kurilian Bobtail. Oregon Food Bank will be a beneficiary of the event. Several rescue groups will be there for adoptions. Judging takes place all three days, including at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 for the “Best-of-the-Best” award.

4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 26-27, Holiday Inn Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd.,, $5/two cans food, $7 without food

B.B. King

Heads up music lovers: The legendary blues singer and guitarist will share the stage with Oregon’s own harmonica-blowing singer soul man Curtis Salgado in March.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave.,, $45-$75

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