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“The Snowman And The Red Thread”

Musician/songwriter Michael Allen Harrison and Polaris Dance Theatre Artistic Director Robert Guitron team up for a premiere of theater, dance and live music. Harrison says the story is influenced by the Chinese proverb of the “red thread” connecting people, and it’s about a young child who embarks on a fantastical journey through a series of magical lands and returns home to see the world through new eyes.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 24-26, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 26-27, Lincoln Hall/PSU, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.polarisdance.org, starting at $22

“(a)merging 2013”

Celebrating its 10th year, Northwest Dance Project is putting on two tasty shows, featuring 15 dancers with a potluck of Portland dances, with its “Appetizer Program,” Jan. 25-27, and “Dessert Program,” Feb. 1-3. Dance films by Carla Mann and Christopher Peddecord and Kara Girod Shuster are featured.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Jan. 25-27, Feb. 1-3, Northwest Dance Project Studio and Performance Center, 833 N. Shaver St., www.nwdanceproject.org, $15, $20 at door

White Bird Uncaged

The dance group presents the eagerly awaited return of Montreal’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard, with the program including “Afternoon of a Faun” and “The Rite of Spring,” celebrating the centennial of Stravinsky’s revolutionary score.

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, Lincoln Hall/PSU, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.whitebird.org, $30, $20 student/senior

“Tosca”

Portland Opera’s “Larger Than Life” season continues with its performance of Puccini’s classic, with the company debut of American soprano Kara Shay Thomson in the title role and Canadian tenor Roger Honeywell as Cavaradossi. Set in post-French Revolution, it’s a thriller of sensual obsession and political corruption in 1800s Rome.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, Feb. 7, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. Feb. 3, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $25

MISC.

by: COURTESY OF OREGON ZOO - The Oregon Zoo is holding a comedy-night fundraiser to support African wild dogs conservation, Jan. 26. The Zoo is home to four African dogs.

Zoo comedy

Local comedians Todd Armstrong and Scoot Herring headline the Oregon Zoo’s first comedy night, a fundraiser to support the conservation of endangered African wild dogs. Also known as painted dogs, the pack-hunting canines are efficient predators, but their African habitats have been disturbed by farmers and domestic animals. The Zoo is home to four African dogs: Wally, Widdle, Wooster and Topaz.

6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Oregon Zoo Cascade Ballroom, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, www.oregonzoo.org, $50

“Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders”

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art’s newest exhibition features more than 30 photographs by Lyon, one of the most important documentary photographers and filmmakers to come of age in the 1960s, and chronicles the activities of the Chicago Outlaws motorcycle club from 1963 to 1967.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Jan. 27-March 16 (5 p.m. First Thursday, Feb. 7), Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 N.W. Eighth Ave., www.hartmanfineart.net

Bollywood

Crime, song, seduction and mistaken identity light up the screen at Hollywood Theatre with “Don,” the first of a series of “Bollywood at the Hollywood” events. DJ Anjali will perform.

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., www.hollywoodtheatre.org, $5

Buckman Art Show & Sell

The 23rd annual juried festival of art features more than 140 artists and craftspersons and designers, benefitting Buckman Arts Focus Elementary PTA. There’ll be a lively musical lineup, including all-female saxophone quartet the Quadrophonnes, and artful food.

5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School, 320 S.E. 16th Ave., www.buckmanartshow.weebly.com, $5 Friday, suggested donation Saturday

Polar Plunge

It’s quite a sight — about 2,000 costumed people running across the sand at Northeast Portland’s Broughton Beach and into the Columbia River in the annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Oregon. Eugene, Corvallis, Medford and Bend also participate in the Polar Plunge, with about 4,000 participants in all. Each plunger raises a minimum of $50 in pledges. Plunging into frigid water is a Scandinavian tradition

11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Broughton Beach, Northeast Portland, www.plungeoregon.ocom (for registration), www.soor.org (for info)