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The Short List

MUSIC

Alberta Rose Bluegrass Festival

It’s three days and nights of bluegrass, including concerts, jams and open-mics, workshops and a gospel brunch.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, noon Sunday, Feb. 10, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $20-$30, $60 weekend pass

Oregon Symphony: Beethoven

It’s a big concert. Carlos Kalmar conducts the symphony through Hindemith’s “Overture to News of the Day,” Britten’s “Ballad of Heroes” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9,” with performances by soprano Layla Claire, mezzo soprano Emily Fons, tenor Brendan Tuohy, bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and the Portland Symphonic Choir. The Ninth’s “Ode to Joy” is possibly the world’s best-known piece of classical music.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $21-$125

Oregon Symphony: Flack

Lovers unite — “A Roberta Flack Valentine” features the great songstress with the Charles Floyd-conducted Symphony. Her hits include “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Where Is the Love?,” Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Tonight I Celebrate My Love.”

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $32-$128

MISC.

First Thursday

by: COURTESY OF ATTIC GALLERY - Jacquline Hurlbert's 'Journal Torso,' a hand-built, glazed and fired ceramic wall sculpture, is part of Attic Gallery's upcoming exhibition.The second gallery openings tour of the new year will be Feb. 7 evening, and information on participating galleries can be found at www.firstthursdayportland.com. Among the highlights: art teachers/students exhibition, Talisman Gallery, 1476 N.E. Alberta St.; “Nudes in the Attic,” by gallery artists, Attic Gallery, 206 S.W. First Ave.; Hank Pander, Betty Merken, Laura Russo Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave.; “Painted Violin,” by 18 Northwest artists, fundraiser for Portland Youth Philharmonic, Gallery 903, 903 N.W. Davis St.

Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show

The largest sportsmen’s show west of the Mississippi returns for its 38th year, featuring cutting-edge gear and renowned experts for fishing and boating, shooting sports, hunting, camping and more; the Sport Fishing Boat Show includes fishing gear, drift boats and sleds, fishing equipment and demonstrations. A new feature is the world’s only indoor steelhead river, a 50-foot long river with realistic drifts and tail-outs.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Feb. 7-8, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, the www.sportshows.com, $12 adults, $18 two-day pass, $5 juniors (age 6-16)

Yard, Garden & Patio Show

The Oregon Association of Nurseries hosts the show that features 45 hours of free seminars by experts from around the country, as well as outdoor cooking classes, an urban farming-focused edible garden and the Cracked Pots garden artists. Billy Derian of DIY Network’s “Extra Yardage” will be there.

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 8-9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.ygpshow.com (check for complete info)

STAGE

“Anansi The Spider”

Tears of Joy Theatre presents the trickster spider from West Africa who is brought to life in two hilarious tales.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, various times/days through Feb. 17, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $21, $17 children

Portland Story Theater

Storytellers take to the stage in the group’s marquee event.

7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St., No. 104, www.portlandstorytheater.com, $10-$15

“Red Herring”

It’s the Northwest premiere of the comedic noir fable by Christopher Liam Moore, Oregon Shakespeare Festival director, with Commie spies afoot, the H-bomb looming and McCarthy’s detective daughter hot on the trail of a fog-filled murder case. It’s written by Michael Hollinger.

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 12-March 17, Artists Repertory Theatre/Alder Stage, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., www.artistsrep.org, $25-$50

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

White Bird presents the dance group and its program showcasing contemporary Israel choreography by Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. The 18-member dance group is celebrating its 35th year, acclaimed for its exuberant and innovative repertoire and versatile dancers.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.whitebird.org, $26-$64