The Short List
Hes a former writer for Late Night with Conan OBrien and a regular contributor on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and hes touring in support of his comedy album These Are Jokes, created a TV series called Important Things with Demetri Martin, and recently released a book This Is a Book.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., aladdin-theater.com, $35
The Arabian Nights
Written by Mary Zimmerman, its adapted from the book, The Book of a Thousand Nights and One Night and directed by Philip Cuomo. Its Post5 Theatres first main stage production that doesnt center around Shakespeare.
7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, March 29-April 28, Post5 Theatre, 850 N.E. 81st Ave., postfivetheatre.org, $10 (Sundays pay-what-you-can)
The new Bad Reputation Productions comedy series is a projectile of smart and innovative theatrical comedy installations, in partnership with Portland Center Stage. This edition of Slingshot features Portland improv stalwarts The Liberators, along with comedians from The Brody Theater and Administration. Fridays performance features guest monologist Christine McKinley of The History Channels Decoded and Saturdays features Julie Sabtier (Destination DIY) and Loren Hoskins (Sharky, Jake and the Neverland Pirates).
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 29-30, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., slingshotpdx.com, $15, $20 at door
Live Wire! Radio
The stage/radio variety show features former Trail Blazer Brian Grant, author Howard Bloom, stand-up comedian Ron Funches, illustrator Nicole Georges and musical acts The Dandy Warhols and Edna Vasquez.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., livewireradio.org, $20, $25 day of show
Michael Allen Harrisons The Snowman Foundation puts on its annual bash, with 10 grand pianos played by prominent pianists. Among the luminaries involved: Harrison, Tom Grant, Barbara Roberts, Janice Scroggins, David Lanz (Seattle New Age artist), Michael Kaeshammer (from Toronto), Mac Potts and JJ Guo (14 years old)
7 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, pcpa.com, $36.50-$99
Detail Dance Company
Portland-born choreographer Durante Lambert and the company return to the stage with an encore performance of Oz, which originally played at the Newmark Theatre in January. Lambert recreates and retells the famed The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Wiz with his diverse 28-member cast.
7 p.m. Monday, April 1, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, pcpa.com, $22.75-$42.25
The company brings 5,000 years of Chinese civilization to the stage with classical Chinese dance and music. The shows moves quickly through regions, dynasties and legends with ethnic and folk dances, athleticism, battle drums and masterful vocalists. There are 100 artists, 400 costumes and a classical Western and Chinese instrument orchestra.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, April 2-4, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 1-888-974-3698, $60-$180
Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
Start planning your day trip as the nearly 1 million tulip bulbs planted last year at the Iverson Family Farms near Woodburn are nearly ready to be enjoyed at the 27th annual event. More than 145,000 people are expected to attend the event. A crafters market, wine tasting, wooden shoe demonstrations, steam tractor demonstrations, You Pick Tulips, jump houses, kids thrill rides and Mexican food are part of the fun.
9 a.m.-6 p.m., March 29-May 5, Iverson Family Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Road, Woodburn, woodenshoe.com (see for complete schedule), $5 bike/motorcycle, $10 carload, $20 buses