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by: COURTESY OF OWEN CAREY/PAC - Portland  Actors Conservatory examines youthful angst, inertia and anger in 'subUrbia'  through April 28 at Firehouse Theatre.

subUrbia

The Portland Actors Conservatory show is about a group of 20-somethings desperately seeking meaning and direction in a convenience store parking lot. Based on an Eric Bogosian story, it reflects the angst, inertia and anger of many suburban young people. The performance features second-year PAC students, as well as professional actors and alumni.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 28, Firehouse Theatre, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St., www.actorsconservatory.com, $5-$25

‘The Aliens

The Third Rail Repertory Theatre show and story by Annie Baker, directed by Tim True, is about two men (KJ and Jasper) hanging out by a Dumpster behind the coffee shop in the town of Shirley, Vt., meditating on music, philosophy, ‘shrooms and Charles Bukowski. They are interrupted by the new 17-year-old barista Evan Shelmerdine.

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, April 12-May 4, CoHo Theatre, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-235-1101, $25

‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

It’s a world premiere production by Tears of Joy Theatre, with two very enthusiastic Jules Verne fans telling the story with puppets, like it’s never been told before — a fun, rollicking, family-friendly adaptation. It’s written by Jon Ludwig, artistic director of the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, and directed by Nancy Aldrich, Tears of Joy artistic director.

Various times and days, April 12-21, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-0557, $21, $17 children

Live Wire! Radio

Humorist Simon Rich, actor James Urbaniak, musician John Roderick, author Amanda Coplin and musical acts Black Prairie and Rose Cousins are part of the radio/stage variety show.

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20, $25 day of show, $35 reserved

Justin Brill

“An Evening with Justin Brill” features the star who played Boq on the first national tour of “Wicked,” as he sings and tells stories tracing his path from his home in Annapolis, Md., to Broadway and beyond. He’ll sing and tell stories from “All Shook Up,” “Rent,” “High Fidelity,” “Mamma Mia” and “Spamalot,” as well as songs by Irving Berlin and George Gershwin.

7 p.m. Monday, April 15, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $20

‘American Music Festival

The Oregon Ballet Theatre show brings us three new dance works by Pontus Lidberg, Trey McIntyre and Matthew Neenan, in an ambitious program that spans a wide spectrum of the country’s musical genres. It’s McIntyre’s first OBT commission since “Just” in 2006; he’ll be leading “Robust American Love.” Neenan (“At The Border”) and Lidberg (“Stream”) will get their Portland introductions.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, seven other performances (2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.) through April 27, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.obt.org, starting at $23

Bridgetown Comedy Festival

The sixth annual event will be held at various venues around Hawthorne Boulevard, and will include “The Simpsons” writer/producer Dana Gould, musician/comedian Reggie Watts and Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Popper of BBC cult comedy hit “Look Around You.” In addition, comics Greg Behrendt and Dave Anthony bring their popular podcast “Walking the Room” to Bridgetown for the first time. Several other noted comedians are scheduled to appear.

Thursday-Sunday, April 18-21, various venues around Hawthorne Boulevard, www.bridgetowncomedy.com (see for complete info), $79 weekend passes

MUSIC

by: COURTESY OF DARK STAR ORCHESTRA - They aren't Jerry Garcia and his Grateful Dead bandmates, but Dark Star Orchestra has garnered much acclaim for their spot-on rendition of Dead songs and concerts. They'll play the Crystal Ballroom April 18-19.

Dark Star Orchestra

Endorsed by the Grateful Dead themselves, the tribute band has performed with five Dead members, including Phil Lesh. It’s been on tour for 15 years and 2,150 shows, giving Dead fans a unique live experience for the young and older. The band plays songs from Dead records, as well as live shows, recreating set lists and intermittently crafting their own.

8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 18-19, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., www.mcmenamins.com, $25, $27 day of show

Chris Tomlin

With 10 No. 1 radio singles, three Grammy nominations, 18 Dove Awards, one platinum and three gold albums to his credit, you could say contemporary Christian singer-guitarist Chris Tomlin’s career has been heaven on Earth.

7 p.m. Friday, April 19, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, $25, $35

‘A Concert for Sandy Relief’

Forward Edge International presents the benefit concert featuring Aaron Neville, Curtis Salgado and Michael Allen Harrison.

7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.pcpa.com, $35-$61

Sparks

One of the most influential and intelligent rock-pop-disco-you-name-it outfits of the past four decades, Sparks, is back on the road.

8 p.m. Sunday, April 21, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, $27.50, $30 at the door

Fleetwood Mac

Heads up: Fleetwood Mac’s current lineup includes Mick Fleetwood and John McVie — both original members since 1967 — and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, who joined the band in 1975.

8 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, $29.50-$149.50

MISC.

Pets fair

The Northwest Pet and Companion Fair is the largest pet expo and adoption event in the Northwest, bringing thousands of attendees and exhibitors from all aspects of the pet industry. It’s free for the first time.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, free

National Poetry Month

As part of the monthlong celebration of poetry, Annie Bloom’s Books is playing host to readings by six Portland poets: Carl Adamshick, Sarah Bartlett, Emily Kendall Frey, James Gendron, Jay Ponteri and Coleman Stevenson.

7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway, www.annieblooms.com, free