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The Short List

STAGE

Mortified Portland

Common folk share their stories, with the topic being childhood artifacts.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., www.mcmenamins.com, $13

‘Les Miserables

The French Revolution classic of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption hits the stage, by Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23-24, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $26.25-$28.25

Northwest Oboe Seminar

Fans of the reed instrument sound will be interested, as director Victoria Racz presides in the 20th annual event.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., www.oregonchamberplayers.org, $10

Julius Caesar’

Post5 Theatre puts on Shakespeare’s classical political tragedy, directed by Ty Boice, who follows up from his debut

with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.”

7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 17-Sept. 29, Post 5 Theatre/Lacroute Courtyard Theater, 850 N.E 81st Ave., www.postfivetheatre.org, “pay what you can”

MISC.

Adult Soapbox Derby

The 17th annual event features 39 soapbox gladiators racing against one another on a course just short of a mile. Defending champions are

Aaron Foster and John Becher.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Mount Tabor, www.soapboxracer.com (check for complete info)

Multnomah Village Days

Music, food, art vendors, a pancake breakfast and parade are part of the festivities.

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, Southwest Capitol Highway between 31st and 36th avenues, www.multnomahvillage.org, free

Hawthorne Street Fair

It’s the 30th year of the family-oriented fair, put on by the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association. Musical acts include The New Iberian’s and Portland School of Rock Performance Band.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard between 12th and 52nd avenues, www.thinkhawthorne.com, free

Festa Italiana

It’s all things Italian — food! — at the popular annual event. The Carter Family Marionettes are a hit.

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 22-24, Pioneer Courthouse Square, www.festa-italiana.org

MUSIC

Brewer & Shipley

The longtime Kansas City duo of Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley brings its Midwestern folk and pop music to Portland for the first time since 1970. The anthem “One Toke Over the Line” pushed them into prominence, and their Vietnam-era protest songs earned them a spot on Richard Nixon’s enemies list.

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $20

The Monkees

Remember, they are coming to Portland!

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $47-$111.50