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The Short List

STAGE

'The Caretaker'

Harold Pinter's masterpiece of humor and tragedy, which ran for years to critical acclaim in London and New York, hits the Imago Theatre stage, with Allen Nause and Jeffrey Gilpin starring and Jerry Mouawad directing.

7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 27-March 23, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $17-$25

'Zombie in Love'

Oregon Children's Theatre presents the world premiere musical about Mortimer the lonely zombie looking for true love. Opening weekend brings the author, playwright and composer to the city.

2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays, March 1-23, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.octc.org, $18 and $28 adults, $15 and $24 children

Live Wire! Radio

The stage/radio show features Richmond Fontaine singer and author Willy Vlautin, singer/songwriter Wesley Stace, director Beth Harrington, comic book writer Matt Fraction, and musical guests Kristin Hersh and Albatross.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20, $25 day of show, $35 reserved

by: COURTESY OF YU HUI-HUNG - Cloud Gate Dance Theatre entertain dance crowds in Portland in the coming days.

White Bird

The Portland dance group presents two more prestigious companies in the coming days:

• Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan making its Portland debut with "Songs of the Wanderers," inspired by Buddha's quest for enlightenment, by choreographer Hwai-Min and featuring 3 1/2 tons of shimmering golden rice, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., whitebird.org, starting at $26

• The Stephen Petronio Company putting on "Like Lazarus Did," exploring transformation and rebirth, featuring Portland's Pacific Youth Choir and an original score by Son Lux based on American slave songs, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 6-8, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.whitebird.org, $30 adult, $20 student/senior

MUSIC

Led Zeppelin Experience

The acclaimed tribute band visits Portland.

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside, www.mcmenamins.com, $10, $15 at door

Blues for MS

It's the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Portland's fourth annual concert, co-sponsored by the Cascade Blues Association.

3 p.m. Sunday, March 2 (concluding around 9 p.m.), Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.msoregon.org, $10 suggested donation

The New Iberians

The band, along with DK Stewart's Sextet and Lloyd Jones Funktation, celebrate Mardi Gras with Louisiana music.

7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $15, $20 at door

Tool

Arguably one of the greatest metal bands of all time, Tool brings its highly intelligent hard rock to our town.

8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, Moda Center, www.rosequarter.com, $40, $55, $75

MISC.

Rose City Yarn Crawl

Eighteen yarn stores will participate in the fifth annual event, celebrating the unique world-renowned knitting and crochet culture in Portland. New this year, knitters and crocheters have been participating in a Mystery Knit-a-Long and Crochet-a-Long to create one of two special shawlettes leading up to the Yarn Crawl.

Feb. 27-March 2, www.rosecityyarncrawl.com (see for participating stores and other info)

'Portland Collects: British Ceramics'

The Museum of Contemporary Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art put on an exhibition that examines objects and who collects them, with 50 British works (mid-century to contemporary) drawn primarily form local and museum collections. It's touted as an exhibit the likes of which haven't been seen in Portland since 1951.

Feb. 28-Aug. 23, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St., www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org, $4, $3 students/seniors

SE Portland Area Artwalk

About 100 artists are participating in the annual event between Southeast Ninth and 41st avenues and Powell and Hawthorne boulevards. Artists are opening their studios or displaying their work in residences or businesses.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2, Southeast Portland, www.seportlandartwalk.com, free

Mardi Gras Ball

The fourth annual event, presented by party organizers Mysti Krewe of Nimbus, sports the theme, "Saints and Sinners." It features folks with Louisiana and Gulf Coast heritage and locals who want a taste of Louisiana. There'll be a costume contest, a crowning of Mardi Gras King and Queen, and dancing to cajun and zydeco music. Musical guests: Northside Skull and Bones Gang; Too Loose Cajun and Zydeco Band; Transcendental Brass Band; DK Stewart's Sextet; The Roseland Hunters. Organizers also put on the Mardi Gras Day Parade on Mississippi Avenue, 6:30 p.m. on March 4.

8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St., www.portlandmardigras.com, $25, $30 day of show