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The Short List

MISC.

First Thursday

Many galleries are opening new exhibitions on Thursday, July 3, despite it being one day before Fourth of July celebrations. For a list of participating First Thursday galleries, go to http://www.firstthursdayportland.com.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: VERN UYETAKE - The Fourth of July brings out the patriotic in Portland-area people, including fife and drum marchers in the Lake Oswego parade, which starts at 10 a.m.

Fourth of July

Parades and carnivals and other festivities take place all around the Portland metropolitan, topped off by fireworks displays at dusk — or around 10 p.m. The top fireworks displays will explode over Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Wash., the Waterfront Blues Festival at Waterfront Park, Oaks Park, North Plains, Corbett and St. Paul. The annual Independence Day party at Fort Vancouver starts with gates opening at 8 a.m. and entertainment at noon. Admission is $5 in advance, $7 at the gate (4th.fortvanorg). The St. Paul Rodeo, which continues July 3 to 5, remains a popular Fourth of July attraction (stpaulrodeo.com). Among other events: The Estacada Timber Festival starts at noon, shortly after the local parade, and includes real loggers (info: estacadatimberfestival.com). For some good info on Fourth of July happenings, visit http://www.pdxpipeline.com.

Oregon Encyclopedia

The group's Literary History Night presents "Beverly Cleary's Neighborhood," with discussions of the author's Portland settings by award-winning children's author Eric A. Kimmel and "Walking Portland" author Sybilla Cook.

7 p.m. Monday, July 7, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., http://www.mcmenamins.com, free

STAGE

BodyVox

The collaboration with Chamber Music Northwest, "In Motion," features bassist and composer Edgar Meyer alongside string instrumentalist Mike Marshall playing live for a world premiere dance by Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland. They'll also accompany the BodyVox suite, "Leave The Light On."

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 4-5, 4 p.m. Sunday, July 6, Lincoln Hall/PSU, http://www.bodyvox.com (check for tickets)

'Book of Mormon'

The famed Broadway satirical musical about the Mormon religion and founder Joseph Smith from the creators of "South Park" returns to Portland — but, as previously announced, it has sold out and only tickets through the day-of-show lottery remain available. There will be 16 performances from July 8 to 20 at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St. To receive lottery tickets, for $25 each, entries will be collected 2 1/2 hours prior to each performance at Keller. For info: http://www.BookofMormonTheMusical.com.

Portland's Funniest Person Contest

It's down to the semifinals in the annual contest, with the finals set for July 22 at Helium Comedy Club.

7:30 and 10 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, July 8-9, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave., http://www.heliumcomedy.com/portland, $15-$22

Portland Shakespeare Project

The group's fourth season includes Shakespeare's farewell masterpiece, "The Tempest," which features some of the world's most glorious poetry, directed by Michael Mendelson. A staged reading of "The Admirable Crichton" by J.M. Barrie will serve as a delightful three-day theatrical complement, directed by Jon Kretzu, on selected days (7:30 p.m. July 22 and 29, Aug. 3).

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, July 9-Aug. 3, Artists Repertory Theatre Alder Stage, 1515 S.W. Morrison, http://www.tickets.artistsrep.org, $30, $20 students, $15 for "The Admirable Crichton"

MUSIC

Lauryn Hill

The singer of Fugees and "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" fame visits Portland for a performance.

8 p.m. Sunday, July 6, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., http://www.mcmenamins.com, $55 advance, $60 at door

Asleep at the Wheel

The legendary nine-time Grammy-winning kings of western swing entertain their fans in Portland with "Get Your Kicks on Route 66," "Miles and Miles of Texas" and more.

8 p.m. Sunday, July 6, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., http://www.albertarosetheatre.com, $35 advance, $40 at door, $50 premium