The stage/radio variety show opens its spring season, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., with guests Brooks Wheelan, Thundercat (Stephen Bruner) and more. Tickets are $20, $25 day of show. For more: www.livewireradio.org.
Some shows opening:
'Rock of Ages' — Stumptown Stages puts on the celebrated musical story of the small-town girl who moves to the big city and meets the wannabe rocker from Detroit in 1980s Hollywood. It features Jon Conver from the touring production and music by the likes of Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Feb. 16-March 5, Brunish Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.stumptownstages.org, $25-$40.
'Pep Talk' — Hand2Mouth blows the whistle on 2016 for being a year of poor attitudes, while boosting team spirit, celebrating heroes, identifying obstacles and asking, "What are you going to do?" Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Feb. 16-26, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., www.hand2mouththeatre.org (check for tickets).
'Pen/Man/Ship' — Portland Playhouse puts on a play by Christina Anderson about a voyage from North America to Africa. It features an actual pool as part of the set to symbolize the Atlantic Ocean. Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 5, Portland Playhouse, 602 N.E. Prescott St., www.portlandplayhouse.org, $5-$34.
'The Testament of Mary' — Corrib Theatre puts on the adaptation of a novel by Colm Toibon. It's a first-person exploration into the psyche of Mary, mother of Jesus, in her later years. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 16-March 5, New Expressive Works, 810 S.E. Belmont St., www.corribtheatre.org, $25.
'Secret of the Spider' — Third Rail Repertory presents shadow puppetry masters Night Shade, which puts on a psychedelic allegory from a world where spirits stalk their hosts and witches grant wishes. Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., www.thirdrailrep.org, $20.
The comedy/animation showcase returns, as standup comedians — including Amy Miller, Curtis Cook, Bri Pruett, Adam Pasi and more — perform live with animated jokes, a musical guest and visual installations.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $15, $20 at door
With adaptation by Kevin Irving and featuring the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky, OBT re-animates the beloved classical ballet from the inside out, with a story meant to draw us in rather than keep us at an admiring distance, while weaving together parts of the Petipa/Ivanov original.
Feb. 18-25, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.obt.org (check for show times), starting at $29
CCN-Ballet de Lorraine
White Bird presents one of Europe's most celebrated contemporary dance companies, featuring two works by French choreographers and a beloved masterwork by Merce Cunningham.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.whitebird.org, starting at $26
Mardi Gras Ball
It's been called one of the country's best Mardi Gras celebrations, fit with plenty of music and revelry and put on by Mysti Krewe of Nimbus.
7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St., www.portlandmardigras.com, $30, $35 at door
The ninth annual beer extravaganza and tour has expanded to two weekends — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 (Portland area) and Feb. 25 (statewide). For more: www.oregoncraftbeer.org.
'The Music of Prince'
The Oregon Symphony, led by guest conductor Brent Havens and featuring the vocals of Marshall Charloff and a rock band, plays the hits of the late musician.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $35-$95