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Monologue finals

The August Wilson Monologue Competition regional finals will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway.

Presented by the August Wilson Red Door Project, It's free to attend, but reservations are required. For more:

There'll be 12 Portland-area teenagers competing, each giving a monologue by the late, great African-American playwright.

There'll also be music by jazz pianist/Portland State professor Darrell Grant, musician Tony Furtado and vocalist Danielle Barker.

'Sparrow' extended

Portland Center Stage's one-woman musical, "His Eye is on the Sparrow," about groundbreaking artist Ethel Waters' life, has been extended through March 26 at the Armory.

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Kid's Fest! SportsFest!

Tabbed as the Northwest's largest family expo, it's all about education and youth enrichment, with workshops, demonstrations, celebrity appearances, activities and more.

The details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, Expo Center,, $6, $25 family pass, $8 parking.

New exhibit

The Portland Building, 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave., usually has some neat exhibits. The latest is "Table of Elements (and Minerals)," with a hand-built "table of holograms," by Portland artist Stephanie Simek, Feb. 21 through March 17. Simek draws on previous work exploring materials with unusual and interesting physical properties.

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