Short story meets the stage at Imago Theatre, which showcases four early works by Raymond Carver: "Gazebo," "A Serious Talk," "Neighbors" and "Torture." They explore the intimate and sometimes unusual struggles and passions of male/female relationships.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturday, Sept. 21-30, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., www.imagotheatre.com, pay-what-you-will $10-$20
Real-life married couple Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, touring on their "Back To Back" standup tour, stop in Portland. They are the creators and stars of the TV comedy series "Take My Wife"; they are notably the first gay, married couple to co-create and co-star in a TV show.
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., www.revolutionhall.com, $32.50
The Tony Award-winning musical has kicked off Portland Center Stage's 30th anniversary season. It's based on the celebrated graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel. Chris Coleman directs. Allison Mickelson, Sara Masterson and Aida Valentine play the central character, Alison, at three different ages, as she tries to process childhood events that formed her as an adult growing up in a funeral home as a closeted daughter of a father with his own secrets.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, noon Thursdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 22, The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, starting at $25
It's a contemporary musical about friendship and sacrifice, put on by Broadway Rose, that follows childhood friends Mike and Seth as they fulfill a promise made in their youth to hike the Appalachian Trail.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Saturdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 22, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., www.broadwayrose.org, $30-$46
'Amelia Earhart's First Flight'
Created by Sarah Jane Hardy and John Ellingson and put on by Northwest Children's Theater and School, it features The Starlings — an all-bird, all-puppet acting troupe — and follows Amelia Earhart as she soars into history.
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 23-Oct. 15, Northwest Children's Theater and School, 1819 N.W. Everett St., www.nwcts.org, $18-$25 adults, $13-$20 youth
The comedian, New York Times bestselling author and radio personality stops in Portland on his "Kneeling Room Only" tour.
7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $35-$90
'Every Brilliant Thing'
By Portland Center Stage and starring Isaac Lamb, it's a play created by British playwright Duncan Macmillan and comedian Jonny Donahoe that tackles the impact of depression using a life-affirming list and a partly improvised structure that engages the audience. Rose Riordan directs. Previews begin Sept. 23.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, noon Thursdays, Sept. 29-Nov. 5, The Armory/Ellen Bye Stage, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, starting at $25
Lakewood Center for the Arts in Lake Oswego is putting on the classic show about the decadent Kit Kat Club of pre-war Germany, through Oct. 15. For more: www.lakewood-center.org.
'Age of Heroes'
It's the newest show by "Marvel Universe Live!" and features more than 20 favorite costumed Marvel superheroes and villains, including characters from "Guardians of the Galaxy."
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m./3 p.m/7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m./5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, Moda Center, www.rosequarter.com, $20-$80
'The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses'
An 80-piece orchestra and 24-person choir, in a multimedia show, perform a reimagined score that includes new movements from games such as "Skyward Sword" and "Breath of the Wild," while paying homage to other games of the past 30 years, including "Ocarina of Time" and "A Link to the Past."
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portland5.com, $35-$100
Buddy Fest NW
The Northwest Down Syndrome Association kicks off Down Syndrome Awareness Month with its celebration to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. Music is provided by Tony Starlight, The Nu Wavers and Newel Briggs & Friends. It takes places from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at Moda Center, Rose Quarter and Memorial Coliseum Commons. For more: www.buddyfestnw.org.
• The symphony, led by Carlos Kalmar, features violinist Augustin Hadelich in Beethovan's "Violin Concerto," among other works. Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $24.
• Grammy Award-winning African singer Angelique Kidjo sings with the symphony, conducted by Gast Waltzing. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, The Schnitz, starting at $35.
'A Situation Of Meat'
Disjecta Contemporary Art Center opens its seventh Curator in Residence series, curated by Julia Greenway. It's a group of new installation works exploring contemporary femme identity as mediated through online culture. It shows Sept. 23-Oct. 29 at Disjecta, 8371 N. Interstate Ave. For more: www.disjecta.org.
Walkers, bicyclists and skaters take to the streets for the Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways, Sept. 24. For more: www.portlandoregon.gov.