by: Kevork Djansezian 
George Lopez brings his comedic wit to Portland April 29.


Portland Story Theatre

Personal narratives take the stage in PST's third annual Solo Performance Festival, 'Singlehandedly!' It includes many of the Pacific Northwest's premier performers, including Portland's auGi, aka SexyNurd going Commando on opening night. It wraps up with special guest Slash Coleman, best known for his PBS special and Off-Broadway one-man show, 'The Neon Man and Me.' The stories are by and for adults.

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday April 22-23, April 29-30, May 6-7, May 13, Hipbone Studio, 1847 E. Burnside St.,, $15, $48 four nights, $75 all nights

'Song and Dance'

Oregon Ballet Theatre performs in the cozy confines of the Newmark Theatre in Nicolo Fonte's sultry 'Left Unsaid,' McIntyre's bold and sassy 'Speak' and the Cole Porter frolic by Christopher Stowell, 'Eyes on You.'

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, April 21-22, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24, 7:30 p.m. April 28 and 30, 2 p.m. May 1, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $25.50

George Lopez

The popular standup comedian and late night talk show host also remains a hit in syndication on 'Nick at Nite.'

8 p.m. Friday, April 29, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave.,, $57, $67.50


The hilarious one-woman show features 'Daily Show' correspondent Lauren Weedman, a comedian and writer who was a smash hit in Seattle.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, noon Thursdays, April 26-June 19, Ellyn Bye Studio/Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.,, $30-$40, $18 students/youth

Bridgetown Comedy Festival

Headliners include Margaret Cho, Andy Dick and Doug Benson in the fourth annual event, which features 175 comedians. A special performance by IFC Sketch Comedy Series 'Whitest Kids U'Know' is also on tap.

Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24, various venues,, $75 pass, $20 daily

Oregon Symphony

The symphony's trip to Carnegie Hall is on the horizon, and its pops seasons wraps up with 'One Hot Night in Havana,' with principal pops conductor Jeff Tyzik joined by the Latin ensemble Tiempo Libre. The symphony will play Arturo Marquez's 'Danzon No. 2' and Astor Piazzolla's 'Milonga del Angel.'

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $20-$90


Pendulum Aerial Arts

The group puts on its latest show 'In The Studio,' featuring new works choreographed by company members, with roller skating with straps, daring aerial acts and levitating acrobatics part of the show.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 22-23, French American International School, 8500 N.W. Johnson St.,, $15, $10 youth/seniors

Oregon Book Awards

The state's most accomplished writers in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and young reader literature are celebrated in the 24th annual event. Novelist/journalist/ radio host Kurt Andersen plays host.

7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.,, $17

Gathering of the Guilds

The Oregon Potters Association and the Ceramic Showcase put on the largest clay show in the United States, with more than 350 booths and demonstrations galore. Glassmakers and woodworkers are among artists featured.

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 29-May 1, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., free

Easter egg hunt at Zoo

Among the Easter egg hunts around the city, the Oregon Zoo's 'Rabbit Romp' will offer hunts for children ages 10 and under the day before the holiday; the tykes need to bring their own baskets. A petting zoo, games, photo opportunities and polar bears receiving egg-themed enrichment at 11 a.m. are also planned.

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Rd.,, admission $7.50-$10.50


Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett has one of the most distinctive voices of our time and John Hiatt writes songs better than almost anyone. The two of them are coming to town for a roots-music lovers' dream pairing.

8 p.m. Saturday, June 11, Arlene Schnizter Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, $40-$68.50

Northwest String Summit

The 10th annual festival features four days of mostly acoustic music and includes such artists as Yonder Mountain String Band with special guest Darol Anger; The Travelin' McCourys with Rob and Ronnie McCoury; and the Emmitt Nershi Band featuring Drew Emmitt of Leftover Salmon and Billy Nershi of String Cheese Incident.

July 21-24, Hornings Hideout, North Plains, more information at

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