Paul Taylor Dance

White Bird presents the return of the dance company, which launched White Bird 15 years ago, and celebrates the 25th anniversary of Taylor’s “Brandenburgs” and the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre Du Printemps.” New work includes “The Uncommitted.” Taylor will receive White Bird’s first Lifetime Achievement Dance Award on April 7.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $26-$64


White Bird also presents the Portland debut of the world-acclaimed company from Brisbane, Australia, featuring a bold vision of a circus — blending bodies, light, sound and circus skills.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, April 10-13, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $26-$64

Clybourne Park’

Portland Center Stage presents the show that won the 2012 Tony Award, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and 2011 Olivier Award for Best New Play. Directed by Chris Coleman, PCS artistic director, it’s Bruce Norris’ incendiary comedy about a white community in 1950s Chicago that splinters when a black family plans to move in. Today, it’s a house that represents different demographics, neighborhood values and tensions. Post-show discussions will be held.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Saturdays, noon Thursdays, April 12-May 5, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., starting at $39


First Thursday

Spring has sprung, and crowds will be getting bigger for the monthly art gallery tour. For information on galleries participating in the event Thursday, April 4, go to

Billie Holiday tribute

Siren Nation puts on its seventh annual “Lady Sings The Blues: A Tribute to Billie Holiday,” with several singers and musicians taking part. All proceeds go to the 2013 Siren Nation Festival.

9 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $10-$12

Swap meets

It’s swap meet time in North Portland, with the ninth Portland International Raceway Automotive Swap Meet taking place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 4 to 6, at PIR, 1940 N. Victory Blvd. ($5/$10 parking,, and the Portland Swap Meet, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the nearby Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive ($7,

Lan Su Chinese Garden

It’s National Poetry Month and four poets and an author will share their work and readings, inspired by the culture of literature in Chinese gardens — Ana Ram Callen, 3 p.m. April 6; Joan Maier, 3 p.m. April 13; Tim Barnes, 3 p.m. April, 20; Brittney Corrigan, 3 p.m. April 27. In addition, local author Lynn Connor presents poetry talks, 1 p.m. April 7 and 14.

Throughout April, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St.,, free

Oregon Book Awards

Literary Arts is putting on the 26th annual event, with Elissa Schappell playing host, honoring the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, drama, fiction, literary nonfiction and young readers literature.

7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., 1-800-838-3006, starting at $10

EcoFilm Festival

Hollywood Theatre puts on the first annual event, with six screenings of new films covering topics of sustainability, food supply, nature, farming culture and the environment. Question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers accompany the screenings. It kicks off with “Symphony of the Soil” April 11. Check for a complete lineup.

7 p.m. April 11, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.,, $7

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