First Thursday

It’s supposed to be warm this week — perfect timing for the monthly arts gallery walk on Thursday, May 1. For info on participating galleries, go to

Rail exhibit

The Oregon Rail Heritage Center’s new exhibit features Brooklyn Rail Yard, with maps and photographs from the late-19th century to the present. Three steam locomotives, donated to the city of Portland, have been restored and maintained at the yard’s roundhouse annex.

1-5 p.m. Thursday, May 1, through year’s end, Oregon Rail Heritage Center, 2250 S.E. Water Ave.,

Ceramic Showcase

by: COURTESY OF CERAMIC SHOWCASE - Sara Swinks Crossing is part of the annual Ceramic Showcase, May 2-4 at Oregon Convention Center.The 32nd annual event is put on by the Oregon Potters Association, with more than 200 regional artists making and selling such things as handmade vessels, serving platters, wall art and more. There’ll be a Clay Education Area for adults and kids, music on stage, and chefs doing cooking demonstrations. This year’s theme: “Create Locally, Inspire Globally.”

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 2-3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,, free

Oregon Trail Rally

The off-road rally takes place at Portland International Raceway and Dufur and Hood River County, May 2 to 4. See for specifics.

Northwest Quilters Quilt Show

It’s the 40th year of “A Festival of Quilts.”

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 2-3, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive,, $8

Cinco de Mayo

The 30th annual main party, hosted by Portland-Guadalajara Sister City Association, happens at Waterfront Park, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 3 to 5. Admission is $14 on Saturday, and $8 Sunday and Monday for adults. For info:


Chris Botti

A Grammy winner for his CD “Impressions,” the Portland native who lived in Corvallis and attended Mt. Hood Community College plays his trumpet with the Oregon Symphony and guest conductor Paul Ghun Kim, announcing his program from the stage.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $35

Portland Youth Philharmonic

Brahms, Barber and two soloist competition winners are on the schedule as the philharmonic wraps up its 90th season under the guidance of musical director David Hattner. Nicholas Arrendondo will be the first double bassist to be featured as a soloist.

4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, $11-$40

Elton John

The legendary musician and his band are coming to Moda Center in Portland on Sept. 25, fresh off the release of the highly acclaimed 40th anniversary CD “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and new album “The Diving Board” (the latter available at Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. May 5, available at and by calling 1-877-789-7673.


‘After the Revolution’

Portland Playhouse puts on Amy Herzog’s electric political drama about 1999 revelations of the blacklisting of Herzog’s activist grandfather, Julius J. Joseph.

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, May 1-June 1, Portland Playhouse, 602 N.E. Prescott St.,, $15-$36

‘Jump At The Sun’

The Well Arts season finale matches young African-American women with more influential elders to produce an oral history collection.

7:30 p.m. Fridays May 2 and May 9, 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 3 and May 10, Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St.,, $10, $5 students/seniors

‘Show Boat’

Lakewood Theatre Company’s season-finale is an all-new production of Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical based on Edna Ferber’s novel, the story of Capt. Andy Hawk’s family and their showboat troupe of actors in the Cotton Blossom floating theater.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. certain Sundays, May 2-June 8, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego,, $36 adult, $34 seniors

‘The Book of Mormon’

The popular Broadway and nine-time Tony Award-winning show returns to Portland for the second consecutive year for a limited engagement, July 8 to 20 at Keller Auditorium. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2. Be ready to get online at or call 503-241-1802.

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