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The Short List

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Risk/Reward Festival

Six artists from the Northwest converge on Portland for three nights of cutting-edge performance in the sixth annual event: (dance) Josh Martin/605 Collective, Vancouver, B.C., and Shannon Stewart, Seattle; (performance art) Wayne Bund, Portland, AJA, Seattle; (theater) LanceLife, Portland, The Satori Group, Seattle.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 21-22, 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1516 S.W. Alder St., www.risk-reward.org, $14-$18 advance, $20 at door

Bill Maher

The comedian who relishes in political banter appears in Portland, having made legions of fans on Comedy Central’s “Politically Incorrect” and HBO’s “Real Time.” He has written four best-selling books.

7 p.m. Sunday, June 23, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $42.50-$97

‘The Addams Family’

Broadway Across America brings the wacky and ghoulish characters to Portland, created by “Jersey Boys” authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The story: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, grows up and falls in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, and her love’s life turns upside-down.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, June 25-28, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 1-800-273-1530, starting at $34.75

‘In Motion

by: COURTESY OF BODYVOX - BodyVox and Chamber Music Northwest are collaborating again on In Motion, July 27-30 at St. Marys Clark Family Auditorium.BodyVox and Chamber Music Northwest team up again. The night includes a world premiere by BodyVox’s Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, set to Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango” and Paquito D’Rivera’s “Son from Aires Tropicales.” Wind quintet Imani Winds performs the music.

8 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30, St. Mary’s Clark Family Auditorium, 1615 S.W. Fifth Ave., 503-229-0627, starting at $25

Cats

Broadway Rose Theatre puts on the musical classic, based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” and with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music (including “Memory”). It tells the story in song and dance of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer.

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and some Saturdays, June 27-July 21, Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 S.W. Durham Road, Tigard, 503-620-5262, starting at $30

Russell Brand

The wacky British comedian and actor will be going on his “Messiah Complex” tour, with an August stop in Portland. The theme: A dissection of various social and religious figures and the reality of their lives through comparisons with one another, being that Messiah Complex is a mental disorder where you think you might be the messiah. Tickets are on sale.

8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 1-800-273-1530, $39.50

MISC.

Cider Summit

The third annual event expands to two days and is put on by SBS Imports and Seattle Beer Collective. More than 100 craft ciders (of the alcoholic variety) by producers from around the world will be on hand.

3-8 p.m. Friday, June 21, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, June 22, Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 S.W. Moody Ave., www.cidersummit.strangertickets.com, $25 advance, $30 at door (21 and older)

Brew fest

The ninth annual North American Organic Brewers Festival draws supporters of beer, music and sustainable living, with the theme “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” About 60 organic beers from 39 different breweries will be on hond.

Noon-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 30, Overlook Park, 1599 N. Fremont St., naobf.org, free, $6 reusable cup, $1 tokens

MUSIC

Jimmy Eat World

Heads up: Emo-core pop rockers Jimmy Eat World, who climbed to the top of the pops in 2001 with “The Middle,” are touring to support their latest album “Damage.”

8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., www.mcmenamins.com, $22 in advance, $25 day of show

Black Flag

Another heads up: The legendary hardcore band Black Flag, with Ron Reyes, the band’s second singer, on vocals, is coming to town, along with Good for You and Reyes’ band PIGGY.

8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave., www.hawthornetheatre.com, $25 in advance, $30 at the door