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‘The Music Man’

Journey Theater Group puts on Meredith Willson’s affectionate tribute to the Smalltown, USA of a bygone era, with quirky characters (like Harold Hill, fast-talking traveling salesman), charmingly predictable dramatic situations, and a nostalgic score of marches, barbershop quartets and sentimental ballads.

7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 9-18, Mago Hunt Theatre, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., www.journeytheater.org, $18 adult, $15 student/military, $12 youth/senior

Licking Batteries’

It’s a world premiere comedy/drama play, written by Drammy Award-winning playwright Ellen Margolis, directed by Ryan Reilly, and put on by Playwrights West. The story: Lucy’s mother undergoes a treatment that renders her unrecognizable, and Lucy begins a quest to understand the intimate impact of electricity while risking letting love and life slip away.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 9-31, CoHo Productions, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., www.cohoproductions.org, $20-$25 (Thursday pay-what-you-will)

‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Theatre Vertigo and Anonymous Theatre presents the one-night-only show of the satiric fantasy of the Antrobus family through the ages. The concept: A play is selected, auditions are held, the play is cast, and actors are sworn to secrecy on everything; then on performance night, they arrive in street clothes as audience members, then deliver their first line from the audience.

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.theatrevertigo.org, $25


Alberta Street Fair

The 16th annual event will feature more than 300 vendors, a parade, live music and performances, beer garden and food amid the eclectic environment of one of Portland’s most popular streets.

11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Northeast Alberta Street between 10th and 30th avenues (info booth at 1722 N.E. Alberta St.), www.albertamainst.org, free ($2 suggested donation)

by: COURTESY OF OREGON COAST AQUARIUM - The fierce ocean creatures are the topic for Shark Conservation Week at Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Aug. 10-18.Shark Conservation Week

It’s a week of sharks at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, with programs designed to teach visitors of all ages about sharks from teeth to tail and the impact humans have on the marine predators. Highlights are an appearance by author Ruth Musgrave (“Everything Sharks”), expert Chris Spaudling (multimedia show “The Flying Great White Sharks of South Africa”) and artist Michael Cole (putting on a live painting demonstration, “The Art of Sharks”).

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 10-18, Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road, Newport, www.aquarium.org (see for schedule), free with regular admission

‘Mahrajan’ Arab Festival

The Arab American Cultural Center of Oregon puts on its fourth annual festival, the largest celebration of its kind, with Arab cuisine and refreshments, arts and crafts, henna painting, cooking demonstrations, an art show, music, dancing, a fashion show and children’s activities.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Portland Community College Sylvania, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave., www.araboregon.org, $5 donation

Clackamas County Fair

“Fun for the whole herd” is the theme of the 107th annual event in Canby.

Opens 10 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 13-18, Clackamas County Event Center, 694 N.E. Fourth Ave., Canby, www.clackamas.us/fair, $9 adult, $5 juniors (age 5-12), fair passes $20-$40 (specials online)