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The Short List

STAGE

‘Salome’

The first Portland Opera main event of the season is a new production of Richard Strauss’ one-act opera. Strauss directly translates Oscar Wilde’s play by German author Hedwig Lachmann, and opera director George Manahan conducts the score that Strauss himself described in 1942 as an “exotic harmony” that shimmers “like iridescent silk.”

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $20

Shakespeare

The Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Young Professionals Company kicks off its season with “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged).” A trio of actors attempts to perform all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays in less than two hours.

7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 1-3, Nov. 8-10, OCT YP Studio Theater, 1939 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-228-9571, $10, $12 at door

Polaris Dance Theatre

The company reflects on a decade of contemporary dance with “X-Philes: 10 Years of Polaris,” including artistic successes and audience greatest hits like “iChange,” “Lil’ Mo” and “Tangled.”

7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 1-3, Nov. 8-10, Polaris Studio Theatre, 1501 S.W. Taylor St., www.polarisdance.org, $25 adult, $20 student/seniors

Top Shake Dance

“Float” is an evening of dance inspired by the cold, dark ocean.

8:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 1-3, Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 6-8, Conduit Dance, 918 S.W. Yamhill St., Suite 401, www.topshakedance.com, $12-$25

Well Arts

The theater/storytelling group puts on its “Beautiful Minds” show, “I Wander, It Calls.” It’s a journey into the world of the mentally ill, written by peers of NAMI of Washington County, told through poetry, prose and puppets and performed by professional actors.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Firehouse Theatre, 1436 S.W. Montgomery St., 503-459-4500, $10, $5 students/seniors

‘Inspecting Carol’

It’s hilarity and madcap comedy in a behind-the-scenes musical about a struggling theater company’s production of “A Christmas Carol,” by Lakewood Theatre Company.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. some Sundays, Nov. 1-Dec. 8, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $32 adult, $30 seniors

Live Wire! Radio

The newest radio variety show will feature cartoonist Peter Bagge, author Karen Karbo (“Kick Ass Women” series), “Mortified” founder Dave Nadelberg, “Decoded” co-host Christine McKinley and musical guests Laura Veirs and Old Light.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20, $25 day of show

MUSIC

Britten’s ‘War Requiem’

The Oregon Symphony, with Carlos Kalmar conducting, takes on the classic, in honor of the anniversary of ardent pacifist Britten’s 100th birthday.

Soprano Marina Shaguch, tenor Thomas Cooley and bass-baritone Andrew Foster-Williams sing. Three choirs — Portland Symphonic Choir, Pacific Youth Choir and Pacific University Chamber Singers — perform simultaneously with the symphony for the first time. The symphony last performed the work in 1997.

7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 2-3, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $22-$98

Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell

The famous singers — old friends and occasional band mates — have collaborated on a new album, “Old Yellow Moon,” and they appear in Portland with Richard Thompson.

8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $47-$90.50

MISC.

Coffee Fair

The World Forestry Center’s fundraiser celebrates our favorite caffeinated drink and hopes to educate consumers about where coffee comes from and how it’s produced.

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 2-3, World Forestry Center, 403 S.W. Canyon Road, www.worldforestry.org, $5

Siren Nation Festival

The women’s empowerment festival celebrates its seventh anniversary with music, comedy and visual arts. Passes for the four days of activities are $30 and available at www.brownpapertickets.com. The lineup: Siren Nation Visual Art Show, Thursday, Nov. 7, Albina Press Coffee Shop, 5012 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.; music by THEESatisfaction, Fault Lines and Jeni Wren, Friday, Nov. 8, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.; Siren Nation Art and Craft Sale and Siren Nation Workshops, Sunday, Nov. 10, Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.; Siren Nation Festival Comedy Night, Sunday, Nov. 10, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 S.E. 11th Ave. For complete info: www.sirennation.org