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The Short List

STAGE

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Stumptown Stages’ second production of the season will be a new musical adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic film, with book by Janet Mouser, and music and lyrics by Michael Allen Harrison, Alan Berg and Julianne R. Johnson-Weiss. It’s directed by Corey Brunish and stars Jordan Stanley as George Bailey.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Nov. 21-Dec. 22, Brunish Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $25-$40

‘Puppetz vs. People

Tears of Joy and ComedySportz go head-to-head in an improvisational competition between a team of puppets and a team of people. Tears of Joy premiered the skit in 1999.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., www.tojt.org, $12 youth/student, $15 adults

‘Xmas Unplugged

Artists Repertory Theatre puts on a double bill of holiday shows for adults only — Matt Pelfrey’s “The Reason for the Season,” which involves a wrestling match between parents and Santa, and Anthony Neilson’s “The Night Before Christmas,” where a hostage elf tells tales of Santa’s secrets.

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 29, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 S.W. Morrison, www.artistsrep.org, $25-$55, $20 students

Evita

The national tour of the passionate and seductive story of Argentinian first lady Eva Peron comes to Portland, with tickets now on sale. It’s a seven-time Tony Award-winning musical, having debuted on Broadway more than 30 years ago. It’s directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 7-10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $29

Jeff Dunham

The comedian with his beloved cast of puppet characters, including Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, and beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, comes to Portland in March on the “Disoderly Conduct” tour. Tickets are on sale.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, Moda Center, 1-877-789-7673, $45.50

MUSIC

Portland Baroque Orchestra

PBO welcomes guest conductor Matthew Halls as he leads from the harpsichord and organ in “The Concerto Grosso.” Halls is the new artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave., 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., www.pbo.org, $19-$64

Brandi Carlile

The alt-country singer/songwriter teams with the Oregon Symphony, for the second time, and guest conductor Jason Weinberger.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $65

MISC.

Quilt, craft, sew

The popular Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival returns to the Portland Expo Center and features every brand of sewing, quilting and embroidery machines as well as the best sewing, quilting, needle-art, knitting, rubber stamping, embossing, scrapbooking and creative arts vendors showing the latest in tools, supplies and patterns.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 21-23, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, $10 admission, $8 parking, www.quiltcraftsew.com.

Audubon Wild Arts Festival

Nature-related art and books are the focus, with authors in attendance.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, Montgomery Park, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St., www.wildartsfestival.org, $6