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The Short List

STAGE

'Midsummer (a play with songs)'

Third Rail Repertory's show by David Grieg and Gordon McIntyre is a song-filled, romantic comedy about lovers who fight tooth and nail not to fall in love.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through April 19, CoHo Theatre, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-235-1101, $27, $20 students

Northwest Dance Project

The dance company celebrates its 10th anniversary with "Director's Choice," which it calls "the biggest dance performance in Portland, ever!" The entire opening night show at 8 p.m. April 3 will be simulcasted live on the side of the Jive Building at Southwest 10th Avenue and Stark Street. It'll re-broadcast at 10:30 p.m. and can also be seen at nwdanceproject.org. The anniversary show features original works by Sarah Slipper (world premiere; "A Fine Balance"), Ihsan Rustem ("State of Matter") and Patrick Delcroix ("Harmonie Defiguree").

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 3-5, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.nwdanceproject.org, $5-$49

by: COURTESY OF PAT MORAN - Action/Adventure Theatres DIY/improv comedy sitcom Sidekicks! showcases less-than-super heroes, April 4-27.

'Sidekicks!'

Action/Adventure Theatre presents its newest theatrical sitcom, a workplace comedy about heroes who are less than super — a combination of DIY theater, improvised comedy, original storytelling and innovative stagecraft.

8 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, April 3-27, Action/Adventure Theatre, 1050 S.E. Clinton St., www.actionadventure.org, $10, $15 at door

'Raven Stories'

Tears of Joy Theatre's world premiere puppet production focuses on the trickster of Native American lore; it's based on three stories of Native American folk lore.

Various times/days, April 4-13, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., tojt.org (check for show info), $18 adults, $15 students/seniors, $13 youth

'Empire High'

The Funhouse Lounge now produces scripted and unscripted theatre —taking over for "The Unscriptables" — and the next show follows a group of daring rebels who band together to defeat the evil Empire; in a similar alternate universe, they all attended high school together.

7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, April 4-26, Funhouse Lounge, 2432 S.E. 11th Ave., www.funhouselounge.com, $10

'The Quality of Life'

Former artistic director Allen Nause directs the Artists Repertory Theatre, a story by Jane Anderson where true love knows no bounds, family roots run true and there are a few things red wing and a bong hit won't fix. It follows Jeanette and Neil, who live off the land in a yurt in Northern California, although it's been destroyed by fire.

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, April 8-May 11, Artists Repertory Theatre Alder Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., www.artistsrep.org, $25-$55

'Othello'

It should be a fine premier production of Shakespeare by Portland Center Stage, with Daver Morrison making his debut as the tragic lead character destroyed by jealousy and betrayal. It's directed by Chris Coleman.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and select Sundays, noon and 2 p.m. select matinees, April 11-May 11, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, starting at $38

MUSIC

Oregon Symphony

Music director Carlos Kalmar leads the Symphony, along with star cello soloist, Alban Gerhardt, playing Shostakovich's "Cello Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 126." Also on the program: Dvorak's "Symphony No. 5" and Part's "Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten."

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $22

Bryan Ferry

The British musical icon visits Portland, playing a set list that will include Roxy Music hits.

8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $47.50-$101

MISC.

First Thursday

Hope for good weather as the monthly arts gallery walk takes place Thursday, April 3. For info on participating galleries, go to www.firstthursdayportland.com.

Swap meets

The 10th annual Portland International Raceway Automotive Swap Meet will feature more than 1,5000 vendor stalls and more than two miles of automotive-related gear. Details: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 3-5, Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., portlandraceway.com, $5, $10 parking. The 50th Portland Swap Meet takes place on the same weekend, with more than 3,500 vendor stalls. Details: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, April 4, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive., www.portlandswapmeet.com, $7 Friday-Saturday, $4 Sunday

Faux Film Festival

The 10th annual event pokes fun at movies/TV shows/music/commercials with spoofs, satires, parodies and mocumentaries.

April 4-6, Clinton Street Theater, 2252 S.E. Clinton St., www.fauxfilm.com (check for complete info)