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‘A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff’

The former Fertile Ground Festival hit returns for four encore performances. Created and performed by Alicia Jo Rabins, it’s a spellbinding narrative song cycle of the spiritual implications of the 2008 financial collapse.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and Saturday, May 10, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11, Lincoln Hall/PSU, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.boomarts.org, $20, $35

by: COURTESY OF CHARLES ERICKSON/OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, 2011 - The Portland Opera collaborates with Oregon Shakespeare Festival on The Pirates of Penzance, May 9-17 at Keller Auditorium.

‘The Pirates of Penzance

The Arthur Sullivan/W.S. Gilbert classic premiered at the Fifth Avenue Theater in New York in 1879, and Portland Opera concludes its season with the collaborative effort with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.PortlandOpera.org, starting at $20

Live Wire! Radio

The radio and stage variety show features musical trio Swan Sovereign, author Jason Padgett, writers Joel Warner and Peter McGraw, and comedians Nathan Fielder and Andy Haynes.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $20, $25 day of show, $35 reserved

‘Fancy Nancy

Oregon Children’s Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of the musical that originally was produced at New York’s Vital Theater. It’s based on the children’s book series by Jane O’Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, and tells the story of Nancy and her friends who are excited to be in the school recital, before Nancy gets cast as a tree.

2 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 10-June 1, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.octc.org, $18-$30, $15-$26 children

‘Listen to your Mother’

It’s part live stage reading series, part social media project, part charitable fundraiser, happening on Mother’s Day.

2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $15


Portland Baroque Orchestra

Monica Huggett directs PBO soloists in a program of seldom heard concertos by Vivaldi, Telemann and Fasch.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 9-10, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave., 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, Kaul Auditorium/Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., www.pbo.org, $19-$64

Oregon Symphony

The Oregon Symphony last performed Mahler’s “Song of the Earth” in 1980, and it now returns, along with Haydn’s “Symphony No. 96 in D major, ‘Miracle,’” with the Symphony directed by Carlos Kalmar, joined by mezzo soprano Ruxandra Donose and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 8 p.m. Monday, May 12, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $22

George Clinton

Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic visit Portland, continuing to spread the gospel of funk.

8 p.m. Sunday, May 11, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., www.crystalballroompdx.com, $25, $27 at door

Oregon Percussion Ensemble

The group will perform “The Big Bang” as part of “Celebration Works: Music and Art at First Presbyterian.”

2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder St., www.music.uoregon.edu, suggested $15 donation


Whiskeyfest Northwest

The second annual event celebrates the culture of whiskey and benefits Oregon Active Foundation. There’ll be distiller sampling of more than 120 whiskeys and scotches, seminars, an array of vendors, a Prohibition Cigar Lounge and music.

4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, May 9, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, May 10, Northwest 11th Avenue/Overton Street, www.whiskeyfestnw.com, $25 daily, $40 two-day pass

Doggie Dash

The Oregon Humane Society event takes over Waterfront Park on May 10 with a walk/run starting at 7:30 a.m., vendor booths, music, children’s activities, canine contests and more.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, Waterfront Park, www.oregonhumane.org, $30-$35

St. Johns Bizarre

The eighth annual event celebrates the St. Johns community, with a day of music (including Illmaculate), street performers, kids activities, a beer garden, vendors and, of course, the 52nd St. Johns Parade.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, North Lombard Street/Philadelphia Avenue, St. Johns, www.stjohnsbizarre.com