Welcome to Best Bets, a weekly column in which The Oregonian’s arts desk highlights selected theater, classical music and dance performances and visual arts events. Here are our picks for May 5-11.
“Pinkalicious: The Musical”
Oregon Children’s Theatre last presented this show, adapted from a popular children’s book series about a girl who eats so many pink cupcakes that she turns pink, in 2012. Now it’s time for a new generation of grade schoolers to enjoy the sweet singing and dancing and easy-to-digest story. Come early for a pre-show activity and stay afterward to meet the cast. 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6-June 4, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway. $14-$32, octc.org or 503-228-9571.
Institute for Contemporary Performance Fest
Catch a rising playwright from Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Institute for Contemporary Performance, whose annual festival features four stage pieces that have been in development since last summer. “Mary’s Room” explores what it means to be human; “SALT” examines King Lear’s daughter Cordelia, the loyal one; “Wake & See” focuses on insomnia; and “like nobody’s watching” dissects movies about survival-in-isolation stories. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 5-6, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St. $5, cohoproductions.org or icperformance.org/festival or 503-22-2646.
Portland Youth Philharmonic
The nation’s oldest youth orchestra wraps up its 93rd season with a couple of notable performances. Composer Debra Kaye presents the world premiere of her tone poem “Ikarus Among the Stars,” commissioned in memory of Benjamin Yaphet Klatchko, an orchestra musician who died in 2015. Cellist Annie Zhang, winner of the orchestra’s 2016-17 concerto competition, performs Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor. Also on the program is Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets start at $5 for students, $19 for seniors, $26 for adults, portlandyouthphil.org or 503-223-5939.
The Portland Baroque Orchestra closes its season with a bow to Antonio Vivaldi (“The Four Seasons”) and two of his contemporaries in a program featuring a half-dozen concertos for string instruments. Italian composers Giovanni Mossi and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi share the spotlight. 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd. Tickets start at $29, pbo.org or 503-222-6000.
Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company
“Dance gives me confidence to be myself and enjoy the things in life that matter to me,” Arrow Bless says in a news release for the Inclusive Arts Vibe Dance Company, which creates opportunities for teens and young adults with and without disabilities to dance together. Bless and other company dancers will present five new pieces in their fifth annual performance, “Chickens and Cheese Pizza.” 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 7, New Expressive Works, 810 S.E. Belmont St. $15 (Friday morning performance is free), dacphome.org.
Dancers and circus artists share the stage in this story about two young sisters whose shared bedroom goes bump in the night. Expect “colorful and fuzzy costumes, a tangible and wild soundtrack, hilarious dances, and thrilling aerial routines,” says the press release from Prismagic. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, 17 and 24, Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $20-$25, prismagic.org or curiouscomedy.org.
White Box, the University of Oregon’s 1,500-square-foot art gallery in Portland, closes July 1. Despite years of tripping over a shoestring budget, it made an impact; former Oregonian art critic D.K. Row wrote in 2010, “White Box embraces a level of seriousness and experimentation that makes it a welcome addition to the local institutional ecology.” White Box bids farewell with the exhibit “Functionally United,” featuring artists such as Intisar Abioto, Pat Boas, MK Guth, Sean Healy, James Lavadour, Elizabeth Malaska, Wendy Red Star and Storm Tharp, plus many more. Opening reception, 6 p.m. Friday, May 5; on view, noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, May 4-27, 70 N.W. Couch St. Free, whitebox.uoregon.edu or 503-412-3689.
From January 2013 to July 2016, Sumaya Agha, a Portland-based photographer, spent time with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Eastern Europe. Some the images she made are now part of the exhibit “Akbaduna,” which she calls “an exhibition of moments in the lives of Syrian refugee children.” These are not images of pain, per se; instead they’re portraits, glimpses of kids just trying to be kids despite the world around them. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday through May 13, Also Known As…. 7440 N. Lombard St. Free, akapdx.com or 503-307-5869.
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