Multnomah County Fair, Stars on Ice and ‘Rent’: 10 things to do this week

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the kickoff to the summer season. The Portland Rose Festival returns this year, but we also have several theatrical productions, including the beloved musical “Rent,” which begins this week, and the return of the Multnomah County Fair.

Although the Statewide indoor COVID-19 mask mandate lifted, some venues or artists still have restrictions in place. Check website information for specific COVID safety requirements.

“Vendors of Sardines Filet d’Amour”

Portland State University presents a Japanese Kabuki-style play performed by Yukio Mishima, performed in English. The popular comedy incorporates music, dance and mime, in a story about a humble sardine seller and his love for Kyoto’s most glamorous courtesan.

7 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 26-28, Lincoln Performance Hall, PSU, 1620 SW Park Ave. ; $9 to $25;

Stumptown Stages presents “Ring of Fire, the music of Johnny Cash”.Image courtesy of Stumptown Stages

“Ring of Fire, the music of Johnny Cash”

Stumptown Stages brings the songs of the great Johnny Cash to life in a musical about struggle and success and the healing power of home and family. The show features over 20 of Cash’s classics, including “I Walk the Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, and “Ring of Fire”.

Opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 27 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday through Sunday through June 18, Winningstad Theater, 1111 SW Broadway; tickets $27.25 to $52.25; or 800-915-4698.

Multnomah County Fair 2019

The Multnomah County Fair is back for 2022 at Oaks Park in southeast Portland. Mark Graves/Staff/2019 Mark Graves

The Multnomah County Fair

It’s been two years since Oaks Park hosted a full-fledged Multnomah County Fair, but it’s back this Memorial Day weekend with all the fun in-person events you’ve come to expect. The weekend includes stage shows, small animal viewing, art and food exhibits, costumed characters, a car show and the popular Weiner dog races.

Noon-7 p.m. Saturday-Monday, May 28-30, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way; free admission, ride and game tickets sold separately;

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2022 Stars on Ice Tour is coming to Portland this weekend at Memorial ColiseumImage courtesy of Stars on Ice

Stars on Ice

Experience the athletic power and grace of America’s Olympic figure skating medalists on this Portland stop on the Stars on Ice tour. Watch the performances of medalists Nathan Chen and pairs teams Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue and Madison Chock and Evan Bates, as well as many other members of Team USA.

4 p.m. Sunday, May 29, Veterans Memorial Coliseum at Rose Quarter; tickets start at $30;

“Pretty Woman: The Musical”

Hollywood’s most famous transactional romantic comedy gets a makeover. What’s new? An original score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, who co-wrote Adams’ hits ‘Summer of ’69’ and ‘Heaven’. The pair pack the streetwalking-“Cinderella” tale with era-appropriate pop-rock tunes.

Opens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 and continues various times and dates through Monday, June 6, Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St.; tickets start at $25;

– Lee William / Special for the Oregonian

A group of people stand smiling in a small group near a white brick wall and windows

Cast members of “Rent” at the Portland Center Stage; (left to right) Ashley Song, Delphon “DJ” Curtis Jr., Nyla Sostre, Will Wilhelm, Kailey Rhodes, Benjamin Tissell, Johnny Newcomb and Jeremiah by Alec Lugo / Courtesy of Portland Center Stage


Jonathan Larson’s long-running, award-winning Broadway musical comes to the Portland Center Stage, telling the story of young performers fighting for justice, visibility and love during the AIDS crisis. The show will be directed by Chip Miller and musical direction will be provided by Tim Weil.

Opens 7:30 p.m. Wednesday June 1, continues 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday with a few other varied matinees until July 10; US Bank Main Stage, 128 NW 11th Ave. ; tickets $25 to $97; or 503-445-3700.

“Liberace and Liza: A Tribute”

The Southwest Washington Center for the Arts is hosting an evening of music and comedy. David Saffert as Liberace and Jillian Snow Harris as Liza Minnelli recreate the vibe of popular variety shows in the 1960s and 1970s. The show is directed by Bo Ayars, who toured with Liberace for 13 years. Enjoy the extravagant costumes and music of this cabaret-style show.

7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St., Vancouver; tickets $25;

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Image from Shaun Keylock Company’s “Lovely Beautiful” performance.Photo by Alec Marchant

“Charming Belle”

Shaun Keylock Company presents a mixed repertoire dance program featuring new works created by Keylock as well as dances by Josie Mosely and Gregg Bielemeier.

8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 2 and 8:00 p.m. June 3-4, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Annex, 15 NE Hancock St.; tickets $20 to $35;

“Troy, USA”

Bag&Baggage Productions delivers its first in-person mainline show since 2020, a time-bending adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Troilus and Cressida” that tells a multi-layered story of strained love and civil unrest near Detroit, circa 1972. The work is a collaboration between Texas-born playwright Don Wilson Glenn and award-winning Portland actor and playwright Dmae Roberts.

Opens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2 and continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday through June 19, Vault Theatre, 350 E. Main St., Hillsboro; pay what you want; or 503-345-9590.

360 degree movies

Born out of an immersive media production project that included 12 young artists who have experienced homelessness, the youth of Open Signal and Outside the Frame have created five films that invite the viewer to see the world through their eyes. A reception with the filmmakers and the various presenters of the two programs begins at 6 p.m., before the two screenings, in the hall of the OMSI.

Screenings 6:15 and 7 p.m. Thursday, June 2, Kendall Planetarium, OMSI, 1945 SE Water Ave.; donations will be split between Open Signal and Outside the Frame;

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—Rosemarie Stein

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