Portland Beer Week
The 10-day celebration of all things beer takes place June 7-16. For complete info, see www.pdxbeerweek.com.
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
The 91st annual event, an Oregon Heritage Tradition, marks the lightest night of the year in Sweden, where residents flock to the countryside to enjoy bonfires, traditional food like herring, potatoes, meat or fish, and seasonal fruit and vegetables. In Portland, it's celebrated with flower crowns, dancing around a maypole, local makers, beer and wine, Nordic food vendors, a kids craft area, live entertainment, lawn games, a Nordic scavenger hunt and more.
11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, www.nordicnorthwest.org, $8, $7 students/seniors
The exhibit at Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., takes a look back at the City of Light during the prosperous years spanning the turn of the century, at the height of the Belle Epoque, a period of peace and prosperity in France when fine art, fashion and entertainment flourished as never before. The International Exposition of 1900 attracted 51 million visitors. The exhibit of paintings and artifacts and more opens June 8 and stays through Sept. 8. For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.
At Northwest Film Center, the film series "Paris 1900" includes several movies, June 15-Sept. 1. It starts with "Paris 1900 ("Paris mil neuf cent")," a documentary that tells of Belle Epoque Paris through moving images, and is entirely made up of footage shot during the period, introducing issues and celebrities of the day. For complete info: nwfilm.org.
Oregon Renaissance Faire
Step back in time with medieval knights, jesters, peasants and artisans at the annual event in Canby, June 8-9 and June 15-16. For info: www.oregonfaire.com.
Comedians Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Gould perform in "The Show With Two Heads" in Portland.
8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater. com, $30, $35 day of show
'Live Wire With Luke Burbank'
The stage-radio variety show features comedian Paul F. Tompkins, author Patterson Hood, activist/writer Anuradha Bhagwati and Judge Xiomara Torres.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20
The company's "Up Close" performance includes works by George Balanchine ("Concerto Barocco") and August Bournoville ("Le Conservatoire"), as well as "Plant Dreams Deep" by Career Track dancers, and Portland favorite Josie Moseley.
5 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, The Portland Ballet Studio Theatre, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway, www.theportlandballet.org, starting at $10
Known as the first openly lesbian comedian to appear on "Late Night With David Letterman" and have an HBO special, she'll stop in Portland on her tour.
8 p.m. Friday, June 7, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $28, $32 at door