triangle productions! wraps up its twenty-sixth season with Green Day’s American Idiot, the two-time Tony Award-winning smash, based on the Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album. The musical will be staged at triangle’s home for the past six years, The Sanctuary, 1785 NE Sanctuary Blvd., Sandy Plaza. Set in the recent past, the musical opens on a group of suburban youths living unhappily in “Jingletown, USA” and saturated with TV. Director Donald Horn and Musical Director Jonathan Quesenberry take the audience on a wild ride through the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans, led by friends Johnny (Dave Cole), Tunny (Kimo Camat) and Will (Ethan Crystal), as they struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world.  Incidentally, the Broadway cast recording won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. Tickets are available either by phoning 503.239.5919 or via web: The show runs June 9 through July 2nd Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 pm – running time of the performance is approximately 90 minutes.

MICHAEL HURLEY AND THE CROAKERS play every third Friday at Laurelthirst Pub’s happy hour from 6 m to 8 pm. Hurley’s songs, guitar playing and his psychedelic soul yodel are legendary life experiences not to be missed. PORTLAND COUNTRY UNDERGROUND– almost every Monday from 6 – 8 pm. This band grew out of the Willie Nelson/Country Music tribute nights with Lewi Longmire on electric guitar and vocals, Darrin Craig (Jackstraw) on vocals and acoustic guitar, David Reisch (Michael Hurley, Freak Mountain Ramblers) on bass & vocals, David Lipkind (Woodbrain, SOB) on harmonica, vocals and accordion, Jason ‘Tiny’ Montgomery on pedal steel and Ben Nugent (Dolorean) on drums. Laurelhurst Public House, 2958 NE Glisan St.,

LEWI & THE LEFT COAST ROASTERS/URAL THOMAS & THE PAIN – Saturday, June 11 • 8 pm, Aladdin Theater,: 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.503.234.9694. Portland’s undisputed King of Soul Ural Thomas has been making music since he was three years old, and he knows how to bring a crowd to their knees. Let him shake the blues right out of you with his fiery live show. Our beloved rock&rollers, the Left Coast Roasters, will start the night off in style. For tickets/info,

The African Children’s Choir will perform June 11 at 4:30 pm at the Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 1535 NE 17th Avenue This event is sponsored by Childpeace Montessori School.  The choir has been known to melt the hearts of their audiences by their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all.  The African Children’s Choir has had the privilege to perform before  presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The Choir has also had the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith, and others.

Stop and Smell this Year’s Award-Winning Roses! June 9, 1 pm – 9 pm and June 10, 10am – 5pm at the Lloyd Center. Each year, the skating rink is transformed into a colorful rose garden for the Annual Spring Rose Show, the largest and longest-running rose show in the nation. The exquisite beauty and fragrances of this yearly show emanates from more than 4,000 blooms. Entry is open to anyone, and all entrants are encouraged. For more information, call 503.777.4311 or visit the Portland Rose Society Rose growers from across the Pacific Northwest participate, and some 6,000 spectators from across the country are expected to visit this year’s Spring Rose Show.