Opening This Week

Pure Gold Baby 2005
After a successful run in the fall of 2004, playwright Michelle Keil has rewritten this play about strippers, which contains nudity and other strip-related nuances. Milk & Honey Studio, 2512 SE Gladstone, 224-8499, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Sept 17, $25-30

The Flu Season
Theatre Vertigo throws the first hat into the ring of the 2005-2006 season with Will Eno's psychiatric hospital love story, Flu Season. Features Darius Pierce, Todd Van Voris, and other Vertigo regulars. Theatre Vertigo at Theater! Theatre!, 3430 SE Belmont, 306-0870, Opens Fri, runs Thurs-Sat 8 pm, through Sept 24, $15

One Week Only

Fever Theater Fundraiser
The experimental company Fever Theater caps off the series of quirky fundraising events it has been doing all summer with a great evening of music from Pseudosix, Loch Lomond, and "laptop sensation" EMBA. Plus: a reading and slideshow by Fever playwright Matthew Nicely. Butter House, 5601 N Campbell, 233-4420, Sat 8 pm, $5


OBT Exposed!
Once again the Oregon Ballet Theater presents its series of nifty, free, outdoor rehearsals beneath a nifty tent set up in downtown Portland. Grab your nifty lunch to go, and stop on niftily by. South Park Blocks, SW Park & Salmon, 227-0977, 11 am-5 pm Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 10 am-3 pm Sept. 3, free


Bright Colors and Comfy Couches
See review this issue. Fez Ballroom, 316 SW 11th, 313-6224, Fri 9 pm, through Sept. 2, $7

Summer In Brodavia
The Brody presents its usual summertime fare: a weekly evening of generally good improv with veterans Tom Johnson, Brad Fortier, Marilyn Divine, and more. Brody Theater, 1904 NW 27th, 224-0688, Sat 9 pm, through Sept 3, $6-9

Open Mic Improv
The late-night show this week at ComedySportz is an open invitation for audience members to join the improv fray. Sounds terrifying. ComedySportz Arena, 1963 NW Kearney, 236-8888, Sat 10 pm, $5