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PACIFIC NORTHWEST--Portland Center Stage announces its 2005-06 season. Included are Glen Berger's solo show Underneath the Lintel (Sept. 27-Oct. 30); Marcus Goodwin's adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice (Oct. 25-Nov. 20); This Wonderful Life, a solo adaptation of the screenplay It's a Wonderful Life, conceived by Mark Setlock and written by Steve Murray; Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt's musical The Fantasticks (Jan. 10-Feb. 5, 2006); Rolin Jones' The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Feb. 14-Mar. 5, 2006); Regina Taylor's Crowns, based on Craig Mayberry's book, Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats (Mar. 14-Apr., 2006); and the world premiere of Itamar Moses' Celebrity Row, set in a high-security prison (Mar. 21-Apr. 16). Newmark and Winningstad Theatres, 1111 SW Broadway at Main, Portland, Ore. (503) 274-6588.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--Moonlight Stage Productions announces its 2005 summer season of musicals under the stars. Included are Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Jun. 22-Jul. 9); Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance (Jul. 20-31); Cy Coleman's The Will Rogers Follies, A Life in Revue (Aug. 10-21); and Roger Miller's Big River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Aug. 31-Sept. 11). Brengle Terrace Park, 1200 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. (760) 724-2110...

The Other Venice Film Festival in Venice, Calif., returns for its second season with three days of film screenings, panel discussions, local artists, parties, and live music, Mar. 18-20. Opening night celebrates the "mockumentary" form with the world premiere of the short Icetown and M-Boys, followed by Zak Penn's Incident at Loch Ness, starring Werner Herzog and co-produced by local filmmaker Gary Marcus. In addition to screening Stacy Peralta's big wave surf documentary Riding Giants, the festival will also present a panel discussion, "From Doc to Drama: Lords of Dogtown," Peralta's upcoming dramatic film inspired by his feature doc Dogtown and Z-Boys. For more info, go to

Alison Angrim, who played the hateful brat Nellie Oleson in the long-running NBC hit series Little House on the Prairie, presents her solo show Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. She has appeared as a guest star on many TV series and frequently gigs as a standup comic. This version of her show is presented as a benefit for the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. Renberg Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Pl., L.A. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m. Mar. 18-19. $20. (323) 860-7300...

East West Players presents a free performance of its Theatre for Youth production Asian Pacific Tales. The 45-minute show includes the Korean folk tale Mirror Mirror, the Vietnamese folk tale The Size of Kindness, and the Chinese folk tale The Monkey King. This presentation is one of more than 25 shows that EWP presents throughout L.A. County as educational outreach projects. David Henry Hwang Theatre, 120 Judge John Aiso St., L.A., Sat. 2 p.m. Mar. 19. Reservations: (213) 625-7000, ext. 20. Information on the youth program: Marilyn Tokuda at or (213) 625-7000, ext. 15...

The first annual Reel Women International Film Festival, established to honor and advance the careers of accomplished and emerging female filmmakers, debuts. Among the features, documentaries, and shorts to be screened are White Rainbow, Coming Up Easy starring Meg Foster and Robert Blanche, The Devil Cats, and In the Company of Women. The Mar. 17 red-carpet opening gala is at Grauman's Chinese Mann Theatre in Hollywood, with subsequent events at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.

--Les Spindle

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