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COURTESY: BRANFORD JONES - The 'Trippy Trio' version of the band Cracker plays Lola's Room at The Crystal Ballroom, March 17.'A Sondheim Celebration'

The Portland Opera presents the show with Susannah Mars, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more: www.albertarosetheatre.com.

Christopher Mattaliano and Nicholas Fox will host the showcase of the work by Stephen Sondheim, American musical theater's greatest living lyricist and composer.

Mars, a popular Portland-area singer, will be joined by Portland Opera's 2017 resident artists Antonia Tamer, Kate Farrar and Ryan Thorn in performing selections from the vast array of Sondheim's ensembles, duets and solos — the funny, tender and romantic.

Highlights

Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at presstime):

• The Portland rock-metal group Red Fang hits the stage at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., 9 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show. For more: www.revolutionhall.com.

• The great guitar player Walter Trout, who has a new live album, "Alive in Amsterdam," plays Portland at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. Tickets are $25; for more: www.aladdin-theater.com. Trout has recovered from a scare of liver failure and hepatitis C in 2013. He had a transplant in 2014 and then put out "Battle Scars," a studio album, the following year that channeled his near-death experience into autobiographical songs.

• Tickets still remain for Eric Church on his "Holding My Own" tour, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Moda Center. Tickets are $25-$89, with $20 parking. For more: www.rosequarter.com.

• John Craigie, an Americana singer-songwriter from Portland, will tour with Jack Johnson this summer and will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. For more: www.mcmenamins.com.

• Rock/roots band Cracker's "Trippy Trio" makes an appearance in Portland, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 17 at Lola's Room at The Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St.. They'll play cuts from their 25-year history, including double album "Berkeley to Bakersfield." The "Trippy Trio" version of Cracker features co-founders David Lowery, Johnny Hickman and Pistol on pedal steel. Tickets are $22, $25 day of show; for more: www.crystalballroompdx.com.

• Singer-songwriter Donovan Frankenreiter has a new album ("The Heart"), and he'll play at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 9 p.m. Friday, March 17. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For more: www.aladdin.theater.com.

• The lead guitarist of the Foo Fighters, Chris Shiflett, has hit the road in front of the release of his new solo album, "West Coast Town." He'll be at the Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave., 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21. Tickets are $16, $18 day of show, and available at www.hawthornetheatre.com.

• The Old 97's ("Most Messed Up") and Ha Ha Tonka ("Heart-Shaped Mountain) play in Portland to support albums, stopping at the Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Tickets are $23-$25 and available at www.wonderballroom.com.

• On its "Death of a Bachelor" tour, Panic! At The Disco is joined by MisterWives at the Moda Center, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. The group is celebrating its gold-certified fifth studio album. Tickets are $29.50 (some tickets still available) and parking is $18. For more: www.rosequarter.com.

Upcoming

Buy your tickets soon ...

• After a brief hiatus from touring and music-making, Ed Sheeran has returned to our consciousness and will play the Moda Center at 7:30 p.m. July 30. Tickets are $89.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 17. For tickets: www.rosequarter.com.