by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT Dozens of rock music fans gathered in May to mourn the death of Portland’s rock radio station, KUFO. They can celebrate the weekend return of their favorite bands at PDX Rock Fest, Aug. 27-28 in Hillsboro.


'Save The Rock'

The folks who organize PDX Rock Fest rallied to their cause after the sponsoring radio station, KUFO (101.1 FM), went off the air - taking hard rock 'n' rock with it. The big event is still on, as 'Save The Rock.' It'll feature KoRn, Five Finger Death Punch, Chevelle, Duff McKagan, Like A Storm, Hinder, All That Remains, Queensryche and more. A day earlier, the Guns and Roses tribute band Appetite for Deception will be the highlight of a free show.

5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 (free show), noon Sunday, Aug. 28, Washington County Fairplex, Hillsboro,, $55

Janet Jackson

She's playing Portland on her 'Number Ones, Up Close and Personal' Tour, following up a successful run in Asia. She'll be performing her 35 No. 1 hits in 35 global cities on tour.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St.,, $64.50-$95

Thievery Corporation

Heads up: The Brooklyn group blends space-rock, hip-hip, trance music and dub reggae in an irresistible sound and can employ as many as 15 musicians and vocalists on stage, making for a pretty wild atmosphere at their shows.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-5335, starting at $39.50


Festa Italiana

The 20th annual events features fare, wine and entertainment as the metro area's Italians celebrate.

Highlights: 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, Ray Massa's EuroRhythms, St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1716 N.W. Davis St.; all day Sunday, Aug. 21, Bocce Tournament, Cedarville Park-Club Paesano, 3800 W. Burnside; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, Festa Italiana Movie Night, 510 S.W. Hall St.; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 25-27, Pioneer Courthouse Square,, free

Portland's Funniest Person Contest

The series of events continues the rest of August, with $1,000 the big prize after the Aug. 28 finals. Jackie Kashian of 'Comedy Central' and 'Dork Forest' fame plays host of the finals.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 semifinals, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 finals, Helium Comedy Club,, $10

Annual Proper Festival

It's tabbed as a real human community network festival, not involving social networks, e-mail or cell phones. 'Uniting Community Across All Lines' allows visitors to share time with naturopaths, counselors, support groups and enjoy fun, free food, stage performances, youth games and a transportation show.

Noon Saturday, Aug. 27, Kenton Park, 8417 N. Brandon St.,, free

Oregon Dahlia Festival

It'll feature more than 400 arrangements in three floral show rooms and 40 acres of dahlias.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Aug. 27-29, Sept. 3-5, Swan Island Dahlias, 995 N.W. 22nd Ave.,, Canby, free

Portland Farmers Market

A new event debuts with the Country Chef Challenge, where three of Portland's finest chefs compete to create the best dish, awarded by a panel of celebrity judges.

11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, Pioneer Courthouse Square,, free

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