by: L.E. Baskow Scores of competitors take to the water off downtown Portland, Sept. 10-11, for the annual Willamette River dragon boat races.


John Oliver

The 'Comedy Central' funny man, a star of 'The Daily Show,' is on the road with a one-hour standup special.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $38.75

'Live Wire!'

The stage-radio show kicks off its season with media strategist Adam Klugman, FoodCorps founder and 'King Corn' filmmaker Curt Ellis, poet Anis Mojgani, storyteller Katrina Scotto di Carlo and musical guests Blind Pilot (debuting new album 'We Are the Tide') and Dan Mangan.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., $18, $30 reserved,, $20/$30 day of show

Art in the Dark

A-WOL Dance Collective is doing something unique for its annual show: aerial dance suspended from the trees of Mary S. Young Park in West Linn. Creatures of imagination soar through the air, swinging from vines and bounding through the forest hiding behind trees.

8:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 9-11, Mary S. Young Park, West Linn, 503-201-9798, $10-$20

'Dancing Out Of The Box'

The Northwest Dance Project puts on a unique evening of dance, delicacies and drinks and patrons can learn more about NWDP's upcoming season.

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, Nel Centro/Hotel Modera, 1408 S.W. Sixth Ave.,, $75

Oregon Symphony

The symphony's concert with Pink Martini and Storm Large got even bigger with the addition of National Public Radio's Ari Shapiro. The Beaverton High grad has sung many times with Pink Martini, as has Storm Large, who has stepped in for China Forbes (vocal surgery). The Pacific Youth Choir also performs.

7:30 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, Sept. 11-13, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $50-$200


Fashion's Night Out

Outdoor fashion shows and in-store events are planned for stylish shoppers, with more than 30 participating stores. It was created in 2009, and the likes of the city of Portland and Portland Business Alliance are striving to get people downtown and remind them how fun shopping can be. Fall fashion shows at Director Park, 5 to 7 p.m., are one of the highlights.

4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, downtown Portland,, free

Walk, Roll 'n' Run

It's a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy, and it includes a 2 1/2-mile walk/roll along the Eastbank Esplanade and Waterfront Park, an eight-kilometer run along the Springwater Corridor and free lunch from Papa Murphy's and The Old Spaghetti Factory.

9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, banks of Willamette River,, $15-$35 entries

Belmont Street Fair

It's Sept. 10, and this year's theme is 'Imagine!', as in imagine the possibilities of a thriving local community. There'll be art on every corner, potluck dinners, street vendors, artists and bikes only transportation on closed streets. A free eco-shuttle will link special events along Belmont Street between 20th and 48th avenues. Among the musical performers are Chazz Funk All-Stars (noon), Dusu Mali (1 p.m.), Sarah Moon and The Night Sky (2:15 p.m.), Sweet Juice (3:30 p.m.), Brothers of the Baladi (5:15 p.m.) and Saloon Ensemble (6:30 p.m.).

Noon Saturday, Sept. 10, Belmont Street, between 20th and 48th avenues,, free

Dragon boats

A record number of 74 teams compete in the seventh annual Willamette River dragon boat races.

8 a.m. Saturday-Sunday (finals 3 p.m. Sunday), Sept. 10-11, Willamette River (between Marquam and Hawthorne bridges),, free

'Pinot in the City'

More than 100 Willamette Valley wineries unite for the first time in urban Portland - on one block in the Pearl District.

2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 10-11, Northwest Ninth Avenue and Marshall Street,, $60 one day, $90 two days, $70 at door

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