MIZ KITTY'S PARLOUR
8 p.m. Saturday, June 21, Artichoke Music Backgate Stage
Lisa Marsicek, a.k.a. Miz Kitty, serves as mistress of ceremonies for an evening of entertainment styled on old school vaudeville. Fiery-footed flamenco dancers, soul singers and accordion masters rub elbows in the cozy backroom at Artichoke Music. Reservations are encouraged. Visit www.artichokemusic.com on the Web for a full schedule.
3130 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-232-8845, $10
9 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, Crystal Ballroom
In April, Evan Dando released 'Baby, I'm Bored,' his solo debut and first album since the last Lemonheads record seven years ago. His surfer-boy looks and laid-back approach still seem to have their magic. The album was released earlier in the United Kingdom and received excellent reviews in top music rags. Dando's current backing band includes Juliana Hatfield, Chris Brokaw and George Berz.
1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $15; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges
ARTEXPLOSION: A SHOWCASE OF ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS
7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21, Lincoln Performance Hall, Portland State University
Portland Taiko presents a roundup of contemporary and traditional dance, music and theater. The Korean drumming group Osanori will open each evening. Acclaimed dancer Minh Tran collaborates with Persian lutist Dariush Dolat-shahi. Additional performers include poet Lawson Inada, jazz vocalist Lyndee Mah and puppeteers from the Dragon Art Studio.
1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-790-2787, $10-$16.50; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through July 19, Miracle Theater
The Third Floor comedy troupe celebrates its seventh anniversary with a return to its roots: The consistently funny crew presents an evening of old-fashioned sketch comedy.
525 S.E. Stark St., 503-258-1681, $12
'HOT DOG AND UGLY BUT CUTE DOG BEAUTY PAGEANT'
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 21, Pizza Schmizza
Pizza Schmizza celebrates the opening of its new Hawthorne location and the dog days of summer in one shebang. Dog owners can bring by their pooches for a three-minute prance in front of a panel of judges all day long. At 5 p.m. winners of the 'Hot Dog' and 'Ugly but Cute Dog' titles will be announced. All restaurant proceeds from the day benefit the Oregon Humane Society.
3433 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., 503-445-6392, free