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WEDNESDAY

MUSIC / Cesaria Evora

8 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, Aladdin Theater

Cesaria Evora is a native of Cape Verde, off the western coast of Africa. At age 47, she launched a career as a singer and 15 years later has become a worldwide sensation and multiple Grammy Award winner. Evora blends elements of blues-like Portuguese music, African rhythms and spicy Brazilian sounds.

3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, $38.50-$40; also available through Ticketmaster (503-224-4400), subject to service charges

THURSDAY

ART / Last Thursday

5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, starting at Northeast Alberta Street and 14th Avenue

Alberta Street is the perfect street for a summer evening stroll. The area is a burgeoning cluster of taquerias, wine bars and indie outposts for music and film. Its art galleries have new collections on display, including paintings by Buck Braden and Julie Ann Smith at Talisman Gallery, 1476 N.E. Alberta St.

Starting at Northeast Alberta Street and 14th Avenue, free

MUSIC / Rob Scheps & Salon des Refuses

9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, Alberta Arts Pavilion

While you're at Last Thursday, check out sax man Rob Scheps as he fronts a bebop combo that sports a variety of instruments.

2315 N.E. Alberta St., 503-282-7700, $5

LECTURE / 'Giant Pandas: A Journey Into China'

7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, Oregon Zoo

Gerry Ellis, a Portland-based photographer, also serves as executive director of the Foundation for Global Biodiversity Education for Children, or Globio. Ellis presents a multimedia presentation on Globio's Wild Orphans project, which currently is focused on preserving baby pandas. A high cuteness factor meets a disturbing endangerment rate.

4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-226-1561, $10-$15; also available through TicketsWest (503-224-8499), subject to service charges

Compiled by Tina Satter