by: Sarah toor Portland Opera’s season opener and fundraiser will feature performances from “Carmen” (left), at the Keller Auditorium Sept. 24.


Duran Duran

Few bands defined the early MTV era more than Duran Duran. With their perfect hair, perfect clothes and perfect pop songs, they made millions of '80s teenagers dance across the Rio Grande.

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Rose Garden,, starting at $35

Portland Jazz Composers' Ensemble

The group that performs new works by area composers will host a fundraiser featuring Levis Dragulin on trumpet, Lars Campbell on trombone, Mary-Sue Tobin and Gus Slayton on saxophones, Dan Duval on guitar, Andrew Oliver on piano, Eric Gruber on bass and Kevin Van Geem on drums.

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Gallery 135, 135 N.W. Park Ave.,

Music Hall of fame

Heads up: Tony Starlight will emcee the Fifth Annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame Induction and Ceremony Concert, which will feature a reunion of 1980s band Johnny and the Distractions as well as the Crazy 8s, and a performance by violinist Aaron Meyer.

7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Newmark Theater, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $25, $90 VIP

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Another heads up: The esteemed holiday orchestra will be returning to Portland in November, and tickets go on sale Friday, Sept. 16. The group will perform in 120 cities in the U.S. and Europe in eight months. It'll play excerpts from the upcoming Rock Theater installment 'Gutter Ballet and The New York Blues Express.'

3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $29.50, $59.50


Jay Alvarez

After being released in New York, his gripping and comedic story, 'Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!,' about his escape from 1960s Cuba, comes to Portland during the La Luna Nueva ('Festival of Hispanic Arts'). The show won 'Best of Fringe' at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and 'Best Solo Performance' at the New York International Fringe Festival.

7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Sept. 19-21, Milagro Theatre, 525 S.E. Stark St., (see for info on La Luna Nueva), $15, $17 at door

Portland Opera

It's a company first, as its 47th season kicks off with a concert dubbed 'Big Night,' featuring soprano Maria Kanyova, tenor Richard Crawley and conductor George Manahan as the opera performs the greatest hits from 'Aida,' 'Carmen,' 'La Traviata' and 'Madame Butterfly.' The stellar Portland Opera orchestra and chorus also perform together for the first time. There'll also be a fundraiser, benefiting the Portland Opera Education and Outreach Department.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., 503-241-1802, $50-$100


The 100th Monkey Studio

The studio will play host to an art opening for its fifth anniversary, with live music and refreshments. Founders Joy Leising and Beth Ann Short have refined the Evolve Gallery.

6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, The 100th Monkey Studio, 110 S.E. 16th Ave.,, free


The third annual event features 12 bike builders, five local bands, 15 Hopworks beers, games, performances and food.

Noon Saturday, Sept. 17, Hopworks Urban Brewery, 2944 S.E. Powell Blvd., 503-232-4677, free

Wayne Pacelle, VegFest

The president and chief executive officer of The Humane Society of the United States will make an appearance during Portland VegFest to talk about his best-selling book, 'The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals; Our Call to Defend Them.'

2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,, $6 entry into Portland VegFest (info at

Annie Proulx

The Portland Arts and Lectures' 27th season launches with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Brokeback Mountain,' 'The Shipping News' and the memoir 'Bird Cloud.' Stacy Schiff, Sebastian Junger, Abraham Verghese and Chimamanda Adichie are also featured.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-227-2583, $14, subscription $70

Polish Festival

Organizers hope it's bigger and better, as the 18th annual event will be fun for the whole family. Polish beer and cakes, polka beats and Polish dance groups and Chevrona are highlights.

11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, noon Sunday, Sept. 25, between Polish Library and St. Stanislaus Church, 3900 N. Interstate Ave.,, free

Music and film festival

The Eighth Annual Jackpot Records Music and Film Festival will offer flicks on Phil Spector, Creation Records and the Replacements among others.

8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 26-30, Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.,, free

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