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STAGE

“Funny Over Everything”

It’s a comedic post-Christmas spectacular, featuring Matt Braunger, Ron Funches, Ian Karmel and Shane Torres. Braunger and Funches, touring comics, returned home for the holidays. Braunger has appeared on “The Tonight Show” with then-host Conan O’Brien and “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., www.hollywoodtheatre.org, $10

“Book of Mormon” lottery

Tickets are not available, but a limited number of $25 tickets will be made available 2 1/2 hours before each performance at the Keller Auditorium box office. And, you could be lucky enough to get something on the secondary market.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Jan 1-4, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portlandopera.org, $25 lottery tickets made available

Robin Williams

The comedy legend, Academy Award-winning actor and multiple Grammy Award winner is coming to Portland, so check for tickets.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $76.50-$194

MUSIC

(Note: For a list of top New Year’s Eve events, a great source for info would be www.pdxpipeline.com)

Pink Martini

The Portland Youth Philharmonic joins the popular Portland ensemble to ring in the new year.

7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m Monday, Dec. 31, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $45.50-$105

“Portland’s Grand Ball”

Among the many New Year’s Eve parties is an evening with the Dan Reed Network, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary of the release of its major label debut with Mercury/Polygram Records. The band, which has toured extensively, especially in Europe, is reuniting for the performance. Bart Hafeman’s Hit Machine, Blake Sakamoto’s Nu Wave Machine and others join the festivities.

8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, Portland Marriott Waterfront Grand Ballroom, 1401 S.W. Naito Parkway, www.portlandsgrandball.com, $80-$150

Pigs on the Wing

The Portland band specializes in 1970s-era Pink Floyd music, but gives its own interpretation and improvisation of the music — a refreshing, psychedelic take. Shows this year have included music from “Meddle,” “Wish You Were Here,” “The Wall” and full performances of “Dark Side of the Moon.”

9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., www.pig-wing.com, $12, $15 day of show

MLK tribute

Heads up: More than 15 well known area jazz, blues, R&B and folk artists will perform for a NAACP fundraiser in honor of Martin Luther King, including Reggie Houston, Shirley Nanette, Lloyd Jones, Janice Scroggins and Mic Crenshaw.

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $20, $10 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders. Info: 503-719-6055, www.albertarosetheatre.com.

MISC

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Portland Bridal Show

It’s another big event to plan for — an event to help plan for another big event. It’s the 34th year of the show, which addresses wedding fashion, photography, catering, honeymoon travel and everything wedding. There will be fashion shows each day.

10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 12-13, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.portlandbridalshow.com, $9

by: COURTESY OF FELD MOTOR SPORTS - Monster trucks return to the Rose Garden Feb. 10 for the 'Monster Jam' with the Mohawk Warrior and the legendary Grave Digger.

“Monster Jam”

The monster truck action returns to Portland, with eight massive trucks tearing up dirt and crushing cars. The lineup includes the Portland debut of “Mohawk Warrior” and “Monster Mutt Dalmatian” along with all the favorites, including “Grave Digger.”

2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, $20-$40