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by: jim clark Portland Taiko presents

STAGE

'Live Wire!'

The radio/stage show has lined up more great guests: novelist Chuck Palahniuk ('Fight Club'), designers Rob Forbes and Tinker Hatfield, author Lidia Yuknavich, stand-up comic Dwight Slade and musical guests On The Rocks (University of Oregon a capella group) and Blouse.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $18/$20 day of show, $30 reserved

Shakespeare improv

The folks at Brody Theater are always coming up with creative ideas for their improv pros, and the latest will be 'Anon and On and On: Shakespeare from Scratcheth,' which kicks off its 15th anniversary season. The cast will spin a complete, totally improvised play in each performance, Shakespeare-style.

8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, Sept. 23-Oct. 1, 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, 503-224-2227, $12, $8 students/seniors

'Let's Talk Church'

The popular gospel comedy show, which took place at the Winningstad Theatre in April and also appeared in Los Angeles, returns for one night only with writer and star Mary 'Liz' Paige leading the way. The setting takes place in Hollywood as a 'live' taping, and the play focuses on problems and issues that take place in the church.

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-248-4335, $32.50

'Zugzwang'

It's the fifth 'Opera Beyond Words' by Imago Theatre's Jerry Mouawad, part theater and dance and operatic movement - all without words. The story: When a man is left with little time to make a life-altering gamble in a game of poker, he pauses the game to journey with his gang to mysterious locales and discovers the unexpected.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Sept. 29-Oct. 22, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $10-$16

'Once on this Island'

Stumptown Stages has moved its performances to Portland Center for the Performing Arts' Brunish Hall, and opens its season with the African-American musical, a co-production with Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre. It's directed by Portland native Roger Welch.

7:30 p.m., Sept. 29-Oct. 8, 2 p.m. Oct. 2 and 8, Brunish Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 1-800-982-2787, $15, $10 students

Jerry Seinfeld

The star of the NBC show of his own name and longtime comedian hits the road for a stand-up tour.

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.pcpa.com, $55.50-$88.50

Portland Taiko

The Asian-American drum ensemble presents 'Beat Salad: U-Pick,' a collection of songs selected by audiences, supporters and friends that celebrates the group's rich harvest of taiko artistry.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.portlandtaiko.org, $32.25, $24.25 children/ seniors/students

MUSIC

Oregon Symphony

With violinist Elina Vähälä, the season's first classical concert will feature Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2, some of the most romantic music ever written.

7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 24-25, 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $21-$92

Benefit concert

'It Takes a Village: An All-Star Concert Celebration' features more than 10 local musicians, including Tom Grant and Bobby Torres, in an unusual concert that celebrates the baby boy-to-be of musical couple Shelly Rudolph and Chance Hayden. A raffle and silent auction will also help raise funds for the couple's medical expenses and parental leave.

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, Secret Society Ballroom, 116 N.E. Russell St., 503-493-3600, $10, $50 VIP

MISC.

Van Sant, Franco

Filmmaker Gus Van Sant and actor James Franco will play host to an artists talk before a screening of Franco's 'My Own Private River,' a spinoff of Van Sant's 'My Own Private Idaho,' starring River Phoenix. Proceeds will go to Hollywood Theatre improvements.

Noon, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., www.hollywoodtheatre.org, $35

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Wisdom Arts Academy will present a special benefit concert, featuring traditional Chinese music and dance, with three master musicians from China joining local performers to do music from the province of Guangxi.

7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., www.lansugarden.org, $25