The Short List
'Herbie Hancock's Gershwin'
Hancock joins the Gregory Vajda-conducted Oregon Symphony in a one-night-only performance of: Duke Ellington's version of Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker Suite'; Gershwin's 'Lullaby for String Orchestra'; 'The Essential Ellington'; Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' featuring Hancock; and piano solos by Hancock, who's no stranger to working with orchestras.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $30-$125
Portland Youth Philharmonic
The youth orchestra's 88th season opens with its fall concert with David Hattner conducting. Fred Lu, winner of PYP's Biennial Piano Competition, will take the stage for the group's performance of Beethoven's 'Emperor.' The rest of the program features music from the United Kingdom.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-223-5939, www.pcpa.com, $11-$40
'From the New World'
Another Oregon Symphony event, conducted by Carlos Kalmar and featuring world-renowned cello player Alban Gerhardt. The program: Rouse's 'Phaethon'; Prokofiev's 'Symphony-Concerto'; Dvorak's 'Symphony No. 9 From the New World.'
7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 19-20, 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, www.pcpa.com, $21-$92
Mumford and Sons
Heads up: West London's passionate, romantic Mumford and Sons dig deep in roots music, fertilize it with modern audio production, and have come up with something refreshing and urgent.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, $30, $40
RiverCity Music Festival
Another heads up: The popular festival of bluegrass, acoustic and Americana music has announced its lineup, and it's led by two-time Grammy nominee and guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.
5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 7-8, Red Lion at Jantzen Beach, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, www.rivercitybluegrass.com, $130 weekend pass, passes $35-$55
The improvisational theater presents its improv competition 'Mice-Tro,' created by Keith Johnstone, as well as a continuation of its 15th anniversary shows with 'Girls! Girls! Girls!', 'Two for the Show' and an all-star improv jam by Brody veterans and guests.
'Mice-Tro,' 8 p.m. Fridays, through Nov. 25, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, 503-224-2227, $12, $8 students; 15th anniversary shows, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, 503-224-2227, www.brodytheater.com, $7-$10
Artists Repertory Theatre
The group asks, 'How would Sherlock Holmes fare after a Christmas Eve of supernatural visitors and profound reflection?' With 'Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol' play, literature's favorite quirky inquisitor is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in an unusual holiday show crafted by Seattle playwright John Longenbaugh.
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 15-Dec. 24 (11 a.m. matinee Dec. 7; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22; 2 p.m. Dec. 24), Artists Repertory Theatre Alder Stage, 1516 S.W. Alder St., 503-241-1278, www.artistsrep.org, $25-$50, students $20
A reminder that the year-in-the-making 'Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,' a collaboration between the late pop star's estate and Cirque du Soleil, is coming up. About 60 Jackson songs and plenty of videos from his last 'This Is It' tour will be featured, with 76 artists and 15 musicians bringing the late great 'MJ' to life.
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, 1-877-789-7673, $50-$250
'A Night At The Moulin Rouge'
Swing Time and Wanderlust Circus present the show, which is an evening of dance, music, and comedy in the Bohemian-style as envisioned by Lautrec, Houston, Luhrman and lovers everywhere.
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m. (kids matinee) and 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $10-$40