by: Contributed photo by Pete Stone Emma Milward of Damascus is one of many Gresham-area residents who will perform with their peers in the Portland Youth Philharmonic concert Monday,  Dec. 26. See listing for details.

Live Entertainment

Gresham High School Winter Concert Choir - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, Gresham High School, 1200 N. Main Ave. All five choirs will perform in the auditorium. Alumni are invited to sing the Hallelujah chorus with the Concert Choir. Admission is free, but donations will be taken to support the choir. Call 503-674-5539 or visit

Christmas Benefit Concert - 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, St. Michael's Catholic Church, 18090 S.E. Langensand Road, Sandy. Nick Poelwijk and Vivianne Couch, a mother/son duo from Damascus, will perform holiday music ranging from traditional religious pieces to contemporary tunes, with duets, solos and sing-alongs. Time for wine and hors d'oeuvres will follow the concert. Tickets are $8 per person or $15 per couple; proceeds benefit local schools' music programs and charities. Call the church at 503-668-4446 for information.

Gresham Christmas Choir Concert - 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, First Baptist Church of Gresham, 224 W. Powell Blvd. Childcare is provided. Call 503-665-2159.

Portland Youth Philharmonic's 'Concert-At-Christmas' - 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, Portland. The Portland Youth Philharmonic, which includes dozens of young musicians from the Gresham and Sandy area, is hosting a Christmas concert with dance music. All four of the symphony's ensembles will take the stage for this popular event featuring student musicians ranging in age from 7-23 and representing 100 different schools. Program highlights include Wallingford Riegger's 'New Dance,' Copland's 'Danzon Cubano' and Ponchielli's 'Dance of the Hours' (featured in Disney's 'Fantasia'). Orchestra alumni will perform Tchaikovsky's 'Marche Slave' to open the concert. Ticket prices range from $11-$40. To order, call 503-223-5939 weekdays or go through Ticketmaster at 1-800-653-8000. More information is available at

'The Mystery and the Glory' Concert - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, First Unitarian Church, 1011 S.W. 12th Ave., Portland. Gresham High School's Overtones will perform with the Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland. Call 503-488-3834 or visit for tickets and information. 

Edgefield Live Music Series - McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale. All shows are for ages 21 and older and are held in the winery, unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit or call 503-669-8610.

• Great Northwest Music Tour: The Dimes, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in Blackberry Hall. All ages allowed.

• Lloyd Jones, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14.

• Pilar French Duo, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15.

• Dan Haley, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

• Dickens' Carolers, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 16-17, Edgefield property. All ages.

• Peter Rodocker, 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.

• Skip vonKuske and Collage Trio, 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19.

• Caleb Klauder and Sammy Lind, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20.

• Kris Deelane, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21.

M and M Lounge Music - M and M Restaurant and Lounge, 137 N. Main Ave. All shows are free for ages 21 and older unless noted otherwise. For more information, visit or call 503-665-2626.

• Spinella's Off the Wall, 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

• Fair Game, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

• The Jim Mesi Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

Park Place Coffee Live Music Series - 7 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Park Place Coffee, 1288 S.E. 182nd Ave. Free and all ages are welcome. Visit or call 503-808-1244.

• Paul 'Pablo' Bristow and Friends, Saturday, Dec. 17.

• No music on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

• The Rohr Band, Saturday, Jan. 7.

Live Music at Celebrities - Saturdays, Celebrities Parkway Grill, 20725 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Fairview. No cover charge. Call 503-666-2027 for information.

• The Poor Sports, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

Eastside Bluegrass Christmas Show - 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, Freedom Foursquare Church, 660 S.E. 160th Ave., Portland. This month, the featured performers will be Corral Creek Connection and Roundhouse. Jamming begins at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby, so bring an instrument or your singing voice and join in. Admission is a suggested $10, and refreshments will be sold. Visit for information.

Riverview Restaurant - The Riverview Restaurant, 29311 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale. The restaurant features live music from musicians who play a style of light jazz with subtle modern and classical influences. For more information, call 503-661-3663 or visit Closed on holidays.

• Craig Bidondo, Wednesday and Thursday.

• David Lee, Friday and Saturday.

• Tim Gilson and Craig Bidondo, Sunday.

Arts and Culture

'Gifts' Art Exhibit - Fridays to Sundays until Dec. 18, Sandy Actors Theatre, 39181 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy. The Wy'east Artisans Guild's new art exhibit is designed to accompany the Sandy Actors Theatre's play, 'A Tuna Christmas.' The artwork is playfully wrapped in bows. For more information, call Becky Hawley at 503-668-5590 or the theater at 503-668-6834.

Out and About

The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights - 5 to 9:30 p.m. daily until Friday, Dec. 30, The Grotto, Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, Portland. Several choirs from East County school districts are scheduled to perform at The Grotto's annual Christmas Festival of Lights. The event also features more than 500,000 lights, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows and hot chocolate. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children age 3 to 12 and free for toddlers age 2 and younger. Visit or call 503-261-2400 for information and a schedule of performances.

Zimmerman Heritage Farm and Heslin House Museum - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, Heslin House, 60 Main St., Fairview, and Zimmerman Heritage Farm, 17111 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Explore two historic homes that are complete with furnishings, photos, exhibits and more. The Heslin House tour includes a visit to the historic Fairview City Jail and there is also an exhibit of historic dolls. Admission is free to either museum, with a requested donation. For more information, visit or call 503-261-8078. Group tours can be arranged for either museum upon request.

Friday Night Wine Tasting - 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, Allegri Wine Shop and Art Gallery, 44 N. Main Ave. Call 503-465-1841 for information and a schedule.

Live Performances

'Only Hope' - 7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16-18, East Hill Church, 701 N. Main Ave. East Hill Church will tell the story of the biblical Joseph and Mary story in the multimedia presentation 'Only Hope,' which combines live theater with video. 'Only Hope' strips the Christmas story of its predictable setting to expose the narrative of real, complicated, imperfect people experiencing the miraculous. Visit or call 503-661-4444.

'A Tuna Christmas' - 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays until Dec. 18, Sandy Actors Theatre, 39181 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy. 'A Tuna Christmas' is set in the small town of Tuna, Texas, and revolves around the annual Christmas Yard Display Contest. For this all-out comedy, Sandy Actors Theatre alumni Erin Hickman and Patrick Roth, both graduates of Portland Actors Conservatory, are undertaking the monumental task of playing 22 characters with more than 50, sometimes gender-bending, costume changes. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for students and seniors (age 60 and up) and $10 for children (12 and younger). Call 503-668-6834 or visit for tickets and information.

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