The Short List
Storm Large and Holcombe Waller are collaborating on two nights of entertainment at the Alberta Rose Theatre. On Dec. 30, Large puts on an acoustic concert along with a release party for her new book, 'Crazy Enough.' On Dec. 31, they play two New Year's Eve shows, with a balloon drop and champagne at midnight.
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., albertarosetheatre.com, $50; 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, $65 (early show), $75 (late show), both 21 and older only.
Three decades after storming the charts with 'Harden My Heart,' 'Find Another Fool' and 'Right Kind of Love,' Quarterflash reunites to ring in the New Year. Singer-songwriter Jon Koonce opens.
9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., aladdin-theater.com, $35 advance, $40 day of show
The group's final performance of 2011 is led by resident conductor Gregory Vajda and features the Pacific Youth Choir under the direction of Mia Hall Savage. The holiday season favorites numbers include pieces from Bizet, Bach and Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker.'
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, orsymphony.org, $10-$40
'West Side Story'
The popular musical comes to Portland through Fred Meyer Broadway Across America, still going strong after more than 50 years of changing musical theatre. Arthur Laurents' Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint. The new Broadway cast album of 'West Side Story' won the Grammy Award for 'Best Musical Show Album' in 2010. The Bernstein and Sondheim score features such classics as 'Something's Coming,' 'Tonight,' 'America,' 'I Feel Pretty,' and 'Somewhere.'
7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 3-6, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan.8, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., portlandopera.org, starting at $24.50
Portland Boat Show
Boating enthusiasts should make their plans for the 52nd annual event, where there'll be hundreds of boats on display - sailboats, wakeboard boats, an enormous houseboat, pleasure craft, sport boats and fishing boats, all inside the 200,000 square feet of the comfortable confines of the Expo Center.
10 a.m. Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 11-15, Expo Center, www.otshows.com, $10, $8 parking
Portland Bridal Show
If you're planning to tie the knot in 2012, mark our calendars for the 33rd annual event of bridal fashion, photography, catering, honeymoon travel and everything wedding.
10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 7-8, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., portlandbridalshow.com, $9
Want to enjoy some sights and sounds of Christmas before and after the big day?
These hot spots, er, cold spots are open for your enjoyment:
• Zoolights - 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, through Jan. 1
• Peacock Lane - east of Southeast 39th Avenue, through Dec. 30
• Festival of Lights - The Grotto, Northeast 85th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard, through Dec. 30
• Winter Wonderland - Portland International Raceway, through Dec. 25
• Pittock Mansion - 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive, through Jan. 2.