The Short List
The second annual event will crown the city's best mixologist, and it benefits the Children's Relief Nursery. The winning recipe will be featured at the nursery's 'Original Iron Chef' event in the spring.
6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Jupiter Hotel DreamTENT, 800 E. Burnside St., www.crn4kids.org, $50
Portland Bridal Show
Now in its 31st year, it's everything wedding, with fashion shows each session.
10:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-968-3400, $8.50
Portland Boat Show
The 50th annual Portland Boat Show has been revamped and extended to five days. A massive 70-foot sailboat will be on display, as well as a giant houseboat. Oregon Fish and Wildlife, Travel Oregon, Oregon State Marine Board and Oregon Parks and Recreation are presenting a display called 'The Oregon Outdoor Experience.' It's the place to shop for a new boat.
10 a.m.-9 p.m., through Jan. 17, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, www.OTshows.com, $10 general admission (12 and younger free), $7 parking
CoHo Productions puts on a shortened play, with five actors, and focuses on plot lines and familial themes.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 15-Feb. 20, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-205-0715, $25 adults, $20 students
Lakewood Center's latest production is an Agatha Christie mystery about the wife of a diplomat who finds a body in the drawing room of their home. It's a captivating whodunnit.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 15-Feb. 21, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $26-$30
Presented by Literary Arts, it has spurred a rival in oral storytelling with broadcasts on more than 200 U.S. radio stations and more than one million iTunes downloads. The Portland show is titled, 'Made to be Broken: Stories of Disobediences.'
7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, Gerding Theater, 120 N.W. 11th Ave., 1-800-838-3006, $25
He. She. Hits.
A heads-up: George Strait is the best-selling country singer since time began. Reba McEntire is the best-selling female country singer since time began. So if you go to their show in March, you will enter the pages of history.
Friday, March 26, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com
The acclaimed classical cellist will be performing his 'Figment' program for solo cello, celebrating contemporary music icon Elliott Carter. He'll be joined by members of the Portland Cello Project for a few numbers.
9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Doug Fir Lounge, 530 E. Burnside St., www.dougfirlounge.com, $12
Another heads-up: The two-day benefit honors late musician Scotland Barr, who passed away in September 2009 from pancreatic cancer. The Jan. 22 lineup includes The Slow Drags (Scotland Barr's band), Tango Alpha Tango, Rob Bonds (of Highway) and Brian Berg, the Jan. 23 lineup featuring Steve Wilkinson (of Mission 5), The Redeemed, Rob Stroup and The Blame, Mike Coykendall and Casey Neill and Little Sue.
8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, Saturday, Jan. 23, Someday Lounge, 125 N.W. Fifth Ave., www.somedaylounge.com, $10, $14 two-day pass (21 and older)