The Short List

by: COURTESY OF Dennis Wiancko, 
The Oregon Country Fair, a three-day annual gathering on 280 wooded acres west of Eugene, features handmade crafts, music, food and community-based culture.


Oregon Country Fair

The 41st annual event features 17 stages of entertainment, nearly 80 food booths and hundreds of craft booths in Veneta. Wandering musicians, face painting, circus acts and many other fair favorites will be back. Get tickets in advance at or by calling 1-800-992-8499.

Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11, Veneta, (check for directions and times), $20 Friday, $23 Saturday, $20 Sunday in advance and $23 Friday, $28 Saturday, $23 Sunday day of event, $7/$8 parking


Fort Vancouver

It's still claims to be the biggest fireworks show west of the Mississippi River.

Gates open at noon Sunday, July 4, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 360-992-1800, $5 advance, $7 at gate, $25 prime viewing

Blue Lake

Events include playtime for children in the water spray ground and music from The Stingrays, Aguamiel and Linda Hornbuckle.

8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4, Blue Lake Park, 20500 N.E. Marine Drive, 503-665-4995, $10 per car, $15 per van/bus

Oaks Park

The historic amusement park and picnic area will be prime area to see fireworks.

10 a.m.-midnight Sunday, July 4, Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Way, 503-233-5777, $5 adults (16-over), $3 seniors (62-over), $2 kids


Patti Smith tribute

Siren Nation presents another tribute night, this one for the 'godmother of punk.'

9:30 p.m. Friday, July 9, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave.,, $5 (21-over only)

Ebony only

Heads up: The Black Keys create elemental bluesy rock that cuts through the air like a chainsaw hungry to rip trees. Vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney are the latest duo to put the 'raw' in 'rawk.'

8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, and Tuesday, Oct. 5, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St.,, $28.50 advance, $32 day of show

Sil Selvidge

The roots music musician will make three stops in Oregon, joined by singer/songwriter Amy Speace, including at the new Alberta Rose Theatre, which had its opening recently.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $12

Noon Tunes

Pioneer Courthouse Square will be the site of some fine music each Tuesday and Thursday at lunch time for the eighth year in a row. The Freewill Band performs July 6 and Jacob Merlin Band July 8.

Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 503-223-1613, free


'High Noon'

It's a Jewish Theatre Collaborative effort about the trauma of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

7 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., 503-512-0582, suggested $12 donation

'The King and I'

Broadway Rose takes on the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein masterpiece.

Friday, July 2 through July 25, Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 S.W. Durham Road, Tigard, (check for times), $20-$35