by: COURTESY OF Ai Weiwei, 
“Dropping the Urn,


Northwest String Summit

The ninth annual event, a music and camping fest, will feature Yonder Mountain Strong Band, as well as Rhythm Devils with Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart (of The Grateful Dead) and Keller Williams.

Gates open at noon Friday, July 16 through July 18, Horning's Hideout, North Plains,,, $145 three-day passes ($155 day of show)

Justin Bieber

The teen heartthrob plays the Rose Garden after the release of his second album, 'My World 2.0.'

7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $29.50-$49.50

Colin Hay

The former frontman of Men at Work will be performing solo in his support of his latest album, 'American Sunshine.'

9 p.m. Thursday, July 15, Crystal Ballroom,, $23 advance, $25 at door

Steve Miller Band

Fly like an eagle to the groove of one of the '70s top performers.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15, Edgefield Amphitheater, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale,, $47, $79 reserved

Piano festival

The Portland International Piano Festival features some ticklin'-the-ivories stars in the 12th annual event. In all, 10 artists will perform in five recitals, six lectures, 14 master classes, three films and a composition workshop. It is put on by Portland Piano International.

Sunday, July 11 through July 18, World Forestry Center, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, (check for times, info), $175-$440 passes, $29-$36 single tickets


'Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn'

The contemporary Chinese artist's work will be on display for the first time on the West Coast, thanks to a partnership between the Museum of Contemporary Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art. It's co-curated by Richard Torchia and Gregg Moore of Arcadia (Pa.) University, and it features a selection of ceramics and photographs from 1993 to present, influenced by techniques and urns from as far back as 7,000 years ago.

Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Thursday, July 15 through Oct. 30, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.,, $3, $2 students (13-older) and seniors (62-older)


Turkey Rama

It's the 50th anniversary of the event in McMinnville, with the 'World's Largest Turkey BBQ,' a street fair on Historic 3rd Street, the Turkey Trot 8K Run/Walk and more.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, July 9, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, July 10, downtown McMinnville, 503-472-6196, free, $12 turkey dinners

Beer fest

The Portland International Beer Festival celebrates brewing styles and nations that made them famous. More than 150 world-class beers featured from more than 15 countries.

4-10 p.m. Friday, July 16, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, July 17, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, July 18, North Park Blocks,, $20 for 10 beer tickets

Highland Games

Put on by the Portland Highland Games Association to help preserve the Scottish Highland culture. Events include piping, drumming, dancing, athletics and other events.

Gates open 8 a.m. Saturday, July 17, Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St.,, $20, $10 youth (6-17)

"Live Girls"

CoHo Productions brings you its centerpiece co-production, the world premiere by Natalie Rose. It offers a view of strippers and the world that most people never see - from the perspective of a fly on the wall in the locker room where the women prepare themselves.

'Live Girls' contains plentiful adult language, content and situations and partial nudity, organizers say.

8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, July 8-Aug. 7, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., tickets $18 adults, $10 students, educators and 60 and older

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