The Short List
Oregon Brewers Fest
It's 23rd annual extravaganza for lovers of socializing, craft beer and fun. Eighty-one craft breweries from across the country offer handcrafted brews for an estimated attendance of 71,000; a 'Buzz Tent' with tastes of more than 50 specialty beers will also be open.
The event also includes homebrewing demonstrations and food booths, and the Crater Lake Root Beer Garden offers complimentary root beer for minors and designated drivers.
Noon-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 22-24, noon-7 p.m. Sunday,
July 25, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, www.oregonbrewfest.com,
503-778-5917, $10/$20/$50 taster packages
Gresham Art Walk
Renowned bronze sculptor Rip Caswell and 125 talented artisans from around the region are featured in the ninth annual event. It includes art for sale, live music, cultural performances and free children's arts and crafts.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 17, Main Avenue, Gresham, www.greshamartwalk.com, free
Lakewood Theatre Company puts on what many consider the best musical ever, based on the real-life account of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee and about the mother Rose and her unflappable desire to see her daughters become stars.
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays (also 7 p.m. on three Sundays), July 16-Aug. 22, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $30 adults, $28 students and seniors
'Moon Over Buffalo'
Charlotte and George Hay are on tour in Buffalo with a repertory, but fate has given these thespians one more shot at starring roles. Will Charlotte appear or run off with their agent? Will George be sober enough to emote? It's presented by New Century Players and directed by Katy Liljeholm.
7:30 p.m. July 16-17 and July 22-24, 2 p.m. July 18 and July 25, Rex Putnam Blackbox Theatre, 4950 S.E. Roethe Road, Milwaukie, www.newcenturyplayers.org, $15, $10 students/seniors
'Sitting Standing Lying'
Brody Theater's comedy showcase includes Ian Karmel, Tom Johnson and others.
8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, July 17, Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, www.brodytheater.com, $10, $7 students
The Dew Tour's sixth stop will be in Portland Aug. 12-15 at the Rose Garden, Memorial Coliseum and The Commons, with the music groups Neon Trees and Paper Tongues performing at 9 p.m. Aug. 13.
Aug. 12-15, Rose Garden/Memorial Coliseum/The Commons, www.comcasttix.com, 1-877-789-7673, $22.50-$250
'Evening under the Stars'
On the nights of July 17 and Aug. 28, astrology buffs can attend special viewings of the galaxy, moon, star clusters and planets from spots at an elevation of 6,000 feet on the southern slope of Mount Hood. It's put on by the U.S. Forest Service and RLK and Company.
9 p.m. Saturday, July 17 (8 p.m., Aug. 28), Mount Hood, information at www.timberlinelodge.com, free (donations appreciated)
Yoshida's Sand in the City
Sand teams and architects transform more than 450 tons of sand and 4,500 gallons of water into sand sculptures at Pioneer Courthouse Square, with accompanying live music, children's activities and more.
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, July 16, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 18, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 503-998-3771, $3 suggested donation
Captain Sig and the Hillstrand brothers visit Portland to talk and interact with fans about the popular Discovery Channel television documentary show.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 24, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave., www.ticketmaster.com, $34-$64
The French holiday will be celebrated at locations around the city, including at Pix Patisserie, which plans an all-day block party July 17, including the Mini Medoc Marathon Fun Run, wines, roast pig, a beer garden, live music and cream puffs.
11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, Pix Patisserie, 3901 N. Williams Ave., www.pixpatisserie.com, free