The Short List
PDX Bridge Festival
Two week's worth of revelry of art, music, culture and fun surrounding Portland's bridges gets started with a kickoff party, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 23 at the Olympic Mills Commerce Center, 107 S.E. Washington St. The festival is partnered with Portland City Art, which will showcase 50 Portlanders' art of the bridges in 'Nuts, Bolts, and Slabs of Steel.' Mayor Sam Adams will be part of the July 23 festivities, which will be free. The Amazin' Jerks dance troupe, Deviant Dance Company, Wanderlust Circus and Bridgetown Revue Trio will perform. At 10 p.m. July 24, fabrics and colors will light up the Hawthorne Bridge, which celebrates its 100th year. More art will be featured on the Eastbank Esplanade, starting July 24. A parade along the waterfront and concert on the Morrison Bridge will be July 31.
PDX Bridge Festival, July 23-Aug. 7, various locations, go to www.pdxbridgefestival.org for information
The troupe will stage its special PDX Bridge Festival show, 'Battle for the Bridge,' at the Bossanova Ballroom, 'in which our merry clan of players plays a clan of mariners for all that they are worth,' a fairytale retelling of our city's first boom when barons of industry engineered the future of the Willamette River and built the first bridge.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 24, Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St., www.ticketsoregon.com, $17 advance, $20 at door
'Battle of the Bands'
The Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Harry James Orchestra are featured as Spectra, in concert with Didier Morissonneau, brings the big band magic back to the stage in a unique showdown performance, similar to what occurred in the 1930s and '40s in New York. The Glenn Miller Orchestra appeared here two years ago, and the Harry James Orchestra hasn't played Portland in decades.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 31, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-790-2787, $62, $72, $82
'Girls! Girls! Girls!'
Brody Theater's all-woman improv show returns to the stage after a successful February run. Double-x chromosome improv rules.
8 p.m. Saturday, July 24 and July 31, Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, www.brodytheater.com, $10, $7 students
Heads up: In alternative nightclubs across America during the 1990s, Chapel Hill, N.C.'s Superchunk was a prime underground ticket, cranking out energetic post-punk rock that influences every tight-jeans wearing indie rocker to this day. The band still cranks out hard-hitting melodic rock, and will release its ninth album this fall. Meanwhile, Scottish power-popsters and proto-grungies Teenage Fanclub have straddled the line between classic rock and indie rock better than most for more than two decades.
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-8686, $20 advance, $22 day of show (21 and older)
Another heads up: They embraced celibacy and disdained drugs, leading various dense critics in Britain to initially dismiss them, but James answered by creating sweeping melodramatic indie pop rock that still sounds as fresh and glorious as it did since their 1980s-90s heyday.
9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., wonderballroom.com, $23 advance, $25 day of show (21 and older)
PDX Pop Now!
It began in 2004, and it's designed to aid the music community by showcasing some of Portland's best bands.
6 p.m. Friday, July 30, noon Saturday-Sunday, July 31-Aug. 1, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave., 503-234-5683, free
The reggae superstar and Trevor Hall play in the Oregon Zoo Concert Series.
7 p.m. Friday, July 23, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 1-866-448-7849, $24-$134