The Short List
Washington Park Summer Festival
It's a great free event with concerts, with opening night Aug. 5 featuring Portland Taiko and The Lions of Batucada in 'Drums From Two Continents.' It's the highlight of Portland Parks and Recreation's 'Summer Free for All' with movies and concerts in local parks through early September. Other Washington Park concerts: Portland Summerfest Opera, Aug. 6; Jazz Women, Aug. 7; Portland Festival Symphony, Aug. 8; Ty Curtis Band, Aug. 9; Carrrie Cunningham and The Six Shooters, Aug. 10; Apple Jam, Aug. 11; Loveness Wesa, Kgotso African Dance and The Bantus Band, Aug. 12; Do Jump!, Aug. 13; Felicidades, Aug. 14
Opening night 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, Washington Park Amphitheater, www.portlandparks.org, free
Oregon Zoo parties on
August is the big month in the concert series, with upcoming shows including legendary rocker Levon Helm (Aug. 8), party rock band B-52s (Aug. 13), soul singer Chris Isaak (Aug. 14), hometown musicians Pink Martini (Aug. 26-27) and homespun tales of 'A Prairie Home Companion' (Aug. 28). After that, it's Cyndi Lauper on Sept. 1.
All shows at 7 p.m., Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 1-866-448-7849, www.oregonzoo.org/concerts/index.htm, ticket prices and availability vary
MarchFourth Marching Band
The eccentric band of stilt walkers, clowns and musicians plans a European trip (Germany, Amsterdam, France), raising funds with two shows, a live auction, a silent auction and a raffle.
6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 (all ages show), 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 (21 and older), Refuge, 116 S.E. Yamhill St., www.marchfourthmarchingband.com, $10 adults and $5 kids (age 5-12) early show, $15 at door late show
It'll be music with nine bands performing on a 24-foot solar powered stage, along with education on sustainability and environmental awareness.
11 a.m-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7, Fernhill Park, Northeast Killingsworth Street and 42nd Avenue, www.econw.org, free
Clark County Fair
It's the grandest in the Portland metropolitan area. Miranda Lambert (Aug. 6), Scorpions (Aug. 7) and Boys Like Girls (Aug. 9), all at 8 p.m., highlight the music lineup.
8 a.m. to 11 Friday, Aug. 6, opening 10 a.m. all other days, Aug. 6-15, Clark County Fairgrounds, 17402 N.E. Delfel Road, Ridgefield, Wash., www.clarkcofair.com, $10 adults ($6 advance), $8 seniors (62-over, $6 advance), $7 children (7-12, $5 advance)
Deschutes Brewery Street Fare
It'll feature Portland's finest food carts and indie music (including Sallie Ford and The Sound Outside, featured this week in The Tribune) at the brewery's Portland pub, a benefit for the Morrison Child and Family Services.
5-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, Deschutes Brewery, 210 N.W. 11th Ave., 503-296-4906, $5 (tasters $4)
André Kertész photography
He's widely recognized as one of the most important and influential photographers of the 20th century, moving to New York from Hungary in 1936 after pioneering modern photography in Paris. His style: Avant-garde design and gentle observation of the human condition, underscoring the nuances of every day experience. He died in 1985 at age 91.
Opening reception 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Aug. 28, Hartman Fine Art, 134 N.W. Eighth Ave., 503-287-3886, regular admission
Adult Soapbox Derby
Thirty-nine homemade 'cars' take to the road at Mt. Tabor Park.
10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, Mt. Tabor Park Crater Amphitheater, Southeast 60th Avenue and Salmon Street, www.soapboxracer.com, free
Artist Gloria Lamson, from Port Townsend, Wash., will have an interesting display at the Portland Building for the next month - using rope, willow tree limbs and jigsaw puzzle pieces, among other materials, to offer 'a visceral and visual experience that explores the question of how we find our way through the confusion of life.'
7 a.m.-6 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, Aug. 9-Sept. 3, Portland Building, 1120 S.W. Fifth Ave., www.racc.org/installationspace.com, free
Providence Bridge Pedal
The 15th annual popular event is still open to interesting cyclists, with online registration (blog.bridgepedal.com) through Aug. 7, and at various retailers until race day Aug. 8 (see website for specifics). Early registration is $25 (five bridges), $30 (seven bridges) and $35 (10 bridges), and more if registering on day of event.
It's the big social event in Portland with plenty of food and libations at Waterfront Park, benefiting Special Olympics.
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 6-7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, Waterfront Park, www.biteoforegon.com, $10 weekend pass, $8 daily admission
'Madder Music and Stronger Wine'
It's CoHo Productions' world premiere by local playwright Russ Cowan, co-produced with Madder Music Theatricals, and about erotica becoming art in the late 19th century.
8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, Aug. 9-12, CoHo Productions, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-205-0715, tickets are 'pay what you will' or $50 season pass