The Short List
The 19th annual event features Italian music, food, wine and beer and activities for children.
Noon-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Aug. 26-27, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, Pioneer Courthouse Square, www.festa-Italiana.org, free
Lan Su Chinese Garden
The garden will be celebrating its birthday party in September - the month 10 years ago when it opened. It's 2-for-1 admission every day among other specials. An anniversary show is 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14.
Every day in September, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., www.lansugarden.org, $8.50 general, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 students, $25 family pass
The Oregon Zoo's summer concert series closes with the girl who just wants to have fun. Lauper has left her pop tastes behind, singing as part of her national Memphis Blues tour, with music from her 11th studio album, 'Memphis Blues,' a bold collection of blues covers featuring appearances by Allen Toussaint, B.B. King, Johnny Lang and others. Charlie Musselwhite opens.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Rd., 1-800-745-3000, $27
The Grammy Award-winning pianist plays in Portland, supporting his new CD, 'Gulf Coast Blues and Impressions - A Hurricane Relief Benefit,' of which 100 percent of royalties goes to various hurricane relief organizations.
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $25 advance, $28 day of show
'Laugh, Dance, Sing'
The variety show for kids will benefit The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families, whose center was destroyed by an arsonist last year. The show features Rick Huddle (comedian), Obo Addy (master drummer), Albert Alter (mime and clown) and Curtis Carlyle (juggler).
2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, Northwest Children's Theater, 1819 N.W. Everett St., 503-775-5683, $15 adults, $10 children/teens
'Always, Always/Never, Never'
Rumpus Room dance will kick off its home season with the collaboration between director Rachel Tess and longtime colleague Isaac Spencer and lighting designer Jennifer Linn. It's a prelude to Tess' one-woman traveling show, 'Once a Fool.'
8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Aug. 26-27, Conduit Dance, 918 S.W. Yamhill St., Suite 401, www.rumpusroomdance.org, $15
48 Hour Film Project
Fifty-six teams of filmmakers from the Portland area are competing, given 48 hours to write, shoot and edit their own short films, and many of their judged works will be shown at the Hollywood Theater.
7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, Hollywood Theater, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., www.48hourfilm.com/portland_oregon, $7