The Short List
Tickets are on sale for the group's annual holiday appearance. It'll be a little early (Nov. 15) this year. Last year, TSO played in front of 1.2 million people during the holiday season and, later, debuted the live rock opera, 'Beethoven's Last Night.' The band, which has sold more than 7 million albums, has a new release, 'Night Castle,' which features the single 'Believe' and a cover of 'Nutrocker.'
7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $25-$59
Portland Opera opens its 46th season with another revival of General Director Christopher Mattaliano's combination of these two masterpieces. Along with Emily Pulley making her debut as Nedda/Soprano soloist, the cast boasts several singers familiar to Portland audiences, including Richard Crawley, Mark Rucker and Marian Pop. Dance troupe BodyVox also stars. Mattaliano directs the action and John DeMain conducts.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 2 p.m. Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., 503-241-1802, starting at $20
The Brody Theater's improv comedy show returns, coming off scenes in previous shows where performers had to improvise a scene while dodging a moving bicycle, present a scene backwards and create an opera titled, 'The beekeeper of Bologna.' So, what's next? The audience decides.
8 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 17-Oct. 22 (10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25), The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway Ave., 503-224-2227, $10, $7 students
It'll be 'Summer's Last Sizzle,' as the troupe bids farewell to the season. Juan Prophet Organization performs.
9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, The Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside St., www.wanderlustcircus.com, $15 advance, $20 at door
It's a benefit concert for KPSU, Portland State and University Radio, put on by Noah Peterson, who features Northwest talent on 'NW Jazz and More!' program on KPSU. Seattle's Trish, Hans and Phil perform.
8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, Tony Starlights, 3728 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-517-8584, $10
Rose City Music Festival
The festival benefits the Jefferson High School and feeder schools arts and music programs. Jazz, R and B, hip hip, soul and classical music and dance will be featured, including Pink Martini on Sept. 25, Do Jump! on Sept. 30 and Tom Grant, Michael Allen Harrison, Ron Steen and Linda Hornbuckle on Oct. 2.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, 7 p.m. Sept. 30, 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Oct. 2, Jefferson High School, 5210 N. Kerby Ave., www.rosecitymusicfestival.com, www.ticketsoregon.com
The master songwriter, musician and poet is joined by Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters and a slew of instrumentalists.
8 p.m. Dec. 8, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $49.50-$250
'Gay Fair on the Square!'
The Portland Gay Men's Chorus gives a free concert, shining light on the LGBT community in Portland.
12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, Pioneer Courthouse Square, www.pdxgmc.org, free