The Short List
The holiday season unofficially kicks off with the annual appearance of one of the top selling concert acts in the world (7 million albums and counting). Surely, it will perform its dramatic 'Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 1984.'
7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $25-$59
Jazz Hall of Fame
The Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame presents an induction concert, featuring inductee Tall Jazz, with Mike Horsfall, Dan Presley and Dave Averre.
6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, Jimmy Mak's, 221 N.W. 10th Ave., ticketsoregon.com, $15, $17 reserved
Here comes Samba Claus
Heads up: The Lions of Batucada are based in Portland, but their roars are inspired by Brazilian-styled marching samba music. The band will use such traditional instruments as tambourin and triangulo, along with occasional vocals and costumed and choreographed samba dancers to celebrate Christmas in Rio style.
9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., wonderballroom.com, $10 in advance, $12 day of show
One of Artists Repertory Theatre's stars returns with the warmth, charm and authentic humor that audiences know to expect in 'Mars on Life - Live!' This year, Mars explores the expectations of what the holiday home is 'supposed to be.' Special guests will include Rebecca Kilgore, Portland Gay Men's Chorus, BodyVox's Jamey Hampton and musician Holcombe Waller.
Various days and times, Nov. 16-Dec. 19, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., artistsrep.org, $20-$47
Tears of Joy Puppet Theater presents the magical musical story adapted by Mark LaPierre.
Various days and times, Friday, Nov. 12-Nov. 28, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave., tojt.org, $18 adult, $15 children.
The Holly Jolly Hullabaloo!
Jane theater company presents 'Hansel and Gretel,' who meet a band of directionally challenged pirates, and hijinks ensues.
7 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 4 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 19, Theatre! Theatre!, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., free
The host of the successful Comedy Central series 'Tosh.0' stops in Portland as part of his national standup tour, 'Tosh Tour Twenty Ten.'
7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, pcpa.com, $44.25
Olio Nuovo Festa
Olives have been the new rage in the Willamette Valley, and Ken and Penny Durant play host to the 'New Olive Oil' Celebration at their Oregon Olive Mill.
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Nov. 19-21, Oregon Olive Mill at Red Ridge, 5700 N.W. Breyman Orchards Road, Dayton, oregonolivemill.com, free
Ice stars are featured, with the likes of Rachael Flatt and dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie scheduled to appear.
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, all session passes $100-$200, single tickets available