by: COURTESY OF Michael Allen Harrison, 
Pianist Michael Allen Harrison performs his 20th anniversary



It's finally almost here - the first appearance by the famed Rockettes in Portland on their national tour, in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular - and at the most prized time of the year, during the Christmas weekend. Watch them kick high, dance in synch and show off their routines in their tantalizing Christmas costumes.

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $25-$65.50

'A Joyful Celebration'

Portland Chamber Orchestra performs Handel's 'Messiah' in two area churches, showcasing the Oregon Chorale and two youth choirs.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1624 N.E. Hancock St., Portland, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 447 S.E. Third Ave., Hillsboro,, $25, $20 seniors (65-older), $15 students, $5 children

Michael Allen Harrison

Here's a reminder that the popular pianist and performer will be putting on his 20th anniversary 'Christmas At The Old Church' shows. The dates: Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26. Call 503-255-0747 for tickets and information.


Do sweat it

New Jack Swing King Keith Sweat will be ringin' in the New Year along with R and B funk band Mint Condition as well as soul-jazz singer Tracey Harris and saxophonist Mike Phillips. The ads repeatedly emphasize this is a seated show, the better to gaze into your lover's eyes, apparently.

9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St.,, $55 (21 and over)


Heads up: The popular Christian musician plays in Portland in January on his 'Winter Wonder Slam Tour,' with tickets on sale. TobyMac has sold more than 10 million albums.

7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $25-$75

Straight outta Judaea

Another heads up: Israeli hip-hoppers Balkan Beat Box are among the live hop artists who have reinvigorated the aging musical form by mixing raps with klezmer, ancient melodies and just pure brassiness. Consider this the first not-to-miss show of 2011.

9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-224-8499, $18


Harlem Globetrotters

Tickets are on sale for the basketball tricksters' 2011 '4 Times the Fun' World Tour appearance at the Rose Garden. It'll be the Globetrotters' 85th year of play.

2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $20-$125

Live Wire!

The popular radio variety show welcomes Portland filmmaker Gus Van Sant to its live stage performance, as well as musician/writer/actor Carrie Brownstein, author/ columnist Dan Savage and musical guests Thao Nguyen and Obo Addy. Van Sant's most recent film is 'Restless,' a story of a relationship between two young people preoccupied with mortality.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 503-427-8201, $20, $35 reserved

Smucker's Stars on Ice

Tickets are being sold for an all-star cast of figure skating legends at the Rose Garden.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $25-$140

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