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by: COURTESY OF Autumn de Wilde, Portland’s own Pink Martini will raise a glass (and perform) at the Schnitzer on New Years Eve.



Hey, man, so you can dig it - the long-running musical 'HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical' is back in P-town as part of Broadway Across America, with a score including such enduring numbers as 'Let the Sun Shine In,' 'Aquarius' and 'Good Morning Sunshine' and depicting the birth of the free-spirited cultural movement that changed America forever.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Dec. 28-Dec. 31, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $23.50

Joan Rivers

The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor Gerald Steichen, performs as the longtime comedian, the queen of the zinger, entertains. She's the subject of a new documentary, 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.' The symphony will play showstoppers such as 'Overture to Gypsy' and music from 'The Producers.'

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $23-$123


Pink Martini

The Portland ensemble rings in the New Year in their annual extravaganza at the Schnitz. The band also has cut its first holiday album, 'Joy to the World,' which has 14 festive songs in eight languages.

7 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $26.50-$89


The RiverCity Music Festival, previously known as the RiverCity Bluegrass Festival, returns after a one-year hiatus bigger and better. There will be 14 national acts and many regional performers on two large stages and in the Red Lion bar. Highlights are Rhonda Vince and The Rage, Lou Reid and Carolina and The Peter Rowan Band.

4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, Red Lion at Jantzen Beach, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, river, $130 weekend pass, day passes $36.50-$55

Yo, yo, yo!

If you reach a point where you can no longer endure one more rendition of 'Deck the Halls' by tone-deaf family members on Christmas, you can flee home and hearth for the fourth annual Pop Life! show featuring 15 local hip-hop and soul acts as well as deejays.

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E Hawthorne Blvd., 503-360-1450, $10 (21 and over)


There is still time to attend various holiday happenings, including:

• Rockettes: It's the Radio City Christmas Spectacular; 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

• Grotto lights: It's the 23rd year of lights; 5-9:30 p.m. through Dec. 30, The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., 503-254-7371, $8, $4 children (4-12)

• ZooLights: More than a million colorful lights adorn the Oregon Zoo; 5-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5-8:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through Jan. 2, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road,, packages are $10.75 adults, $9.25 seniors (65-older), $7.75 children (3-11)

• Pittock Mansion: 'A Northwest Christmas: The Natural Beauty and Bounty of Oregon'; through Jan. 2 (closed on Christmas), Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive,, $9 adults, $8 seniors (65-over), $6 youth (6-18), check website for shuttle service info

• Peacock Lane: The four-block array of house lights is always a highlight; 6 p.m. nightly, through Dec. 31, east of Cesar Chavez Boulevard,, free

• PIR lights: The Jubitz Winter Wonderland will light up the race track; opens 5 p.m. nightly through Dec. 26, Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., 503-232-3000, various prices include $16 per car