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by: Mario Tama, 
Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sept. 17-20.

CIRCUS

'Zing, Zang, Zoom' at Garden

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's all-new show hit the Rose Garden this week, presenting 'Zing, Zang, Zoom,' with Magical Zingmaster Alex and his assistant Levitytia displaying magical worlds of fantasy and phenomena and warding off the cynical Mr. Gravity and his team of Heavies. High fliers, including the treacherous quadruple Russian fire-swing, and human cannonballers and an array of exotic animals - Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, Arabian and Friesian horses - also thrill crowds.

7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Sept. 17-18, 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, and 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, Rose Garden, One Center Court, www.ringling.com, tickets available at Rose Quarter box office, by calling 1-877-789-7673 or at comcasttix.com, $16-$82

STREET FEST

Alberta Street Fair

Art, food, art, drink, art, shopping, art and more art will characterize the Alberta Street Fair, the 12th annual celebration of one of Portland's most culturally diverse neighborhoods.

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, Northeast Alberta Street between 11th and 31st avenues. For more information, visit www.albertastreetfair.com.

Slabtown Community Festival

Historic residential and industrial areas in Northwest Portland will be celebrated with events that pay tribute to the 120-year-old St. Patrick's Church, the site of the 1905 World's Fair and the former Vaughn Street Baseball Park, home to the Beavers until 1955. Activities include live music, area merchant booths, puppet shows, face painting and a beer garden. The event starts with a 9 a.m. pancake breakfast at church, 1623 N.W. 19th Ave., and benefits Friendly House.

Noon-6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, N.W. 23rd and Savier St., free.

Interstate Corridor Business Alliance Street Fair

The growing success of the North Interstate corridor will be celebrated with its first annual street fair. Activities include food offering from local eateries, a vintage car show, a dunk tank, local artists and children's events. Once a part of the original freeway connection from Canada to Mexico, Interstate has been revitalized in recent years with the addition of the Yellow MAX light-rail line and numerous new and expanded businesses.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Patton Square Park, 5200 block of North Interstate Avenue.

MUSIC

The Killers at Coliseum

The Las Vegas punk revival band, influenced by 1980s music, will play their hits, including from their third album 'Day and Age.'

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Memorial Coliseum, One Center Court, 1-877-789-7673, $32.50-$37.50

DOG SHOW

'Doggie Palooza'

The second 'Doggie Palooza' pet fair will be celebrated at the World Forestry Center. Vendors for doggie clothing, portraits and food will be on hand.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 20, World Forestry Center, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-228-1367, $8 adults, $7 seniors 62-older, $5 children 3-18

THEATER

'Ragtime' opens

E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel about a wealthy family, poor immigrant, motherless daughter and black man named Coalhouse Walker, set in the pre-World War I United States, comes to life in Portland Center Stage's first production of the season.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, through Nov. 16, Gerding Theater at the Armory, 120 N.W. 11th St., 503-445-3700, www.pcs.org, $20-70