The Short List
You'll hear a group whose rapid-fire percussive vocal delivery combined with floating choral-like harmonies helped turn hip-hop away from 1980s sheen in the direction of what has always made African-American music so compelling - its ability to articulate soul in a soulless world.
8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, $30, Roseland Theater, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-221-0288, $30.
Christmas Revels 2009
Music, spirit and dance as the villagers and Strawboys celebrate the Solstic Ceili in this Irish tale of lore by the Portland Revels.
7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4-Dec. 13 (various times), Scottish Rite Temple, 709 S.W. 15th Ave., 503-200-1603, $7-$36
KC and the Sunshine Band
The disco-era group plays its hits 'Get Down Tonight,' 'Shake Shake Shake (Shake Your Booty)' and 'I'm Your Boogieman' at Spirit Mountain Event Center.
8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, Spirit Mountain Casino, www.spiritmountain.com, $15-$30
Captain Bogg and Salty
Portland's preeminent pirate ensemble puts on its 'Yo Ho Holiday Concert' for all ages.
1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $10 advance, $12 door
The annual tour of the some 60 lighted vessels begins Wednesday, Dec. 9, on the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
Night hours, Wednesday, Dec. 9- Dec. 20, www.christmasships.org, free
The 23 Sandy Gallery, in conjunction with the College Book Art Association, will put on an exhibition of book arts.
Noon-6 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, from Dec. 3-Jan. 9, 23 Sandy Gallery, 623 N.E. 23rd Ave., 503-927-4409, free
Portland Japanese Garden
The garden's 'Holiday Show and Sale' will feature handmade art, tea and sake sets, vintage obi and kimono and haori jackets, cards, posters and jewelry.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 5-24, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., 503-223-1321, $8 adults, $6.75 seniors (62-over) and college students, $5.25 youth (6-17)
A heads-up: Scheduled shows have nearly sold out, but Portland Center Stage has extended the run through Jan. 2. Wade McCollum stars in the humorist David Sedaris' show.
Extra shows through Jan. 2, Ellyn Bye Studio, Gerding Theatre, 120 N.W. 11th Ave., 503-445-3700, $44-$49
Two teams of improvisers create scenes from audience suggestions and are scored by a panel of judges.
8 p.m. Fridays, 10 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4-19, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, 503-224-2227, $7-$10