The Short List
It's Stumptown Stages' musical salute to the holidays with song, comedy and improv and audience participation, featuring Douglas Webster, Jean Valjean from 'Les Miserables,' Lisa Schale from 'Cats' and 'Evita,' Corey Brunish, cellist Liz Byrd and special guest Alexandra Boule-Buckley.
7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, Wilfs Restaurant and Piano Bar, 800 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-223-0070, $15 cover (and $15 minimum tab)
The unique show features author Donald Miller, singer/actor Wade McCollum, songwriter John Darnielle, chef Lisa Schroeder, poet Matthew Dickman, the band Nurses and essayist Stacy Bolt.
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, $30 reserved, $20 general admission
Polar bears feted
The Oregon Zoo's resident polar bears Conrad and Tasul will receive festive ice treats and wrapped presents containing tasty treats in honor of their 25th birthday.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-226-1561, $10.50 general admission, $9 seniors (65-older), $7.50 children (3-11)
'Calling on the Spirits'
Aurora Chorus puts on its Winter Performance on the darkest night of the year, featuring 100 women's voices, led by dynamic director Joan Szymko. Special guest is Jami Sieber, vocalist, composer and cellist.
4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, St. Mary's Academy, 1615 S.W. Fifth Ave., 503-715-1114, $18 advance, $22 at door
'Comfort and Joy'
Gregory Vajda conducts and the Pacific Youth Choir adds to an evening that will include Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker, 'Pifa' from Handel's Messiah and Vaughan Williams' 'Fantastia on Greensleeves.'
7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave., 503-228-1353, $20-$70
Becky Anderson, violinist
The 19-year-old award-winning violin virtuoso will put on a free concert to benefit the Community Music Center scholarships. Anderson, now a student at The Curtis Institute of Music with Ida Kavafian, is an alumna of the city's Community Music Center.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, Community Music Center Auditorium, 3350 S.E. Francis St., 503-823-3177, free
Waltzing and Wassailing
The Northwest Dance Project and Vagabond Opera combine for an evening of holiday dance, song and music.
7 and 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 18-19, Northwest Dance Project Studio and Performance Center, 833 N. Shaver St., www.ticketturtle.com, $27 advance, $30 door
Oregon Jewish Museum
The museum opens its new location with the exhibit 'The Shape of Time: accumulations of place and memory,' featuring various photographs and guest curated by Tim DuRoche.
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, Oregon Jewish Museum, 1953 N.W. Kearney St., 503-226-3600, free
Motorcycle ice racing
The 34th Annual World Championship Ice Racing Series makes its Portland stop.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, Memorial Coliseum, 1-877-789-7673, $15-$40, $10 kids 2-12