by: COURTESY OF Michael Schwartz Comedian Paula Poundstone performs for a benefit at the Aladdin Theatre Jen. 29.


Emanuel Ax

The seven-time Grammy-winning pianist, joined by the Oregon Symphony and guest conductor Emmanuel Villaume, thrills the crowd with a night of Brahms and others.

7:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday, Jan. 15-17, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, $25-$95

Lang Lang

The piano virtuoso, 28, called 'the hottest artist on the classical music planet' by the New York Times, performs in a solo recital for one night only, presented by the Oregon Symphony. He'll perform Bach, Schubert and Chopin.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave., 503-228-1353, $33-$173

Dirty laundry

Heads up: Indie soul-pop-rockers Cold War Kids - you may remember their 2008 hit 'Hang Me Out To Dry - combine a good ear for vocal melody with a knack for picking just the right guitar or piano riff that sticks in your ear just long enough to make you wonder what these Long Beach boys might do next.

9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $18 in advance, $20 day of show


'Antiques Improv Show'

Brody Theater conducts its second event for every eBay addict, sale prowler, closet collector and improv lover, as 'expert' appraisals lead to improvised stories inspired by real antiques and collectibles brought in by audience members.

8 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 15-Feb. 5, Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway Ave., 503-224-2227, $7-$10

Miz Kitty's Parlour

The stage act features trick piano player Andrew Oliver, Circus Artimis, Foghorn Stringband, Padam Padam and more.

7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., 503-223-4527, $12

Disney Live!

It's 'Mickey's Magic Show,' featuring Mickey Mouse himself performing illusion, Cinderella and Aladdin's Princess Jasmine and dancing brooms in Fantasia sweeping Minnie off her feet.

3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $22-$58

Paula Poundstone

The comedian, star of NPR's 'Wait Wait Don't Tell Me' brings her act to Portland again as a benefit for the Friends of the Multnomah County Library.

7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukee Ave., 1-800-745-3000, $30


'True Tales of the Old West'

The Oregon Historical Society welcomes author Christopher Corbett in its first installment of the 2011 Sunday Lecture Series. His appropriately titled lecture includes talk of his book, 'Orphans Preferred: The Twisted Truth and Lasting Legend of the Pony Express' on the 150th anniversary of the fast-mail service. His latest book is 'The Poker Bride: The First Chinese in the Wild West.'

2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 23, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., 503-306-5214, regular admission

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