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'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest' (PG-13)
On a sweaty, sticky summer afternoon at Disneyland, there's nothing better than the waterfalls and shady bayous of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride - but it's a little scary, too.
It's a sensation sunk deep into the memories of the millions of adults who made pilgrimages to the park as children, which may account for the anticipation surrounding the opening today, in the hottest part of summer, of Disney's new 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie.
Johnny Depp returns as Capt. Jack Sparrow in his second adventure. This time he's trying to redeem his soul, which he sold rather hastily in the first installment. Co-stars Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley and director Gore Verbinski also remain on board.
- Anne Marie DiStefano
Chamber Music Northwest
The 36th annual summer festival continues with Baroque Concerto Night, which features the works of Handel, Vivaldi and Bach and includes performances by Chamber Music Northwest Artistic Director David Shifrin and Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Amy Schwartz Moretti.
Saturday brings Bach and Mozart sonatas by the team of Ani Kavafian (violin) and Kenneth Cooper (piano). Sunday's family concert offers music and narration of Telemann's whimsical 'Gulliver Suite' with $5 tickets for all ages.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. Friday, July 7, Catlin Gabel School, 8825 S.W. Barnes Road; 8 p.m. Saturday, July 8, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-294-6400, www.cmnw.org, $21-$40; Summer Family Concert, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9, Reed College, $5
Imagine a sprinkler on steroids. 'Spray grounds' have been springing up and making a splash all over the country as a fun way to cool off during the summer, proving to be a safe, low-cost alternative to pools, aquatic centers and naturally occurring bodies of water.
Now Portland's getting in on the action. A leap-through water-spraying frog, action-figure sprinklers, oversize nozzles, cannons, arches, buckets and other colorful devices await kids in need of a good summer soaking at the new water spray ground opening this weekend at Blue Lake Regional Park.
The much-anticipated water-lovers' playground, covering roughly 3,500 square feet of the park, is designed for children ages 1 to 10 but can be enjoyed by any age. The fountains and devices are fed by the park's wells and the local aquifer via an automated water system that circulates water through an on-site treatment facility ensuring its cleanliness.
- Suzie Ridgway
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 8, Blue Lake Regional Park, between Northeast Marine Drive and Sandy Boulevard off 223rd Avenue, 503-797-1850, www.metro-region.org/bluelake, spray ground is free with $4 per car park entry fee, or ride TriMet's Blue Lake Shuttle to the park from Gresham Central Transit Center (or walk or bike) and pay no park entry fee; no pets
Lyle Lovett was the original face of alternative country - a quick-witted Texan with a dry sense of humor, a beautifully craggy croon and a devil-may-care attitude that helped draw the attention of fans outside Nashville's carefully constructed scene.
His annual tours with his Large Band (a crack ensemble of musicians and gospel backing vocalists who rotate on and off stage throughout the night) is not to be missed, for the storytelling as much as the music.
- Barbara Mitchell
6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9, McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, 503-669-8610, $40-$65, all ages
World Cup Final
The world's biggest sporting event comes to a close this Sunday. Team USA? Minnows. England? Terrible. Brazil and Argentina? An early trip back home. But the mainland European teams have been dominant.
You can catch the championship game in the monthlong soccer tournament as Italy plays France for the golden trophy. It's all live from Berlin on a 17-by-23-foot LED screen. The event starts at 10 a.m. with food, a beer ghetto and 'activities,' while the game itself kicks off at 11 a.m.
- Joseph Gallivan
10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 9, Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 S.W. Sixth Ave., 503-223-1613, free