Moon rises over Chinatown
by: Contributed photo, Kung fu performances, drummers and dancers represent Asian traditions in this weekend’s Under the Autumn Moon festival, but the neighborhood celebration also includes nods to some of the many other ethnic groups in Old Town’s history.

Under the Autumn Moon

Although it's taking place in Chinatown, the Under the Autumn Moon festival honors that historically Old Town was home to Japanese, Greek, Eastern European and Scandinavian immigrants, as well as Chinese.

The nonstop entertainment will range from traditional puppet theater and Hungarian folk dancing to some of the neighborhood's newer traditions, like drag queen Darcelle and the Portland All-Star Jazz Jam featuring Darrell Grant, Ron Steen and Thara Memory.

A global bazaar, tea garden, cooking demonstrations and food stalls round out the offerings.

On Sunday, there is free admission to the oasis of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, with its koi- and-lotus-filled pond and dramatic carved wood and rock.

Besides honoring the neighborhood, the festival is a public celebration to officially open the area's newly renovated streets, part of a $5.3 million project to rejuvenate the area.

They'll be put to good use Saturday, when a colorful parade commences at 10 a.m. and the party lasts until sundown.

- Brooke Myers

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct.1, Northwest Davis and Flanders streets between Third and Fourth avenues,, free


Art fair

The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel

Portland's coolest art fair is back for a third year.

This time more galleries from a wider range of cities are heading here, even though the space remains tight in the tiny rooms at the hipster motel. Seven of Portland's commercial galleries will rub shoulders with mini versions of 29 out-of-town galleries, including Jeff Bailey Gallery (New York), Lemon Sky Projects + Editions (Miami), Heather Marx Gallery (San Francisco), Modern Culture (New York) and Sixtyseven (New York).

Co-founder and organizer Stuart Horodner has roped in quite a few Atlanta galleries, too, now that he's landed at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. So this will be a chance for Portland to make a dent on the other side of the Mississippi.

Friday evening is given over to a collector preview (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), an opening gala (6 p.m. to 9 p.m., $100) and an artists' party featuring Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, White Boss and DJ P. Disco. (9 p.m. to midnight, $10).

- Joseph Gallivan

Public hours noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30-Oct 1, Jupiter Hotel, 800 E. Burnside St., 503-230-9200 or 503-234-7993, $5



Paul Simon

Paul Simon has almost as many lives as he's had hits - which is saying something.

He's been a teen pop star, an acclaimed folkie and a revered songsmith; written a Broadway musical; and helped popularize world music. While some artists seem to happily slide into comfortable predictability, Simon chooses to keep finding new and interesting inspiration.

On his latest album, 'Surprise,' he's teamed with avant-garde icon and 'sonic landscaper' Brian Eno.

It's a bold move and a great match, as well as proof that this is one artist whose evolution will continue to surprise himself and his listeners.

- Barbara Mitchell

7:30 p.m. Saturday,

Sept. 30, Rose Garden

Arena, 1 Center Court,

503-235-8771, $39.50-$69.50, all ages



Gerding Theater at the Armory

If ever there was a way to celebrate this city's love for

both history and progress, this is it.

When Portland Center Stage launches a new season of theater with 'West Side Story' next week, it will do so in the new Gerding Theater at the

Armory, a 19th-century fortress transformed into a

elegant showplace of architectural ingenuity, sustainable building and community-minded use.

A two-block street fair with live music, food, a beer garden and free guided tours every half-hour will help open the new space.

- Eric Bartels

Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, Northwest Davis Street

between Ninth and 11th avenues, 503-445-3765, free


Twenty-two artists from several different countries

collaborate on a large-scale installation that will

inhabit Disjecta's 24,000 square feet as well as its exterior.

Working in various combinations of video, installation and performance, the artists will construct physical spaces that reflect their perceptions of what it is to be haunted.

Opening night promises to feature a third of the artists in attendance, who no doubt will be hanging around the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel the rest of the time.

- JG

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Oct. 29, Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center, 5 S.E. Third Ave., 503-286-9449, free

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