by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT Oregon Symphony kicks off its new season Sept. 1 with the Waterfront Park Concert.


Oregon Symphony

The group's popular free Waterfront Park Concert kicks off its new season, with Music Director Carlos Kalmar and Resident Conductor Gregory Vajda sharing the podium for a series of classics, joined at one point by dancers from Oregon Ballet Theatre. The Portland Youth Philharmonic also performs. A crowd of around 15,000 is expected for the 16th annual event. It starts with the 'Star Spangled Banner' and ends with Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture' and fireworks.

7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, Waterfront Park,, free


'Long Short Story'

The Brody Theater specializes in in-depth, developed stories and Brainwaves Improvisational Comedy has 25 years of short, punch skits behind it, and the two improv groups collaborate.

8 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 3, 10 and 17, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, 503-224-2227, $12, $8 students/seniors

Blue Man Group

Heads up: Tickets are on sale for the Blue Man Group's first theatrical production, which stops in Portland Oct. 18-23 and features classic moments and new content. Blue Man Group has toured previously with is Megastar arena rock show. The Blue Man Group is best known for multimedia performances that feature three bald and blue characters, with a live band playing haunting tribal rhythms.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 18-21, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., 503-241-1802, starting at $24.50


Art in the Pearl

The 15th year of the Art In The Pearl Fine Arts and Crafts Festival continues its dedication to building a bridge between artist and community, run entirely by volunteers. The event draws about 75,000 people each year. Along with notable artists, the festival features an education pavilion, demonstration booths, artists and craftsperson show and the World Music Stage provides music and dance from around the world.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 3-4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, North Park Blocks/Pearl District,, free

Christopher Rauschenberg

The esteemed photographer spent two months in China recently, and his work in Chinese Inner Mongolia first appeared at a landscape photography festival in the Gobi Desert.

6 p.m. First Thursday, Thursday, Sept. 1, noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through Sept. 28, Nine Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth St., 503-225-0210

Lewis and Clark art

The work of 20 Pacific Northwest artists will be on display as Lewis and Clark College puts on its first event at its Hoffman Gallery. The exhibition will feature the work of past fellows of the Bonnie Bronson Fund. It's the centerpiece of a three-part tribute to the legacy of Bronson, a powerful force in the regional art community who passed awayin 1990. Other exhibits will be at Marylhurst University, Pacific Northwest College of Art and Reed College.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Sept. 7-Dec. 11, Hoffman Gallery, 0615 S.W. Palatine Road, 503-768-7687


'Beaverton Celebration Day'

Portland's neighbor is putting on its first event, which includes the 54th annual Beaverton Celebration Parade (10 a.m.), and the Old Town Festival (noon to 4 p.m.).

All day, Saturday, Aug. 27, down town Beaverton,

Lan Su Garden

'Scholar's Arts' brings to life the ancient gentlemanly and scholarly acts such as painting, embroidery, calligraphy, poetry and music.

Various times throughout September, Lan Su Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., see for details, regular admission

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