by: JONATHAN HOUSE Timbers owner Merritt Paulson will appear on radio variety show Live Wire! Feb. 18.


'Barstool Blues'

It's a Neil Young tribute with several of Portland's finest rock 'n' roll musicians covering his tunes.

9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Dante's Inferno, 350 W. Burnside St.,, $10

Wet behind the ears

Portland '90s-style indie rockers Water and Bodies will release their new CD 'Light Year,' which features epic guitar, soaring vocals and play-to-the-back-of-the-room rock 'n' roll attack. The Dimes, Archeology and UHF join the show.

9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $5


Heads up: Korn and Disturbed are teaming up for the 'Music As A Weapon Tour.' For better or worse - sometimes in the same song - these mega-selling bands have come to define popular metal over the past decade by getting up and down with the sickness.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way,, $49.50, $39.50

Rise Against

Another heads up: The band will be touring with Bad Religion and Four Year Strong, following the release of its sixth studio album, "Endgame," due out in March. The first single, "Help Is On The Way," was released Jan. 25, and it explores the devastation that fell upon New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster. Bad Religion is considered one of the most successful independent punk acts.

7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $33.50, $29.50

Taylor Swift

Yet another heads up: The country pop star is embarking on an 87-show, 19-country 'Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011,' and she'll be in Portland in September. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 18.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $28-$72.50


Yard, Garden and Patio Show

The Oregon Association of Nurseries puts on the show, which promises to be the largest in the event's history - more than 18,000 square feet of exhibit space, 22 more garden vignettes and more than 250 different exhibitors.

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 18-19, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,, $7-$12

George Takei

'Mr. Sulu' from Star Trek will appear in Portland to remember the day in 1942 when President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. The Oregon Nikkei Endowment will play host to a fundraiser with Takei, who's also an LGBTQ activist.

5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Portland Downtown Marriott, 520 S.W. Broadway,, $100

Baba Wagué Diakité

The Cascade Festival of African Films, put on by Portland Community College, presents the well-known local ceramic artist who will introduce the film 'White Lion' on the festival's 'Family Fun Day.' The African film festival lasts through March 5.

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.,, free

Harlem Globetrotters

The basketball tricksters hit the Rose City on their 2011 '4 Times the Fun' World Tour. The Globetrotters are celebrating their 85th year of play.

2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $20-$125


Live Wire!

The radio variety show's 2011 season begins with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, author Karen Russell, writer/puppet maker Moe Bowstern, salt shop owner Mark Bitterman and musical guests Cave Singers and Langhorne Slim.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., $30

Jennifer Koh

The dazzling American violinist is guest soloist with the Oregon Symphony orchestra, playing Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto and Bartok's Rhapsody No. 1 with Maestro Gregory Vajda.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353, $25-$50

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