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Broadway Across America presents “South Pacific,” considered by many the finest musical ever written, playing at the Keller Auditorium Aug. 3 - 8.


Linkin' Continental

Heads up: What do you get when you link Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton? The world's largest continent of course, ASIA. Drawn from Yes, ELP, King Crimson and The Buggles, ASIA made bombastically over the top pop music as only progressive rockers who were actually from EUROPE could.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, $45 (parents must accompany minors)


The funky pop groove band plans to take a hiatus, but not before one last performance, joined by Journey cover band Wheels in the Sky.

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, Jimmy Mak's, 221 N.W. 10th Ave., 503-295-6542, $15


The Bite

The 27th annual event will take over Waterfront Park with smells and tastes and plenty of frivolity. New elements are the Oregon Dessert Pavilion, Portland Food Cart Cuisine and Gerry Frank's Oregon's Chef's Table.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, Waterfront Park,, $10 weekend pass, $8 daily admission


'South Pacific'

The new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical won seven 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, and arrives in Portland as part of the Fred Meyer Broadway Across America series from its sold-out run at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City. It's the tale of two couples on a tropical island during World War II, and their romance and happiness threatened by war and their own prejudices. The score includes 'Some Enchanted Evening,' 'Younger than Springtime,' 'Bali Ha'i,' 'There is Nothin' Like A Dame' and 'A Wonderful Guy.'

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 3-6, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $23.50

'Long Day's Journey Into Night'

The Artists Repertory Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company bring the play to Portland after a premiere run in Sydney, Australia. It stars William Hurt, Robyn Nevin, Luke Mullins, Emily Russell and Todd Van Voris (from Portland). It's considered to be Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece play, about the Tyrone family, which includes three alcoholics and one morphine addict, who reopen old wounds in their Connecticut vacation home.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays (2 p.m. matinees Wednesday and Sunday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15), Aug. 13-29, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave.,, $50-$75


Heritage Home Tour

The NW Natural Street of Dreams is opening, but fans of old homes can partake in the Heritage Home Tour, by the Architectural Heritage Center. Six homes in the show cover a century of residential construction in Portland (1885 to 1980).

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 31, go to for site locations and information or call 503-231-7264, $50

Washington County Fair

Comedian Gallagher (6:30 Thursday, July 29) and bands Warrant (7 p.m. Friday, July 30) and Floater (7 p.m. Saturday, July 31) highlight the musical lineup at the fair.

10 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, July 29-Aug. 1, Washington County Fair Complex, 873 N.E. 34th Ave., Hillsboro,, free fair admission

Street Jam

Put on by the Trail Blazers, it features all day action of 3-on-3 basketball, benefiting the Special Olympics, as well as a a slam dunk contest, 3-point shooting contest, skills challenge, food, beverages and live entertainment.

Noon, Friday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 1, Rose Quarter,, free

Celebrating sharks

The sea's predominant predator will be featured at the Oregon Coast Aquarium for two weeks, with a variety of events. All sharks are from species native to Oregon's coastal waters.

Sunday, Aug. 1 through Aug. 14, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport,, admission $15.45 adults, $13.45 seniors (65-over), $12.75 kids (13-17)

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