The first Italian opera created for the British stage catapulted Handel to fame in London in 1711, and Portland Opera presents an all-new production about love, battle and redemption during the First Crusade, in collaboration with Portland Baroque Orchestra and artistic director Monica Huggett. The companies first worked together on “La Calisto” in 2009. Rinaldo, the Christian knight, overcomes tricks of sorcery, magic, seductions and evil before defeating the Saracen king and his queen, captures Jerusalem and wins the hand of his beloved Almirena. It’s a familiar cast of singers, and making Portland Opera debuts are stage director Chas Rader-Shieber, conductor Gary Thor Wedow and set/costumes designer Jacob A. Climer.

7:30 p.m. March 15, March 19, March 21, March 23, 2 p.m. March 17, Newmark Theatre, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-241-1802, starting at $53

Live Wire! Radio

Author David Shields, podcaster Luke Burbank, author Mykle Hansen, singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox (“American Idol”) and the Tezeta Band are part of the next radio variety show.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $20, $25 day of show



The new event celebrates jug band music, with Eagle Ridin’ Papas, Smut City Jellyroll Society, How Long Jug Band, Jacob Miller and the Bridge City Crooners, Tevis Hodge Jr. and Federal Cigar Jug Band the performers.

9 p.m. Friday, March 15, Secret Society, 116 N.E. Russell St.,, $8

Keller Williams

The singer-songwriter recently released “Keys,” a collection of Grateful Dead covers featuring the performer only on piano.

9 p.m. Friday, April 12, Aladdin Theatre, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, $23, $25 day of show

The Postal Service

The band is reuniting for its 10th anniversary “Give Up” tour, and stops in Portland in July. Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello are joining Jenny Lewis, who played with the band in 2003. Tickets are on sale.

8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $29.50-$44.50


St. Patrick’s Day

Some highlight events: All-Ireland Cultural Society, 72nd annual, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, March 17, the Ambridge Event Center, 376 N.E. Clackamas Ave.,, $10, $5 ages 12-20; Paddy’s, three-day extravaganza, starting at 11 a.m. Friday-Saturday, March 15-16, 8 a.m. Sunday, March 17, 65 S.W. Yamhill St.,, $15; Thirsty Lion Pub, concerts starting at 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, noon Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. Sunday, March 17, 71 S.W. Second Ave.,, free; Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub, activities starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, noon Saturday, March 16, 11 a.m. Sunday, March 17, 112 S.W. Second Ave.,, $25; Sellwood-Moreland 15th parade, St. Agatha School, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 7960 S.E. 15th Ave.; Northeast Neighborhood 24th parade, Northeast 33rd Avenue and Hancock Street, noon Sunday, March 17, Fernwood/Cleary School.

A good resource for more events:

by: COURTESY OF BETTER LIVING SHOW - Sustainability takes center stage for the folks at the Better Living Show, March 22-24 at the Expo Center.

Better Living Show

The gardening and lifestyle show allows shoppers to peruse sustainable products, eco-chic fashion, electric vehicles and cutting-edge green technologies, and get tips from sustainable experts.

Noon-8 p.m. March 22, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 24, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive,, free, $8 parking

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