Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

by: COURTESY OF VANCOUVER WINE & JAZZ - The Brubeck Brothers Jazz Quartet plays a Tribute to David Brubeck at the Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival, Aug. 22-25 in Vancouver, Wash.The well-run, four-day 16th annual event features musicians Take 6, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, David Sanborn and Bob James, David Benoit, Marcia Ball, Johnny A, The Brubeck Brothers Jazz Quartet and Elvin Bishop, as well as local and regional jazz bands. There’ll be a “Tribute to David Brubeck” by the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and a 90-voice jazz choir. And, of course, there’ll be wine — more than 200 varieties from around the world.

6 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22; 4-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25; Esther Short Park, Vancouver,, $25 Friday and Sunday, $30 Saturday, three-day advance pass $60

Homegrown DocFest

It’s all-new locally made documentary films, food, beer, conversations with filmmakers and a live square-dance performance as the NW Documentary presents its highlighted event. The festival is part of the Mission Theater’s weeklong Summer Documentary Series, which wraps Aug. 30 with award-winning documentary director Ondi Timoner and screening of her documentaries “DIG!” and “We Live in Public” (see for complete info).

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., www.nwdocumentary, $7

Oregon Encyclopedia

The topical “History Night” at McMenamins Edgefield features the timeless subject of intrepid explorers in “Conflict at the Cascades: Lewis and Clark in the Columbia River Gorge.”

It was in the gorge in 1805-06 where they encountered Sahaptian and Chinookan, who controlled the complex system of fishing sites and river navigation. Historian Bill Lang demonstrates through images and journal excerpts the travails of the Corps of Discovery.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, McMenamins Edgefield Power Station Theater, 2126 S.W. Halsey St.,, free

Portland Film Festival

The six-day festival features more than 80 films and 54 hours of indoor and outdoor programming, including the Portland premiere of “Romance,” “Without A Net” and “Growing Cities.” Question-and-answer sessions (more than 60 filmmakers attending), workshops and networking are part of the activities. “Without A Net,” about Rio de Janeiro street kids who work in an acrobatic circus, opens things at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at Cinema 21.

Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, various theaters and Fields Park, Northwest 11th Avenue and Overton Street, (see for complete info)

Salsa en la Calle

The ninth annual “Dancing in the Streets” features the turns, spins, shimmies and shine of salsa. It has become an end-of-the-summer tradition in Portland, the largest one-day outdoor celebration of Latin music and culture in the Pacific Northwest. Beginning salsa lessons, dance performances, music, Latin foods, a children’s percussion tent and a beer garden are part of the activities.

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, Eastbank Festival Plaza, Southeast Main Street (next to Hawthorne Bridge),, $20-$25



One of the more popular rappers of the day comes to Portland to kick off his “Would You Like A Tour?”, uh, tour. Special guest is Miguel. Tickets are on sale. His anticipated “Nothing Was The Same” album comes out later this year, with the song “Started From The Bottom” creating buzz.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, Moda Center, 1-877-789-7673, $49.75-$99.75

Passion Pit

Indie synth-pop band Passion Pit rolls into town, bringing its blend of electronica, psychedelia and dance music.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Moda Center,, $35


Flight 64

The low-cost print studio celebrates 10 years in nonprofit business, with music and comedy, including comedians Nathan Brannon and Shane Torres. Drag star La Tina Turner is the emcee.

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $12

Anything Goes’

Tickets are on sale for the winner of the 2011 Tony Award for “Best Musical Revival” of Cole Porter’s timeless classic, the latest version of the 1934 musical comedy about lovers, liars and clowns on a transatlantic cruise performed by Roundabout Theatre Company.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 2-4; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 5; 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-241-1802, starting at $29

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