Book of Money

Trey Parker’s “South Park” musical, “Book of Mormon,” has taken the theater world by storm lately. And, the storm enters Portland Jan. 1 to 6 at Keller Auditorium.

Tickets went on sale Oct. 5 and if you weren’t quick enough, nearly all of them sold without you bagging good seats.

Just like with any big event — theater, music (Bruce Springsteen), sports — there will be offers on the secondary market. While regular tickets go as high as about $100, a look at scalper sites show that tickets for “Book of Mormon” are going for twice to five times the regular price.

But local promoters warn: Buyer beware. A lot of times online scalper tickets are not guaranteed; they are e-tickets, and often they do not translate to you getting through the turnstile at Keller.

Broadway Across America, which conducts the musical tours that stop at the Keller, will hold a lottery for tickets for each of the eight “Book of Mormon” shows. Details will be released later, but it’s expected that a limited number of tickets — likely orchestra level — will be released for the lottery the day of each show. Basically, scores of people will stand in line at the Keller Auditorium box office and be given numbers — if your name/number is called, you get into the show.

Also, some limited view seats are still available, and there could be cancellations (visit Portland Opera box office, 211 S.E. Caruthers St., or call 503-241-1802). The only place to get guaranteed tickets online: and, the latter the Portland Center for the Performing Arts website.

About 3,000 people will attend each of the eight shows, meaning 24,000 lucky folks will get to see “Book of Mormon” in Portland. And, there are 10,000 subscribers who had early dibs on tickets.

Each time “Wicked” has come to Portland, it has resulted in a lottery for each show. “Rent” also had lottery tickets.

All Gaga

Tickets for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way Ball” tour stop at the Rose Garden, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Again, get on the phone early (1-877-789-7673), or online ( or stop by Rose Quarter box office or Safeway/TicketsWest outlets. Tickets are $49.50 to $175, plus service charges.


The fourth annual GuignolFest Horror Movie Contest, a do-it-yourself event, will be held in October, starting at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at Red Flag, 344 N.E. 28th St.

Portland horror filmmakers will produce movies, seven to 10 minutes long, starting at midnight opening night, and drop them off 72 hours later at Red Flag. Screenings will take place at 9 p.m. Oct. 28.

A panel will judge the films. Last year’s panel included Jedediah Aaker (“Portlandia”), Tres Shannon (VooDoo Doughnuts) and David Cress (“Portlandia”).

For info, go to

Jack Daniel’s competition

Movin’ The Chains, a professional barbecue team from Beaverton, has qualified for the 24th annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, Oct. 27 in Lynchburg, Tenn.

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