First Thursday

Summer’s winding down, and with it the best time to tour the art galleries in the Pearl District and elsewhere; First Thursday happens Sept. 4 at participating galleries.

A list can be found at

The circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey brings its newest show, “Super Circus Heroes,” to Portland. Ringmaster David Shipman introduces an international cast, including the Shaolin Warriors, Cuban Comets and Russian Lightning Rods, that performs seemingly impossible displays of strength, speed and precision.

7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Sept. 4-5; 11:30 a.m, 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, Moda Center,, $20-$55

Oktoberfest celebrations

Two upcoming Oktoberfest celebrations: Sandy Oktoberfest, Sept. 5 to 7 at St. Michael’s Church in Sandy (; and the popular Mount Angel Oktoberfest, Sept. 11 to 14 in Mount Angel (

Run and walk

Here’s a couple of upcoming participation events: The Color Run, 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd. ($40-$50,; Cascade AIDS Project AIDS Walk Portland, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, The Fields Park at Northwest 11th Avenue and Overton Street (free,

‘Oregon History 101’

The Oregon Encyclopedia starts a new, nine-month series that gives Oregonians a basic understanding of the state’s significant people, places and events, starting with “Two Hundred Years of Changes to Native Peoples of Western Oregon.”

7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.,, free

RV and Van Show

Portland’s annual showcase of everything travel vehicles has a cool attraction this year — a rare Elvis museum memorabilia collection, including costumes, jewelry, motorcycles, Army gear, movie props and personal belongings. The museum is housed in a 53-foot, customized unit with side pullouts and eye-popping graphic wrap that says, “The King is here!” It’s one of the world’s largest private collections outside Graceland. Promoters say RV sales are up more than 10 percent nationwide so far this year. A lot of shoppers are expected.

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 11-13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive,, $10 (check website for coupons), $8 parking

Belmont Street Fair

Heads up: The street fairs are still going, and it’s Belmont’s turn with food, music and art.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, Belmont Street and Southeast 33rd-39th avenues car free zone,, free



It’s finals weekend for The Brody Theater’s third annual improv tournament.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 4-6, The Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway,, $12, $9 student/senior

Brandi Carlile

Oregon Symphony’s season officially begins with guest conductor Jason Weinberger leading the symphony in backing the alt-country folk singer/songwriter Carlile, making her third appearance in as many years.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $45

Live Wire! Radio

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF JAMES MINCHIN - Fresh off her appearance at Chinook Winds Resort & Casino, Melissa Etheridge will take part in the season-opening Live Wire! Radio show, Sept. 9 at Newmark Theatre.The fall season opens with a terrific radio/stage variety show at Newmark Theatre, featuring Grammy-winning musician Melissa Etheridge, local R&B star Ural Thomas, cancer researcher Dr. Brian Druker and host Luke Burbank. It’s the first night of entertainment for the Public Radio Program Directors Conference, which attracts hundreds of public radio professionals around the country.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway,, $25-$65

‘Young Frankenstein

Lakewood Theatre Company puts on Mel Brooks’ monster comedy musical, based on the 1974 film of the same name by Brooks and Gene Wilder. It features such songs as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” It’s directed by Michael Snider and stars Evan Howells as the title character.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and some Wednesdays, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. some Sundays, Sept. 12-Oct. 19, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego,, $37, $35 seniors

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