Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including Rose Festival, Rugged Maniac, Sake Fest PDX and 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane'

COURTESY: PATRICK WEISHAMPEL/BLANKEYE.TV - Mona Golabek returns to perform her popular 'The Pianist of Willesden Lane' in a Portland Center Stage show, June 17-30 at The Armory.MISC.

Rose Festival

The affiliated events keep coming, even with the busiest three weekends over:

• Mocks Crest Productions' "The Pirates of Penzance," by the University of Portland's Department of the Performing and Fine Arts, continues through June 25 at UP's Mago Hunt Theater.

• The US Air Guitar Championships, Pacific Northwest regional, takes place at the Paris Theatre, 6 S.W. Third Ave., 8 p.m. Friday, June 16.

For info on all events, see

Mecum Portland

There'll be much money being spent at the Mecum Portland event, as it's an auction for collector cars, vintage and antique motorcycles, and road art. It might be an interesting event to attend and watch.

8 a.m. Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive,, $30, $40 event pass, $8 parking

Rose City Book & Paper Fair

The 11th annual show features used, rare and antiquarian books from Pacific Northwest dealers.

2 p.m. Friday, June 16, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, DoubleTree by Hilton Portland, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St.,, free

Cider Summit PDX

The region's largest cider tasting festival kicks off Oregon Cider Week. The seventh annual event will showcase more than 150 ciders.

3 p.m. Friday, June 16, noon Saturday, June 17, The Fields Park, 1099 N.W. Overton St., www.cidersummit, $30 advance, $35 at gate

Rugged Maniac

Beyond participation, it's a cool 5-kilometer obstacle race to watch, and it takes place at Portland International Raceway. Josh Fry is a two-time winner. The course includes 25 obstacles, and there'll be a day-long party for racers and spectators. Entries are still taken on day of the event.

9 a.m. Saturday, June 17, Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., (see for tickets/entry fees)


It could be worth a road trip to attend the 53rd annual Sandcastle Contest, Saturday, June 17, at Cannon Beach. It's the oldest competition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, attracting pros and amateurs to build creations. For more info:

Sake Fest PDX

More than 40 local chefs and international sake producers gather for the celebration of the Japanese drink. There'll be more than 150 micro-brewed, premium and rare sake to taste.

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,, $55-$75


Craig Robinson

The comedian of "The Office" and "Hot Tub Time Machine" fame brings his standup act to Portland.

8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave.,, $33

CoHo Summerfest

The annual festival of innovative and irreverent performances by artists with attitude features five shows: "Mad & A Goat" by Diana Lynn Small, June 15-18; "How to Do a One Person Show" by Kelly Kinsella, June 22-25; "Come to the Table, Mike Pence" by Shaking the Tree, June 29-July 2; "Red Bastard: Lie With Me" by Eric Davis, July 6-9; "Deception Unit" by PETE, July 13-16.

Passes are $20-$75, with performances taking place at CoHo Theatre, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St. For info on all shows:

"Mad & A Goat" is a two-woman show about one woman who, to free herself from college debt, joins a Wyoming goat farm she inherits from her occult-leader birth parents.

'The Pianist of Willesden Lane'

In a return engagement to Portland Center Stage, Grammy Award-nominated artist Mona Golabek performs music to the story about the music dreams of a young Jewish woman — her mother — interrupted by the Nazis. It's adapted and directed by Hershey Felder and based on the book "The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival" by Golabek and Lee Cohen.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, June 17-30, The Armory, 128 S.W. 11th Ave.,, starting at $25

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