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COURTESY PHOTO - Michael Allen Harrison and Juianne Johnson have put out their sixth album, 'My Romance.'New album

Michael Allen Harrison and Julianne Johnson, famed Portland musicians and longtime collaborators, have announced the release of their sixth album, "My Romance."

They started recording and performing together in 1988.

"We are both very proud of all of our recordings, but this one seems to have that extra magic," Harrison says.

For more: www.michaelallenharrison.com.

Trekkies unite

The Science On Tap series at Alberta Rose Theatre takes on the technology in "Star Trek" — "Treknology" — at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.

"Star Trek" had humans, but it also had super technology that helped create the utopian society — no hunger, no homelessness, no rampant disease, only long-lived humans exploring the galaxy. Some technologies now are real and others are approaching reality, but the show takes a look at communications, starships, medical breakthroughs and civilian life.

It features Ethan Siegel, theoretical physicist and author. His new book is "Treknology: The Real-Life Science Behind Technologies."

Tickets are $15. Alberta Rose Theatre is at 3000 N.E. Alberta St. For more: www.albertarosetheatre.com.

Unique gift

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is promoting an annual day-use parking permit as a cool holiday gift idea.

From Dec. 1-31, shoppers can buy a permit for only $25 (or $5 off the regular price). It is a transferrable permit. Also for sale are Oregon State Parks branded gear — hats, water bottles, dog bowls, ornaments and stickers.

For more: www.store.oregonstateparks.org.

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