Da Vinci Arts Fair
The 14th annual event is a big and popular fundraiser for da Vinci Arts Middle School, featuring works for sale by more than 70 local arists, crafts makers and students.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, da Vinci Middle School, 2508 N.E. Everett St., www.Facebook.com/davinciartsfair, free
The famous basketball entertainers bring their "Fan Powered World Tour" to Portland.
2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Moda Center, www.rosequarter.com, starting at $16, $13 parking
'Manga Hokusai Manga'
The origin of manga and its association with 19th century artist Katsushika Hokusai are examined at the Portland Japanese Garden, the only U.S. venue hosting the exhibit, officially titled "Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master's Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics."
Dec. 1-Jan. 13, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., www.japanesegarden.org, regular admission
The regular feature at Alberta Rose Theatre presents a sci-fi show about something quite trendy — robots. "Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines and Ancient Dreams of Technology" examines robots from the movie "Metropolis," those coming out of MIT, and even one dating back 2,500 years — a giant bronze robot called Talos fabricated by Hephaestus, the Greek god of invention. Adrienne Mayor, author of "Gods and Robots," is the special guest.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com, $15
The "Queen of the Underground" performance artist returns to Portland after appearing before sold-out crowds last February. Boom Arts and collaborator Steve Zehentner bring her back for two more performances of "Longing Lasts Longer," her critique of the post-gentrification landscape, along with two other works. There'll be four performances in all, Thursday, Nov. 29-Saturday, Dec. 1, at Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave. General admission tickets are $25. For complete info: www.boomarts.org.
Third Rail Repertory puts on Annie Baker's Pulitzer Prize-winning work, directed by Rebecca Lingafelter. It's about a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Penn., decked out for the holidays and run by an eccentric innkeeper with a penchant for miniatures, doilies and dolls. There's a cast of characters, including a young couple struggling to reconnect. But who's John?
7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 30-Dec. 22, CoHo Theatre, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., www.thirdrailrep.org, $25-$45
The symphony plays Rachmaninoff's "Symphonic Dances" and features guest violinist James Ehnes performing William Walton's virtuosic "Violin Concerto." Elvind Gullberg Jensen conducts.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $24