The places to be in the next week in Portland and beyond for local and national music acts - including VNV Nation, Robin Jackson and Kathryn Claire and Megan Diana

COURTESY PHOTO - Jerry Douglas (left) and Tommy Emmanuel play two gigs at the Aladdin Theater, including Thursday's that still has tickets left.Highlights

Coming to venues this week (tickets still available at press time):

• The second night of shows is sold out, but tickets remain for the 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, show with Tommy Emmanuel and special guest Jerry Douglas at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. Tickets: $39.50-$45,

• Electronic music act VNV Nation and creative force Ronan Harris has hit the road following the release of their 10th album, "Noire." See them perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave. Tickets: $25,

• Zepparella, the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute act, plays at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Dante's, 350 W. Burnside St. Tickets: $18.50,

• Alice Merton plays the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $23.50,

• Robin Jackson and the Caravan will team up with longtime collaborator Kathryn Claire, along with Allen Hunter, 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Mississippi Pizza Pub, 3552 N. Mississippi Ave. Tickets: $12, Jackson and Claire formed their musical connection at age 7 through playing the Suzuki violin. They've performed together in high school musicals, open mics in college and professionally; they each tour internationally with their own projects.

• Fear No Music presents "All of the Future: In Celebration of Children," 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave. It's a concert that tackles youth issues, including gun violence, homophobia, migration, suicide and grief. For more:

• Joined by a horn, string and choir section, along with her own four-piece band, Megan Diana presents an orchestral realization of her album "Women in My Head," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Tickets: $12, $15 at door, Diana was helped by a Regional Arts & Culture Council grant for the project. Haley Johnsen opens.


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Well, dang

A lot of shows sell out. We'll occasionally try to alert you to certain events that don't have tickets for sale anymore, which would allow you to ask — bother? — friends to take you. Or evaluate the secondary market.

Rosanne Cash plays Revolution Hall, Saturday, Dec. 8. It's sold out.