The holiday season is here, and it's time to celebrate. Here are a few things happenings in the coming days:
• Like many venues, Alberta Rose Theatre has adapted to producing and hosting online content and features upcoming holiday shows via its Portland Music Stream. Find information at http://www.albertarosetheatre.com.
Portland bluesman Norman "The Boogie Cat" Sylvester puts on his "Virtual Christmas Party" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets are $13.
Sylvester and his band play a special holiday show for fans, friends and family. He was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2011.
Magical Strings presents "Celtic Yuletide" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. It's the 42nd year of the concerts by the family ensemble Magical Strings with their harps, dulcimers and energetic Celtic sounds. Tickets are $20.
Portland band 3 Leg Torso performs "The Elves of North Frostland," at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.
The story: Recruited by Santa to work for him during the pandemic in the Arctic territory of Northern Frostland, the elves show up and find that it's really a small cabin in the woods with scarcely any heat, frozen water pipes and a tiny room full of useless tools. But, they were allowed to bring their musical instruments, so they work together to make something special.
Tickets are $20 or $30 for the entire family.
"A Steele Family Christmas Concert" features LaRhonda Steele, Mark Steele and the Steele Family Band at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.
LaRhonda Steele was the 2016 and '17 Muddy Awards winner for Best Female Vocalist as bestowed by the Cascade Blues Association.
Tickets are $20.
And, in the 14th annual "Storm Large Holiday Ordeal," the Portland songstress shares her music, outrageousness and special guests, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. Tickets are $25-$35.
• Christmas at The Grotto has reopened, somewhat, with easing of government restrictions. The gardens have reopened. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; the gift shop stays open till 6:30 p.m. It's scheduled to be open through Dec. 24 at 8840 N.E. Skidmore St. Lantern Tours also are back, as are guided tours during Advent. There won't be a Christmas Festival of Lights this year. For more: http://www.thegrotto.org.
• Michael Allen Harrison had to cancel his in-person Christmas at The Old Church shows, but the concert will be shown 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, on KGW (8). Check TV listings for time.
It's Harrison's 30th anniversary concert. It'll feature Jennifer Batten, Tanner Johnson, Israel Annoh, Jack Mortensen, Haley Johnsen, Molly Parker, Olivia Klugman, Travis Johnson, Esther Harrison, Bill Schonely and Julianne Johnson.
For more: http://www.michaelallenharrison.com.
In addition, there'll be a streaming show available Dec. 11-31 with tickets available at http://www.tickettomato.com.
• Portland Center Stage's "The Bells That Still Can Ring" begins Dec. 12 online at http://www.pcs.org. Isaac Lamb, a Portland actor/director who has appeared on Broadway, returns to helm a new virtual holiday bonanza. He'll be joined by a very merry brigade of Portland artists, who'll share some holiday joy, laughter and songs to lift up spirits.
• "The Hip Hop Nutcracker" will be shown online at http://www.portland5.com at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Tickets are $25 and $55.
• The Portland Gay Men's Chorus puts on a special musical broadcast, "Snowed In!," at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at portland5.com. It's free.
There'll be appearances by PGMC's a cappella group Cascade and contemporary dance ensemble Locomotions. A special guest is Jimmie Herrod, who's been a soloist with Oregon Symphony and a guest vocalist with Pink Martini.
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