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Live Wire! Radio

The radio variety show begins its season with music, conversation, comedy and libations. The first show’s guests: writer/director Lynn Shelton, musician/composer/author James McBride, filmmaker Davy Rothbart, author Stacy Bolt, and musical groups Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and Wild Ones.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20, $25 at door

Edie

Taking a break from her 10 shows a week in Las Vegas, the Cirque du Soleil emcee star of “Zumanity” visits Portland for a one-night-only solo performance. It’s a high-energy hour of live singing, high-kicking choreography and witty banter all in her 1960s go-go signature style. (Edie is the creation of Portland native Christopher Kenney).

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., www.brownpapertickets.com, $20

‘Three Tragicomedy Playlets’

The Comedy Sportz Theater uses comedian Starr Ahrens’ blend of absurd comedy to explore the humanity and hilarity of acceptance and letting go in three one-act sketch formats: “The Free and the Brave,” “Fat Tiff” and “Jesus and Superman.”

8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 5, 19 and 26, Oct. 3, Comedy Sportz Portland, 1963 N.W. Kearney St., www.portlandcomedy.com, $10

‘Spamalot’

Monty Python’s Tony Award-winning classic hits the Lakewood Theatre Company’s stage in the company’s season opener. It’s a classic chorus line of dancing knights, beautiful showgirls, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight. It’s a musical lovingly ripped off from the movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. some Sundays, Sept. 6-Oct. 13, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, www.lakewood-center.org, $36 adults, $34 seniors

Oregon Symphony

The symphony follows up its Friday “ABBA” show featuring an appearance by pianist Lang Lang, with Carlos Kalmar directing. Lang Lang stars in intimate recitals and on large stages, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The New York Times has billed him “the hottest artist on the classical music planet.”

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $35

MISC.

First Thursday

The monthly art gallery walk in the Pearl District, Old Town, Southwest and Northwest Portland continues Sept. 5. For the list of participating galleries, go to www.firstthursdayportland.com.

Oregon Society of Artists

The group’s fall Juried Art Show features works exclusively by Pacific Northwest artists in oils, acrylics, watercolors, collages and mixed media. Juror is artist and teacher Chris Stubbs.

1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, Oregon Society of Artists, 2185 S.W. Park Place, www.oregonsocietyofartists.com

Portland Fashion Week

Make your plans now for the 10th annual upcoming event, which ventures into new territory by emphasizing plus-size models alongside traditional models on the event’s distinctive 80-foot, eco-friendly bamboo runway. It’s under new ownership by Jessica Kane.

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 1 and 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.portlandfashionweek.net, $20-$125

Mount Angel Oktoberfest

Oregon’s longest-running Oktoberfest celebration attracts thousands to the town in the Willamette Valley.

11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 12-14, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, Mount Angel, www.oktoberfest.org, free ($4-$14 for garden entries)