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The Short List

STAGE

‘Mistakes Were Made

Artists Repertory Theatre runs two shows simultaneously, with “The Big Meal” (Sept. 3 to Oct. 6), directed by Damaso Rodriguez and about a multigenerational potluck of family characters, and “Mistakes Were Made,” directed by Michael Mendelson. The latter is about Felix, a New York City theater producer, about to blow up as he negotiates with a playwright, movie star, a donor and an agent while mediating a Middle East crisis.

Various times, Sept. 17-Oct. 30, Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., www.artistsrep.org, starting at $20

Larry the Cable Guy

The actor and comedian gets it done in another visit to Portland.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $54.25

‘Fiddler on the Roof’

The Portland Center Stage production about tradition has a large cast (28 actors). It is directed by Chris Coleman, and choreographer’s Kent Zimmerman’s work is based on the foot-stompin’ Jerome Robbins dances of the original Broadway production.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 20-Oct. 27, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, starting at $39

Portland Opera

The “Big Night Concert” opens Portland Opera’s 49th season, with shows that include “Nessun Dorma,” “Vissi D’Arte” and “Habanera” and debuts by Kelly Cae Hogan and Ric Furman alongside Hannah Penn and Anton Belov. It’s a benefit for the Opera’s Education and Outreach Programs, which reaches 20,000 young people every year.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., see www.portlandopera.org for info on tickets

MISC.

Time-Based Art Festival

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s annual event, featuring cutting-edge performances and visual arts Sept. 12 through Sept. 22, takes place at various Portland venues, with headquarters at the Con-Way warehouse at Northwest 21st Avenue and Quimby Street. The warehouse’s 30,000 square feet will be home to The Works shows and exhibits, with two different stages — a 250-seat black box theater and a late-night show stage — as well as pop-up kitchen/restaurant with featured chefs and indoor and outdoor bar. It’s where people will gather to talk about TBA, and there will always be something to talk about.

The full TBA schedule, venue information and downloadable guidebook is available at pica.org. Passes to the festival range from $60 to $500; go to www.pica.org or call 503-224-7422 for info. Individual tickets are available at each venue one hour before showtime. For info and tickets in person, visit PICA at 415 S.W. 10th Ave.

Volunteer Expo

The state’s largest volunteer expo, put on by The Standard, returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square for its fifth year, bringing more than 120 nonprofits together to connect with thousands of Oregonians for volunteering opportunities.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Pioneer Courthouse Square, www.standard.com/volunteer, free

Belmont Street Fair

The fair features live music, art, entertainment, shopping and food and drinks, supported by businesses on Belmont, Morrison and Stark streets. It’s car-free from Southeast 33rd to 39th avenues.

Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Belmont Street between Southeast 20th and 48th avenues, www.belmontdistrict.org, free

MUSIC

Pet Shop Boys

Heads up: The most successful pop duo in United Kingdom history, the ever-danceable Boys are coming to town promoting a new album, “Electric.”

7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $42.50-$107

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The orchestra has announced the final performances of its rock opera “The Lost Christmas Eve,” and the tour includes a Portland stop in November. The orchestra will celebrate 15 years of touring with the encore.

3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, Moda Center, www.rosequarter.com, starting at $30.50