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The Short List

MISC.

Rose City Comic Con

Several notable guests, including “Flash Gordon” Sam Jones and David Giuntoli of “Grimm,” highlight the Portland festival, which also features plenty of programming — from artist appearances to workshops.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.rosecitycomiccon.com, $30 two-day pass, $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday, $5 children (3 to 10)

Portland Polish Festival

Some 15,000 people attend the event in Portland’s Polish neighborhood that features Polish delicacies (kielbasa and pierogis, for example), a beer garden, and a lineup of music and dance.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, St. Stanislaus Church/Polish Library, 3900 N. Interstate Ave., www.portlandpolonia.org, free

MUSIC

Oregon Symphony

The Symphony and Portland Japanese Garden are teaming up to celebrate the garden’s 50th birthday. Conductor Carlos Kalmar programmed a special concert to open the symphony’s classical concert season, featuring “From Me Flows What You Call Time” by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” based on the tales from “One Thousand and One Nights.”

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, starting at $22

Molly Ringwald

by: COURTESY OF CONCORD MUSIC GROUP - Actress Molly Ringwald has a new album (Except Sometimes) and she sings in Portland, Sept. 27 at Newmark Theatre.The woman synonymous with 16-year-old girls and movies such as “Pretty In Pink” and “The Breakfast Club” has grown up and branched out and is going on tour to support her latest album, “Except Sometimes.”

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com/newmark-theatre/events/molly-ringwal, $33.50-$54

STAGE

‘Lucky Stiff

Broadway Rose Theatre puts on the murder-mystery musical farce based on the novel “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo” by Michael Butterworth.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 19-Oct. 13, Broadway Rose New Stage, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard, www.broadwayrose.org, starting at $30

Live Wire! Radio

The next two stage/radio shows run concurrently with festivals — Sept. 21, XOXO Festival (sold out, 2013.xoxofest.com); Oct. 5, Wordstock. The Sept. 21 show features artist/author Molly Crabapple (who’ll be at XOXO Festival), chef Christina Tosi, comedian Todd Barry, humorist Jonathan Coulton and musical group Ramona Falls.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20, $25 day of show

‘Varsity Cheerleader Werewolves

As part of Rose City Comic Con, Steve Coker and the folks at StageWorks Ink put on “Varsity Cheerleader Werewolves LIVE From Outer Space,” and then move it to Post 5 Theatre in October. It had a successful run at Funhouse Lounge in April. Tasha Danner, a former member of “The New Mickey Mouse Club,” stars.

5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Oregon Convention Center, Oct. 3-6, Oct. 10-12, Post 5 Theatre, 850 N.E. 81st Ave., www.brownpapertickets.com, $10-$12

Sea Otter Awareness Week

The Oregon Zoo plays host to a week of events for otter lovers.

All day, Sept. 22-28 (2:30 p.m. keeper talks, and otters Thelma and Eddie training), Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, www.oregonzoo.org, regular admission

Aspen Sante Fe Ballet

White Bird kicks off its 16th season with the return of fan favorites, an 11-member company that will perform a unique program featuring choreographers Cayetano Soto, Jiri Kylian and Norbert de la Cruz III. From humble beginnings, Aspen Sante Fe Ballet has become synonymous with multitalented dancers, global choreographers and groundbreaking vision.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.whitebird.org, $26-$64

‘The Price Is Right Live

The hit interactive stage show gives contestants pulled from the audience the chance to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing the show’s classic games.

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portland5.com, $25.99-$46.49

Jim Breuer

Comedy Central named him one of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time, and he’s known for his role on “Saturday Night Live.”

8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $30