BELTAINE, NORTHWEST’S CELTIC FUSION BAND features hammered dulcimer, guitar, accordion, marimbula, flute, and more. The quintet offers a blend of Scottish, Irish and originals with many musical influences and perform Saturday, December 21, at Coasters Bar and Grill, 6015 SE Powell Blvd. from  8-11 pm.


DA VINCI ARTS FAIR DECEMBER 7 AND 8 is in its ninth year The middle school is at 2508 NE Everett St. and the fest offers out of the ordinary handmade art gifts from an intriguing array of more than 70 artists showcasing ceramics, clocks, clothing, sculptures, paintings, pottery, photos, soaps and wearable art. Live music, hands-on activities, food and a selection of student artwork too. 10 am to 5 pm Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is free. See


A WELSH CHRISTMAS CONCERT by the Oregon Welsh Festival Chorus, Saturday, December 14 at 7 pm at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, 4028 SE 34th at Gladstone Ave. The concert features new arrangements, traditional Welsh Christmas music and other seasonal music. Admission is free, seating is limited, and donations are invited to support the Chorus.


OUR ORDINARY LIVES presents three ongoing, “performative” projects that take shape in everyday spaces and reinvigorate everyday life. The exhibition at Recess explores works envisioned and performed here and elsewhere by Crystal Baxley and Stefan Ransom (Portland), Goods and Services (Chicago), and Grace Hwang (Portland). Presented through December 12 at Recess, 1127 SE 10th Ave. Open Sat., Sun. 1-4 pm. See for more.


DECEMBERFEST is Milepost 5’s holiday art and gift show. (850 NE 81st Ave) Browse beautiful and affordable art items made by hand by 150+ residents. Handmade items, paintings, sculpture, prints, books and CDs all by residents. First Friday is Dec. 6, from 6 – 10 pm and the show runs Dec. 6 through 22. Also at Milepost 5 Theatre: No One Likes Scrooge, A Bouffon Christmas Special, Fri. and Sat., Dec 13, 14, 20, 21 at 9:30 pm. A band of Bouffons (grotesque clowns) celebrate the season while bringing light to the dark and awkward parts of Dickens’ classic Christmas Carol. All details


FROGZ, Imago Theatre’s annual show plays Dec. 5 through Jan. 5 at 17 SE 8th Ave. Tickets: $16 kids, $27 youth/senior, $31 adults. Available at the door or by calling the box office at 503.231.9581.


THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS, Ginna Hoben’s one-woman comedy about holiday heartbreak is directed by Asae Dean at Backdoor Theater, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Struggling actress Mary lives in the Big Apple and flies to Ohio each year for her family’s Thanksgiving. Her fiancé calls to say he cannot go since he has food poisoning but when Mary watches Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, she sees him on TV making out with another woman. Melanie Moseley stars in this West Coast premiere. The play is presented Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Dec. 1  through 21. Tickets are $10 at


VOODOO CATBOX POSTER SHOW For 20 years, Gary Houston’s silkscreen posters for music concerts have been attributed to the name Voodoo Catbox. Traditionally made hand-drawn hand-cut or scratchboard originals are made with hand-cut color separations. Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside hosts a show of Houston’s collectible and impressive body of work Saturday and Sunday, December 14 – 15, from 10 am to 6 pm. See