BOOKS WITH PICTURES, 1401 SE Division St. hosts Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), Saturday, August 14, 10 am-8 pm and costumes are encouraged. There are comic books for all ages and entertainment. Masks are required, and they limit the number of guests in the shop at a time. This last year of having no readers in the little blue shop has been difficult, but thanks to community support, the store has been able to thrive. FCBD is an opportunity to thank everyone for reading comics! See BooksWithPictures.com.
METROPOLITAN YOUTH SYMPHONY has open registration for its 13 orchestra, band, percussion and jazz ensembles. Rehearsals start September 11 and registration fee is waived for students who qualify for free or reduced school lunches. Students must submit a video audition by August 22. At least one year of experience is ideal. Saturday rehearsals take place at easy-to-reach locations in NE Portland and Hillsboro. Register at PlayMYS.org.
ROBIN JACKSON AND THE CARAVAN perform Thursday, August 5, 9 pm sharp at Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St. The powerful songs of Jackson and The Caravan are best experienced live. Also on the bill is folk-electro violinist songwriter Tim Snider (from Nahko). Tickets are limited at $15, for 21+ at tinyurl.com/robincaravan. See the whole calendar at AlbertaStreetPub.com.
ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE CENTER TOURS – Learn about our city’s neighborhoods’ historic architecture. The AHC offers a wide range of walking tours for August and into fall Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10 am and Thursdays at 6 pm. Members get a discount on tours: $12 AHC members, $20 general public. Tour locations are provided after registration. See descriptions of the various neighborhood tours and register via the events calendar at VisitAHC.org.
THE DRIVEWAY JAZZ CONCERTS – Driveway Jazz is held Fridays by a SE Portland bungalow. Go to Tabor Bread, 5051 SE Hawthorne and follow the music. This month, Brazilian Guitar Duo is August 6, 4 pm; Choro Da Alegria, August 13 (pictured), 6 pm; The Quadraphonnes, August 20, 4 pm and The Adam Carlson Group, August 27, 4 pm. Choro da Alegria is dedicated to playing alluring melodies and rhythms of a wide variety of Brazilian composers. The group draws much inspiration from the genre Choro, the vintage jazz of Brazil. Gabriela Gimenes from Sao Paulo, Brazil will guest on flute.
THE LOT AT ZIDELL YARDS SUMMER MUSIC FEST – Saturday, August 14 features Fritzwa, dream pop with Pure Bathing Culture, the Peoples Music Collective showcase, featuring Lo Steele, Rasheed Jamal, Kiho, Danielle Barker, Blossom, Noah Simpson, and Portland’s roots-rockers Blitzen Trapper. Sunday, August 15 has the Latinx dance of DJ Mami Miami, Sallie Ford and The Barbaras, the ecstatic rhythms of Orquestra Pacifico Tropical and R&B anthems of Parisalexa. Both days have two four-hour shows with the same line-up at 12 and 6 pm. Tickets are $60 GA/$75 VIP. There are no multi-day passes or individual show tickets. See thelotatzidellyards.com.