saturday 14 - sunday 15
Extra wasabi, please! The Eugene/Springfield Asian Council coordinates this event every year to show the little state of Oregon all that the largest continent in the world has to offer. Three stages host constant artistic, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, along with Asian arts and heritage exhibits, and over 70 vendors selling marketplace goods. A room just for the kiddos will feature crafts, video games and karaoke—remember, just the kids. Don't forget chopsticks—22 food booths should be able to cater to anyone's Eastern culinary cravings. 10 am – 7 pm, Feb. 14. 10 am – 6 pm, Feb. 15. Lane County Events Center. $6/one day, $10/two days, 12 & under, free.
thursday 12 - saturday 14
Step aside, Twilight—this is a book that is begging for punishment; I mean, parody. The Pushers, a sketch and improv comedy group, come all the way from Virginia to strut their sexy stuff. The cast of four promises to have the audience singing along to Britney Spears, Madonna and Carly Rae Jepsen in an unauthorized spoof of the book 50 Shades of Grey. 7:30 pm. Winningstad Theatre. $49.50—$53.50.
It can be difficult to find romantic partners that you can truly connect with, let alone share the same interests. This Valentine's Day, Monster Jam has got you covered. Before the diesel fumes fly and the puny little cars get smashed to smithereens, take a chance to find true love at the speed dating event before the monster trucks are so loud that you can't hear each other talk. 1 pm. Moda Center. (Find the speed dating table at will-call.) $20 -$45.
wednesday 18 - sunday 1
With a record number of 30 headline concerts—including Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, pianist Vijay Iyer, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Ron Carter and guitarist/singer/organist Lucky Peterson—this festival promises jazz greats from all over the globe, and Portland. Grammy Award-winning singer Kurt Elling and the band Art Abrams Swing Machine, along with The Bill Charlap Trio, will give special performances in recognition of the 100-year anniversary of Frank Sinatra's birth. This year's honored "Jazz Master" will be Wayne Thompson for his work as a jazz journalist. Full schedule and tickets, www.pdxjazz.com.