OMSI strikes back
Sure, the Star Wars movie franchise was great entertainment. But why should it stop there? OMSI’s current exhibit uses props from the movies — and two design labs — to tickle the imaginations of budding scientists and mathematicians.


'Star Wars': Where Science Meets Imagination

As Yoda might say: 'The exhibit, powerful it is. Much knowledge, discovered it may be.'

'Star Wars' fanatics will come in any case to see the more than 80 props, models and costumes from the six films in George Lucas' series.

On display are Luke Skywalker's original landspeeder from Episode IV, light-saber props, the original

Yoda puppet, Darth Vader's helmet, and Tarfful Wookiee and C-3PO costumes.

But the exhibit is designed to appeal to people who don't know the difference (yet) between Boba and Jango Fett. Major sponsor Intel Corp. hopes the educational elements will inspire kids to get interested in math and science careers.

Two major themes tie in with the 'Star Wars' memorabilia: 'Getting Around,' which highlights transportation via hovercrafts and airplanes, and 'Robots and People,' which focuses on how robots interact with humans.

Visitors can check out real-world starships, as well as task-oriented and humanoid robots created by engineers and researchers. Two design labs, the Maglev Engineering Design Lab and the Robot Engineering Design Lab, allow participants to experiment with levitation and design their own robots.

The exhibits spread across two floors and three halls, so while the quarters are sure to be as cramped as the shrinking garbage room in Episode IV, there's plenty to see and do.

Ride on a hovercraft or take a 'trip' inside a full-size replica of the Millennium Falcon's cockpit through the galaxy via the multimedia presentation 'Jump to Lightspeed Experience.'

May the force be with you.

- Suzie Ridgway

9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, through Jan. 1, OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., 503-797-6674,, $15 adults, $13 kids 3 to 13 and seniors 63 and over, $3 OMSI members, price includes museum admission


Portland Catacombs

A hipster haunted house explores dreams of Portland, past and present, via an interactive performance-based installation.

The shows, put on by Hand2Mouth Theater, Fever Theater, et al., run continuously.

- Joseph Gallivan

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-15, Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 13-31 (until midnight on Halloween), Portland Art Center, 32 N.W. Fifth Ave., 503-236-3322, $10-$20 sliding scale



Bob Dylan

What needs to be said about Bob Dylan?

Now in his mid-60s and touring on the release of his 40th album, he's an artist who has remained vital and relevant and shows little signs of slowing down.

Few other artists boast the catalog, the impact on the modern musical landscape and the continued energy that Dylan brings to the table - and with an ace band behind him, the man delivers an outstanding show.

- Barbara Mitchell

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, Memorial Coliseum, 1 Center Court, 503-235-8771, $48.75-$71.50, all ages


Tanya Perez-Salas

One of Mexico's most respected dancer-choreographers, Perez-Salas brings her 10-member company to town to launch the White Bird/PSU Dance Series. Her compañia de danza, known for its intensely physical style and the creation of vivid onstage imagery, will present three works, one of them based on the Michael Cunningham novel, 'The Hours,' and set to the music of Vivaldi and Jean-Baptiste Lully.

The show contains adult content and nudity.

- Eric Bartels

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14, Portland State University, Lincoln Performance Hall 1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-245-1600, $14-$25; also available through Ticketmaster (503-790-2787), subject to service charges




You get a lot for your opera dollar at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Oregon District

Auditions. Young opera singers bring the heat at this annual event, stepping out in dress suits and ball gowns to sing their showcase arias to piano-only accompaniment.

- JG

1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, Portland State University, Lincoln Performance Hall 1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-816-6163, $7


'Stolen' (NR)

It was big news this summer when the stolen Edvard Munch paintings 'The Scream' and 'Madonna' were recovered.

But the most valuable piece of art ever stolen, 'The Concert' by Johannes Vermeer, never has been recovered. In 1990 thieves disguised as police officers entered Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and stole the Vermeer plus paintings by Degas, Rembrandt, Manet and Govert Flinck.

In Rebecca Dreyfus' documentary, 'Stolen,' we learn about the heist, the investigation by art detective Harold Smith, and something of the history of art patron Isabella Stewart Gardner.

- Liz Colie Gadberry

4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14-15, Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-221-1156, $7

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