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by: Courtesy of Andy Batt 
Oregon Ballet Theatre presents the world premiere of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and Bizet’s Carmen, Oct. 8-15 at Keller Auditorium.

ART

Jimmy Pickering

Pickering brings his art, '180 Degrees Delirium,' back to his home state, treating fans to a myriad of unexpected elements with signature colorful paintings, pencil drawings, dimensional/sculptural work.

5 p.m. First Thursday, Oct. 6, through Oct. 29, Benjamin Benjamin Art Gallery, 1720 N.W. Lovejoy St., www.benjaminbenjamin.com

Lee Kelly, Bonnie Bronson

The prominent Portlander Kelly's bronze and Cor-ten 'Maquettes' and the late Bronson's 1960s work ('The Early Years') will be on display.

6 p.m. First Thursday, Oct. 6, through Nov. 19, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., www.elizabethleach.com

Jeff Fontaine

With 'New Works on Steel,' the Portland artist nods to industrial decay, working with paint and chemicals on steel to create works that move beyond painting into the realm of objects.

6 p.m. First Thursday, Oct. 6, through Oct. 29, Butters Gallery, 520 N.W. Davis St., www.buttersgallery.com

Raymond Meeks

'Amwell/Continuum' is the Portlander's newest body of work, with evocative black and white and color images exploring ideas of home and stability against the backdrop of personal transition and larger socioeconomic upheaval.

5 p.m. First Thursday, Oct. 6, through Oct. 29, Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, 134 N.W. Eighth Ave., www.hartmanfineart.net

John Graeter

Some of Portland's brightest contemporary artists have their work on display in a grand opening show at Graeter's new gallery.

5 p.m. First Thursday, Oct. 6, Graeter Art Gallery, 131 N.W. Second Ave., www.graeterartgallery.com

Gregory Grenon

Grenon's 'Behavior' paintings and a 25th Anniversary gallery group show are featured at Laura Russo Gallery.

5 p.m. First Thursday, Oct. 6, through Oct. 29, Laura Russo Gallery, 805 N.W. 21st Ave., www.laurarusso.com

Donnie Wanner

His metal wall sculptures are featured, including new piece 'Cascade Lakes - Mount Hood.'

6 p.m. First Thursday, Oct. 6, through Oct. 30, Shaffer Fine Art Gallery, 308 S.W. First Ave., www.shafferfineart.com

Arne Westerman

The Portland native's paintings, including 'Ennisanne In Black Hat' and 'Young Dancer In Long Tutu,' are on display.

6 p.m. First Thursday, Oct. 6, through Oct. 29, Attic Gallery, 206 S.W. First Ave., www.atticgallery.com

STAGE

Oregon Ballet Theatre

Beloved George Bizet opera 'Carmen' gets a bold new ballet twist and Stravinsky's 100-year-old ballet 'Petrouchka' gets a polished new shine in this double bill, featuring world premiere choreography from Nicole Fonte and Christopher Stowell.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-15, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.obt.org, starting at $23

Oregon Symphony

Rossen Milanov conducts and pianist Yefim Bronfman performs, with a program that includes Brahms' 'Concerto No. 1 in D minor for Piano.'

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $21-$92

WORDSTOCK

Book Fair

Portland's literary showcase continues all day Oct. 8 and 9, headquartered with the book fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

See www.wordstockfestival.com for complete listings of author appearances at the many locations around the city

'Live Wire!'

The radio/stage show welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, African-American Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, graphic novelist Craig Thompson and author Steve Almond as part of its 'Wordstock Extravaganza VII.' Musical guests are Wild Ones and Stephanie Schneiderman.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.livewireradio.org, $25, $35 reserved