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The Oregon Coast Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Swampland, opening May 29, will spotlight three types of swamps and its life forms.

EXHIBIT

'Swampland'

The folks at the Oregon Coast Aquarium have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the new exhibit, and it's here! 'Swampland' will run for two years, featuring snakes (including a 12-foot anaconda), frogs, a six-foot alligator, fish (including piranhas), as well as murals by artist Michael Cole.

A show by Radio Disney helps kick things off.

The exhibit will include three different kinds of swamplands - a South American Pantanal, a Florida mangrove and a Louisiana cypress - and animals that live in them. Many of the animals come from Brad's World Reptiles of Corvallis. Aquarium hours have been expanded from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Labor Day.

Opens Saturday, May 29, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, www.aquarium.org, $15.45 adults (18-64), $13.45 seniors (65-over), $12.75 young adults (13-17), $9.95 children (3-12)

MUSIC

'Dolly Parton Hoot Night'

Big fans of the country music star will surely revel in the fifth annual event, with several bands playing her classics. The show benefits Siren Nation and the Siren Nation Women's Music and Arts Festival (Nov. 4-7 in Portland).

8 p.m. Friday, June 4, McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., www.sirennation.com, $12 advance, $15 at door

Zoo series

The Oregon Zoo has added gigs to its summer concert series, including three-time Grammy nominee Jewel on June 25. She'll be on her 'Star Light Cafe Tour.' Radney Foster opens.

For more info on the concert series, go to www.oregonzoo.org concerts.

Jewel, 7 p.m. June 25, Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, 1-800-745-3000, $24.50

Gaither country

Heads up: Bill Gaither is synonymous with country gospel music in America, having given his voice to The Word since the 1950s. A winner of multiple Grammies, he's coming with the 'Gaither HomecomingTour' to Portland in October.

7 p.m. Oct. 15,Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $29.50, $39.50

Alice in Chains

Another heads up: The group will be joined by Deftones and Mastodon on 'BlackDiamondSkye' tour.

7 p.m. Oct. 9, Memorial Coliseum, 1-877-789-7673, $35, $49.50

MISC.

OBT 'Program 4: Bolero'

Nicolo Fonte's ballet and Ravel's score burst into a vivid, satisfying wash of movement, color and emotion.

7:30 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., 503-222-5538, $17-$130

QDoc

The Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival, the only of its kind in the country, is four days of provocative, inspiring and illuminating films.

Thursday, June 3, to Sunday, June 6, Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., www.queerdocfest.org (check for movies, times, tickets), $6-$8, $20 opening night, $75 all-festival pass

World-record blanket

It's large (453 feet-by-7 1/4 inches) and it's seamless and on display by Pendleton Woollen Mills in Portland. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Aug. 15, World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, www.worldforestry.org, $8, $7 seniors (62-older), $5 children (3-18)

'Poetic Excursions'

It's a special preview of the Multnomah Art Center's new literary arts program.

6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 3, Director Park Art Canopy, 815 S.W. Park Ave., 503-823-2284, free