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Burn the Floor

The electrifying Latin and Ballroom dance sensation, a hit long before 'Dancing with the Stars' and 'So You Think You Can Dance,' comes to Portland. It was first conceived as a special performance at Elton John's 50th birthday celebration in 1997. It's directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, a former world champion dancer, and features 20 award-winning international dancers.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 7-10, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay Ave., 503-241-1802, starting at $23.50

'Oedipus, the King'

The Sophocles masterpiece is the showcase production of the new 'It's All Greek To Me!' Festival, by the Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon.

7 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, noon matinees selected days, Sept. 10-26, Cerf Amphitheater, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., www.classicgreektheatre.org (check for info on all performances), $20, $12 seniors, $10 students, $75 festival pass ($55 seniors/students)

'Sweet Charity'

The Lakewood Theatre Company introduces Charity Hope Valentine, a 1960s dance hall hostess, eternal optimist and unlucky romantic as she searches for true love.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. selected Sundays, Sept. 10-Oct. 17, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $30 adults, $28 seniors

Live Wire Radio

The variety show takes place in the Alberta Rose Theatre for the first time, featuring monologist Mike Daisey, 'The Daily Show' co-creator Lizz Winstead, musician Corin Tucker, singer/songwriter Bobby Bare Jr. and Portland Opera.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org , $15, $30 reserved

MUSIC

Slayer, Megadeth

The thrash/heavy metal bands combine on the 'American Carnage' Tour. Tickets purchased for the original concert, January at Memorial Coliseum, will be honored.

6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, Washington County Fair Complex, 873 N.E. 34th Ave., Hillsboro, 503-797-9619, $10-$49.50

Modern English

The band that brought you 'I Melt With You' marks its 31st anniversary with a reunion of its original lineup of Robbie Grey (vocals), Mick Conroy (bass), Gary McDowell (guitar) and Stephen Walker (keyboards). The band recently released 'Soundtrack.'

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com , $20

MISC.

'ReFrame Reentry and Protective Custody'

Mercy Corps Northwest and Washington County Reentry Council are putting on a joint First Thursday photo show, focusing on formerly incarcerated women, as well as incarcerated mothers and their babies in prison nurseries.

5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, Mercy Corps, 45 S.W. Ankeny St., www.mercycorpsnw.org , free

'Chopinade'

The Portland Chamber Orchestra celebrates Chopin's 200th anniversary with two shows, featuring Mei-Ting Sun and in collaboration with the Portland Festival Ballet.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, Venetian Theatre, 253 East Main St., Hillsboro; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., www.portlandchamberorchestra.org , $25, $20 seniors (65-over), $15 students, $5 children

LEGO Games

It's a four-day gaming event as the company synonymous with kid fun is on tour with the world's first collection of constructible board games.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Monday, Sept. 3-6, Pioneer Courthouse Square, www.lego.com , free

First Thursday

The Elizabeth Leach Gallery presents the solo exhibitions of Justin Kurland, Stephen Hayes and Nicola Lopez, who employ disparate techniques from photography to collage to printmaking.

6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, through Oct. 2, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 N.W. Ninth Ave., www.elizabethleach.com , free