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by: COURTESY OF Mount Angel Oktoberfest, 
Join Mount Angel Oktoberfest on Sept. 16 to 19 for four days of fun-filled activities at Oregon's oldest and best-loved Oktoberfest.

MISC.

'Season X: Ten Years of Storytelling'

Readers Theatre Repertory celebrates 10 years and 200 plays of storytelling with its premiere, 'Ladies First,' which will include five small stories. It's hybrid storytelling with a staged reading company and movement, costumes, props, music and sound effects. Readers Rep has added Jason England as new artistic director.

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, and Saturday, Sept. 11, Blackfish Gallery, 420 N.W. Ninth Ave., 503-295-4997, $8

Arabs Gone Wild

Three of the United States' top Arab-American comedians take the stage: Dean Obeidallah and Aron Kader, who have been part of the 'Axis of Evil' Comedy Tour, and Maysoon Zayid, the country's best female Arab-American comedian. The comics tackle everything from politics to pop culture to crazy Arab mother-in-laws.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $34

Mount Angel Oktoberfest

The premier Oktoberfest celebration in the state, and largest folk festival, has been taking place since 1966.

11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 16-18, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, Mount Angel, 40 miles south of Portland (I-5, exit 271), www.oktoberfest.org, free (cover charge into Biergarten, Alpinegarten, Weingarten)

Slabtown Community Festival

The fourth annual event launches with a presentation and screening at McMenamins Mission Theater, spotlighting Northwest Portland's punk scene from the late 1970s. The film is by Mark Sten, author of the forthcoming book 'Portland Punk, 1977-1981' and Mark Lastra, director/producer of the documentary, 'Northwest Passage: The Birth of Portland's DIY Culture.'

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St., festival Friday-Saturday, Sept. 10-11, corner of 23rd Avenue and Savier Street, www.slabtownfestival.com, free

MUSIC

Hanson

The trio of brothers just released 'Shout It Out,' featuring R and B-flavored pop-rock, showing evolution as a musical group from its 'MMMBop' days.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $30

IFCC debut

Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center presents its first event under new management, Ethos Music Center. It's a Persian/Middle Eastern music ensemble and multimedia concert featuring music from Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Turkey and Arabia, performed on exotic instruments from each region. Trio Shabava is featured.

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, IFCC, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-823-4322, $15

Arcade Fire

During the past seven years, the Montreal group has steadily become one of the music world's biggest acts with its dead-on blend of acoustic and electric sensibilities. They've got arena-sized ambition tempered with indie aesthetics, pretty much all you can ask for in today's Balkanized pop world.

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, Memorial Coliseum, www.rosequarter.com, $40

Howl

Heads up: J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf has released his seventh solo album called 'Midnight Souvenirs,' and it's a sonic beauty. Wolf is the ultimate pop music fan who made it big, bringing an above-average everyman's voice to the blues, pop, country, soul and rock.

8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show.

Drowsy drivers

Another heads up: For 40 years, Asleep At The Wheel has blazed its own trail of western-swing, boogie, and roots-music, winning audiences the world over. They've collaborated with all kinds of big shots, including most recently Willie Nelson, and are on the road again with new vocalist Elizabeth McQueen.

8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-234-9694, $25