The Short List
The annual book fest features a performance by Mortified Portland, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. ($18 general admission, at getmortified.com/live/). Modified creator Dave Nadelberg interviews Portland Mayor Sam Adams live. An encore performance Friday, Oct. 8, without Adams, will be held at the Mission Theater.
Live Wire! Radio's 6th Annual Wordstock Extravaganza welcomes actor/comedian Paul Provenza, author Jonathan Lethem, writer David Rakoff, singer/songwriter Kristin Hersh, poet Derrick Brown and musician Sara Jackson-Holman, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave. (tickets $25-$35, 1-800-745-3000).
The Wordstock Book Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9 and 10 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (tickets $7 one day/$10 two days, available at door).
Go to www.wordstockfestival.com for a listing of other events and information.
Imago Theatre will put on preview performances of the show it hopes will wow crowds at the New Victory Theatre in New York and on a national tour.
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth Ave., 503-231-9581, $7
'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog'
It's a musical based on the film, put on by Blue Monkey Theater company.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Oct. 1-23, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., www.bluemonkeytheater.org, $10 advance, $15 door
'New Now Wow!'
Northwest Dance Project will premiere four original dance works with four choreographers who are starting to make their names in the dance world - Loni Landon from New York, Andre Mesquita from Portugal, London-born Ihsan Rustem and Olivier Wevers from Belgium and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.nwpdp, $28-$33
'XY and Z'
It's a celebration of writing and a benefit for Write Around Portland's writing workshops, published anthologies and community reading to the afflicted living in low income, isolation and with other barriers, featuring classic word games, Write Around originals, speed scrabble, 'mad libs,' word poker, group novellas on old typewriters and more.
7:30-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2, Design Within Reach, 1200 N.W. Everett St., www.writearound.org, starting at $50
The 39th annual big race, which also includes a half marathon, will fill the streets of downtown and wind through north Portland and the eastside on Oct. 10. For more information, go to www.portlandmarathon.org.
Fall Home and Garden Show
The 22nd annual event features 'Serving Up Style,' when 10 of Portland's top designers create fantastic, unusual and stunning dining environments, benefiting lupus awareness.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, www.otshows.com, $10