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by: © 2009 Blaine Covert, 
Four new world premieres highlight the Northwest Dance Project show at the Newmark Theatre on Oct. 17.

MUSIC

Rascal Flatts is comin', y'all

The country group has sold about a gazillion records, and had 10 No. 1 hits, including 'Here' and 'Here Comes Goodbye' this year alone. They'll be playing Portland the night before Halloween.

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, Rose Garden, One Center Court, www.rosequarter.com, $65, $49.75

Uncle Kracker

This star, who mixes idiosyncratic country-flavored pop and rock 'n' roll, will play Portland, shortly after releasing the album 'Happy Hour' with the hit single, 'Smile.' In 2001, Uncle Kracker made his debut with 'Double Wide,' which included the No. 1 smash 'Follow Me,' followed by 'No Stranger to Shame' with a cover of the Dobie Gray classic 'Drift Away.'

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., www.ticketmaster.com, $32.50

CONCERTS

Gay men's chorus

The Portland Gay Men's Chorus subgroup Cascade, under the direction of Mary McCarty, will perform music inspired by the briny deep in 'Songs From the Sea: A Classical Matinee.' The concert will include works from two of the 20th century's greatest composers, Benjamin Britten and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as Scottish folk songs 'Loch Lomond' and 'Skye Boat Song.' The full 135-member chorus will sing as well.

3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, Kaul Auditorium (Reed College), 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., buy.pdxgmc.org, $20, $25

Oregon Repertory Singers

The group opens its 36th season with 'Modern Choral Masterpieces' under the direction of Gil Seeley. It will include works by three Northwest composers - 'Earth Dweller' by Michael Johanson, a Lewis and Clark professor; 'I Go Among Trees,' by Giselle Wyers, a Cleveland High graduate and University of Washington professor; and 'Expectavi Dominum' by Frank LaRocca.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Evans Auditorium (Lewis and Clark College), 0615 S.W. Palatine Rd., 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18, First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St., 503-230-0652, $10-$30

THEATER

The Laramie Project

After a successful premiere, the original play by New Century Players about the 1998 hate-crime death of Matthew Shepard in the city of Laramie, Wyo., hits the stage for a three-week run.

7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 16-17, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, and seven other dates until Oct. 31, Putnam High School Blackbox Theater, 4950 S.E. Roethe Rd., Milwaukie, www.newcenturyplayers.org, $10-$12

DANCE

Northwest Dance Project

Four new world premieres highlight the Northwest Dance Project show: from Andrea Miller, artistic director of Gallim Dance, featuring music from Portland artists The Blow, Benoit Pioulard and The World Court; from Benoit-Swan Pouffer, artistic director of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York; from Sarah Slipper, NDP's own artistic director; and from Edgar Zendejas, artistic director of ezdanza in Montreal, featuring Bizet's 'Recit et Romance' performed by operatic tenor Eric Stern of Portland's Vagabond Opera.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave., www.nwpdp.com, $20-$40

MUSICAL

'Chariots of Rubber'

The offbeat local hair metal musical will return to the stage in the 'Chariots of Rubber: The Final Massacre.' Best friends Crash and Tommy follow their dream of winning 'The Final Massacre XV' demolition derby in Tommy's obsession, a 1972 Buick Riviera.

10:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 22-24, Thursday-Friday, Oct. 29-30, Theater! Theater!, 3430 S.E. Belmont St., www.chariotsofrubber.com, $15 (advance), $20 (door)