The Short List
New Year's Eve Dance Party
The Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band will help welcome the New Year. Tickets are sold in advance only.
8:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave., 503-236-3401, $35
Prepare to die, worm
A heads-up: Nothing says Christmas is over and an angry King Herod has come to wreck the holidays like a Slayer/ Megadeath concert. The twin lords of unholy metal take the stage here along with Testament in January.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, Rose Garden, www.rosequarter.com, starting at $10
SAMSON: The Colossal T. rex
OMSI has opened its anticipated exhibit with the 66 million-year-old SAMSON. Fully 56 percent of his bones have been found and preserved, including a nearly complete skull. It's one of the three most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens in existence, and SAMSON is close to the length of the T. rex known as Sue, the largest yet discovered.
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, through Aug. 31, 2010, OMSI Earth Science Hall, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., 503-797-4000, $11 adults, $9 seniors (63-older), $8 youth
First Run and Walk
Recreational athletes will ring in the New Year, pacing through downtown Portland in the annual event of 1 1/2 mile run/walk and 3-mile run/walk, starting at the stroke of midnight. Food, non-alcoholic beverages, music and dancing are part of the festivities.
Registration 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, World Trade Center, Southwest Naito Parkway and Salmon Street, www.racecenter.com/firstrun, $30-$35
A Broad for all Seasons
The fictional and funny and musically driven BroadArts Theatre production incorporates real stories of women who are even now changing the face of history. Among them are: Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's democratically elected political prisoner of conscience; Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan Maguire, who anchored the peach movement in Northern Ireland; and Dr. Wangari Maathai of Kenya, who leads a global effort of reforestation and environmental sustainability.
8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 2-23, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., www.broadarts.org, $12-$22