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Get a belly full of dance
by: ©2008 PERE VERGILI, 
Petite Jamilla takes her veils out for a spin as part of “Babelesque.”

FRIDAY

DANCE

Swing Fest

Three floors will be shaking under the stomping shoes of swing dancers throughout the weekend, as Portland's jumpin' jivers work their moves.

Eleven bands dole out live beats. Included on the bill is crooner and nightlife fixture Tony Starlight, who will be singing with Deanna and the Downbeats.

The floors are open to everyone, with no previous experience or partner required. This spring fling comes courtesy of the Portland Lindy Exchange.

- Lee Williams

7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St., Suite 600, 503-248-9305, 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday and 3 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Crystal Ballroom (in Lola's Room on Sunday), 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, March 7-9, www.portlandlx.com, $10-$20 per evening, event pass $70

'Babelesque'

The traveling Bellydance Superstars, a creation of music industry bigwig Miles Copeland (the Police), have done for belly dance what 'Riverdance' did for the Irish jig.

The colorful, high-energy extravaganza has played to more than a million admirers in concerts around the world. It's here for one night only.

- Eric Bartels

8 p.m. Friday, March 7, Antoinette Hatfield Hall, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 503-432-2817, www.bellydancesuperstars.com, $35-$59.50

MUSIC

Metal and Wood Meet Earth and Water

The new-music ensemble Fear No Music brings its unique skill set to works by the late visionary Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pulitzer-winning composer and film scorer John Corigliano, and special guest Steve Ricks, who offers a world premiere composition.

- EB

8 p.m. Friday, March 7, the Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., 503-227-3127, www.fearnomusic.org, $5-$15

LOCAL

Little Beirut

Portland may be a hotbed for lo-fi indie rock, but there's an increasing number of bands that sound more Brit-pop than Beat Happening.

Little Beirut joins the army of radio-ready bands like Crosstide, Jonah and the Dimes with the release of its debut album, 'High Dive.' A self-assured collection of sweeping, melodic pop gems, the record also tackles complex subjects in innovative ways and marks the band as one to watch.

- Barbara Mitchell

9:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, Berbati's Pan, 10 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-2122, $7

SATURDAY

THEATER

'Dreamgirls'

The surprise success of the 2006 film, which included a Golden Globe for best picture and an Oscar win, makes it easy to forget the dazzling four-year run the show enjoyed on Broadway.

Stumptown Stages goes for gold of its own with its production, enlisting a roster of local talent that includes powerhouse vocalist Julianne Johnson in the role that earned an Academy Award for Jennifer Hudson. Kirk Mouser directs.

- EB

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through April 5, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N. Interstate Ave., 503-381-8686, www.stumptownstages.com, $25-$27

SUNDAY

FILM

'10,000 B.C.' (PG-13)

Hunky former model Steven Strait tromps around under a prehistoric sun without much attire (or sunscreen!) on a quest to rescue his girlfriend (Camilla Belle, who's no Geico caveman herself) and save his tribe from premature fossilization.

Woolly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers and rival hordes of Stone Age hunks try to quash his Mesolithic mission.

It's '300' meets 'Jurassic Park'- and the first release in the new spring line of Hollywood blockbusters. Coming from those Red Bull-fueled filmmakers who brought us 'Independence Day' and 'The Day After Tomorrow,' '10,000 B.C.' is bound to be action-packed, fast-paced and busting with eye-poppin' special effects. (Hey, the B.C. doesn't stand for 'Before CGI.')

- LW

Friday, March 7, various theaters