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The Short List

MISC.

Haunted Maize

The popular corn maze has opened for its 14th Halloween season, as visitors traverse through a “haunted” four-acre cornfield path, complete with swamp goblins, creepy animatronics, ghoulish costumed actors, scary sights and horrifying special effects in a setting carved into corn more than 12 feet tall. Included this year is a “Portlandia” maze, commemorating the TV show and downtown statue. The Pumpkin Patch farm offers all kinds of farmin’ fun activities.

10 a.m. every day in September, weekends in October, The Corn Maize at The Pumpkin Patch, 16511 N.W. Gillihan Road, Sauvie Island, www.portlandmaze.com, $7-$15, free-$15 children/seniors

OMSI exhibits

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s new exhibit, “Grossology,” is based on the best-selling children’s book of the same name by author and science teacher Sylvia Branzei. It uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to explain the good, bad and downright ugly about runny noses, body odor and much more. Meanwhile, the “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit examines race, and how it builds community strength and personal identity as well as discrimination and oppression.

9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, Sept. 29-Jan. 6 (“Grossology”), Sept. 26-Jan. 1 (“RACE”), OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., omsi.edu, regular admission

“Le Grand Continental”

by: COURTESY OF JAMIE BENSON - Oregon native and acclaimed dancer Jamie Benson leads a diverse group of performers in a Portland version of 'Grand Continental' line dance at Pioneer Courthouse Square Sept. 30.With White Bird presenting, Oregon native Jamie Benson and Montreal choreographer Sylvain Emard have organized quite a dance event — 150 non-dancers of all creeds, shapes and ages at Pioneer Courthouse Square performing a 30-minute line dance. Benson worked as an assistant for the New York version of “Le Grand Continental,” and he says the dance brings together the community through the common denominator of dance. This will be the West Coast premiere of the dance as it makes its way around the world.

2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Pioneer Courthouse Square, www.jamiebenson.com, free

“The Wedge”

The farmer’s market-style event brings tasty Northwest cheese to the city, featuring artisan, specialty and farmstead cheesemakers from throughout the Northwest.

10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Green Dragon, 928 S.E. Ninth Ave., www.oregondairycenter.org, $5 contribution

MUSIC

Joss Stone

The soul singer is on tour, paying tribute and performing hits from “The Soul Sessions Vol. 2,” a follow-up to her breakthrough “The Soul Sessions” in 2003.

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, Crystal Ballroom, 1322 W. Burnside St., www.mcmenamins.com, $40

Portland Taiko

The Japanese drum troupe puts on “Making Waves 2012.”

8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., 503-725-3307, $15-$25

Natalie Merchant

The singer-songwriter joins the Oregon Symphony, sharing her gift of storytelling through music. Her new album is “Leave Your Sleep,” songs adapted from 19th and 20th century British and American poetry about childhood.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $40-$100

Musicfest

The Portland Streetcar Mobile Musicfest is back for a second year with 16 local bands, “Streetcar Specials” from local business and a free after party. The festival celebrates the beneficial role public transportation plays in uniting people and businesses, with each band playing during a complete trip of 60 minutes on the Portland Streetcar.

6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, between Rose Quarter/Left Bank stop and OMSI, 9 p.m after party at Union/Pine, 525 S.E. Pine St., >www.streetcarmobilemusicfest.org