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New Year’s Eve

Four events for you to consider to ring in the New Year on Dec. 31:

• It’s New Year’s Eve — Bollywood Style, as DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid spin the dance music while aerial acts, dance shows and a guest marching band highlight the evening at the Melody Ballroom, 615 S.E. Alder St. It starts at 9 p.m. ($35-$40, www.anjaliandthekid.com).

• The Governor’s Ball takes place at The Sentinel Hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave., starting at 7 p.m. and featuring dinner and dancing to Patrick Lamb and Soul Vaccination ($50-$150, www.tickettomato.com).

• The Champagne Ball features four dance floors with bands, videos and DJs, and 17 bars at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, 921 S.W. Sixth Ave., starting at 8 p.m. (starting at $99, www.champagneball.com).

• The InspireTruth New Year’s Eve Celebration, featuring many musical performers, starts at 8:30 p.m. and takes place at the Portland Art Museum Mark Building, 1119 S.W. Park Ave. (starting at $72, www.nye-inspire.me)

Spiegelworld’s ‘Empire’

The 90-minute circus, cabaret, variety and burlesque show features eccentric characters, foot jugglers, contortionists, roller skaters, a wheelmaster and more. It continues through Jan. 17 at the 700-seat Spiegeltent at the Rose Quarter. Shows are 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays. For tickets ($40-$99):

www.ticketmaster.com.

First-day hikes

There are free and guided hikes set for New Year’s Day at 28 state parks, courtesy of Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department; the $5 day-use parking fee will be waived on Jan. 1. Organizers ask participants to post photos on social media (#ORfirstdayhikes on Twitter and Instagram, and tagging “Oregon State Parks” on Facebook). For more information, see oregonstateparks.org. The hikes located at parks close to the Portland area: Portland — L.L. “Stub” Stewart, 9 a.m.; Milo McIver, 10 a.m.; Tryon Creek, 9 a.m.; Historic Columbia River Highway, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Champoeg, 1:30 p.m.; Elijah Bristow, noon horse ride; Fort Yamhill, 10 a.m.; Luckiamute Landing, 10 a.m.; North Santiam, 11:30 a.m.; Silver Falls, 10 a.m.; Willamette Mission, 10 a.m. and noon.

OMSI

Just a reminder: The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry features $2 admission the first Sunday of every month. Next up: Jan. 3. For info: www.omsi.edu.

MUSIC/STAGE

COURTESY: CHRIS HORNBECKER - Pink Martini helps welcome the New Year, playing with Portland Youth Philharmonic, Dec. 31 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Pink Martini

Portland’s most sophisticated band shares the stage with the Portland Youth Philharmonic on New Year’s Eve.

7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, Arlene Schnitzer

Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $37-$98

Wamba

Portland’s World Beat band and West African drummers will perform in the West African Music New Years throw-down, and will feature members of Odo Addy’s Okropong and Mamadou Lamine Thiob from Senegal jamming with the band. The event celebrates the legacy of West African drummers and musicians, including Obo Addy of Ghana and Ibrahima Camarra of Senegal.

9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, Analog Cafe & Theater, 720 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., www.facebook.com (search with event title), $8

Patti Smith

The 40th Anniversary of Horses tour features the singer and her band performing the album “Horses” in its entirety. She has enjoyed subsequent album success, but “Horses” later became inducted into the National Recording Registry at The Library of Congress in 2010 by the National Recording Preservation Board. Smith is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also is an accomplished author and artist.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $39.50-$52.50

‘Script Tease

The Brody Theater is eagerly looking forward to its next big show, by Domeka Parker. It’s a bold experiment of scripted and unscripted theater; professional playwrights submit six pages of scripted dialogue, the audience is read the character descriptions and then they cast the show. The actors don’t see the script until the show begins; as the dialogue runs out, they drop the scripts and finish the play spontaneously.

7:30 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 9-30, Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway, www.brodytheater.com, $12, $9 students/seniors