In ancient Greece fashion, a collection of 400 people of all ages and backgrounds will take part in a reading of the Trojan War epic “Iliad” at the Portland Art Museum Fields Ballroom, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Each person will read a passage in their own way and language during the course of 10 hours, their common aim to add to the celebration of PAM’s “The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece” exhibit, which features Greek and Roman sculpture from The British Museum.

The reading will be accompanied with on-stage projections of archaic and classical images from the PAM and The Readers of Homer archives.

Tickets are available at ($15 adults, $5 students).

Lomong honored

Lake Oswego resident Lopez Lomong, the two-time U.S. Olympian and former “Lost Boy” of South Sudan, has been named the Visa Humanitarian of the Year. He’ll be honored Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Daytona Beach, Fla. Lopez established the Lopez Lomong Foundation in 2011 to give back to his native country; he’s hoping to raise $250,000 by January to provide clean water, basic health care, children’s education and lifesaving nutrition.

“Jewish Identity

Ken Klein has interviewed more than 30 Jewish leaders in Portland for the video essay/podcast series, “Wandering in the Woods: A Portlander’s Search for Jewish Identity,” and a sneak-peek will be held 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Asa Lounge, 1200 N.W. Marshall St. (suggested $18 donation, with some proceeds going to Jewish Family and Child Service); RSVP, 503-244-0757.

Movie time

Upcoming big screen releases:

Nov. 30 — “The Collection”; “Killing Them Softly”

Dec. 14 — “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Dec. 19 — “Monsters Inc. 3D”; “The Guilt Trip”

Dec. 21 — “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away in 3D”; “Jack Reacher”; “Not Fade Away”; “Cafe de Flore”; “Rust & Bone”

Dec. 25 — “Django Unchained”; “Parental Guidance”

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