Oregon Ballet Theater begins its 20th year with a week-long retrospective of the company’s works. Kathi Martuza (above) dances in George Balanchine’s Emeralds.


'Pride 365' kicks off

Pride Northwest, which organizes the LGBTQ Pride Parade and Festival, will put on the yearlong festival of alternative lifestyles, starting Sunday, Oct. 11, 'National Coming Out Day.' A 'Coming Out Party' will be held at the Q Center, for people of all walks of life.

3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Q Center, 4115 N.E. Mississippi Ave., free

Portland Tango Fest

The festival, run by Clay Nelson, will include 50 tango classes and 12 different dances.

Various times through Monday, Oct. 12, Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave., Paradise Ballroom, 826 S.E. Belmont St.,, passes $65 to $305, classes $25, Saturday (Oct. 10) Ball $30

Wordstock Book Fair

The annual Wordstock Festival this week, featuring about 170 authors, will peak with the Wordstock Book Fair, benefiting Wordstock for Teachers and Wordstock for Kids.

10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 10-11, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,, $5 adults


The Laramie Project

The New Century Players will premiere an epilogue stage reading called the 'The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later,' in partnership with the Tectonic Theater Project in New York. Directed by Stan Foote and narrated by Byron Beck, the epilogue focuses on the long-term effects that the hate murder of Matthew Shepard had on the town of Laramie, Wyo.

7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, Newmark Theater, 1111 S.W. Broadway Ave., 1-800-745-3000, $25-$50



The new exhibit examines why your heart races, knees shake and body sweats when you are scared - the physiological, neurobiological and sociological reasons. Pet a tarantula, take a free fall, put your head in a guillotine to test your level of fear.

6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 kickoff event, regular hours 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., show runs Oct. 10-Jan. 3, OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., 503-797-4000, $11 adults, $9 youth (3-13), $9 seniors (63-over)


Women of Faith

It's the nation's largest women's event - about 12,000 people are expected to attend Portland's version of the show, 'A Grand New Day'- which will feature music, drama, stories and worship and guests include Steven Curtis Chapman, 'American Idol' finalist Mandisa and Lisa Whelchel from TV's 'Facts of Life.'

All day, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 9-10, Rose Garden, One Center Court,, $79-$109


Star Wars: In Concert

Anthony Daniels, the voice of C3PO, an icon from the original 'Stars Wars,' will narrate, and a full symphony and choir will perform the scores of composer John Williams, all while lighting and images bring to life George Lucas' epic tales. An exhibit of 'Stars Wars' original memorabilia, props, costumes and artwork also will be on display.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, Rose Garden, One Center Court, 1-877-789-7673, $35-$69

'The Great Gershwin'

The Oregon Symphony, with pops conductor Jeff Tyzik, pianist Jon Nakamatsu and singer Doug LaBrecque, will perform many of Gershwin's greats, including 'I Got Rhythm,' 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' and 'Swanee.'

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave., 503-228-1353, $15-$95


OBT opening

The Oregon Ballet Theatre begins its 20th year with a week-long retrospective of the company's works. A wide range of dance makers will be represented, including Dennis Spaight and Trey McIntyre, Bebe Miller, James Kudelka, Julia Adam, Yuri Possokhov and Christopher Stowell. A video history of OBT also will be shown.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 503-222-5538, tickets starting at $17


Portland Tattoo Expo

The creators of Northwest Tattoo Magazine and Oregon Ink convention put on a show for the tattoo-inclined.

Noon-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Oct. 9-10, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 541-343-8287, $40 three-day pass, $20 daily


Monsters of Folk

Local musician M. Ward, along with Conor Oberst, Jim James and Mike Mogis, bring their popular show to Portland.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway Ave.,, $47.65


Oregon Day of Culture

The Portland Actors Conservatory celebrates the anniversary of the state's unique cultural tax credit, which benefits about 1,200 nonprofits through the 'Cultural Trust.'

Morning of Thursday, Oct. 8, Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown,, free

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