by: ©2008 JAMES PORTO COURTESY OF THE PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW, Members of the Blue Man Group (far left) come to teach about “How to Be a Megastar”; elsewhere in town, junior exhibitors and other proud pet owners help cats strut their stuff.


International Cat Show

More than 200 gorgeous feline beauties work the catwalk this weekend vying to wow judges and win titles in eight cat-egories.

The show also provides cat lovers the chance to glimpse rare and exotic kitty breeds, like the lynx look-alike Pixie-Bob, the spotted Bengal and the hairless Russian Peterbald.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Jan. 26-27, Holiday Inn at Portland Airport, 8439 N.E. Columbia Blvd., 503-256-5000,, $3 plus two cans human food for the Oregon Food Bank, ages 12 and under free


Baby Loves Disco

The afternoon dance party for kids 6 months to 7 years old hops from the Crystal Ballroom to the Wonder Ballroom, beginning this month. Expect DJs, juice and lots of parent-child bonding via the dance floor, as always.

Noon to 3 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 27, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St., 503-284-8686, $12


2008 Portland International Auto Show

Hundreds of 2008 models, from luxury cars to hybrids, are showcased at this year's Portland Auto Show, which takes up the entire convention center for the first time.

Kick the tires of the future: The show features a few four-wheeled prototypes that could be in your hands come 2009.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 25-27, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-235-7575, $10, ages 7 to 12 $5, ages 6 and under free


Build, Remodel and Landscape Show

Design, landscape, heating and window experts are on hand at a three-day exhibition dedicated to helping homeowners tackle those New Year's resolutions and transform their ideas (from gardens to bathrooms to breakfast nook fix-ups) into reality.

Noon to 9 p.m. FRIDAY, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. SATURDAY, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 25-27, Memorial Coliseum, Rose Quarter Exhibit Hall, and Georgia Pacific Room, 1 Center Court, 1-877-789-7673, $6, age 17 and under free

City permits lecture

Questions about permits or inspections, or 'legalizing' a home project that you've already completed? City Inspection Manager Jeff Eldredge answers them, and provides more insights into Portland's permit process.

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 26, Architectural Heritage Center, 701 S.E. Grand Ave., 503-231-7264,, $15


Blue Man Group

For those still in the dark on how to make it to the top of the pop-culture mountain, those wily and wild performers of the Blue Man Group are offering their one-night crash course, 'How to Be a Megastar 2.1 Tour,' at the Rose Garden.

The experience is anything but a PowerPoint presentation. The show melds video art, high-tech stage wizardry and an eight-piece band.

8 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 26, Rose Garden Arena, 1 Center Court, 1-877-789-7673, $49.50-$85

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