First Thursday

The monthly art gallery walk continues as 2014 opens. For a list of galleries participating Thursday, Jan. 2, go to

Portland Boat Show

Make your plans now for the big boating extravaganza, the five-day 54th Annual Portland Boat Show, which will feature a large selection of boats from different brands, lines and styles. There’ll be fishing boats, ski boats, yachts, sailing vessels, personal watercraft and even a massive houseboat inside the 250,000 square feet of the Portland Expo Center. There’ll also be a hall (Hall C) filled with previously owned boats.

11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 8-10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, Portland Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, (see for discounts),$10, $8 parking (free parking Jan. 8-10 evenings)

Lecture series

The January Series of Calvin College lectures are coming to the Portland area — albeit via webcast. Oak Hills Community Church will be one of 44 remote webcast locations to broadcast the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series. Among the speakers for the 27th annual series: Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Bill Rasmussen, ESPN founder; John M. Perkins, a leading evangelical voice of the American civil rights movement; Olympia Snowe, a former U.S. senator and the only woman to serve in both houses at the state and federal level. In 2013, nearly 40,000 people attended the lectures at the on-campus and remote sites.

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Mondays-Fridays, Jan. 8-28, Oak Hills Community Church, 2800 N.W. 153rd Ave., Beaverton, (check for schedule), free

Ballroom dancing

The Portland chapter of USA Dance will host the PDX Ballroom Classic amateur ballroom dancing competition. Adults, youth and teams compete in international and American style.

1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, Ballroom Dance Company, 8900 S.W. Commercial St., Tigard,


Artists Repertory Theatre presents National Theatre’s HD screenings of plays. In January, it’ll be “Frankenstein.” Because of popular demand, and sold-out shows Jan. 18 and 26, two screenings have been added. The monster hit enjoyed a sold-out run at the National Theatre and went on to win awards, including the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. Oscar winner Danny Boyle directs.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, World Trade Center Theater, 121 S.W. Salmon St.,, $15-$20

by: COURTESY OF MONSTER JAM - Max D plus Iron Man is one of eight monster trucks that will appear in Portland at the popular Monster Jam in February. Tickets are on sale.

Monster Jam

The car-crushing monster trucks return to Portland for another year of speed, racing and crash and bang action. Tickets are on sale. Three trucks will be making their Portland debuts: New Earth Authority, driven by Oregonian Norm Miller; Metal Mulisha, and Wolverine. They’ll join Grave Digger, Max D plus Iron Man, the Patriot, Tropical Thunder and Captain USA. There’ll also be a Party in the Pits pre-show experience, allowing fans to see the trucks up close and meet the drivers.

2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, Moda Center, 1-877-789-7673, $20-$40, $5 kids


‘The Roadshow

The sixth annual Christian music national tour begins in January, with a stop in Portland. Leading the night are Skillet, Third Day, Andy Mineo, Jamie Grace and Royal Tailor. The tour’s founding band, MercyMee, decided to take the year off from touring, allowing the likes of Third Day and Skillet to join.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, Moda Center, 1-877-789-7673, $10

Emanuel Ax

The Oregon Symphony, with conductor Carlos Kalmar, plays host to the superstar pianist during an all-German program of Beethoven/Weingartner’s “Grosse Fuge,” Strauss’ “Burleske,” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 8.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11; 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12; 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13; Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, starting at $22

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