First Thursday

Rain surely won’t keep the hard-core fans away from the monthly arts gallery walk Oct. 3. For a list of participating galleries, go to


More than 200 poets, writers, graphic novelists and songwriters converge on Portland for the annual festival, held throughout the city Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 3 to 6 (go to for complete info). It opens with discussions with Ayana Mathis and Cheryl Strayed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at Mission Theater (1624 N.W. Glisan St.).

Also, the Wordstock version of Live Wire! Radio takes place 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Alberta Rose Theatre (3000 N.E. Alberta St.) with authors T.C. Boyle, A.M. Homes, Kevin Barry, Ian Doescher and M.K. Asante, singer/songwriter Tanya Donelly, and composer Michael Hearst. For info:


Portland Playhouse kicks off its sixth season with Pulitzer Prize finalist Lisa D’Amour’s show about stories ripped from the headlines.

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 3, Portland Playhouse, 602 N.E. Prescott St., 503-488-5822, $15-$38

‘The Tool at Hand’

The Museum of Contemporary Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art present an exhibit where 16 artists from Britain and the United States were invited to craft a work using only one tool. It’s from the Milwaukee Art Museum. The mediums range from paintings to sculptures, using a paintbrush to a dental drill.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Oct. 3-Jan. 11, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.,, regular admission

Great American Distillers Festival

The ninth year of the festival features American distillers and their hand-crafted rum, bourbon, whiskey, vodka and gin with product tastings and cocktails.

5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Tiffany Center, 1410 S.W. Morrison St.,, $25


It’s the Halloween season, and the Rose Quarter’s popular venue opens with three horrifying haunted houses. Last year’s zombie-filled hit “The Contagion” returns as does Baron Von Goolo’s Museum of Horrors.

Opens 7 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, Oct. 4-6, Oct. 9-13, Oct. 23-27, Oct. 30-31, Nov. 1, Veterans Memorial Coliseum Exhibit Hall,, $20

Women of Faith

The tour brings nationally known speakers, authors and musicians to Portland, sharing the message “Believe God Can Do Anything.”

7-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, Moda Center,, $49-$109


Judith Hill

Hill, a popular contestant on “The Voice” who’s touring with Josh Groban, appears in Portland solo. Her musical journey has been featured in the film “20 Feet From Stardom,” which tells the true story of backup singers to some of the greatest musicians. Hill served as a backup singer to Michael Jackson.

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St.,, $30, $35 day of show

Portland Baroque Orchestra

The group opens its 30th season with two weekends of Bach, led by artistic director and violin soloist Monica Huggett.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 4-5, Oct. 12, First Baptist Church, 909 S.W. 11th Ave., 3 p.m. Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Reed College/Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.,, $19-$64

Bollywood star

Legendary singer Padmashri Hariharan puts on “Soul India” with a 15-member ensemble.

5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway,, $35-$150

by: COURTESY OF DARK STAR ORCHESTRA - Perhaps the worlds preeminent Grateful Dead tribute band, Dark Star Orchestra plays the Crystal Ballroom, Oct. 5-6.

Dark Star Orchestra

The world’s premier Grateful Dead tribute act comes to Portand again.

8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 5-6, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St.,, $25, $27 day of show

Kronos Quartet

The Grammy-winning group has re-imagined and redefined the string quartet experience in the past four decades and with more than 50 recordings.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Reed College/Kaul Auditorium, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-224-9842, $30-$47


Filmusik presents “Vahsi Kan, Yerli Rambo,” a Turkish remake of “Rambo” with English dubbing by Portland actors, as well as a soundtrack by Justin Ralls.

7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 18-26, Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd.,

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