The 18th annual pilgrimmage of fun-seekers and UFO-curious takes place in McMinnville, Thursday-Saturday, May 17-19. There'll be a UFO costume parade, 5K Abduction Dash and Alien Pet Costume Contest, as well as many guest appearances and panels. It's based at the McMenamins Hotel Oregon. For more: www.ufofest.com.
QDoc Film Festival
The 12th annual event is a four-day, 12-film festival of LGBTQ-themed films at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Thursday-Sunday, May 17-20. It will premiere with "50 Years of Fabulous: The Imperial Council Story" and concludes with "The Gospel of Eureka," the latest from Oregon's documentary-making duo of Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri. Tickets and info are available at www.QDocFilmFest.org.
Presented by the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and sponsored by OPB, Bill Nye "the Science Guy" brings his fun-loving, science-based perspective on climate change, the effects of volcanic eruptions, and how we all can work together to save the world.
He'll appear in Portland on the 38th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption. The event benefits the Mount St Helens Institute.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, starting at $40
• The Mt. Tabor Art Walk takes place Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20. For more: www.mttaborartwalk.com.
• The Sunday Parkways event takes place on seven miles of Southeast Portland streets, May 20, open for walkers, bicyclists and skaters. For more: www.portlandoregon.gov.
Stars on Ice
Some of the Olympics skating stars and other standouts are touring the country, and they'll stop in Portland in an all-new ice show. The lineup includes Nathan Chen, Ashley Wagner, Maia and Alex Shibutani, Karen Chen, Jason Brown, Meryl Davis and Charlie White and more.
4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Moda Center, www.rosequarter.com, $12-$150, $17 parking
Vanport Mosaic Festival
The artist-led community event focuses on silenced histories of the Pacific Northwest to better understand the present day. It takes place May 23-28. There'll be screenings, live performances, tours, exhibits and community engagement initiatives at various venues, including the Expo Center, Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Alberta Rose Theatre and even City Hall. For complete info: www.vanportmosaic.org.
The symphony, led by Carlos Kalmar, presents Mahler's "Symphony No. 7" (or "Song of the Night") and other pieces.
7:30 p.m. Saturday-Monday, May 19-21, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, starting at $24
On their "Bumping Mics" tour, comedians Dave Attell and Jeff Ross perform in Portland.
7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., www.revolutionhall.com, $42.50
It's a moving and surprising drama by Lauren Gunderson, the most-produced playwright in the country, that finishes the Artists Repertory Theatre's 35th season. The story: Homebound due to illness, the smart and sarcastic Caroline is suspicious of the sweet and athletic Anthony after being thrown together to work on an English class project about Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself." As they work, they break down the mystery of what brought them together. Previews begin May 20.
7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 20-June 17, Artists Repertory Theatre Morrison Stage, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., www.artistsrep.org, $50, $25 preview/student/under 25
The magician and illusionist comes to Portland on his "David Blaine Live" tour. He's best known for his exceptional fusion of magic and stunt work.
8 p.m. Monday, May 21, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.portland5.com, $49-$99