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Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including Oktoberfest, Portland Polish Festival and 'Eclipsed'

COURTESY PHOTO - Oktoberfest celebrations continue the next couple weeks, including at McMenamins establishments like Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.MISC.

Oktoberfest

The celebrations continue all day Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22, at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

And, there'll be fun times at McMenamins establishments: noon Saturday, Sept. 21, at Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.; all day Sunday, Sept. 29, at Edgefield in Troutdale; and all day Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. For more: www.mcmenamins.com.

Sidewalk art

Sidewalks around Forest Grove are about to see a splash of color. On Saturday, Sept. 21, creatives of all ages gather around Main Street, chalk in hand, for the 29th annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival. Families, solo artists and groups claim a piece of concrete as theirs for the day to bring to life. Nearly 600 squares are available to claim for the day, with past art pieces sporting images from music, movies, fandoms and original works.

For more: www.valleyart.org.

Portland Polish Festival

The festival celebrates Polish culture and tradition. It's the oldest Polish festival in the western United States (26 years and counting). The festival takes place from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, between the Polish Library and St. Stanislaus Church at 3900 N. Interstate Ave. For more: www.polishfestivalpdx.org.

Portland Sunday Parkways

The final event of the season for walkers, runners and skaters takes place in Northeast Portland, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. It'll include 7.6 miles of vehicle-free streets and visits to Alberta, Woodlawn, Fernhill and Khunamokwst parks. For more: www.portlandoregon.gov.

Assorted events

• "An Evening With Dan Rather," featuring the former CBS newsman, is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets: $45-$65, www.portland5.com.

• Famed mycologist Paul Stamets speaks at Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Tickets: $34-$44, www.portland5.com.

• The 21st annual Buddy Fest NW celebrates the extra 21st chromosome from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. The Northwest Down Syndrome Association brings families, advocates, educators, professionals, community leaders and other promoters together at Rose Quarter Commons for festivities and a walk. Entertainer Tony Starlight returns as emcee, and he and the band Wallace perform. There'll be speakers, bounce houses, games and more. For more: www.nwdsa.org, www.buddyfestnw.org.

• The avant-garde Artfair Portland takes place from noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway. For more: www.artfairportland.com.

• The Official RuPaul's Drag Race Tour stops at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Tickets: $55-$175, www.portland5.com. RuPaul apparently won't be performing, but several female impersonators will be.

STAGE

'That's No Lady'

The musical about legendary female impersonator Darcelle, aka Walter Cole, opens Triangle Productions' 30th season. It features Kevin C. Loomis as Darcelle/Cole and looks back at Darcelle's 50-plus years on stage and Cole's personal life. There'll be original music by Tom Grant, Marv and Rindy Ross, Storm Large and others.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 5 (also 2 p.m. Sept. 29), Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., $35 www.trianglepro.org

'Eclipsed'

Corrib Theatre presents the Patricia Burke Brogan play with an all-female cast. The story: In a Magdalene laundry (or asylum), where the nuns regard them as mindless vessels of evil and their infants are forcibly put up for adoption, a group of young unwed Irish mothers struggle, resist and strive to overcome the onerous conditions imposed on them. It's based on true accounts and written by an ex-nun who worked there and is a story of pain and hope.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 20-Oct. 13, New Expressive Works, 810 S.E. Belmont St., www.corribtheatre.org, $30, $20 35 and under

'How I Became a Pirate'

The Northwest Children's Theater & School opens its season with a story of a motley crew of bumbling pirates and Capt. Braid Beard as they land at a quiet family vacation spot in search of an expert digger to join their cause.

11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Sept. 21-Oct. 13, Northwest Children's Theater & School, 1819 N.W. Everett St., www.nwcts.org, $19-$21 adults, $15-$17 youth


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