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Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including 'Smokefall,' 'Me ... Jane' and Retro Gaming Expo

PMG FILE PHOTO - The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, Saturday, Oct. 19 in Tualatin, attracts some creative floating objects.STAGE

'Live Wire With Luke Burbank'

The stage-radio variety show features filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky, comedian Ahmed Bharoocha, author Matthew Zapruder, and music from Bodies on the Beach.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.livewireradio.org, $20

Caleb Teicher & Company

White Bird's Uncaged Series opens with the tap dancer Caleb Teicher, who with his company put on a three-part program with tap, Lindy hop, jazz and swing dance to the music of Bach, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller and blues.

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 17-19, Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.whitebird.org, starting at $25

'Smokefall'

Defunkt Theatre opens its 20th season with the Noah Haidle play Oct. 18-Nov. 16 at Defunkt Theatre, 4319 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. The story explores the power of mythology within a family, how stories we tell ourselves and our children shape our lives, and how healing lies in seeing both the truth and the limitations of that legacy. It stars Brooke Calcagno and Joe Von Appen and others and is directed by Patrick Walsh. For more: www.defunktheatre.com.

'Me ... Jane'

Oregon Children's Theatre opens its season with the West Coast premiere of "Me ... Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall." It's written by Patrick McDonnell and Aaron Posner, directed by Marcella Crowson, and stars Aida Valentine as Jane Goodall, whose love for animals led to her living among the chimpanzees in the jungles of Africa.

2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 19-Nov. 17, Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, www.octc.org, $20-$32 adults, $15-$28 children

'A-WOL After Hours'

The performers with A-WOL Dance Collective show their sexy side in a 21-and-over event.

9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.awoldance.org, $33

'Here We Go Again!'

Lakewood Theatre Company presents the musical revue created by Lisa Knox and Jan Koenig, who laugh, joke and sing their way through their own paths and the journey as longtime friends.

7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, www.lakewood-center.org, $25

MISC.

'WWE Presents NXT Live!'

It's live pro wrestling at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, featuring the likes of NXT champion Adam Cole, women's champion Shayna Baszler, North American champ Velveteen Dream, and tag team champs Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, www.rosequarter.com, $15, $13 parking

Retro Gaming Expo

Fans of old video games return to Oregon Convention Center for the big event. Along with scores of games to play, there'll be speakers, panel discussions, auctions and more.

11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18 (Retrocade open only), 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.retrogamingexpo.com, passes $12-$45

Pumpkin Regatta

It's not spooky or scary, but it's a Halloween-time favorite: The West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta returns 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Tualatin Lake of the Commons, 8325 S.W. Nyberg St., in Tualatin. It's free admission for spectators. For more: www.tualatinoregon.gov/pumpkinregatta.


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