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Events and happenings taking place in the next week in Portland and surrounding areas - including 'Matilda the Musical' and Holiday Cheer

COURTESY PHOTO - Scores of authors and their fans gather for the Holiday Cheer event at Oregon Historical Society, Dec. 8.MISC.

Lewis & Clark Cat Show

There'll be more than 40 breeds, around 225 top show cats and vendors on hand for the event.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., www.lewisandclarkcatclub.com, $5

Holiday Cheer

The 52nd annual festive book sale and literary celebration, put on by the Oregon Historical Society, welcomes 80 authors, including Eric Kimmel, Elizabeth Rusch and Dawn Babb Prochovnic (children's books), former Oregon Rep. Les AuCoin, "It's a Different Every Day" calendar creators Brooke Barker and Boaz Frankle, New York Times best-selling novelist Kristina McMorris, Oregon's official tour guide Gerry Frank, and the one and only drag queen Darcelle (aka Walter Cole). The Dickens Carolers perform.

Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., www.ohs.org, free

Science on Tap Portland

The lecture series show takes a look at planning for the Cascadia earthquakes with Allison Pyrch, a local geotechnical engineer.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., www.albertarosetheatre.com,

$15, $8 students

STAGE

'Miss Bennet'

Reminder: Directed by Marissa Wolf, artistic director at Portland Center Stage, "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" is a delightful Jane Austen-inspired comedy from playwrights Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. It stars Lauren Modica as Mary Bennet in the charming and clever sequel to "Pride and Prejudice." The story: When the Bennet sisters gather at the home of Lizzy and Darcy for the holidays, an unexpected guest sparks brilliant, bookish Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match and perhaps even romance.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Thursdays, some exclusions, through Dec. 29, The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, $25-$92

Dance X

The 23rd annual Dance Extravaganza features work from eight choreographers, both students and professionals, hosted by Lewis & Clark Dance Program. Among the choreographers is BodyVox's Jamey Hampton, hip hop artist Mariecella Devine and L&C College alumni Latroy Robinson.

7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, Fir Acres Theater/Lewis & Clark College, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, www.college.lclark.edu, $5-$15

'Matilda the Musical'

The Northwest Children's Theater & School present the smash, Tony Award-winning musical about the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and a girl who won't let being "little" stop her from putting an unjust world right.

Noon and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and other days, Dec. 7-Jan. 5, Northwest Children's Theater & School, 1819 N.W. Everett St., www.nwcts.org, $19-$21 adults, $15-$17 youth

'Moth Mainstage'

Literary Arts and The Moth bring a new lineup of storytellers to Portland in the popular stage event, which often sells out, so check for tickets.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.portland5.com, $15-$80


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