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The Short List

ART

(Note: For First Thursday openings information and gallery listings, go to http://www.firstthursdayportland.com)

"The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece"

by: THE TRUSTEES OF BRITISH MUSEUM - The second-century Roman marble 'Discobolus‚' is part of 'The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece' at Portland Art Museum, starting Oct. 6.The visually engaging exhibition from British Museum will be on display at Portland Art Museum (the first American venue), presenting more than 120 exquisite and priceless objects of Greek and Roman art — iconic marble and bronze sculptures, vessels, funerary objects and jewelry among them.

Oct. 6-Jan. 6, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., www.pam.org, timed tickets

"Art of Structure: Our Bridges"

The Architectural Heritage Center's exhibit features work by Gary Wilson, Gary Houston, Richard Melloy and Errol Beard, who take inspiration from the city's bridges and tells their own story of structure and beauty. Work by Oregon bridge designer and builder Conde B. McCullough will also be on display.

6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Architectural Heritage Center, 701 S.E. Grand Ave., www.visitahc.org, free

MISC.

Annual Greek Festival

The 61st event is celebrated in the heart of where it emerged. The three-day event will feature Greek food, music, dance and shopping.

10 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 5-6, noon Sunday, 7, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 N.E. Glisan St., www.goholytrinity.org, free, dinners: $14, $11 seniors (65-older), $6 children (12-younger)

Portland Pet Expo

Free nail clippings, discounted vaccinations, microchipping, a big adoption area and live entertainment are part of the expo, and Shorty Rossi and his dog Hercules of "Pit Boss" on Animal Planet will make an appearance.

10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, www.portlandpetexpo.com, free

St. John's Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest celebrations are not over, as the second annual event put on by the St. Johns Boosters and McMenamins to raise funds to light up the business district streets with holiday lights. Music, food and beverages are part of the festivities.

Noon Saturday, Oct. 6, McMenamins St. Johns Theater and Pub, 8203 N. Ivanhoe, www.stjohnsboosters.com, free

Wordstock Festival

The annual event is coming up, and activities include the Poetry Slam Competition (7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Bagdad Theater, 3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., $9.95), the "Live Wire!" radio/stage show (8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., $25-$35) and Wordstock Book Fair (10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd., $7 daily, $10 both days). More than 195 authors will be in attendance at the book fair.

For complete info, go to bewordstock.org>www.bewordstock.org.

STAGE

"The Body of an American"

Portland Center Stage's world premiere was one of the most popular readings at the 2011 JAW Festival (Dan O'Brien, playwright), and it'll be directed by Bill Rauch, Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director — his first production with PCS. A war photographer becomes haunted by the spirit of the soldier whose body he photographed.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, matinees selected Thursdays, through Oct. 21, Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, starting at $39

"New Now Wow!"

Northwest Dance Project's season-opening performance features world premieres by choreographers Ihsan Rustem, Gregory Dolbashian and Alex Soares.

7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 4-6, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave., www.nwdanceproject.org, $32-$39

"Seven Guitars"

Artists Repertory Theatre's 30th season continues with the Portland premiere of the August Wilson work, directed by Kevin Jones. The rhythm of 1948 Pittsburgh comes to life with Wilson's seven African-American characters, whose backyard chords and Chicago dreams play out a yearning whisper and an indignant refrain.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 9-Nov. 11 (11 a.m. Oct. 31), Artists Repertory Theatre/Morrison Stage, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., 503-241-1278, www.artistsrep.org, $25-$50, $20 students