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HEADS UP: Portland Center Stage opens its season this week with Ragtime, an excellent musical based on E.L. Doctorow's novel about turn-of-the-century New York. Show up to the box office in period-appropriate headgear (fedora, newsboy cap, merry widow, etc.) and get $10 off your ticket. Gerding Theater, 128 NW 11th Ave., 445-3700. 7:30 pm Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 pm Sundays, noon Thursdays, through Nov. 1. $24-$68 before discount.

BORK BORK BOOZE: Portland distillery House Spirits celebrates the release of Gammal Krogstad, a barrel-aged aquavit (a Scandinavian spirit flavored with star anise and caraway), this Saturday with free tastings and tours at the distillery from noon to 4 pm, 2025 SE 7th Ave., 235-3174, 21+.

TIME TRAVEL ON THE CHEAP: Admission to the Oregon Historical Society is free this Saturday thanks to the Smithsonian Institution's national Museum Day program. The "Oregon My Oregon" exhibit is more interesting than you remember when you last visited in fourth grade. Check it out without spending a cent. 1200 SW Park Ave., 222-1741,

YOU NEED A DISGUISE: Oregon Children's Theatre is cleaning out its closets this Saturday with its first-ever costume sale. The available goods include "giant bunnies, pigs, witches, critters, tiaras, pirate garb and more," starting at $5. Galleria Building, 600 SW 10th Ave., main floor. 10 am-6 pm Saturday, Sept. 26.

SHOP IN STYLE: Women's consignment shop Sweet Jayne, which boasts of selling nothing for more than $18, offers a shopping happy hour this Friday and Saturday from 5 to 8 pm, with champagne, cupcakes and door prizes. 826 NW 23rd Ave. and 1914 NE Broadway, 740-4888.

KABLOOEY: Explode Into Colors, the winner of Willamette Week's 2009 Best New Band poll, debuts its new 7-inch, Eyes Hands Mouth, with a free concert at the downtown Jackpot Records. 203 SW 9th Ave., 222-0990, 6 pm Thursday, Sept. 24. Free. All ages.