WEDNESDAY OCT. 9PORTLAND FASHIONXT
[FASHION] You probably shouldn’t take fashion advice from us, so instead see what former Project Runway hotshots and the jacquard-loving folks at Pendleton are telling you to wear. Runway shows continue through Saturday. Vigor Industrial Shipyard, 5555 N Channel Ave., Building 10, Swan Island. See fashionxt.net for schedule. $25-$175.
ELLIOTT SMITH: PORTLAND YEARS
[PHOTOS] Elliott Smith was born in Omaha and died in L.A., but Portland is where he became one of the great songwriters of his generation. William Todd Schultz, author of the new biography Torment Saint, and photographer JJ Gonson present rarely seen pictures of Smith in Stumptown. Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine St. 6 pm. Free.
THURSDAY OCT. 10COMPAGNIE MAGUY MARIN
[DANCE] Portland audiences walked out of this French company’s last show here in 2002. Salves should be more palatable. It’s a haunting mix of dance and abstract theater that depicts a world in chaos. Religious and historic imagery punctuate the progression. First audiences are asked not to spoil the ending. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 245-1600. 7:30 pm. $26-$67.
[FOOD] Get an inside track on the next four months of weight gain by attending Choktoberfest, “an evening of chocolate, beer and German fare.” Mainly, though, it’s cups from some of Portland’s best brewers (Breakside, Hair of the Dog, Base Camp) paired with local chocolates. Then it’s off to Chocoholics Anonymous. Alma Chocolates, 140 NE 28th Ave., portlandchocolatemob.com. 6-9 pm. $25.
FRIDAY OCT. 11SLEIGH BELLS
[MUSIC] This duo’s ingenious mix of arena-quaking butt-metal guitars and gum-snapping girl-pop ’tude seemed built to collapse beneath the weight of its own concussive crunch. But the just-released Bitter Rivals finds the band cranking the volume up even more, even as it increasingly sounds like it belongs on a Jock Jams compilation. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. 9 pm. $22.50-$32.50. All ages.
SUNDAY OCT. 13ALEXIS OHANIAN
[BOOKS] Whatever your opinion of his horde, there’s no denying the tremendous influence of Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of reddit.com. His new book, Without Their Permission, includes his philosophy and suggestions for how to use the power of the Internet for good. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 228-4651. 4 pm. Free.