A library-goer checks out a book at Salem Public Library. (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter)


The Gray Lab, a studio space in downtown Salem, is hosting a pop-up art show on Wednesday. The public can view paintings by artist Gary Westford from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. After that there’s an artist reception from 5 to 9 p.m. 125 Liberty St. N. Upstairs suite 240.


Need a good read? Friends of the Salem Public Library is having a Fall book sale from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20. There will be more than 20,000 books sorted by subject, including a Mark Twain collection and retired Discovery Room items for sale.

Oct. 17 is members night from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday the sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 :30 p.m. On Sunday it’s $4 bag day, when library-goers can get a bag of books for $4. That event runs from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 585 Liberty St. S.E. More info is on the Salem friends website.

The world may never know who D.B. Cooper really was, but you can head to Capitol City Theater for a festival in his namesake. The event kicks off on Oct. 17 with a free open mic night (with the purchase of two items at the bar). On Friday, stand-up comedian Billy Wayne Davis performs at 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday Sam Tallent will enthrall guests with his quick wit and improvisations. Tickets cost $14 plus fees online or $20 at the door. 210 Liberty St. S.E. More info is on the Capitol City Theater website.


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 18th amendment, which banned the sale and drinking of alcohol in the U.S., and the Willamette Heritage Center is celebrating with a Bootlegger’s Ball from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There will be a catered dinner, drinks, a live auction and heritage awards given to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to historic preservation and interpretation. Tickets cost $60 for members and $70 for non-members. 1313 Mill St. S.E. More info is on the Willamette Heritage website.

“Mothers and Sons” portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to her late son’s partner, who is married and has a son. The play – nominated for two Tony awards – shows how a mother who lost her son to AIDS 20 years earlier is challenged to face how society has changed around her. She revisits the past and begins to see the life her son might have led. The play runs from Oct. 18 to Nov. 9 at Pentacle Theatre. 324 52nd Ave N.W. Tickets can be purchased online.


Riverfront Park will be filled with tamales, salsa, live music, beer and Mexican culture Saturday during the Tamale Trot 5k and 10k.

The event is put on by Friends of Pimpollo, a nonprofit that provides educational opportunities to families living in impoverished regions of Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico.

The 10k race starts at 9 a.m. and the 10k starts 10 minutes later. There will be live music along the course to keep things lively. Afterwards, a post-race fiesta will start. Registration costs $45 to $100. Packet pickup is at 7:30 a.m. 200 Water St. N.E. Race sign up is online.

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