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Bits & Pieces: UFO fest

It’s no government conspiracy: The 15th annual UFO Festival in McMinnville has expanded to four days, May 15 to 18, because it’s very popular, thanks to some hefty support from McMenamins Hotel Oregon.

The festival highlights: “Lunch with the Speakers,” meeting with UFO experts in an informal setting; screening of clips from “Maury Island Incident,” along with a Q&A with its writer and director; an Oregon premiere of “Mirage Men”; a meet-and-greet with George Noory of radio program “Coast to Coast AM”; the colorful UFO Costume Parade; a special McMenamins brew, Alienator Ale; a live broadcast of “Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis.”

McMenamins Hotel Oregon serves as the guest hotel. Call 503-472-8427 for reservations. Complete information on the event can be found at www.ufofest.com.

Dew Tour returning

The Dew Tour will celebrate 10 years in business, and it will be in Portland for the eighth time as part of the Toyota City Championships, Aug. 16 and 17. The two-day competition, set downtown, will feature BMX Streetstyle, BMX Dirt Session and Skateboard Streetstyle.

Portland was a founding city on the Dew Tour, which skipped the city the past two years.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bring the Dew Tour back to its roots and can’t wait to see the new streetstyle format in downtown Portland,” says Drew Mahalic, Oregon Sports Authority CEO.

NBC and NBCSN will broadcast the event. Locations for events will be finalized later.

QDoc

A reminder that the Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival, or QDoc, will be held from May 15 to 18.

It’s the eighth year of the film festival, beginning with the nationally significant “The Case Against 8” on May 15, a film about the Supreme Court reversal of California’s Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban to be screened at Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. The festival venue May 16-18 is McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Tickets: $10, $8 students/seniors, $25 opening night, $75 festival pass.

A complete movie list and all information on QDoc can be found at queerdocfest.org, but the other movies will be: May 16 — “The Abominable Crime” (another highlight, exploring the epidemic of homophobia and hate crimes in Jamaica; activist/film subject Maurice Tomlinson will be in attendance), “Derby Crazy Love”; May 17 — “Regarding Susan Sontag,” “The Rugby Player,” “Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger,” “The Dog”; May 18 — “Kumu Hina,” “The Circle (Der Kreis),” “My Prairie Home” and “To Be Takei” closing out the festival, a documentary about “Star Trek” actor George Takei, an avid social networker and outspoken

LGBT activist.