THEATER—When a major theater company gets a brand-new artistic director, it's news. And when he's young, adventurous, and promises to push the company in new directions? It's damn good news. Artists Repertory kicks off their first season with Dámaso Rodriguez this week: The Big Meal is a tightly wound ensemble piece that explores themes of family and food. AH
Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, Wed-Sun 7:30 pm, Sun 2 pm, through Oct 6, $25-55,

COMIC BOOKS—One of the best writers in comics, Portland's Brian Michael Bendis is about to put the X-Men through the wringer with the 10-part series Battle of the Atom. To kick it off, he's doing a rare in-store signing and Q&A—and he'll be joined by his Powers collaborator Michael Avon Oeming and Ultimate Spider-Man artist David Marquez. EH
Things from Another World, 2916 NE Broadway, 7-10 pm, FREE