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Author, columnist and comedian Steve Hofstetter, often called the hardest working funny man in show business, performs May 15 at the Tonic Lounge.

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Steve Hofstetter

Regarded as one of the country's finest comedians, he's a former columnist for Sports Illustrated and he's offering 1 million free downloads of his new comedy album. Promoters claim he's set the record for the most Facebook friends, with more than 200,000 before the social network set limits.

8 p.m. Friday, May 15, Tonic Lounge, 3100 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-238-0543, $17

Peter Buffet

The Emmy-award winning musician, author and philanthropist will perform "Concert and Conversation," the live companion to his book "Life Is What You Make It."

8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, Jimmy Mak's, 222 N.W. 10th Ave., www.ticketsoregon.com, $15

Nickelback

The popular band's Portland venue has changed to the Rose Garden, to handle its massive stage production, and also opening up more available seats.

6:15 p.m. Saturday, May 8, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $45-$70

Oregon Symphony

Two shows are coming up - Dvorak's Cello Concerto and the Beethoven Festival.

Dvorak's Cello Concerto, 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 8-9, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 10; Beethoven Festival, 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 15-16, call 503-228-1353 or log on to www.orsympony.org for more information

'This Lime Tree Bower'

CoHo Productions' play tells the story of three young Dublin men, recollecting one fateful night that included an embarrassing episode at a college lecture, a rape and a retribution.

8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, May 7-June 12, CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., 503-205-0715, $25, $20 students/seniors

MISC.

UFO Festival

The 11th annual event in McMinnville explores and celebrates the possibility of life beyond Earth. Keynote speakers are investigator James Clarkson, crop circle expert Colin Andrews and alleged witness/ abductee Travis Walton.

6 p.m. Friday, May 14, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 15, McMenamins Hotel Oregon, 3130 N.E. Evans St., McMinnville, www.ufofest.com, $10 per event, $15 two events, $25 three events

'Kooza' extended

Cirque du Soleil has extended its Portland stay for another eight shows.

Every day except Monday through May 23, Grand Chapiteau, Southwest Moody Avenue, 1-800-450-1480, $50-$125

Indie fest

The Portland Indie Wine and Food Festival will feature 40 craft producers from emerging cellars.

2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, Bison Building, 419 N.E. 10th Ave., 503-595-0891, $125 VIP, $75 general