by: COURTESY OF Inger Klekacz, Live Wire! is an hour-long radio variety show highlighting the best musicians and most fascinating people of the day, with local musical guests Blue Cranes (above) and Weinland, at the Alberta Rose Theater Nov. 19.



The annual parade by Macy's starts at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26, in downtown, lasting about an hour. More than 25 inflatable floats, middle school and high school bands and nearly 400 costumed characters, and a new three-star balloon float and Marx Brothers Balloon Heads, will be part of it. Santaland also opens that day at the Macy's downtown store, with Santa available for photos until Dec. 24.

Tree lighting

Pioneer Courthouse Square lights up the day after Thanksgiving with the lighting of the square's Christmas tree.

5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26, Pioneer Courthouse Square,, free


Dream police

Heads up: For the past decade, New York City's fiercely democratic, classically romantic Interpol has been a leader in the post-punk indie rock movement, creating tightly woven tunes of pre-apocalyptic sounds and postmodern lyrical sentiments. They generally don't bend their notes nor compromise their vision.

9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, Roseland Theater, 8 N.W. Sixth Ave.,, $29


'Live Wire!'

Live Wire! is recorded in front of a live audience, aiming to connect communities through live music and performance, unpredictable conversation and original comedy. The variety show will feature political satirist Will Durst, orangutan expert Biruté, podcast hosts Cort and Fatboy, humorist/author Jeff Greenwald and music from Blue Cranes and Weinland.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.,, $15, $30 reserved

'Ebenezer Ever After'

Stumptown Stages presents another take on 'Scrooge,' with Margie Boulé as Madame Ubasti, Wrick Jones as Scrooge and directed by Kirk Mouser. The story is set 20 years after the events of 'A Christmas Carol.'

7 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Dec. 24, Nov. 27-Dec. 24, Theatre! Theater!, 3430 S.E. Belmont St.,, $30, $20 student groups

'G.I. Holiday Jukebox'

Tickets are still available for some showings of the Broadway Rose Theatre salute to the Stage Door Canteen of the 1940s; set during World War II, Christmas time, the show features four fictitious Hollywood stars who put together a string of '40s hits and Christmas music to entertain the boys at the front.

Various times, Nov. 26-Dec. 19, Broadway Rose, 12850 S.W. Grant Ave., Tigard,, $21-$35

'Super Secret Spy Team'

The Brody Theater presents an improvised espionage laugh riot, inspired by 'Mission Impossible' and other shows.

8 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 20-Dec. 11, Brody Theater, 16 N.W. Broadway Ave.,, $10, $7 students


Portland Comic Book Show

Some of the country's top creative minds converge on Portland for the show produced by Second Genesis, LTD.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, Memorial Coliseum Exhibit Hall,, $8 (8-and-older)

'Object Focus: The Book'

The Museum of Contemporary Craft presents the first in a series of exhibitions that will deny the lines often drawn among art, craft and design. The exhibition focuses on selections of work from Reed College's Artists' Book Collection, and gives viewers the opportunity to explore how the book functions as a form, a site and an interactive object.

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. First Thursday, Nov. 18-Feb. 26, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St.,, $3, $2 seniors (62-over) and students (13-over)

Christmas bazaar

The 28th Annual America's Largest Christmas Bazaar will fill the Expo Center over two upcoming weekends, with individuals, families and small businesses lined up to sell their wares.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-5, Portland Expo Center,, $6.50 adults, $3.25 youth (ages 12-17)

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