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FILM/VIDEO

Northwest Film and Video Festival

In its 36th year, it attracts more than 300 entries in all genres. Past judges have included Gus Van Sant and Matt Groening.

Nov. 6-14, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., 503-221-1156, $40 pass, $8, $7 members, students and seniors

APPEARANCE

Al Gore Nov. 18

A heads-up: The former vice president's latest book 'Our Choice' examines further the subject of solutions to global climate change, and he'll be in Portland for a lecture, presented by Powell's Books and Literary Arts. A ticket includes a copy of the book.

7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.ticketmaster.com, $45 and $65

SHOW

The Bontei Tray Gardens

Marc Peter Keane, author of 'Japanese Garden Design,' is featured with handcrafted wood and stone tray gardens. Keane will be in Portland Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8, to talk about his bontei.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, noon-4 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 7 to 22, Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., 503-223-1321, $8 adults, $6.75 seniors (62-older), $6.75 college students, $5.25 youth (6-17)

FAIR

Coffee's day

More than 40 roasters, cafes, baristas and retailers will be featured at the Coffee Fair.

10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Nov. 7-8, World Forestry Center Discovery Museum, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-228-1367, $8 adults, $7 seniors (62-older), $5 children (3-older)

MUSIC

Celtic Thunder

Portland welcomes the five-member ensemble, which has released three albums: 'Celtic Thunder,' 'Act Two' and 'Take Me Home.' The show includes dramatic lighting and choreography and the backing of an orchestra.

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $37.50-$57.50

Celtic classics

Irish fiddle virtuoso Kevin Burke and Portland composer and arranger Cal Scott are debuting their new work, 'The Irish Session Suite,' featuring 10 traditional Irish music tunes, including jigs and reels, arranged for string quartet.

7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave, 503-287-3009, $15

THEATER

'The Man Who Came to Dinner'

Lakewood Theatre's latest production is about critic/lecturer/radio personality Sheridan Whiteside injured at the prominent Stanley family home, relegating him to six outrageous weeks of confinement in the living room.

7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 6-Dec. 6, Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St., Lake Oswego, 503-635-3901, $26-$30