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by: Steve Cherry, 
“Chronos/Kairos” at the BodyVox Dance Center features the Nov. 12 premiere of a new work by artistic directors Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton.

SHOW

Northwest Food and Wine Festival

More than 600 wines will available for sampling, tasting, smelling and swirling, along with a bevy of gourmet items in the fourth annual event.

4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, Memorial Coliseum, 1-800-422-0251 (x300), $75

Comics galore

The Portland Comic Book Show will include a presentation by Periscope Studios, a breakdown of self-publishing and talk of live painting.

10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, Memorial Coliseum, www.rosequarter.com, $8, kids 8-and-under free

Sitka Art Invitational

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology presents the 'Conversations with Nature,' which features the exhibit and sale of more than 500 works of art by 132 Northwest artists.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday-Saturday, Nov. 13-14, World Forestry Center Miller Hall, 541-994-5485, www.sitkacenter.org

CONCERT

KISS

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and the boys get ready to rock 'n roll all night as part of their 'KISS Alive 35' North American tour, promoting their 'Sonic Boom' album.

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $19.50-$126

Florestan Trio

One of Portland's beloved performance groups will put on its fall concert, performing the 'Trout' quintet by Schubert and Piano Quartet in c minor by Faure as part of its 33rd season.

7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., 503-725-3307, $25, $20 seniors, $15 students

TRAVEL

'The Polar Express'

Mount Hood Railroad's holiday tour opens as train travelers are taken on a magical journey to visit Santa at the North Pole. Kids are encouraged to wear pajamas.

5 p.m. and 8 p.m. rides, Friday, Nov. 13 to Dec. 23, starting in Hood River, 1-800-872-4661, $26, $18 2-and-over

COMEDY

Jeff Dunham

He's a ventriloquist extraordinaire who presents cutting-edge comedy for a night of laughs. Time magazine proclaimed him 'perhaps the most popular standup comedian in the U.S.' He'll soon be taping his fourth special for Comedy Central.

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, Memorial Coliseum, 1-877-789-7673, $42.50

DANCE

'Lord of the Dance'

Based on mythical Celtic folklore, it's a night of traditional and modern music and dance by Michael Flatley.

7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 16-17, Keller Auditorium, 220 S.W. Clay St., 1-866-739-6737, $23.35-$58.25

BodyVox

The group opens its 12th season in its newly renovated dance center with its Chronis/Kairos show, led by artistic directors Ashley Roland and Jamey Hampton.

Shows 7:30 p.m. many nights, starting Thursday, Nov. 12 to Dec. 5 (2 p.m. Nov. 27 and Dec. 5), BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 N.W. 17th Ave., www.bodyvox.com, $36-$48

APPEARANCE

Al Gore

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. Wednesday, Nov. 18, Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St., www.ticketmaster.com, $45 and $65