The Short List
A heads-up: The 'Wine Country Thanksgiving' will be held the weekend after the big holiday, with more than 160 Willamette Valley wineries and tasting rooms participating. Meanwhile, Willamette Valley Vineyards will be opening its 'Wine Center,' an informational hub, to the public for the first time from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22. It'll be located at 300 N.E. Third St. in McMinnville. For more information visit the Web site, www.wvv.com.
'Wine Country Thanksgiving,' 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29, Willamette Valley wineries, 503-646-2985, www.willamettewines.com, various prices
Authors and artists will take center stage in the 29th annual show and sale of art and books.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Montgomery Park, 2701 N.W. Vaughn St., 503-577-2757, $5
Macy's Holiday Parade
Another heads-up: The Macy's Holiday Parade will start at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27. There will be 25 inflatable floats, marching bands and hundreds of costumed characters.
8:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, downtown Portland, 503-223-0512, free
The renowned group stops in Portland amid its nine-week, 'Winter Tour,' playing songs from its latest album, 'Night Castle.' It'll surely play its great hit, 'Christmas Eve/Sarajevo.'
3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $25-$57
Portland-bred alterna-pop-stars Everclear plan to bring home the bacon for St. Francis Dining Hall with a benefit concert. St. Francis serves 300 people six days a week at 1131 S.E. Oak St. Everclear has had hits with 'Santa Monica' and 'Father of Mine,' among others, and is touring to support its new album 'In A Different Light' and will feature such Portland guests as soul sister Liv Warfield. Bluesy popster pianist Clayton Senne will also share the stage.
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside Rd., www.mcmenamins.com, $25 all ages
'So You Think You Can Dance'
Stars from the hit Fox television take the stage in Portland, doing many of their show routines and some originals.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, Rose Garden, 1-877-789-7673, $38.50-$56
'A Christmas Carol'
Another heads-up: Portland Center Stage puts on the Dickens classic, adapted by Mead Hunter. Ebbe Roe Smith plays the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the show that will be presented through Christmas.
Various times, Friday, Nov. 27 through Dec. 27, Gerding Theater, 120 N.W. 11th Ave., 503-445-3700, $62 and less
Glass maker Andy Paiko and composer Ethan Rose will display their Ben Franklin-inspired armonica, an old-style instrument of glass (as featured in Oct. 8 edition of Tribune).
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (11 a.m.-8 p.m. First Thursday), Thursday, Nov. 19 to Jan. 9, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 N.W. Davis St., 503-223-2654, free