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The seventh edition of Portland’s live comic book performance series features Colleen Coover (“Gingerbread Girl,” Marvel), Jen Vaughn (“Menstruation Station”) and Jake Ryan (“Modest Medusa”). The event connects comic book artists and writers to perform their work in front of a live audience — through a projector, microphone, music, sound effects, outlandish accents and anything else they need to translate their work. Usually, it’s funny, promoters say.

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, Jack London Bar, 529 S.W. Fourth Ave., www.comicsunderground.com, $3

Dog show

The Rose City Classic Dog Show is a five-day show of beautiful canines in several halls at Expo Center. Judging begins at 8 a.m. each day.

7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 (specialty day), 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20, Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, www.rosecityclassic.org, $10 one-day, $15 two-day

by: COURTESY OF ANNE ADAMS PHOTOGRAPHY - Make plans now for the ChocolateFest, Jan. 18-20 at Oregon Convention Center. About 80 exhibitors will be there with all good things chocolate.


The eighth annual event offers three days of delicious goodness, including a Friday night of wine for the over-21 crowd, drink specials, a “Best in Show” contest, live music and cooking demonstrations. There will be about 80 chocolate and chocolate-related exhibitors providing sales and samples — tempting truffles, brownies, fudge, caramels, martinis and more. It’s produced by the World Forestry Center.

6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 (21-older, $24), 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 19-20 ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 students, $7 children 5-12), Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., www.chocolatefest.org


Bon Jovi Tribute

Steelhorse, a J-Fell Presents knockoff, plays all of Bon Jovi classics, including “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Always,” “Runaway,” “Bad Medicine” and more. J-Fell Presents previously performed tributes for Journey, Guns N’ Roses and ‘80s music. Steelhorse includes a lot of top players from the Northwest music scene. Jennifer Batten, a premier guitar player, opens with a solo performance; she was lead guitarist for three of Michael Jackson’s major world tours and with other stars.

7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., www.aladdin-theater.com, $12, $15 at door

Oregon Symphony: Watts

Superstar pianist Andre Watts plays the popular Beethoven’s “Emperor” with the Symphony, conducted by Christoph Konig. The program also includes Hindemith’s “Concerto for Orchestra” and Schumann’s “Symphony No. 1 Spring.”

Watts has enjoyed an unparalleled career, getting his start at age 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic, broadcast on CBS. Konig will be making his Oregon Symphony debut.

7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 12-13, 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $21-$111

Oregon Symphony: Ray Charles tribute

The Symphony, conducted by Jeff Tyzik, features Ellis Hall on vocals and piano in a tribute to the great Ray Charles and many of his greatest hits. Like Charles, Hall is blind and from Georgia and became a standout singer himself. The two met and became friends before Charles died in 2004. He has appeared on 40 different albums with the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Bruce Conte, Kenny G and Warren Hill, and sang with Tower of Power.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, www.orsymphony.org, $21-$96