—Something about this time of year makes me want to see cats riding piggyback on dogs, pushing a stroller, or walking a tightrope. Doesn't this sound better than The Nutcracker? The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater brings its pack of circus-trained pets to town—all rescued from animal shelters—to sate your holiday cravings for whimsy. CF
Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, 7 pm, $25-35

CHILLIN' WITH TRILLIN—Calvin Trillin is legitimately famous for being witty—his archives are littered with brilliant food writing, poems, and essays for outlets like The New Yorker and The Nation. Trillin's in town with Dogfight, a hot-off-the press collection of poems about the 2012 presidential campaign. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE