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February 3, 2007 12:34 - Tomorrow's Fun in Old Town Portland


What's happening on Sun 4 Feb in Old Town?

The First Sunday of every month features a variety of special family-friendly events. Here's an overview of tomorrow's activities.

At 1 pm at The Monkey & The Rat (131 NW 2nd Avenue) Earl Marson will lead a World Rhythm Jam.   Children of all ages are invited to a free concert. Kids will have the opportunity to play gongs from Asia, drums from Ghana, flutes from Vietnam and other ethnic instruments.   Participants will also craft homemade shakers and use makeshift drums to add rhythm.   The Monkey & The Rat will donate 20% of sales to Ethos Inc, a non-profit music center dedicated to the promotion of music and music-based education for youth in underserved communities.   

At the Oregon Jewish Museum (310 NW Davis) The Song of Songs: The Honeybee in the Garden, drawing and calligraphy by Debra Band. 

At the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (121 NW Second), tour the powerful permanent display and the temporary exhibit What Remains: Art Quilts & Poetry on Japanese Americans in Internment Camps, a collaborative show featuring art quilts by Cathy Erickson and poetry by Margaret Chula, representing the ten WWII internment camps, as well as a cross-section of internee life. 

First Sunday in Old Town is an initiative of the Arts, History and Culture Committee of the Old Town Chinatown Neighborhood Association in collaboration with neighborhood businesses. Visitors who wish to tour the neighborhood after the concert may pick up the free brochure Walk Historic Old Town at The Monkey & The Rat, the Portland Classical Chinese Garden and other key locations. 



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February 3, 2007 19:43 - Home Burglaries in the Mississippi Ave Area

We were out shopping around a few hours ago on Mississippi and were told by a store owner that there have been 7 break-in's in the last 2 days in that immediate area. The homes are being robbed during the day while people are at work and the burglars are taking nearly everything (quote "the homes are being gutted").

So, word to the wise-- make sure your windows are securely locked, gates shut and locked, curtains pulled, alarms on (with window decals stating the house has an alarm system) and for extra safe measure, put your most prized items in a safe or secure spot. Neighbors should be alerting neighbors and everyone should be keeping an eye out.

Be safe and on your toes, Portland!

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February 9, 2007 14:27 - The Portland International Film Festival Starts Today!

The Portland International Film Festival starts today...Experience cinema from all over the world. Literally. Over the course of the next 2+ weeks, the festival will feature nearly 100 films from over 30 countries. This year's festival will showcase Hispanic cinema, family films, documentaries, short stories, experimental film and more.  Click here for the schedule and to learn more.

Festival dates: Feb 9-24
Location: Regal Broadway Metroplex; Newmark Theatre; Cinema 21; & NW Film Center, Whitsell Auditorium-Portland Art Museum
Admission: $9 general, $8 PAM members, $6 NW Film Festival members.

If you're an art lover, make sure to check out our Arts page, too! 

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February 10, 2007 11:35 - Portland's best of the best

The Portland “Best Of”…


Best Cosmopolitan: Wonder Ballroom

Best place to see a movie while drinking a beer and chowin' down some pizza: Kennedy School

Best Indian food: Bombay Cricket Club 1925 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, 97214

Best coffee shop: Albina Press

Best outdoor market: Farmers Market at PSU park blocks

Best wine shop: Cork 2901 NE Alberta

Best cocktail:  Bella at Mint/820 816 N Russell Portland 97227

Best local coffee: Stumptown

Best nursery: Pistils and Garden Fever 3433 NE 24th Ave, Portland, 97212

Best women’s apparel shop: Ella’s Boutique 2529 NE Alberta St, Portland, 97211 and Pin Me Apparel 3705 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, 97227

Best romantic dining spot: Noble Rot

Best dog wash: Beauty and the Beast 3822 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, 97232

Best place to see live music: Mississippi Studios and Alladin Theater

Best Portland museum: Portland Art Museum

Best breakfast: The Tin Shed 1438 NE Alberta St, Portland, 97211 and Kornblatt's Delicatessen - New York Style Deli 628 NW 23rd Ave

PortlandBest art gallery: Yoshida Fine Art Gallery

Best local jewelry shop: Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop 717 SW 10th Ave, Portland, 97205

Best pizza: Eddie’s Pizza

Best rose park: Peninsula Park

Best Park: Forest Park

Best place to sit and ponder life: The Japanese Garden

Best sushi: Murata 200 SW Market St # 105, Portland, 97201

Best Thai food: Typhoon and Thai Ginger 2020 N Portland Blvd, Portland, 97217

Best place to hang out with the kids: OMSI

Best grocery store: New Seasons

Best french fries:  Wonder Ballroom

Best bridge: St. Johns

Best steak in town: Ringside Steakhouse downtown

Best day trip: The Gorge or Cannon Beach

Best dessert spot:  Pix Patisserie 3901 N Williams Ave, Portland, 97227 or Papa Haydns

Best “bang for your buck” meal: Montage 301 SE Morrison St, Portland

Best and most original Portland shop: Hi-iH


Want to add to this list?  Drop us a comment....We'd love to know what is best in your book...

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February 14, 2007 15:03 - Valentines Day at the Oregon Zoo

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This article found at the Oregon Zoo simply warmed my heart:

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Roses are nice, chocolates are too, but animals crave other treats at the Oregon Zoo. Keepers will be spreading the love Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. when they offer a few lucky animals some untraditional Valentine's Day gifts.

A valentine made out of ice might not be the best thing to give your sweetheart during winter, but nothing could sound tastier to sea otters. The zoo's festivities kick off at 10 a.m. when Thelma the sea otter receives a heart-shaped ice treat filled with shrimp and mussels.

What do you get for the monkey who has everything? At 10:20 a.m. the zoo's swamp monkeys receive heart-shaped boxes containing some of their favorite treats (raisins, sunflower seeds and cereal).

If elephants never forget, how would they feel if they were left out of the fun? The festivities wrap up at 10:40 a.m. when the zoo's female elephants receive valentines from their favorite keepers. Hidden inside each heart-shaped box are apples, carrots, sweet potatoes and cereal, as well as some sugar cubes to satisfy an extra-big sweet tooth.

This is the seventh year that special Valentine's Day enrichment treats have been handed out to zoo residents. The Oregon Zoo is known internationally for its enrichment programs, which mentally stimulate the animals, and provide them with the opportunity to play, hunt and forage.

After watching the animals receive their gifts, visitors may enjoy a more traditional Valentine's Day dessert special at the zoo's Cascade Grill, or purchase homemade fudge for their loved ones in the zoo's gift shop.

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So what's on your agenda for this fine Valentines Day, Portland?  From what I hear, many of our restaurants are booked solid with reservations-- looks like the city is going out tonight!  We are laying low this evening-- cooking up a nice meal at home and enjoying some delightful Driscoll strawberries (the best and the biggest are found at New Seasons) which we will be dipping in ever so heavenly fondue chocolate....YUM! 



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February 15, 2007 16:38 - News from ¿Por Qué No? Taquería

Hello everyone,

Does it feel like spring or what!  Yea, yea, it's raining for a few days, but the Crocuses are coming up, it's relatively warm, and it is certainly staying lighter longer.  If you don't agree with me, and you are feeling a continuation of the winter blues I suggest doing one, if not all, of the following exercises:

-  Stack some wood (it get's you dirty and sweaty & concludes with a sense of accomplishment).
-  Read Alfred Lansing's "Endurance" about Shakelton's voyage to the Antarctic.
-  Plant Crocuses in your yard so that they will give you a spring in your step next February.
-  Circle this Date:  "March 11th"  It's the day Daylight Savings begins this year!!  3.5 weeks away
-  Check out the weather forecast for this Saturday here in Portland.
-  Go to Powell's book and post up in the Red Room with a stack of Travel books.
-  Lastly, just embrace being a little bummed out by the weather and eat a bunch of chocolate!

All right, so I have a lot more suggestions I could throw out, but you may get bored, and I have a plane to catch with Josh (Chef @ Por Que No), Troy (Chef at Lovely Hula Hands) & Josh's brother who just moved here.  We are doing our annual inspirational trip down to Mexico...This year we are flying into Mexico City, renting a VW, driving down to Oaxaca and hopping into some of the best cities in Mexico along the way:  Puebla, Guanajuato, Taxco, and places we don't know of yet.  We leave at 10pm tonight and we will return next Friday, so look for some great specials and a killer Michelada to be gracing the specials board when we return.

I want to let everyone know that you will be seeing some new faces at Por Que No as well.  There are two reasons for this, 

1.  Ryan, our resident rock star, will be leaving to travel the country with his new band, Minmae.  He wants me to let you know that they will be starting off the tour with a gig on March 1st at the Doug Fir. 

& 2.  We are becoming busier and we are going to take steps to make sure that all of you get taken care of.  As you know, Por Que No can get a little insane, hopefully that's part of the charm???  but, we are going to be staffing an extra person in the front and the kitchen on the weekends for now, and every day as soon as we need to....So don't be surprised if someone comes to your table and asks you if you want another Margarita.  Just don't be disappointed if it doesn't happen at each visit right now.

Anyway, say hello to the new employees.  They are all good people and I'm sure that you will get used to their faces very soon.

Much more to say, but I need to pack!

Thank you for your awesome support this winter....March 11th, I can see it already!



Bryan Steelman
¿Por Qué No? Taquería
3524 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR, 97227
work:  503-467-4149
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner
Happy hour 3pm-6pm every day
Brunch items 11-3 on Sat & Sun
Taco Tuesday every Tuesday 3pm - close

February 17, 2007 14:13 - Where did all this sun come from?!

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Wow, wow, wow-- what a day!  Its about 65 degrees, seriously sunny and we've got ourselves a beautiful, blue-skied afternoon here in Portland. I feel like I've died and gone to heaven.  How long has it been since we've seen a day like this? 

I've got spring on the brain--  I see tulips, crocuses and daffodils popping through the soil and I just can't wait to start on my spring yard detail: planting new stuff, prepping the old for a glorious return...This is the time of year my spending money all starts to go to yard decor...I always do a vegetable garden (you name it-- tomatoes, basil, peppers, lettuces, etc) along with a host of other yard "pretties".

I spend a lot of time and money (it feels good to be so bad ;) over at Pistils Nursery on Mississippi every spring and summer.  I love the cottage-like feel of their shop and the large outdoor area complete with chickens and a rooster (I forget his name, but he always makes my day).  They always have a great variety of plants and edibles and the ladies there are so knowledgeable.  There have been many occasions where I simply walk in and say "I don't know what to do about X part of my yard/garden...either nothing grows or I kill it all".  Whomever I come across takes an eager interest in what I am looking for and makes recommendations when I have no clue -thus, I walk out a student of the green-trade, having been guided to the right plants based on location, soil type, etc. Now that's service!

So stop over to Pistils, and if you see a redheaded woman chasing a rooster on all fours trying to get a pet, stop by and say "hi". ;-)

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February 18, 2007 16:26 - Year of the Pig

Howdy Portland and a hearty welcome to the Year of the Pig--

Hope you had an excellent Saturday evening.  Did any of you celebrate the Lunar New Year?  If not, stop on down to China Town as no doubt festivities are still underway.

We wanted to let you know that we have updated several of the neighborhood pages-- Kenton, Alberta, Piedmont, Arbor Lodge, Boise-Eliot and Humboldt-- just to name a few.

We've also noticed that our Apartment pages are really getting some traffic this weekend-- its no wonder, spring is a busy time of the year for moving. We hope you find our neighborhood pages helpful to you as you scout out your next home...

For those of you who are on holiday tomorrow for President's Day, have a great second Saturday evening!


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February 19, 2007 16:02 - Pizza Fino in Kenton Neighborhood

Hello Kenton Neighborhood locals,

Pizza Fino (located right on Denver) is officially open as of February 14th...We stopped in a few days ago and had an absolutely fantastic gourmet pizza...so good, in fact, my dining partner was still starry eyed about it a day later, literally saying: "I can't quit thinking about that pizza! It was so good!"

Indeed, it was. And what's more-- what a great addition to the booming neighborhood that is Kenton. There's a lot of change in Kenton right now and we've captured it all on the Kenton Neighborhood Page-- stop by and have a look!

Have a great day all!

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February 22, 2007 11:42 - 17th Festival of African Films at PCC Cascade Campus

17th Festival of African Films at PCC Cascade Campus

DRUM (South Africa, 2004, 94 min.), directed by Zola Maseko. Winner of the Grand Prize at the most recent FESPACO (Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou) and featured at Sundance and Cannes, DRUM is another strong element in the current cinematic renaissance occurring in South Africa, and Zola Maseko (a former soldier in the anti-Apartheid struggle) one of its brightest young directors. Set in the vibrant world of Sophiatown in the 1950s, the film focuses on Henry Nxumalo (played by the African-American actor Taye Diggs). He is a fun-loving sportswriter for DRUM, a groundbreaking popular magazine for black readers in South Africa; when he unexpectedly finds himself investigating the truth about a young man who has gone missing, Henry starts down a path of political awakening from which he cannot return. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles. Thursday, February 22, 12:00 p.m. and Friday, February 23, 7:30 p.m., Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building 104, PCC Cascade Campus.  

BORDERS (Algeria, 2001, 105 min.), directed by Mostapha Djadjam. Every day we hear tales of individuals trying to make their way across borders in a clandestine search for a better life. Borders is a deliberate attempt to counter the negative stereotypes often attached to these people. It follows a group of six men and a woman attempting the arduous journey from Senegal through Mauritania to Morocco and then across the Straits of Gibralter to Spain. Each has his or her own reason for taking the risk. The group members come to form a tight-knit but volatile community, good-humored and mutually supportive at times, at others filled with distrust and despair. Beautifully photographed and well-acted, BORDERS seeks to restore a bit of humanity and dignity to these beings who are more than just a statistic. In French with English subtitles. Thursday, February 22, 1:45 p.m. and Saturday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building 104, PCC Cascade Campus.

Thursday Evening Documentary Series
OCHRE AND WATER (Namibia, 2001, 53 min.), directed by Craig Matthew and Joëlle Chesselet. Set in the starkly beautiful landscape of northwestern Namibia, this documentary is another take on the conflict between tradition and modernity, this time at the crossroads between culture, politics, technology, and environmentalism. The Himba people, known as the “ochre people” for the red earth with which they cover themselves, have worked out a successful pastoral life thanks to the waters of the Kunene River, which flows through the desert where they live. But when the government initiates plans to dam the Kunene in a massive hydroelectric project, the Himba and their irrepressible chief must learn to function in the world of politics and public relations if they are to survive. In English. Thursday, February 22, 7:30 p.m., Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building 104, PCC Cascade Campus.

PCC Cascade Campus is located between Piedmont and Humboldt neighborhoods

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February 24, 2007 13:36 - Pizza Fino Official Press Release

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Check out one of North Portland’s newest restaurants - Pizza Fino!  Located in the heart of downtown Kenton in a beautifully remodeled spot, Pizza Fino serves up the finest East Coast Style pizza in town as well as classic Italian pasta dishes, seasonal specials, sandwiches and salads.  Using the freshest ingredients including local produce and meats, the emphasis here is on great food and service at a very affordable price.  Grab a slice and a beer or order a pizza to go at the front counter but remember to bring the whole gang for a meal in the spacious dining room in back.  Other features include the full bar, weekday happy hours, unique local art, patio seating and the promise of weekend Italian brunches in early Spring.  Come on down!


pizza FINO

8225 N. Denver Ave.




Tuesday–Sunday 11am-10pm


Happy Hour:

Tuesday-Friday  4-6pm

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February 25, 2007 14:09 - Portland's Tugboat Brewery

Last night, we ended up at the Tugboat brewery in downtown Portland. Its my second time to this great bar and will definitely not be my last! The place was filled up, but not overfilled by any means. My party and I immediately found a comfy booth (the last) and snuggled in. They allow smoking but it wasn't overly smoky in there and while full of patrons, it was easy to carry on a conversation with a normal tone. As Goldilocks would say-- all in all, "it was just right!".

The bartender was cute and sassy, full of opinions on the beer and ever-ready with a sample if one looked even remotely curious. He played some great tunes (The Magnetic Fields, thank you!) and gave us the gentle boot at 1am.

I was pleased to see they have a website and found a few snippets that I thought summed the place up well.

"The Tugboat Brewery is considered one of the smallest in the state, brewing 8 kegs per batch. These comparatively small batches enable us to treat our product less like a mass-produced ale, and more like the craft product that spawned the micro brewery industry"

"Glancing inside, your eye wanders from Uncle Ned's squirrel rifle, to the vintage neon Corno's clock and the row of taps above the copper clad bar. The toasted cheese aroma of a Texas flood burrito mixes with the tangy scent of Cascade hops from a morning brew of Extra Special Bitter. Don't be surprised if you find a gentle dog or two slipping underneath your hand to escort you to one of the tables scattered beneath the shelves stacked with an eclectic collection of reading materials"

Oh yes, the last time we were there we enjoyed an awesome jazz duo (Rich Halley and son).  Music was free (tips encouraged) and excellent!

Tugboat Brewing Company
711 S.W. Ankeny
Portland, OR 97205
503 226-2508
503 226-2508

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