Ok, so here we are in the dead of Portland winter...that lull after the holidays and before all the spring flower blubs are bursting forth. This is the time when the dreary winter starts to weigh heavy on many people. Which is why we're here to give you a ton of ideas of things to do in Portland in the winter, so you don't die of boredom. Of course, most Portlanders are impervious to rain and weather, and still ride their bikes, scooters, and motorcycles year-round, while wearing hideous rain garb. But for the rest of you, don't worry--this week there are a ton of indoor Portland events for those who are too wimpy to face winter in Portland. Starting with the much anticipated début of Portlandia, which kicks off this week! For those who love Portland as much as we do, (yet are also painfully aware of how funny and ironic it can be, and don't mind mocking the culture a bit), you'll love this new series. "The 6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series PORTLANDIA, created, written by and starring Fred Armisen (SNL) and Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist, WILD FLAG, Sleater-Kinney), premieres on IFC Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT. Each episode's character-based shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon." (IFC.COM)
You can catch it on Hulu right now.
If watching TV isn't your thing, then you might enjoy a more active form of entertainment. We just listed our Portland Clubs pages, organized by neighborhood so you can find the best clubs in Portland in your area. This list also includes popular Portland live music venues. We went out on New Years Eve to "80s Video Dance Attack by VJ Kittyrox", at the Wonder Ballroom. It was so much fun and we had a great time. I was happy to note that Kittyrox holds "80s Video Dance Attack" parties nearly every Friday, at the Crystal Ballroom. If you are a fan of 80s music and videos, you're going to want to don your legwarmers and check this out. Also, this week on the Portland Spirit is Ken Davenport's Awesome 80s Prom. But if your taste in music doesn't include the 80s, check one of the other clubs and music venues on our list and catch a live show. There are a ton of great music shows and events coming up this month at Mississippi Studios, Doug Fir, Wonder Ballroom, and other music venues in Portland.
Portland Morning by Earl R. Thomas, "Looking east from downtown."
This Week's Top Ten in Portland
1. Doug Fir Lounge - Local's favorite Northwest-styled club for live music in Portland. I am looking forward to the Derby show on January 28th!
2. McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom - "Dance on air" on their bouncy hardwood floor.
3. Ground Kontrol - An all-time favorite spot for indoor entertainment in Portland, whether it's arcade video games, or DJ events.
4. Portland Nursery - If you're itching to plan your Portland garden, this is a great place to visit. They have vegetable garden planning classes right now! See the events calendar for more info.
5. Lloyd Center Ice Rink - Another great place for year-round entertainment in Portland. This indoor ice rink has been a family favorite of Portlander's since 1960.
6. OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry offers fun for science geeks of all ages. Right now they have the "Design Zone" exhibit.
7. MacLeay Park - My favorite Forest Park hike right in the city, at any time of the year. It's amazingly beautiful, serene, and close to home.
8. Tasty n Sons - I am a huge fan of this place! Toro Bravo chef John Gorham spins off another fine restaurant in NE Portland. WW Restaurant of the Year. For brunch food all day, and now dinner. See video below.
9. Portland Dog Parks - We have lots of great places in Portland for your dogs to play. Yes it's wet and muddy right now, but your dogs will thank you.
10. Hollywood Bowl - My favorite bowling alley in NE Hollywood District. 48 lanes of fun!
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is Portland Morning 2 by Earl R. Thomas.
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Earl will receive a $20 gift certificate to one of Portland's favorite coffee shops, Barista (now in both the Pearl District and on NE Alberta Street). Want to learn more about where to find great Portland coffee? Visit our Portland Coffee page.
Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week. Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this very weekend! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar, here. Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
January 7, 2011 to January 18, 2011 "Portland Art Museum " Reel Music Festival 28 Ballet isnt the first thing that a subway platform brings to mind, but the NYC Ballet Company isnt afraid to dance on one. James Newell Osterberg, Jr. is hardly a name you as Organized by nwFilmCenter | Type: Portland film
January 8, 2011 to April 17, 2011 Portland Art Museum Featuring some 60 prints, drawings, and photographs exploring the ways in which isolation, community, and the search for identity affected African Americans during the 20th century. www.portlandartmuseu Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: art, exhibit
January 12, 2011 to January 16, 2011 "Portland Expo Center" The big indoor boat show for the Northwest is almost ready! The Portland Boat Show® is celebrating its 51st Anniversary as a leader in the boating industry is unveiling an all-new show! Boaters a Organized by Portland Boat Show | Type: Portland boat show
January 13, 2011 at 7:30pm to January 22, 2011 at 9:15pm Miracle Theatre Group Duende de Lorca follows the early years of Federico García Lorcas early successes from the opening night of Mariana Pineda, followed by the printing of Gypsy Ballads and Poet in New York. Audiences Organized by Miracle Theatre Group | Type: theatre, performance
January 14, 2011 at 10am to April 3, 2011 at 5pm Oregon Historical Society Throughout Oregons early history, many African Americans came to the territory as slaves and free individuals, despite Black Exclusion Laws. They worked and lived alongside other pioneers as farmer Organized by Rachel Butler | Type: exhibit
January 14, 2011 at 7pm to April 23, 2011 at 9:30pm Boarding at the Salmon St. Springs. The Awesome 80s Prom is a brand new blast-from-the-past interactive production in the style of "Tony 'n Tina's Wedding" and "Who Stole My Dead Husband?"! All of your favorite characters are there, f Organized by Chris Crooker | Type: dinner, theater
January 14, 2011 at 9pm to January 28, 2011 at 11pm McMenamins Crystal Ballroom 80s Video Dance Attack - featuring VJ Kittyrox Crystal Ballroom | Every Friday, January 7, 14, 21, 28 9 p.m. | $5 at the door | 21 and over About '80s Video Dance Attack - featuring VJ Kitt Organized by McMenamins | Type: portland music
January 14, 2011 at 9pm to January 15, 2011 at 2am Someday Lounge CAPRICORN PARTY @ SOMEDAY LOUNGE with special guest Fresh From Tour THE CHICHARONES featuring Sleep of Oldominion and Josh Martinez. COOL NUTZ (Jus Family Records) TOPE (Living Proof, TxE) DJ FATBOY Organized by Runaway Productions | Type: hip, hop, &, dj, event
January 15, 2011 to January 17, 2011 "Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall" Oregon Symphony presents Emanuel Ax Plays Brahms Classical Series Concert He's a seven-time Grammy winner and a genuine A-list pianist praised by The New York Times for his "luminous intensity." When Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: Oregon symphony
January 16, 2011 all day "Newmark Theater" Portland Piano International presents Nareh Arghamanyan "From the first chord on, it was clear that she was an artist to be reckoned with. She played with an equally big technique, but her playing w Organized by PCPA | Type: Portland music
January 16, 2011 from 1pm to 3pm 9000 SE DIVISION January is the perfect time to plan your vegetable garden! Jen will discuss the importance of making a garden plan that will help the gardener maximize garden space by utilizing succession, crop rota Organized by | Type: class
January 16, 2011 from 7pm to 11pm McMenamins Crystal Ballroom Human Rights Campaign Benefit DJ Anjali Crystal Ballroom - Lola's Room | Sunday, January 16 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. showtime | $10 at the door | 21 and over Join in on some funky fusion Bhang Organized by McMenamins | Type: Portland music
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events -- check 'em out and feel free to add your own!
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Neighborhood Tour: Boise, Historic Mississippi Avenue and Williams Avenue
This area is constantly changing with all of the new retail development and storefronts springing up. Home to several great restaurants and retail shops, this is a great place to come spend a Portland afternoon.
Portland's Boise-Eliot neighborhood is one of the most unique and most popular Portland neighborhoods. Most locals know Boise-Eliot by a few names: Williams Avenue and Mississippi Avenue. While technically part of the same neighborhood(s) proper, these two streets have truly developed their own unique personality and feel with respect to the independent businesses that line their streets. Mississippi Avenue is known for great retail shopping, and some excellent breakfast spots (Gravy, Equinox, Flavor Spot, and the N Mississippi Avenue food cart pod, just to name a few).
Williams Avenue offers several great places to eat. Standouts are Lompoc's 5Q (Fifth Quadrant), Pix Patisserie, Lincoln, and Tasty n Sons.
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