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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland February 16, 2013

Hello, Portlanders.  The annual Portland Jazz Festival is here!


The 2013 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival presented by Alaska Airlines will be held Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 24 at venues throughout Portland, OR. The 10th anniversary celebration will include a heady mix of world and west coast premieres and For Portland Only performances with a series of concerts featuring an imposing array of internationally recognized and local musicians playing a wide-range of jazz styles. Education and outreach, as always, amplify the festival’s recognition of Black History Month through a series of community-wide initiatives.

This year’s headliners are NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette in a For Portland Only special quartet configuration featuring Ravi Coltrane, Matt Garrison and George Colligan; The Jazz Message Celebrating Art Blakey in a world premiere featuring Javon Jackson,Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson, Curtis Fuller, George Cables, Buster Williams and Lewis Nash; The west coast premiere of ACS featuring Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding; Afro Cuban All-Stars and Alfredo Rodriguez; Steve Kuhn Trio featuring special guest Devin Phillips; Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet; Kenny Garrett Quartet; Patricia Barber Quartet; SexMob Plays Fellini; Portland Jazz Master Nancy King with Steve Christofferson and Glen Moore; Barry Harris Trio; Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts; Gerald Wilson leading two Portland ensembles; Scott Hamilton Quartet; Art Abrams Swing Machine Big Band In Tribute to Stan Kenton featuring Rebecca Kilgore; The Blue Cranes; and more.

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Zwickelmania 2013

Beer lovers, rejoice!  from

Feb 16 2013 - 11:00am to 4:00PM at many Oregon breweries
Statewide, Oregon

2013 President’s Day weekend, dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state’s 5th annual Zwickelmania. Zwickelmania, hosted by Oregon Craft Beer, is a free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample their favorite beers. Check with your favorite breweries for tour and tasting opportunities.

When: Saturday, February 16th, 2013 from 11-4 pm
What: Oregon Brewers Guild Brewery Open House.

Visit for more information:
- Lists of participating breweries throughout the state.
- Suggested itineraries.
- Shuttle bus routes and maps.

Portland Live Wire! Radio at Alberta Rose Theatre

Live Wire! is a radio variety show recorded in front of an enthusiastic live audience from the Alberta Rose Theatre in NE Portland, airs each week around the state and in SW Washington via Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), on stations around the country and is heard nationally and internationally through its podcasts. It’s music, it’s conversation, it’s sketch comedy. It's radio variety for the A.D.D. generation.

Live Wire! Saturday, February 16, 2013

Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 6:30
Show: 7:30
Visit website for more info.

Portland Japanese Garden - Free Admission Day

Free Admission Day at the Japanese Garden

Monday, February 18

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free and open to the public

From Japanese Garden:

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to invite their friends, family, and fellow community members to visit the Garden on this Free Admission Day. Garden Guides will be stationed throughout the Garden to help answer questions and speak about the Garden’s history, culture, and traditions.

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Stumptown Styles

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

The missus and I were running errands yesterday when she spied a pedestrian on the sidewalk and said “That is so typically Portland.”

“What?”, I asked as I pointed out a stop sign for her. She always drives because I don't like to drive when she's in the car with me, but I like to help out when I can.

I looked out at the young fellow trudging along, probably on the way to or from work or school, and I didn't notice what she was talking about until she pointed it out. “Wearing a jacket on a cold day, with shorts”, she said. “You see that everywhere!”

She's right, you do see it everywhere here. It's one of those things, one of those habits, that Portlanders do that I've never seen done elsewhere, or at least not as much. I've done it myself, so I don't think it's necessarily an odd thing, a weird or stupid thing, but it is a thing. Portlanders like to show off their calves. What's not to like?

It got me thinking about what else the citizens of our favorite city do that isn't done as much, or maybe at all, anywhere else. I thought of a few things right off.

Portland males are very specific about where their facial hair is allowed to grow. How many full beards have you seen around town, honestly? The only full beard I can remember seeing recently was on a man who had not one hair on his scalp. He had enough hair on his cheeks to cover his whole head, but none of it was above his nose. It looked like a follicular landslide. Otherwise, the trend seems to be to sculpt little disconnected patches of hair; a triangle under the bottom lip, or mutton chops that stop just short of meeting at the chin, or a curly fu manchu that looks like a handlebar mustache met with disaster, care of an inattentive barber or a steamed-up mirror. I'm pretty meticulous with my own beard, but these guys must spend half an hour wielding their razors like épées every morning.

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A lot of us like that Unibomber/Jawa style. Yes, I own a couple of hooded sweatshirts and jackets, but I hardly ever remember to deploy the hood in inclement weather. That's on me. All things considered, though, I'd rather use a hat (because hats RULE!) or even use an umbrella (Zut alors!). I'm not saying they don't look cool, but I need my peripheral vision. It comes in handy when crossing the street or riding my bike. Speaking of bikes, almost all of the Ninjas I've nearly smacked into when riding at night on the Springwater were wearing hoodies. It's just not the fashion statement that speaks to me, frankly.

Portland photos hoodie

                                                     Seriously, is there no getting away from this guy?

Some would tattoo their teeth if they could. For many it seems any patch of flesh will do. While working at a printshop years ago, I once made copies of some artwork for a guy who had a tattoo of an octopus splayed atop the crown of his shaven head. It was arresting, for sure, as was his artwork (psychedelically-colored photographs of his girlfriend's vulva – some people just assume you want to know stuff, you know?). Another time, riding the Max downtown, I sat behind a guy wearing an eyepatch...and a very realistically-rendered tatoo of an eye on the nape of his neck. Very disconcerting. On the whole I approve of creative tattoos, but you'll lose me at skulls and daggers. Who does that anymore?

                                               "Map to my house?  Sure, just let me get out of these pants."

Some would pierce their teeth if they could. Outside an entrance to Lloyd Mall one day (my wife made me go), we ran into a person, gender indiscriminate, wearing a yellow rain slicker and hat (it wasn't raining, by the way) who had something metal hanging from every available, pierceable surface of his/her face. Ears, eyebrows, lips, nostrils, eyelids (!), multiple rings and pins crowded in wherever they would fit. Even the rings had rings. I shudder to imagine what was undercover. I like my earring just fine (save for that accident I had with a loofah glove in the shower one time), but you'll find nothing tinny near my erogenous zones!

                                                                           See what I did there?

We'd rather drive art. Never have I seen such utter disregard for the proper care of the American automobile. I approve! If you must use a fuel-guzzling, air-fouling, space-sucking, noise-polluting, eptome of inefficiency, this is the way to do it. Spray-paint and foam-rubber that mofo! Say it proudly: “I drive The Man's product, but I am not The Man Himself!” I'm gonna do the same thing to MY car (as soon as it's paid for, and you can keep your snide comments to yourself, I drive a Yaris, pal).

Portland photo clown car


Portland Photo of the Week

Tryon Creek by Rachel Carlson

Tryon Creek State Natural Area by Rachel Carlson

Come upload and share your photos on the Portland Photo Album each week for a chance to win. This week's Portland photo winner snags a gift card to Powells City of Books! This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is Rachel Carlson.

About Tryon Creek
Located only minutes from downtown Portland is Oregon's only state park within a major metropolitan area. Every day, visitors come to hike or stroll the nature trails through the verdant ravine between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland. Cyclists of all ages bike along the paved trail on the park's eastern edge, stopping along the way to admire a trillium.

Some people visit Tryon Creek just to sit in the Glenn L. Jackson shelter and listen to the chatter of the jays and squirrels. Others, especially people with mobility-related disabilities, come to enjoy the peaceful setting of the fully-accessible Trillium Trail. Tryon Creek is one of the only streams in the metro area with a run of steelhead trout.

The Friends of Tryon Creek State Park operate a nature store, summer youth day camps, school tours, guided nature walks and special events.

Saturday, February 16
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Free guided nature hikes exploring the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.  Topics will vary from week to week but will be appropriate for all ages.  Parents must accompany kids on all hikes.

No pre-registration required.  For more specific information or if bringing groups larger than 10, call (503) 636-9886 ext. 225.

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

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit 

A True Sense of Things: Maude I. Kerns

January 19, 2013 at 10am to March 3, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum One of the first to practice and promote modernism in the Northwest, Portland native Maude I. Kerns (1876–1965) also served as an inspiration to women artists in this region and beyond. This exhibiti Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, exhibit

"Venus in Fur" at Portland Center Stage

January 29, 2013 at 7:30pm to March 10, 2013 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory When a young actress shows up hours late for her appointment, she knows she may have blown her chances at the role. But when her emotionally charged audition for the demanding playwright/director bec Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: theater, performing arts, play

TreeHouses: Look Who's Living in the Trees!

February 2, 2013 at 10am to May 5, 2013 at 5pm – World Forestry Center Spend some time hanging out in the trees! Immerse yourself in an indoor tree house and explore first hand who lives there through viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts, and sound.   You will Organized by Amber Morrison | Type: exhibit

Portland International Film Festival

February 7, 2013 to February 23, 2013 Feb 7-23 About the FestivalDrawing an audience of over 35,000, the Portland International Film Festival (PIFF) is the biggest film event in Oregon, premiering more than 100 international shorts and f Organized by Portland International Film Festival | Type: piff

LA CELESTINA:A fresh adaptation by Raquel Carrió from the classic Spanish Golden Age novel by Fernando de Rojas

February 7, 2013 at 7:30pm to March 2, 2013 at 11pm – Milagro Theatre ABOUT THE PLAY In this bigger-than-life comedy, Calisto is a young and impulsive nobleman who's fallen madly in love with Melibea, the daughter of a rich businessman. But to win her over, the lovesic Organized by Miracle Theatre | Type: theatrical, play

Portland Chinese New Year at Lan Su Chinese Garden

February 10, 2013 to February 24, 2013"Portland Chinese Garden" Chinese New Year Year of the Snake February 10-24, 2013 This annual event for families and kids of all ages includes lion and dragon dances each weekend day, martial arts demonstrations, feng shui t Organized by Lorri E. | Type: portland chinese new year

Worst Day of the Year Ride

February 10, 2013 to February 17, 2013"Lucky Lab" THOUSANDS OF GOOFY RIDERS Get ready to ride with 4,000 other fun-loving people for an 18-mile odyssey around downtown Portland. Laugh at the elements and gather for a delicious finish line party at t Organized by Worst Day Rise | Type: bike ride

Red Herring

February 12, 2013 at 7:30pm to March 17, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre Red Herring by Michael Hollinger Feb 12 – Mar 17 If you pay attention, will the clues lead you in the right direction? Replete with farcical spy antics and ill-fitting shoes, something smells fishy i Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

Portland Jazz Festival

February 15, 2013 to February 24, 2013Various 2013 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival Presented By Alaska Airlines: February 15-24, 2013 10th Anniversary Event Celebrates Enduring Jazz Legacy   Featuring Universally Acclaimed Artists and Portland Organized by Portland Jazz Festival | Type: portland jazz festival

50 Prints and Paintings, Toko Shinoda at 100

February 15, 2013 at 10am to March 17, 2013 at 4pm – Portland Japanese Garden This exhibition will feature 50 works–including calligraphy, lithographs, and paintings–by one of Japan’s foremost modern practitioners of the ancient art of calligraphy. The Portland Japanese Garden Organized by | Type: exhibition


February 16, 2013 all day – Various Breweries 2013 President’s Day weekend, dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state’s 5th annual Zwickelmania. Zwickelmania, hosted by Oregon Craft Beer, is a free s Organized by Oregon Brewers Guild | Type: zwickelmania

2013 Haag Lake Mud Run

February 16, 2013 to February 17, 2013"Haag Lake" The 2013 Hagg Lake Mud Run Dates are set! The 50k will be Saturday, February 16. The 25k will be Sunday, February 17. Organized by Haag Lake Mud Run | Type: haag lake mud run

Zwickelmania Transportation

February 16, 2013 from 11am to 4pm – Transportation between 13 Portland breweries Zwickelmania, hosted by Oregon Craft Beer, is a free statewide event that encourages breweries and brewpubs to open their doors to visitors to tour their facilities, meet their brewers and sample the Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery transportation

Fort George Festival of the Dark Arts

February 16, 2013 from 1pm to 9pm – Portland to Astoria & back to Portland Brewvana Brewery Tours is teaming up with #pdxbeergeeks to celebrate Stout Month and experience Fort George’s Festival of the Dark Arts which brings together 30+ stouts from around the world, tarot c Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: beer festival

Oregon Symphony: Ballroom with a Twist

February 16, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Created by four-time “Dancing with the Stars” pro Louis van Amstel, this one’ll have you dancin’ in the aisles as a bevy of talented dancers show us what Ballroom’s all about. And the twist? We’re go Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: concert, orchestra, ballroom, dancing

Free Admission Day

February 18, 2013 from 10am to 4pm – Portland Japanese Garden Everyone is welcome to experience the Portland Japanese Garden free of charge on Free Admission Day. Guides stationed throughout the Garden will speak about the Garden’s history, culture, and traditi Organized by Ingrid Arnett | Type: community, free, day

The First OSCARS® Silent Film Series

February 18, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Hollywood Theatre The Columbia River Theatre Organ Society proudly presents the First Oscars® Silent Film Series, taking us back to the very first Academy Awards® ceremony of 1929. Presented in conjunction with the hi Organized by Robert Kingdom | Type: silent, film, series


February 18, 2013 from 8pm to 11pm – Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant PDX Jazz Fest features the CHERYL HODGE Trio with jazz greats, bassist DAVE CAPTEIN & drummer MIKE SNYDER, with special guest appearance from 17 yr. old jazz bass upstart, Dylan Hodge. Don't miss Organized by Cheryl Hodge | Type: pdx, event, jazz/blues, trio

Pyongyang City Screen: A Panoramic View of Life in 19th Century Korea

February 19, 2013 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm – Portland Art Museum After a recent, thorough cleaning, a massive 19th century screen painting of a Pyongyang cityscape will be examined at this special program. Join Hyonjeong Kim Han, PH.D., the Associate Curator of Ko Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, lecture, and, discussion

PDX Cartathlon

February 23, 2013 all day – "Various Carts" Here’s your chance to win free food cart food for a year and have some great fun. Teams will decipher riddles, eat, traverse the city via Tri-Met, find Portlandian items, eat, take photos and compete Organized by PDX Carthathlon | Type: pdx carthalon

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