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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland February 23, 2013

Hello, Portlanders.  This weekend at the Oregon Convention Center is Wizard World Portland Comic Con!  

When I was a little girl I discovered comic books courtesy of my all-male teenage cousins.  I loved visiting Aunt and Uncle's house because there was always a fresh stash of new comic books to read.  It didn't matter whether they were Archie comics or DC comics full of super heros and darkly dramatic villains, I loved them all.  I haven't read a comic book in a long time, but clearly the love of comics is alive and well in Portland at the Convention Center this weekend.  Comic Con is a big deal for Portland. and our local economy.  Visit the Wizard World website for highlights and ticket info.  There are a lot of big stars in town for this event, including Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Henry Winkler, Lou Ferrigno, and more.

Wizard World Portland Comic Con

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Seventh Annual Portland Chowder Challenge at Lompoc Fifth Quadrant

Seventh Annual Chowder Challenge

Saturday, February, 23rd from Noon - 4pm
At The Fifth Quadrant

  • Lompoc Brewing has announced the date for its seventh annual Chowder Challenge, an event that determines which restaurant serves up the best clam chowder in the city. A dozen local brewpubs and restaurants will vie for the coveted Chowder Cup at the annual Chowder Challenge on Saturday, February 23 from Noon to 4 pm.

    A dozen samples of traditional New England-style clam chowders from local participants are served in non-labeled, two-ounce cups. After tasting all entries, attendees vote for their favorite, and the chowder receiving the most votes is named the People's Choice Winner. Attendees ages 12 and over purchase sample trays for $10 to participate in the tasting. All of the money raised is donated to Portland's Community Transitional School, which provides important educational services to homeless children.

    The festivities include a beer garden, live music, face painting and a soda garden for kids, a raffle with prizes from the participants, special beers, and pub food for purchase. This year's participants include Breakside Brewery, Buffalo Gap Saloon & Eatery, Columbia River Brewing Co, D's Bar, EaT: An Oyster Bar, Fifth Quadrant, Fishbox, The Green Dragon, Ice Axe Grill, Salty's on the Columbia, Tabor Tavern & Widmer Gasthaus.

    The New Old Lompoc on NW 23rd Ave. won the inaugural Chowder Cup; the Morrison Hotel stole it away the following year, but it was again won by the New Old Lompoc at the last four events. Given that the New Old Lompoc is in the process of being rebuilt, it is guaranteed that another restaurant will win this year!

  • Portland Oscar Party 2013 at Hollywood Theatre

  • Sunday, February 24th
    Red Carpet Coverage starts at 4:30pm

    The Hollywood Theatre has a long and renowned tradition of throwing Portland’s greatest Oscar parties. This year we will roll out our liveliest, loveliest and FREE-EST Oscar Party to date.

    Remember, our party is just as much about our audience as it is the ceremony. We encourage participants to come dressed to the nines and get down with their bad selves! Guests will select best dressed/best themed costume and winners will be rewarded with treasures and treats from Hollywood Theatre.

    A 4 hour broadcast can lead to thirsty and hungry attendees so we'll be serving delicious pizza by the slice, and a special Oscar bar, helmed by acclaimed mixologist Ryan Brentley, will be pouring drinks inspired by the best picture nominees.

    ADMISSION IS FREE! $25 VIP Package includes 1 reserved seat + 2 drink tickets + 1 “predict the winners” ballot.

  • Visit Hollywood Theatre Website for more info.

Snout About You

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

I'm a cat person. Cats are kind, compassionate animals, the perfect companions, actually. When you've had a hard day, there's nothing like a faithful cat who greets you when you come home, who winds around your ankles as you close your front door on a demanding world, who leaps gracefully into your lap as you wearily sink into your favorite chair, always ready to calm and soothe you with grateful purrs.

Well of course it's all complete crap. I own four cats, and every day is a lesson in psychopathy. I'm sure they like me okay, and one may even love me in his cross-eyed, not-totally-all-there way, but I'm pretty certain no cat will ever drag me from a burning building or dial 911 to yowl long enough to tip off the operator that something is awry with its owner. Cats are only as socialized as full stomachs can be. Being lone hunters (that is, until we humans demonstrate that it isn't necessary because we will actually bring them food like the slaves we are), cats have been taught by Nature and evolutionary processes that civil manners and discourse are merely means to an end, that end being nomz and the occasional fuzzy object flipped around for their amusement. Cats can be cute, sleek, playful, beautiful, graceful, fat, fluffy, regal, funny, and acrobatic, but every one of them is a sociopath. Ultimately, everything is all about them.

Rob's cat

                                Oh, housekeeping!  I needs my pillow plumped!  Oh never mindzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Dogs, on the other hand, are all about you. How are you feeling today? Are you frowning? What are you frowning about? How may I make you not make that frowny face? You aren't mad at ME, are you? Please don't be mad at me! OH THANK GOD THE BALL YES THE BALL THE BALL YOU LIKE ME YOU REALLY REALLY LIKE ME! Whereas cats are calculating and manipulative, dogs are just outright neurotic. Being pack hunters, they believe in social strata, loyalty, and the advantages of 'making nice'. Dogs will kill for you, dogs will die for you, dogs will worry themselves until their hair and teeth fall out, all in service to their fervent wishes that you have a great day. No wonder cats despise them.

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Portland is a dog-and-cat town all the way. A few stores I have visited had cats in residence, and most places I go to shop or make merriment welcome their patrons' dogs. You can shop for household goods with your hound, or have beers with your beagle, let your Labrador lap your latté even. (Cats generally dig none of these things, but give them a comfy-soft perch up high and they'll gladly look down on you while you do them.) It's not limited to dogs and cats either, this faunal fondness; I once stood in a check-out line in Big Lots behind an elderly lady bearing a fully-grown parrot on her shoulder (and in a demonstration that gave credence to the theory that people and their pets tend to resemble each other and share personalities, both rolled their eyes when I offered them my best “Aaarrr, matey!”).

Regardless of their motivations, our animals of choice treat we humans better than humans tend to treat each other by and large, so it behooves us to treat them back, yes? There are good buddies you haven't met yet, ones you can take home as new family members, and ones who would benefit from your heart and your wallet even if you can't.

Animal Aid accepts donations and has volunteer opportunities and a foster program.

Portland Pooch is an awesome resource for all things doggie.

Cat Adoption Team is just that, an organization that finds homes and food for felines in need.

And of course The Oregon Humane Society offers a list of resources and services.

Wave this short list in front of your furred folk. The dogs will jump for joy (and probably try to eat it). They know a good thing when they sniff it. The cats will turn a disdainful tail, but they'd approve too, if you could explain it to them.

Sure they would.

Portland Photo of the Week

Grackle Bird by Earl R. Thomas on

Grackle Bird by Earl R. Thomas

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 Earl R. Thomas for this photo of a grackle bird.

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

Last Thursdays on Alberta

January 31, 2013 at 6pm to December 26, 2013 at 7pm – "Alberta Street" Last Thursdays on Alberta Street Gallery and shop art walk. Held every last Thursday of each month.  Last Thursday, the monthly Alberta Arts District festival, is now in its 14th season. Artists, mus Organized by Last Thursdays on Alberta | Type: last thursdays on alberta

Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

February 2, 2013 at 10am to May 19, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Distinguished photographer and Portland, Oregon native, Carrie Mae Weems presents a retrospective of over 200 works spanning her 30-year career. Blurring the lines between culture, art, and politics, Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, and, photography

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

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

Portland Spring Home and Garden Show

February 22, 2013 to February 26, 2013"Portland Expo Center" Portland Spring Home & Garden Show Wednesday, February 22nd - Sunday, February 26th  Location Portland Expo CenterHalls CDE HoursWednesday - Friday:11 a.m. – 8 p.m.Saturday:10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Sunday Organized by Portland Spring Home and Garden Show | Type: home and garden show

Newport Seafood and Wine Festival

February 22, 2013 to February 24, 2013"Newport, OR" It wouldn't be winter on the coast without the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. It's the premier seafood & wine event of the west coast and the original Northwest seafood and wine festival. S Organized by Newport | Type: newport seafood and wine festival

Portland Golf Show

February 22, 2013 at 11am to February 24, 2013 at 4pm – Oregon Convention Center - Hall D 20th Annual Portland Golf Show! February 22-February 24th Friday: 11-5 • Saturday 9-5 • Sunday 9-4 Over the past 19 years, the Portland Golf Show has become the Northwest’s longest-running consumer Organized by Varsity Communications | Type: golf, show

2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con

February 22, 2013 at 3pm to February 24, 2013 at 5pm – Oregon Convention Center Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Morena Baccarin, Dean Cain and Lou Ferrigno are among the hundreds of celebrities and industry professionals at the inaugural 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con, part of N Organized by Wizard World | Type: pop, culture, convention

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

Fix-It Fair: Healthy Families, Healthy Homes

February 23, 2013 from 9:30am to 3pm – Ron Russell Middle School Fix-It Fairs are free events where you can learn simple and effective ways to save money at home this winter and stay healthy. The events feature exhibits from numerous community partners and an exte Organized by City of Portland BPS | Type: community, resource, fair

Southeast Portland's Mt. Tabor Streetcar Line

February 23, 2013 from 10am to 11:30am – Architectural Heritage Center Founded in the mid 19th century, Portland experienced its major geographic growth from the 1880s to the First World War, a period that coincided with the rapid growth of electric streetcars in the Un Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: lecture

Chowder Challenge

February 23, 2013 from 12pm to 4pm – Lompoc Fifth Quadrant Lompoc Brewing has announced the date for its seventh annual Chowder Challenge, an event that determines which restaurant serves up the best clam chowder in the city. A dozen local brewpubs and resta Organized by Lompoc Brewing | Type: fundraiser

Harlem Globetrotters

February 23, 2013 from 2pm to 7pm – Rose Quarter On the heels of signing one of the most remarkable rookie classes in team history, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their 2012 World Tour  to the Rose Quarter in Portland on February 25th at 2:00p Organized by Jenn Gill | Type: sporting, event

Community and Bring a Friend day

February 23, 2013 from 2pm to 5pm – CrossFit SW Portland ( behind Lincoln and by KGW) CrossFit SW Portland Celebrates One Year Anniversary in GooseHollow Neighborhood.PORTLAND, OR, February 23, 2013 - Longtime Portland couple, Steve and ShannonWeiland, are celebrating the one year ann Organized by Shannon Weiland | Type: celebrating, 1, year, anniversary

Oregon Symphony: Hough Plays Liszt

February 23, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Olari Elts, conductor • Stephen Hough, piano Weber: Overture to Oberon Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber Por Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: concert, symphony, orchestra, piano

Portland Chamber Orchestra presents Music of Film

February 23, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Scottish Rite center During the weekend of the Academy Awards, the Portland Chamber Orchestra will perform scores from Oscar-nominated films.  This concert will be hosted by movie music expert, Edmund Stone.  The Februar Organized by Portland Chamber Orchestra | Type: concert, fund, raiser

Mozart's "The Magic Flute" (condensed version)

February 24, 2013 from 7pm to 8:30pm – Celebration Taberancle Want to introduce the children in your life to the thrill of opera, but not sure they are ready for a three hour theatrical event?  Have we got a solution for you! Get a sample of this 3-hour Slay a Organized by Musicians Make Better Students | Type: cultural-arts, opera, music, community, free, family-friendly

"The Whipping Man" at Portland Center Stage

February 26, 2013 at 7:30pm to March 24, 2013 at 7pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory In the post-Civil War South, three men are tied to each other by history and faith, but are also bound by secrets. A badly-wounded Jewish Confederate soldier returns home at war’s end to find that hi Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: theater, performing arts, ., theatre

The Best Deals in Portland This Week

Ross Seligman shares five great Portland real estate deals here on the blog each week.  If you're looking to buy a home in Portland, maybe one of these Portland homes for sale is the one for you!

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3. 2137 NE SCHUYLER ST Portland, OR 97212
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4. 3221 NE 38TH AVE Portland, OR 97212 

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5. 4503 SE 66TH AVE Portland, OR 97206 



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