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This Week in Portland - March 17 to March 24, 2012

Lorri on  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Here's the weekly Portland blog, with the Portland events rundown and ideas of things to do in Portland each week.  
Visit the  Portland St. Patricks Day Events page  and find more Portland Irish Pubs, Restaurants, and other places to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Portland.  We will also update the Portland Events Calendar with St. Patrick's Events, but feel free to post your own Portland St. Paddy's events, too!  This is by no means an all inclusive list, but should give you some ideas. 

Here are just a handful of popular Portland St. Patrick's Day 2012 events:

Portand Shamrock Run 2012

Oregon Symphony Portland St. Patrick's Day Celebration

71st Annual St. Patricks Day Festival - All Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon

Portland St. Patricks Festival at Thirsty Lion Pub

St. Patrick's Day at McMenamins Restaurants, Pubs, and Hotels

Kell's Annual St. Patricks Irish Festival

In honor of St. Patrick's Day in Portland, there are several Portland Irish Music celebrations.  Check Ash Street Saloon, Edgefield, Buffalo Gap, County Cork, and Blitz Pubs (DJs).   Crystal Ballroom Hosts "Under a Blood Red Sky, the U2 Tribute", with Ashleigh Flynn and River City Pipe Band. Saturday March 17th at Crystal Ballroom.

McMenamins Kennedy School has Freak Mountain Ramblers and a host of other bands, all day next Saturday starting at 11am.

Check our Portland Live Music page to see more venues to find more music events in Portland.

So what's going on this week besides St. Patty's celebrations?  The weather this week rather took  turn for the worse, bringing us winter-like rain and cooler temps.  While we are waiting on nicer outdoor weather to return, here are a handful of indoor events you might enjoy this week:

Rose City Rollers Roller Derby in Portland

How about some Portland Roller Derby?   From

Rose City Rollers Bouts:
  • 3/17 Game 5 HR v HH
  • 3/18 RB: RB v UA
  • 3/31 Game 6 GNR v BNB

The Rose City Rollers are Portland, Oregon's all female flat track roller derby league.

The league was founded in August 2004 by a small band of gritty, gutsy, nostalgic gals who decided to dust off their quad skates and hit the rink.  Since then, the league has endured quite a metamorphosis, changing composition & location multiple times.


Shakepeare's Amazing Cymbeline at Gerding Theater at the Armory


Based on legends about early Celtic kings, Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare’s most fantastical creations—familiar Shakespearean themes of jealousy and innocence wronged are joined by a piano-playing wit who becomes our guide through an ancient landscape. A lovely princess, an evil queen, a misguided king and a thoroughly rotten clown people this fairy tale-like story of life, and love, renewed.

One of Shakespeare’s charming romances, this production of Cymbeline marks two firsts—our first production of the Bard in the Ellyn Bye Studio, and the first production of this fresh adaptation by Artistic Director Chris Coleman.

Shakespeare’s Amazing Cymbeline trailer from Portland Center Stage on Vimeo.

Performance times:
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon
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Wicked the Musical


Back by “Popular” demand. Entertainment Weekly calls WICKED "the best musical of the decade,” and when it last played Portland in 2009, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is Broadway’s biggest blockbuster, a cultural phenomenon and was just named “the defining musical of the decade" by The New York Times.

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time" (USA Today).

Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes
Intermission: 15 minutes

Disclaimer: Please no children under 4.

Visit PCPA.COM for tickets



March 6, 2012 - April 8, 2012
By David Mamet
Directed By Tamara Fisch

When it comes to race is justice blind?

In this complex, complicated world acknowledging prejudice is an ugly venture into discomfort. In Race, three lawyers (two black, one white) take on a case that gets under the skin and turns into a minefield of deep divisions, resentments and bigotry. Mamet’s rapid-fire dialogue, gripping plot and blunt language, thoroughly stripped of polite social convention and rife with provocative humor, spotlights how discrimination is stained with guilt and shame. Playwright David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Academy Award-nominated writer.

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Rob Creighton GarrisonBy Rob Creighton Garrison, Guest Writer

I'm about to use a word that strikes most people with either fear or elation, or at least a sudden urge to leave the room. Even elated persons might find their momentary joy deflate into dread, because this word, though ubiquitous in its usage, is a powerful one, and often hearing it out of another's mouth may cause some awful wrothful (say it three times fast!) consternation when it's not uttered just so, even when those hearing it use the word quite frequently.

Here it is: Church.

Oh come back here. I'm not about to proselytize, I have no agenda that requires conversion, no funny hats or robes, no burning candles or crosses or books. I'm only going to write about churches in the strictly physical brick-and-mortar sense. I like churches. Actually, I love them, inside and out. I'm in love with the aesthetic, with the instant hush they command, with the aroma of worn pages in the hymnals and the sense of reverence they evoke. I'm not religious in the traditional sense of the word; my mother briefly sent my brother and me to Sunday school while my sister attended services at a Baptist church in Roswell, New Mexico, but I suspect it was in hopes someone else would would have to clean up after me while she caught a nap. Or maybe she felt we needed divine intervention (I know my sister thought so). Anyway, it was there that I came to love the echo-y sound of the upright piano and the smell of the fat colored chalk the youth director used to limn the joys and sorrows on the blackboard, and later where I found serenity in the sanctuary that, to me, felt wholly removed from any saintly figure and seemed to have a presence of its own.

First Unitarian Church

On the outside, I prefer the gothic structures of large stone churches. Those edifices loom larger than life to me, and are as inspiring as their interiors. These structures, more than any other, say without words that something important, even monumental, is happening within the walls, bigger than you, bigger than me, at least as large as Creation Itself. No other human-crafted structure speaks this way. Even when the messages they convey conflict with my own, they are powerful and undeniable. To stand in the shadow of a church is to understand that my opinion may be taken under advisement but with no promises.

First Presbyterian Church

Inside, serenity. Rustle of clothes on the seats of the pews, whispers, quiet smiles and greetings. Notice how in our modern world conversation anywhere else is of the raucous variety, voices raised so they can be heard above others nearby, some of whom are chattering on their phones to people not even in the same state, or even continent? Even in my neighborhood library people have taken to speaking loudly as if on the street outside. Everyone does this anymore, contending with the charp-charp-charp of being in the presence of fellow humans. In a church, it goes away. Everyone knows: Be quiet! You're in church!


Editor Comment:  If you enjoy churches as much as Rob, check out the free sack lunch churches at the Old Church in Downtown Portland.
Sack Lunch Concerts (Free Concerts every Wednesday)
The Old Church
1422 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
PHONE - (503) 222-2031
RUN TIME - 45 minutes


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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week winner is this Portland St. Patrick's inspiration, uploaded by Gerry Villani.  Portland St. Patricks Festival at Thirsty Lion Pub

St. Patricks by Gerri Villani

Gerry VillaniPhoto by Gerry Villani

Thirsty Lion is bringing Saint Patricks Weekend Festival back this year from Friday, March 16th through Sunday March 18th. With 23 beers on tap, 3 days of live music, Irish menu specials, bagpipers and Irish dancers, Thirsty Lion is your home for St Patrick's Day entertainment!


Saturday, March 17th

Eric John Kaiser 9am-10:30am

The Nutmeggers 11:30am-2:30pm

Will Bradley 3pm-4pm

Sugarcookie 4:30pm-6pm

The Bradley Band 6:30pm-8pm

The Brian Odell Band 8:30pm-12:30am

DJ Soul Shaker 12:30am-Close

SW 2nd and Ash Streets, Old Town Portland

Each week we select one photo to be featured as the Portland photo of the week winner.  Upload your Portland photos to the photo album for a chance to win.   Gerry will receive a gift certificate to a local Portland business just for sharing his photo!

Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week.  This week's winner gets a gift certificate to 2nd Story.   Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog! 

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Featured Portland Events

Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! 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 for free (please read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.  

We select a handful of events off the calendar each week to feature here in the weekly blog.  If you would like to make sure your event appears in the blog, please visit our Advertising page for more information on a featured placement.

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Brain Development 101

March 24, 2012 from 8am to 5pm – Aloha, Oregon  Is your child struggling With Hypersensitivity, ADD/ADHD, Learning Difficulties, Motor Skills, Autism/Asperger’s, Developmental Delay, Inappropriate Behavior, Poor Eye Contact, or Inattentiveness?  Attend the Brain Development 101 Seminar and learn the root cause of most learning problems, the importance of physical movement for brain organization, why a new approach may be most effective for your child, why "labels" may not be helpful for your child's progress, the critical role of nutrition in brain function and more. This seminar is taught by Donna Bateman, a Neurodevelopmental Specialist and mother of eight. Organized by Type:Seminar

"Next to Normal"

March 6, 2012 at 7:30pm to April 15, 2012 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison Stage So what is it that defines “crazy” anyway? Called a groundbreaking, powerhouse rock musical, Next to Normal, is a heart-swelling, searingly painful dissection of a mother’s mental illness and her sub Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: performance  

Emerging: New Photography Acquisitions

March 10, 2012 at 10am to June 17, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Emerging, a selection of more than 50 works, celebrates the diversity and breadth of a set of 500 recent gifts and purchases. Included are images by such exceptional photographers as Adolphe Braun, B Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: museum, exhibit  

Cornerstones of a Great Civilization: Masterworks of Ancient Chinese Art

March 12, 2012 at 10pm to November 11, 2012 at 5pm – The Portland Art Museum This spring, the Museum will celebrate the restoration of the Money Tree, an extremely rare bronze sculpture that embodies wishes for eternal prosperity in the afterlife. The money tree will be displ Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: museum, exhibit, art  

Jackie Kashian "The Dork Forest"

March 14, 2012 at 8pm to March 17, 2012 at 11:45pm – Helium Comedy Club Wednesday 03/14 – 8PM $10 Thursday 03/15 – 8PM $15 Friday 03/16 – 7PM & 9:30PM $20 Saturday 03/17 – 7PM & 9:30PM $20 Jackie has been a national touring comic for over 15 years. She has her ow Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand, up, comedy  

Kell's Annual St. Patricks Irish Festival

March 16, 2012 to March 18, 2012Kells ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S IRISH FESTIVALKells Irish Restaurant & Pub 112 SW Second Avenue, Portland, OR 97204 March 15-18 2012 Children welcome on Saturday in the Front Tent from noon until 8pm and Organized by Kells | Type: portland st patricks day events 

Portland St. Patricks Festival at Thirsty Lion Pub

March 16, 2012 to March 18, 2012"Thirsty Lion" Saint Patrick's 2012 Weekend Festival Fri Mar 16th - Sun Mar 18th Thirsty Lion is bringing Saint Patricks Weekend Festival back this year from Friday, March 16th through Sunday March 18th. With 23 be Organized by Thirsty Lion | Type: portland st patricks events 


March 16, 2012 to April 8, 2012"Keller Auditorium" Back by “Popular” demand. Entertainment Weekly calls WICKED "the best musical of the decade,” and when it last played Portland in 2009, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner Organized by Wicked | Type: musical

Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline March 16, 2012 to April 8, 2012"Portland Center Stage, Gerding Theater at the Armory" Based on legends about early Celtic kings, Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare’s most fantastical creations—familiar Shakespearean themes of jealousy and innocence wronged are joined by a piano-playing w Organized by PCS | Type: theater

Free Family Saturday at Oregon Maritime Museum

March 17, 2012 all day – "Oregon Maritime Musuem" Oregon Maritime Museum What are you doing for St. Patrick's Day tomorrow? If you'll be downtown Portland, make sure you stop by the museum and say hi. Families get FREE admission to the main exhibit Organized by Oregon Maritime Museum | Type: museum

Double Mountain 5th Anniversary & St. Patty's Day Party

March 17, 2012 all day – Hood River Double Mountain in Hood River is having a party, and we're going. Live music. Amazing beer. Great people. Good times. The details of this special tour are still being worked out, but trust us, it’s g Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: brewery, tour

St. Patrick's Day Celebration - Oregon Symphony

March 17, 2012 to March 18, 2012"Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall" The Emerald Isle comes alive with beautiful ballads, sung by the great Irish tenor John McDermott, and the vibrant dancing of Portland’s own Molly Malone Irish Dancers. If you’re not Irish when the s Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: portland st. patricks day

71st Annual St. Patricks Day Festival - All Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon

March 17, 2012 all day – "Ambridge Event Center" All-Ireland Cultural Society's73rd Anniversary71st Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration  Saturday, March 17, 2012 The Ambridge Event Center (AKA Rosary Hall)                                   376 NE Organized by All Ireland Cultural Society of Oregon | Type: portland st patricks events

Scavenger Hunt Search Party at Pioneer Courthouse Square

March 17, 2012 at 6pm to December 15, 2012 at 6pm – Pioneer Courthouse Square Fan out from Pioneer Courthouse Square into the shops, malls, and downtown landmarks to solve the riddles and overcome ridiculous challenges in this race-the-clock urban adventure. Upon arrival, a hi Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt


March 17, 2012 from 7pm to 8pm – ZOOMTOPIA Agnieszka Laska Dancers photo © Chris Leck Saturday March 17 • 7:00 pm BROKEN FLOWERS — ALD’s newest work in progress, addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery and human trafficking, devel Organized by Agnieszka Laska | Type: dance, performance  

Portland Shamrock Run 2012

March 18, 2012 from 7:45am to 7pm – "Waterfront Park" Shamrock Run Sun, Mar 18, 2012 - Portland, OR The kick-off to the season to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Bagpipes and more entertainment; chowder and refreshments; prizes. Entire family welcome. 34t Organized by Lorri E. | Type: run

Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant

March 18, 2012 from 2pm to 3:30pm – Central Library, US Bank Room Arriving from Russia at age 5, Berlin grew up poor on New York’s Lower East Side. He escaped by teaching himself to write lyrics and play the piano while living on the streets in his late teens. With Organized by Multnomah County Library | Type: presentation  

The Visionary World of Three Fragments of a Lost Tale, with John Frame

March 18, 2012 from 2pm to 3pm – The Portland Art Museum California sculptor, filmmaker, and photographer John Frame shares thoughts on his work and some of the three dozen characters that take center stage in the fantastical world of the exhibit Three Fra Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: art, exhibit, talk  

Wind Ensemble Performance

March 18, 2012 at 3pm to March 22, 2012 at 4pm – Concordia University Fine Arts Building The Concordia University Wind Ensemble will perform at the Concordia University Fine Arts Building. Organized by Concordia University | Type: choir, performance  

From Stage to Page

March 20, 2012 from 6pm to 7:30pm – Central Library, US Bank Room Take artistic inspiration from the absurd, the romantic, the dramatic – and undeniably classic – repertoire of songs from Broadway musicals. Working together to a soundtrack of musical numbers old an Organized by Multnomah County Library | Type: arts, and, crafts  

Photography Council Brown Bag Lunch Talk

March 21, 2012 from 12pm to 1pm – Portland Art Museum  The third Wednesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m., join the Photography Council for a series of informal presentations by noted Northwest photographers. This weeks lecture will be by Jim Riswol Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: photography, talk  

Through Metaphor and Memory: An Ethiopian Story - Maaza Mengiste

March 21, 2012 at 7pm to March 22, 2012 at 9pm – Mercy Corps' Action Center Maaza Mengiste's novel, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, follows a family when confrontation between traditional and modern forces erupt and change the political, economic, and social nature of the Ethiopian Organized by Kirsten Anderson | Type: lecture  

Liminal presents Gertrude Stein

March 22, 2012 at 7:30pm to March 24, 2012 at 11pm – Liminal Space A part of the March Music Moderne 2012 festival, Liminal performance group curates Liminal presents Gertrude Stein, an immersive multimedia performance installation in response to the writings of 20t Organized by John Berendzen | Type: theater, art, dance, installation, multimedia  

Paul Mooney from "The Chappelle Show"

March 22, 2012 at 8pm to March 24, 2012 at 11:45pm – Helium Comedy Club Thursday 03/22 – 8PM $15 Friday 03/23 – 7PM & 9:30PM $20 Saturday 03/24 – 7PM & 9:30PM $22 Paul Mooney has been writing and performing comedy for over forty years. He wrote many of Richard Pr Organized by Helium Comedy Club | Type: stand, up, comedy  

Free Fourth Friday at the Portland Art Museum

March 23, 2012 from 5pm to 8pm – The Portland Art Museum Join us at the Portland Art Museum on Friday March 23rd from 5-8 PM for our Free Fourth Friday. This is a great opportunity to take a peek at the Mark Rothko, John Frame and Joseph Beuys exhibits. En Organized by The Portland Art Museum | Type: free  

There are a ton more Portland events on the calendar, come check it out and feel free to post your own Events, too!

  March 2012 Portland Condo Real Estate Market Report

Ross and Leah Seligmanby Ross and Leah Seligman


March 2012 Portland Oregon Real Estate Condo Market Report: What's Happening?

Here is a chart of all condos for sale, pending for sale, and sold in Portland, Oregon for the last 15 months:

In February 2012, inventory has dropped with 529 condos on the market.   In February 2012, 79 condos sold and 115 are pending for sale.  

Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

Inventory is Down 39.3%

Closed Sales are Up 1.3%.

Pending sales are Up 5.5%. 


Chart for average price per square footage:

In the past 15 months, the average price per square foot for condos in Portland, Oregon has been between $213 and $270. In February 2012, the average price per square foot in Portland was $232.

Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

Average Price/Square Foot has increased 2.7%

Days on market and sold/list price %:

This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a condo is spending, on average, before being sold. In all of Multnomah County, in all price ranges, a condo is taking, on average, 135 days to sell.

The other thing that this chart shows is what percentage of listing price the condo, on average, is selling at. This is a great indicator of pressure on prices. In February 2012, sellers were getting, on average, 91% of their original asking price.

Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

Average time it takes to sell a condo has increased 5.5%.

The percentage of original listing price that was paid has increased 2%.

Average price for sale vs. average price of sold:

The largest segment of condo sales have been in the price range under $400,000. You can see this reflected in the average price of a condo that has sold. In February 2012, this figure was $256,000.

Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

The average price of a condo listed has increased 4.9%.

The average price of a condo sold has increased 0.4%.

Months of inventory:

Months of inventory gives a timeline of how long it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4 months is considered a buyers market. In February 2012, this figure was 6.7 months based on closed sales. 

This does NOT mean that it will take, on average, 6.7 months for your condo to sell. That number was, on average in all price ranges, 135 days.   It means that, if not a single listing were to come on the market in Portland from this moment, it would take 6.7 months for all available condos to sell before there would be none left.

Yearly change from February 11 to February 12:

The months of inventory figure has decreased 40.1%.

About the report:

They are a comparison of the past 15 months (including a percentage change analysis for the last 12 months) for all of Portland and are taken directly from the RMLS. What follows is my own analysis of these statistics. For our purposes, I thought it best to analyze Portland as a whole. Each neighborhood, however, is a little micro-universe and has its own market. Changing the parameters of the zip codes, price variables, or time periods can lead to very different results. This analysis is of all condos sold in all price ranges in Portland, Oregon. If you have any questions about specific zip codes, or any questions about the market in general, please reply to this forum with those questions or feel free to contact me at:

Since Portland is a neighborhood city, you can now search by "Irvington, Alberta, etc.". You can check it out by clicking here.

This information doesn't matter if you have a particular neighborhood in mind since Portland neighborhoods are their own micro-markets. If you have one in mind to buy or are selling your condo, please request a report for that neighborhood and I am happy to post it on this blog or send it to you.  The complete Portland report is useful for an overall snapshot of the Portland market.  

Hey everyone, I want to know what you think of these reports. Too many stats? Just right? Something missing? Let me know so I can make these more useful for you. What are your thoughts about real estate right now? What do you think of the information in this report? Post to this blog so we can discuss.

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland
Metro Area condos for sale from the RMLS in Portland, OR, including school and neighborhood reports:

Best Portland Real Estate Deals of the Week

Each week, Ross and Leah share five great Portland real estate deals, and it is always fun to take a peek at what Portland home deals are available.  We like to share one on the high end and lower end of the price spectrum.

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:   March 17th - March 24th

 4405 SW COUNCIL CREST DR Portland, OR 97239 - Healy Heights - $1,195,000

Click the image to see the full listing

5615 SE 62ND AVE Portland, OR 97206 - Mt Scott/Arleta - $225,000

Click the image to see the full listing

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

Visit our website where you can contact us and search all Portland metro area homes for sale and real estate from the RMLS, including neighborhood and school information:

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