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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland, April 27, 2013

Hello, Portlanders!   Welcome to the weekly Portland events blog, with lots of ideas of things to do in Portland each week.  May is just around the corner, and just like that--temperatures are supposed to hit the 80s by the end of this week.   Before spring blossom time sneaks past, don't miss the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival which is still going on through May 5th.   And, since the first week of May is upon us, we have the kickoff of SE Portland's First Friday art event  and First Thursday in the Pearl.  Get outside, take a stroll, take some photos to share on the Portland photos album, and enjoy this great week in Portland.

Tulip Farm  by Fasai on PortlandNeighborhood
Tulip Farm by Fasai

Stumptown Comics Festival 2013


This weekend!  The Stumptown Comics Fest is the biggest creator focused comic book show in the Pacific Northwest. We're an all-ages event that allows fans to connect and talk with their favorite comic book creators. In addition to our hundreds of exciting exhibitors, we will have a large variety of panels and workshops for comic fans of all ages.

The Stumptown Comics Fest has always focused on compelling creators and comics as a storytelling medium of all genres. We're proud to bring you publishers like Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, Top Shelf Comix, and other well-respected comic book publishers. Being the 10th anniversary of the festival, we're happy to host the largest number of guests in the festival's history. Guests include Fables creator Bill Willingham, Eisner award winning artist Becky Cloonan, multiple award winning writer Greg Rucka, as well as some of the countries premiere comic book studios like Periscope Studio and Tranquility Base. With over 25 special guests you can be certain you'll have a great time.

In our 10th year, the 2013 Stumptown Comics Fest promises to be our biggest and best festival yet. Please join us as we celebrate all manner of stories and adventures in comic book form!  Visit

Live Stream of TedX Portland - Portland Art Museum Today

The event at PAM is SOLD OUT - but you can still catch the live stream.


To watch the TEDx Portland talks online, go to
Speakers and performers are divided into four sessions:
One, 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Masataka Odaka, Asia Greene, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Jonathan Krisel, Ben Huh, Mike Thelin.
Two, 10:50 a.m. to noon: Brian Faherty, Di-Ann Eisnor, Brian Grant, Dr. Laurie Marker.
Three, 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Kimberly Howard, Naomi Pomeroy, The Royal Blues.
Four, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Guido Rahr, Tom Brokaw, Denver.

Brewvana Goes to the Oregon Garden Brewfest

Brewvana is taking thirsty Portland beer lovers for the short trip south to Silverton for the Oregon Garden Brewfest at the beautiful Oregon Garden.The festival, now in its ninth year, takes place at the J. Frank Schmidt Jr. Pavilion and Event Tent where attendees will have access to beers from 62 breweries and bands performing on two stages. Tickets are $39/person and include roundtrip transportation, VIP express entry, tasting mug and seven drink tickets. Additional drink tickets, for $1 apiece, will be available for purchase at the festival (cash only, ATM on-site). Seating is limited and reservations must be made in advance. Tour is 21+ with valid ID required. To register visit or call 503-729-6804. Cost: $39/person.

First Thursdays Art Event May 2, 2013 - Portland Pearl District

The art galleries in downtown Portland, Oregon, invite you to join them on the "First Thursday" of every
month for an evening of art, wine and music. Walk from gallery to gallery to view all of the new art exhibits.
Generally the hours are 6pm to 9pm, but please check each gallery's website for more information and
to view all the artists works that they represent.
Click Here for Map to the Galleries.  From

First Friday Art Event, May 3rd, 2013 - East Portland

Welcome to First Friday!

Hosted by Portland's Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist receptions and openings during extended hours on the First Friday of every month. Here is a list of galleries with regular First Friday events.

Held every first Friday of the month in SE Portland.  Visit website for details and map:

First Blooms by Melissa Sleasman

First Blooms - Photo by Melissa Sleasman

There's No Spring Indoors!

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

My living room was knee-deep in tweens this morning.

Rob's Blog Photos

School is out for the rest of the week, so we're a flop for kids whose parents know a good thing when they don't hear it shrieking in their ears. There are blankets and pillows and a blow-up mattress and various plushy animals and half-eaten crumbly cupcake debris on every surface, plus cake mixes and condiments and juice containers lined up on the kitchen counters, ready for today's baking mayhem and impeding access to my coffee pot. They're all out of the apartment now with the missus, taking Bella to the dentist where no doubt she's getting her teeth restrung like a violin and her three friends are posting her agonies on Instagram.

These fresh days of spring coupled with the surcease of that sorrow known as the classroom are to a child as an open flame is to a moth (although hopefully less burny). I'm going to do my mightiest to talk the young ladies into coming out with me for a game of velcro paddleball catch. I'll face resistance from Bella, who considers outdoor activities that don't include either a pool or a trampoline (and woe unto anyone who suggests aloud in her presence that the two together would be “awesome!”) to be a waste of her time and attention. I'm gonna go for the vote anyway, maybe the other girls will shout her down. Manipulating young minds, pitting one against another – I would have made such a great parent!

Rob's Blog Photos

Here's the thing about keeping kids entertained and maybe teaching them stuff along the way: it keeps their adults moving and learning too. I always feel energized after a simple activity such as the afore-mentioned paddleball session, and a hike in Forest Park or a walking tour downtown is a damn fine way to pique kids' interest beyond Selena and the Biebz. Meanwhile, your legs get flexed and stretched, your heart-rate rises above sittin 'n' surfin' levels, and the blood in your veins moves at a brisker ssh-ffooo ssh-ffooo instead of the sedentary soundtrack of guh-lug guh-lug. And when your children look to you for answers to questions these outings inspire, you get a chance to look smart, or at least prepared.

On a recent outing at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge:

One Kid: Why is one duck brown but the other one has a green head?

Me: Well, the green-headed one is a boy duck and the brown one is his girlfriend.

Other kid: How do you know they're boyfriend and girlfriend?

Me: They go everywhere together. See how he follows her wherever she goes?

Other kid: Maybe the boy duck is just annoying!

Farther along the trail:

Me: Look! Tadpoles!

Kid: Ooh! An' another one an' another one!

Me. Do you know what tadpoles get to be when they grow up?

Kid: (Heavy sigh, hands out, palms up) FROGS! Remember, I'm in school now!

Rob's Blog Photos

I'm not saying that community centers and pools and glow-in-the-dark 3D pirate golf and amusement park rides aren't valid ways to keep the sticky boredom off a child. What I am saying is that the best sorts of activities involve adults and kids together outdoors. Even yard work (and here is where I become the enemy of at least one kid I know, but fortunately she never reads my junk) is one of the best ways to engage a youngster on more than one level, and gives the adult the opportunity to teach patience, the benefits of labor, and the rewards of a well-performed task. I just realized I sound like a '50s TV dad, but lookit, there's a reason we watch those old shows and think, Wow, why don't people do that stuff anymore? Yes, I'm aware that 50's TV bore as much resemblance to real life back then as an iguana does to a T-Rex...

(sudden flash to an image of Ward Cleaver in a bar hunkered over a scotch rocks, muttering to Jim Anderson “One button, friend. One button, and KERFLOOEY! Up to our chins in borscht and furry hats!”)

...but isn't the mirage of wishful thinking still valid if the wish is worthwhile?

Get some kids outside and chase them around. Or let them chase you around. Roll around in the grass and remind the young ones that you're still young too, where it counts.

Rob's Blog Photos

Portland Photo of the Week

Partial Lunar Eclipse by Rachel Carlson

Moon Image by Rachel Carlson

...I was nudged out of bed by a light shining through the drapes last night. It was the night of April's partial lunar eclipse. It was the brightest, boldest, largest moon I had ever seen. While I'm not good at night photography I did manage to catch at least one worthy photo last night.

Two more eclipses upcoming in May: Annular and Penumbral....stay tuned.

This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is by Rachel Carlson. Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!   All ya gotta do is upload your photos to the Portland photo album for a chance to win.

Cherry Blossoms by Rachel Carlson

Cherry Blossoms by Rachel Carlson

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

First Thursday Portland

January 3, 2013 at 6pm to December 5, 2013 at 9pm – "Pearl District" First Thursday Portland Gallery Walk in the Pearl Every first Thursday of the Month in the Pearl District at various art galleries. Visit for info 2013 First Thu Organized by First Thursday | Type: first thursday portland

First Fridays SE Galleries Art Walk

January 4, 2013 at 6pm to December 6, 2013 at 8pm – "Various SE Galleries" Welcome to First Friday! Hosted by Portland's Eastside art galleries and alternative art venues, First Friday provides arts enthusiasts the opportunity to wander from gallery to gallery for artist re Organized by First Fridays | Type: first fridays

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

In the Studio: Reflections on Artistic Life

February 27, 2013 at 10am to May 19, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Inspiration can manifest itself in countless ways, but sometimes it comes from the artist’s studio itself. In the Studio provides an intimate insight into the artist’s work space and truest reflectio Organized by Dylan Burnett | Type: art, exhibit

Surface: Landscape Photography from the Collection

February 27, 2013 at 10am to April 29, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Experience this visually stunning collection of landscape photographs now displayed at the Portland Art Museum. Surface exposes nature in its purest and most refined state and in a way that appears v Organized by Dylan Burnett | Type: art, exhibit

The Gin Game

March 26, 2013 at 7:30pm to April 28, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre MARCH 26-APRIL 28 | Morrison Stage The Gin Game by D.L. Coburn -- When life deals you a bad hand, do you give up the game? It's Visitor Day at the "home for the aged,” and Weller is playing a solitar Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

March 29, 2013 to May 5, 2013"Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm" 2013 Annual Tulip Fest Over 40 Acres of Tulips and Daffodils!Buy cut flowers.Order bulbs for fall planting.Children's Acre.Visit our Gift Shop. Our favorite time of year is when the tulips bloom! The Organized by Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm | Type: wooden shoe tulip festival

"Crime and Pun-ishment" A Murder Mystery Dinner

March 29, 2013 at 7pm to April 30, 2013 at 7pm – The Reserve The Murder Mystery Company, the nation's number one interactive theater troupe, kicks off their Winter season with their award winning show "Crime and Pun-ishment". A traditional Murder Mystery set i Organized by Lisa Hamacher | Type: dinner, theater

APEX: Harold Schlotzhauer

April 6, 2013 to July 14, 2013Portland Art Museum Existing in a world of energy movement and change, California native Harold Schlotzhauer’s art is vibrant, bold, and complex. Drawing inspiration from skateboarding, snowboarding, and surf culture, a Organized by Henry Moreno | Type: art, exhibition

"Clybourne Park" at Portland Center Stage

April 9, 2013 at 7:30pm to May 5, 2013 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory A white community in 1950s Chicago splinters over the black family about to move in. Fast forward to our present day and the same house represents very different demographics, and neighborhood values Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: theatre, performing, arts, drama, play

59th Annual Hood River Valley Blossom Time & Festival

April 13, 2013 at 10am to April 28, 2013 at 7pm – Hood River County  Nothing compares to spring in the Hood River Valley, where the abundance of fruit trees produce spectacular blossoms of pink, white, and peach. The Hood River Blossom Fest, now over 50 years old, ce Organized by Hood River County Chamber | Type: festival

Ten Chimneys

April 23, 2013 at 7:30pm to May 26, 2013 at 2pm – Artists Repertory Theatre Ten Chimneys by Jeffrey Hatcher Apr 23 – May 26 When life and theatre collide it is a beautiful thing, is it not? This revealing comedy peers into the backstage lives of Broadway power-duo Alfred Lun Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type: theatre

Oregon Potters Association’s 31st Annual Ceramic Showcase

April 26, 2013 at 10am to April 28, 2013 at 5pm – Oregon Convention Center Oregon Potters Association presents the 31st Annual Ceramic Showcase, the largest sale and show of ceramics in the U. S. This one-of-a-kind, three-day event will feature more than 170 booths of diver Organized by Shelby Wood | Type: oregon, potters, association’s, 31st, annual, ceramic, showcase

The Stumptown Comics Fest

April 27, 2013 at 10am to April 28, 2013 at 6pm – Oregon Convention Center The Stumptown Comics Fest is the biggest creator focused comic book show in the Pacific Northwest. We're an all-ages event that allows fans to connect and talk with their favorite comic book creators Organized by Stumptown Comics | Type: festival

The Forensic Pedestrian: A Lecture

April 27, 2013 from 10am to 11:30am – Architectural Heritage Center A Lecture The Forensic Pedestrian: Discovering Vestiges of the Past on Urban Walks Saturday, April 27, 2013 10:00 am–11:30 am Members: $10 General Public: $18 Hidden urban stairs, river cobbles thro Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: lecture

Ultimate Open House New Home Tour

April 27, 2013 at 11am to May 5, 2013 at 5pm – Portland Metro The 2013 Ultimate Open House New Home Tour presented by NW Natural and Standard TV and Appliance is poised to be one of the most exciting—and busy in years. The annual event, which runs two weekends, Organized by HBA of PDX Metro | Type: home, tour

Brewvana Goes to the Oregon Garden Brewfest

April 27, 2013 from 12pm to 6pm – Roundtrip Portland to Silverton and back Brewvana is taking thirsty Portland beer lovers for the short trip south to Silverton for the Oregon Garden Brewfest at the beautiful Oregon Garden.The festival, now in its ninth year, takes place at Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type: beer festival

Bluegrass at TaborSpace!

April 27, 2013 from 7pm to 9:30pm – TaborSpace It's the long awaited double-bill show featuring the award winning storytelling of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising, the hilarious hyjinx of Fadin' By 9 and the outstanding musicianship of both bands. Organized by Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising | Type: concert

Blind Pilot with the Oregon Symphony

April 27, 2013 from 7:30pm to 10pm – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall A Portland-based band, Blind Pilot released their second album We Are The Tide in September, 2011.  NPR called the songs "remarkably sturdy, gorgeous."  The band, which tours internationally, has app Organized by Oregon Symphony | Type: concert

2013 USA Gymnastics Men's Junior Olympic National Championships

April 30, 2013 to May 5, 2013Oregon Convention Center The Junior Olympics is a USA Gymnastics sanctioned event featuring the top male gymnasts in the country ages 11-18. Most, if not all of the 2016 USA Olympic Team will be competing at this event, so c Organized by Metro Gymnastics | Type: championship

Cascade Job Fair - SEMINARS

April 30, 2013 from 11am to 3pm – PCC Cascade Campus Gym Cascade Job Fair 2013 Tuesday, April 30th from 11:00 – 3:00 Location: Cascade Gym (705 N Killingsworth St PDX, 97217) More info: Phone: 971-722-5600   11:00-4:00, G Organized by Cascade Career Resources Center | Type: job, fair, free, seminars

"The People's Republic of Portland" at Portland Center Stage

April 30, 2013 at 7:30pm to June 9, 2013 at 7:30pm – Gerding Theater at the Armory Portland is gathering lots of attention lately – for our sustainability leadership; for our food scene; for being, well, weird. And now we’ve caught the attention of Lauren Weedman, actor/writer of l Organized by Portland Center Stage | Type: performing arts, theater, drama

"Romanza" Film Screening

May 1, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm – Architectural Heritage Center In 1909, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a summer home for George and Emily Stewart in Montecito, California, his first California commission and his only Prairie School building in the state. His drawin Organized by Architectural Heritage Center | Type: film, screening

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!

1.  2326 SW PARK PL Portland, OR 97205



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2. 3431 NE ALAMEDA ST Portland, OR 97212



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3. 6615 SE 34TH AVE Portland, OR 97202



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4. 4635 SE WINDSOR CT Portland, OR 97206



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5. 7634 SE MORRISON ST Portland, OR 97215



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