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Portland Blog: This Week in Portland May 18 - May 25 2013

Welcome to the weekend, Portland and welcome to another edition of our all-local Portland blog! After what felt like an early summer, the huge orb retreated and the familiar gray skies and rain returned. Our spirits may have sank some but our gardens and allergies benefited grandly. Somehow, daily sun breaks and warmth continue and I'm pleased to note that the heater has been turned off for two weeks now-- hopefully we won't turn the heat on again until October.

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Portland doorway

We recently refinanced our North Portland Piedmont home and locked into rates that seem impossible. At the new rate of 3.65%, we dropped well over a point and half and shaved several hundred dollars off our mortgage. The inspector who came out made mention that Piedmont is the "hottest neighborhood" in all of Portland right now. Interesting considering 10 years ago, it was the armpit of PDX. I know, I know...gentrification, record low prices and the urban growth boundary. Any way you choose to look at it, the neighborhood has turned-- and has become much safer and much more livable and for that, we are truly thankful.

Make sure to head over to the Kenton Street Fair on Sunday, May 19 from 10-6pm and live it up with the locals! Kenton is a super cool North Portland neighborhood full of it's own character and style.

Kenton Street Fair Portland Oregon

Powell's Bookstore Picks

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Dirty Wars

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Life after Life

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The Good Earth

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Lets go out to the movies! by Rob Creighton Garrison

I used to go to the movie theater every week when I was a kid, sometimes twice a week if I (meaning my parents) could afford it. If it had spaceships and monsters or ghosts or aliens in it, I wanted to see it. I even managed, at the age of 14, to get into an R-rated horror film called Wicked, Wicked (and I did myself no favors, because it was aterrible movie that no quantity of bare breasts could improve, but nevertheless haunted me for weeks afterward).


             No, I wasn't with a girl, which is just as well since loss of bladder control lacks the element of romance.


The best theater in Abilene, Texas to see great old horror films was The Metro Theater, an old one-screener in a quonset hut-shaped building. I just looked it up on my Googletron and learned that it was demolished some years ago, but back in the day it was great to ditch my bike in the parking lot, queue up for my ticket, and be forced to buy popcorn and soda at the concession stand (the old lady that ran the place was kind of adamant about realizing per-patron value) before going in to sit and be mesmerised by the likes of Crescendo and Dracula A.D. 1972 and even older films produced in the 40s and 50s like Calling Dr. Death.

Once upon a time I was willing to stand in line for an hour or more for a movie. Yeah, I know that makes me strictly an amateur by the standards of the cream of the sci-fi geek crop, those that are willing to deploy Everest-grade camping gear and reside on a sidewalk outside a theater for days and in all weathers, but then I'm not a willing refugee on a desperate quest to escape the mundanities of reality. You want to stand (or sit, or sleep) in a line for hours or days just to receive a small scrap of paper that allows you to view a film that mere weeks later I can watch on cable in the comfort of my own apartment, be my guest.

I loves me a good movie, but I don't go to new releases as often  as I used to. I'm not fond of mega-plexes, or the exorbitant ticket and concession prices; it's a bit of a mood killer to begin my movie-going experience with feelings of resentment for having to almost literally enter the lobby, take my wallet out, hold it at arm's length, and shake it free of cash. That feeling has gotten worse lately, when I've hastened to arrive early enough for my choice of seating only to have to sit through commercials. Commercials. That already besiege me at home, except that at home I can mute them or fast-forward through them. But those crafty advertisers, they figured that out, see? Now they'll find me at the movies! It feels like being stalked through the hedge maze by Jack Torrence.


"Let's go to the Dollar Tree!"

You know how it used to be kind of exciting to go to the airport? Oh okay, just me? Fine. Anyway, now making your way through an airport involves huge bother and fuss. Going to the movies is starting to feel that way, at least for me. That's why I go retro as often as I can. Thanks to Portland's array of cool second-run theatres, I can recapture an old-fashioned movie-going experience and save a boatload of bucks.

Here's a few of my favorite theaters you should check out. Don't tell anyone else, though.

The Academy Theater & Pub is my favorite second-run and revival house. I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey there awhile back, while eating pizza that the theater gets from Flying Pie Pizzeria just down the sidewalk (and it's pizza from the godz, I tell you). Nostalgia and pizza just go together, you know? This was one of my best times spent in a movie house. The Academy often shows good old stuff and I often check the schedule to see what's coming up.

Laurelhurst Theater & Pub, like The Academy Theater, features old classics and out-of-mainstream art house stuff often. As of this writing the schedule boasts the Marx Brothers classic A Night at the Opera! Plus micro brews, pizza, and wine. A large popcorn is $4.00. Come on!

Joy Cinema & Pub shows some fairly-fresh releases, plus you get Dollar Mondays AND Weird Wednesdays! How can you pass up cheap eats and Blast-Off Girls? Oh, you have class? Sorry, you aren't my audience.

Sure, these older houses necessitate a bit more seating strategy (no stadium-style seats means you gotta look out for the basketball champs and church-lady beehives), and the seats themselves may not be the plush affairs you'll find at the mall-o'-plexes, but so what? It's not like you're going to live there (but wouldn't that be awesome?). Anything you think you'll miss from the Century Whatsit you'll forget once the lights dim and you take the first bite of your hot dog (or the last; I tend to jump the gun with my movie snacks).

And that lump you're sitting on? Fatter wallet. You'll get used to it.




The Portland Video of the Week

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The Portland Photo of the Week

The Portland Photo of the Week is of the totem pole at the Chart House Restaurant. This wonderful image is shared with us by local dad and adventurer, Michael Barton.

Totem pole at the Chart House Restaurant


Michael wins a $20 gift certificate to a local fave and nationally recognized cult classic: Powell's Bookstore. 

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Coava Coffee

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North Portland mural


Featured Portland Events this Week

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The Best Deals in Portland This Week

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3. 1915 NE 57TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



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4. 8723 N TYNDALL AVE Portland, OR 97217



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5. 3821 NE 80TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



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