Welcome to another weekend- Memorial Day Weekend- and another edition of this all-local Portland blog! May flew by so fast and it's hard to believe June is just around the corner. My garden is in full bloom and mowing once a week is a necessity - not that I do. I'm starting to notice more bees around and about- full of pollination business- a sight that always makes me happy. I love to see all the wonderful creatures come out in the spring and summer months. Even the garden spiders who can somehow make a huge, intricate web overnight- always somewhere most inconvenient like spanning from the backdoor to the awning. Some mornings I discover half a dozen new webs but not so far this year. Makes me wonder if the spider population is down or if I have remembered incorrectly as to when they are the most prolific.
I've been enjoying the many wonderful photos our members have uploaded as they are out and about this spring. Thanks to our thriving online Portland community, we have amassed an amazing library of Portland photos and invite you to enjoy our fine city through their lens. Our pick of the best Portland photo gets featured in our weekly Portland blog in addition to treating the artist to $20 at a 100% local Portland business. It's awesome- everybody wins.
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Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison
I had the best cheesesteak sangwich the other day.
If you haven't had one of these gustatory marvels, I suggest you consult your physician and then ignore his or her cautions and go get one. Your mouth will thank you, or would if it weren't so busy. My recommendation: Steaks Fifth Avenue at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Easily located, just follow the sound of collective “omnomnomz” forming a nimbus around the cart.
While you're gnawing on the first of two (or is that just me?), take a look around. You're downtown, but people are happy, eating lunch (or whatever) and chattering away with friends and workmates. Portlanders are very fortunate in that they have a cool downtown to enjoy. In other cities I've lived in, the word 'downtown' was uttered like an epithet (and sure, there are probably some who don't love Portland's either, but I'm betting they are fewer than elsewhere). Those other places, they should have a Pioneer Courthouse Square.
The nickname for the square is “Portland's living room”, which to me sounds a little mundane; the average living room doesn't feature jugglers, live music of all stripes, impromptu political rallies, flower festivals, charity events, food carts, a fountain, a weather machine, statuary, movie nights with a few hundred of your fellow citizens, handy access to public transport including route maps and tickets, AND, come the season, a Christmas tree taller than your house.
Have a seat at a table or on the steps and all of Portland walks, or dances, or runs, or bikes, or skates by. No kidding, on a weekend you'll feel as if you've sat within six feet of everyone in the city. It's like that Chinese parable about sitting on the side of the road and watching the parade of humanity in its entirety march past. Or is that a Hindu thing? Greek? I don't know, my Google's busted.
You can do all sorts of things at Pioneer Courthouse Square, or you can just sit, munch, sip, and observe. You can still spot mohawks at the square. You can see just how much metal a face can hold without fraying. You can watch a flute-and-drum medley performed with an empty bottle and a skateboard, and once I saw a guy who was pan-handling by blowing into a flute he didn't know how to play (he made a killing from people paying him to sit somewhere else, sort of a musically-challenged remittance man). And everywhere the recursive and reciprocal observing of others watching others. It's a smorgasbord of voyeurism.
You can even sit on yourself. For $100 you can buy a brick with your name on it. That's a bargain for a slice of immortality (Im-mortar-tality?).
Take a look. I'll be watching you.
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Portland Oregon - by photographer Gerry Villani
Featured Portland Events this Week
May 14, 2012 to May 31, 2012 – Discovery Museum, Washington Park Come visit the Discovery Museum at the World Forestry Center in Portland's Washington Park with a discounted admission of only $5 per person for the month of May. it's a deal! Organized by World Forestry Center | Type: discounted,museum, admission
February 4, 2012 at 10am to May 27, 2012 at 5pm –Portland Art Museum One of the most controversial internationally known German avant-garde artists of the postwar years, Beuys (1921-1986) was an influential theorist and teacher for several generations of European arti…Organized by | Type: exhibition
April 24, 2012 to May 31, 2012 – Concordia University George R White Library and Learning Center Come join us daily 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. for our annual art show featuring the works of Concordia University students and faculty. For more information, visit www.cu-portland.edu/library/events/.Organized by Concordia University | Type: art, show
April 24, 2012 at 7:30pm to May 27, 2012 at 7:30pm –Artists Repertory Theatre - Alder Stage When it comes to race is justice blind? In this complex, complicated world acknowledging prejudice is an ugly venture into discomfort. In Race, two lawyers (one black, one white) take on a case that…Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance
May 4, 2012 to June 25, 2012 – SCRAP"inteREor" is a wonderfully clever collection of furniture and decor made almost entirely out of reused materials by fabREfab and LeDoux. SCRAP's Re:Vision Gallery features artwork made from a minimu…Organized by Alyssa Kail | Type: gallery, show
May 11, 2012 at 8pm to June 2, 2012 at 9:30pm –Imago Theatre Imago’s The Black Lizard will be a verbally sophisticated, physically energetic, and visually sumptuous play—attempting to bring a contemporary fusion of kabuki and melodrama to Portland audiences. T…Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre
May 26, 2012 from 12pm to 4pm – Portland We begin at Coalition, a small 10 barrel brewery in the inner SE where we taste their handcrafted, highly drinkable beers that reflect traditional brewing techniques and NW innovation. Our next spot…Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type:brewery, tour
May 27, 2012 from 2pm to 4:30pm – Portland We begin sampling new and usual beer styles at Hair of the Dog, a very small 4 barrel brewery in the inner SE that is known for bottle conditioning beers that improve with age. We then head to Widmer…Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tour | Type:brewery, tour
May 31, 2012 from 9pm to 11pm – Quaking Grass Wear your favorite duds after walking Alberta Arts for their wild Last Thursday celebration. The brighter and more outrageous, the better! Or, come as you are! Everyone welcome. All Ages. Mingle. Dan…Organized by Heather Straube | Type: costume, dance,party., last, thursday., alberta, arts.
June 3, 2012 from 9am to 1pm – KeyBank parking lot The popular Woodstock Farmers Market will begin its 2012 season on Sunday, June 3, offering shoppers even more organic food choices, more produce vendors, hot prepared food, a longer market season, a…Organized by Amy | Type: farmers, market
June 2, 2012 from 11am to 4:30pm – Colonel Summers Park Dharma Talk and Panel Discussion on the Theme of Transforming the Heart Ceremony with Blessings for All Beings Activities for Children Tabling by Buddhist Communities Workshops Shared Food (Potluck f…Organized by Heidi | Type: free, festival
June 8, 2012 at 5pm to June 9, 2012 at 11:45pm –Downtown Molalla Molalla Brew Fest in conjunction with Molalla's Second Friday Celebration Friday, June 8, 2012 5pm to 12:30 am Saturday, June 9, 2012 - Noon to 12:30 am. Located at corner of Ross St. and Molalla Ave. –…Organized by Molalla Brew Fest | Type: brew, fest
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