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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, August 3, 2013

There's some pretty cool stuff going on in and around Portland this weekend, like two Portland Street Fairs. And, to cap off your summer night, there's even a "pop up" drive-in theater tucked underneath the Ross Island Bridge this weekend. The Drive In at Zidell Yards is brought to you by NW Film. For those of you who are old enough to actually remember original drive in theaters,this should make you feel all nostalgic.  I mean, what could be better than a drive in right in Portland on a hot summer night?  

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Drive-In at Zidell Yards

Presented by Zidell and Northwest Film Center

August 3-5, 2013

Walk – bike – aerial tram – streetcar – drive-in to classic date night cinema under the Ross Island Bridge. Snacks available, space for your blanket or lawn chair.

SHOWTIME: Gates at 7:30, show time at dusk. Midnight Saturday showing of Dazed and Confused, gates at 11 p.m.

ENTRY: $8 per person. $12 per person for the August 3 double feature. Tickets at the gate only.

FOOD: Olympic Provisions will be the on-site food vendor, serving frankfurters, brats and käsekrainer (Austrian smoked cheese dog). Plus popcorn and non-alcoholic drinks! Sorry, No outside food or drink is allowed.

LOCATION: Entrance gate is located at 3030 SW Moody Ave  Portland, OR 97239. View map & get directions

IMPORTANT DETAILS: Cash only. No outside food or drink. There will be limited bleacher seating, and the rest is gravel, so be sure to bring a chair or a cushy blanket if you are not in a car! Sound will be broadcast via local FM transmission and speaker system.

Movies:  Dazed and Confused, Singing in the Rain, Jaws, and Blue Velvet.  

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Portland Street Fair Fremont Festival 2013

NE Portland's Beaumont Wilshire celebrates summer this weekend with their popular Fremont Festival Street Fair along NE Fremont Street.  This is a great neighborhood, so if you haven't visited Fremont Fest before, definitely come visit and check it out!


Saturday August 3, 2013, 9am-6pm. The Beaumont Business Association (BBA) and local businesses on NE Upper Fremont are proud to present the 27th Anniversary of the Fremont Festival to be held on August 3, 2013 from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Plans to close the street again from NE 42nd to NE 52nd are underway. The BBA is working on some new events that should attract families in and around surrounding neighborhoods. The event kicks off with a 5k run at 9:00am followed by a parade with children, bike and pets parade starting at Beaumont Middle School at 10:00am (registration starts at 9:30am).

Firehouse Centennial and Summer Social in North Portland's Woodlawn Neighborhood

Firehouse is one of my favorite Portland restaurants, and this Sunday they are throwing a birthday party and inviting the whole neighborhood.


Firehouse Closes Down The Streets To Celebrate Building Centennial & Its 5th Anniversary as a Neighborhood Restaurant

Mark your calendars, because on Sunday, August 4, Firehouse Restaurant is throwing a birthday party you won’t want to miss. The Firehouse team is celebrating the 100th birthday of our historic North Portland digs—the old Firehouse 29—a day that also coincides with our 5th anniversary. We're closing down the streets to throw a celebratory family-friendly bash toasting our appreciation to the Portland community for five incredible years, all while benefiting two organizations close to our hearts—The Pixie Project, a Portland-based animal adoption center and rescue, and Sauvie Island Center, an educational program increasing the food, farm and environmental literacy of the next generation through hands-on educational field trips to their Sauvie Island location in Howell Territorial Park.

The Firehouse has long been the center of commercial and historical activity in the Woodlawn Neighborhood and to remain such a grand building 100 years after its construction is worthy of a party for the ages. It has been our home for the last five years, so on August 4, we celebrate its 100th year in Portland and the most fun five years of our lives, while raising money for Pixie Project and Sauvie Island Center.

The Firehouse Centennial & Summer Social is built on the idea of small town fun. Think pony rides (yes, pony rides!), dancing, dunk tank, all-day live music, cotton candy, a petting zoo, sack races, slow bike race and more. Plus, we are organizing a chili cook-off featuring local chef friends from Grain & Gristle, Old Salt Marketplace, Aviary, Fireside Restaurant and Breakside. The day’s menu includes a pig roast with all the fixings and a local beer garden. Vegetarian options will be available as well.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun by offering small donations ($1 – $10) for food, beverage and activities.

All proceeds from the silent auction and food and beer sales will go to The Pixie Project and the Sauvie Island Center.
So please join us on August 4th as we give back to the community that has given us so much joy and happiness over the last 5 years!

Festivities begin at 2 PM on Sunday, August 4 at 711 NE Dekum, and will go late.

Pickathon 2013 - August 2-4

Also this weekend, at Pendarvis Farm, it's Pickathon! Tickets still available.  
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Pickathon is an innovative music experience happening Friday, August 2nd, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4th at beautiful Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland, Oregon. Come join us for a one of a kind weekend of music, food and community. Since day one, the idea behind Pickathon has always been pretty simple: what does it take to be the best weekend festival of the year for music lovers?

This question has driven us to highly refine an experience that is truly unique. Innovation has always been at the center of this process and through the years many important elements have come together; collaborating widely on yearly diverse lineups that are built on the idea of great music being the sole criteria; refining six unique performance venues designed to create juxtaposing alternate realities; trusting important decisions can be discussed and made with our online community such as maintaining a low crowd density; becoming the only large music festival to eliminate plastic and minimize single use items; recruiting the finest food and drink purveyors in the land; focusing constantly on eliminating "normal" festival hassles; enabling families to thrive; working with the Pendarvis Family to create a highly designed paradise of a festival grounds, and the list goes on.


Beards! West Coast Beard and Mustache Championship

Saturday, August 3, 2013, 2:30pm at Crystal Ballroom
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heyLOW Entertainment with the Stumptown Stash & Beard Collective Presents the 2013 West Coast Beard & Mustache Championships, at the historic Crystal Ballroom, in beautiful Portland, Oregon. This promises to be a fun time for competitors and spectators alike, with some of the best facial hair in the world on display!

Come join us for beer, the beards, the music, the women (or men, if that is more appropriate), and the fun! This is the 3rd West Coast Champs, and last, so don't miss out on the big finale...

Pink Martini at Edgefield

This is a great time to be outside at one of Portland's restaurants with patios.  Or, head over to McMenamin's Edgefield and enjoy a concert on the lawn.  This weekend is Pink Martini.

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About Pink Martini

In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun... but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old- fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks.

After three years and a cast of different singers, Lauderdale called China Forbes, an old Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. The band began to write songs together, and their first song – “Sympathique,” with the chorus “Je ne veux pas travailler” (“I don't want to work”) – became an overnight sensation in France, and was even nominated for “Song of the Year” at France's Victoires de la Musique Awards.

“All of us in Pink Martini have studied different languages as well as different styles of music from different parts of the world,” says Lauderdale. “So inevitably, our repertoire is wildly diverse. At one moment, you feel like you're in the middle of a samba parade in Rio de Janeiro, and in the next moment, you're in a French music hall of the 1930s or a palazzo in Napoli. It's a bit like an urban musical travelogue. We're very much an American band, but we spend a lot of time abroad... and therefore have the incredible diplomatic opportunity to represent a broader, more inclusive America... the America which remains the most heterogeneously populated country in the world... composed of people of every country, every language, every religion.”

Featuring 12 regular musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia and New Zealand, South America and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with more than 25 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Symphony and the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. Other appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year's Eve 2003, 2004 and 2008; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Governor's Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia; and two sold-out concerts at Paris's legendary L'Olympia Theatre in 2011.

Pink Martini's debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band's own label Heinz Records (named after Lauderdale's dog), and quickly became an international phenomenon, garnering the group nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Best New Artist” in France's Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000. Pink Martini released Hang On Little Tomato in 2004, Hey Eugene! in 2007 and Splendor In The Grass in 2009. In November 2010 the band released Joy To The World – a festive, multi-denominational holiday album featuring songs from around the globe. Joy To The World received rave reviews and was carried in Starbucks stores during the 2010 holiday season. All five albums have gone gold in France, Canada, Greece and Turkey, and have sold well over 2.5 million copies worldwide.

In Fall 2011 the band released two albums – A Retrospective, a collection of the band's most beloved songs spanning their 16-year career, which includes eight unreleased tracks and 1969, an album of collaborations with legendary Japanese singer Saori Yuki which has been certified platinum in Japan.

Please note:
- Low-profile lawn chairs and blankets only
- No picnics or outside food or beverages
- No re-entry
- No pets
- No camping
- No RVs
- No unauthorized vendors

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Last but not least, right around the corner from summer (I know...right?) is WWEEK'S MusicFestNW, Portland's Largest Music Festival: Sept 3-8 2013.  Tickets are on sale now, and the full lineup has just been published.  Visit


Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

So this happens a lot: our young charge Bella is expecting friends to visit so they can all hang out and play together, perhaps even have a sleepover. She's excited about it because she loves her friends, and she's excited at the prospect of finally not having to sit in mute horror of having a conversation with we grownups, because our conversations tend to be full of “lessons” and telling her things “for her own good”, and “Please bathe!” and “Please stop bathing, you've been in there for an HOUR!” The friends' parents are due to drop them off any minute now, oh boy oh joy.

The moment arrives! The friends troop in, bags are flung into corners, cats are greeted/terrorized, snacks are dispensed in exchange for mumbled perfunctory thanks all 'round, and then silence descends... they all sit and begin staring at their mobile devices. Slack expressions. Blink. Tap. Bee-boop. The occasional girly snort-guffaw and “I know, right?”

I know this is probably a generation-gap thing (chasm, crevasse, whatever), but this drives me all kinds of mad. I suggest a game of catch with the velcro paddles – a gambit that every once in awhile and with certain of her friends has yielded positive results – and Bella shoots me a smoldering glare that threatens to peel skin from my forehead. No dice anyway, no one is interested. Bleep. Tap-tap. Vvvwing! Snort.

I despair of the future of our youths' health and attention span, I really do. You know who I blame? Adults. No, not me. Maybe not you either. Those other adults. The ones who can't live disconnected. Or perhaps I have that wrong. I mean those who aren't connected to the things that matter.

How often have you seen people out walking, or jogging, or bicycling, out in the fresh air, breathing in the scents of Nature and surrounded by the glorious green of the vital living Earth, and missing it all because they're totally engrossed in a conversation on their phone? It's bad enough that you have to step around some clod at the supermarket who's in teleconference with his spouse because he can't manage to navigate the aisles on his own...

(“I don't see beets here...Root-looking things?...I thought rutabagas were roots, that's why they call them ROOTabagas...Beets are roots?...Well excuse me, how was I supposed to know that?”)

...or that you have to be ever-vigilant against some multi-tasking mook running you off the road or knocking you down in a crosswalk, but to witness such disregard for both the natural world and other people around them trying to enjoy it for themselves is maddening. Why do they bother to be outside if they're just going to willfully blind themselves to what's going on all around them?

On my last visit to Oaks Bottom, on the narrow trail that runs below the mausoleum, I was passed twice (once in each direction) by a man running and chattering with a BlueTooth device stuck to his ear. I could tell by his end of the conversation that it wasn't a social call, as it contained terms like “market share” and “team wellness” and “margin coddling”. One of those people who can't relax and can't afford to unplug. Jeebus, there seem to be so many of them. They're the butt of jokes and viral videos (remember the lady who walked into the fountain at the mall?), these people for whom two free hands and two free ears and two free thumbs equal mortal separation. Bah!

Even if I get a smartphone one of these days, I'll do the smart thing and keep it in my pocket. When I'm outside, whether on a sidewalk or on a forest trail, I'll let the world talk to me and I'll just listen.

Portland Photo of the Week

Crystal Springs by Earl R. Thomas
"They sat quietly watching the sun go down, both wishing they had a glass of a quality Oregon pinot noir."

This week Portland Photo of the Week winner is Earl R. Thomas, "Crystal Springs at Sunset".  Earl  wins Portland photo of the week, and a Powell's Books gift card.

Come upload your Portland photos to the Portland photo album for a chance to win Portland Photo of the Week and  a feature in the weekly blog!

Featured Portland Events this Week

Each week, we feature a handful of member-added Portland events to the blog.  You can always add your own Portland events directly to the Portland events calendar.  Visit

Bike MS

August 2, 2013 at 8am to August 4, 2013 at 5pm – Western Oregon University 2013 Bike MS Willamette ValleyJoin Us For Our 29th Annual Ride!Date(s): August 2-4, 2013Start/Finish Location: 345 N. Monmouth Ave., Monmouth, OregonRegistration Fee: $55 Fundraising Minimum: $250Rou Organized by Oregon MS Society | Type: fundraiser, charity, cycling, race, ms

Pickathon 2013

August 3, 2013 to August 4, 2013"Pendarvis Farm" Pickathon is an innovative music experience happening Friday, August 2nd, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4th at beautiful Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland, Oregon. Come join us for a on Organized by Pickathon | Type: pickathon

Largos Cargos! Bikes Between the Buildings

August 3, 2013 from 9am to 10am – Portland Art Museum Join truck trike builder Bill Stites, Martina Fahrner from Clever Cycles, Joel Grover from Splendid Cycles, and EcoSpeed President Brent Bolton as they discuss the latest cargo biking options and the Organized by Mariah Pushnik | Type: art, exhibit, lecture, discussion

Rox in Sox: Free Music and Books Festival

August 3, 2013 from 10am to 6pm – West End Building park Aaron Nigel Smith, the PBS Kids TV personality and director of the international One World Chorus, announces the first-ever free family festival celebrating music and books: Rox in Sox, on Saturday, Organized by Beth Blenz-Clucas | Type: festival

North Mississippi Tour

August 3, 2013 from 1pm to 4pm – North Mississippi Ave Join us for a three-hour tour through Portland’s newest culinary hot spot. We will explore N Mississippi Avenue, a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood full of great food and lots of personality. Sample Organized by Forktown Food Tours | Type: tour

Fremont Fest 2013

August 3, 2013 from 6pm to 7pm – "NE Fremont" NE Portland's Fremont Fest 2013 Our signature events, Fremont Fest the first Saturday in August and the Festival of Lights the first Friday in December are an amazing opportunity for you to showcase Organized by Fremont Fest 2013 | Type: fremont fest

Murder Mystery Show - The Dinner Detective

August 3, 2013 from 6:15pm to 9:15pm – Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center Founded in 2004, The Dinner Detective has quickly become the largest Murder Mystery Dinner Show in the United States and has been voted “Best Murder Mystery Dinner Show” and “Best Dinner Show” throu Organized by The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show | Type: murder, mystery, dinner, show

Drive In at Zidell Yards

August 3, 2013 at 7:30pm to August 5, 2013 at 10:30pm – "Zidell Yards" Drive-In at Zidell Yards Presented by Zidell and Northwest Film Center August 3-5, 2013 Walk – bike – aerial tram – streetcar – drive-in to classic date night cinema under the Ross Island Bridge. Sna Organized by NWFILM | Type: portland drive in movies

Brew Masterpiece Theater: The Dark Crystal

August 3, 2013 from 7:45pm to 11pm – Burnside Brewing 7th And E Burnside Portland Oregon This summer, the Hollywood Theatre is bringing you Brew Masterpiece Theatre, one of a kind events where brew masters craft beers inspired by films they love. We’ve teamed up with Burnside Brewing to Organized by The Hollywood Theatre | Type: movie, and, beer

Firehouse Centennial and Summer Social

August 4, 2013 all day – Firehouse Restaurant At Firehouse Restaurant on NE Dekum St Summer social, street party, music, beer garden, food, fun, chili cook-off, pig roast, petting zoo, silent auction, more!! Organized by Firehouse Restaurant | Type: portland street fair, portland summer social

Irvington Playwright Presents Reading of DOUBLE EXPOSURE

August 4, 2013 at 7pm to August 5, 2013 at 7pm – Cerimon House With humor and grace the story of one woman's struggle with breast cancer as she prepares to die while learning to live- and ultimately survives- is the topic of this new play by Portland theatre art Organized by Randall Stuart, Artistic Director | Type: play, reading

Boys & Girls Aid Foster Care Information Session - Free!

August 6, 2013 from 6pm to 7:30pm – Boys & Girls Aid Interested in Becoming a Foster Parent? Attend an Information Session! Boys & Girls Aid is currently looking for committed and reliable foster parents who live in the tri-county area to provide Organized by Boys & Girls Aid-Sasha Travaglio | Type: information, session

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.  2911 NW CORNELL RD Portland, OR 97210



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2. 2606 NE 11TH AVE Portland, OR 97212



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3. 4302 SW 40TH AVE Portland, OR 97221



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4. 4231 SE MADISON ST Portland, OR 97215



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5. 2325 NE 56TH AVE Portland, OR 97213



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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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