Events Blog: This Week in Portland, August 3,
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
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?
– 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.
Gates at 7:30, show time at dusk. Midnight Saturday showing of Dazed
and Confused, gates at 11 p.m.
$8 per person. $12 per person for the August 3 double feature. Tickets
at the gate only.
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.
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.
Dazed and Confused, Singing in the Rain, Jaws, and Blue
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
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
Firehouse is one of my favorite Portland restaurants, and this Sunday
they are throwing a birthday party and inviting the whole neighborhood.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
- 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
Last but not least, right
the corner from summer (I know...right?) is WWEEK'S MusicFestNW,
Music Festival: Sept 3-8 2013. Tickets are on sale now, and
the full lineup has just been published. Visit http://musicfestnw.com/
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...
...as they all sit and
begin staring at their mobile devices. Slack expressions. Blink. Tap.
Bee-boop. The occasional girly snort-guffaw and “I know,
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!
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
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.
Photo of the Week
sat quietly watching the sun go down, both wishing they had a glass of
a quality Oregon pinot noir."
Photo of the Week winner is
Earl R. Thomas, "Crystal Springs at Sunset". Earl
photo of the week, and a
Powell's Books gift card.
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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.
Food Tours | Type: tour
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Portland's Fremont Fest 2013
Our signature events, Fremont Fest the first Saturday in August and the
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