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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, September 21, 2013

Hello, Portlanders.  Our weekly Portland events blog gives you the rundown of fun things to do in Portland each week. This weekend is Feast Portland:

Feast Portland

A world-class event celebrating Oregon's bounty and the chefs and artisans who do some pretty amazing things with it.  

What happens when comfort food gets pushed out of its comfort zone? What would grandmother’s food taste like if grandma had a Michelin star, an immersion circulator, and a pantry full of Iberian ham, foie gras, and candy bars? 

The answer: High Comfort, the most decadent culinary event around. Last year’s event saw meat cereal, caviar sandwiches, and a charcuterie hall of fame without rival. 

This year, some of the best chefs from the US and Canada are going to take it to the next level: Get ready to be fed silly with help from premier Oregon wines and their European counterparts. Don’t plan anything early the next day.



It's autumn season and that means it is time or Dogtoberfest!  

Pack up the pooches and head on down to the Lucky Lab for Portland’s biggest dog wash!
For a suggested donation of $10 per dog, DoveLewis volunteers will scrub up and dry off your dog. In addition to awesome live music, we’ll also unveil the 2014 DoveLewis calendar! Inside the brew pub you’ll find great beer and plenty of good food plus have an opportunity to visit with several pet related vendors at the street fair. All proceeds benefit the DoveLewis Blood Bank.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
Lucky Lab Brew Pub
915 SE Hawthorne, Portland
Suggested donation of $10.00 per dog washed

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A Case of the Monthlies

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

A friend of ours, who has highfalutin tastes, recently visited and left a magazine on our cocktail table (that is, our coffee table, as we are not ourselves highfalutin folk and therefore do not imbibe cocktails unless we're elsewhere other than home and others are providing them). This is, as far as the species goes, a handsome magazine full of elegant and enthusiastic prose accompanied by excellent photography; fashion, home décor, dining, helpful and tasteful gardening tips, all is there for your rapt perusal.

You may read it if you like. It's now in one of the communal laundry rooms of my apartment community.

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Tear off the front cover of it, and Portland Monthly is almost indistinguishable from any number of other slick city monthlies. Bland, catering to refined vanilla tastes and with an obvious bias toward subscribers enjoying a lofty income, it couldn't be any farther from my personal experience of Portland if it published a regular feature called “What's New in the GOP This Week!”. This would not be a magazine I'd recommend to people just arrived in the city, not in my tax bracket anyway.

Certainly it isn't completely bereft of informative articles here and there, but to find them as an average reader would (How often is it that you turn to the table of contents first, seriously? Oh, you are lying!) takes patience and diligence while on each and every page you must play the game I call Ad Hopscotch, your eyes forced to hop up and down to and fro like you're trying to follow a game of Pong*. Ad space seems to take precedent in these magazines, the delivery of information and entertainment a secondary consideration.

Fie on that. Fie, I say! There are several alternatives currently published that far better represent Portland, and that are much richer in content and more entertaining to boot.

Some years ago a friend in Albuquerque, New Mexico voiced an interest in visiting our emerald city, so I sent him a few wordy goodies that I felt gave a fair and well-rounded impression of it:

One copy of The Oregonian. Yeah, there's the online version, but nothing beats holding a newspaper in your hands.

One copy of Willamette Week, sent in a separate envelope. I was careful to tell him not to let it come in contact with the copy of The Oregonian for the chance they would spontaneously combust or open a wormhole or something.

One copy of Portland Mercury in yet another envelope. Stack this with the other two on the same table and you'll summon Gozer.

One copy of The Zinester's Guide to Portland, a publication that you might swear even smells and tastes like what it describes about all good (or at least interesting) things in the Rose City. There's an online version that doesn't seem to have been updated in awhile but still has lots of good stuff to peruse.

Of course, the best one is the one you're already reading, the very one that kindly hosts this humble blog. Thanks for that, by the way.

Portland Photo of the Week

Portland photo of the week by Evelyn Morabe
Sellwood Rest Photo by Evelyn Morabe

Each week we select a member-uploaded photo as the Portland Photo of the Week.  This great image was uploaded by Evelyn Morabe and features the bench overlooking Sellwood nature area.  

Upload your photos to the Portland Photo Album for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local Portland bookstore (ahem...Powell's) a coffee shop, or restaurant.

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

Kiss of the Spider Woman

September 5, 2013 at 7:30pm to September 29, 2013 at 2pm – The Sanctuary @ Sandy Plaza triangle productions! presents the Oregon premiere of the seven-time Tony Award winning musical, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN. Set in a Latin-American prison, Molina is serving an eight-year sentence fo Organized by triangle productions! | Type: theatre

The Question of Hope: Robert Adams in Western Oregon

September 7, 2013 at 10am to January 5, 2014 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Robert Adams is an unflinching witness to grand promises sometimes fulfilled and sometimes laid to waste. A faithful visitor to the Northwest since the early 1960s, he moved permanently from Colorado Organized by Mariah Pushnik | Type: exhibition

Time Based Art Festival 2013

September 12, 2013 to September 22, 2013Various locations throughout Portland PICA presents the 11th-annual Time-Based Art Festival, presenting dozens of emerging talents and legacy artists from around the world. Visual installations and live performances fill out theaters, te Organized by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art | Type: festival

La Luna Nueva

September 13, 2013 at 6pm to September 28, 2013 at 10pm – Miracle Theatre La Luna Nueva is Milagro's annual multidisciplinary arts festival, celebrating the beauty of Latino arts and culture from around the world. Two weeks of daily events featuring spirited flamenco and t Organized by Miracle Theatre | Type: community, theatre

2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards

September 21, 2013 at 10am to January 12, 2014 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum The Portland Art Museum is pleased to present the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards, celebrating the artists and creative community in the five-state greater Northwest region. This year’s six ex Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibition


September 21, 2013 from 11am to 5pm – Lucky Lab Brew Pub Save the date for Dogtoberfest 2013! Pack up the pooches and head on down to the Lucky Lab for Portland’s biggest dog wash! For a suggested donation of $10 per dog, DoveLewis volunteers will scrub up Organized by DoveLewis | Type: fundraiser

PDX Asian Food Market Tour -- 9/21

September 21, 2013 from 11:30am to 3:30pm – Portland Join Chef 2Go for a tour of some of the best places to shop for fresh, inexpensive seafood and other Asian food supplies on Portland’s east side. Tour includes Asian gourmet lunch. This is your time Organized by Tamara Gilbert | Type: market, tour

The Best of Northeast Portland Tour

September 21, 2013 from 5pm to 8pm – Dean's Scene, Alameda Brewing & Captured by Porches We're highlighting three of NEPO's (Northeast Portland) beer-pouring best. The tour starts at Dean's Scene, a top-secret, basement speakeasy for beer tasting before heading to Alameda for appetizers Organized by Brewvana - Portland Brewery Tours | Type: brewery tour

The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show

September 21, 2013 from 6:15pm to 9pm – 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

Discover the Arts Open House - FREE

September 22, 2013 from 2pm to 4:30pm – Portland Metro Arts We're extending an invitation to everyone in the family for a day of FREE arts workshops, classes and performances.Something for all ages and all levelsFree classesDance, Music, Theatre and Art Free Organized by Elizabeth Allen | Type: open, house, free, classes

Ted Brancato & Friends, Jazz Quartet

September 22, 2013 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm – Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant The sounds of Jazz, R&B, Brazilian-influenced compositions and 14 original songs that span a stylistic palette from straight-ahead jazz to rhythm and blues will fill Ivories on Sunday, September Organized by Mary Bowlby | Type: music, cd, release, party

summer handcyciling series

September 24, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm – portland international raceway This summer, Incight and Oregon Disability Sports are teaming up to present the second annual Summer Handcycling Series at Portland International Raceway. Every Tuesday, beginning July 9th, handcycli Organized by incight | Type: community

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!

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:

1.  1420 NW LOVEJOY ST Portland, OR 97209



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2. 6809 SE ASH ST Portland, OR 97215



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3. 411 NE LADDINGTON CT Portland, OR 97232



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4. 1717 SW MYRTLE ST Portland, OR 97201



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5. 4306 SE 29TH AVE Portland, OR 97202



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