Hello, Portlanders. Welcome to our weekly Portland events blog. The rain sure seems to be starting a bit earlier this year, if this weekend's weather is any indication. Sadly, this means the cancellation of SW Portland Sunday Parkways this weekend, as well as a handful of other outdoor Portland events. The SOLV Beach Cleanup will be postponed due to bad weather at the coast.
It rained hard last night, and the sound of fat wet droplets pattering on the roof was calming and made me want to stay in bed all day, instead of getting up to write the blog! Oh, but it does create such pretty scenery. I snapped this photo this morning (Rhododendron, OR), and the river is muddy and fast moving from all the rain last night.
Misty Morning - Sandy River in the Rain
Actually, autumn in Portland is a favorite time of year, so when the rain ceases this week, be sure to get out and enjoy some of the golden light and autumn flowers before the rain returns for real this winter. Photos below courtesy of Michael Barton.
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge - Photo by Michael Barton
Smithsonian Free Museum Day in Portland
Since you're probably in the mood for indoor events this weekend in Portland, then there is no better time to tell you that today, Saturday September 28, 2013 is Free Museum Day in Portland at a couple different locations like the Portland Art Museum, Oregon History Museum, and Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts. Sponsored by the Smithsonian, visit their website to get your tickets and to find all the locations you can visit for free today.
Here are popular Portland Museums on a map.
Occidental’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest celebration will feature locally brewed bier as well as traditional German food from Urban German and live music. The Brewvana bus will provide FREE transportation between the DoubleTree Lloyd Center and Occidental Brewing with shuttle pickups at the DoubleTree every hour on the hour 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. No registration is necessary to take advantage of the transportation, just hop on the bus and enjoy all the Oktoberfest celebration has to offer. Cost: FREE. Visit http://www.experiencebrewvana.com/
The Eagle Eye Tavern is
excited to host Lents 1st Annual Oktoberfest with food by Urban German.
9 different seaonal releases from some of our favorite NW breweries
including Ninkasi, Oakshire, Occidental, Leavenworth & more!
The gates open at noon and live music starts at 2 daily. Bands include
Lents own Wilkinson Blades, www.reverbnation/wilkinsonblades, and Race
of Strangers. Other bands include Garden Goat and Beaver Boogie Band
with more TBA. Other fun includes Oktoberfest games and costume contest.
Parking is limited. Please use public transportation as we are located right off the Max Green Line Lents/SE Foster stop and Trimet #10, #14 & #71 SE 94th & Foster stop.
Matchday: Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy, Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Jeldwen Field
TIMBERS vs LA GALAXY
A massive contest in the Western Conference playoff chase is ahead on Sunday afternoon before an NBC national network audience as the Portland Timbers play host to the LA Galaxy. Read more...
Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison
I love comix. And now a long aside about that spelling, after which I'll start all over. C'mon, you're used to this by now.
I use the spelling “comix” when I refer to the illustrated story medium, as opposed to the terms “comics” and “comic books”. “Comics” are sweaty people standing in front of a roomful of mostly strangers and trying desperately to make them laugh. “Comic books” is a phrase often used to describe comix, but lend the idea that said books are funny. Not all comix are funny, though. Some of the best comix aren't very funny at all, and when they do make you laugh it's usually while you're whipping your head around and peering into shadowed spaces (actually that's my kind of funny, but your mileage may vary).
I used to use the term “graphic novel” but my brother Bill, who always speaks everyone's truth but his own, declared that I use that term because I'm ashamed that I'm a grown-ass man who reads comix. He's wrong, I'm not either, but I'll admit the phrase does have its nose a bit up in the air.
So. I love comix. Take me to a stack of 'em (or a pile; I'm not picky) and I'll sit right square in the middle of them and commence to readin'. I may not read every one (I have standards) but I'll touch every one and at the very least flip through them, front to back. If the missus and I are at the library and she turns around and I'm out of sight, she knows I'm over in the stacks where the comix are shelved. They have little beanbag chairs and a tiny table over there, it's so neat.
Pop quiz, hotshot. Who is the third-largest publisher of comix in America? Oops, 'scuse me, let me rephrase that question somewhat: Who is the largest independent publisher of comix and manga in America? Dark Horse Comics, that's who (and yeah, they spell it “comics” but they didn't ask me and they're huge anyway so they get to do what they want). I literally live within a ten-minute walk of Dark Horse HQ. They don't know that and wouldn't care, but I think it's pretty dang spiffy.
Know what else (I think) is cool? This publishing house has produced some of the best stuff ever, with characters like Concrete, Hellboy, Flaming Carrot, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and now they're bringing back none other than the good so-ugly-it's-awesome ship Serenity! Really! I read about it here!
Serenity. You know. Firefly? Science-fiction television classic, care of Joss Whedon of Buffy fame? Resurrected a few years later as the kick-all-kinds-of-space-ass theatrical film Serenity?
Don't give me that patronizing smile. I get that plenty from my wife.
Portland Photo of the Week
Tryon Creek State Park by Michael Barton
Each week we select a member-uploaded photo as the Portland Photo of the Week. Michael Barton uploaded a photo diary of Tryon Creek State Park. Thanks for sharing your images with us, Michael!
About Tryon Creek Park:
Located only minutes from downtown Portland is Oregon's only state park within a major metropolitan area. Every day, visitors come to hike or stroll the nature trails through the verdant ravine between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland. Cyclists of all ages bike along the paved trail on the park's eastern edge, stopping along the way to admire a trillium.
Some people visit Tryon Creek just to sit in the Glenn L. Jackson shelter and listen to the chatter of the jays and squirrels. Others, especially people with mobility-related disabilities, come to enjoy the peaceful setting of the fully-accessible Trillium Trail. Read more.
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