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Portland Events Blog: This Week in Portland, October 5, 2013

Hello, Portlanders.  Here is our weekly Portland events rundown with several ideas of fun things to do in Portland this week.  This week we thought we would spotlight some local Portland theater events.  There's something for everyone, from family events, to popular classic musicals, to dramatic performances at Portland's Keller Auditorium, The 'Shnitz, Gerding Theater at the Armory, and Artists Repertory Theatre.  Find these and more great Portland Theaters and performance events on the Portland Attractions Map.

Anything Goes at Keller Auditorium


ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”

Superheroes at the Symphony at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Superheroes take the stage when music from "Batman" and "Spiderman" lead the charge of superheroes that includes none other than Prometheus, Solomon, and the Queen of Sheba herself! Designed for kids age 5-10. Kids concerts last approximately one hour.

Pacific Youth Choir
Dance West
Pam Mahon,

Sun 10/6/13 2:00PM Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Sweet and Sad at Winngstad Theatre


It’s the tenth anniversary of September 11.

The Apple family finds itself gathered together in Rhinebeck, NY for an impromptu lunch before heading off to an afternoon memorial service. While Uncle Benjamin rehearses for a reading, emotions run high as the Apples catch up on politics (both familial and political), tell ghost stories, tease each other mercilessly, and confront the difficulties of loss. Filled with humor and sorrow, Sweet and Sad celebrates the challenges of life in 21st century and how we grapple with the consequences of loss.
Sweet and Sad is the second of four plays that chronicle modern American life through a single family. Ben Brantley of the New York Times says, "Mr. Nelson's series is quietly turning into one of the greatest accomplishments in American Theatre to date in this century."
Featuring last year's all-company cast of That Hopey Changey Thing - Jacklyn Maddux, Michael O'Connell, Rebecca Lingafelter, Isaac Lamb, Maureen Porter, and Bruce Burkhartsmeier - and directed by Artistic Director Scott Yarbrough, Sweet and Sad will be a compelling and poignant kickoff to Third Rail's Eighth Season.
Get reacquainted with the Apple Family. Sweet and Sad opens September 27 and runs through October 20 at the Winningstad Theatre.  Tickets and more at

Fiddler on the Roof at Portland Center Stage Gerding Theater at the Armory


Winner of nine Tony Awards and with a record-setting Broadway run, Fiddler has become an American classic. Tevye, the loquacious father of five daughters, fights to maintain his family and their traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with his strong-willed daughters—as each one’s choice of husband moves further from tradition—and with the edict of a tyrannical and unjust Tsar.  Tickets and more at

The Mountaintop


April 4, 1968. Memphis. The Lorraine Motel. A time and place burned into the American psyche. But what about April 3? How did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spend his last night on Earth? Playwright Katori Hall creates a surrealistic fantasy in this breakout Broadway hit about a chance encounter between King and a mysterious hotel maid who brings him a cup of coffee and prompts him to confront his life, his legacy and the plight and future of his people.

The Big Meal at Artists Repertory Theatre


Set in a quintessential American restaurant, entire lives whiz by for a modern family whose stage and age are short-order fare. From birth to that inevitable last course – and every corndog, calamari and Cadillac margarita in-between – a multi-generational potluck of characters live life’s major and minor moments around the dinner table. Expect humor and heartache as eight actors portraying 26 characters and five generations serve up a veritable theatrical feast.
West Coast Premiere • Off-Broadway Hit • New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award Winner
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Prosts 4th Annual Oktoberfest

It is that time of year for Prost!'s 4th Annual Oktoberfest celebration! Join us Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 4th,5th, & 6th for our biggest party of the year!

Once again we will have the 4000 square foot Biergarten, featured Oktoberfest Biers, live German music, special Roasted Chicken & Pork(just like in Munich!), 1L Mugs & Boots for sale, as well as special PROST! OKTOBERFEST 2013 T-SHIRTS & CLAY MUGS FOR SALE!!!

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Zompire: Undead Film Festival at Clinton Street Theater

Two nights of independent short and feature films of the Undead!

October 4-5, 2013
Clinton St. Theater
2522 SE Clinton St.
Portland, OR 97202

Featuring the US Premiere of Eiji Uchida's feature-length Dead Banging! An all-girl Heavy Metal band (played by real life Japanese all-girl rock band "Gacharic Spin"), martial artist schoolgirls, a mad General, a gun-toting monk, and a head-banging Zombie make this film an awesome romp that you don't want to miss!

Also, Dead Meat Walking - A Zombie Walk Documentary stars Norman Reedus (AMC's The Walking Dead), Tom Savini (makeup artist on Romero's Dead movies), screenwriter John Russo (Night of The Living Dead), and more!

Come see short films from the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, S. Korea, all featuring a unique spin on the Undead. Click here to see the complete list of films.

Not just movies! In addition to all the great films, we're hosting a costume contest with tons of prizes, a keynote speech on the future of horror in comics by Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie, Zombie preparedness with Adam Scott Glancy (Publisher of Delta Green), and more fun than you can shake a decapitated head at!


Family of Six

Written by PortlandNeighborhood Guest Writer, Rob Creighton Garrison

What? I've never shown you pictures of our family? That can't be right. Sure, I don't carry the wallet-size photos with me everywhere I go, but thanks to the World Wide Wimbledon I would think surely I'd have lobbed a pic or two of the clan your way at least once. Really, if this is true that I haven't shared with you the apples of mine eyes, this shall be rectified at once!

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This one we named Boris. Actually he was named Boris prior to our introduction to him. He was also named Simba at one time. It wasn't explained to us which name came first, or why; perhaps his prior family named him Simba first but then after observing him for a while they thought he acted more like a Boris. To be honest, neither name really suits him, since Simba sounds exotic and regal to me just as Boris sounds brash and mustachioed and prone to bear hugs while laughing heartily. Our Boris acts more like a Wally or a Stan, amiable and always glad to see you. Boris Garrison is a people person, can't get enough of you whether you be family, friend, or stranger. He's an old guy now; we estimate he's at least 15 years old. Couldn't ask for a better pal.

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This behemoth is Rajah, a fellow who also doesn't quite fit his monicker. He's more like a Brutus or a Bluto. Rajah insists on getting his way, and doesn't give up on that goal easily. He loves his cat food. He loves everybody else's food too. This is pretty evident, no? Rajah is the bully of the household. It's HIS chair, HIS blanket, HIS bed (the one the missus and I used to call OUR bed), HIS toy mouse. Rajah is also advanced in years, perhaps 18 years old. He's a bit stiff in his joints and a little slow in his takeoff, but still makes his jumps to the bed (sort of a jump-slash-climb really, as evidenced by the somewhat shredded appearance of our duvet). He is not above biting to gain attention. He's an old punk, but we love him.

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Harley is a spoiled brat, care of the missus of the apartment. This guy is a furry vacuum cleaner, hoovering up any and all digestible products not actually in someone else's mouth. He's the lightest cat in the house, and it's due exclusively to his rabbit-like metabolism because he would eat ALL of the things if he could manage to trick the rest of us into leaving the apartment and then bar the doors and windows. He is also the alarm clock. The slightest rustle of bed covers anywhere in the vicinity of 4 a.m. is his cue to be in my face and announcing at length his conviction that he will be a dessicated fly-blown husk if he isn't fed RIGHT NOW. I keep a mister bottle of water labeled “snooze alarm” on my bedside table just for him. He knows it, and he hates it, and he conveniently forgets it every damned morning. His breath would knock a buzzard off a corpse wagon. He is also affectionate and loves nothing better than to nestle on his favorite human lap (not mine) and will hold a conversation as long as she or I would like. Other people? He freaks out and vaporizes, his exit traced only by white puffs of fur. He's an idiot, but yes, we love him too. He's probably the youngest feline in the household, maybe 12 or so.

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Dobie (Dobus, the Dobester) is the relative newcomer, a black and white study in measured response to everything that goes on around him. Not much fazes him; even Harley's feints at his morning breakfast dish only inspires a disdainful glance and a hasteless leave-taking (but he's not above administering a smart swat when he feels it's warranted and he's not fussy about the species who's earned it either, so watch it!). He doesn't go out of his way for anybody, but he'll accept ear skritches and most often wishes to accompany us to the bathroom, which he considers his domain. When he chooses to speak, his is the most insistent yowl of any. He escapes through the front door on occasion, but (so far) he's always come home. We're glad, because he's entertaining and can be quite charming when his guard is down.  He's 12 or perhaps 13 years old.

Harley and Dobie came to us from other households, favors done for others whose home situations changed and made it problematic to keep their pets. Boris and Rajah, on the other hand, were found at the Oregon Humane Society, and that's the whole reason for today's article, really. There are lots of potential best pals, of all ages, at the Oregon Humane Society, you guys. You should go look.

Everyone can use more friends, and every being deserves a good home. Adopt and/or donate.

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About Oregon Humane Society

For 144 years OHS has been sheltering abandoned animals, fighting cruelty and neglect, and working to build a caring, compassionate community here

in Oregon. Although we have thousands of members and 1,500 volunteers, we are really nothing more than a single person saying, "Yes, I want to help."  

On our website, you can learn how to adopt a pet, report animal cruelty, lend a helping hand to animals, and much more. OHS is not affiliated with any other local or national organization and receives no tax dollars; our work is made possible only by the generosity of people like yourself. Learn how you can help.  Visit

And if you haven't played with the Oregon Humane Society cats using the live robotic petcam, you must check this out!

Portland Photo of the Week

Fremont Bridge by Fasai
Fremont Bridge by Fasai

Each week we select a member-uploaded photo as the Portland Photo of the Week.  Fasai shared this stunning image of the Fremont Bridge in Portland.   This looks to me like an early morning shot.  Thanks for sharing your photos of Portland!

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

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

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

Varsity Cheerleader Werewolves LIVE From Outer Space - Revival

October 3, 2013 at 7pm to October 12, 2013 at 8:30pm – Post 5 Theatre THE 80s, TEEN, SCI-FI, HORROR, COMEDY SENSATION...LIVE ON-STAGE, ON YOUR PLANET & IN YOUR FACE!! A cabaret-style production featuring sexy cheerleaders, rebellious youth, evil aliens, 80s music, Organized by Steve Coker | Type: theatre, arts, performance, comedy, cabaret

Portland Marathon Kids' Fun Run & Fitness Festival

October 5, 2013 from 9am to 12pm – Lincoln High School Track The Portland Marathon Kids’ Fun Run & Festival is held on Saturday of Event weekend, and is dedicated to our community of active youth, ages 2-12. The festival will be fun-filled and include the Organized by Portland Marathon | Type: fun, run

Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

October 5, 2013 at 10am to January 12, 2014 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of the samurai, the revered and feared warriors of Japan—from one of the finest and most comprehen Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibition

SUSAN HOWE - TOM TIT TOT - an exhibition

October 5, 2013 at 3pm to December 5, 2013 at 4pm – Yale Union (YU) SUSAN HOWE TOM TIT TOT October 5–December 6Thursday–Sunday, 12–4pm ReceptionSaturday, October 5, 3pm Our next exhibition, Susan Howe’s first solo show, is comprised of two long poems, one from 2010 Organized by YU | Type: exhibition

Meet the Brewer Tour with Carston Haney of Alameda Brewing

October 6, 2013 from 1pm to 5pm – Portland Breweries - Alameda SE production facility & NE brewpub, Belmont Station & Landmark Saloon Join Carston Haney, brewer at Alameda Brewing Co., on a tour that will include Alameda’s new SE brewery as well as three other stops in Portland. Carston will start things off at Alameda’s new brewer Organized by Brewvana -Portland Brewery Tours | Type: brewery tour


October 6, 2013 from 5pm to 8:30pm – OREGON ZOO BANQUET ROOM The 13th Annual Big Cat, Big Party October 6, 2013 at the Oregon Zoo Save the date! Help the cheetah win its race for survival by attending Big Cat, Big Party on October 6, 2013 at the Oregon Zoo. Dr Organized by The Cheetah Conservation Fund | Type: cheetah, conservation, fundraiser

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:

The Best Deals in Portland This Week:

September 30th - October 7th

1.  2989 SW MONTGOMERY DR Portland, OR 97201



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2. 1591 SE MAPLE AVE Portland, OR 97214



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3. 1010 NE Failing ST Portland, OR 97212



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4. 1248 SW CARDINELL WAY Portland, OR 97201



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5. 3526 SE 70TH AVE Portland, OR 97206



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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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