Monday, December 29, 2008

Sports Spotlight

Tuesday, December 30
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics

The Blazers have not only survived, but thrived despite the toughest early season schedule in the NBA. With Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Fernandez all clicking and Greg Oden slowly but surely getting his legs back, it’s time for Blazer fans to start expecting to win every home game, even against the defending champs.

Where: Rose Garden
When: 7pm
Tickets: 797-9600,
Additional Home Dates: 12/9 vs. Orlando, 12/12 vs. LA Clippers, 12/16 vs. Sacramento, 12/18 vs. Phoenix, 12/23 vs. Denver, 12/25 vs. Dallas, 12/27 vs. Toronto

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Pink Martini at the Crystal Ballroom

December 28

Come join Portland’s own “little orchestra” for their last show in PDX this year, and get a sneak peak at what to expect from their fourth album which is coming out next year. Pink Martini takes music from all over the globe and turns it into a sound that is all their own—something you can dream to and dance to. The Crystal Ballroom provides the perfect venue for the immense talent that comes with this 12-person band. Lead singer China Forbes will whisk you away on a one-night world tour with her velvety voice and one-of-a-kind style. If you have not seen Pink Martini yet, you are missing out on one of Portland’s great gems. Another local band, The Stolen Sweets, will open for Pink Martini at this all ages show. The doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $27.50 if you buy them in advance and $30 on the day of the show. (225-0047,

–Shanon Emerson

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sports Spotlight

Friday, December 26 – Tuesday, December 30
Les Schwab Invitational

Top local and national prep programs––and even some international teams––will be on display at Liberty High School this month for five days of high-quality hoops. This is a great opportunity to check out tomorrow’s stars today, with past participants including big time NBA ballers like Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant. Most days will offer a full slate of games from 9am to about 10pm, while Sunday will feature a slam dunk and three-point contest from 4–7pm.

Where: Liberty High School
When: Fri, Sat, Mon, Tues 9am; Sun 4pm

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sports Spotlight

Saturday, December 20
Portland State Vikings vs. Montana Grizzlies

The Vikings were picked to repeat as Big Sky champs in both the preseason media and coaches polls, but both polls also had Montana as a solid second-place contender. This should be a good indicator of where the Viks stand in their first conference game of the season.

Where: Stott Center
When: 7:05pm
Tickets: 888-VIK-TIKS,
Additional Home Dates: 12/6 vs. Seattle, 12/9 vs. Lewis & Clark

Thursday, December 18, 2008


Wonder Ballroom
December 19–20

Wonderball! has been described as a holiday variety show like none other. I don’t know how it’s going to beat the Dean Martin Show, but I’m willing to give it a shot. You should, too. During this two night entertainment extravaganza—December 19 and 20—at the Wonder Ballroom, you will witness an array of talent with performers such as Mayor-Elect Sam Adams, drag diva Darcelle, The Mercury’s Dan Savage and Mic Crenshaw, not to mention China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini. Of course, with headliners Storm and the Balls, the show promises to be a mishmash of “music, comedy, bawdiness, naughtiness and special surprises unlike any show you’ll see this holiday season.”

The proceeds from the silent auction and a friendly portion of the event’s profit will go to benefit both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Planned Parenthood. General Admission tickets are $20 per night. Limited VIP seated tickets are available for $30. This includes front seating, private bar and a meet and greet with Storm and the Balls!

–Dave McAlinden

Presidents of the United States of America

Crystal Ballroom
December 19

Remember the Presidents of the United States of America? You know, the guys who saved the Boggles from fading into one-hit-wonder oblivion. That’s right, I said it! Well, if you want to see them put on one hell of a good show, you can. Ticket prices are between $18 and $20; and I would suggest getting them early given the band’s popularity.

When the Seattle-born pop group formed in 1993, their pop-punk flare and catchy melodies caught the ears and captured the hearts of many happy fans. Fifteen years and five albums later they’ve come to Portland once again to bless us with new tracks from their latest album, These are the Good Times People. I don’t know how, but I feel this album is even more poppy than any previous. With that said, the Crystal Ballroom is the perfect setting for fans of this persuasion; the flexing floor is great for the I’m-a-white suburbanite-and-can’t-dance-so-I’m-just-going-to-hop-in-place-until-the-song-ends-and then-feel-awkward-between-sets dance style linked to the group’s central demographic. Suffice to say that it will be a good time. I really hope they play “Dune Buggy,” that’s a good one. I like that one.

–Dave McAlinden

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Portland Saturday Market’s Festival of the Last Minute

December 17–24

T’was the week before Christmas, and all through the city people were shopping at Portland Saturday Market’s Festival of the Last Minute, where they could find crafts, jewelry, baby gifts, candles, instruments, art, pottery, toys, games and so much more. They have it all, so if you are starting to worry that you won’t get all your shopping done or that you won’t find the right gift for everyone on your list, worry no more. Take a stroll down the rows of tents at the Festival of the Last Minute and the gift ideas will start flowing. You may even find the perfect gift; and when you do it will likely have been made by a local artist or craftsperson, which means you can give a homemade gift without having to make it yourself. Most booths take credit cards and there is an ATM machine at the market as well. So slow down, take a break and wait until the last minute. The Saturday Market will be open during the week starting on December 17 from 11am–6pm, on Saturday from 10am–5pm and on Sunday from 11am–4:30pm through Christmas Eve. Visit their website for a list of vendors. (

–Shanon Emerson

Monday, December 15, 2008

18th Annual Champagne Ball

December 31

Looking for that one right party to end 2008? Look no further and get ready to ring in the New Year at the 18th Annual Champagne Ball. This party has been going strong for 18 years and is now “one of the largest New Year’s Eve events on the West Coast,” according to the event’s official website. There will definitely be enough going on to keep you interested with six individually-themed rooms and a total of 32,000 square feet of party space, including four dance floors on two different levels. You could choose to see 5 Guys Named Moe playing Motown and ’70s dance music in the Boogie Wonderland or Hit Machine playing dance hits from the ’80s and ’90s in the Blue Moon Ballroom. The point is, there is plenty of music to get you moving and enough space to keep you moving. Plus there is a no-jeans dress code, and what better night than New Year’s Eve to kick it up a notch. Cocktail attire is a minimum just to get you in the door.

Check out the website to determine what package you want. They offer everything from general admission to your own VIP lounge. Choose your adventure and have a happy New Year. (

–Shanon Emerson

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sports Spotlight

Saturday, December 13
Pape’ Jam: Oregon Ducks vs. San Diego Toreros

The Ducks will make their annual visit to the Rose Garden this month, but it’ll be a very different Oregon team with Malik Hairston, Bryce Taylor and Maarty Leunen all having graduated. This year’s squad belongs to pint-sized gunner Tajuan Porter, dynamic forward Joevan Catron and a collection of intriguing young prospects like freshman center Michael Dunigan.

Where: Rose Garden
When: 5pm
Tickets: 877-789-ROSE,
Additional Home Dates (all at McArthur Court): 12/7 vs. Kansas State, 12/13 vs. San Diego, 12/17 vs. St Mary’s, 12/20 vs. Portland, 12/29 vs. Long Beach State

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Pretenders & Amos Lee

Roseland Theater
December 12

Is it me or is going to a Pretenders and Amos Lee concert like going to see Cher and Ben Harper? Hmm. It is quite an odd pairing, isn’t it? On the one hand you have The Pretenders, a British group, formed in 1978, that has since developed into a blend of ’80s new wave and early ’90s rock ’n roll. Then, on the other hand, you have Amos Lee, a relatively new face when compared the Pretenders’ resume, whose sound stems from old-timey blues and folk story telling. Nevertheless, the abnormal coupling of the two artists might prove a complement to each other.

To their credit, they both put on involved, high-energy performances and each have a large fan base. Speaking of, both have had albums come out this year with a high degree of positive response. The Pretenders’ Break Up the Concrete debuted at number 32 on Billboard’s album chart in October; and Amos Lee’s Last Days at the Lodge received critical acclaim. The show will be happening at the Roseland Theater on December 12 with ticket prices slightly expensive at $40 a pop.

–Dave McAlinden

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Meshell Ndegeocello

Aladdin Theater
December 10

Despite the fact that I don’t particularly enjoy the musical stylings of Meshell Ndegeocello, I do possess a great deal of respect for the magnitude of her talent.

One would have no ear for music to say she is not good at what she does—she most certainly is. In fact, she’s good enough to merit nine Grammy nominations since the inception of her most impressive debut album, Plantation Lullabies, in 1993. And, oh, the woman can slap a bass—it’s like watching a fireworks display soaked in sweat. That is to say I don’t only appreciate her skills as a musician, but her wowing ability as a performer leaves me a little rapt regardless of my aural preferences.

Starting young in music, Ndegeocello attended The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. from which she hails. Her music incorporates soul, hip hop, reggae, R&B, acid jazz, rock and of course, FUNK. If you would like to hear this seamless cacophony of genre and style you can purchase tickets to see Ndegeocello perform on the 10th for only $25.

–Dave McAlinden

Friday, December 5, 2008

One Night in Frogtown

Bagdad Theater
December 6

Do you enjoy music? Do you embrace cultural diversity? If you do—and I hope you do—you will thoroughly enjoy Philip Pelletier’s One Night in Frogtown (One World Musical Books), a critically acclaimed story that was nominated for the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Children’s Literature. One Night in Frogtown tells the coming-of-age tale of a saxophone wailing tadpole which will be performed by Curtis Salgado, Linda Hornbuckle, Devin Phillips and Oregon Symphony soloists on Saturday, December 6 at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 236-9234). At $5 a pop, the tickets are a pinch for the amount of fun you and your family will have. Get tickets at the Bagdad Theater, the Crystal Ballroom box office and

–Dave McAlinden

Thursday, December 4, 2008

“Maternal Legends”

23 Sandy Gallery

Merriam-Webster defines the word legend as “a person or thing that inspires.” The artists who are featured in this month’s exhibit at 23 Sandy Gallery have created art inspired by family—specifically the women in their family. The influence our mothers, grandmothers and sisters have had on our lives often derives from the way their own mothers and grandmothers shaped their lives. The books created by artists from around the world for “Maternal Legends” are born out of this inspiration.

This exhibit will feature artwork related to the book arts, which have been created in editions and as one-of-a-kind pieces of art. Artist books, sculptural books, book objects, altered books, zines and broadsides will all be included in this themed exhibit.

The show will be juried by Cara List, the art and art history librarian at the University of Oregon’s Architecture and Allied Arts Library. As the curator of the Artists’ Book Collection, she teaches extensively with artists’ books. List earned a master of fine arts degree in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she worked and exhibited for a number of years before she earned a second masters in information science at the University of Michigan.

There will be a reception for the artists on Friday, December 5 from 6pm–9pm, and the show will run from December 5–January 3. Gallery hours are Thursday–Saturday from 12pm–6pm. For more information, visit

–Shanon Emerson

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Blitzen Trapper

Wonder Ballroom
December 4

Imagine Neil Young and Stephen Malkmus (Pavement) were in a serious relationship. Now imagine Malkmus once cheated on Young with Jeff Tweedy (Wilco). Then suppose the Pavement lead got pregnant as a product of this affair and they both vowed to keep the true origin of the pregnancy a secret. In an attempt to eradicate his estranged guilt, Malkmus convinces Young to move to Oregon. Young, not knowing the baby is another musician’s love child, raises it with his partner to the best of his influence. That baby then grows into Blitzen Trapper, a Portland band on SubPop that can rival Beck in any contest of composition and lyricism.

Hypothetical situations aside, Blitzen Trapper is a well-coordinated group of solid musicians. They are what Dylan might have sounded like in the ’90s if he didn’t have his weird little breakdown in the ’70s. With clean Southwestern progressions—which aren’t country enough to be car-commercial annoying—coupled with the depth and cadence lyrics should possess, one can most certainly say that Blitzen Trapper pretty much rocks. They also fill that hollowness that seems to ache in the background of most folk songs with a fantastic electric ambience which sets them apart. It will be nice to welcome them home; all ages are welcome to do so.

Tickets are available either through the Wonder Ballroom or TicketMaster for about 10 bucks—well worth the show, if I may say. If you’ve never heard their music I would suggest checking out the tracks “Furr” from the album of the same name, and “Big Black Bird” from EP 3—they really kick ass.

–Dave McAlinden

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

OMSI After Dark

December 3

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is about to bring you science, sans kids. We all know OMSI is cool, but sometimes, whether you’re a parent or not, it’s hard to really enjoy the museum when the kid energy is so high. Fortunately, OMSI will be opening its doors to the 21-and-older crowd on December 3; no kids, just science. Did we mention that there will be food, beer and wine too? It’s all in the name of science, of course. You will be able to learn about the science behind food and beverages from local artisans from establishments such as Caffe Vita, Full Sail Brewing, Clear Creek Distillery and Moonstruck Chocolate. Don’t worry, there will also be appetizers and a cash bar if you want more that just a nibble or a sip. While you’re enjoying your beverage you can explore the entire museum and check out all the things those pesky kids would never let you near. The museum will be open from 6pm–10pm on December 3. Admission is free for members and is $10 for non-members. (

–Shanon Emerson

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Small Works Show

Waterstone Gallery

Susan Johnson and her oil-bar drawings are the feature of Waterstone Gallery’s small works show, which starts in December and runs through January.

Johnson’s images have the strength of oil paintings, but they are drawn with layers of lines using oil-paint sticks referred to as oil bars. To create these bars, pigments are fused with waxes and refined linseed oil to create the quality of oil paint with the convenience of a crayon-like utensil. The drawings are created on acid-free mat board framed behind glass or drawn on paneled clay or gesso board.

The artist describes her art as “contemplations on the incidents and scenes of my personal experience. Abstracted to their basic shapes, they become bold color-blocked landscapes, shadowy patterns suggesting a human presence, or vibrant and rhythmic still lifes. Trees, images ‘windowed’ within images, shadows and colors are used to go beyond a simple landscape to suggest human interactions, emotions, and reactions. Pathways, the passage of time, human relations are common themes.”

About the small works, she says, “The little pictures quite effectively transcend their size with surfaces of layered, soft hues that seem capable of moving beyond their edges.”

Waterstone Gallery is located at 424 NW 12th Ave and hours are Wednesday–Saturday from 12pm–6pm and Sunday from 12pm–4pm. For information, visit

–Shanon Emerson

The PDX Celebrity Gift Guide

The gifts we'd give Portland's movers and shakers.
read full article

High Steaks, Low Cost

You’ve probably passed one of them while driving down Broadway or Burnside. You may have even paused for a moment and stared longingly, imagining the taste, the smell, the experience. But you know you can’t afford it, so you drive away, left only with the lingering fantasy of what could have been... read full article

Let It Show

They were stacking up the Christmas candy mere days after Halloween, and while it seems like it sneaks up on us every year, there’s no denying that the holidays are now upon us. If you’re tired of watching It’s a Wonderful Life and can’t bear the idea of sitting through Drake & Josh: Best Christmas Ever, perhaps it’s time to get out and see some theatre. Whether or not you’re in the Christmas spirit, chances are there’s a holiday show that will cater to your needs... read full article

Neighborhood Profile: Pearl Diving

The Pearl is one of the most tempting neighborhoods in town. Packed to the gills with art and entertainment, some of our favorite restaurants and that certain trendy nip to the air, there is something for everyone tucked neatly into its confines. What else is there, you ask? Shopping, and plenty of it, with more shops and stores than you would dare shake any sort of stick at. So let us highlight just a handful of the browse-worthy spots that call our beloved district home... read full article

Catch Him If You Can

Jeremiah Dominguez freezes his defender with a nasty crossover dribble, creates space and drains a three-pointer. Prior to that shot his Portland State Vikings were down by seven points early in the second half, but on this night, Dominguez doesn’t look like he plans on losing. Not on his home court. Not against his former team and current crosstown rival, the Portland Pilots. And especially not with all the lofty expectations his Vikings have to live up to this season. read full article

Holiday Haven

With more than 156 million visits last year, going to the spa has become more of a basic lifestyle than just an occasional luxury. The popularity of spa treatments and retreats continues to grow as both women and men find themselves relaxing with the help of today’s spa experience—from medical and spiritual programs to outdoor adventures and exotic travel. So whether you’re a seasoned spa connoisseur or a stunned spa virgin, Portland offers affordable gift packages and personalized “spa-cations” that will leave your skin smelling like, well, roses... read full article

Island Renaissance

The first time I visited Oahu, I was on a FAM (familiarization) trip with my mom, a travel agent. That was, of course, before the internet age, a time when travel agents were most often the only connection between a getaway spot and an inexperienced traveler. In the three days that we spent on the island, we were bombarded with hotel tours, luau shows and an unhealthy amount of pineapple. I expected as much when I returned recently, but discovered that the island has a pulse oftentimes overlooked by the average tourist... read full article

Thursday, November 20, 2008

of Montreal

November 20

This Georgia band makes indie pop music. Kevin Barnes, the band’s leading man, has always been one to keep your eye on, and on their latest and ninth album, Skeletal Lamping — which was released last month—a little something has changed. In the past, their content has been a mash-up of autobiographical loner teen angst and personal growth. Now, in a schizophrenic frenzy of alter egos, Barnes seems to be emerging with a different sound. While the band is both narrative and personal in lyrical content and style, their juxtaposition of gloomy themes overridden by positive and upbeat hooks and melodies is one that sets the band apart from their other contemporaries. Listen closely and you will hear stories of loneliness, apathy and death, but by the melodies you would never guess such darkness is riding just beneath the surface. They are masters at this craft and are proven musical geniuses, continuing to reinvent themselves with each new album.

–Jenny Rapf

By the Book

Annie Leibovitz
November 20

For those of you who are not familiar with the name Annie Leibovitz, shame on you. She is possibly the most famous, not to mention talented, contemporary photographer in the United States. From 1973–83 she was the head photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine; her work—largely responsible for shaping the publication’s iconographic veneer—has graced the cover numerous times, and to great effect.

If the name Leibovitz still isn’t ringing any bells, she’s also the one who took the last professional photograph of John and Yoko hours before Lennon’s unfortunate death. And, more recently, you might recognize her work via Vanity Fair, for which she photographed Demi Moore’s controversial nudes that twice graced the cover. The Leibovitz canon is a staple of Americana, providing valuable insight into the dichotomy of public and private life in American culture. If you’d really like to experience the range of her talent then I would recommend picking up her newest collection, A Photographer’s Life 1990–2005, at your local bookstore. If a book isn’t enough to appease your intellectual desires, you will have the opportunity of attend a lecture at the Schnitzer Concert Hall, which will be presented by Portland Arts & Lectures, on November 20. Tickets can be purchased through the Portland Center for Performing Arts ( or Ticketmaster (224-4400, for $12–28.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Mighty Underdogs

November 18

This is a new hip hop super group that I was unaware of until their publicist recently came a knocking at my door. What sparked my interest is the fact that two of my favorite emcees are part of this so-called “super group”: Lateef The Truth Speaker (formerly of Latyrx) and Gift of Gab, most well known for his genius with another NoCal hip hop super group, Blackalicious. But where does the third member, Headnodic, come from? That was nothing a quick Google search couldn’t uncover, and sure enough, I found GOLD. Headonic is a producer formerly of the Crown City Rockers (said to still be working on an album) who was lured into The Underdogs by Lateef when he came to the conclusion that since he liked so many of Headonic’s own tracks, why not invite him to be a part of the group. Gift of Gab was already in the mix as a planned collaborator, and the rest is pure hip hop. If you like Latyrx and Blackalicious, this show is for you; they sound like a quality mish-mash of both. Their official, unofficial first album, released on Definitive Jux last month, is titled Droppin Science Fiction. It boasts a confirmed guest list that is pretty impressive, with names like DJ Shadow, Damian Marley, Mr. Lif and Tash from the Alkoholiks, just to name a few. This is hip hop, ya’ll.

–Jenny Rapf

Saturday, November 15, 2008

2008 Northwest Food and Wine Festival

Memorial Coliseum
November 15

Fall is a time for harvest celebrations, and what better way to celebrate the earth’s gifts than with gourmet food and wine. The third annual Northwest Food and Wine Festival will give you a chance to see, smell and savor the bounty of the Northwest. The main floor of the exhibit hall will feature over 600 wines to taste and gourmet food samples from 50 restaurants, including a raw oyster and seafood bar, a chocolate fountain and offerings from locally-recognized chefs. In the exhibit hall, wineries and restaurants will be intermingled to provide you with the chance to try a wide array of gourmet pairings. Music on several stages will add to the epicurean atmosphere, and throughout the evening, sommeliers and chefs will be available to answer questions.

If you’re looking for a great wine buy, you’ll be able to take advantage of the bottle and case discount and free shipping offered by many of the wineries. This should be a rich and rewarding experience for wine lovers and food enthusiasts alike. Tickets, which include all wine and food samples, are $75 for admission from 5–9pm, or you can start at 4pm and get an extra hour of eating and drinking with the $95 “preferred” ticket. (

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mickey Avalon

November 14–15

Calling all the single fellas lookin for an easy score—this is your night my friends! This show will be littered with drunk, sweaty semi-unconscious young ladies. You may have seen Mickey gracing those Boost Mobile ads on TV with the likes of Young Jeezy and Jermaine Dupri, but you probably had no idea who this heavy on the eye make-up, Hollywood heroine addict look-a-like is. It’s the notoriously raunchy Mickey Avalon, and the chicks LOVE him. He’s the ultimate dirt-bag rock star and I say that in the nicest way possible. Avalon is no stranger to the dark side of life; by his early 20’s he was already married with a child, living in Portland and prostituting to support his heroine addiction. He’s got the rode hard, put away wet look down solid and it’s no surprise with a life like his. His lyrics really spell out his own best intentions and they take shape in the form of big booty girls sporting tramp stamps and pants that slide off at the drop of a hat. His hooks and songs are no doubt some of the best cuts to get any dance floor hoppin’. This show will be dirty, loud and quite the scene. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for topless men and women because there will be A LOT of them.

–Jenny Rapf

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ingrid Michaelson

Wonder Ballroom
November 11

Ingrid Michaelson is from Staten Island, New York. She makes indie pop music for the masses and reminds me of a more modern version of Lisa Loeb — but maybe that’s just the glasses. Her latest album, BE OK, hit stores last month and—bless her little philanthropic heart—some of the proceeds of her album sales go to Stand Up To Cancer. I must say, I LOVE Michaelson’s single, “As I Am,” but I HATE the video. Ingrid, baby, didn’t anyone ever tell you scary/sad clowns are actually really scary? They are, and you shouldn’t have a whole video dedicated to them, scaring the crap out of your poor unbeknownst viewers. Just a thought.

–Jenny Rapf

Wild Beauty: Photographs of the Columbia River Gorge

Through January 11

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I’m going to need a lot more room. For what is about to be discussed contains 200 of them—pictures, that is. And I should know, my lovely artist companion and I counted them…twice.

As we strolled, wide-eyed, through the corridors of the Portland Art Museum ( passing baroque oils, Picasso prints and motley lithographs, the faint sound of a pleased crowd softly echoed between the walls and open space of the second floor passageways. We followed this sound, which, to our surprising delight, led to the Wild Beauty exhibit — a 90 year photo-survey of the Columbia River Gorge, spanning from 1867–1957.

The work of photographers such as landscape genius Carlton Watkins and railway pioneer Frank J. Haynes display the magnificence etched in the ever-changing face of the Columbia River. As you’ll learn from the exhibition, their work was quite innovative in the field of photography, from their choice in camera and developing methods to the contextual fabric of the photos themselves. By combining nature and industry, creation and destruction, and the vast scope of extraordinary land, the photographs render an impact on their observers that leave them rapt in the overwhelming power of time.

The show runs until January 11th of next year. General admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $9 if you are a student or senior and free if you are under the age of 17. But keep in mind, given all the fantastic works that can be found in our beloved Museum, the Wild Beauty exhibit alone is worth the price of admission.

Northwest Film and Video Festival

Whitsell Auditorium
November 7–15

Yes, it’s true. There is so much talent in the Northwest that we need our own film festival just to behold a portion of it. Now in its 35th year, the Northwest Film and Video Festival will present feature, short and documentary films. This year’s judge, Kelly Reichardt, filmed her last two features — Old Joy (2006) and Wendy and Lucy (2008) — in Oregon. Her most recent film, Wendy and Lucy, will be screened on closing night at this year’s festival. Fifty films will be shown over the course of eight days, all of them made by artists from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Montana or Idaho. More than 30 filmmakers will attend the festival and many will be available to take questions after their films, so come see what’s on the minds of our Northwest neighbors. The Northwest Film Center, which hosts the festival and is part of the Portland Art Museum, was established as a resource for media arts in our region. It offers a variety of film and video exhibitions in addition to education and information programs throughout the year. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. (221-1156,

High Culture Calendar


Dance Gatherer – An Abstract Portrait of Two Lives. Nov 4–12. Back Door Theater. $10–$15, 230-2090,

Oslund+Co – Bête Perdue. Nov 21–23, 8pm. Imago Theater. $14–$16, 234-3557,

The Portland Ballet – La Boutique Fatasque. Nov 28–29, Sat 2:30pm & 7pm, Sun 1pm & 4pm. Newmark Theater. $TBA, 452-8448,

tEEth – Grub. Nov 13–15, 7pm & 9pm. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. $15, 806-6423,

White Bird – Uncaged: Kidd Pivot. Nov 12–15, 8pm. Kaul Auditorium. $26, 245-1600,

Classical Music

Oregon Symphony – Brahms Violin Concerto. Nov 22–24, Sat–Sun 7:30pm, Mon 8pm. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. $19.75–$107.50, 228-1353,

Oregon Symphony – Lauderdale Plays Gershwin. Nov 15–17, Sat–Sun 7:30pm, Mon 8pm. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. $19.75–$136, 228-1353,

Oregon Symphony – Von Trapp Family Christmas. Nov 29–30, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. $19.75–$97.50, 228-1353,

Portland Baroque Orchestra – Pergolesi, Naples, and Julius Caesar. Nov 21–22, Fri–Sat 7:30pm. First Baptist Church. $25–$43, 222-6000,


Artists Repertory Theater – Speech & Debate. Through Nov 23, Thu–Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. $25–$30, 241-1278,

Artists Repertory Theater – Holidazed. Nov 18–Dec 28, Thu–Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. $20–$47, 241-1278,

Coho Productions – The Receptionist. Through Nov 22, Thu–Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm. $20–$25, 220-2646,

Oregon’s Children Theater – James and the Giant Peach. Nov 1–23, Sat 2pm & 5pm, Sun 2pm, Fri 21, 7pm. Newmark Theater. $17–$29, 228-9571,

Oregon Repertory Theater – The Lady with All the Answers. Nov 13–Dec 7, Thu–Sun 2pm & 7:30pm. Brunish Hall. $29.25–$35, 224-4400,

Portland Center Stage – R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE. Through Dec 7, Tues–Sun 12pm, 2pm, 7:30pm. Ellen Bye Studio. $15–$45, 445-3700,

Portland Center Stage – Guys and Dolls. Through Nov 15, Tues–Sun 12pm, 2pm, 7:30pm. Gerding Theater. $17–$72, 445-3700,

Portland Opera – Fidelio. Nov 7–15, Fri 7:30pm, Sun 2pm, Thu 7:30pm, Sat 7:30pm. Keller Auditorium. $39–$162, 241-1802,

Profile Theater – Lost in Yonkers. Nov 20–23, Thu–Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2pm & 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. Profile Theater. Call for price, 242-0080,

Super Project Lab Improv – Meet Your ______! Through Nov 22, Sat 8pm. Winningstad Hall. $14, 230-9061,


Keith Lee Morris – The Dart League King. Nov 10, Mon 7:30pm. Powell’s City of Books. 228-4651,

Rolf Potts – Marco Polo Didn’t Go There. Nov 11, Tue 7:30pm. Powell’s City of Books. 228-4651,

Lee Woodruff – Life Changes in an Instant. Nov 12, Wed 7:30pm. First Congressional Church. $139, 243-3440,

Laura Foster – Portland City Walks. Nov 13, Thu 7:30pm. Annie Bloom’s Books. 246-0053,

Amitay Ghosh – Sea of Poppies. Nov 13, Thu 7:30pm. Powell’s City of Books. 228-4651,

Benjamin Parzybok – Couch: A Novel. Nov 14, Fri 7:30pm. Powell’s City of Books. 228-4651,

Alicia Paulson – Stitched in Time: Memory-Keeping Projects to Sew and Share from the Creator of Posie Gets Cozy. Nov 16, Sun 7:30pm. Powell’s City of Books. 228-4651,

Henry Ownings – The Rock Bible. Nov 17, Mon 7:30pm. Powell’s City of Books. 228-4651,

Ingrid Newkirk – One Can Make a Difference. Nov 19, Wed 7:30pm. Powell’s City of Books. 228-4651,

Annie Leibovitz – Portland Arts & Lectures Series. Nov 20, Thu 7:30pm. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 248-4335,

Peter N. Carroll & Peter Glazer – Editors of War Is Beautiful: An American Ambulance Driver in the Spanish Civil War. Nov 21, Fri 7:30pm. Powell’s City of Books. 228-4651,

Donald Worster – A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir. Nov 23, Sun 7:30pm. Powell’s City of Books. 228-4651,

Jeff Kaliss – I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly and the Family Stone. Nov 24, Mon 7:30pm. Powell’s on Hawthorne. 228-4651,

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Northwestern Comfort

We all know that times are tough. Just take a look at your dwindling 401K, or fill up at the gas station, or turn on a presidential debate and listen to our politicians promise the world to the middle class, then turn around and help Wall Street pull the biggest dine-and-dash in history, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill. What? $700 billion?! But I only ordered a salad! read full article

An Affair to Remember

Holiday parties can run the gambit: a chic socialite soriee, a family affair or a catered kegger all seem well within the rollicking realm. Being the capable person that you are, you’re most likely plenty able to class up your joint with festive décor, put on some old records or pop playlists and plan a tailor-made fete de résistance. So how can we help? How about a few wonderfully mouth watering DIY catering suggestions from a pro and a solid pointing in the direction of some excellent December decorations? Okay, food first... read full article

Raising the Home Bar

With holiday parties rapidly approaching, a bit of panic can set in for those of us hosting. But if you can lock down a few key elements, others will tend to fall nicely into place. On the subject of elements, and considering the nip in the air, a warm and cozy party will fit the bill to a T. And what welcomes people in from the cold better than a well stocked bar? read full article

Neighborhood Profile: The Cultured Pearl

Nothing divides Portlanders’ opinions as hotly as the Pearl District. Many of us love wandering around its boutique-lined streets, coffee in hand, window-shopping for antique furniture and peeping into the storefronts of its many art galleries. Others, however, bemoan its rapid development, calling for a return to the bleakly romantic, ivy-coated warehouse district of years past. Love it or hate it, the Pearl is where we all end up on the first Thursday of every month, sipping free wine out of plastic cups and marveling at the bewildering creative energy of our town... read full article

Touch & G.O.

It’s early October, and just five minutes into his first preseason game in a Trail Blazer uniform, Greg Oden is already gassed. His teammates have quickly made the transition from offense to defense, but all eyes in the Rose Garden remain fixed on the lumbering big man as he deliberately crosses halfcourt and makes his way to the post... read full article

Hypnotic Help

Anxious over the elections? Feeling the stress of the economic crunch? Maybe your fears are a bit closer to home and you’re already dreading the 2009 smoking ban or the looming New Year and its resolutions? Hypnotherapy may be able to help ease your stress, overcome your fears and a make a fresh start out of those old bad habits... read full article

Secret Gardens II

Midway through my Kauai adventure, I am already enamored with the island. My speculations about its appeal to the average adventure-seeking, nature-loving Portlander were proven true (see "Secret Gardens," October 2008), and I was only three days into the trip. But as my cab driver/tour guide Ante drove me to my next destination (the much-touted North Shore) I was feeling just a bit overwhelmed... read full article

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Weekend Hotlist

Portland Erotic Ball

On Halloween, join the cool kids at the Crystal Ballroom for the biggest, best, erotic themed party in the Northwest. The evening includes performances by Pepe & the Bottle Blondes, Broken Soviet and the March Forth Marching Band, as well as a burlesque show by The Rose City Sirens, and fetish demonstrations by the Lady Alycyn. Ooh la la! This gig is a "costume mandatory event" (which means they won't let you in if you show up in your own tight jeans and hoodie and say you're dressed as a "hipster"). If your costume is really cool, you might even win some cash. In fact, PDX Magazine will be helping judge the costume contest where winners will receive $5,000 in cash and prizes. Tickets ($30adv/$35door) are on sale at Taboo Video or online and can also be purchased at the door. Snatch up a VIP ticket if you still can because it includes a hosted bar!


Every fall, Miracle Theatre pulls out all the stops with their Day of the Dead production, written this year by Martín Milagro. In it, the dead are commemorated with a lively show of dance, music and theatre. Miracle is celebrating their 25th Anniversary season (no small feat!)and director Phillip Cuomo says they wanted to explore the ideas and relationships that exist between "folkloric master" and "contemporary apprentice." The show, a "mod, mid-century mash of bobby-soxers and beatniks, a defining point in time when culture revered — and counter-culture reinvented — tradition" plays through November 9. This weekend, however is a great time to catch the show because Day of the Dead (the traditional day of remembrance Mexican heritage) falls on November 1 and 2.

Halloween on Broadway at Portland Center Stage

If you're as fond of costuming as we are, you'll love this event. Dress up like your favorite Broadway character and get $10 tickets to the Halloween performance of Guys & Dolls or R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE (We wonder if the one above counts. It was oddly mislabeled as "theatre critic").
Ten dollars! Seriously, with ticket prices being what they are today, we sort of wish they'd implement a "dress as a character, get a deal" thing permanently. Come to think of it, given their line up, it could be fun. Top hats and bonnets for A Christmas Carol? Circa 1969 white shirts and black ties for Apollo? And we can only begin to imagine what sort of costuming Ms. Large would inspire.
After the show, stay for the party and enjoy complimentary beer from Deschutes Brewery, as well as wine and a few treats, and a costume contest (judged by the PCS costume shop, natch) where you could win a pair of "Broadway at Home" season passes to PCS. (Pssst! Here's the secret code to get your $10 tix: SPOOKY for Guys and Dolls and BOO for R. Buckminster Fuller.)

Portland Trailblazers v. San Antonio Spurs

Oh no-den! Despite the disappointing debut of Portland's seemingly cursed wunderkind against the L.A. Lakers on Tuesday, we were still hopeful. We were hoping Greg Oden would hammer down his first two-handed dunk on Tim Duncan’s head, the entire building would shake, the roof would be blown off the Rose Garden and the heavens would part, officially ushering in a new era of Blazer basketball. Sadly, he's out for at least two weeks. Nonetheless, there's still a lot to be excited about. We still have Brandon Roy, Channing Frye and LaMarcus Aldridge And they spent all last season proving that they didn't need no stinkin' Oden. This game is a sure sellout, so go on StubHub, hit up a scalper, mug a season ticket holder, do what you have to do—just make sure you get to the Rose Garden.

Portland Walking Tours: Beyond Bizarre

Portland Walking Tours is still the best way around to learn about our fair city. We are often amazed that more Portlanders don't opt in for the experience. Heck, we sort of love it when friends come into town so that we have a chance to do them again. One of our favorites, the Beyond Bizarre tour takes you through the best of Portland's paranormal. The 10pm tour is the most fun for all you thrill seekers (geared for 21 and over only). That tour sells out fast (at last check only Sunday was available) so book it now.

DoveLewis Wet Nose Soirée

This Saturday at the Governor Hotel help celebrate DoveLewis' 35th birthday at their annual masquerade gala. The Wet Nose Soirée is DoveLewis’ largest annual event where guests can honor the two and four-legged creatures we all adore while kicking up their heels and having a darn good time. The event features a hosted reception with a signature cocktail, silent and live auctions, a formal dinner, Dove Awards and live entertainment. Honestly, we wish there were more masquerade balls (see costuming obsession above). And this one is made all the more fun because if you get tired of hanging out with other partygoers, you can visit with some of their therapy dogs instead! Don’t miss this unique event, packed with Portland’s premiere animal lovers.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Weekend Hotlist

Portland Center Stage opens R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE. Get the story behind the story by attending a (free) conversation with Allegra Fuller Synder (his daughter) and DW Jacobs (director/playwright) on Saturday, October 18 at 2pm. Says Snyder of her father, "One of the most vivid images I have of my father are his fingertips. I can see him sitting, with his eyes closed, searching deeply into his mind/experience, with his fingertips barely tapping together, or his hands reaching out in one of those broad and animated gestures so common in later years when he lectured. His fingertips were exploring the universe around him. His fingertips were his antennas to experience." Go HERE.

W. (The Oliver Stone movie about Georgie) opens this weekend. Feel free to watch and laugh/cry/groan as Josh Brolin does his best take (and a fairly accurate one at that) on the current president. It's hard not to picture this movie being a jab (especially given the timing of the release) but Stone is adamant that the film is not intended to be a jab. He's shown restraint, but has admitted in no uncertain terms that the man lends himself to parody. See for yourself.

Pink Widower, Plants & The Winebirds featuring Portland Cello Project in a fundraiser for Obama at The Someday Lounge on Friday, October 17. Tickets are $7 at the door and (according to Someday, "the purpose of this fundraiser then, "The Obama Battleground Booster" is to raise resources for The Democratic party in one of the important battleground states, in this instance, the highly contested state of Ohio" Come and show your support while taking in some good tunes.

Portland Open Studios
. If you’ve ever marveled at a painting and wondered how it came to be or sat wide-eyed watching Bob Ross paint, “happy little trees,” then you will love Portland Open Studios. For one final weekend, a number of Portland’s hottest artists will open their doors to the public. Offering a chance to “go behind the scenes to see where, how, and why art is made in an up close and personal view.” The self-directed tour ($15) includes two tickets, maps, pictures of all artists' work (in a beautiful 2009 calendar format). This weekend will focus on eastside artists like Sam Roloff, Don Jacobson and Nicky Falkenhayn. If you don’t want to drive, you can hitch a ride with other art lovers on EcoShuttle ( whose carbon-neutral tour vans are powered with biodiesel. Tour vans will make different pre-scheduled stops each day of the event and you can sign up for one day or both. For more information, visit

Pizzazz! The annual Merc-sponsored talent show kicks off tonight. Think it's just a lighthearted show of spoon players and crunk dancers? Think again. With a grand prize of $1000 it's bound to get as fierce as an America's Next Top Model "Go See" (only with less whining). The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $8 to $12. Check out the musical (and dance) stylings of Della May and the Apocalypse Unicorn from last year's event.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Upcoming Events


R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE at Portland Center Stage. From now through December 7 catch this "one-man show that blends videos, lectures, poetry and a healthy dash of humanist humor." Based on the life of one of the greatest thinkers of our time (If you've ever read about him, you'll understand why so many folks say that he should have been from Portland). On Saturday, October 18 you (and a team of friends) can even take party in a "Bucky" themed photo scavenger hunt. Be among the first 20 to submit and you could win tickets to the show (for your whole team) and dinner in the pearl. The details are here.

The Receptionist at CoHo Productions. Opening this weekend (with 2-for-1 tickets), The Receptionist is the latest production from Adam Brock who brought us PCS's award-winning show Thugs (2007). The show is directed by Rose Riordan and features Sharonlee McLean, Laura Faye Smith, Chris Murray and Gary Norman in a "post 9/11 noir comedy with "equal moments of subdued terror."

Delirious -- An IFCC Homecoming. Join hosts Mayor-Elect Sam Adams, Comissioner Charles Jordan, Michelle Harper and Susan Fartheree-Goodson for Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center's 25th Anniversary. There will be live music from Crazy 8's, Sneakin' Out, Melao De Cuba and dancers from Hurricane Tumbo. Also featured is a comedy performance by "Bruce" (a.k.a. Jennifer Lanier, a homecoming court, Back to the Future photo booth, and an 80s-themed costume contest. Food will be provided by DiPrima Dolci, E'Njoni, Huber's and Kinta. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

Encores: The Best of Bodyvox
. The innovative dance company celebrates 10 years by bringing back some old favorites. Their performance (from October 22 to October 25 at PCPA) is a fan-fed playlist determined by online vote. Known for their "breathtakingly physical and highly original" work, Bodyvox is sure to put on a phenomenal show. Just check them out on YouTube if you don't believe me. Tickets are $12 to $46.

Pterodactyls at Theatre Vertigo. Vertigo kicks of its 11th season with Nicky Silver's dark, dark comedy about "hypochondria, denial, terminal illness and incest...just to name a few [elements]" Says The New York Post of the script, "There are times-not all that many, admittedly-when a critic wishes he had never used the word 'brilliant' before, so he could offer it fresh minded and glittering to something new." The show runs October 24 through November 22 and tickets can be purchased from


Haunters. Just in time for Halloween, on Friday, October 24 at 10pm, The Someday Lounge presents a free special screening of Haunters, a full-length documentary "about haunted attractions and the strange community that surrounds them. " According to, "Every October, numerous men and women called 'haunters' drop their normal lives to create sometimes elaborate, always entertaining haunted house events. For some, it starts when they are kids. Others do it for the money. But almost all "haunters" do it out of a passion for Halloween and the desire to make you scream."

Nosferatu at McMenamin's Mission Theater. At 8:30pm on Halloween night (Friday, October 31) Mission will present a screening of F.W. Murnau's horror classic, "Nosferatu" accompanied by a Piazolla -inspired neo-tango ensemble performing an original score. Also on the docket for the evening are two short films by Georges Melies, "Voyage to the Moon" and "The Golden Bug." Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at Mission Street, Crystal Ballroom and Ticketmaster outlets.

100 Feet at Bagdad Theater. On Thursday, October 30, McMenamin's Bagdad Theater presents a one-night-only screening of the ghost-horror flick starring Famke Janssen, Ed Westwick and 80s idol Michael Pare (of Eddie and the Cruisers fame). Pare and director Eric Reid will also attend the event. Tickets are $5 at the door.


Second Annual Artists Night Out at ART. On Monday, October 20, writers of all sorts will gather on Artists Repertory Theatre's Morrison Stage for their second annual spoken word extravaganza. Doors open at 6pm for sign-ups. The reading will start at 6:30pm. The event will be hosted by Tommy Gaffney, author of Three Beers from Oblivion and These Whiskey Days. Featured readers include local literary legend Elizabeth Archers, editor and photographer of the new book Blown Out, and Todd Van Voris, local actor, writer and member of Artists Rep's resident acting company. This event is free and there will be drinks and treats as well as a photography display by Paul Thacker and local books on sale.

David Sedaris at Arlene Schnitzer. On Halloween night, spend your time with acclaimed-author and satirist David Sedaris (who wrote the runaway hits Naked, Me Talk Pretty Someday, Holidays on Ice, and more). Tickets are $30 to $60 and can be purchased from the PCPA box office or Ticketmaster.

Sarah Vowell at Bagdad Theater. Powell's brings one of the smartest, snarkiest writers of our time to Portland to celebrate the release of her new book, The Wordy Shipmates. Vowell (best known her contributions NPR's This American Life and for her sassy historical read Assasination Vacation). Tickets are $25 and include a copy of Vowell's new book.

Madeline Albright at Bagdad Theater. In Albright's new book, Memo to the President Elect, she offers "a persuasive, wide-ranging set of recommendations to the next president by drawing on her extensive experience as an adviser to two presidents and a key figure in four presidential transitions." Tickets are $15 (available from Powell's) and include a copy of the book.


sm{art} at Worksound Gallery. Anyone remember Judy Chicago's controversial and "convention-shattering" work "The Dinner Party" which featured an elegantly appointed table set with artist-themed plates in the shape of the female genitalia? Bitch Magazine remembers and they have asked her to be the honorary chair of their annual art auction and reception to benefit the non-profit publication/media organization. On hand for the night will be food from Montage, Rocket, Saint Cupcake and Sugar Beets; drinks from Porches, Lagunitas and New Deal Distillery; art from all walks (including some from Chicago herself), crafts, tarot readings and more. VIP tickets are $75 dollars (including a goodie bag and early bidding) other tickets are $15 for students and a sliding scale ($20 to $50) for all others.

"Dreams" at Launchpad Gallery. All month long, Launchpad "invites you to delve deep into the subconscious and the private worlds of sleep, hope and the darker corners of the mind" with their sixth open-call themed group show. With work from more than 100 artists, there's a lot to take in. According to gallery director Ben Pink, "The dream that we...have for this show is to encourage creativity, provoke thought and share great art with the world." Check it out before October 31 and find out what really happened to a "dream deferred."


Nicky's 8th Annual Wild About Game Festival
at The Resort at the Mountain. Got meat? Love good game? Check out the game festival at the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Oregon on Sunday, October 19th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual event pairs some of the Pacific Northwest’s best game chefs with a variety of game birds and meats like Cervena Venison, Nicky Farms Rabbit, Muscovy Hen and MacFarlane Pheasant for a lively cooking competition and cooking demonstrations. Tickets are $25 for the day and $40 including the evening feast.

Farm to Table Wine Dinner with Ivy Manning. Acclaimed food writer, Manning has just released her Farm to Table Cookbook, which is focused on the art of eating locally. On Saturday, October 18, she’ll be practicing that art when she jumps into the cork kitchen to prepare a meal from the book (which will be paired, of course, with Northwest wines). Reservations are required and seating is limited, so call now to reserve (281-2675). Tickets are $75 per person and include dinner, wine and gratuity.

Our Third Birthday

Well, it's hard to believe, but it's our third birthday! After 3 years (and 37 issues) it feels good to still be around. Honestly, I had my concerns. I was worried that by now, we might have run out of things to say. I was worried despite how long we've been around that when people ask me, "What do you do?" they would still reply, "PDX Magazine" Never heard of it." or (my favorite) "Is that a magazine about the airport?"
But here we are, three years in and, I have to say, things are going pretty well. In fact, we're so excited, we're throwing ourselves a party and you're invited.
Please join us on October 22 beginning at 7pm as we commemorate the occasion at the Star Theater (13 NW 6th Avenue). We'll have music, food, champagne, cocktails and espresso as well as some treats from Cupcake Jones!
If you'd like to get on the VIP list, email us at before Monday, October 19.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Port in a Storm

By Hollyanna McCollom

Picture this: You’ve just finished a nice meal; maybe you even had a Manhattan or a glass of wine. As you soak in the ambiance of the candlelit dining room, the server comes around with the dessert menu and asks, “Can I bring you something to drink with that?” If you’re the sort of person who always orders coffee in this situation, it’s time you explored the world of port.

Steeped in history and tradition, the process of creating port dates back to the 17th century when wine supplies to Britain were cut off by frequent wars in France. During that time, the British took a liking to the full-bodied wines produced in the Douro valley of Portugal, which, unfortunately, did not often make the trip without beginning to turn. To combat the problem, they began “fortifying” the wine with brandy, which stopped the fermentation process and allowed for safer (i.e. more lengthy) travel. To the delight of the winemakers, the resulting wine was surprisingly rich and more complex.

The different varieties of port are dependant upon many things, not the least of which include the harvest and the fermentation process. The youngest of these is a ruby port, which is readily available and reasonably priced in both stores and restaurants. As El Gaucho (319 SW Broadway, 227-8794, Wine and Cigar Captain Leann Loveland says, “It’s the white zinfandel of the port world in my opinion. It’s a good place to start.” A ruby will age in wood barrels for approximately two to three years before being bottled, resulting in a bright red or garnet blend that is vibrant and fruity. A good one to try is Warre’s Ruby Porto Warrior (about $15).

One of the most popular types of port is a tawny, which derives its name from the golden brown color it develops while aging in wood barrels. As a tawny ages it is exposed to more oxygen than its ruby counterpart and the gradual oxidation and evaporation result in a blend that is often described as having nutty, earthy or caramel-like overtones. A 10-year tawny is a fine choice and will only cost you about $10 to $20 a bottle. But like humans, the longer a port has to mature, the more complex and layered it becomes. A 30 or 40-year tawny will be deeper in color and will often pick up other flavors like dried fruit, toasted almonds and toffee. It’s well worth the extra bucks you’ll shell out for a glass as you smoke a cigar or nibble on a good blue cheese. A good low-priced version to try is Warre’s Otima (about $20 per bottle); or, if you want to splurge a little, try Graham’s 40 Year (about $150).

The most sought after is the vintage port, which must have the seal of approval from The Port Wine Institute (IVP) in Portugal before it can be declared. When wine producers feel that they have a particularly good port, they will send samples of it to IVP. If they agree, then IVP awards it with the honor of a “declared vintage.” It’s a coveted distinction since there are only about three declared vintages every 10 years. In fact, since 1901, there have been only 29–some of the most recognized are from 1927, 1934 and 1945. Vintage ports, like rubies, are aged in their bottles and develop a signature claret color. Unlike the younger wines, a vintage port will not be as bright, having had years to mellow, soften and mature.

In years past, children were often given a “pipe” of port (about 61 cases) the year they were born, with the intention that by the time the child was old enough to drink, the wine would have properly matured. Still today, a popular gift for landmark birthdays is a bottle from the year of the recipient’s birth. Pazzo Ristorante (627 SW Washington St, 228-1515, Wine Director Lemmy Cooper suggests pairing such a wine (like their 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage, $20 per glass) with a flourless chocolate cake and raspberry sauce to complement the fruit-forward flavor.
Similar to a tawny, a colheita (pronounced, “col-yate-ah”) is a port from a single harvest (i.e. one year, one region), the date of which is printed on the label. Unlike a vintage port, colheitas are aged in barrels, thus developing a tawny color and characteristic. Less than 1% of all port production results in colheitas, so it’s a rare treat that retails for around $20 to $80 a glass (or $50 to several thousand dollars per bottle). El Gaucho even carries a Porto Kopke 1937 colheita for $185 a glass. Like the vintage port, it is often presented as a gift to someone to commemorate an anniversary year or birthdate.

A Late-Bottled Vintage (LBV), on the other hand, is similar in character and flavor to a vintage port. Indeed, an LBV is also derived from grapes produced in a single harvest. However, an LBV will spend four to six years in wood barrels before it sees the bottle. The resulting wine is full-bodied and rich, a marriage between vintage and tawny. Says Cooper, “I think if someone was getting into port or didn’t know much about it, for an extra five bucks a bottle [as compared to a standard ruby or tawny] it’s a good choice. I’d rather drink these [LBVs].”

Besides being a fine accompaniment to dessert, Port is often paired with cheese, fruit, Fois Gras, paté or even cigars. Says Loveland, “Ports go hand-in-hand with cigars. We see a lot of younger clientele in the cigar room having one with their gin and tonic and maybe they don’t realize how much more they could enjoy their cigar if they paired it with a cognac, a scotch or a port.”
Finding the right style of port for you is not hard if you go to the right place. Most restaurants are happy to offer suggestions based on your preferences and sommeliers are often excited to share their advice. In fact, as Loveland suggests, it’s wise to ask if you can sample a bit before ordering to see what sort of port you prefer. “Most bartenders are happy to pour you a taste to see if it’s what you really want,” she says. You can also call ahead to many oenophile restaurants (i.e. wine heavy) and schedule a tasting or a private session with their sommelier or wine director, like Cooper or Loveland, who are not only fountains of knowledge, but a lot of fun to boot.

So, put down the coffee (it will probably just keep you up late anyway) and check out the “other side of the dessert menu.” Because whether you prefer to finish your meal with a Crème Brule or a fine cigar, there is sure to be a port that will enhance your experience.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Editor's Note- October

The first time I picked up a copy of PDX Magazine (the March 2006 issue, left), I was surprised I hadn’t heard of it. The glossy photos, the super-handy happy hour guide and the subject matter (tattoos, fashion and late night dining) seemed right up my alley.

Of course, I hadn’t heard of the magazine because at that time it was only six months old. It was only two days later that I saw their ad for an editorial intern.

Things have changed a lot since then. We have seen many of our co-workers move on to other things. We’ve seen the readership grow more numerous and more diverse. We’ve seen the pages inside the magazine change a lot, too, thanks to the remarkable work of our Art Director, Joel Masters (who has, by the way, been here since the magazine’s debut). When I see how far we’ve come in such a short time, frankly, I’m pretty proud to be a part of it. In fact (as we celebrate our third birthday) I am positively brimming with pride.

It hasn’t always been easy, of course. Times are tough for publications whether they are The New York Times or a little start up like us. Like anyone else, we’ve hit a few roadblocks (like the month we had to pack up our 40,000 magazines in trucks and deliver them ourselves!) but, in spite of it all, we are still going strong.

For me, I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude (and food, booze, prizes, money, etc) to my two assistant editors, Nathan Peasley and Jeremy Lloyd. There’s simply not enough that I can say about those guys and their ability to get the job done while still making me laugh. It’s pretty remarkable to get through a particularly grueling press cycle and still want to hang out with anyone from the office, but these guys are just that cool. And when the proverbial you-know-what hits the fan, they are just the sort of guys you want backing you up.

As we move forward, I am excited about the changes we have in store. Never the sort of publication to rest on our laurels, we approached this advent with more of a question of “what’s next?” than a sense of self-congratulatory relief. To be honest, I expected the latter. I have heard apocryphal tales of magazines surviving after three years, as if that were some magical threshold that had to be crossed.

Around here, though, we are simply glad to be around and glad to have the opportunity to express our creativity and share the things that we love about this city. Frankly, when it comes to creating a “where to go, what to do” magazine, there’s not a better city to be in.

Secret Garden

I am, admittedly, not much of a traveler. So, when faced with the opportunity to spend several days discovering the island of Kauai, I was excited, but dubious. The island is merely 552 square miles (the fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands) and yet, only three percent of that is zoned for commercial and residential use. The other 97 percent (packed with canyons, rivers, beaches, trails and mountains) is lush, green and beautiful—a landscape ripe for exploration and adventure... read full article

Neighborhood Profile: 28th and Burnside

Bisecting Burnside and straddling North and Southeast, the small strip of 28th from Stark to Glisan has a lot to offer. This little hood, anchored by the historic Laurelhurst Theater and book-ended by Masu and Pambiche, is home to some of our favorite restaurants, watering holes, shopping, primping and pampering activities, all in a very digestible serving. That said, let’s slurp a few lovin’ spoonfuls of what this lip smackin’ locale has to offer... read full article

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Live on Stage

By Katie Mitchell | Photo by Rozarii Lynch, courtesy of Portland Opera

That cool breeze and clouds overhead may signal the end of yet another summer, but if there’s one thing to look forward to this fall, it’s the exciting line-up of performances scheduled for Portland’s stages this season.

Fred Meyer Broadway Across America kicks off their season with 2007 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical Spring Awakening (Oct 21–26), a rock-musical which documents the trials and tribulations of German teens in the late nineteenth century. Later in the season, catch The Color Purple (Dec 30-Jan 4). Presented by Oprah Winfrey herself and based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple uses jazz, gospel and blues to tell the story of one woman’s journey to find herself. Rounding out Broadway Across America’s season are Movin’ Out (Jan 16–18), Wicked (Mar 4–Apr 5), Grease (April 21–26) and Rent (June 9–14). Visit to learn more.

Portland Center Stage
, which is bringing back its popular 30 and under discount, also has lots of musicals in its lineup. The season begins with quintessential American musical Guys and Dolls (Sept 23–Oct 6) followed by the world premiere of Storm Large’s autobiographical musical Crazy Enough (Mar 31–June 7) which documents her life in rock and roll, Hollywood, and on the small screen as a reality TV veteran. Capping of the season is Grey Gardens (May 26–June 21), a musical about Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ eccentric relatives Edith Bouvier Beal and her daughter “Little Edie.” For ticketing information, go to

If the old song and dance isn’t quite your thing, there’s plenty of drama to go around as well. Portland Center Stage offers a number interesting plays including the American premiere of Fin Kennedy’s How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found (Jan 27–Mar 22), Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest (Feb 24–March 22), and Frost/Nixon (Apr 14–May 10, an examination of Nixon’s last hours of presidency. PCS has also included some inventive productions this season including R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe (Sept 23–Oct 6), a one man show that takes the audience inside the mind of one of the leading scientists and philosophers of the 20th century. Later in the season, the New Year brings the world premiere of Nancy Keystone’s Apollo (Jan 13–Feb 8), a multi-media production that explores such events as the dawn of the U.S. space program and the Civil Rights Movement.

The Artists Repertory Theatre has some heavy hitters as well. The season begins with Blackbird (Sept 2-Oct 12), winner of the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in London and hearded as “a new take on Lolita.” Also making an appearance this season is Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (Sept 16–Oct 26), Stephen Karam’s Speech and Debate (Oct 15–Nov 23), Irish Playwright Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer (Jan 6–Feb 15), and Three Sisters (May 5–June 14), Tracy Letts’ adaptation from the original Russian play by Anton Chekhov. Go to to find out more.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary season, Miracle Theatre Group has a spectacular selection of original and bilingual works. The season begins with Dos Pueblos (Sept 19–Oct 4), a collaboration with Hand2Mouth Theatre of Portland and La Comedia Humana of Mexico City which explores the overlapping cultural histories of Mexico and the US. Also coming to the stage are the bilingual productions of La Carpa Del Maestro: El Dia De Los Muertos Festival (Oct 24–Nov 9) and El Último (Jan 9–17), Te Llevo en La Sangre (Jan 30–Feb 21), a Spanish language dark comedy from Argentina, and English language productions of El Grito Del Bronx (Apr 3–25) and The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa (May 8–30). Visit for more information.

Portland Opera presents a number of powerful operas this season starting with Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (Sept 26–Oct 4). Later in the season, catch Fidelio (Nov 7–15), The Turn of the Screw (Feb 6–14), La Calisto (Mar 13–21), and Rigoletto (May 8–16). Find out more at

For all those theatre buffs in the making, Oregon Children’s Theatre and Tears of Joy Theatre have lots of kid-friendly shows in the works. Along with some other great productions, Oregon Children’s Theatre brings Roald Dahl’s beloved book to life with James and the Giant Peach (Nov 1–23). For a new take on an old tale that tots are sure to enjoy, check out Petite Rough: A Cajun Red Riding Hood (Apr 25–May 17). Tears of Joy Theatre celebrates their 35th year of remarkable puppetry with productions of Pinocchio (Nov 9–Dec 1), Petrouchka (Dec 28–30), Anansi the Spider (Jan 26–Feb 10) and Stellaluna (Apr 4–20). Also, don’t miss the 10-years-and-up- appropriate Comedy Sportz Puppetz vs. People (Nov 23–24), a battle of wits between Tears of Joy puppets and ComedySportz actors. Head to and to learn more.

Last, but certainly not least, White Bird and OBT promise some fantastic performances for all you dancin’ fools. White Bird’s busy season includes 12 companies from places like Finland, Israel, Australia and Brazil as well as White Bird Uncaged, a new series that brings four groundbreaking companies to perform throughout the season at adaptable venues around Portland. Oregon Ballet Theatre also has an impressive line-up this season starting with Swan Lake (Oct 11–18) and including Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (Dec 12–24), Lambarena (Feb 21–28), a fusion of Bach and African Dance.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Neighborhood Profile: Distillery Row

As destination neighborhoods go, the newly dubbed Distillery Row may not be the first to pop into your mind. However, this quiet gem has much to tempt a visit. Getting its name, quite obviously, from the abundance of craft distilleries that call these blocks home (from SE Washington to SE Lincoln and from SE Grand to SE 11th), there is much more to imbibe and enjoy here than just those excellent local liquors. Brewpubs and bars abound, offering up some of P-Town’s favorite pints. In addition, stellar dining spots will hypnotize your palette—and it doesn’t stop there. So lace up your walking shoes. We’re going to cover a lot of ground as we try a taste of all the special spots that “The Row” has in store... read full article

Monday, August 18, 2008

2008 Pearl Sidewalk Sale

The Pearl District: A shopaholic’s dream come true. Join in the fun at the
4th annual Pearl Sidewalk Sale!

When: August 30th - September 1st

Where: The Pearl District

Why: Fall is coming, and you want to look your best!

Click here for more info

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dazed & Infused by the heat wave?

Then get out to the local watering holes we’ve featured this month who serve up Portland’s most unique and tasty house infusions! These jalapeno-infused tequilas, pineapple rums, and pepper, vanilla, and watermelon vodkas will have your mouth watering and your belly asking for more. Even better, the August issue features two recipes for you to try infusing at home!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Hungry for more Bend?

Be sure to dive into Part II of our Getaway guide to Bend! PDX has walked, shopped and tasted just about all that this lovely destination has to offer. From culinary delights, such as Magret Duck Breast and Alaskan King Salmon, to refreshing pints straight from the source at Deschutes Brewery - you won’t leave disappointed.
Read Part II of our guide to Bend.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


If you’re down about the giant leap in gas prices these days, we have something to cheer you up.
PDX Magazine has reduced its carbon footprint
by switching over to a more ‘eco-friendly’ paper!
Not only are we cutting back on costs, but we’re also helping to save the environment, one magazine at a time!
And hey, every step counts!