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.

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