Things to do in Portland this weekend: (05/11/12 – 05/13/12) “Tom Cramer & The Original Eye Candy Video Night”

TOM CRAMER : NEW WORK

“There is nothing like a Tom Cramer show. The iconic Northwest painter and sculptor heaps so much gold and silver onto his gleaming geometric compositions, it’s a wonder they aren’t bought and sold on a commodity exchange. Past shows have featured imagery inspired by trips to Indiaand Egypt, as well as waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, rendered with a slippery, sexualized organicism that alludes to the female body. It will be fascinating to see where Cramer takes his ever-shifting, polymorphously perverse vision this go-round. May 3-June 2″ By Richard Speer from the Willamette Week  (here)

Where:  Laura Russo Gallery | 805 NW 21st Ave

When:   Fri, May 11th

Phone: 503 226-2754

Website: http://www.laurarusso.com/

 

THE ORIGINAL EYE CANDY VIDEO NIGHT: VJ NORT, THE PHANTOM HILLBILLY

“It’s surprising what goes well with beer: Sunny Delight, Roquefort cheese, early MTV music videos. Laidback boozers’ haven Beulahland serves up a delectable dish of the latter every Sunday night, screening a hand-picked selection of finely aged pop videos to accompany your choice of friends and drinks.” By SM from the the Portland Mercury (here)

Where: Beulahland | 118 NE 28th

When: Sundays, 9pm | Free!

Phone: 503 235-2794

Website: www.beulahlandpdx.com

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (04/28/12 – 04/29/12) “Stumptown Comics Festival & Willamette Week’s Fifth Annual Eat Mobile Festival”

STUMPTOWN COMICS FESTIVAL

“In celebration of the release of Peter Bagge’s newest comics series, RESET, Dark Horse Comics and Bridge City Comics present the 2012 Stumptown Comics Festival kickoff event — a Friday night Drink and Draw for visiting and local artists, publishers, and all festival-goers!” from (here)

Where:  Bridge City Comics |3725 N Mississippi Ave

When:   Fri, April 27th, 7-10pm | FREE

Website:   http://www.stumptowncomics.com/

 

WILLAMETTE WEEK’S FIFTH ANNUAL EAT MOBILE FESTIVAL
“Sample some of Portland’s best food carts and learn the science behind the food on OMSI’s Culinary Science Stage.

With more than 400 mobile eateries selling their tasty goods within our city limits, Portland has become an international destination for mobile eats. U.S. News Travel recently declared Portland to have the “world’s best street food.”

On April 28, Eat Mobile, the part food festival, part cart competition, will allow attendees to sample from 50 of Willamette Week’s favorite food carts as vendors compete for the coveted Carty Award.

Eat Mobile showcases the food, music and people that make Portland’s food scene so special. This year, Willamette Week is proud to announce a partnership with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) that will expand Eat Mobile to include food demonstrations and provide attendees with a more hands-on food experience with the Eat Mobile Culinary Science Stage.

Tickets are $18 and include samples from each of the participating carts. ” from the Willamette Week (here)

 

Where: OMSI parking lot

When: Sat., April 281, 6-9:30pm | $18

Website: http://www.omsi.edu/eatmobile

 

 

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (04/21/12 – 04/22/12) “Record Store Day & Soul’d Out Music Festival: Wanda Jackson, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, and Larry & His Flask”

RECORD STORE DAY: THE HOODED HAGS, ORCA TEAM, THE SHIVAS, SURFS DRUGS, Y LA BAMBA, DEATH SONGS, NATHAN BAUMGARTNER, DJ TED, DJ BOB HAM, LISTEN LADY, MY HOLY SHOES, AND DJ HERO WORSHIP

“In Portland, Oregon, in the year 2012, the medium of the vinyl record continues to reign. There is a viable economy surrounding the buying and selling of LPs both classic and contemporary, and records are the format of choice for local bands—paralleled only, perhaps, by the cassette tape. An ever-growing body of recordings that chronicle the sounds of this time and place are available to us on vinyl, thanks in part to efforts from today’s event participants. But because of dedicated labels like Stankhouse, whose founder Nick Capello will play in the Hooded Hags, talented technicians like Robert Comitz, whose Frawg Pound recording studio is responsible for a plethora of recent releases, and shops like the Record Room that has fused business, bar, and venue, Portland doesn’t need Record Store Day. That in and of itself is a cause for celebration.” By MARANDA BISH from the Portland Mercury (here)

Where:  Record Room | 8 NE Killingsworth

When:   Sat, April 21th, 12pm.

Website:   http://www.recordroompdx.com ; http://recordstoreday.com/

Phone: 971 544-7685

 

SOUL’D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: WANDA JACKSON, SALLIE FORD & THE SOUND OUTSIDE, AND LARRY & HIS FLASK

“Oh my, isn’t this a delightful pairing! Bad-girl legend Wanda Jackson and the Dusty 45s meet the charmingly brassy Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside for a rousing good time at the ol’ Roseland. You bet your Fujiyama Mama, this is going to be a swinging set from some good-time gals”. By COURTNEY FERGUSON from the Portland Mercury (here)

“It’s impossible not to love Wanda Jackson. The sweet lady with the nasty voice has been in the game for well over half a century, with rockabilly, country, and gospel songs making up a very lengthy catalog. She’s a living legend, pure and simple, and there’s no excuse for missing her—particularly when she’s sharing the bill with local heroes Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside. Ford’s brassy voice and retro charm makes this a perfect double header”. By NED LANNAMANN from the Portland Mercury (here)

Where: Roseland | 8 NW 6th

When: Sat., April 21, 8pm | $20 – 30.

Website: http://www.roselandpdx.com/

 

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (03/24/12 – 03/25/12) “The Malt Ball & StationToStation: Duover”

THE MALT BALL

“At last! The very first Malt Ball brings together two of the best things about Portland: BANDS and BEER. Local breweries offer exclusive beers while a dozen of Portland’s very best bands provide the entertainment. Fill your head with great music and beer—AT THE SAME TIME!

Presented by the Portland Mercury & Oregon Brewers Guild.

Collaboration beers provided by: Alameda Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing, Breakside Brewery, Burnside Brewing, Coalition Brewing, Columbia River Brewing, the Commons Brewing, Fort George Brewing, Full Sail Brewing, Gilgamesh Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewing, Laurelwood Brewing, Lompoc Brewing, McMenamins, Migration Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, and Portland U-Brew & Pub.

Admission includes commemorative glass and four tasting tickets.” From the Portland Mercury (here)

Where:  Bossanova Ballroom |722 E Burnside St.

When:  Saturday, March 24, 2pm – midnight | $20-25

Phone:  206-7630

Website:   www.bossanovaballroom.com/
STATIONTOSTATION: DUOVER

“Portland acoustic duo Duover (get it?) are likeable on many levels. Rebecca Rasmussen and Nathan Junior serve up lovely country folk that adheres to the rustic stylings of Arnold Schultz and Bill Monroe. They’d probably even serve you breakfast in bed if given the chance. That sweetness carries over into unassuming songs that are quirky and occasionally wander off to a dark place. Nathan Junior—who also does time with Fruit Bats and M. Ward—picks and strums with precision. But it’s all held together by those voices, which have the power to melt hearts and then put them back together again (try “Raining Love” on for size). Tonight’s performance will be recorded and broadcast for engineer Sean Flora’s StationToStation.” By MARK LORE from Portland Mercury (here)

Where: The Secret Society | 116 NE Russell

When: 7 pm, Sunday March 25 | $10.

Phone: 493-3600

Website: www.secretsociety.net

Things to do in Portland this weekend: (03/17/12 – 03/18/12) “KMRIA, Sassparilla for St. Paddy’s day & Vetiver and Gold Leaves”

KMRIA, SASSPARILLA

“It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day in Portland without the welcome return of KMRIA (that’s Kiss My Royal Irish Arse to you, boyo). Including members of the Decemberists, Eels, the Minus 5, and many more among its ranks, this all-star Pogues cover band reconstitutes (after taking last St. Pat’s off) for this highest of holy days. As ever, KMRIA shall play the patented Celtic punk of the Pogues, with singers Casey Neill, Ezra Holbrook, and Scott McCaughey taking turns tackling the gutter-drunk gnarr of Shane McGowan—hopefully without too much method acting. It’s a night for black beer (not that green stuff) and a casual stroll toward oblivion. Just be sure to find your way back.” By NED LANNAMANN from Portland Mercury (here)

Where:  Wonder Ballroom | 128 NE Russell

When:  Saturday, March 17, 9pm | $13

Phone:  284-8686

Website:   wonderballroom.com

VETIVER AND GOLD LEAVES

“Gold Leaves makes more of that mellow, golden-glowed folk rock that pervades Seattlelike Starbucks franchises. One can grow blasé about this sound (I sure have), but this Gold Leaves fella, Grant Olsen (ex-Arthur & Yu), writes songs in this mode with slightly more craftiness and subtlety than most in the crowded field; “Endless Dope” is especially lovely. The Ornaments, his 2011 full-length on Hardly Art, strikes a resonant chord of nonchalant down-heartedness à la the immortal Lee Hazlewood. In a similar vein, San Francisco Sub Pop fixtures Vetiver amble and drawl like they have more time to do exactly what they want than you do. Andy Cabic and his crew really know folk-rock history, and they emulate the music’s greats with exquisite aptitude and care.” by DAVE SEGAL from Portland Mercury (here)

Where: Doug Fir |830 E. Burnside St.

When: 9 pm, Sunday March 18 | $13-$14.

Phone: 231-9663

Website: www.dougfirlounge.com

Things to do in Portland: (12/31/11) “Two Beers Veirs and Angels in America”

Two Beers Veirs New Years: (featuring Laura Veirs, Black Prairie, members of Loch Lomond, Viva Voce, Blind Pilot and more!

Where:  LaurelThirst Public House, 2958 NE Glisan St.
Phone: 503-232-1504
Hours: Sat., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.
Website: http://laurelthirst.com/

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

“Portland Playhouse takes on the first half of Tony Kushner’s two-part Angels in America, a “gay fantasia on national themes” in which intersecting storylines address the problems of national and gay identity through the lens of the burgeoning AIDS crisis. Angels is an incredible script no matter how you frame it, and Portland Playhouse’s production is slick and enjoyable.” (by AH from here)

Where:  World Trade Center Theater , 121 SW Salmon, Bldg. #2
Phone:  503 464-8688
Hours: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., Tue., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 30, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31

Things to do in Portland (12/09/11): an informal gallery talk at the Lumber Room and Dig A Pony!

There will be an informal gallery talk at the Lumber Room for “Interior Margins” this Saturday December 10th. Beginning around 11am the curator Stephanie Snyder and Founder Sarah Miller Meigs along with several of the artists, including OCAC’s drawing and painting instructor, Michelle Ross, will engage in a dialog about the exhibition. This is sure to be an exciting event and an interesting conversation!

Gallery hours continue through January 30th, Thursday – Saturday, 11am -6pm.

More information about the exhibition can be found here:

http://www.art-agenda.com/shows/interior-margins-at-lumber-room-portland/

Address: 419 NW 9th,Portland,Oregon, 97209

Hours:  Thursday – Saturday, 11am -6pm.

URL: www.lumberroom.com

Treat yourself to a drink and an order of “four cheese macaroni with caramelized onion & jalapeno” at Dig A Pony, possibly one of the hottest bars in Portland right now.  They have awesome live DJs every night, playing a wide variety of kinds of awesome – freakbeat, funk, soul, punk, post punk, fusion, gospel, and anything else you can think of. Check out their amazing listing of DJs from last month here. So if you haven’t already checked out DAP or you have (and obviously know what I’m talking about), give yourself permission to have a great time and go this weekend!

Address:736 SE Grand Avenue

Hours:  Every day, 4pm – 2:00am

Phone:  971 279-4409

URL: http://digaponyportland.com/

Blog: http://digaponypdx.tumblr.com/