Category Archives: Portland

Laika exhibit at PAM

We loved the Laika Studios exhibit at Portland Art Museum. It was probably the best animation exhibit I’ve seen. So we went back on its last weekend.

This guy was around 20 feet tall, check out the people coming out of the exhibit next to him:

The amount of control the animators have is impressive, look at all these parts for a character in ParaNorman:

Faces for the Other Mother in Coraline:

Front:

Back:

Unexpected James Brown

This week spring came for real, it has been in the upper 60s and lower 70s. We wandered to Old Gold in North Portland for dinner and scored a corner patio seat, a rare commodity on a warm day and a Friday night. The building across the street is unusual to begin with, odd lighting and shape, satellite in the front, etc. No idea what the building is used for, but today for some reason, the door was briefly open.

…unexpected James Brown.

Then Ministry

The next show we went to last week was Ministry. I have seen them a few times (actually, they may be the band I have seen the most times) but Brian hadn’t yet so we got tickets. And I hadn’t seen them since the 90’s. I won’t lie, I was a bit nervous about this show – would they phone it in? Given where we are right now, would there be complete loonies there?

It was probably my favorite Ministry show. They were amazing. The lead singer from Fear Factory did a few songs with them too. They surprised me by singing a current song that choked me up. I very nearly went to see them two nights later in Vancouver BC, I liked the show that much. I am super happy I went, and came away thinking I was a smart kid to like them in the 80’s. Whew.

Unfortunately, not very many photos, and few of them clear. I was too into it and dancing. And for some reason, there were more tall men at this show than any other show I remember (over 6’4″, a ton of ’em), usually just in front of me.

Oh, and I baked bread that morning:

Dylan Moran at Revolution Hall

Finally got to check out Revolution Hall, which is predictably cool. I am so glad they saved and repurposed that building. It was formerly a high school, and I have friends whose relatives graduated from there. I would drive by it on my way home as it sat empty and it always seemed a shame. Not a small project though, they had to retrofit it for earthquake safety, not cheap. The view from the second floor bar was great, overlooking a dog park with great views of downtown, so I am excited to see the rooftop bar this summer.

We were there to see Dylan Moran. He was as funny as I thought he’d be, although some of his “I’m old” jokes bother me as we are the same age.

Some quotes on the building I liked. It was dark, forgive the blurriness.

Random shot from when we were waiting for a Lyft:

Seeing

Busy week! I won’t add everything here but here’s a few things.

We finally saw Star Wars Last Jedi. On our walk to Laurelhurst Theatre, I caught a picture of a new Forest for the Trees mural.

On the way back, it was raining pretty heavily and we were headed to Beulahland for a beer and to talk about the movie, when we caught the mural again, with a tree shimmering in the rain, looking like it was a continuation of the mural. I didn’t really capture it (I’d’ve needed more time and a better camera) but in real life, it completely took my breath away.

Editing this to add a link to an article about murals around Portland.

Friday, friends surprised us with tickets to see a magician. I am not going to lie, I was nervous about it as I am not a huge fan of audience participation. Mostly because I tend to get chosen (and that was true this night too, I was chosen to do things second most!). Venue was tiny – it was in the bar area of Hawthorne Theatre:

That’s the back row, nowhere to hide!

The show was great, thanks Marcio and Abby!! Nate Staniforth surprised me again and again, and was kind to people. I’d see him again for sure.

MacBeth in Lone Fir Cemetery

Witches!

Quick note on this, as I had intended to write this up a while ago. We saw MacBeth in Lone Fir Cemetery last month with Cindy. Put on by the Portland Actors’ Guild, it was fantastic and perfectly suited for a pioneer cemetery. It was a rare break from the nasty hot weather Portland has had this summer, and practically a flawless summer evening. We packed some wine, cheese and sourdough, and were in heaven. Lying on the blanket, looking up at the night sky and listening to the leaves rustle as Lady MacBeth slowly unravels…..so great.

What kind of wine does your favorite cemetery serve?

What kind of wine does your favorite cemetery serve?

TEDx Portland

 
Brian and I went to TEDxPortland.  Really enjoyed this – it was my first time at a TEDx. The talks were great and it was also cool to talk to people who went. We got to see the Von Trapps! They sang Edelweiss!! And some of their own stuff. We went home and bought their CD.

Speech from Arrested Development gave a great talk too, very moving. I had no idea he was from Milwaukee, or how much racism he was exposed to there, really heartbreaking.

We also saw Con Bro Chill, which I hadn’t heard of (the guy sitting next to us had gone to school with one of the band members). They were totally nuts and awesome. At one point, there were giant throbbing sparkle thongs on the big screen (matched what they were wearing). Kinda obsessed with seeing a full show. And scared. But mostly interested.
 Con Bro Chill 

Space Room Celebration

Across from our booth at the Space Room - beautiful blacklights and murals everywhere.

Across from our booth at the Space Room – beautiful blacklights and murals everywhere.

We went to the Space Room last night to celebrate Cindy’s birthday. I forget how much I like the Space Room and people watching there, and I hadn’t been there since it was sold recently. Exactly the same! Although the Ladies’ room was super clean, which was a great surprise over the last time I was there. The Space Room has been on Hawthorne since 1959.

It’s not as dark as Bryant’s in Milwaukee, Wisc but close. Man, I miss Bryant’s (since 1938! Brian and I had were there for the first time in college, and told his parents about it the next time we were at their house. Turns out that not only was that one of their hangouts, but we had had “their” waitress as well! Brilliant).

At the Space Room, you walk in certain you will walk into a table, and you can feel people’s eyes on you but not see them. Then, after your first beer, you can’t imagine that – why you can see everything! Until you go back outside and are blinded by how light it is at ten at night. Heh.