february 2013

Coming to Portland Soon?

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Through March 31
Want a Free Voodoo Doughnut?
Voodoo Doughnut
 
What if we also throw in an ice cream cone from Salt & Straw, an Olympic Provisions salami, a cheeseburger (in between grilled cheese sandwiches!), a Widmer Brothers beer tour with samples, seafood chowder, meatballs and buttermilk biscuits?

That’s what you’ll get with the Portland Passport, which you’ll get when you book your hotel stay through www.travelportland.com and visit by March 31, 2013. And many hotels also offer the Portland Perks package, with complimentary parking, breakfast and great coupons.

The passport promises a lot of good food, so you’d better plan for an extra day — and pack your comfy pants. Learn more and book your trip today!

— Karen Martwick

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March 16
All-Time High Score
Oregon Symphony’s The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses
 
From masses to operas, films to cartoons, classical music has found a way of evolving with the times. So it should come as no surprise to fans of complex compositions that video games are now yielding some of the most beloved tunes of our times. And like a trip to the ol’ fairy pond, Oregon Symphony’s The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses (March 16) will have heart containers overflowing with 25 years of classic Nintendo musical scores, reviving nostalgia for everyone’s favorite Triforce-powered hero, Link. Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen

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Portland Aquarium Makes a Splash
Portland Aquarium Makes a Splash
 
Known for their DIY ethic, Portlanders have built many things — like an inventive food cart scene, microbrewery after microbrewery, its own Etsy-esque ecosystem of crafters and even competitive kickball and dodgeball leagues. But an aquarium? Surely there’s a limit to the “Made in Oregon” ethos, right?

Apparently not. Last December the Covino brothers (Ammon and Vince) opened the Portland Aquarium. Pegged as “surprisingly rad” by The Portland Mercury, this family-friendly attraction is located just nine miles south of downtown Portland (in Milwaukie) and is already delighting children and parents alike. Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen

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March 7-10
Hollywood Heroines
Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival
 
Heading into this year’s Oscar season, it’s clear that as much ground as women have gained in the film industry in recent years, they still have to campaign hard for the recognition they deserve.

That’s why efforts like the Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (March 7-10) are so crucial. For the past five years, this annual event (also known as POWFest) has championed female filmmakers of every genre. Each year, in addition to showing dozens of women-directed movies, hosting social mixers and running topical talks, the festival celebrates an industry luminary. Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen

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New Items on Portland’s Menu
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When it comes to microbrews and wine, Portland’s cup has notoriously runneth over, but in recent years, our plate has also been full with daring dishes and high-quality cuisine. Fortunately for foodies, the trend is only building, with several top-notch dining spots opening recently in downtown, along with a new star on one of the country’s most up-and-coming streets for eats. Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen

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How Portland Rolls
Photo by Masonite Burn, via Flickr
Photo by Masonite Burn, via Flickr
When did sports become about performance-enhancing drugs, owner lockouts and everything other than the game? Don’t ask the Rose City Rollers — for the past eight years, they’ve been competing with old-fashioned gusto and intensity, all for the love of the game — the game of flat track roller derby.

This all-female, all-volunteer-run league has battled its way to the top of Portland’s sports, and the ladies’ wheels are already spinning for the next bout, Feb. 22, when Salem’s 8 Wheel Assassins travel upstate to take on the local A-squad, the Guns ‘N’ Rollers. Read more >>

— John Patrick Pullen

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Feb. 8 – May 4
Mythbusters at OMSI: Don’t Try This At Home
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The moment Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the stars of Discovery Channel’s hit show, “Mythbusters,” say “Don’t try this at home” viewers may feel an overwhelming urge to drop some Mentos into a bottle of Diet Coke, and get the soda fountain party started! Thankfully, Portland has a controlled environment where you can safely go hands-on with the science – MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition at OMSI (Feb. 8 – May 4).

At this exhibit, mad scientists in training can reject others’ reality to substitute their own, putting the scientific method to the test in an array of interactive experiences.
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— John Patrick Pullen