August 2013

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Portland Neighborhoods

Portland Neighborhoods

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Sept. 3-8
MusicfestNW
Photo courtesy of MusicfestNW
Photo courtesy of MusicfestNW
If you’re looking for a way to cap off a perfect Pacific Northwest summer, close your eyes and open your ears, because MusicfestNW sounds off every early September. Rocking Portland since 2000, the city’s largest music festival has been named one of the most authentic American experiences by Time magazine, and it gets bigger and bolder each year.

Since 2010, the festival has showcased big acts smack-dab in Portland’s living room, Pioneer Courthouse Square (as well as 15 other venues around town). In 2013, the outdoor stage will feature the breakout pop-rock stars of Young the Giant, Animal Collective’s undefinable brand of experimental psych folk, songstress and Pacific Northwest native Neko Case, and Seattle indie folk outfit The Head and The Heart. Other highly anticipated acts on the 160-strong lineup include Diplo, The Joy Formidable and Justin Townes Earle. You can buy individual show tickets, but the preferred way to MFNW is with guaranteed-entry wristbands.

In addition, MusicfestNW taps into the city’s technology, startup and design culture with the concurrent TechfestNW, launched in 2012. Based at OMSI, this showcase of the start-up scene and digital creativity includes talks from the best local and national tech pioneers.

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Sept. 12-22
Time-Based Art Festival
Miguel Gutierrez, And Lose the Name of the Action, photo by Ian Douglas
Miguel Gutierrez, And Lose the Name of the Action, photo by Ian Douglas
Called “the best contemporary summer festival in the country” by The New York Times, the Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) activates the city with contemporary art projects in theaters, galleries and converted warehouses, with a full slate of performances, exhibitions, workshops, talks and late-night happenings. TBA crosses artistic disciplines and celebrates those artists who are challenging forms, from dance to performance to visual art and beyond. Global in scope, TBA exposes artists from regions around the world, with projects hailing from Morocco, Algeria, Sweden, Argentina, as well as from across the U.S. and along the West Coast.

The projects at this year's TBA will range from a séance-inspired dance by Miguel Gutierrez to Daniel Barrow's “live animation” films to Aussie cabaret sensation Meow Meow performing with Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale and the full Oregon Symphony. For more information and a full lineup of artists and events, visit pica.org and follow PICA on Facebook and Twitter (@P_I_C_A).

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Sept. 19-22
Feast Portland
Photo by Zuriel Ebron, courtesy of Feast Portland
Photo by Zuriel Ebron, courtesy of Feast Portland
Bon Appétit presents Feast Portland is the flagship food and drink festival in the Pacific Northwest, capturing the current energy and enthusiasm driving America's food revolution. Feast Portland showcases local culinary talent and Pacific Northwest ingredients alongside internationally recognized chefs, culinary professionals and industry leaders. Feast Portland is also a festival with a mission, donating net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country.

In 2012, Feast welcomed nearly 9,000 attendees to 40 events featuring 96 chefs in four days. The festival donated $46,000 to charity. From an Asian-style night market for 1,500 to intimate dinners featuring local culinary heroes and national chef stars to issue-oriented panels featuring food-world trendsetters and thought leaders, Feast events are priced from $10 to $175, with package pricing also available. For more information visit www.feastportland.com and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter (@FeastPDX).

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Through Sept. 8
Mummies of the World at OMSI
Photo courtesy of American Exhibitions, Inc.
Photo courtesy of American Exhibitions, Inc.
There’s still time to see the Mummies of the World exhibit in its Pacific Northwest debut at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI).

The exhibition, declared "magical and mythical" by the New York Times, presents a never-before seen collection of rare mummies from across the world — including South America, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Egypt — that spans eons of time.

The largest exhibition of real human and animal mummies and related artifacts ever assembled includes a 6,420-year-old child mummy from Peru (“Detmold Child”) dating 3,000 years before King Tut. Through modern science and engaging interactive and multi-media exhibits, the exhibition reveals how the scientific study of mummies provides a window into the lives of ancient people, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. Event details >>

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