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February 2015

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MUSIC

Portland Jazz Festival

Bobby Watson & Horizon were joined by Portlander Devin Phillips (center) at the 2014 festival. Photo by Mark Sheldon.
Bobby Watson & Horizon were joined by Portlander Devin Phillips (center) at the 2014 festival. Photo by Mark Sheldon.

The Portland Jazz Festival (Feb. 18–March 1) celebrates Black History Month with concerts featuring internationally recognized jazz masters alongside local musicians, as well as a generous offering of free performances.

This year’s festival will include a record number of 30 headline concerts, including:

  • Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, daughter of legendary Bossa Nova singer/guitarist Joao Gilberto, opening the festival (Feb. 18).
  • Trumpeter extraordinaire Nicholas Payton teaming up in a swinging double bill with pianist Billy Childs (Feb. 22).
  • NYC to PDX Project, led by local pianist Darrell Grant, showcasing local musicians who made their way from the Big Apple to Portland (Feb. 24).
  • Pianist and singer Joe McBride performing with the Mel Brown B-3 Organ Band in “What’d I Say, for Brother Ray,” a soulful tribute to Ray Charles (Feb. 26).
  • Grammy Award-winning singer Kurt Elling singing Sinatra with local big band the Art Abrams Swing Machine (Feb. 20).

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Italian Style: Since 1945

Domenico Dolce, Dolce & Gabana advertisement, ready-to-wear, Autumn/Winter, 2013/14. Courtesy Dolce & Gabana.
Domenico Dolce, Dolce & Gabana advertisement, ready-to-wear, Autumn/Winter, 2013/14. Courtesy Dolce & Gabana.

Prada, Fendi, Valentino, Dolce & Gabana … usually, you’d have to visit some of Portland’s swankiest stores to check out designs from these acclaimed Italian fashion houses. Now you can see more than 100 pieces from these and other brands at the Portland Art Museum during its Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 exhibit (Feb. 7–May 3).

Organized by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, this major exhibition features ensembles and accessories from the biggest names in Italian fashion design. Portland is the only West Coast stop for the show, which will be accompanied by a range of events exploring Italian culture and fashion and Portland’s emerging fashion scene.

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FOOD & DRINK

March is Portland Dining Month

March is Portland Dining Month
 

With more than 100 of the city’s top restaurants offering three-course meals for just $29, Portland Dining Month is the best time to experience one of the nation’s most talked-about culinary destinations.

Choose from great restaurants across the city, including favorites like Cafe Castagna, Salty's on the Columbia, The Country Cat and Departure, as well as newer hot spots like Levant, Smallwares and Xico.

In addition to highlighting the city’s great eats, Portland Dining Month donates money for each reservation made through OpenTable to the Oregon Food Bank.

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Central Eastside brewery tour

Enjoy an evening pint on the Green Dragon's great patio. Photo Duncan Rawlinson.
Enjoy an evening pint on the Green Dragon's great patio. Photo by Duncan Rawlinson.

Just minutes from downtown Portland, east of the Willamette River, the Central Eastside hosts a mix of established Portland brewing operations and a new wave of craft beer makers. Within easy walking distance, beer lovers can find bottle-conditioned ales, barrel-aged sours, urban farmhouse-style releases and even gluten-free suds.

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OFFERS & DEALS

There’s still time to get great free stuff

There’s still time to get great free stuff
 

Visit Portland before March 31, 2015, and — in addition to tax-free shopping, more craft breweries than anywhere else on earth and an acclaimed dining scene — you’ll also get some fun free stuff: a shopping tote, a ceramic minigrowler (beer not included) and a Bunk sandwich, plus discounts at more than 80 Portland stores, restaurants and attractions.

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AROUND THE REGION

Where to eat on Mount Hood

Enjoy a cozy lunch at Skibowl's Mid-Mountain Warming Hut. Courtesy of Mt. Hood Territory.
Enjoy a cozy lunch at Skibowl's Mid-Mountain Warming Hut. Photo courtesy of Mt. Hood Territory.

Majestic Mount Hood attracts adventure-seekers with an unparalleled array of outdoors attractions and three premiere ski resorts. Don’t hit the slopes on an empty stomach! This dining guide dishes on where to fuel up with jelly donuts and huckleberry pancakes, lunch at rustic mid-mountain huts and relax with large pizzas and local pints après-ski.

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