CELEBRATE marks the final performances for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Alison Roper who will retire after 18 seasons with the company. This show is not to be missed.
CELEBRATE features the company premieres of Helen Pickett’s lush and colorful Petal and Cor Perdut by Nacho Duato, apas de deux to showcase the incredible beauty and power Alison brings to the stage. The program also features the revival of audience favorite The Lost Dance by Matjash Mrozewski.
Petal Company Premiere
Pickett / Glass, Newman

Cor Perdut Company Premiere
Nacho Duato / M.J. Berberian

The Lost Dance
Matjash Mrozewski / Owen Belton
+ A Special Tribute to Alison Roper

Venture Portland Awards $37,000 in Neighborhood Business District Grants

This week Venture Portland awarded $37,000 to fund 19 Spring/Summer projects in Portland’s neighborhood business districts city wide. Projects range from retail-focused street fairs to dynamic marketing collateral and creative soccer-themed events planned during the MLS All Star Game in August – all with direct ties to the local economy. Venture Portland’s funding leverages an additional $179,591 in private investment, a 5-to-1 match.

“Venture Portland’s grants stimulate neighborhood economic development in real time,” said Alison Stoll, Venture Portland’s Grants Committee Chair and Parkrose Business Association Delegate. “It’s incredible to see the immediate positive impact the grants have on our local economy.”

Venture Portland’s Grants Committee, comprised of Venture Portland Board members and community stakeholders, evaluated competitive grant submissions to determine business district grant funding. This round of Spring/Summer Grants funds tactical projects that build strong, vibrant and financially stable business districts. Additional grant funds help neighborhood business districts take advantage of the energy and visitors coming to Portland for the Major League Soccer All Star Game on August 6.

“The MLS All Star Game in August gives us a unique opportunity to show the world the best of Portland. The Venture Portland soccer grants are the perfect way to have the international spot light shine on all of the city, including our neighborhood business districts” said Commissioner Nick Fish.

Many of the Spring/Summer grant projects focus on large-scale events that take advantage of Portlanders’ desire to Venture Out during warm weather. A complete list of grant-funded projects is below:

  • 42nd Avenue – Seasonal Event Series
  • Beaumont – New Website
  • Belmont – District Walking Map
  • Columbia Corridor – Membership Campaign
  • Division Midway – 2nd Annual Fall Festival (October 12)
  • Hawthorne – ‘Kick Kick Score’ Soccer Courses (August 3)
  • Historic Mississippi – ‘Meet the Street’ Campaign
  • Historic Parkrose – ‘A Taste of Parkrose’ (June 21); MLS Visitor Promotion
  • Hollywood – Neighborhood Walkabout (July 12)
  • Kenton – 5th Annual Street Fair (May 18)
  • Multnomah Village – Enhanced Website
  • NE Broadway – ‘Summer Super Sale’ (July 18 – July 20)
  • N/NE – ‘MLK Dream Run’ (August 3)
  • Overlook Village – Soccer Events (August 1 – August 10)
  • Parkrose – District Banners; Exhibition Soccer Game and Retail Promotion
  • Pearl District – 1st Thursday Map
  • University Park – MLS All Star Game Practice Session and Retail Promotion

In FY 13-14 Venture Portland awarded $82,950 in grants for 39 business district projects which leveraged $364,516 in additional private investment, a more than 4-to-1 match. Since 1995 Venture Portland has granted more than $1.1 million to fund 425 business district projects, leveraging more than $3.3 million in additional private investment in districts city wide.

for the love of oysters

For the love of oysters join us for Oyster Social.

Oyster Social is a chance to step into the sea, in your mind’s eye, with your mouth on a bivalve and your hands on a brew.

When: Wednesday April 16 6pm-shellfish are gone
Where: Upright Brewing Tasting Room
Who: Foster’s Craft Cooking & Upright Brewing

Oyster Social will again pop up in the Upright Brewing tasting room to toast the end of the regular season of the Blazers home games. Come taste a flight of Upright beers including their latest batch of award winning Oyster Stout (yes, it’s really brewed with oysters).

Sip beer and slurp freshly shucked oysters right on the spot. Eat one or a dozen–the world is your oyster at $2 a pop!

This is a cash only event. Bring your $1’s!

Oyster Social. Poppin’ Bottles and Bivalves since 2013.

Cocktails and carrots: PSU Farmers Market opens with a twist

By Wendy Culverwell

Shake off those Daylight Savings Time blues.

It’s farmers market season.

The Portland Farmers Market’s flagship market at PSU debuts Saturday and will run through Dec. 20.

The PSU Farmers Market will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday in the South Park Blocks at Portland State.

The 2014 edition launches with more than 100 farmers, producers and artisans including not one but two distilleries. The ranks will swell to 120 as the year progresses and local produce heads to market.

New vendors for 2014 are:

Fairlight Farm of Gaston, which specializes in 33 varieties of heirloom apples.

Greenleaf Juicing Co. of Portland serves fresh pressed juices made from organic fruits and vegetables.

House Spirits Distillery of Portland produces a variety of distilled spirits.

Merry Meat Pie Co. of Portland offers a variety of meat pies.

Minto Island Growers of Salem sells organic vegetables, blueberries and teas.

Mio’s Delectables of Portland makes pastries drawing on French and Japanese traditions.

New Deal Distillery of Portland makes vodkas, gins, ginger liqueurs and locally-inspired coffee liqueurs.

Ole World Oils of Ritzville, Wash., makes camelina oil, an ancient oilseed crop high in omega 3s and vitamin E.

Oregon Aqua of Portland raises GMO-free and hormone-free Oregon White Leg Prawns.

Starvation Alley of Long Beach, Wash., is an organic cranberry farm selling raw juice and later in the season, fresh cranberries.

Visit the  Portland Farmers Market web site for a list of when its eight operate

View original source at the Portland Business Journal 

Oyster Social

For the love of oysters join Foster’s Craft Cooking & Upright Brewing for an Oyster Social!

Oyster Social is a chance to step into the sea, in your minds eye, with your mouth on a bivalve and your hands on a brew.

When: Friday, March 14th - 4:30-shellfish are gone

Where: Upright Brewing Tasting Room

Who: Foster’s Craft Cooking & Upright Brewing

Oyster Social will debut in the Upright Brewing tasting room in honor of the release of their latest batch of award winningOyster Stout (yes, it’s really brewed with oysters).

They’ll pop bottles, we’ll pop oysters.

Sip beer and slurp freshly shucked oysters right on the spot. Eat one or a dozen–the world is your oyster at $2 each.


10 lessons learned on FMYI’s 10th anniversary

2004. The Summer Olympics were held in Athens, Google had their IPO, Hey Ya won MTV Video of the Year, The Incredibles came out in the theaters, and George W. Bush was Time’s Person of the Year. And FMYI [for my innovation] was born out of a coffee shop here in Portland on January 28th.

It’s been an amazing ride. Although I’m sometimes compared to Chris Traeger when I try to spread sunshine around in gray Portland, I have my fair share of gray hairs that have sprouted up over the years. As I’ve reflected on the past 10 years at FMYI, I started thinking about the top 10 lessons I’ve learned starting a bootstrapped B Corporation in an off the beaten path city. more…


Erik Spoelstra is one cool cat. Not only is he the head coach of the Miami Heat, he’s also the first Asian-American coach in the history of the NBA—not to mention the first Asian-American coach to win a championship. And he’s only getting cooler: Coach Spo has recently started his namesake basketball academy, and it’s not just a place for parents to drop their kids off in the summer. Erik Spoelstra Basketball Academy takes youth basketball seriously, with the primary focus on helping kids become well-rounded players with solid technical skills and a respect for teamwork and sportsmanship. more…

Last Call for Winter Market 2014

By Kelly Merrick

Here in Portland we’re lucky because we have an abundance of farmer’s markets. In fact, with the exception of a few weeks during the holidays, hardly a week goes by without a market.

But there are a few times a year when market staff, volunteers and vendors get a little break. In fact, there is just one last market left to stock up on food from your favorite vendors at our Winter Market at Shemanski Park.

After the last Winter Market for the season, there will be a two week hiatus and then the PSU Market will reopen on March 15th, so be sure to stop by this Saturday, February 22, from 10am to 2pm to stock up on the farm fresh produce and other goods you’ll need to get yourself through the next few weeks. more…

Winter Marketland

Portland Farmers Market welcomes 2014 with the opening of the Saturday Winter Market at Shemanski Park, where local vendors greet market-goers with booths overflowing with seasonal produce, including purple and green kale, carrots, parsnips, beets, fennel, apples, pears, potatoes and onions, plus meats, seafood, eggs, artisan breads, cheeses and sweets – everything shoppers need to create seasonal meals from our local bounty.

The Winter Market, now in its third season, runs from 10 am to 2 pm on eight consecutive Saturdays, through February 22, 2014. You’ll find over 35 vendors at Shemanski Park each Saturday, located on the Park Blocks between SW Salmon and Main.

In case of inclement weather, Portland Farmers Market staff will provide a covered seating area for shoppers to gather and visit. Market-goers can come visit their favorite vendor stalls, fill their baskets with fresh, local food and stay to enjoy freshly-brewed coffee and hot breakfast and lunch items such as bagels, egg dishes, soups, sandwiches, pizzas and tamales. more…

’3×3′ dances the architecture

POV Dance investigates and incorporates the Leftbank Project

By JAMUNA CHIARINI, Oregon ArtsWatch

The Leftbank Project, a modest group of buildings originally built in 1923 and designed by great Portland architect A.E. Doyle, began its life housing The Hazelwood (a restaurant, bakery and creamery), and then in turn it became a beer parlor, a famous jazz club called The Dude Ranch, and the home of Mutual Wholesale Drug Co. and Multicraft Plastics. Now, completely refurbished, it is the center for a whole new community of high-tech Portlanders.

It may seem odd to start a dance review with a little architectural history, but this gorgeous building with its giant arched windows was the inspiration and setting for a new work by choreographers Mandy Cregan and Noel Plemmons of POV Dance. The work is called 3×3, and it’s equally stunning.

Here’s what happened on opening night:

As we received our tickets at the door, each of us was assigned to one of three groups names for the buildings former occupants: The Hazelwood, The Garage or Mutual Drug Co. A guide led each group through the evening and directed their viewing experience. Each group began viewing the performance from a different location around the building. I was part of the The Hazelwood group, which started in the main foyer watching a film of the dancers projected on a wall of hanging mesh.

When the short film ended, a pair of dancers quietly entered, and we were directed to encircle the bottom of the stairs to watch them effortlessly and skillfully maneuver and explore in and around the stairs, the railings, the surrounding open spaces, and each other.

The dance continued to wind itself up and down stairwells, down hallways, into smaller rooms, finally culminating in the union of all six dancers and all three groups in the central first floor area. The finale was a combination of the dancers hanging and twisting from the steel supports, in unison group choreography and several duets. As it began to wind down, they began dispersing and disappearing into the crowd as quietly as they had come.

Many times during the performance we found ourselves mere inches from the dancing bodies, almost perilously so. That sense of danger extended to fear for the dancers, whose acrobatics along stairwells and in halls exposed them to hard surfaces and near big drop-offs. Kids at home: Don’t hang over the railings!

The dancers energy was contagious, though, and the experience offered us multiple perspectives to view and frame the dance from. My 3×3 is going to be different from yours, even if you’re in the same group to start.

The building is made of a combination of glass, metal, concrete, wood and offered a variety of multiple textures and colors. The choreography, the costumes (by Leigh Anne Hilbert), video (by Patrick Weishampel) and music (composed by Katie Griesar and Luke Matter) captured the essence of that architecture and all of its elements expertly.

The ability of the dancers (Mandy Cregan, Taylor Eggan, Megan Faria, Cameron Growden, Rachael Lembo, Noel Plemmons) to have equal strength in their upper bodies as well as their lower, to move from being bipedal to quadrupedal was astounding. The partnering was tender, and strong. They reminded me of the different parts of the building leaning in on each other to create a structure.

The tone of the piece stayed consistently moderate throughout, and the movement became repetitious towards the end. This made the piece feel longer than it was, and I found myself yearning for emotional variation or dramatic climaxes in the choreography. But that is my personal preference in dance, and this choice by the choreographers seemed very deliberate.

And maybe the choice made sense, because I really felt that the dancers were an integral part of the building and its history, part human and part architecture. The idea that the dance and dancers existed in a space undetected by the people around them caused me to create a story in my mind. I imagined that they were ghosts living in the ether. No longer tied by social constraints they flowed among us, sliding down stair rails, hanging upside down, leaning off a railing and rolling on the floors.

The wonderful thing about art is that it has the power to transport us out of our heads and out of the crunch of daily life. I came to this performance feeling a little crabby and left feeling very enlivened and inspired.

POV Dance‘s 3×3 continues 8 pm Thursday-Saturday, 6 pm Sundays, through January 26 at Leftbank, 240 N. Broadway. Tickets are $20 for adult, $12 for children.