An “I am Afrika” Gallery and your Weekend Events

Before heading into your weekend events below, here’s the 1st Annual African Cultural Celebration “I am Afrika”, brought to you by the Madison SUN African Student Group.  Click on the slideshow for a look at an evening of food, a bazaar, poetry readings, music, and a fashion show!


Collages-001Pinball Wizards of Foster Road, the Rose City Showdown V tournament is going down at the Slingshot!  Qualifying will take place on Friday and Saturday, top 16 advance to the finals on Sunday.

It’s Colored Pencils Art and Cultural Night at Ron Russel Middle School (every last Friday, location varies).  Enjoy an international smorgasbord of food and entertainment including music and dance from Portugal, Somalia, West Africa, Himalayas, India and Bhutan, and India!

Steven Vaugn Kray, host of the drop shop on 89.1, spins super heavy funk at the Gemini Lounge.

macbethmilepost5Portland Rock-n-Filmfest is back with tropical night and special guests,  Foster’s very own 18-piece jazz orchestra big band, “The Bobwhite Big Band” playing its **first-ever public performance** with a 30-minute set that promises to turn up the heat and get the entire crowd off their feet.

Post5 Theatre inaugurates their new black box performance space with a fast paced and visceral production of Macbeth, opens this Friday and runs Friday-Sundays, 7 pm, through March 17th.


Defense Arts Northwest invites you to join a freecalendar11 Muay Thai Kickboxing class (more info 503-779-9800).

The Ron Russel Middle School is hosting the City of Portland’s Fix-It Fair.  Learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources or Dennis 7 Dees will teach you how to prune like a pro.

Spend a relaxing afternoon at Bong Hit Bingo with National Green Friends, promising plenty of green for you OMMP cardholders.

Get an early start on your evening and take part in Mt. Scott Community Center’s 2nd annual Sock Hop.  Dress up in your 50′s finest for dancing and root beer floats.

Saturday Night

Take your hips on a journey to the sounds of Melao de Cuba, an eight person salsa band, who promises to fill the Bobwhite Theatre with traditional Cuban music.

Welcome back Cody Weather’s beautiful sound to Torta-landia or MJ12′s deep jazzy rock sound at the Gemini Lounge.

Celebrate with Lion’s Eye carnival style and wish them an amazing 4th anniversary!  Boozy root beer floats, carnival games, and a piñata, cotton candy and popcorn for your inner clown.


Lend a helping hand and start your day at an Our Happy Block with coffee and a donated beverage from the Lion’s Eye afterwards for your efforts!

Enter on the Red carpet, dress as styling or campy as you like, imbibe on special cocktails and mocktails.  It’s Oscars Night at the Bobwhite Theatre!  Watch the Academy Awards projected on the wall of the theatre and be ready to deliver an acceptance speech if your ballot is chosen.

Kick back and enjoy the Headhunter Jam at The Lodge Bar & Grill with a deluxe bloody mary and Sunday comfort food. Sweet tidings all ’til Monday, enjoy!


A Lunar New Year Gallery and your Weekend Events

Before we head into your weekend happenings below, we’d like to take a moment to offer up a special thanks to the Holgate Library for hosting their annual Lunar New Year celebration.  If you missed it, just click on the slideshow!


Welcome the The Second Annual 2 day “Winter Blues” Music Festival to Foster Road’s Bobwhite Theatre featuring 13  blues, rock, and zydeco bands.  Food, drinks, doors at 3:30.

If just one blues band will do you, Gemini has Patrick Dull & the Bridgetown Blues in the house.

Maybe behind the mic is more your style?  Join the friendly crowd down at Dusty’s Karaoke every Friday night with an early 8pm start.

Or meet up with Capoeira Angola Palmares of FoPo who host many classes in the area, including a Friday class at Foster Fitness 7-8:45pm.  Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art and dance in which two players dance together in a circle, alternating attack and defense, in a fluid movement to traditional instruments and singing Portuguese lyrics.  Wow, who knew?  Add it your regular Foster Road Friday!


Do you dream of pocket parks, urban orchards, or alley gardens? If yes, you’ll definitely want to register for Southeast Uplift’s Sustainability Workshop: Greenspace & Working with the city.  You will hear how unique projects were accomplished from the urban innovators themselves!

If you’d like to learn more about this year’s FoPo Garden Tour taking place Saturday June 15th, garden host veterans will be at the Lily Day Cafe from 9:30-11:30 to answer questions and sign up volunteers.

Pageturners returns to the Holgate Library with the annual Everybody Reads community wide book discussion.  This year features Sherman Alexie’s short story collection Ten Little Indians.

It’s Chick Day at Birds & Bees Nursery, as if baby chicks aren’t enough, there will be free crafts and snacks too.  Or register for Miniature Gardens at Dennis 7 Dees and delight your backyard faeries.

 Collages-001Saturday Night

lgabday Foster Art Night is back!  A brave group art loving enthusiasts engage in an epic journey down Foster every 3rd Saturday, taking in the creative inspirations and cocktails along the route.

This Saturday includes a Piano Bar Night at Torta-landia and Aaron McDonnell & The Gospel Plow at the Gemini Lounge.

The journey continues down Foster to the Eagle Eye Tavern to celebrate LGA Creative’s 7th birthday with Hello Lobster and dancing.

Wishing you all an amazing weekend!  Hope to see you out and about.

Cheers to New Traditions and Your Weekend!

I’d like to start some new traditions.  Nothing against the holidays I’ve spent my life celebrating, but I think it’s time to start adopting some new ones.  Take our New Year’s Eve; there’s nothing wrong with a champagne toast at midnight, but the New Year Day’s hangover, and return to work just leaves me feeling a little dissatisfied.  This year I will be observing the Chinese New Year with the fine 10% of my neighbors (according to the 2010 census data for 97206) that will be celebrating with me.  Sunday will be the start of 15 days of taking part in China’s longest and most important festival of the year!

There is much to do in the days before, including getting ready with a traditional house cleaning, sweeping away any bad luck of the proceeding year and making ready for good luck!  What else?  Symbolize a fresh start by buying something or getting a haircut, decorate with paper cutouts, pay off all debts (! these include debts of gratitude, I’ll focus on those), burn all decorations off home altars and redecorate (It’s about time I get a home altar), host a reunion dinner feast, light the first incense of the year and offer a prayer for a prosperous year, forgive all grudges, reconcile, and wish peace and happiness to everyone.  Day 1 starts promptly at midnight with hearty noise making to scare away any evil spirits, a karaoke party at the house should take care of that.  Sunday is dedicating to honoring and visiting with family elders, I’ll make sure to call my grandma!

If you all aren’t busy getting ready to usher in the year of the black water snake, here’s your weekend roundup!


Try out some adventuresome home cooking with live Geoduck clams from OM Seafood.  Native to the Pacific Northwest, these alien looking beauties can live over 100 years and weigh 3 lbs on average. Cooking tips  Or, grab the burger of the week at The Lodge with live music by Kenny Lavitz or a creative cocktail at Gemini Lounge to the sounds of Brown Erbe.


Somaphile is always ready to expand your mind and will this week with Your Moon Sign: Healing the Feminine Within, $45.00  Register here.  Defense Arts Northwest kindly welcomes you to a free kids class Saturday at 10:00 AM.  For the early taskmasters, get some Tax Help at the Woodstock Library 12-5. Sign-up for same-day appointments starts at 10 a.m.  Learn how to reproduce plants in your own garden, saving money and sharing gifts through plant propagation with Easy Fruit Propagation Workshop at Zenger Farm.  $10-25 sliding scale  1-3pm.  Come Socialize with your neighbors and learn the results of the Neighborhood Survey at the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Party  Food, Drinks and Music. 3:30-5:30 pm.

taborthresholdSaturday Night

Don’t miss the Open House for Dr. Angela who so kindly shares her insights on healthy living right here on Foster United!  Come for the hors d’oeuvres, stay for the company and the chair massage and small gifts for all who attend, 7-9pm.  The Gemini Lounge welcomes back Welfare and the The Vermen‘s blues, roots rock, swing and surf band music will get you on the dance floor at The Lodge.  Bring in the Chinese New Year with a Portland twist at the Mt. Tabor Theater’s Chinese New Year Celebration with the Garcia Birthday Band and Cats Under the Stars.  This next one goes to 4:00 am folks and is a Benefit for the Oregon Acupuncture and Naturopathic Associations:  Threshold: Black Water Snake 新年快樂  From their invitation: “The theme encourages discovery of balance in the feminine and masculine energies; within ourselves, our relationships, our communities and the world at large. The Black Water Snake is intuitive, a socially adventurous spirit that loves taking risks. Explore the balance and charm your way into the new year.  Asian-inspired dress highly encouraged”…


The Montavilla’s Farmers Market is back! 11:00am-1:00pm farm and producer-direct meet-up.  You will have 2 full weeks to Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Lan Su Chinese Garden with all day, every day activities: music, martial arts, calligraphy, dragon dance, an amazing calendar full of events through Sunday Feb. 24.  “The Walking Dead,” returns to the Eagle Eye on Sunday nights! As always, there will be an early viewing at 6:00pm and again at 9:00pm, both on the projector & speakers!  It’s Kittyoke at the Bobwhite Theatre with KJ Lauren maximizing frivolity on the big stage.  Costumes, props, performance art encouraged. It is on the big stage so you can give it your all. 6pm

In closing, and in keeping with my new holiday, I would like to wish you all peace and happiness and a beautiful weekend until next year!  May the black water snake be kind to you and yours…

A Busy Weekend Ahead on Foster Road


It’s all about art in these parts as FAN packs it in again.  Start with coffee and breakfast at Carts on Foster and Pieper Cafe and then it’s a choose your own adventure between the Slingshot Lounge, Salon Mojo, The Crafty Underdog Shop, Torta-landia, Gemini Lounge, and the Foster Road Salon featuring art by Aaron R. Friedman.  While you’re in the heart of Foster, don’t miss the 10th and final grand finale of the Richard Foreman Festival at Performance Works NW.  Dancers, poets, theater and media artists promise to amuse and befuddle you with a marathon of short works created in just 10 days.  Advance purchase tickets are available for two seatings at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. (more…)

Why the Abundance of Bars on Foster Just May be a Good Thing: June 2012

Why the Abundance of Bars on Foster Just May be a Good Thing Posted on June 27, 2012 You’d never hear me complain about the abundance of watering holes on Foster.  Nor would I argue they’re a detriment to the neighborhood, although it’s questionable sometimes.  The fact is, if they weren’t supported … Continue reading