If there is one building that has the potential to connect the generations of our neighborhoods, the Bobwhite theater has that special place in the heart, history and memories of the communities spanning Foster Road. The unassuming entry and marquee hide a vast theater and performance space, known as the Bobwhite Warehouse, and it’s bustling these days. After spending a few Sunday afternoons rehearsing with the Bobwhite Big Band, and catching up with owner Nick Storie, it is clear his enthusiasm and dedication to the space are slowly bringing this theater back to life. And life it has!
When the news of the reopening broke, Storie was barraged with ideas, advice, and interviews. As the spotlight dimmed, Storie quietly continued working and surprising Foster Road with a variety of stand out events including the sold out KBOO benefit with Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman. Storie’s open approach seems to be developing diverse partnerships, whether he’s offering band practice and soon to be performance space for The Bobwhite Big Band, hosting community events such as Mt. Scott-Arleta’s neighborhood party, live events from Kitty Moshpit Productions, or the weekly Aaron Cressey Variety Show. The wide and varied appeal will certainly draw out both new and long time theater patrons, giving the community a chance to get to know each other and learn more about the history of our neighborhoods.
This weekend is no exception, with both the Theater and Warehouse offering simultaneous events. The Warehouse features Feral, an original theatrical work exploring homelessness in Portland; one of over 90 creative works participating in the 5th Annual Fertile Ground Festival. Drawn from over 600 interviews with Portlanders experiencing homelessness, the play’s content was shaped through community readings and feedback sessions at several organizations that serve Portland’s homeless and transitional communities. Dates and times here.
The Bobwhite Theater will be hosting the Rock-n-FilmFest which promises to be nothing short 0f an epic monthly event. Doors open at 8:00pm and if you haven’t seen the theater yet, here’s your chance. For $5, you’ll be treated to live music, music videos, shorts, and at midnight, the North American premiere screening of Romance, based on a short story by Chuck Palahniuk. Beer by New Belgium and food by Bar Carlo.
Flotsam and Jetson will be open this Saturday for their monthly sale and offering up all kinds of vintage goodies for your kitchen and home. Don’t forget the Bug Chicks will be at the Woodstock Library for The Incredible World of Bugs, show up early for your free ticket and get the chance to pet all kinds of creatures.
Head on over to Dennis 7 Dees for their workshop “Terrific Terrariums” . Fill up a glass container and start growing your valentine’s gift early this year. N.W.I.P.A brings us another night of tastings, Harvester Brewing will be pouring gluten free beers for your enjoyment!
Happy weekend to you all! As always, drop us a line with your neighborhood events, we’d sure love to hear from you…