The passing of Halloween marks the coming of the dark months and with them, a welcomed chest full of cozy comforts to wrap up in until the push of spring daffodils break the ground. Bubbling crock pots, hot toddies and close friends warm the belly and soul while the rain falls and the nights are long. Light summer reads are traded for old classics and poetry, mellow music, and firelight. And so begins the season of deep thought and drinking to lull us through the holiday marathon ahead.
If you haven’t been talked into a weekend at home, there is some fun to be had in the hood this weekend. Keep it on the down low, but Dusty’s offers up karaoke every Friday night. It amps up late, which means hit a happy hour and grab the mic before the crowd shows up. No need to nervously wait your turn for hours.
The New Copper Penny, KGON and Apple Music Row brings the Friday Rock Series to Lents. Collected Souls (Collective Souls tribute band) headline and feature guitarist Terri McCoy, a Portland native who has been playing since she was 8 years old and has been compared to Jimi Page. Opening up will be Heart-beat, and yes, that would be a Heart tribute band. Well worth the $5 cover and a chance to win a raffled off trip to the coast. If you need a place to meet up with friends before your heavy metal adventure, stop by the Eagle Eye and check out their new windows rumored to be installed this Friday. Knuckleheads continues to pack in the live music and brings us Steamin’ Stan Ruffo. After a read through Ruffo’s bio, I sense a true performer will take the stage. $4 gets you an intimate evening with a passionate singer, sax, and harmonica playing bluesman.
The 4th annual Holiday Bizarre is happening at Dennis 7 Dees on Powell this Saturday. Be tempted by over 40 local artists, a straw bale lounge, wine, hot chocolate, music, and food carts. Feel good knowing funds raised will help build an outdoor learning center and garden for the Tucker-Maxon school. Don’t forget the 9:30 am meet up at Pieper Cafe to join the Feast for Southeast canvassing party, meet some neighbors while inviting the community to take part in a Thanksgiving meal together.
Did you know the Holgate library has been hosting a Saturday Chess Club since they opened in 1971? Visit the link and they’ll give you 10 reasons why a day of chess at the library should not be missed. 1:00-4:30pm, over 40 years running, wow.
And to end the weekend? How about date day at Eastport Plaza. There will be doubters, but Century 16 offers an early bird $6.25 first showtime 7 days a week. Afterwards, cozy up at the Fujiyama Sushi Bar and Grill conveyer belt, you will be surprised, promise. Timmy Nguyen, Eres Briones and Andy Thai, formerly of Fuji’s, offer a seductive teppanyaki grill and a creamy, 48-secret-ingredient “Timmy Sauce”. They always remember me and my favorite roll: the Kamikaze with spicy tuna, salmon, avocado, tobiko & green onions topped w/ Timmy sauce & Spicy Mayo.
And of course, we get to fall back asleep an extra hour this weekend. Thank god, I’ve been late for work since we sprung ahead.
Happy weekend all and as always, add your events and favs to the comments, we really don’t want to miss anything!
As we lose the sun, just in case you’re feeling introspective, you’re not alone. Let Carissa’s Wierd dig right on inside your head with you. Sing with them, “I’m pretty sure we’re crazy, saying that we’re all just assholes”. The title says it all though, “Drunk With the Only Saints I Know”…keep those folks close this winter.