Keeping Portland Weird

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Looking for some art to brighten up your living room walls? Or maybe this sunny weather is making you antsy to get outside and do something fun and interactive. Tonight, Portland kicks off the monthly celebration of our city's rich and thriving art scene that runs through September. Galleries around the Pearl District will open their doors for the historic First Thursday art walk and reception that invites all art admirers, connoisseurs, and creators to come enjoy. Combine that with local vendors, open studios, food, drinks, and music, and you're in for a great night!

Check out Portland First Thursday for details on participating galleries, new art exhibit details, and show hours. Explore the Map of First Thursday in the Pearl to map out your art

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Tulip Festival | April 11th - 30th | Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

Just 35 miles south of Portland lies a 40-acre farm full of tulips and daffodils in bloom. The farm in Woodburn features a gift shop and cafe, plus weekend events sure to entertain the whole family.

Wizard World Portland Comic Con | April 13th - 15th | Oregon Convention Center

Celebrate your inner geek at the comic book convention featuring science fiction, fantasy, film, horror, animation, anime, manga, & card games. Get your tickets here.

Japanese Film Festival | April 13th - 28th | Portland Art Museum

Japanese Currents is an event that features a range of films like anime, samurai epic,

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Portland prides itself on supporting homegrown, authentic businesses. There is something truly unique in the style and culture these businesses create in our city. Lately however, it seems the rest of the country is just as enthusiastic as we are about some Portland-based brands as they're spreading nationwide.

Here are a few of Portland's biggest brands that have plans to head out of state soon:

ACE HOTEL Started in Seattle, but long based in Portland, the hip hotelier is now in eight other cities, including London and New Orleans.

SALT & STRAW Reimagining ice cream all the way down the West Coast, one Arbequina Olive Oil scoop at a time.

BISHOPS From Arizona to Atlanta, Portland’s original punk-rock barbershop with beer while you wait is

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St. Patrick's Day | March 17th

Bar Crawls:

  • Irish Stroll
  • Stumptown LepreCon
  • BarFly's Bus Tour

Family Friendly:

  • St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival - Irish music, dancing, food vendors, and beer garden at Agatha Catholic School. 12 - 5 PM
  • St. Patrick's Day Run - The Dirty Leprechaun is a timed 5K (plus untimed kids' run) with fun obstacles, mud, mimosas, beer, root beer, bonfires, and music at Lee Farms in Tualatin.
  • St. Patrick's Day at Kells - March 16-18th. Includes music, dancing, bagpipes, and boxing at both Kells locations. Sunday is family day!

Portland Women's Show | March 17th

  • Portland Women’s Expo features a fashion show,

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Portland Home Team is so excited for our friend and past client, Ali Selim’s, latest work on The Looming Tower featured on Hulu. This Portland writer/director has an impressive resume, averaging 100+ director spots per year, creating his own production company, Departure Films, and awards from the New York Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.

The Looming Tower’s first three episodes were released last night (Weds. 2/28) and the rest are set to air in the first and second week of March. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Lawrence Wright, the drama miniseries is based on a chronical of events leading up to the September 11th terrorist attacks by tracing rising threats. The show also features some heavy-hitting actors including Jeff

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Three years ago, we wrote a blog post claiming Portland is ADU City (Baby) and predicted we’d see more and more pop up in our neighborhoods. Well, sure enough, Portland’s ADU trend is rising to new heights.

Why? Simply put, there’s still a housing shortage. Because ADUs are allowed in more areas than duplexes, triplexes, and apartments, many people are turning to building a second, compact home right in their backyard. Moreover, local government in Portland and other major cities with housing shortage are widely encouraging this movement, so much so that since 2010 the City of Portland has been waiving expensive system development fees, saving up to $19,000 in building costs. In 2016 alone, the city issued 615 permits for new ADUs.

So what is an

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Hosted by the Willamette Light Brigade, the Portland Winter Light Festival is a citywide, family-friendly event that celebrates winter and community through a creative combination of art, technology, and lights. The festival designed to bring the community together in a different light is returning for its third year starting this Thursday, February 1st and ending Saturday, February 3rd. The free outdoor event will be held at multiple locations this year in addition to the original location OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) and the east end of the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. You can find more installations at PGE (Portland General Electric) headquarters at the World Trade Center,

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Fertile Ground Festival | January 18th - January 28th | Multiple locations

Portland’s annual 'city-wide festival of new works' offers a winter cornucopia of creativity, showcasing original works of theater, dance and comedy with a fierce focus on the fresh and local. The Fertile Ground Festival presents 11 days of varied entertainment at venues all across town. Some events are free and some are ticketed, but a festival pass is the most cost-efficient way to maximize your enjoyment.

Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Wonder of LAIKA | January - May 20th | Portland Art Museum

Portland's animation company LAIKA is famous for stop-action animated features such as Kubo and the Two Strings, Coraline, and The Boxtrolls. The Portland Art Museum

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Has anyone else noticed the bright orange bikes around town? Bike share is finally in Portland. Portland Monthly released a great article that the evolution and implementation of Nike's bike share program in Portland. Here is what they had to say.  

For city where cycling is so much part of the culture, it feels a little backwards that it took 10 years to launch Biketown, Portland’s brand-new “smart” bike share program.

As of July 19, 1,000 neon orange cruisers are available to cyclists at 100 stations throughout the city—effectively making Biketown the nation’s largest smart bike program to date. Early that morning, I attended the program’s official launch—a for-show “bike-unlocking” on the west side pavilion of the Tilikum Bridge attended

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