This Weekend in Portland: 4.17 – 4.19

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.


Friday, 4.17Fred and Toody Cole Unplugged at Mississippi Studios9pm, 21+, $10 advance or $12 DOS, (link)

There will never again be a better opportunity to get this intimate with the husband and wife duo and driving forces behind local punk rock legends Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows, The Rats, Range Rats and The Lollipop Shoppe. Fred and Toody hold more significance in local music history than will likely ever be achieved again. $12 is well worth catching them unplugged this Friday night at Mississippi Studios.



Friday, 4.17The Room screening at Cinema 21 (preceded by Q+A with Greg Sistero)10:45pm, $7 for Screening, $15 for Q+A and Screening (link) 

“Oh, hi, Mark!” — one of the classic lines from perhaps the most classically terrible film ever created, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room. A film as enigmatic as its director, The Room is billed as a “black comedy”, however whether comedy was the original intention or not… well, that’s debatable. For those of you who haven’t seen The Room, now is your chance to sit through the film deemed cringe-worthy in basically every aspect. And those of you who have, show up early (9:30pm) for a Q+A with Greg Sestero (who played Mark)… just don’t say “Oh, hi, Mark!”… I’m sure he’s heard that a million times over.



Saturday, 4.18 Record Store Day at Tender Loving Empire with Genders, Ali Muhareb and Run On Sentence4pm, all ages, free, (link)

This Saturday marks international Record Store Day. To celebrate the event, Portland’s intimate record label and boutique shop, Tender Loving Empire, will host an afternoon of free beer and live music by local indie favorites Genders, Ali Muhareb, and Run On Sentence. Pick up some of the specialty RSD limited-run vinyl available at the shop while you’re there.



catburritoSaturday-Sunday, 4.18-4.19NW Pet Fair at the Expo CenterSat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm, free admission, $8 parking (link)

If you’re trying to spend your weekend playing with some animals, there’s no better place than the NW Pet Fair. Attendance is free, and you’re welcome to bring your own pet… as long as it’s friendly. Please don’t be that person with the shitty dog that won’t shut up and is afraid of everything. There’ll also be events, including dog relay races, a pet fashion show, and of course, beer and wine sampling.



dondraperSunday, 4.19Watch Mad Men at EastBurn10pm, free with drink or food purchase (link)

EastBurn has some experience with these public “viewing parties” for lack of a better term. They’ve been pulling them off successfully for a bit now, and the atmosphere is pretty perfect for invested fans. That’s where I caught the Breaking Bad finale, and let me tell you, it was quite an experience (I was just a casual viewer surrounded by Heisenberg super-fans… the eye of the storm). My point is this: if you want to watch this last season of Mad Men but don’t want to sit at home by yourself, make your way down to EastBurn. Oh, and the drink specials don’t hurt either.