Free Events This Weekend in Portland: Jan 16–18

January 15th, 2009

Admission is free for all events below.

Also, January 17 is the third Saturday of the month and the Oregon Historical Society’s discount day. However, admission is no longer totally free. Instead, two children will be admitted free per one paying adult. Click here for more information.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, January 16

  • Kidical Mass is a chance for kids to ride bikes with their families and other kids in a big, safe, fun group. Rides are easy-going, legal, and governed by the slowest riders. In celebration of MLK weekend, families are encouraged to dress and decorate in the spirit of peace and diversity. It will be dark so do not forget to bring FRONT and REAR lights. For more information, contact Carl Larson at Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Rides:

    • Downtown Kidical Mass: Meet at 5:30 pm at North Park Blocks playground (NW 8th and Couch), ride at 6:00 pm.
    • Northeast Kidical Mass: Meet at 5:30 pm at Alberta Park (NE Killingsworth and 19th), ride at 6:00 pm.
    • Southeast Kidical Mass: Meet at 5:30 pm at Sunnyside Park (SE 35th and Taylor), ride at 6:00 pm.

  • “Battlestar Galactica” Final Season: Join KUFO’s Cort and Fatboy each Friday night from January 16 through March 10 to watch the final 10 episodes of “Battlestar Galactica.” Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd). Doors open at 9:30 pm; show at 10:00 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, contact the Bagdad Theater or KUFO.

  • Reed Wallsmith (website) will perform at Three Degrees Lounge at the RiverPlace Hotel, 8:00 pm. For more information, visit the PDX Jazz website.

  • Floating Glass Balls (website) will perform at LaurelThirst Public House (NE Glisan and 30th) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Palatine Hill (website) will perform at Kay’s Bar (6903 SE Milwaukie) at 9:30 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Loque Le Monde will perform at Press Club at 8:30 pm. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St, 503.233.5656.

  • Destroy Nate Allen, Butterfly Bones and Purple Heart will perform at Red Room (2530 NE 82nd Ave) at 9:00 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Mark Alan (website) will perform at Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale) at 7:00 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, visit the Edgefield website.

  • Lewi Longmire Band (website) will perform at Rock Creek Tavern (10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro) at 9:00 pm. All ages until 10:00 pm. For more information, visit the Rock Creek Tavern website.

  • Contributors Karen Karbo and Melanie Thernstrom present “The Secret Currency of Love,” an anthology of original essays that explores the fraught and powerful connection between two of the most driving forces in women’s lives: love and money. Powell’s City of Books on Burnside (1005 W. Burnside), 7:30 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

Saturday, January 17

  • J.R.R. Tolkien Birthday Celebration: This is an event for all ages featuring jugglers, live music, the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, costume contest and more. Admission is free, except for the trilogy. To watch the movies, you must bring two canned goods for the Oregon Food Bank. Kennedy School (5736 NE 33rd Ave), 11:00 am ’til close. For a detailed schedule, visit the event website.

  • Free Events at Portland Old-Time Music Gathering: On Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm, come to Norse Hall (111 NE 11th Ave) for kids’ activities, singing and dancing workshops, concerts, and more. On Sunday, the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan) will host a cabaret show at 1:30 pm (doors open at 1:00 pm). All ages are welcome to attend; minors with parent. The show will feature short performances. Some slots will be available for signup at Norse Hall on Saturday on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) Environmental Fair: The Miracle Theatre Group will host a bilingual (Spanish/English) environmental fair from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at El Centro Milagro (525 SE Stark St). Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about local environmental organizations, including Verde, SOLV, Friends of Trees and Equal Exchange. For more information, contact the Miracle Theatre Group.

  • Kidical Mass is a chance for kids to ride bikes with their families and other kids in a big, safe, fun group. Rides are easy-going, legal, and governed by the slowest riders. In celebration of MLK weekend, families are encouraged to dress and decorate in the spirit of peace and diversity. Today, there’s an Outer Northeast ride. Meet at 3:00 pm at Knott Park (NE 112th and Russell), ride at 3:15 pm. For more information, contact Carl Larson at Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

  • Oregon Symphony Storytime: This series focuses on books, music, instruments, sound and fun musical crafts. Each week features a visit from an Oregon Symphony musician who will play and provide an introduction to his or her instrument and orchestral music. Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program. Hillsdale Library (1525 SW Sunset Blvd), 11:00 am–noon. Most appropriate for preschool-age children. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Mz. Pearl’s Variety Show is a solo clown show filled with physical comedy, juggling, magic, dance and word play. The audience is really involved in Mz. Pearl’s show—in their seats, as volunteers, and in a mini-workshop at the end. Most suitable for grades K–5. Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Ave), 10:30 am–11:15 am, and noon–12:45 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • ”Raven Steals the Sun” Children’s Puppet Show: Created and performed by Emily Alexander of Tears of Joy Theatre, this show tells how Raven the trickster brought light and warmth to the world. Gresham Library (385 NW Miller Ave), 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Most appropriate for grades K–5. For more information, visit the event website.

  • ”8-Bit Resolution” Benefit Concert: 8-Bit Resolution is a chiptune (old-school video game-style music) fest featuring The 486 Kid, Waxin’ Wary, Mos-8, and the easterislandhead. Visuals by VJ Cupcakes. Donations will be accepted at the door for Child’s Play, but are not required to get in. All ages. Chaos Cafe (2620 SE Powell Blvd), 8:00 pm, 503.546.8112.

  • Michelle Medler Trio will perform at Three Degrees Lounge at the RiverPlace Hotel, 8:00 pm. For more information, visit the PDX Jazz website.

  • Lucky Tiger, Honus Huffhines, and The Welfare State will perform at Red Room (2530 NE 82nd Ave) at 9:00 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Jim Page (website) will perform at Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale) at 7:00 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, visit the Edgefield website.

  • Vivid Curve with James Faretheewell (website) will perform at Rock Creek Tavern (10000 NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro) at 9:00 pm. All ages until 10:00 pm. For more information, visit the Rock Creek Tavern website.

  • William Stafford Birthday Events: Two events today. More information can be found here.

    • Ritz Kyoko Mori, Dorothy Stafford, and Pat Carver will read at 3:00 pm at Holy Names Heritage Center (17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego).
    • Emily Frey, Jane Glazer, Melanie Green, Diane Holland, Mike Langtry, Stephen Pearce, Suzanne Sigafoos, and Sulima Malzin will read at 7:00 pm at Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church (1011 SW 12th Ave).

  • Author Kurt Nelson will discuss his book “Fighting for Paradise: A Military History of the Pacific Northwest” at Hillsboro Main Library (2850 Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro) at 2:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Author Lisa Schroeder will talk about “Far from You,” her new young adult novel-in-verse, at 2:00 pm at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd). For more information, visit the event website.

  • Author Bob Gaulke will talk about his new book, “Embrace Your Insignificance: Lessons Learned Teaching English in Japan” at Press Club at 8:00 pm. Bob will be joined by Chuck Thompson, another popular local travel writer. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St, 503.233.5656.

Sunday, January 18

  • Washington County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration: Featuring the New Thought Choir, Beaverton Human Rights Essay Contest winner, presentation of the Everyday Hero Awards, Fusion Dancers, and keynote address by Alfonso Lopez-Vasquez, Assistant to the Provost on Diversity, and Assistant Professor of Education at Pacific University. The Kingstad Center (15450 SW Millikan Way, Beaverton), 4:00 pm. Hosted by the New Thought Center for Spiritual Living. Please bring warm coats and new socks (only) to donate to the 2009 Washington County Project Homeless Connect event happening on Wednesday, January 28th. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Free Events at Portland Old-Time Music Gathering: On Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm, come to Norse Hall (111 NE 11th Ave) for kids’ activities, singing and dancing workshops, concerts, and more. On Sunday, the Mission Theater (1624 NW Glisan) will host a cabaret show at 1:30 pm (doors open at 1:00 pm). All ages are welcome to attend; minors with parent. The show will feature short performances. Some slots will be available for signup at Norse Hall on Saturday on a first come, first served basis. For more information, visit the event website.

  • The Catillacs (website) will perform at Music Millennium (3158 E. Burnside) at 5:00 pm. All ages. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Progression: Progression is what every other jam session isn’t. Original compositions, odd time signatures, free form improvisation, and no rules. Hosted by Ben Darwish. Someday Lounge (125 NW 5th Ave), 8:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Jazz Stories 2009: Jazz Stories is a series of spoken word/live jazz narratives. In original stories accompanied by live jazz, writer Lynn Darroch, guitarist John Stowell and saxophonist Rob Davis celebrate musicians such as Ray Charles, Phil Woods, Charles Lloyd, Betty Carter and Red Rodney. Sellwood-Moreland Library (7860 SE 13th Ave), 2:00 pm–4:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Sonny Hess and Lisa Mann will perform at Edgefield (2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale) at 5:00 pm. Ages 21+. For more information, visit the Edgefield website.

  • “Like Water for Chocolate” will be showing at Press Club at 9:00 pm. Press Club is located at 2621 SE Clinton St, 503.233.5656.

  • Screening of Benjamin Bagby’s “Beowulf”: See a special screening of Benjamin Bagby’s legendary performance of the Anglo-Saxon epic “Beowulf” recorded live in Helsingborg, Sweden. Central Library (801 SW 10th Ave), 2:00 pm. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit the event website.

  • “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” will be showing at Tigard Library (13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard) at 1:30 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Poets John Witte and Ana Callan will talk about their respective books at 4:00 pm at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne (3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd). For more information, visit the event website.

  • Cristy Road, Rhiannon Argo and Nicole Georges will talk about their respective books at 7:30 pm at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside (1005 W. Burnside). For more information, visit the event website.

  • Native American artist Lillian Pitt will give a slideshow presentation and talk about the historical background related to her art. She has chosen to work in clay using Asian techniques like raku and anagama, to work in bronze or precious metals, to incorporate wood, copper, glass, shell, leather, feathers, and a wide variety of materials, and to mix media and technologies from around the globe. Hillsboro Main Library (2850 Brookwood Pkwy, Hillsboro), 2:00 pm. For more information, visit the event website.

  • Winter Palm Tree Bike Ride: Come along for a bicycle ride passing by the multitude of palm trees and other tropical and evergreen vegetation growing in the city. This ride will be a bit different than the ones we have done in the past, we’re going to explore some different areas. Ride should last about four hours or so, with plenty of stops and maybe a refreshment break. Meet at 11:00 am at Seven Virtues Coffeehouse (5936 NE Glisan St). THE IMPORTANT DETAILS: Ride not a loop. Rain or shine! (We haven’t canceled one yet, and don’t intend to!) And wear shorts! For more information, visit the event website.

If you know of any other free events happening this weekend, please write a comment about it. If you’d like me to include an event in a future round-up, please contact me.

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