Life in Portland

October 2012 Picks

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WORDSTOCK
October 6th – 14th : Various Locations
Wordstock is a literary art and education organization that celebrates and supports writing in the classroom and in the community. Their mission is to use the power of writing to effect positive change in people’s lives. With events ranging from Text Ball where attendees are encouraged to come dressed with text as part of their evening attire, to the Poets Slam competition with two-time national slam champion Anis Mojgani.
wordstockfestival.com

DESIGN MATTERS: A TOUR OF EXCEPTIONAL PORTLAND HOMES
October 13th, 10AM – 4PM : Self-Guided Tour of Seven Portland Homes
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to glimpse inside seven extraordinary Portland residences. This year’s tour features innovative homes designed by top local architects including the renovation of Donald Blair’s 1960 futuristic “Home of Tomorrow”. The tour is open to all, from design enthusiasts to professionals, builders to homemakers, students to seniors and is a not-to-be missed event!

adfestivalpdx.com/category/homes-tour

PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS
October 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st,10AM – 5PM : Various Locations
Portland Open Studios offers a unique and inspiring way of experiencing the creative process: interacting with local artists at work within the context of their studios. Visit with any of 100+ artists in all mediums including ceramic, wood, fiber & fabric, mixed media 3D, sculpture, printmaking and more.
portlandopenstudios.com

DAVID BYRNE WITH CARRIE BROWNSTEIN “IN CONVERSATION”
October 19th, 7PM : McMenamins Bagdad Theater
Join Powell’s Books and Literary Arts for an evening of conversation about music with David Byrne and Carrie Brownstein, to coincide with the publication of Byrne’s new book, How Music Works, a remarkable and buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about.
literary-arts.org/pal-home/specials

WEST COAST GIANT PUMPKIN REGATTA
October 20th, 10AM – 4PM : The Lake at Tualatin Commons
Odds are you’ve never seen anyone sit inside a giant pumpkin, let alone race one across a lake dressed as a superhero or the tooth fairy! The Regatta is a series of races around the Lake at Tualatin Commons in 1000 lb. pumpkin boats by costumed participants. The event also features live music, pumpkin pie eating contests, kids pumpkin carving, face painting, pumpkin golf, a kids costume contest and more!
tualatinoregon.gov/recreation/9th-annual-west-coast-giant-pumpkin-regatta

THINK & DRINK: FUTURE OF ROBOTIC WARFARE
October 24th, 6:30PM – 8PM : McMenamins Mission Theater
Think & Drink is a happy-hour series that sparks provocative conversations about how technology is shaping the future by looking at social movements, food, artificial intelligence, and robotic warfare. Enjoy a cold brew and ponder the future with General Merril “Tony” McPeak, 14th Chief of Staff, United States Air Force and Professor Tung Yin of Lewis & Clark Law School.

mcmenamins.com/events/100385-Future-of-Robotic-Warfare

POOCH IN THE PUB ANNUAL FUNDRAISER
October 6th, 6PM : Oswego Lake Country Club
Project POOCH and Dave’s Killer Bread invite you to come and help support the former at its annual fundraising event. Project POOCH is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for at-risk youths to learn patience, responsibility, and compassion for all life through working with unwanted shelter dogs. This will be a night of conversation, food, and entertainment by Left Coast Jazz, magic by Hart Keene, and dance by Step It Up Studios Lakeside Ballroom Society along with a super silent and live auction items.

http://www.poochinthepub.org/

OMSI AFTER DARK : IN THE SPIRIT
October 31st, 6PM – 10PM : Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
Ghosts, goblins, and whiskey, oh my! Get in the spirit and celebrate Halloween at OMSI After Dark, costumes encouraged! Taste the difference between grain and potato vodka while local distilleries share the secrets of their craft. OMSI After Dark is the last Wednesday of every month for the 21+ crowd. Enjoy some wine, beer, and spirits while exploring the museum.
http://www.omsi.edu/node/4221?nomodal