Life in Portland

March 2012 Picks

OREGON CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
March 2 – 4, 2012, ashlandspringshotel.com/12-oregon-chocolate-festival.php
This annual festival takes place at the Ashland Springs Hotel and is completely dedicated to Oregon chocolatiers and their fantastic creations. This show brings together more than 30 Oregon chocolate companies to present fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products.

PORTLAND OREGON WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL aka POWFest
March 8 – 11, 2012, Venues around Town, powfest.com
The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) places a spotlight on women directors by showcasing their work and strengthening the community of women in film. POWFest features work of today’s top women directors, honoring the true pioneers while providing support and recognition for the next generation of leading women filmmakers.

SMALLPRESSAPALOOZA
March 12, 2012, 6:00 pm, Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside
Small presses are an often-overlooked mainstay of the publishing industry, but March’s designation as Small Press Month does something to remedy that. Powell’s will be celebrating with a four-hour celebration of all things locally published. 16 locally connected readers will share selections from their small press pièces de résistance.

THINK & DRINK
March 14, 2012, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, McMenamins Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan
Why not do your philosophizing with a cold one in your hand? The folks at Oregon Humanities certainly think it’s a good idea and have birthed this brainchild: have deep thoughts and promote critical thinking while drinking beer with people who know more than you do. This year’s series, “Looks at the Future,” will investigate journeys to come in the realms of social change, food, artificial intelligence, and warfare.

COMMUNITY WAREHOUSE: TABLE & CHAIR AFFAIR
March 15, 2012, 5:00 pm, Castaway, 1900 NW 18th, Portland, communitywarehouse.org
Have a seat—or more than one! Chairs and tables reconfigured and/or decorated by more than 100 local artists will be auctioned off to benefit Community Warehouse, a volunteer-driven organization that provides furniture and household goods to families in need.

BIG TIME BURLESQUE! with Orchestre L’Pow
March 30, 2012, 6:00 pm, Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 NE Alberta, albertarosetheatre.com
The art of burlesque is much more than pulling off garments and baring flesh. It’s the act of the well timed tease, knowing how much can be inferred when barely showing anything.  The Orchestre will be providing the tunes for some of the best acts the Pacific Northwest from Charlotte Treuse, Madison Moone to The Infamous Nina Nightshade.