Life in Portland

May 2012 Picks

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H.P. LOVECRAFT FILM FESTIVAL

May 11th & 12th, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, hpfilmfestival.com
Now in its 19th year, the Lovecraft fest features an immense roster of outré films, all inspired by the early-20th century author responsible for archaic, adjective-laden chillers like “The Dunwich Horror”, “Cool Air”, and “Pickman’s Model”. Filmmakers, authors, and artists will be featured in readings and round-table discussions about various aspects of Lovecraftiana.

CAPELLA ROMANA: A TASTE OFBYZANTIUM

May 12th, The University Club, 1225 SW 6th, Portland, capellaromana.org
One of few professional chamber vocal ensembles in the Pacific Nothwest, Cappella Romana, invites you to an intimate performance, along with a Byzantine dinner made from ingredients of the Ancient Mediterranean, and an auction including two round trip tickets from Alaska Airlines, an 18th century map of 10th century Byzantium, and items found during the ensembles recent tour of Greece.

TIM GUNN OF PROJECT RUNWAY, SPRING FASHION SHOW

May 12th, Washington Square, 9585 SW Washington Square Rd., Tigard
shopwashingtonsquare.com/Events/TimGunn
Tim “Make it work!” Gunn from TV’s Project Runway will breeze through the Washington Square Mall to host a live blue jean runway show and Q&A, to be cast two days prior with local “real woman” models. “This event is the ultimate reality experience—seeing real fashion, on real bodies,” says Gunn.

NW ANIMATION FESTIVAL

May 18th & 19th, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland
nwanimationfest.com
On a crusade to put the most brilliant and impressive animations before your eyes, this fest will screen Oscar-qualifying films like My Hometown by Jerry Levitan and Terry Tompkins with Yoko Ono, Paths of Hate by Damian Nenow, A Morning Stroll by Grant Orchard, and more. Portland-based animation house Laika will show off “making of” footage and puppets from Coraline and offer a sneak peek at their new zombie flick, ParaNorman, due for release in August.

MT.TABOR ART WALK

May 19th, 10 am – 5 pm, 6000 SE Salmon Street, Portland, mttaborartwalk.com
Painters, printmakers, jewelry and pottery artists, and more will show their finely wrought wares along this annual stroll that celebrates the community surrounding Portland’s most wonderfully walkable mountain.

MEMORIAL WEEKEND IN WINE COUNTRY

May 26th-28th, willamettewines.com/events/memorial-weekend
One hundred and fifty wineries and tasting rooms open their doors in anticipation of the summer wine season, inviting in passers-by for a taste of the year’s specialties.