Life in Portland Blog

September 2012 Picks


September 1 – 30th : Chapman Elementary School
Every year in late August thru September, one of Portland’s most amazing natural events occurs. Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts gather in the chimney ofChapmanElementary Schoolevery evening as they prepare to migrate. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner any evening this month and prepare to see a spectacular sight!

September 6th – 16th : Various Locations
This month is the 10th anniversary of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s (PICA) Time-Based Art Festival, a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art which presents dozens of emerging talents and legacy artists from around the world including:

Andrew Dickson – Life Coach : Some people know exactly what they want out of life, but most of us could use some help navigating the increasingly infinite options modern life affords. Andrew Dickson will be offering hour-long life coaching sessions to select festival goers during TBA.

Gob Squad : Gob Squad travels back to the underground cinemas of New Yorkto recreate Andy Warhol’s Kitchen, a film that somehow encapsulated all of the hedonistic experimental energy of the swinging sixties.

Laurie Anderson – Dirtday! : In honor of the 10th anniversary of TBA, Laurie Anderson performs Dirtday!. With wit and candor, Anderson engages with the politics of the Occupy movement, theories of evolution, families, history, and animals.

September 8th 12-9PM : The East Burn
Back for its 4th year in a row, The East Burn hosts Baconfest! This year’s celebration includes an array of ways to get your bacon on including a dance off where each contestant must consume a slice of bacon every 30 seconds, a greasy slip n’ slide, triathlon de pig, vendors selling all things bacon related, live music, and more!

September 9th : Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
The host of the wildly popular public radio and podcast series This American Life comes to Portland to share his thoughts about storytelling and behind the scenes glimpses into the themes we all know by heart.

September 15th & 24th : Alberta Rose Theater
This group of vintage inspired artists include aerialists, jugglers, musicians, dancers, contortionists, and magicians. Performances combine Old World cabaret with elements of 21st century “extreme” entertainment.