Life in Portland Blog

January 2013 Picks


Scoundrels: Star Wars
January 9th – 7pm : Powells Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
Ocean’s Eleven meets Star Wars in Timothy Zahn’s Scoundrels: Star Wars, a classic adventure set just after Star Wars Episode IV : A New Hope. Powells Books invites you to join the author as he promotes his new book about Han Solo’s post-Return of the Jedi roguery.

Loudon Wainwright III & Dar Williams
January 13th 7:00PM : Aladdin Theater
Wainwright the elder might be better known in some circles today for his musically gifted progeny, Rufus and Martha, but apples, as they say, don’t fall far from the tree. Over a career spanning more than four decades and 25 records, the fold singer-songwriter, actor, and incorrigible wag has seen a throwaway become a hit, memorably appeared on M*A*S*H, and won a Grammy (after being nominated twice). Wainwright’s latest resume entry, and the impetus for this tour, is last year’s Older Than My Old Man Now.

Kim Hamblin: Circumference
January 15th – 31st : P:ear Gallery
Kim Hamblin is trying to nail down the entire natural world – literally. In her mixed-media work, the Oregon artist uses cut paper and paint to detail the structures of life – roots, hives, muscles – as fastidiously as any biology textbook, then rivets the illustrations with actual nails.

ChocolateFest 2013
January 18th – 20th : World Forestry Center
Anyone with a serious sweet tooth should circle the date, as a bevy of artisan chocolateirs will be present with their most decadent creations. Wine, sake, and gourmet chocolate pairings will be on tap, not to mention the delicious majesty of two chocolate fountains!

Fertile Ground Festival
January 24th – 29th : Various Locations
Sometimes it seems like Portland’s soggy winters are good only for growing mold and mushrooms. But these dark days of introspection also nurture one of Portland’s most verdant arts festivals : Fertile Ground. Presenting a lineup of new works spanning theater, dance, and multidisciplinary arts, Fertile Ground will bring some 90 world premieres and staged readings by 50 producers to venues across the city.

Mochitsuki 2013
January 27th 11Am : Scottish Rite Center
To ring in the Japanese New Year, traditional mochi revelers heft a wooden mallet and pound vats of rice into malleable mochi paste. The celebration brings together a family-friendly selection of some of the best regional Asian entertainment, including Portland Taiko, Takoha, Sahomi Tachibana Dancers and more!