Life in Portland Blog

February 2013 Picks


23rd Annual Cascade Festival of African Films
February 1st – March 3rd : Hollywood Theater & PCC Cascade Campus
The Cascade Festival of African Films is the longest running annual film festival in the U.S. Opening night will feature a performance by the Jefferson Dancers. The festival will also feature Women’s Filmmakers Week and a Family Film Day on February 23rd. Specific films are featured throughout the festival, many present with their directors, stars, and panels for discussion.

The Buckman Art Show & Sell
February 1st 5PM – 9PM : Buckman Elementary School
The Buckman Art Show & Sell is in its 23rd year, showing and selling art from over 140 Pacific Northwest artists and craftpersons. The show features paintings, ceramics, sculptures, photography, jewelry, and textiles as well as a hands-on children’s art area, live music, and food carts. All artists will donate a percentage of their proceeds to the Buckman Art Focus Elementary School.

Worst Day of the Year Ride
February 10th 8AM : Lucky Labrador Brew Pub SE Hawthorne
The 12th edition of this 4,000-person, 18 mile wintertime joyride supports the Community Cycling Center. Keep warm and cozy at every turn with belly-nourishing treats including hot cocoa, doughnuts, fruit, spiced chai tea, soups, bagels, hot cider and a huge finish line lunch.

Neil Diamond Tribute Concert & Comedy
February 23rd 8PM : Tony Starlights Supperclub & Lounge
Turn on your Heartlights with us as we bask in the glow that is “Diamond”. Tony Starlight’s tribute is both heartfelt and silly and was called the “highlight” of the 2009 Bite of Oregon Festival. Not to mention very good. Five glorious costumes, 30 timeless songs, 90 screaming fans and one silly wig make this night unforgettable!

Polar Plunge
February 9th 11AM : Broughton Beach in NE Portland
The MC gives the 3-2-1 countdown and the crowd on the beach roars in approval as several dozen costumed people run screaming across the sand at NE Portland’s Broughton Beach, and into the icy water of the Columbia River. Within an hour more than 200 people will brave the frigid river in the annual Oregon Law Enforcement Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Oregon. Sign up to take the plunge, get a team together in solidarity, or just show up to watch!