Life in Portland Blog

Monthly Picks | January 2016

January 7th, 7:00 PM | Clinton Street Theater
Chicagoland Shorts brings together the best of niche cinemas – queer, Asian American, black, experimental, etc. – culled from local film festivals, micro-cinemas, and film schools. This eclectic collection boasts award-winning films including a finalist for the 2014 Student Academy Award and the recipient of a Human Rights Award from Nielsen Reviews. The films featured in Chicagoland Shorts have screened nationally and internationally at museums, galleries, and over 100 competitive film festivals.

January 10th, 2:00 PM-8:30 PM | Skidmore Fountain
What started as a small prank has grown into an international celebration of silliness, with dozens of cities around the world participating each year. The idea is simple: Random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter without pants. The participants do not behave as if they know each other, and they all wear winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves. The only unusual thing is their lack of pants.

January 22nd-24th | Oregon Convention Center
Sample local and international chocolates and wine at this fundraiser for the World Forestry Center. The festival was originally created to share wonderful chocolate products with visitors, and to educate them about the tropical cacao tree and how chocolate is made from bean to bar.

January 31st, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM | PSU Smith Memorial Student Union
Mochitsuki is, in its strictest sense, the pounding of rice into tasty, sticky rice cakes called mochi, that symbolize starting the New Year with a full belly in hopes of abundance in the year ahead. Feast on foods rich in symbolic meaning, and enjoy  art, performances and fascinating, hands-on cultural experiences for the whole family. There will be mochi pounding demonstrations, free mochi samples, and appetizing Japanese fare for purchase.