As we've mentioned, Know Your City (née the Dill Pickle Club) is currently raising funds to pay for a mobile kiosk, which they will mostly use in the Ankeny Alley tourist triangle and attempt to convince passersby that the city was actually founded prior to Voodoo Donuts.
They have seven days to go to reach their $10k goal, with almost $7k already funded. In a bid to push them over their goal, they've made a fresh new video that profiles the makers of said kiosk, which will truly be a Portland creation (of course):
If you were holding back your donation for fear of supporting overseas manufacturing, lay your worries to rest.
I spent a chunk of the day on Friday on the city's annual media tour of what's new in downtown retail. In concert with a variety of institutions (Portland Development Commission, Portland Business Alliance, etc), there has been a big effort over the past five or so years to strengthen downtown's shopping corridors, and one of the ways that's manifested has been through annual, sponsored pop-up shops, wherein local retailers take over unoccupied retail spaces for a month or two leading up to the end of the year—even better, they tended toward concepts that sold products made locally, too. This year there weren't any pop-ups to show us (though we visited two former pop-up success stories, Crafty Wonderland and Boys Fort), but I did finally go inside City Target and learn about some interesting acquisitions coming to Pioneer Place (Kitson, Camper, Scotch & Soda).
I've always loved the pop-up tradition, but their absence this year is actually good news; downtown just doesn't have enough vacancies to justify it anymore. That said, the program is shifting focus for 2014, when the pop-ups are expected to return, but relocate to Old Town, where they'll join permanent locals like Hand Eye Supply, Compound, and Orox. As much as I'll miss the spirit of the pop-ups, the past year's boom of new shops in the area—from Japanese outdoor brand Mont Bell's recent arrival at the corner of Director Park to Nashville-based denim heads Imogene + Willie in the Black Box, to the entire crew over at Union Way—should keep you entertained, and the constant flow of new announcements for local-focused holiday shopping events should keep your access to variety pretty well unfettered.
As you may have heard, I am known as one of Portland's greatest karaoke performers... that is, until someone better walks into the room. But my point is, I LOVE IT, and the more I sing, the happier I feel. That's why I've always been a big fan of the Voicebox private karaoke rooms over on NW Hoyt. I don't have to wait through an entire evening of terrible singers to share my greatness with the world, AND they have a fantastic selection of songs. The downsides? Trying to find parking in the Pearl, the lack of hard alcohol, and having to book rooms ahead of time due to their alarming popularity.
HOWEVER! Those dark days are soon to be over, because Voicebox is opening up a new location in the far more convenient (for me) central Southeast... one that not only has more rooms, but TONS OF HARD LIQUOR. Whoopeeeeeee!!!
Located at 734 SE 6th (that's on sixth just north of Morrison), Voicebox's newest location is housed in the old
Sparky's Spike's Auto Upholstery shop, and from what I saw during my tour the other day, it's gonna be BOSS. There will be eight suites of varying sizes (accommodating anywhere from 8 to 40 singers), with acoustical improvements, AND dual monitors (so you can face your audience or the screen). There will be dancing space (yes!), and plenty of room to set down your drinks... which you can order from the new 26 foot bar stocked with delicious booze (and food from a newly expanded menu).
Plus the walls will be graced with murals from talented illustrator Souther Salazar (who you may have seen lurking around a Mercury cover or two), and they've even got super fancy toilets. I'm not gonna spoil the surprise... just go to the bathroom!
And naturally, they'll continue to have great songbooks, and tons of new technological tweaks to make you sound like Kelly Clarkson's better-singing sibling. The new Southeast Voicebox opens on NOVEMBER 14TH, and they're taking reservations now. And you can bet your sweet heinie I'll be there singing my goddamn guts out!
Yesterday, Funemployment Radio talked to Martin Connolly, he of "sous chefs are stealing my weeds" fame. Hosts Sarah X Dylan and Greg Nibler explain the Great Sous Chef Heist of 2013 at the beginning of the episode, and then there's a statement from Martin himself, and an interview, about 15 minutes from the end. You'll want to listen to it.
One more time, because tee hee:
Bad news, guys, a real estate brokerage based in San Mateo, CA (hey, that's where I went to elementary school!) has ranked the top 10 cities in Oregon, and Portland is only #7.
Look, I know they're baiting us, but still:
Where exactly is Bend and why is it sitting atop our list? What is Portland doing at No. 7? And how happy is Happy Valley? Keep reading, because we Sherwood like to tell you. The following paragraphs will explain how we got our list and will focus on the best parts of each city and just what makes them so special.
Sherwood like to tell you. Here's the bullshit reasoning:
A lot of things make a city awesome, but in order to find these best cities in Oregon, we needed a list of measurable criteria across the board. So we came up with these eight:
Cost of living (percent above or below state’s average)
Median household income
Distance to closest 5-star rated hiking
Distance to closest ski resort
We started with a list of the 50 most populous cities in Oregon and ranked them from one to 50 in each of the criteria above, with one being the best. Then, we averaged the numbers for each city, gave them an overall Big Deal Score—the lower the number, the higher the city ranked.
See what they said about Portland after the break. (Trigger warning: The word "hipster" is used twice.)
Our friends at Know Your City (né the Dill Pickle Club) have just announced a campaign to open a mobile kiosk based in Ankeny Alley, where they'll sell publications and tickets to their tours, and provide information about the city and local businesses.
From a tourism standpoint, it couldn't be a more sensible place for an information kiosk: adjacent to the confused hordes of donut-chomping tourists who congregate in front of Voodoo all year round. And it makes a ton of sense for Know Your City, which is based out of a tiny office at Union Station, to have a street-level presence in such a trafficked part of town.
Their kiosk campaign has a decent rewards lineup that includes copies of their Portland-centric publications, tickets to their upcoming tours, a tote bag (!), and more. Support 'em right over here.
The Bagdad Theater on SE Hawthorne is currently closed to the public—for the first time since McMenamins took over the property in 1991. The place is getting a full renovation, and when it reopens in November, it'll be a first-run theater complete with a 4K digital projector, 7.1 sound, new seats, and a screen that'll be 50 percent larger. Last week, I stopped by the theater and met with McMenamins Chief Operations Officer Lars Raleigh, who showed me around the in-process restoration. In the process, I got to see what the Bagdad looks like when all of its seats are missing! (It looks weird. Movie theaters look weird without seats.)
"It's about competing with the home theater," Raleigh said when I asked him why the theater's getting a facelift and switching to first-run. Competing with living rooms is now a challenge for theaters that book second-run movies—as the Bagdad did, as other McMenamins theaters and many of Portland's most beloved theaters still do. You can thank movie studios, distributors, and yourself for that: DVDs, Blu-rays, On-Demand, and streaming services like Netflix now make movies available on TV before they're out of theaters (or, in some cases, before they even get into theaters). By the time second-run theaters get a movie, it's frequently already available to buy or rent—or will be within a matter of weeks. So in order to get people to heave themselves out of their couch's ass-indents, "you need something pretty special," as Raleigh puts it. "I think we're going to have that."
I think he's right—from what I saw, the new and improved Bagdad's going to be pretty slick. Part of that is thanks to Greg Wood, the owner of Portland's fantastic Roseway Theater and the manager of Seattle's great Cinerama. Wood came in to help McMenamins out as the the theater's consultant and film booker, and he's a guy who knows what makes for a good moviegoing experience. Just as Wood revamped the Roseway and the Cinerama, the Bagdad is set to become something better than it's been in a long while.
Orginally built by Universal in 1927 to serve as not only as a place to show Universal pictures but also as a vaudeville venue and, most importantly, a place where "female ushers wore uniforms meant to appear Arabian," the vaguely Middle Eastern-themed Bagdad is one of the anchors of SE Hawthorne, and brings with it a considerable history. McMenamins is aiming to recapture some of the theater's past glory, but do so in a way that respects the feel of the place. "We're pretty good at this historic preservation stuff," Raleigh says.
The Academy Theater needs to update to digital projection in order to stay in business. This costs a lot of money. Their Indiegogo campaign didn't make its goal, which is a bad thing: While upgrading to digital isn't a big problem corporate chains like Regal, coming up with that amount of money can be a pretty significant challenge for indie theaters.
Undaunted by the fact that their crowdfunding campaign didn't get them all the money they needed, the Academy's throwing a "digital conversion benefit" this Sunday, Oct 27, from 6-9 pm. Called "The Show Must Go On," its tickets are pretty steep—$55—but the night features performances from Tony Starlight and Post Five Theater, along with a whole bunch of other stuff, including cocktails, a fashion show, and food, beer, and booze from an impressive assemblage of the Academy's pals in the Montavilla neighborhood, including Bipartisan Café, Country Cat, Flying Pie Pizzeria, Staccato Gelato, Ya Hala, Beer Bunker, Small Vineyards, and Vintage Cocktail Lounge. If you've ever wondered what it looks like to see an entire neighborhood demonstrate how important one of their businesses is—and the Academy has been a great thing for that stretch of SE Stark—well, here you go.
A huge part of what makes Portland a great place to live is the fact we have locally owned, independent theaters movies. Theaters like these are becoming increasingly rare—most places are lucky if they even have one, let alone ones like the Academy that also offer cheap tickets and great pizza and beer. Places like these are worth supporting. If you can—and if you like living in Portland and you like movies—help out the Academy. Tickets for this weekend's event, along with more details, are at academytheaterpdx.com.
I'd like to to apologize to all of you, en masse, for the fact that I pay for your services with my debit and/or credit card. I'm going to keep doing it—no matter how heavy your sighs, no matter how hard your eye rolls. For years, you've made it excruciatingly clear that you prefer cash. Hey, who wouldn't? Also: I don't care.
On the upside, I tip pretty well, which might be something to consider the next time you feel one of those sigh rolls coming on.
I've mentioned it a bunch already—here, here, here—and I don't really feel like going into all of it all over again, so I'll just say this: You know part of what makes Portland awesome? That we have a slew of independent movie theaters, not just shitty corporate chains. And some of those independent theaters show movies for cheap, and also have beer, and are great places to watch movies—with dates, with friends, with family, with neighbors, with your stupid self, whatever. These are the kind of theaters that make Portland a better place to see movies than other places. These are the kind of theaters we should keep in business.
The Academy, one of SE Portland's best theaters, needs some help. Help them if you can, and do so in the next nine hours.
2. Do not hold up pedestrian traffic to open or close your umbrella. Not even for a second! I know, I know, it's raining, but get the fuck out of the way.
3. Do not use your smartphone while carrying an umbrella. What!? Seriously?! Yes. If you're looking down at your phone—texting, e-mailing, whatever—you're not paying attention to your surroundings and you're not making sure that you won't be smacking someone in the eye with the pointy bits of your umbrella. If you want to carry an umbrella, you've got to sacrifice your tweeting.
4. Don't shake the water off your umbrella around other people. C'mon, man, that's just rude. (YET IT HAPPENED TO ME ON THE BUS THIS MORNING.)
And here's another idea: I propose that the city hand out buttons for people to pin on every person who hits them with their umbrella. When someone collects 10 pins, they lose umbrella privileges for the season. If it's a tourist who collects 10 pins, they are BANNED FROM PORTLAND FOREVER.
Have any other suggestions for the umbrella carriers? Hopefully we can get through the wet season without someone losing an eye.
On October 11, venerable Portland movie theater Cinema 21 will be getting a major expansion. Two new auditoriums, a new lobby, new options, and two new bathrooms will bring the theater—a fixture of Northwest Portland since 1926—into the 21st century. Everything that's great about Cinema 21 will remain—currently, as an independent, single-screen arthouse theater with a balcony, it's one of the best places to see movies in the city. It's just that in a month or so, there'll be significantly more of it.
The changes, according to longtime owner Tom Ranieri, will help Cinema 21 stay competitive in an increasingly difficult market, in part by significantly improving the theater's variety and flexibility. Yesterday afternoon I met up with the talkative, likeable Ranieri—who's been Cinema 21's owner since 1987—to get a look at how the ambitious renovations are progressing.
From what I saw, the new and improved Cinema 21 is going to be pretty great. What's now a single screen theater that can play 35mm and digital prints and seat 500 people will soon boast two additional screens. And while they'll be touching up the theater's current concession stand and doing some more-than-welcome renovations on the space's less-than-ideal bathrooms, the real changes are happening across the hall.
Ticket sales will continue to take place at Cinema 21's current box office, but soon—where you currently turn right to enter the auditorium—you'll be able to go left, heading down a wide set of stairs that open up into an entirely new, and considerably more welcoming, lobby. With exposed wooden beams and an new concession area, the new space will offer a place to hang out, drink beer and wine, and eat pizza. (Said pizza, in what's probably the best news I'll hear all week, will come from Escape from New York.)
Splitting off from that secondary lobby will be two big, new bathrooms, as well as the two new auditoriums. Both with offer gradually rising seating, digital projection, and screens about 11 feet high by 17 feet wide. The larger of the two (pictured above) will seat around 80; the smaller will seat 49.
In order to expand, Ranieri—along with his business partner Chuck Nakvasil, who's been part of Portland's independent movie exhibition business since the '60s—had to break through to an entirely seperate building. Originally built in 1927, the building next door to Cinema 21's current space was most recently a realty office, but has also been home to places like the Earth Tavern, where Ranieri remembers seeing the Ramones. (Sounds like it was a pretty good show). The upper floors of this second building—which stands at the corner of NW 21st and Irving—are currently used for parking, which means Ranieri's dealing with a slew of engineering and soundproofing challenges, helped out by an acoustic engineer and a whole lot of patience.
"It's not in my nature, but I've learned how to surf," Ranieri says of having to adjust his plans on the fly, butting up against city codes and the challenges that come from having a business that now straddles two buildings—and two landlords. When the new part of Cinema 21 opens up, it'll have been in the works for about three and a half years.
Here's an interesting addendum about This Modern Age We Find Ourselves In: Out of sight from customers, Cinema 21's two new auditoriums are joined by a shared area for the projectors. It's basically just a crawlspace, barely big enough to install, mainstain, and house the two projectors. Since the new projectors are digital, they can be programmed and operated from Cinema 21's main projector booth, but since there's no longer a need for projectionists in said booths, this space is far smaller than most theaters' booths. Welcome to the future! (And so long, weird cool upstairs parts of theaters.)
"What it allows us to do is have flexibility," Ranieri says of the changes. Now films that do well at Cinema 21 can keep playing there for longer instead of getting pushed out by newer releases—and it'll also let Ranieri branch out a bit in terms of the films can be booked at the theater. "It's a moving target, guessing what people will want to see in a communal space," Ranieri says—but with two more theaters, Cinema 21 will have better odds. Don't expect Trans4mers there next summer, but Cinema 21 will now have the chance—and the sway with distributors—to experiment with crossover pictures that smudge the lines between arthouse and commercial. Cinema 21 will continue hosting festivals and events, too, such as certain screenings of the NW Film Center's Portland International Film Festival, not to mention good ol' Hump.
The first movie I ever saw at Cinema 21—sitting in the front row of the balcony—was 2002's Spellbound; ever since, it's been one of my favorite places to see movies in Portland. The idea of it getting bigger—with more movies, longer run dates, the chance to be more competitive with other downtown and west side theaters, and Escape from New York pizza, right there, readily available to cram into my mouth—sounds pretty great. I'll be stoked to see how it all turns out next month.
To get people to check out their new "Ideal Org"/L. Ron Hubbard's Ghost Office, the Church of Scientology's put some sweet new ads up around town! This one's at SW 2nd and Oak. THERE IS NOTHING CREEPY ABOUT THEM AT ALL.
Over the weekend came the news that—as the result of a Honda ad campaign—Newberg's 99W Drive-in will receive a free digital upgrade. This means, essentially, that the drive-in will stay in business, so score! Cool. The whole Honda thing was a marked difference from the strategies other local independent theaters have used to pay for the shift to digital—from Kickstarter to loans—but the end result is the same. This is good news.
In somewhat... less good news, Portland's Academy Theater has only two weeks before its Indiegogo campaign ends—but they're only about a third of their way toward their $75,000 goal. That $75,000 will go toward upgrading the Academy's three projectors from film to digital; if you haven't been paying attention, this conversion is more or less the only way theaters can stay in business. While chains like Regal were able to convert quickly (thanks, in no small part, to help from Hollywood studios), second-run and independent theaters are having a significantly harder time keeping up to date.
It'd be a shame if the Academy wasn't able to convert—not only is it a great theater on its own, but along with the already digital Laurelhurst and however many McMenamins theaters, it's a key part of Portland's vibrant second-run movie scene, which provides a far expensive and far more beer-ier alternative to corporate chains. If you live in Portland and like seeing movies and haven't already given the Academy a few bucks, now's the time.
"The theater is scheduled to reopen in mid- to late November," says OMSI's associate vice president of retail, Russ Repp. Following some rumors and vague statements about OMSI's currently closed dome theater, we've finally got some details.
OMSI's new movie screen will be flat rather than curved—with final dimensions, according to Repp, of between "60-65 feet wide and 33-36 feet high." That'll make OMSI's new screen quite a bit larger than most screens in the area. (For those keeping track, OMSI's new screen will be only a little smaller than the biggest screen in the greater Portland area—the fancy-pants Cinetopia Progress Ridge theater, deep in the Beaverton suburbs, has a screen that's 70 feet wide—and about the same size as the IMAX-branded screen at Regal's Lloyd Cinemas, which is 60 feet wide and 36 feet tall.)
As I've told many a lady, though, size isn't the only thing that matters. Here's some more info about what OMSI's theater will look like (and sound like) when it opens in a couple of months.
Here's what Smith has to say about the video:
This Is Portland... [is] a direct spoof of a little known couple named Don and Bettina who were known for a series of travelogs. The two of them (I vaguely remember) produced fairly amateur films about travel—with crude sound and kitschy music. This short is in part dedicated to their memory. Note: this is Portland in 1971, when Portland was a dumpy little town with nothing in particular except offering a safe place to raise a family. My brother Duncan (now deceased) is featured as the character in the tuxedo along with his date in evening dress, Elinor Markgraf.There's a lot to enjoy here—and check out Tim Smith's other films, shot in Portland decades ago, on his YouTube channel.
You know... at first I was going to write, "This guy is trying too hard." But you know what? THE REST OF US ARE NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH! Keep up the good fight, Unicycling Darth Vader with flaming bagpipes!!
Just as I suspected, Portland, ME is named after the Isle of Portland in the English Channel, but that was a change from its original and much superior name Falmouth Neck. I would WAY rather our town have inherited the name Falmouth Neck, OR but what can you do.
The Isle of Portland is the Portland that started this whole mess, presumably named after the fact that there was a port there and it was some land. Fortunately, "Isle" didn't make the jump across the Atlantic, allowing future cities to have only two geographical words smashed together instead of three.
US cities aren't the only progeny of that Portland. Portland Stone is a kind of limestone mined from the Isle of Portland. Portland Cement, which is used in most concrete, is made from a different kind of limestone but was so named because it looked like Portland Stone. For the same reason, I would have named it Gray Cocaine Cement.
Portland, Victoria in Australia was NOT directly named after the Isle of Portland, but rather took its name from the middle man, 2-peat British prime minister the Duke of Portland.
The good news is we're the biggest (and best!) Portland in the world. Portland, ME has a metro population of half a million while Portland, Victoria and the original Isle of Portland have only 22k people between them. The Duke of Portland had a population of 1.
It's too bad we don't get to do much city naming anymore. But if we did, I think we've learned enough to not name cities after other cities. Cements and dukes, go for it.
Update: Other Portlands
Obviously this list wasn't exhaustive, just my favorite Portlands. There are 20+ other cities named Portland around the world. Some other notables:
* Portland, TX (Named after Portland, ME. Includes #73 on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail!)
* New Portland, ME (Oh shit! I hope old Portland, ME doesn't find out they've been replaced)
* Portland Parish, Jamaica (A leading producer of breadfruit, which is totally a thing)
* Portland Street, Hong Kong (famous for it's red light district, but in China red lights just mean communism)
In this week's Sold Out column, I stopped talking about clothes for one goddamn minute long enough to turn my attention to... soap! Or, more broadly, the delectable—and delectably packaged—range of bath, hair, skincare, and fragrance products on offer at the new Spruce Apothecary in downtown's quickly filling Union Way complex. The most succinct way of explaining why I'm so excited about this small but excellently curated, modern, and gender neutral specialty store is that it is owned by the same partnership that brought us Canoe, which remains one of the most sophisticated design stores in the city. Read all about their savvy mix of contemporary and classic-European, and take a gander at some of the photos we didn't have room to run in print, over on MOD.
Another "Five Small Acts of Unadulterated Awesomeness Around Portland"
In my ongoing goal to be more positive, I've collected another list of small, but completely great things I've seen around Portland recently.
 Panda Express Will Tow You T-shirt from Coffeehouse NW
For as long as I've been going there, Coffeehouse NW had this paper sign warning you not to park at Panda Express. Some time in the last year they started printing t-shirts with the same janky skull and crossbones. Awesome job capitalizing on a local annoyance.
 Multiple Nights of Nerd To Choose From
#NerdNightOut is put on by World's Most Delightful Humans, the Doubleclicks. Check out the shows this Thursday/Friday at Action/Adventure Theatre featuring the Doubleclicks, Marian Call, Josh A. Cagan, and me!
Nerd Nite is less superhero nerd and more gene cataloging nerd and is produced by the woman who used to run OMSI Science Pub (which exists under new management and is also pretty great).
This is a great town to be a nerd in if you're the kind of nerd who likes to leave the house either at nite or at #night.
 Shadow Outlining
It could be one person or it could be many people, but somebody occasionally outlines the shadows of things in sidewalk chalk and then when the shadows move, you can see where they used to be. It's a great trick.
 Reno, NV Found Concrete Art
This one tickles me especially hard because I grew up in Reno, NV. But somebody (not me, but I wish it was) noticed this concrete cut looked a lot like the state of Nevada and so added the Colorado River at the bottom and a star for Reno.
 Beanie Baby Adventure
You probably didn't see this because it happened in my building, but somebody put an entire collection of Beanie Babies on the free table in the lobby. An hour later, the stuffed bears had been repositioned to every corner of the lobby. Hiding in the trees, the vending machine, all over. I wish so bad I had thought of this first.
Want to nominate other small things around town that are unequivocally wonderful? Hit me with an e-mail.
Downtown's new food/retail indoor/outdoor mini mall (can I call it that?), Union Way, is rapidly announcing the operational status of a stream of new arrivals: Steven Alan led the way on the retail front, joining fancy candy store Quin, and quickly followed by San Francisco-based denim specialists Self Edge, Spruce Apothecary (from the curatorial forces who brought you Canoe!), and a downtown outpost for Danner.
They also just announced on Friday that Little T is opening a bakery in the complex, Boxer Ramen appears well on its way to completion, and it appears that Eugene-based Will Leather Goods might not be too far behind. I do believe this qualifies as an "explosion."
All summer, the Red Light Clothing Exchange is running a series of $1 sidewalk sales, each benefiting a different local charity. This Sunday is next up, and all the money earned will be going to the Portland Rescue Mission, which has been providing services to the homeless and those suffering from addiction and abuse. (Their web site appears to be down at the moment.) If shopping is on the agenda this weekend (especially if you're going for volume) go nuts on these one-buck bargains and throw a little love at an important local institution.
You may recall the Our Portland Story project, a yearbook-like collection of Portland-related narratives and designs submitted by its citizens, now in its second volume. This summer, in collaboration with the having-a-very-active-moment Museum of Contemporary Craft, it's running a whole series of events starting now and running through September 7.
Starting today, the museum will be hosting Cabinet of Curiosity, which will include completed pages of the almost-ready second volume as well as objects referenced in the projects' stories, like "old Portland concert posters, historical artifacts, and cultural oddities." The official kickoff party is this Saturday (6-8 pm) with readings from a handful of the book's authors, Hopworks beer, and the band Father's Pocket Watch.
Further down the calendar are events for kids, an improv showcase presented in conjunction with the Brody Theater, and invitations to the public to write down stories surrounding their personal artifacts and local places, an interactive map, and the opportunity to record oral stories and interviews as well. You can check out the complete lineup here.)
The first edition of the book was a little heavy on twee hipster representation, so it will be cool to see if progressive volumes diversify away from the N. Mississippi vibe to include more voices from other cultural scenes, whether they be metalheads, refugees, or those rich people whose houses you see on the Portland Spirit lunch cruise. Opening it up through public events like this seems like a good way to make the effort to engage with more people.
One of my fave events of the summer is the annual Big Float—where around 2000 people armed with floating devices of all kinds, float and play in the Willamette. It's a great way to have fun AND remember how important the river is to all of our lives—BUT! If you're anything like me, you can't stand any amount of annoyances, and that includes waiting in line for Big Float wristbands. That's why I—and you, I trust—will be picking them up TOMORROW, July 23, at Popina Hollywood (2030 NE 42nd) between 6 and 8 pm. (Save even more time by purchasing your wristbands ahead of time here.)
Then, armed with your wristband, you can roll right out of bed on Sunday, grab your Disney Princess embossed inner tube and hop unimpeded into the Willamette. JOIN US, IT'S ALWAYS A GODDAMN BLAST!
The Big Float
Sunday, July 28, 2013
9:00 am-1:00 pm on-site registration at Tom McCall Bowl (where Blues Fest is held)
11:30 am inner-tube parade starts
Noon first group of tubers in the water
12:15 pm first band starts on barge
PRO TIP #2: NOTE THE CHANGES FROM LAST YEAR'S BIG FLOAT:
This year, instead of crossing the Willamette River, we’ll float downstream. We launch from Marquam Beach (same as last year) and take out at the Tom McCall Bowl – on the west bank of the river just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.
This is where we UnRocked the Beach last fall. And it’s where we’ll gather after the float for Portland’s first downtown beach party – including a music barge and three bands. Revelers can recline in their watercraft on the river – or frolic on the beach or grass bowl.
New TBF 3 features for 2013
-Live music barge (all 3 bands)
-Food carts, beverages (this year Kona Brewing Company and Barefoot Wines!)
-Changing rooms and check-in for valuables
-Free chair massages
-Fun for kids (we're gettin' a bounce house - at least one)
-Expedited entrance into the water with new Coast Guard agreement (significantly improved).
The Big Float is open to all ages. All floaters must wear a life jacket. It's a safe voyage, not a race. Join the flotilla and attend the grandest pool party Portland has ever seen!
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