Weekend on the Cheap:
– Fertile Ground launches this Thursday, January 20th and runs until Sunday, January 30th with over 70 Portland-generated projects in theater and dance; a $50 festival pass for all shows is your best bang for your buck, otherwise please check the web site for schedule and ticket pricing.
– The new comedy series “Portlandia” premieres this Friday at 10:30pm on cable’s IFC. Shot in Portland and starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, you can watch the first episode for free at McMenamins Mission Theater, the Spirit of 77′, or stay at home and watch it here anytime online at Hulu.com.
– Portland State University’s Alpha Kappa Psi presents “Viking Fest” this Friday night beginning at 7:00pm and featuring live bands performing at the Smith Ballroom. Admission is free, though donations of clothing are encouraged to benefit Youth Expression Project.
– World Cup & Coffee and BridgePort Brewing Company are inviting the public for a tasting of their newest creation “Cafe Negro” this Friday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. Guests can sample the new brew, tour the World Cup Coffee roasting facilities and enjoy light appetizers.
– Charity Wedding Gown Sale this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Doubletree Hotel Lloyd Center, presented by Brides Against Breast Cancer. Free admission, gowns from $199; pick up this week’s Willamette Week for an additional $50 off coupon. See web site for more info.
– The 6th annual Chocolate Fest is this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center. Come support this fundraiser for the World Forestry Center, tickets are $20 for Friday’s evening party and $10 for Saturday and Sunday hours (free on Saturday and Sunday for World Forestry Center members!).
– 24th annual Fix-It-Fair at Parkrose High School this Saturday from 8:30am – 2:00pm. This event is designed to save you money and connect you to resources and offers workshops, exhibits, giveaways, childcare, lunch and more.
– This Sunday has been designated as “National Pie Day,” so go out and eat some pie with a little nudge from MakeMeSomePie.com’s location map and special discounts.
– Fabric and Sewing Supplies Swap this Sunday at the Troutdale Library from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, free for all ages. From web site: “Bring up to two grocery sacks’ worth of clean, usable sewing stuff you would like to give away such as fabric, thread, scissors and such. Take home an equivalent amount of exciting new sewing stuff!”
SPOTLIGHT: MUSIC FOR ALL
Music For All is a six-month pilot program that offers $5 performing arts tickets to low-income Oregonians. Anyone who receives food stamps and has the Oregon Trail Card is eligible to participate. In case you missed it, here is the City of Portland’s write up and press release, as well as the feature article in the Tuesday, January 4th edition of the Oregonian newspaper.