Spotlight: Portland Viewing Parties for the Academy Awards


– Friday is the last day to get a free 8oz beverage at Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Company, 10:00am – 2:00pm as part of their ‘Free Coffee Fridays’ promotion.

– Free admission to the Portland Art Museum on Friday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm as part of their ongoing “Fourth Fridays” program.

– It’s another weekend of the 21st Annual Cascade Festival of African Films with free films this Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm.

Lawful Order ~ Special Puppet Unit from Portland’s newest unscripted theater company ‘The Unscriptables.’ Final performances run this Friday and Saturday beginning at 8:00pm and admission is “pay what you want.”

Bring Your Kids To Music Millennium Day featuring “Kids Record Hits” with Geoff Byrd and Zoey Dickson performing at 3:00pm. Free gift bags with music, coupons and other fun goodies to all kids under 16.

24th annual Fix-It Fair this Saturday from 8:30am – 2:00pm at Jefferson High School. This free fair features workshops, exhibits, giveaways, lunch and more. Stay a while for Whole Foods’ Flash Kitchen Live Cooking Demonstration from 10:00am – 1:00pm with their theme of “Salad Brigade.”

Free introduction to Energy Healing this Saturday, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Hillsboro’s Main Library. Offered by PNW Pranic Healing, please visit web site for more information and to RSVP.

18th annual Hillsdale Brewfest this Saturday from 10:00am – close, featuring 20 brewers and 20 beers.

– Special appearance from the Cat in the Hat this Sunday at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 1:00pm, free. From web site: “Join us in celebrating Read Across America Day, a program from the National Endowment for the Arts that encourages children and teens to read. Today’s event includes story time with OPB’s April Baer and the opportunity to meet The Cat in the Hat costume character and learn about his new show on OPB.

SCRAP’s Re:Boutique Grand Opening and Sale this Sunday from 10:00am – 6:00pm located at 2915 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

– For other ideas on what to do this weekend, please visit Aroundthesunblog or PDXPipeline.


TravelZoo’s Weekly Top 20 features a great deal at downtown Portland’s highly rated Hotel Monaco: for $109 per night, get a Queen Deluxe room with complimentary breakfast and nightly wine reception. Valid seven days a week from February 27th – April 4th, or Thursdays-Mondays from April 4th – May 31st (blackout dates May 13th – 16th).

– Other great offers this weekend include $25 gift certificates for just $2 when you use the promo code ‘DINE’ at checkout and all Entertainment books are just $19.99 with free shipping.

– The Downtown Portland Winter Blah-Buster promotion runs February 21st – March 31st with two-for-one tickets and other savings discounts for dining, shopping, parking and performing arts, please see web site for details.

Nau/Lizard Lounge Warehouse Sale begins today and runs until Sunday, save up to 80% on great eco-clothing.

Bike N’ Hike’s 40th Season Celebration Sale begins this Friday, February 25th and runs until Sunday, March 6th; every bike is on sale!

Fat Tire Farm’s annual ‘Hair of the Dog Bicycle Sale’ begins this Saturday and runs until March 6th; all rental bikes are for sale plus get other great deals at up to 50% off.


It’s time for the 83rd annual Academy Awards show and it looks like a battle between ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Social Network.’ Tune in on Sunday night at 5:00pm in the comforts of home, or venture forth and join other movie-struck fans in the following viewing party locations:

Hollywood Theater, free telecast with doors opening at 3:30pm. There will be contests, a silent auction and themed cocktails. Hosted by local comedians Mikey Kampmann and Ian Karmel.

Academy Theater, free telecast with doors opening at 4:00pm; pick the winners in their awards contest and win a 10 PassMultipass prize!

Living Room Theaters, free telecast, but only shown on one screen so reservations are necessary!

McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub, free telecast for all ages with doors opening at 4:00pm. The Bagdad will also be offering their happy hour food and drink menu from 3:00pm – 6:00pm on Sunday. Guess the most Oscar winners and win prizes!

– The East Burn Tap-Patio-Grill, free telecast in the lower level Tap Room for the Oscar Quiz and viewing party provided by ShanRock’s Pub Trivia!

– “Hillsboro Goes Hollywood” at the Venetian Theatre’s second annual Oscar Party Fundraiser for Bag & Baggage Productions. Doors open at 4:00pm for the red carpet and cocktails, followed by the 5:00pm telecast on the big screen. Hundred’s of dollars in prizes for trivia, your Oscar ballot, and even your outfit! Cost is just $10 per person.

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