Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Welcome back to the weekend, folks. The wet, wet weekend. Oh, how a Doug Fir-esque bar—with fireplace and comfy seating—would be nice within walking distance. No sweat, though; we have plenty of local hangs to warm up and dry off in. Find one.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- The FoPo Fall Fest is happening this weekend, rain and mud and all. Make your way to the Foster-Powell Community Garden for some pumpkin carving, a costume contest, face-painting, cake and other treats, and (hopefully) random guests that will liven the place up. More info here.

- And for other Halloween-related events over the next week, check out our running list of happenings in the ‘hood. Feel free to add to the list.

- Foster-Powell, the ninth most dangerous neighborhood in Portland? That’s what the folks over at Go Local PDX say, in a very non-scientific ranking. I know we have a lot of scrappers and meth heads trolling around, but ninth? Come on. Well, to put some of your concerns to rest, the rankings are based on crime stats—sure—but also the amount of fire emergencies and unsafe traffic intersections. Now it makes sense, I guess, as we are bound by a couple high-crash corridors. Still, the rankings seem a bit misleading. For reference, though, Lents was ranked second most dangerous, while Mt. Scott-Arleta was 20th.

- Another plug for the BobWhite Theatre: movies, movies, movies, and concerts too. (Here’s the November events calendar.) There’s something for everyone, so get in and support it.

- Weekend music and performance
Torta- Ian Uponen, Friday; The Heartford Defiant, Saturday
Gemini- Finn Doxie, Friday
O’Malley’s- The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, Saturday
Starday- The Vermadons, Friday; Bridgecreek, Saturday
Performance Works NW- The Word Hand:: Austin, Boas, & Hutchins, Friday and Saturday-8pm

Have a good weekend, all. Be cool.

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Your Foster Halloween

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Halloween is just over a week away. That means we get to watch ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ a few more times, and maybe suffer (tolerably) through some old school Jamie Lee Curtis a little longer. While I invariably revert back to childhood and relive that charm, some have other ideas of how to enjoy the day (and the days leading up to it): turn the porch lights off and humbug it, bob for apples, carve pumpkins, take the little ones trick-or-treating, or have some adult fun.Screen shot 2014-10-22 at 7.20.01 AM

Here’s our attempt to keep you in the neighborhood, whatever it is you end up doing. This will be a running list of Halloween activities in the ‘hood. Add any events or local traditions you wish to share.

* Trick-or-Treat: if you want to skip the chance of getting party-pooper homes on your candy route, check out this map by NextDoor.com. It maps out which homes will be handing out candy, though it only NWIPAincludes those who shared that information online; by no means is it all encompassing. Feel free to sign up and add your home if you haven’t already.

* Halloween eve scary movie: The BobWhite Theatre gets into the spirit with a showing of ‘Friday the 13th.’ This will be on Thursday, October 30, with multiple show times.

* More BobWhite: Rusted Root and World’s Finest Halloween Bash. Yes, that Rusted Root. This show brings together multiple bands, starting at 8:30 and going into the late night / early morning. Costumes are encouraged.

* N.W.I.P.A., “Bands, beer and fear:” Dan’s Death Metal B-Day and Evil Twin Tap Takeover. It’s what it sounds like. Kim Jong Grillin will be setting up shop outside with food starting at 7:30; bands start at 10 pm.

unnamed* Torta-landia: Lew Jones’ Monster Mash. Many bands, family friendly, and good food and drink. Starts at 7 pm.

* FoPo Fall Fest at the Foster-Powell Community Garden. All sorts of family/halloweeny/fall fun. More info here.

Again, this is a running list. So add what you will and share what you’re doing.

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November Movies and Events at The BobWhite

Here it is, folks. Movies. Music. Theater. Wrestling.

Peep it…
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Fosterdam Takes Shape

IMG_1329Oh, joy. Another dispensary on Foster. We need this just like we need another auto shop or vacant storefront.

After hearing rumors for a couple months, it now appears certain that Smokey’s will indeed become a pot shop. As if Foster hasn’t made enough attempts at fully over-saturating itself with dispensaries (they’ve been opening and closing, seemingly, en masse for the last year and a half), we’ll make another go at it. This time, one of west Foster’s remaining dive bars will serve as collateral damage.

RIP Smokey’s.

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Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Well, this is a decidedly wetter start to the weekend than we’ve had in a long time. No sweat, though, as the clouds will part Saturday and Sunday before the rain comes back in force next week. Find a way to squeeze in some fun on Foster, whether happy hour, brunch, live music, or buying some board games, guitars, and/or records. (Yes, you can do all of that on Foster.)

Here are your weekend tidbits…

- Kudos to ‘Midpoint Food and Drink’ and the Foster Area Business Association (FABA) for hosting a business mixer last night. It was a good step in bringing the business community together, showing off some of the new FABA energy, and introducing some local-themed cocktails (the Foster Frappe was delightful). Oh, and they showed off some of that new energy to a couple key city staffers, most notably Commissioner Novick.

- FoPo Tavern has officially opened. Not only does it have to shed the Dusty’s persona, it’ll have to overcome the inaccurate and somewhat cliched moniker. If anybody’s been yet, let us know how it is.

Dog Bow Ties

This guy. A new dog bow tie could be yours.

- This might be the first time you’ve been asked this (it’d be weird if it isn’t), but is anybody in the market for dog bow ties? If so, Pieper Cafe is your place. Well, in front of Pieper Cafe will be your place. Josh returns Saturday, from 9 am to noon, for some serious, four-legged craft-making.

- Nayar Taqueria’s temporary Sunday closure has been lifted. They’re back to regular, week-long hours.

- If you’re feeling charitable, have some extra money to donate, or just want to promote a good cause, the Bob White Theatre Restoration Fund is in need of some cash. And your local theatre/music venue is in need of some loving. Contribute to the cause: here.

- Live music and happenings:
Torta- Overwinter, Friday; Jonathan Pierce, Saturday
Starday- Ron Stephens and Freakflag, Friday; The Golden Country, Saturday
Gemini- Amber Harlan Granmo Jazz Trio, Saturday
Bar Carlo- The Session, Saturday; Get Hammered For A Good Cause-Green Lents, Sunday
NWIPA- Killer IPA Fest, Sunday

Have a good weekend, all. Be cool.

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New Business Update

Foster’s newest not-new-bar is now open.
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And Green Noise Records has a sign and steadily-being-renovated building to go along with its recent opening.
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And Foster continues its growth spurt–good, bad, or otherwise.

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