Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Halloween’s only a few weeks away, yet we’re still pumping sun and 70+ degrees. One of the nicest autumns I can remember. Don’t count on it lasting, though–the rain’s coming, so enjoy it while you have it.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– There was a film crew set up off of Foster a couple days ago, just behind Diane’s and the ‘Smoke and Vape’ shop. I’ve also heard of filming in the neighborhoods. Portlandia? Grimm? Sons of Anarchy? All would be fitting, I suppose.

– Speaking of film….um, Big Trouble in Little China. Yeah, that happened. And at Foster’s own Bobwhite Theatre no less. Let’s be clear, this wasn’t top-flight cinema. But, damn, did Kurt Russel turn in a performance. Paired with Session, Pabst, and Olympia (yes, all three) and popcorn, it got even better. Along with audience commentary and a rad–and getting radder–local theater, this is not to be missed. Well, you may not get ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ again, but cheesy 80’s movies abound, and every Tuesday and Thursday provides a new opportunity for a good time. You wanted a movie theater, now go support it and watch it grow.

– Foster-Powell (and Mt. Scott-Arleta, too, for that matter) is an improving neighborhood. That much is for sure. Gone are the days of easy (well, easier) meth scores; many dilapidated houses have been renovated; Foster itself is burgeoning; and every year brings more fixed up properties, new businesses, and greater community energy. From time to time, though, we get the occasional wave of petty crimes. And the perception, it seems–whether backed by stats or not–is that this is the case now: stolen bikes, missing mail and UPS packages, and the odd-ball tweaker doing what they do, seems to be the biggest source of concern. We had a small piece earlier in the week discussing this to some extent. Feel free to add to the conversation. Also, the Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association meets every second Monday at Bar Carlo (that would be this Monday), from 6:30 to 8 p.m.–this would be a good venue to discuss concerns and network with neighbors to address the issue.

– The Foster-Powell Community Garden will be open today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), as neighbors plant native species, work on a rain garden, and construct a community meeting area. Swing by if you’ve got time. And as always, keep up with what they’re doing over there at 62ndGarden.wordpress.com.

– Weekend events/live music:
Performance Works NW- Dance/Play/Move: A Kids’ Dance Class, Saturday from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m
Bar Carlo- The Session (spoken word and open mic), Saturday evening; Sweet Reggae Sundays, Sunday evening (duh)
Torta-landia- Big North Duo, Friday; Adam Fisher, Saturday
Gemini Lounge- DJs Ashby Scaggs, Brian Todd, Cee White, Saturday
Starday Tavern- Rockabilly by Shuggie B Goode, Friday; Country-Western/Rockabilly with The Bakersfield Rejects and Johnny Payola and The Hired Guns, Saturday

Have a good weekend, all. Be cool.

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2 Responses to Happy Weekend, Foster People!

  1. Aaron says:

    Here’s hoping they titrate their genre mix soon enough so there’s a mix: some black-and-white classics, some critically acclaimed flicks, not just campy nostalgia, good as some of that is… I realize it’s early days and still plan to support…

  2. blakedore says:

    I chatted with the ladies at Diane’s – it was Portlandia filming there and around the ‘hood!

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