Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Not to give you all a sense of urgency, but you only have two weekends left in August—this and next. Fortunately September is a wondrous month, similarly dry but not quite as absurdly hot as the summer months. Unfortunately, though, it also means a lot of people see their routines change—evenings start to shortenkids are back to school, commutes get a little more crowded, all the good tv shows start, less happy hours basking in the sun on Foster. So enjoy what we have left of warm, sunny and long days.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– The second and last installment of the Foster Window Project picks up today and tomorrow with a community work party. As we mentioned earlier in the week, this next project will be transforming the window space in the currently-vacant-but-future Cafe Red storefront next to Red Castle Games. Plans for a 3D representation of a “crusading squirrel who saves gentrifying Portland from its evil-manifestation-octopus” have already been put together—the project now only needs your participation; help put the installation together today and tomorrow, from 12-8pm. Just show up to the space when you can.

– We’re already one day into the Sixth Annual Macro Brewfest at O’Malley’s, which continues today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday). Get your tallboy-drink on, vote for your favorite, catch some live music, and get a pizza (which got a nice plug in Thrillist).

– Thanks to a heads up from Twitter user, FuckingFoster, we learned of a new art studio/gallery moving into the neighborhood. We don’t know much yet, as the space (at 6004 SE Foster) still looks very much like it did when it was Asia Music & Video. The website for Latchkey Gallery only has an address listed and single black and white photo of the storefront (which makes it look way cooler than it does in person). But if, indeed, it does become gallery/art space, it would be the second such space to move into the neighborhood in recent months (BenWill Studio being the other). It may not seem that significant, but taken with mainstays like Performance Works NW and Tango Berretin, projects like the Foster Window Project and Craft Night SE at Bar Carlo, the abundance of murals around the “Heart of Foster,” and Mel Katz sneakily making renowned art in his space next to NWIPA and Fat Yoga, I’d say Foster has a pretty—scratch that, VERY—active and burgeoning art scene.

– Speaking of moving in to the neighborhood, Badge Bomb and One Inch Round are currently renovating the former Lansing Linoleum space across the street from the Portland Mercado. They’ll be moving their button- and magnet-making operation into the building once renovations are complete. In digging a little, it seems like a fun little operation. Check ’em out.

– Get your kickball on this Saturday, as FoPo takes on Lents in a rematch of last year’s game. The more the merrier. Game is at Kern Park, Saturday; starts at 4pm. Don your pirate gear (we’re the FoPo Pirates, after all) and bring your good leg.

– Beer, wine and more at Pieper. Just sayin’…

– Weekend entertainment:
O’Malley’s- Macro Brewfest continues today (with Jake Ray and the Cow Dogs, Air Knives, and Advisory) and tomorrow (with DJ Montel Spinozza)
Starday Tavern- The Johnny Vargo Band, Friday at 9; Two Planets, Saturday at 9 (support your local music venues, y’all)
Tango Berretin- Milonga 24 with DJ Manuel de Leon , Saturday at 8pm: beginners class, 8-9; dance the night away from 9pm-1am; $10 at door, $8 if ordered in advance, $2 with student ID

Enjoy the weekend, all! Be cool, be safe.

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