Happy Weekend, Foster People!

The weekend is upon us, and we have sun, art, music, and all sorts of Foster goodness to get into. So do it. Also, it’s May…what the hell?

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– At some point we’ll stop giving this any more attention. Maybe this will be our parting comment: the neon-sign brigade showed their (ahem) true colors this last Tuesday, as they yelled at and harassed (sometimes in uncomfortably close physical proximity) City Commissioner Steve Novick, who was in the neighborhood to discuss benefits of the Foster Streetscape Plan, as well as concerns raised by a handful of business owners. Those business owners pleaded ignorance of any prior knowledge of the Streetscape Plan, despite the many years PBOT, PDC, neighborhood and business associations, and neighbors discussed, planned, and got the city to approve and fund the plans for improved safety and aesthetics on Foster. You have to question where they were the last several years, and why they were so out of touch with the local community. But now we know plans will proceed, and the neon posters are simply a distraction and eye sore. One note: Mt. Scott Fuel has taken down their signs. Perhaps they’ve given up the fight or had a change of heart?

– Are you art confused? We understand. In addition to the number of art showings at NWIPA, the former Foster Art Night, and the now growing Second Saturday Foster Art Walk, there’s a First Friday to keep track of. Yikes. I suppose more art is a good problem to have, but it might be hard to keep up with for the casual art connoisseurs. For those who can attend multiple art nights, First Friday is today; Second Saturday is next weekend. Tonight’s event will be at Darling Press (Foster Row), from 7 – 10 pm. Should be a cool event with live music, drinks and beverages and, of course, some art. In defense of the competing art nights, NWIPA has long held their own as a venue for artists to display their work; First Friday at Darling Press coincides with a larger Southeast Portland art night; Second Saturday aims to bring the neighborhood businesses together for a Foster-specific night of art and revelry.

– Speaking of Second Saturday, you should mark your calendar for next Saturday’s event. This will be just the third go-around, and each month leading up to it showed more participation (and better weather). We anticipate the same for May’s Second Saturday, as we’ve heard more businesses are getting involved—Latchkey Gallery, Backstory Books, Flat Blak Gallery, Wild at Heart Salon, and Tambayan Filipino Restaurant already participate. There’s also word that some of the bars may piggy-back on the event for a post-art walk pub crawl of sorts.

– The Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association is holding board elections this Monday (at Foster Burger, 6:30 – 8). If you’ve yet to attend a meeting, it may be worth your time; it’s a good way to hear about what’s happening in the neighborhood, meet some neighbors, and get involved with some of their events (like National Night Out, Movies in the Park, and the annual garden tour). If you have been to a meeting and are already involved, we hear the NA is looking for new board members. This Monday’s meeting will bring annual board elections, and the NA is looking for new blood.

– Quick shout out to Pieper Cafe and I Heart Retro. We said we were mostly done with the streetscape and sign-gate, but the respective owners of both showed up on Tuesday to promote an opposing and more neighborhood-friendly view of the Streetscape Plan than did Euro Classic, the Sew/Vac shop, and Mt. Scott Fuel. And since both live locally and attract local business, their support of the plan probably offered Commissioner Novick a more realistic feel of what the local community seeks.

– Here’s your weekend entertainment:
Darling Press (at Foster Row)- First Friday art night, 7 – 10 pm
Starday Tavern- The Buzz Holland Trip (6pm) and Portland 80’s Prom After Party (11:30), Friday; Livy Conner (6pm) and Common Starling, Sean Croghan (9pm), Saturday
FoPo Tavern- Standup Comedy, Friday at 9pm
O’Malley’s- Super Secret Hot Girls Club record release party (w/Nire Funs and Hot Spit), Saturday (music starts at 10 pm)

Let us know what we missed. Have a good weekend, all!

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