Happy Weekend, Foster People!

Welcome to your Foster weekend, where a little bit of wet and gray does nothing to alter your chances for a bit of live music, a happy hour (or two), breakfast or dinner in the hood, an art walk, and/or some spring gardening. We may get some sun breaks—don’t hold your breath—so find a way to get out in the neighborhood.

Here are your weekend tidbits…

– The big happening this weekend is Second Saturday Foster Art Walk. It’s hard to believe we’re more than a year into the monthly art walk, and, at this point, we’ll assume it’s fully entrenched as “a thing.” We can confirm the following venues will have some form of art on display (and maybe some drinks and snacks) for April’s showing:
Darling Press Studio- Laminations: Lamentations and Luminations, new works by Andy Matia, 5 – 9 p.m.
Po Boy Art Gallery and Framing- Jim Mazza art opening w/DJ Joel Barber and more, 2 – 8 p.m.
Latchkey Gallery- Opening reception for Artis Jeff Chase, 4 – 8 p.m.
Flat Blak Gallery- One Night Stand: Portland artists Murphy Welch and Ethan Walsh exhibit, 5 – 8 p.m.
Wild at Heart Salon- The art of Annie Breedy
Backstory Books- Opening reception for the paintings of Christine Schulbach, 4 – 8 p.m.
NWIPA- Reception for Vicki Wilson’s ceramic sculptural installation, Growing Resistance, 6 – 10 p.m.

– Not sure how we missed this last month, but March marked the 10-year anniversary for Slingshot Lounge in the neighborhood. They obviously are doing it right over there—everything from the unpretentious but just-hip-enough vibe to the grimy bathroom graffiti; laid back booths and game room to the outdoor patio; and that chicken parm sandwich. Congrats, y’all. Keep doing what you do.

– Um, and a big shout out to Pieper Cafe, who is celebrating year number 5 this month! We heart you….

– And not to be forgotten, Portland Mercado will be celebrating their second anniversary this month, as well.

– Earlier this week we posted about some comings and goings in the neighborhood, including the departure of Raven Ink Tattoo and Green Noise Records, as well as the incoming Off The Griddle, the mixed-use development planned across from Portland Mercado, and a development on Powell that will bring a multi-story self-storage facility to the neighborhood.

– The backroom at Foster Burger is currently being renovated, and the once spill-over and meeting room space is, apparently, slated to become a bar. It’s unclear what the connection to Foster Burger will be, but we hear it’ll be more of a separate entity than an expansion of the current restaurant. We could also be totally wrong—more to come as we get a bit more clarification.

Here’s your weekend entertainment:
Starday Tavern- Buzz Holland Band Happy Hour w/Paula Sinclair (6 p.m.) and The Craftsmen (9 p.m.), Friday; The Soultone Band, Saturday at 9 p.m.

Enjoy the weekend, y’all…

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