The first really warm weekend of the year is upon us, so of course: beer. Portland’s summer seems to have begun a bit early this year – the 4th of July isn’t until next week!
The Back Row Picture Show (tag line: Lights! Camera! Disappointment. We make bad movies worse.) takes place every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month at the East Bank Saloon (727 SE Grand).
Hosted by Jessica Lea DeNardo and Jay Mackin, Back Row Picture Show is a comedy spectacle where cult movies of questionable origin are screened and insulted – MST3K for the low brow Portland bar crowd.
This week’s film is The Octagon.
Over the years this has become one of my favorite local beer festivals. Over 60 organic beers and ciders will be available this year, and you’ll find food and vendors, live music, and plenty of shade under the big trees.
Admission is free, but tasting requires a $6 reusable cornstarch glass and $1 beer tokens for tastes. Get a dollar off your tasting mug by showing a validated TriMet ticket (the Yellow Line stops right at the park!), a ticket from the on-site bike corral, or three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank. Kids are welcome with parents.
Celebrating Astronomy Day, OMSI presents a full day of all things celestial, with opportunity for starry-eyed guests to learn little-known facts about the universe, constellations, stars and planets. Space travel and the fascinating realities of life on the space station are expected hot topics as Silverton-born, astronaut Don Pettit, Ph.D., is the featured guest and speaker. Astronomy Day activities are free and open to the public.
The fun goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Dr. Pettit, who’s been a part of three space flights and lived on the International Space Station for over five months, speaks at 11:30 a.m. Visit the event webpage for more details.
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