Sure, you could spend the day fighting your way through obnoxious department stores crowds, or sitting on the couch watching football, but if you want some culture, follow me . . .
In celebration (?) of Black Friday, the Portland Art Museum is offering free admission today from 5pm until 8pm.
“Browse the Museum’s permanent collection, explore sculptures, paintings, and works on paper by one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinguished artists, and see one of the most important examples of 19th-century American painting.” [more]
Rudolph Gets His Red Nose on Friday at Willamette Week Online
Old Town’s “Made in Oregon” sign, now the “Portland, Oregon” sign, will illuminate downtown once again starting this Friday after a two-year battle between the University of Oregon and the City of Portland for control of the sign.
At Friday’s ceremony to christen the new version of the old sign, city officials will also turn the white stag’s nose red, temporarily turning the deer into “Rudolph” for the winter shopping season … er, Christmas. [more]
One of the pioneers of artisan alcohol production in Portland, Clear Creek Distillery (2389 NW Wilson), opens their doors on Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27 2010 for a rare open house.
Clear Creek’s Williams Bear Brandy and Apple eaux de vie are two of my favorite spirits. If I get up the gumption to leave the house and brave the consumerist frenzy [doubtful] that is the weekend after Thanksgiving, Clear Creak Distillery will be my first (and perhaps only) stop. [more]
Hang on to your toque and prepare your poutine, the 98th Grey Cup takes place this Sunday, November 28 2010. The Grey Cup is Canada’s Super Bowl – the Canadian Football League’s championship game.
In a rematch of last year’s Cup, defending champions Montreal Alouettes face the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. [more]
Ongoing (Through January 2, 2011)
The Pittock Mansion has been closed the last few days as volunteers, designers, and local charities prepare it for the holidays. On November 22nd the public is invited in again to share in A Northwest Christmas: The Natural Beauty and Bounty of Oregon. The mansion will have been transformed into a holiday wonderland. Festive decorations, ribbon, garland, poinsettias, and more than 15 Christmas trees will fill the historic house. [more]