After a long week of work, why wait until Friday to kick start your weekend? With the Tribute Thursday Early Escape Cruise on the Portland Spirit, you can take a much-needed break from the week with some good friends, good food and good tunes ready to take you back to the best music of days gone by. This two-hour party cruise down the Willamette River has everything you need for a fun time: There's a bistro plate available for purchase, along with refreshing selections from three full bars and live music from some of the best tribute bands around.
Thursday August 24, 2017 / 3:00pm (Glass of Hearts (Blondie Tribute))Thursday August 31, 2017 / 3:00pm (Petty Fever (Tom Petty Tribute))Thursday September 7, 2017 / 3:00pm (Candy-O (The Cars Tribute))Thursday September 14, 2017 / 3:00pm (Echoes of Yasgurs (Woodstock/Folk Rock Tribute))Thursday September 21, 2017 / 3:00pm (Ramble On (Led Zeppelin Tribute))Thursday September 28, 2017 / 3:00pm (Gerle Haggard (All Girl Merle Haggard Tribute))
Say what you will about the last millennium, but those last few decades knew how to par-tay. Now you can party like it's 1999 (and even earlier) at this fun Flashback Dance Cruise featuring the best dance hits from the '80s, '90s and more. This two-hour cruise aboard the Portland Spirit provides everything you need for a rockin' late night on the river, with a live DJ on deck spinning the biggest hits of the three greatest party music decades ever. Retro outfits are encouraged, so break out those leisure suits, neon leg warmers and Members Only jackets and have a blast.
Saturday August 26, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 2, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 9, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 16, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 11:00pmSaturday September 30, 2017 / 11:00pm
When Matt and Luisa fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet unfolds, with plenty of comedy, drama and music, along with a healthy dose of moonlight and magic. Featuring the beloved songs "Try to Remember," "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," the original off-Broadway run of this timeless musical lasted an astonishing 42 years and continues to charm sold-out audiences all over the world. See this romantic tale performed with live piano and harp accompaniment at the Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza in Portland.
Charlene is a suburban mother who writes erotic screenplays for women as a means to support her children. Clyde is her funny, dangerously obsessive and estranged husband. Then there are their two hormonally overcharged teenagers. Amidst all the chaos, Charlene is desperately trying to meet a super-tight deadline. This is the premise of Hot 'n' Throbbing, a gripping play by Paula Vogel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of How I Learned To Drive. When Charlene's alcoholic husband returns, however, the comedic backdrop quickly gives way to a dark, intense -- and very adult -- examination of the intersection of pornography and domestic violence. Twilight Theater Company brings the show to the Portland stage.
A bevy of the nation's best striptease artists paint a portrait of pure sensuality as part of this nationally touring production, now coming to Lagunitas Brewing Community Room in Portland. Featured in The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, Welcome to Burlesque stars top performers from around the country who set out to show you just how self-empowering this sultry art form can be. This evening of adult fun and entertainment also boasts sexy singers, vivacious variety acts and boylesque dancers too -- and serves as a benefit for Planned Parenthood.
Friday August 25, 2017 / 9:30pm (Cocktails at 8:00pm)
How is it that a man with limited formal and musical education was able to create some of the most versatile and memorable music the world has ever known? In The Melody Lingers On, a sweet, romantic, semi-autobiographical musical featuring the works of Irving Berlin, you'll find out how some of America's greatest musical masterpieces were created. Called an "unabashed love letter" to Berlin (Variety), the show features ten singers, a cookin' onstage band and 46 songs, including "What'll I Do?" "Blue Skies," "Always," "Cheek to Cheek," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Always" "Heat Wave" and many more. Don't miss this golden tribute at the Clackamas Repertory Theatre in Oregon City.
Thursday August 24, 2017 / 7:30pmFriday August 25, 2017 / 7:30pmSaturday August 26, 2017 / 7:30pmSunday August 27, 2017 / 2:30pm
Portland's bridges are as much a part of the city's character as The Unipiper, Voodoo Doughnut and people with earlobe plugs riding fixed gear bikes. This jet-boat tour gives you an up-close and in-depth look at a dozen landmark bridges crossing the Willamette River, each one representing a new chapter in engineering, design and the city's colorful history. From the towering St. Johns Bridge at the north end of the city to the newly replaced Sellwood Bridge to the south, this excursion aboard the Explorer Jet Boat is as informative as it is exhilarating.
Sunday August 20, 2017 / 4:30pmSunday August 20, 2017 / 6:00pmMonday August 21, 2017 / 4:30pmMonday August 21, 2017 / 6:00pmTuesday August 22, 2017 / 4:30pmTuesday August 22, 2017 / 6:00pmWednesday August 23, 2017 / 4:30pmWednesday August 23, 2017 / 6:00pm
Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is home to breathtaking vistas, lush green hills, towering trees and more than 90 waterfalls -- and there's no better way to see it all than from the deck of the Explorer Jet Boat. On the exhilarating and informative Heart of the Gorge tour, you'll cover 120 miles of spectacular scenery, starting with the Portland skyline before making your way up the Columbia Gorge and through the locks at Bonneville Dam, all of it fully narrated by an experienced guide. At the halfway point of your journey, in the town of Cascade Locks, food is available for purchase at the Locks Waterfront Grill, before the return trip to Portland. Or, if you're a cycling enthusiast looking to burn a few calories, you can bring your bike on the boat and then ride back along 45 miles of the Columbia Gorge Historic Highway.
Sunday August 20, 2017 / 8:30am (Boarding Begins at 8:15am)Monday August 21, 2017 / 8:30am (Boarding Begins at 8:15am)Tuesday August 22, 2017 / 8:30am (Boarding Begins at 8:15am)Wednesday August 23, 2017 / 8:30am (Boarding Begins at 8:15am)Thursday August 24, 2017 / 8:30am (Boarding Begins at 8:15am)Friday August 25, 2017 / 8:30am (Boarding Begins at 8:15am)Saturday August 26, 2017 / 8:30am (Boarding Begins at 8:15am)Sunday August 27, 2017 / 8:30am (Boarding Begins at 8:15am)
The closest thing to a Las Vegas show venue in Portland, the Tony Starlight Showroom hosts a variety of acts on an intimate stage. Tony Starlight himself stars in a number of regular events at the club, performing as Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and more, plus you can catch his variety act featuring music, comedy and other surprises. The venue offers a top-notch sound system and lighting to provide the ultimate Vegas show experience in the Pacific Northwest. Dinner-theater tickets are available, or just enjoy the act and have a few drinks.
Saturday August 26, 2017 / 8:00pm (Tony's Neil Diamond Experience)Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Tony Starlight's Rat Pack Tribute)
If you're in the tech industry, it can be tough to tear yourself away from your screens, but this networking event makes it more than worthwhile. A variety of startup pros are set to be on hand for this Portland-area mixer, including notable female entrepreneurs. They'll be ready to meet, mingle and jump into lively discussions about the city's burgeoning tech scene, while you enjoy discounts on drinks at the Bit House Saloon. Previous KNW mixers have brought together representatives from the biggest companies in the business, so you won't want to miss this chance to make some connections.
It should be no secret that anyone who's slipped a disc head-banging to the likes of Metallica or Megadeth owes a musical debt to the English thrash metal-heads of Diamond Head. Over the past 40 years, through a series of ups and downs and their fair share of hard-rock drama, the band has continued to record and perform, ensuring that their legacy is indeed stamped in something as lasting as, well ... heavy metal. Catch them in concert at Portland's Bossanova Ballroom with support from Portland's own psychedelic heavy-prog-rockers Danava and thrash trio Disenchanter.