5 Things to DO This W-end
June 29, 2012, 8:53 am
Pedalpalooza wraps. North Portland parties. Grassroots takes hold. Beastie fans honor Adam.
The film opens today (6/29) at Fox Tower
. A short-tempered, unemployed music critic who likes to dress as a polar bear thinks he can harness the power of the people to ride the monorail to political victory in Seattle. And he's right. Almost. It's before Twitter, before the flash mob, before Obama. It's 2001, and political unknown Grant Cogswell decides he must take down Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver. Grant has only one dream, but it's a big one: an elegant monorail gliding silently above the city's wet streets. Grassroots is a character-driven comedy about the power of the people and the virtues of standing up for what you believe in. More about the film HERE.
I loved it. It's funny, it has heart and a message and it's very entertaining. Former Portlander Joel David Moore (as Grant) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal (yes Jake and Maggie's dad) dropped by to talk about the making of the film and what it means in our political climate. Our conversation is below the 5.
Mark the end of Pedalpalooza with two different events. Pick your idol. Prince V Bowie. Then dress up as your fave idol and ride tonight. More on that HERE.
And Saturday it's bike jousting. Multnomah County Bike Fair, the grand, all-day grand party marks the end of the bike fest known as Pedalpalooza. More HERE.
3. 8th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival
. Through the w-end. Two of Portland's beloved industries - organic beer and sustainability - come together in an annual celebration designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living. Taste organic beers and ciders from around the world, accompanied by live music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors, non-profits and a children's area - all in a beautiful tree lined setting that overlooks downtown Portland. More HERE.
4. St. John's Nofest
. Saturday 6/30: Say the SJNF peeps: "It's a free music and arts festival with over 90 performances this year. The event begins at noon in the historic town square, and continues across multiple venues late into the night. every conceivable and perceivable music genre is represented, as well as installations, micro film fests, and a spoken word/comedy showcase. growing into its 5th year, the SJNF is evolving and expanding. we are committed to staying awesome...and weird!" More HERE
5. BEASTIE BOYS TRIBUTE.
Adam Yauch gets full honors Saturday (6/30). Portland's finest musicians come together to honor MCA and the Beastie Boys and to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Sabotage: A Beastie Boys Tribute Night featuring: Doctor Theopolis Old Light DJ Safi Yards The Buttery Lords Disc Jockey Gregarious Mighty Misc Mic Crenshaw Pine Hurst kids Ask For Janice *(featuring Brett Superstar, Steve Matthews, Jason Carslisle and Elijah Klauder) Nathanial and the Hornblowers *(an all star band featuring members of the Decemberists/Black Prairie, Blue Skies For Black Hearts, Priory/the Norway Rats, the Jackmormons, The Very Foundation, Caleb Klauder Country Band/From Words to Blows, the Resolectrics, Tiger House) More HERE.
My interview with Stephen and Joel is below. Enjoy. ~Inessa