Walk Portland, crash a comic-Fest and make art, catch a couple of classic horror films, and a new North Park Block springs up!
1. The 2012 Orionid Meteor Shower It peaks on the night of Oct. 20-21, and that night's almost-new moon favors a good show. Here in Portland, the forecast is sketchy: lots of showers and clouds. So your next best bet is to join NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams. She will be answering your questions via live Web chat on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. PDT. A live Ustream video feed of the Orionid meteor shower will be embedded at the NASA site on the night of the chat.
2. Good Old Classic Creepy Treats. The forecast is perfect for scary movies and our favorite is at the the Hollywood Theatre. It's the melancholy classic:1931's Dracula with Bela Lugosi. Catch a Saturday or Sunday matinee. Or for for the one zombies owe a debt of gratitude, Night of the Living Dead, head for the Laurelhurst Theatre.
3. WALKTOBER. Inspired by Pedalpalooza, those three weeks of bikey fun in Portland held every June, the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition conceived Walktober to promote walking as a fun, healthy, ubiquitous activity in Portland. Lots of fun walks scattered through the metro this w-end, but one that caught our eye is Saturday afternoon at 2p. Meet at Belmont station for Beers Made By Walking. It's a program that invites brewers to make beer inspired by nature hikes and urban walks. From 3-5pm you will have the chance to meet the brewers from Coalition, Flat Tail, Deschutes, Standing Stone and Upright.
4. THE PROJECTS. Think of it as a European comics festival.The model in Europe is totally different: no tables. You don’t’ sell books. Instead come meet artists and make art with them. Say the organizers; "everyone crashes together in the same place. It’s a real bonding experience.” It's free, open and accessible to the general public, and focuses on creation rather than commerce. The festival will be hosted by the Independent Publishing Resource Center, a DIY self-publishing center around since 1998 and a cornerstone of Portland comics.
5. NEW NORTH PARK BLOCK DEDICATION. Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) will host a dedication ceremony for a new public art work by one of the region’s most venerable artists. Memory 99, a sculpture by PNCA alumnus Lee Kelly ’59, will be unveiled in its new location and serve as the gateway to the emerging creative corridor in North Park Blocks. Friday, October 19, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Can't make the dedication? Check it out over the w-end.