'Portland is better than Brooklyn' + Weekend Events: February 19-22

The information below is from Leigh's Portland party email. You can get the email as well by writing Leigh at [email protected]. There are so many events that it is a bit overwhelming. Therefore, we have put events in red that we think will be good, well attended, or should be interesting.

Also, I called Leigh about these posters that state “Portland is better than Brooklyn”. They are apparently downtown near Saturday Market and the Crystal Ballroom for some band “Benefactor Magazine”. I've never been to Brooklyn, but they do (did) have the Beastie Boys and Tribe Called Quest. Point for Brooklyn. We have the Blazers and they have the Knicks. Point Portland…

From Leigh Feldman:

Portland Skyline

There are posters around downtown that say 'Portland is better than Brooklyn.'

As New York City (and Brooklyn) wraps up their fashion week, Portland enters two huge weekends of parties, events and couture to close out and coincide with all the happenings in our much bigger and much colder counterpart. This week Portland offers the Sweet FA fashion show and the Nicolle Shops Portland fashion party (take that Williamsburg!). Next weekend is Massive IV and the Benefit for Alec at the Benson (in your face Times Square!).

Ok, so maybe we don't have to offer all the fantastic things that NYC can, but our music scene is just as good, if not better. For proof, check out DJ Nature's 'For the Dust Live! Suckas' Mix. He's a local Portlander making a name for himself on the national scene. Hopefully he doesn't move to New York.

'For the Dust Live! Suckas' Mixhttp://www.divshare.com/download/6529105-c56

See you all out and about. Leigh Feldman

Saturday, February 21

  • PDX Jazz Fest @ Crystal Ballroom (Afro Cuban All-stars, Lou Donaldson and Bobby Hutcherson… bring a date and impress her/him with your seductive dance moves)
  • Sweet FA Rock & Roll Fashion Show @ Fez (awesome event with some awesome local designers)
  • Electric Feel @ Fez (a fun dance party immediately after the fashion show)
  • Kool Keith @ Berbati's (I am 100% sure that this will be an interesting show)
  • DJ Wicked @ Bar XV (this place always gets crowded on Saturday's)
  • Tin House Book Event @ Disjecta (live bands and books! … that actually doesn't sound anywhere near as fun as this will actually be)
  • Nicolle Shops PDX Party @ NW 21st & Wilson (for the uber fashionable of PDX)
  • Harlem Globetrotters @ Rose Garden (ahh, such memories of being a kid and wishing I could dunk)
  • Love Sick @ Branx (a crazy costume party with dancing)
  • Broadway Affair Party @ Escape (live cabaret show)
  • Saturday Night Heat @ Crown Room (hip hop, dub, dancehall and funk dj's)
  • Polar Bear Plunge @ Columbia River (you're kidding right? You want me to jump in the river?)
  • Dinocore Dance Party @ Lucky's on 28th and Glisan (a dinosaur themed electro dance party .. only in PDX, or ok, maybe in Brooklyn too)
  • Erotic City @ Tiger Bar (Prince cover band)
  • Drum Club @ Dunes (cool minimal electro in this cool little space)
  • White Light Dance Party @ Valentines (fun dance party with brother/sister dj duo)
  • Icarus Comedy Group @ Brody Theater (live improv comedy)
  • Fall of the House @ Theater! Theater! (it's theater!)
  • Roots Reggae Dancehall @ Calabash (roots, reggae and dancehall — the title kinda says it all)
  • Night of 1000 Masks @ Rotture (one big Mardi Gras party)
  • Portland Int'l Film Fest @ NW Film Center (movies!)
  • Fujinami-Kai Dance Performance @ NW Library (a performance of the traditional dance Buyo)
  • Balkan Mardi Gras @ Paradise (Eastern European folk music and vodka!)
  • Pop Rocks: A Bite Sized Festival @ Someday (5 awesome bands, 1 awesome venue)
  • The Music Tapes w/ Julian from Neutral Milk Hotel @ Backspace (indie rock madness)
  • Antiques Improv Show @ Brody Theater (bring in an antique, they will make up a funny story)
  • 80's vs 90's Party @ Pala (4 dj's playing classics from both decades)
  • Beaux Arts Ball @ Portland Art Museum (dinner, dancing and costumes)
  • Johnny Cash Tribute Band @ Ash St. (I imagine 90% of the people here will be drinking whiskey)
  • Twilight Rummage Sale @ Eagles Lodge (tons of goods!)
  • Hillsdale Brew Fest @ Hillsdale Public House (20 brewers, 20 new beers)

Sunday after the jump———–>

Sunday, February 22

  • Sapient of Sandpeople, Illmaculate, Diezel P, Dain and DJ Flip Flop @ Berbati's (local hip hop showcase and freestyle battle)
  • Nealie Neal @ Moloko Plus (rare funk and soul)
  • Fall of the House @ Theater! Theater! (it's theater!)
  • Local 4 @ Secret Society (poetry)
  • Sinferno Cabaret @ Dante's (fire dancing!)
  • Bryan Wolfe Photo Exhibit @ Blue Sky Gallery (a showcase of each piece the artist made each day for a full year)
  • Virginia Café 95th Anniversary Party @ Virginia Café (beer prices from the '80's!!)
  • Dent May @ Doug Fir (this guy is awesome, really fun and creative songs … oh, and there is a guy from the New Pornographers)
  • Cuba Ache @ Mississippi Pizza (Cuban jazz)
  • Broken Spindles @ Rotture (hey, it's the dude from The Faint making cool music)
  • Jules Boykoff Poetry Reading @ Powell's on Hawthorne (poetry in big in Portland)
  • Autopilot is For Lovers @ Valentines (sweet and soft folk, a good way to prepare for Monday)
  • Dub & Doom @ Tube (ridiculous drink specials and two ridiculous dj's)
  • PDX Poetry Slam @ Hawthorne Theater (poems and maybe people snapping after other people's poems)

Thursday, February 19

  • Art Spark artist gathering / Portland Youth Philharmonic Young Conductor Series @ Jimmy Mak's (a monthly meeting for artists and designers to get together to present and discuss upcoming projects)
  • Dapper Cap Thursday Night Party @ Dapper Cap (free beer, good music, great items to check out = a good way to start your weekend)
  • Heyoka, Sa Qi, Lynx, Jamie Janover & Nicoluminous @ Crown Room (conscious rhyming, beats, bass and electronica dance music)
  • DJ Klever @ Dante's (two time DMC DJ champion and go go dancers, count me in for sure)
  • Group Therapy w/ Kassette @ Crush (electro dj's playing in this cool little spot)
  • Lake @ Artistery (awesome band at an awesome venue)
  • Cars & Trains @ Backspace (a great band and a good way to start the night off if you then want to change things up)
  • Rev. Shines, DJ Kez, Dun Diggy & Ronin Roc @ Someday (hip hop dj's)
  • OneBeLo, Tony Ozier, Syndel of Siren's Echo @ Berbati's (awesome live hip hop and funk)
  • Foot Village @ Dekum Manor (house party!!)
  • Jajouka @ Roseland (awesome Moroccan music)
  • 2K Sports 2K9 Video Game Contest and Showcase @ Agency (register at 2kportland.com to prove you are the best video game player in PDX)
  • Roots Reggae Dancehall @ Calabash (roots, reggae and dancehall — the title kinda says it all)
  • Diego's Umbrella & MRU @ Fez (pirate folk and a jam band funk)
  • IllumINaughty @ Red Cap (electro pop dance)
  • Jason Webley Trio @ Kennedy School (very cool gypsy jazz)
  • Serge Severe and Sapient @ Tonic (local hip hop)
  • Javier Tabera @ Report (mambo music)
  • Uplift w/ DJ Rafa @ Saucebox (an awesome way to start the night)
  • Portland Jazz Orchestra @ Old Church (jazz for those that can't afford PDX Jazz Fest)

Friday, February 20

  • Townbombing w/ Dr. Adam & Automaton @ Tube (two of PDX's best dance dj's, a venue that always creates a party, cheap drinks and a raffle for 40oz Miller High Life's. Yes. Yes and Yes! I will be here)
  • Ludachrist w/ Tyler Tastemaker and J Roby @ Crown Room (mashup, bass and live electro party)
  • Decadence Debauchery @ Hawthorne Theater (burlesque dancers and cabaret show)
  • Rock Box @ Holocene (dance party!)
  • East Infection @ East (a great place to start or end the night)
  • Fuckbadmusic Party @ Branx (tech house dance party)
  • R9 @ Groove Suite (minimal techno and electro with a live visual artist)
  • Visions of Venice Masquerade Ball @ Rose Room in the Rose Garden (cocktails, costumes, dancing and a Frank Sinatra tribute group)
  • Fall of the House @ Theater! Theater! (it's theater!)
  • Padam Padam @ Dharma Rain Center (cabaret of Edith Piaf and Tom Waits songs)
  • Hard Times @ Rotture (a dance party for the working stiff)
  • Ben Darwish Album Release Party @ Jimmy Mak's (awesome jazz and recreations of popular songs)
  • Portland Int'l Film Fest @ NW Film Center (movies!)
  • Mt. Hood Ski Bowl 80's Party @ Mt. Hood (free gifts for people on the mountain in 80's outfits)
  • Me, Chi & Bruce Lee @ Powell's on Hawthorne (a book reading about martial arts and then a viewing of Kung Fu Panda)
  • Roots Reggae Dancehall @ Calabash (roots, reggae and dancehall — the title kinda says it all)
  • Panther @ Backspace (electro dance funk)
  • Ralphie May @ Crystal Ballroom (holy shit this dude is hilarious — you've probably seen him on Comedy Central)
  • Hip Hop Fest w/ Cool Nutz, Mikey Vegaz and Luck1 @ Ash Street (local hip hop)
  • Melao de Cuba @ Mississippi Pizza (cool Cuban jazz)
  • Jackie-O Mutherfucker and E*Rock @ Slabtown (this will be a party rock show)

Also, on Tuesday the 24th — there is the second Neighbors Helping Neighbors benefit happy hour for Sisters of The Road taking place at Gilt Club from 5-9pm. Stop in and get some snacks to help out a local non-profit. Then head to Chedda or any of the other weekly events downtown.

Also Also, on Wednesday the 25th OMSI has it's After Dark party for those 21+. Go see the da Vinci exhibit and drink in the museum.

And of course Holocene is doing their mini-golf tournament. I've talked to some of the artists that have participated and they have promised that this event is going to be awesome!

No need to be bored during the week!! Get up, get out and do something!

0 Responses to 'Portland is better than Brooklyn' + Weekend Events: February 19-22

  1. satyricrash February 19, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Regarding this ridiculous “Better than Brooklyn”:

    I think Portland has a lot of growing up to do. Rather than making outlandish opinion based proclamations that have no basis, people who have these passive- inferiority complexes should do all they can to promote our home in a more healthy light. And that starts from within. The best way may just be not looking over your shoulder at the Brooklyns, Austins, and SFs of the world and be god damned stupid backwards Portland.



    • Julian Chadwick February 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm #


      I think this was just a band posting a flyer. Not a city-wide campaign against Brooklyn. If you read the post, I think it is rather pro both cities. I could care less really about who is better. I am happy here…period.

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