Win Tickets ($40): Backfence PDX Presents Bad Dates @ Alberta House | Live Talk Show Interviewing of Local Movers and Shakers

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Bad Dates @ Alberta House on November 3. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed October 30.


From our sponsors:
November 3, 2023
7:30PM | $20 | 21+
More info:

Alberta House
5131 NE 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

What’s the universal experience tying all humans together? The answer of course is, we’ve all been burned, or maybe even burned someone else, in the romance department. And we love to talk about it.

BAD DATES is a live talk show where authors, Eden Dawn and Ashod Simonian, interview well known Portlanders about their cringiest (and most entertaining) dating experiences gone awry.

This pair knows all about dates. To coauthor the PNBA bestselling Portland Book of Dates, the married duo went on hundreds of dates to find the best to include in the cheeky guidebook. In between guests, BACKFENCE PDX host/producer Frayn Masters will read selected stories from the audience.


  • IZohnny – Married duo, Isaiah Esquire and Johnny Nuriel, are known as the “Goliaths of Glam,” entertaining audiences all over with their fabulous style, bendy bodies, and burlesque performances.
  • Bowen Ames is a creative director extraordinaire who has influenced your shopping habits whether you knew it or not working with brands like Sub-Pop, Mylo, Stella McCartney, Amazon, and Travel Oregon.
  • Scrappers Justin Scrappers Morrison is first, and foremost, an urban folk artist. Previously, he was the art director of the Portland Mercury and founder of Stay Wild Magazine. He is now creative director for the iconic Danner Boots brand and has so few personal boundaries that he can usually be found naked in public talking about his codependency, alcoholic recovery, and personal growth (wink wink).


When you buy tickets to our shows you automatically help support our Triple 10 Donation Coalition! What is that you say? Both the shows and the venue have committed to donating portions of profits to support the community. BACKFENCE PDX: ROULETTE has donated 10% of all ticket sales to Oregon Food Bank since 2016, and will continue to do so, to fight food insecurity. 10% of ticket profits from the BAD DATES show go to the Q Center and the work they do supporting our LGBTQ+ community as everyone deserves to be loved just as they are. And ALBERTA HOUSE will set aside 10% of its bar sales into the BACKFENCE PDX Community Pot, providing assistance to those who need funding to hold events at Alberta House.




  1. Anne on October 18, 2023 at 5:39 pm

    I would love to attend because sometimes they ask audience members to go on stage and tell their own stories, and I have a bad date doozy.

  2. Cassandra on October 18, 2023 at 5:49 pm

    These are so funny! I’d love to go!

  3. Ryan on October 19, 2023 at 12:41 pm

    Love listening to good storytelling! Need a good laugh to make me wake up the next day with sore abs.

  4. Shillina on October 19, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    Sounds like fun! Please pick me!

  5. Adelaide on October 20, 2023 at 12:30 pm


  6. Peter on October 22, 2023 at 4:53 pm

    Yes, please.

  7. Denise Olsen on October 24, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Love Back Fence PDX

  8. Tina on October 24, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    This sounds like so much fun, and I’ve never been to Alberta House – I would love to win tickets to go!

  9. Jason on October 24, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Would love to check this out!

  10. Veronica on October 24, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Ooohhh this show sounds great!

  11. Shirley on October 24, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    It sounds looks fun!

  12. M.M.M on October 25, 2023 at 4:54 pm

    A theme fit for a single gal like me. Perhaps I could take a date?

  13. Elizabeth on October 25, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    This sounds like a fun show.

  14. Danita on October 25, 2023 at 11:33 pm

    Hubs and I have been married for 23 years. We still love regular date night. Thankfully we don’t have bad dates – but it’s fun it reminisce about the old days. This sounds like a fun date night!

  15. Tabitha on October 26, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    Two girls who have sworn off the apps, would love to commiserate (read: laugh away the pain) with a crowd!

  16. Ashley B. on October 31, 2023 at 12:14 pm

    My Dad is in town from CA, and would get such a laugh out of this event! Fingers crossed! This would be a blast of a bonding event!

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