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 Backfence PDX Presents Bad Dates @ Alberta House on March 10. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed March 6.


From our sponsors:
Bad Dates
March 10, 2023
Doors 6PM, Show 7:30PM | $20 GA, $34 VIP | 21+
More info:

Alberta House
5131 NE 23rd Ave, 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.


Candace Molatore — At long last, we will finally get Candace Molatore @hey.candace after illness pulled her out of the fall show. Candace is a self-love advocate! A dreamy photographer! A branding consultant for companies like West Elm and Bumble! And her Instagram will also inspire you to really go for it with your next outfit!

Sarah Versprille and Dan Hindman — the duo behind Pure Bathing Culture @purebathingcult! They have four incredible albums for you to start streaming this second! They’ve provided the backing band for Vetiver and the legendary Richard Swift as well as toured the world with the likes of Father John Misty, Death Cab for Cutie and The Shins! Besides making dreamy indie pop, they’re also an IRL couple!

Holcombe Waller: Holcombe (@holcombewaller) has been dubbed “one of America’s most unique voices in music theater” by fancy folks! He performs his stunning pieces at symphonies and performing arts centers around the globe! He is a restaurateur and hotelier at The Klondike which has brought drag shows to St. Helens, Oregon!

Viridiana Cervantes: And filling out our attractive line-up we have hairstylist extraordinaire Viridiana Cervantes @juan_der_woman! Viri is a ray of sunshine! A karaoke queen! And (controversial statement in our family) rocks a leopard print like no other! Book your next color or cut with her @vacationclubpdx!

Hosted & Produced in collaboration between BACKFENCE PDX (Frayn Masters & Mindy Nettifee) & Portland Book of Dates authors Eden Dawn and Ashod Simonian.

Previous guests include Colin Meloy (The Decemberists/author, Wildwood), Carson Ellis (artist/illustrator), Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie), Laura Gibson (singer/songwriter), Aaron Scott (NPR host), and Poison Waters (a drag legend).




  1. Julia on February 22, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    Oh gosh- after almost a year of getting back into the dating scene I have had some real bad dates! This sounds like a great way for me to commiserate and celebrate with others! Would love to attend!

  2. Katelyn Hays on February 22, 2023 at 10:42 pm

    I’d love to be considered! Love to take my girl friend who loves radio dating recaps.

  3. Ashley B. on February 23, 2023 at 10:57 am

    This would be an awesome date night for the hubby and I! Laughter is medicine!

  4. bee on February 23, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    This would be a great date!

  5. Tracy on February 23, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    I would love to go! Dating is not for the faint of heart. I’m in the middle of another round. It is great to be able to laugh about it and I love stories!

  6. Lori on February 23, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    This would be a great girls night activity!

  7. Amber on February 23, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    I live for these kinds of stories and would love to share this with a couple of my friends!

  8. Kathryn on February 23, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    I’m single and this event is right up my alley! I also am familiar with this book 💗

  9. Drew on February 23, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    I’d love to go this sounds fun and I’m single

  10. Cath on February 23, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    This would be a great date night 😉

  11. Nicole on February 23, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Oh my god this would be so fun

  12. Tierney R on February 23, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    I need a laugh after so many empty dates and backtracked promises 🙏 does it ever get better?

  13. marco on February 23, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    Just what we need! Comparing dating disasters for laughs.

  14. Jane on February 23, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    I have had many bad dates but after I shit my shorts at the Springs on a first date I stopped being so judgey. Would love to commiserate for laughs.

  15. K on February 23, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    This sounds like it will be a cool show, I’d love to check it out!

  16. Gayle Plantz on February 23, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Yes please. After the last few years who couldn’t use more laughs 😂

  17. Severo mendez on February 23, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    This would be a fun night out with my partner!

  18. Lynn Sargent on February 23, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    This would be a great evening out with my best bud! 😉

  19. Joy D on February 24, 2023 at 4:26 am

    Looove cringey dating stories!

  20. Andi Christman on February 24, 2023 at 5:04 am

    Yes, please. This is sure to be fun and entertaining.

  21. Brandee Dudzic on February 24, 2023 at 9:27 am

    I would love to attend this! My oldest just turned 21 so a whole new world of events has opened up for us! Yay!

  22. Cheryl on February 24, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Who doesn’t love a bad date story?

  23. Aletha on February 25, 2023 at 2:52 am

    I mean…would be rad to hear stories so I can confirm I’m not alone in the bad date world!! 😅

  24. Kelly on February 27, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    This would surely make a good date, right?

  25. Nik on February 27, 2023 at 4:48 pm

    I’d love to hear these stories and find some camaraderie in the woes of dates gone bad.

  26. Lesley on February 28, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    I could use a good laugh! Would be excited to attend!

  27. Richard on February 28, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    I have a batting average of 102 bad dates, maybe its me and I can learn something from this show.

  28. Jordan on March 1, 2023 at 9:10 am

    A perfect event to take a new love interest to…I’d love to go!

  29. Benjamin on March 1, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    i could use a good date with my gf, I bet laughing at other peoples bad dates would help our own mood : )

  30. Nikki Gray on March 2, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    This would be a great way to have a 1st date! At least the entertainment would be wonderful even if it was a bad date. I could really use a wonderful night out.

  31. Heather on March 2, 2023 at 9:37 pm

    After getting out of a relationship with a poorly behaved manchild, this would make an apropos segway into my (hopefully not bad) dating future! Id live to bring a friend for commiseration and laughs!

  32. Deb Maryanov on March 2, 2023 at 10:04 pm

    I could use the laugh!

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