ILLUSTRATION BY LUKAS KETNERLet’s face it: Taking your visitors to Multnomah Falls or the Japanese Garden is pretty played out.
Fortunately, new Mayor Sam Adams has inadvertently created a new must-visit list for tourists and natives alike who are curious about where he and Beau Breedlove visited in 2005 during their relationship.
Got a hankerin’ for a noodle or two? Try lunch—as Adams and Breedlove did—at the downtown Macaroni Grill. Stick your fork in the bowl and twirl till the meat sauce is dripping from your utensil. 300 SW Yamhill St.
For dinner, try the Lotus Cardroom and Cafe. With reasonable prices and a rich history going back 80 years, it’s the perfect place to go without busting your budget (or the city’s). Its history includes rumors it was a brothel. 932 SW 3rd Ave.
Adams dropped Breedlove off at Union Station so Breedlove could go back to his Salem home. And really, what says romance better than train travel? 800 NW 6th Ave.
Since the economy is in the shitter, the second-floor bathroom of City Hall doesn’t seem such a bad place for clandestine kissing. Just ask Breedlove, who says he and Adams did that before his 18th birthday. There’s space enough for two! 1221 SW 4th Ave.
Adams’ Kenton home, where he and Breedlove say they consummated their relationship. North Portland has long complained of getting no lovin’ from the rest of the city. Worry no more.
WEDNESDAY FEB. 4[WORDS] LAUREN GROFF
The title of Groff’s collection of short stories, Delicate Edible Birds, hints at the delightful disconnect present in her sharp tales, which are centered on 20th century women—from sad-sack hausfrau and Asian sex slaves to teenage temptresses with polio. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free. All ages.
THURSDAY FEB. 5
[SCREEN] PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Apparently other countries make movies too. Damn good ones. But the USA kicks the fest off with Portland’s own Coraline. PIFF takes place Feb. 5-21 at area theaters. Induvidual screenings $9. Schedules at nwfilm.org. See page 15 for PIFF listings.
FRIDAY FEB. 6
[LOOK/LISTEN] OPERA CINEMA: CAMILLE/TRAVIATA
Opera Theater Oregon presents Verdi’s chestnut La Traviata and the 1921 silent film Camille—re-creating the early movie experience complete with pre-show newsreels, cartoons and a cigarette girl. Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th Ave., 347-6453. 9 pm Friday, 7 pm Saturday. $15-$17.
SATURDAY FEB. 7
[MUSIC] TALKDEMONIC, AH HOLLY FAM’LY, NURSES
Our favorite local instrumental duo (Talkdemonic) onstage with a fantastic campfire choir (Ah Holly Fam’ly) and one of the best young pop groups in Portland (Nurses)? Egads! Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
SUNDAY FEB. 8
[MUSIC] VALET, DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER, DATE PALMS
An evening of brave and stunningly beautiful experimental music with folk-pop and rock twists. Sounds like the perfect Sunday evening. Valentine’s, 232 SW Ankeny St., 248-1600. 9 pm. Donation. 21+.
[???] CLASH OF THE TRIVIA TITANS
Shanrock celebrates four years of PDX pub trivia nights with an epic battle for brain-flotsam supremacy. The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd Ave., 5 pm. $4 per person. Visit shanrockstrivia.com or call 957-7806 for rules and details.
TUESDAY FEB. 10
[MUSIC] 31KNOTS, HOT VICTORY, GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
Say bon voyage to local prog-folk darlings 31Knots at this Euro tour kickoff. With spastic math-rock instrumentation and eccentric vocals, 31Knots is always a spectacle. Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., rotture.com. 9 pm. $6. 21+.