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March 11th, 2009 Adrienne So | Headout
 

Pi In The Sky

Celebrate the greatest day of the year with pastry and physicists.

     
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PI MAN: PSU physics professor John Freeouf shows off his favorite pie: key lime.
IMAGE: Andrew Williams, key lime pie: Ben Mollica

To us, every day is pie day. Mmm, pie. For the math nerds who calculate among us, the celebration of Pi Day (named for the irrational number 3.14159265…) must wait until March 14 (3.14, get it?). But this year, the high holy day of mathematics and pastry puns will be celebrated here 24 hours early. “We used to have it on March 14 at 1:59 in the afternoon, but March 14 is a Saturday this year,” said Lewis Clark College physics major Naoko Uno. So LC’s Physics Club will instead host pie-eating and pie-throwing contests at 3 pm Friday, March 13, in the college’s Olin Center. In the spirit of what is obviously the greatest day of the year, WW asked three physics professors to name their favorite kind of pie, and three bakers to name their favorite irrational number. Or any irrational number.

Hey, physics professors:


What’s your favorite pie?


RICHARD CRANDALL, Department of Physics director and adjunct professor, Reed College:I don’t see the relevance of this. Strawberry rhubarb is my favorite. Why is anything anyone’s favorite? I don’t think this is culturally relevant. Do you think your readers will find this entertaining? Why would you write a piece about math? Of course math isn’t entertaining. I think this is terribly gauche.

JONATHAN ABRAMSON, professor of physics, Portland State University:Sorry, I don’t have the time for this. Too busy to eat pie.

JOHN FREEOUF, professor of physics, Portland State University:My favorite pie is key lime pie. I like the combination of sweet and tart it provides.

Hey, pie bakers:


What’s your favorite irrational number?


MELISSA PELLETIER, Random Order Bakery:One-third, I guess? It’s repeating, right? Anyway, I’m sticking to my answer.

BECCA BURDA, Little T American Baker:How about you give me one and I’ll say that’s my favorite. E to the X? OK. This is the most interesting call I’ve had all day.

PETER, Bipartisan Cafe:One-third. It never ends! Oh, and we donate pies to the Metropolitan Learning Center every year for Pi Day.


DO IT: Lewis Clark College Pi Day takes place at the Olin Center for Chemistry and Physics, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, 768-7575. 3 pm Friday, March 13. Free.

Headout Picks

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11


[MUSIC] PHOSPHORESCENT
Brooklyn’s Matthew Houck—who records under the name Phosphorescent—hits town sporting an album of Willie Nelson covers. This is idol worship at its best. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639. 8:30 pm. $8. 21+.

THURSDAY MARCH 12


[DANCE] ANOUKVANDIJK DC
Anouk van Dijk’s off-kilter movement touches people. No, really, the dancers are gonna be all around you. And they may be naked. Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way. 8 pm Thursday, 7 and 9:30 pm Friday-Saturday, 8 pm Sunday. $16-$26. Call 1-800-982-2787 or visit whitebird.org for tickets.

FRIDAY MARCH 13


[SCREEN] CHE
Director Steven Soderbergh sits in at Cinema 21 for three screenings of his 4 1/2-hour revolution epic, Che. Cinema 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 223-4515. 7 pm Friday; 1:30 pm and 7 pm Saturday March 13-14. Che screens through March 19. $13.

[DOGS] BOUTIQUES UNLEASHED
The highlight of the dog fashion season—this pooches ’n’ local celebs meet catwalk show raises money for DoveLewis’ Pet Loss Support Program. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 6:30 pm. $60. Visit dovelewis.org for tickets.

[SCREEN] BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Kara Thrace (and her special destiny) drop in for KUFO’s free, weekly Battlestar Galactica screening at the Bagdad. Yep, Starbuck, a.k..a Katee Sackhoff. Live and answering your geek queries. Frak yes! Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-9234. 10 pm Fridays. Free. 21+.

SATURDAY MARCH 14


[MUSIC] K.M.R.I.A
Portland’s all-star Pogues cover band wants to get everyone good and wasted two days before St. Paddy’s day. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 9 pm. $12. 21+.

MONDAY MARCH 16


[WORDS] SMALLPRESSAPALOOZA
Powell’s celebrates Small Press Month with a marathon five-hour reading. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 5-10 pm. Free.

TUESDAY MARCH 17


[MUSIC] THE BAD PLUS
On its new record, the Bad Plus covers both the Bee Gees and Stravinsky. Who says jazz isn’t hip? Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. $20-$30. 21+ on the floor, all ages in the mezzanine.
 
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