Couldn't afford a vacation this summer? It's not too late! The new MAX Green Line, beginning service this Saturday, Sept. 12, opens up new horizons for a "staycation" within 39 minutes of downtown! Endless opportunities for pleasure and excitement are located within easy walking distance of each environmentally friendly train station in outer southeast Portland and Clackamas! Come and see! PHOTOS BY MIKE PERRAULT.

…to the career possibilities on offer at the Oregon Air National Guard recruiting station in Mall 205. Free copies of


magazine are still available. Look sharp and buy a tie at Target.

SE Main St.

…as the breathtaking sight of AMF 20th Century Lanes appears in your window, making it possible to drink and bowl sans a designated driver. Also there's a Chuck E. Cheese across the street.

SE Powell Blvd.

…at the vistas of downtown Lents, including the ever-popular Edmondson's Drapery. (The supports for a Corona billboard have unfortunately obscured one letter on the sign.)

Lents Town Center.

…as you survey the fine erotic merchandise on display at the Fascinations Superstore. A McDonald's is conveniently located next door. You deserve a break today.

SE Fuller Road.

…while simultaneously enjoying a Hot Dog on a Stick and the children's ride area at the Clackamas Town Center. It's the last stop, and you'll never want to leave.

Clackamas Town Center.
CELEBRATE IT: The Max Green Line grand opening celebration takes place in Pioneer Courthouse Square and Clackamas Town Center. 11:30 am-6 pm Saturday, Sept. 12. Free.

See More of Aaron's Adventure in the Slideshow Below! To read about each thrilling location, enlarge the slideshow to full screen and click the "Show Info" button. Totally worth it!



Thomas Meluch—who records under the guise Benoît Pioulard—rarely plays out, so don't miss this chance to see his gorgeous and hazy compositions live.

Berbati’s Pan, 231 SW Ankeny St., 248-4579. 9:30 pm. $8 advance, $10 day of show. 21+.



Erik Friedlander can make a cello sound like a cricket or a fiddle or a foghorn. Now he melds roots Americana with jazz and modern classical and photos from family car vacations.

Winningstad Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 8:30 pm Thursday-Saturday. $15-$20.

Daniel Barrow's amazing collection of programming from the '80s heyday of Canadian cable-access TV. The Works at Washington High School, 531 SE 14th Ave. 10:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 10. $8-$10.




Til the Casket Drops

looks like a potential bust, there's still no stopping Clipse, coke rap's best duo and two of the most nimble MCs alive.

Rotture, 315 SE 3rd Ave., 234-5683. 9 pm. $25 advance, $30 day of show. 21+.



Travelers Amy O'Neal and Ellie Sandstrom's live/video reunions with friends and encounters with strangers explode into idiosyncratic dances instead of hugs and hellos.

The Works at Washington High School, 531 SE 14th Ave. 6:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 10-12. $15-$20.

Accordion tunes! German sausages! Commemorative steins of German ale! Aaaaand Dr. Theopolis. Widmer Brothers Brewing, 929 N Russell St., 281-3333. 3-11:30 pm. $1 beer tokens, 4 tokens for one stein of beer. This event is 21+.

The eco-crowd converges for an outdoors fest packed with sustainable lifestyle talks, wine, food and live tunes. St. Philip Neri Church grounds, 2408 SE 16th Ave., Noon-9 pm Saturday, noon-6 pm Sunday, Sept. 12-13. $5, free for kids 11 and under.



Oswalt is without a doubt the funniest comedian in America. See his show.

Newmark Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway, 800-745-3000. 7:30 pm. $25-31.