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CHEAP CORRESPONDENCE: Tony Pearl District stationery and printing shop Oblation Papers Press is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week with a free wine and cheese reception on Friday and tours and papermaking demonstrations on Saturday. All merchandise is 20 percent off both days. 516 NW 12th Ave., 223-1093, oblationpapers.com. Reception 6-8 pm Friday, tours and demos 10 am-6 pm Saturday, Oct. 9-10.
HIGH-SCHOOL FLASHBACKS: Southern Comfort is like training wheels for future bourbon swillers, softening whiskey’s bite with syrupy sweetness but causing a wicked hangover all the same. Once you’ve had your first SoCo binge, you can handle any five-dollar ass-pocket bottle of wood liquor that comes your way. That rite of initiation for budding paper bag-toters is $3 cheaper this month—fifths of the “fruit, spice and whiskey flavored” liqueur are just $14.95 this month at area liquor stores.
BUDGET BALKANS: Eric Stern, the singer and accordion player for klezmer/neo-vaudeville/chamber jazz act Vagabond Opera, plays jazz, cabaret tunes and original compositions with Portland Cello Project’s Skip vonKuske. Jade Lounge, 2346 SE Ankeny St., 236-4998. 8 pm Friday, Oct. 9. Free. 21+.
DOUG FIR GOES TO KINDERGARTEN: Doug Fir Lounge celebrates its fifth anniversary this week with a bundle of deals. Starting Wednesday and running through Sunday, the bar will serve burgers, logger breakfasts and blackberry cosmos for $5. You can also buy an anniversary-week show pass for $25 for access to all five shows this week. In order, that’s Rosewood Thieves, School of Seven Bells, Federico Aubele, MONO/Maserati and Junior Boys. Each pass gets you five tickets in a drawing to win a pass to all 2010 shows at Doug Fir and $500 in food and beverage credit, among other prizes. Admission to individual shows this week count as one ticket. 830 E Burnside St., 231-9663, dougfirlounge.com. Offers good Oct. 7-11. All shows 21+. Show passes available at Doug Fir box office and Jackpot Records.
’ELLA-VA DEAL: Ella St. Social Club offers $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon, $2.50 well drinks and $1 off microbrews and food from 5 to 7 pm Monday-Friday. Want some tunes? The jukebox is one of the best in town. 714 SW 20th Place, 241-8696. 21+.