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June 1st, 2011 WW Culture Staff | Headout
 

Blind Tasting

The Blind Cafe challenges Portland to dine in darkness.

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The Blind Cafe is an annual event raising awareness and funds for the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind.

Daring diners sit in complete darkness for over two hours, listening to live music, poetry and talks, and eating a three-course “family-style” vegetarian meal served by blind waiters. It’s a feast for all the senses—except one.


GO: TaborSpace in Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont St. June 2-4, 6:30 pm check-in, 7 pm seating. $45 general admission, $35 students/seniors, sliding scale available. For tickets, call 1-800-838-3006, or go online at brownpapertickets.com/event/155763.


Headout Picks

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

[SPOKEN WORD] MORTIFIED PORTLAND

Portlanders share their most embarrassing stories of shame and humiliation—live onstage! Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St. June 2-3. Show starts 8 pm, doors 6 pm. $12 in advance at getmortified.com/live, or $15 at the door.


FRIDAY, JUNE 3

[MOVIE] MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

Sorry to break it to you, New York, but Woody Allen is cheating on you. This time-traveling fairy tale for lit majors, beautifully filmed in the French capital, is his best work in years. Regal Fox Tower, 846 SW Park Ave., 221-3280. Multiple showtimes. $7.50-$10.50.

[THEATER] HOPELESS

Melanya Helene reprises her Drammy-winning performance based on the writings of American Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön. Brooklyn Bay, 1825 SE Franklin St., 258-9000. 8 pm Fridays-Saturdays through June 11. $12-$15.

[MUSIC] BRUCE COCKBURN

It’s hard not to compare Bruce Cockburn to fellow Ontarian Neil Young. But, alas, Cockburn, touring on 31st release Small Source of Comfort—a typically stirring collection of wry narratives and gorgeous instrumentals—remains the lesser-known Canuck. Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-9694. 8 pm. $35. All ages (minors must be accompanied by parent).


SATURDAY, JUNE 4

[BEER] COLLABORATION FEST

Local beer nuts collaborate with Breakside Brewery to create unique brews, including a Meyer lemon kölsch and a beet ale. Ten dollars gets you a sample tray of all their concoctions. Breakside Brewery, 820 NE Dekum St., 719-6475. Noon. $10.

 [CLASSICAL] ANNA POLONSKY, PSU SYMPHONY

The Russian émigré pianist joins the symphony in Maurice Ravel’s dizzyingly jazzy Piano Concerto in G, Morton Feldman’s beautifully moody The Viola in My Life, Bryan Johanson’s In the Deep Wood Reflected, the intermezzo from Samuel Barber’s opera Vanessa, and Smetana’s perennial The Moldau. Lincoln Hall, Portland State University, 1620 SW Park Ave., 725-3307. 7:30 pm. Free.


SUNDAY, JUNE 5

[MUSIC] TOMBSTALKER, BLUES DRUID, FUCKING LESBIAN BITCHES

Tombstalker is slow doom perfection: Janie Black’s earthshaking drumming and Radio Sloan’s sludgy guitar work would be right at home on an early Electric Wizard record, while singer Nadia Buyse’s howls infuse the band with the psych-rock leanings of Sabbath and Hawkwind. Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy Blvd., 238-0543. 8 pm. $3. 21+.

 
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