Thanksgiving is already an occasion of tension, overindulgence and inevitable mishap—my favorite holiday memory involves washing gravy off the ceiling and out of my hair. And who says the hedonism should end on Thursday? Not local wineries. For 30 years, vintners up and down the Willamette Valley have opened their doors on Thanksgiving weekend for special tastings, charcuterie pairings and fireside lolling. This time around, more than 150 wineries, including many that are rarely open to visitors, will ply their pinots, ports and sweeping countryside views. Deputize an underage niece or nephew with your keys and pop the cork.
But maybe you seek
something closer to home than Dundee or Carlton. Maybe you’re allergic
to oenospeak. Or maybe those ready-made mountain views aren’t your
style. If you want to create your own bucolic landscape in a land called
Sellwood, Vine Gogh can help. Part wine bar, part art studio, this
year-old business offers Bob Ross-style classes for painting an autumn
path or Crater Lake. The $5 pours loosen the creative inhibitions. A few
weeks ago, I joined a gaggle of middle-aged women (some men probably
come here too—on dates) for a “winter waterfront” class. And I have to
say: It was delightful. Between the Bon Iver tunes, soothing
step-by-step instructions, generous praise and several glasses of red
wine, I was ready to invest in an easel and set up by the Willamette
forever. Until then, here’s what I painted.
GO: Vine Gogh, which offers regular classes for $30, is at
7956 SE 13th Ave., 971-266-8983, vinegogh.net. For more information on
Thanksgiving weekend open houses in the Willamette Valley, go to
THURSDAY NOV. 22THANKSGIVING
[HOLIDAY] Annual remembrance of a key moment in the tragic destruction of civilization on two continents. Specifically, this day celebrates the survival of European religious zealots who established a new village on the ruins of a Native American village decimated by diseases they carried across the Atlantic. The settlers were saved by a native who had been kidnapped from the land they called Plymouth by British sailors, finally making his way home to discover that everyone he knew was gone and the people in their place were starving. He helped them grow corn, for which we are more or less thankful.
FRIDAY NOV. 23INVITING DESIRE
[THEATER] Actor Eleanor O’Brien, known for her frank and funny variety shows about sex, presents a fresh installment about sexual relationships and their many permutations. Those uncomfortable with candid conversations about strap-ons, group sex and kinky fantasies should best stay home. Milepost 5, 850 NE 81st Ave., 729-3223. 8 pm Friday-Saturday. $25.
SATURDAY NOV. 24JONATHAN RICHMAN
[MUSIC] Although he’s spent the last 40-some years refining a mellower, more elegant sound, the 61-year-old New England legend remains a punk at heart: When he walked into tiny dive the Know in 2010, he fell in love, and asked to play there. Now he’s returning for a three-night stand, offering a rare opportunity to spend an intimate evening with a distinctive songwriter. The Know, 2026 NE Alberta St., 473-8729. 8 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.
[MUSIC] Dethklok is not a band to be fucked with. For six years, the group has starred in Cartoon Network’s wildly popular Metalocalypse, an animated series following the adventures of gravel-voiced frontman Nathan Explosion and company. Now supporting its third record, the band has embarked on a national tour—in which it will stay hidden behind a massive screen, allowing its well-known cartoon avatars to go totally metal before our eyes—that’ll surely make Gorillaz look like Monchichis. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 230-0033. 8 pm. $35 general, $50 reserved. 21+ balcony. All ages.
TUESDAY NOV. 27OMSI PUB: SKULLS
[SCIENCE] Simon Winchester’s new book, Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley’s Curious Collection, details the massive skull collection of a man who was once arrested for keeping a tiger, monkey and several turtles in his freezer. Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-9234. 7 pm. $5. 21+.