Archive for December, 2008

White Christmas

In a highly unusual event for Portland, it appears that most of us are going to have a white Christmas this year. There’s still a good amount of snow on the ground, and there may be more tomorrow.
Luckily, the Portland Office of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation have returned most major roads and highways to safe conditions, and are now beginning to plow sidestreets.
I myself was faced with the prospect of picking up my sister at the airport around midnight last night. Although I was initially concerned about the road conditions, I found Division to be quite passable and I-205 was down to bare pavement.

How are things around where you live and work, and how is the weather affecting you?

P.S. – Happy holidays!

Snow (And what it means)

It’s on everyone’s mind right now: Snow has come to Portland.

Snow in the Colonial Heights neighborhood.

Snow in the Colonial Heights neighborhood.

The National Weather Service tells us there’s up to an inch of accumulation, and it’s only supposed to get colder. This means that tomorrow will likely bring frozen roads, and thus treacherous conditions. Here’s what you should know:

FlashAlert – Many Portland-area schools, businesses, and other organizations post inclement weather alerts to FlashAlert. This is where television news stations get their info on closures.
TriMet service alerts – Although all routes are still running, several bus and train routes are on alternate routes or alternate schedules. LIFT vehicles are no longer operating.
NOAA National Weather Service – Get the latest forecast and current conditions, and check for weather alerts and warnings.

Anything else everyone should know? leave a comment!

The Auteur Premieres Friday at Cinema 21

The Auteur at Cinema 21

The Auteur at Cinema 21

The Auteur, a new film by Portland filmmaker James Westby has its big Portland premiere this Friday at Cinema 21 (8:30pm).

The film is a mockumentary of Arturo Dominingo, an aging porn director trying to make sense of his life and career.  I saw the film in an early preview before it went of to the Tribecca Film Festival and it’s hilarious.

The Auteur stars Melik Malkasian (who won best actor at the Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival), John Breen (of the Liberators), Katherine Flynn, and Cara Seymour. It also features music from The Decemberists, The Shaky Hands, Viva Las Vegas, Ron Jeremy, Malice 666, Copy, Au, Laura Gibson, MarchForth Marching Band, Katie O’Grady, Ritah Parrish, Michael Fetters, Victor Morris, and many more!!

Friday’s premiere will be followed by a Q&A with director James Westby and an after party at Slabtown (sponsored by Amber Geiger and Porter Panther)

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