Posts Tagged ‘portland’

Dr. Ruth for Gen X Tristan Taormino Comes To Portland

Noted author, columnist and film director Tristan Taormino is coming to Portland for a number of sex positive educational events.

Taormino was recently named one of the Top 10 Women Directors in Adult Entertainment and just released her book Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships.

Here’s the run down of Taormino’s Portland Events:

November 13, 7:00 pm
Portland, OR
Hosted by Theresa “Darklady” Reed
Bestselling author and relationship expert Tristan Taormino will read from her new book, Opening Up: A Guide to Creating and Sustaining Open Relationships and share what she learned from all the people she interviewed in open relationships around the country. Plus, she’ll take questions and facilitate a discussion on the benefits and challenges of venturing beyond monogamy. This event is sponsored by Astroglide.
Location: In Other Words Women’s Books and Resources, 8 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR
Admission: Free
Info: 503-232-6003
Email: colten (at)

November 14, 7:00 pm
Portland, OR
People who practice BDSM and those who are in Dominant/submissive relationships face unique challenges in both designing their open relationships and making them work. Relationship expert and bestselling author Tristan Taormino offers practical advice and strategies for dealing with specific issues related to being open and kinky. We’ll cover: common open relationship styles within BDSM communities and how they can work best; creative ways for giving everyone a voice in the negotiation process; dealing with jealousy and other intense feelings; and practical conflict resolution skills. In the interactive facilitated portion of this workshop, participants will be encouraged to share their stories, issues, and solutions.
Location: Spartacus, 300 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR
Admission: Free
Info: (503) 224-2604

November 15, 6:00 pm
Portland, OR
In her most popular workshop, one she has taught around the world for over 9 years, Tristan introduces you to the world of anal pleasure. In this funny, education class, she covers a wide variety of topics, including: myths about anal sex; anal anatomy, the G-spot, and the prostate; basic preparation and hygiene; lubes, anal toys, and safer sex; anal penetration for beginners, and much more!
Location: Fascinations, 9515 SE. 82nd. Ave, Portland, OR
Admission: Free, pre-registrer to reserve your spot!
Register: call 503-774-4345 or in store

Rogue Ale Tasting at Belmont Station

I’m a huge fan of Belmont Station. Their tap line up is consistently the most enjoyable in Portland.

Tonight they’re doing a tasting of a huge variety of Rouge Beers.

Here are the details:

6-8PM ROGUE TASTING. Taste the brand new Yellow Snow IPA & 2008 Santa’s Private Reserve, plus Juniper Pale Ale, Independence Fresh Hop Ale, Chocolate Stout, Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Morimoto Soba Ale, Brutal Bitter, Dry Hopped St Rogue Red, Track Town 200 Meter IPA, Track Town Triple Jump Pale Ale, & XS Imperial IPA.
Rogue Independence Fresh Hop Ale on draught.

To me the Hazelnut Brown Nectar sounds like a little slice of heaven!

Belmont Station is at 4500 SE Stark, it’s both a beer store and a ‘Beircafe’.

Why Portland Absolutely Rocks


Thanks to @bfinklea for the link

A Guide To Portland’s Food Carts

The Amazing Potato Champion

The Amazing Potato Champion

Despite our often wet weather, Portland has a phenomenal selection of food carts. Some of my more memorable Portland meals have been at carts.

Now there’s an online resource totally dedicated to the Portland Food Cart phenomenon:  Food Carts Portland.

The site breaks down cart reviews by cuisine and neighborhood, each with a handy map to help you find the sometimes elusive carts.

Some of my personal favorite carts: Sip Portland, Potato Champion, India Chaat House, Taqueria Los Gorditos (which Food Carts of Portland needs to review) and Flavour Spot!!

Food Carts Portland also enables comments and some of the best info comes from reader submissions and updates.

New PDX Coffee Shop Wiki on About US

Local Wiki company About Us continues to enhance it’s local relevance with a new section devoted entirely to Portland Cofffe Shops. (Created by Bram Pitoyo)

The list, which is constantly growing and updating is a fantastic resource to quickly get info on the coffee shops in an area.  Since all Coffee shops aren’t created equal, this new resource breaks each one down by:

  • Atmosphere
  • Amenities
  • Ideal For
  • Wifi Rating

As with any Wiki,  readers are encouraged to contribute their knowledge and help make this resource as comprehensive as possible.

Another great resource on the About Us site is the Portland Tech Twitter Page, an invaluable resource if you want to connect with Portland’s tech community.

Vote (With Your Dollars)

With the presidential election looming most people are myopically focused on voting for president, but the second most important vote you can make right now is with your dollars. Times are tough and not all businesses are going to survive this recession. Already this month several notable Portland restaurants have announced that they are shuttering their doors (Rocket, Mercado, Banh Cuon Tan Dinh and Kalga Kafe)  and more are soon to follow.

The dollar may be down on the world market, but it’s never been stronger here at home. With each dollar you spend you are making a vote, you’re voting for the business that you give your money to and perhaps voting against the places you aren’t. During tough economic times people often default to the lowest cost option out there. Companies like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart thrive because people think they get more for less there – something in tough times sounds appealing. If this current economic mess has taught us anything it’s there’s absolutely no such thing as a free lunch and today’s low low deal might have some unintended consequences tomorrow.

So I encourage you to think about the long haul. Want a beer? Skip Rock Bottom Brewery and pick your beer up at Belmont Station. Want a movie? Rather than Netflixing it ensure the future of independent cinema and local art houses and catch a movie at the Hollywood Theater or Cinema 21.  Want some food? Support local farmers at your local farmer’s market or visit the People’s Food Coop Farmer’s Market.  Chose Voodoo Doughnuts over Krispie Kreme,  Laughing Planet or Los Gorditos over Taco Bell, Pad Thai Kitchen over TGIFridays…. and yes Stumptown, Cellar Door and Z Beans over Starbucks.

There’s never been a time in your life where what you spend and where you spend has mattered more. So pick the places you love and give them your business, odds are they’ll be around to thank you when this whole economic mess is all over.

What local business are you rooting for to survive?

Spring Awakening – On Stage Tickets ON SALE NOW

Amazing opportunities don’t come around everyday, so this is one you shouldn’t miss:

Spring Awakening, the Tony Award winning musical, has just released a block of On Stage Tickets for its run at The Keller Auditorium (as part of the Broadway Across America Series).  These tickets sell for $26 + $5 service fee (if you purchase them via phone).

These seats are ON THE STAGE!!!

Call: 503.790.2787  RIGHT NOW!! You will absolutely thank me.  (They will sell out… So if you’ve waited too long…. Sorry)

Thanks to Byron Beck at WWeek for breaking this news.

New Kids on the Block Concert – CANCELED

I’m sure this will break many hearts (probably not as many as when they canceled the Kelly Clarkson Tour last summer) but…

Due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict the New Kids on the Block concert, originally scheduled for Rose Garden Arena on Sunday, November 23, 2008 has been canceled.

Refunds are available at point of purchase.

Sorry NKOTB fans.

Perhaps you can get your swooning fix by watching Twilight or going to the Twilight Prom.

Henry Rollins – An Aging Punk Rocker Tells All

Henry Rollins is almost 50, and that’s both exciting and frightening. No longer an ‘angry young man’ Rollins performed a two hour and forty five minute set that was much more self confessional than angry, much more story telling then rant and a little bit more stand up than political commentary. Although the tour was billed as the “Recountdown” tour, Rollins spent less than a quarter of his show dealing with political topics, instead the focus fell squarely on Rollins’ own travels and attempts to keep busy when not touring. When talking politics Rollins pulled his punches and often repeated his wish for people not to be divided by the issues which often seem to divide us. Rather than shake his fists at the establishment, Rollins spoke about his work with the H for Hunger foundation and his efforts to document things like Aids in Africa and the aftermath of war in Ireland.

Rollins may have chilled a bit, but he’s still filled to brim with excitement, enthusiasm and energy. Rollins’ set had its high points and low points but his frenetic pace and screaming punctuation marks moved it right along. What struck me the most about his set was just how self confessional Rollins is, from processing existential statements from drivers in Laos to dealing with his personal space being compromised by airport security, the Recountdown show was much more the tales of a punk rocker hitting a mid life crisis than anything else.

Shiny Toy Guns 9/25 @ Berbati’s Pan

The New Shiny Toy Guns

The New Shiny Toy Guns

I’ve been a fan of Shiny Toy Guns for quite some time. Back in 2006 the band played a show at the Aladdin Theater for a crowd of about 10 people. They played their hearts out.

They’ve come back to Portland several times over the past few years promoting their break out debut album We Are Pilots.

Now the band has re-organized. Lead singer Carah Faye Charnow has been booted from the band and replaced by Sisely Treasure (one of the contestants from The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search For The Next Doll). The band has a new album on the horizon called Season of Poison (out this November) and is coming to portland on Thursday, September 25th at Berbati’s Pan @ 8:00pm.

Shiny Toy Guns has two songs from their upcoming album up on their Myspace page and they sound really good.  I’m planning on going to the show and so I’ll post my complete report here, later in the week.

Buy tickets to the Shiny Toy Guns Show here.

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