September is my favorite month in Portland. The weather’s warm, the streets are busy and activities are in full swing. Here are a few of the things I’m looking forward to experiencing:
Robert Crumb, Illustrated Book of Genesis: It took five years and 200 drawings for artist Robert Crumb to illustrate the 50 chapters of Genesis. Portland Art Museum’s exhibit runs through Sept. 19.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night: A collaboration between the Artists Repertory Theatre and the Sydney Theatre Company, this American classic stars William Hurt. The show has been extended through the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
PICA’s Time Based Art: Ten days of performances and parties kick off with a collaboration between the Oregon Symphony and Rufus Wainright.
Compassion Coupons: From now through September, customers can print coupons for discounts at downtown shops and restaurants and New Avenues for Youth will benefit. For every redeemed coupon, New Avenues receives $5 to help fund their outreach programs.
Fashion’s Night Out: On Sept. 10, Downtown Portland retailers throw open their doors for fashion shows, exclusive appearances, samples and giveaways. Director Park is the headquarters for this event, which includes free evening parking at SmartPark’s 10th and Yamhill garage.
Art in the Pearl/Pearl Sidewalk Sale: The Pearl’s the place to be on Labor Day weekend, when artists take over the Park Blocks and vendors take over the sidewalks. Bring your credit cards and good walking shoes for this three-day event.
Tasty n Sons: From the legendary folks at Toro Bravo, this restaurant in North Portland packs them in for brunch. Starting Sept. 9, they’ll bring ‘em in for dinner, too. A warm-weather bonus? The roll up garage-style door at the front of the restaurant.
Pinot: “An American Brasserie” featuring beer, wine (yes, there is more than just Pinot Noir on the menu) and eats from the Pacific Northwest. This newly opened downtown restaurant opens early and closes late.
Hair of the Dog: This legendary brewing company has finally opened a public brewpub. Their website hasn’t been updated, but the Oregonian wrote a preview in April.