Bits and Pieces


'Portlandia: The Tour'

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein embark on a six-city tour in late December bringing 'Portlandia,' the romanticized and dreamy rendering of this fair city, to life for fans across the country.

The duo created, writes and stars in the IFC series, and the tour will feature them performing live music, presenting sneak-peek clips from the show's second season and sharing personal anecdotes about the show.

The tour starts Dec. 27 at Hollywood Theatre (tickets on sale, info at, followed by stops at Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn and New York through mid-January.

The second season of 'Portlandia' begins Jan. 6.

Documentary series

NW Documentary and the Hollywood Theatre have formed a monthly documentary series featuring panel discussions, question-answer sessions and workshops centered around films.

It starts Friday, Dec. 2 with "Dragonslayer" and "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone." A workshop with 'Everyday Sunshine' director Lev Anderson will be held Dec. 3. For info, see

It's a birthday!

The Oregon Zoo's twin polar bears, Conrad and Tasul, turn 27 soon. So, the zoo will host twin birthday parties at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, when the large creatures will be given enrichment treats.

Frida Kahlo cultural celebration

Portlandia International Language School, located in Southeast Portland's newly remodeled historic Firehouse #7 building, was established 18 months ago to provide a unique environment for adult professional to learn the Spanish language and gain valuable cultural insight. 10-week courses are offered at all levels, including a free weekly meeting to students interested in practicing their conversational skills.

Portlandia School is hosting a cultural event on Dec. 8 to celebrate the life and work of one of Mexico's most famous painters, Frida Kahlo. Prints of her famous folk art will be on display. All members of the public are welcome.

7-10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, 511 SE 11th Avenue, #203, info: 503-381-0785,, free.