Hooray for (our) Hollywood
by: ©2007 DAWN SMALLMAN, Northeast Portland’s Hollywood Theatre hosts an Oscar fundraiser for Film Action Oregon, the nonprofit that owns and operates the historic movie house, which was built in 1926.

Oscar Night at the Hollywood Theatre

Imagine you're partying in Hollywood.

Leonardo DiCaprio is chatting up Penélope Cruz, while Forest Whitaker is trading jokes with Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. And look out, 'cause Peter O'Toole just walked in the door.

OK, so you're only in the Hollywood District of Portland, and you're at a huge party, and some of the guests are only present on the big screen.

The Hollywood Theatre is again hosting the officially sanctioned Oscar Night America celebration, with hors d'oeuvres, a light dinner, popcorn and gift bags, plus an afterparty at the Chameleon Restaurant, at 2000 N.E. 40th Ave.

Proceeds go to Film Action Oregon for youth education and preservation of the historic Hollywood Theatre.

- Anne Marie DiStefano

4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 503-493-1128,, $60 main event, $50 afterparty

Satan's Pilgrims

Spring might not have arrived yet, but in what's shaping up to be an annual event Portland's own 'caped crusaders of reverb' are back to deliver a hefty dose of sonic sunshine.

Satan's Pilgrims carved out a niche by blending two of America's greatest mid-20th century kitsch movements (surf music and horror films) into a refreshingly fun new hybrid.

Their haunted surf sounds (and rare live appearances) are more likely to send people scurrying out to shows than scuttling into the shadows.

- Barbara Mitchell

9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $12, all ages

Portland Home and Garden Show

A flowering feast for the eyes takes place this weekend with activities for the gardener, builder, homemaker and art lover alike.

Alongside a new-home showcase, there will be plant sales and 25 garden displays. Seminars on home building, remodeling, interior decorating and gardening will take place hourly throughout the weekend and cover topics from banishing clutter to designing environmentally friendly landscaping.

Locally produced original artworks including woodcarvings, mosaics and totems go on display in the Garden Gallery.

- Suzie Ridgway

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.

to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23-25, Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive, 503-736-5200,, $10, $5 children 6 to 12, free to American Horticulture Society members with ID and children 5 and under.

'The Pillowman'

English-born playwright Martin McDonagh wrote one of the funniest dark comedies to grace the Portland stage in recent years, last season's production of 'The Lonesome West' at Third Rail Repertory Theatre.

Things promise to get even darker as Portland Center Stage launches McDonagh's comedy-drama about a horror writer who becomes a suspect in a series of child murders. The play's content prompted Center Stage to issue warnings to subscribers.

Don't get scared away. 'The Pillowman' was voted best new play in London after its premiere, and The New York Times called it a 'spellbinding stunner' when it ran on Broadway.

'It doesn't let go of you,' says Portland actor Tim True, who also starred in 'The Lonesome West.' 'He builds this tension, then he turns a corner on you.'

- Eric Bartels

7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday (other performances later in run), through March 15, Gerding Theater at the Armory,

128 N.W. 11th Ave., 503-445-3700,, $16.50-$59.50


The California-based jazz group, fronted by one-time Brazilian Symphony Orchestra percussionist Ted Moore and vocalist Pamela Driggs, brings its swinging sambas and bossa novas to a collaboration with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra.

Jeff Tyzik conducts.

- EB

7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24-26, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, 503-228-1353,, $29-$80

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