First Thursday

It could be glorious weather for the monthly gallery walk in the Pearl District and elsewhere,

Aug. 7. For information on participating galleries, go to firstthursday

The Bite of Oregon

The theme is “Celebrating Oregon’s Bounty” and it includes an assortment of foods from restaurants, food carts, dessert purveyors and more than 20 Oregon craft beers and wines. A highlight is the Oregon Bounty Chef’s Table, with eight Oregon Agricultural Commissions featuring locally grown and produced products. Entertainment includes Dining Out In The Northwest’s Chef’s Stage and two music stages. Jenn Louis and Joe Kim are celebrity chefs participating. Providence Bridge Pedal participants get in free.

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 8-9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, Waterfront Park,, $5, $15 weekend, $30 foodie pass (children 12 and younger free)

Beer festivals

There are two beer festivals in the metro area this weekend. The Portland International Beerfest specializes in exotic beers — about 200 from 16 countries — and it will start at noon Friday through Sunday, Aug. 8-10, at Holladay Park at Lloyd Center ($25, $20 advance, The Vancouver Brewfest also will be Friday (3 p.m.) and Saturday/Sunday (noon) at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver, Wash. ($15,

Alberta Street Fair

More than 20,000 people are expected to visit Northeast Alberta Street, between 15th and 30th avenues, on Aug. 9. Activities include art, beer garden, street play, vendors, music and a parade that kicks things off.

11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, Northeast Alberta Street/15th-30th avenues,, free, suggested $2 donation

Portland Roots Festival

Put on by Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, the emphasis is healthy living through nutrition and exercise, tapping into the sustainable food practices of the African people and cultures.

Noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, Pioneer Courthouse Square,, free

Quilt! Knit! Stitch!

It’s a new show for the crafty type, with everything related to the needle arts of quilting, knitting, sewing, crochet, embroidery and more, with more than 300 works, 200 shopping booths and 30 classes/lectures.

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 14-16, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,, $10, $8 seniors 65-older/students, $25 show pass

The circus

A heads up: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Super Circus Heroes,” coming to Portland in September. There are no special effects, stunt doubles or computer-generated animations, as ringmaster David Shipman introduces an international cast that performs seemingly impossible displays of strength, speed and precision, including the Shaolin Warriors, Cuban Comets and Russian Lightning Rods. Italian clown Davis Vassallo makes his American debut as Mr. Boredom.

7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Sept. 4-5, 11:30 a.m/3:30 p.m./7 p.m. Sept. 6, 12:30 p.m./4:30 p.m. Sept. 7, Moda Center,, $20-$55



The Post 5 Theatre Company/Evan Johnson’s production begins with Michael Darling (played by Johnson) finding a time capsule in his basement that belonged to 1990s gay club kid Peter Pansy. Parallels emerge.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays, Aug. 7-15, Post5 Theatre Black Box Theater, 850 N.E. 81st Ave., No. 122,, $15

‘The Sweatermakers

CoHo Productions marks three years of partnering with Playwrights West. Andrew Wardenaar’s first full-length production, “Sweatermakers,” is part mystery, part coming-of-age story about brother and sister sweatermakers Brin and Henry, who receive exquisite material from an unknown sender and Brin sets out to find who sent it.

7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 8-30, CoHo Theatre, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St.,, $25, $20 student/senior

‘Making Waves 2014

In a free drumming and dancing extravaganza, Portland Taiko celebrates its 20th anniversary with guests Kalabharathi Dance Company (South Indian dance) and Mitsuki Dazal (13-string Japanese zither). Portland Taiko will perform its original composition, “Amaterasu (Sun Goddess)” and more. The full performing company and class members will use the largest drums, including the 5-foot Okedo Daiko.

6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater, 400 S.W. Kingston Ave.,, free

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