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I have found heaven.

And it is called “John’s Marketplace.” — http://www.johnsmarketplace.com/

This place is amazing. Located in SW Portland, Multnomah Village. There is beer for days and days!
100s of beer bottles

There is beer from every nation, in every flavor!
Evil Twin Beer Yin and Yang
Strawberry and Framboise flavored beer

I walked in to this store and I was totally lost. In awe of everything. I had to walk up and down, every aisle, until I got my bearings..
Another Row of Beer

I made my selections from the IPA arena. Including this one:
Reunion Beer For A Good Cause

…It feels good to help. 🙂

Oh. And for you wine drinkers, they have a wine steward on the premises to help you through the 100’s of bottles of booze on the wall.

When you’re in Multnomah Village next, stop by, take one down, and pass it around. 🙂

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Contains: Active Culture

This weekend was quite busy for me. Lots of new experiences. Lots of the Arts.

Friday night I met up with my friend Josh for Happy Hour and A show… The Happy Hour destination: The Radio Room, The show: A Chorus Line.

The Radio Room: Located on NE Alberta street near 11th, This restaurant and bar really looks a lot fancier from the outside. The outdoor concrete seating area has a nice fireplace where a group of people could enjoy cocktails and conversation without being encumbered. The interior is well done and open air (As long as Portland Weather allows) and the happy hour menu is generous on the cheap. 🙂 From the wide selection of various cocktails (They have quite the variety) and of course the microbrew selection. It was definitely worth the trip.

A Chorus Line: Stumptown Stages: On a run that just ended yesterday. This is my third experience with Stumptown Stages; Dreamgirls, The Wiz and now A Chorus Line. I enjoyed this production though it really showed its “Community Theatre” designation. The Cast was well rehearsed and presented, but they were also very young. Something I didn’t know about A Chorus Line is that it is done without intermission. So at a running time of 2 hours with no intermission in hard wood seats inside a high school auditorium, left me feeling a little numb… The highlight of this production for me was the performance of the number “Dance Ten, Looks Three” Not only was the performance of the song, hilarious, but well song, I did wish for a little more panache, but I enjoyed it and at the end of the day, I think that’s all we can really expect out of a performance, right?

(edit: if you want to see my friend Josh’s perspective on the show – check out his blog)

Also, Stumptown Stages could really use your help this season. As we all know, ticket sales are down and corporate giving is down, so if you’re able, please donate to this worthy organization.

Speaking of an organization which almost didn’t make it into its twentieth year due to lack of funding… Saturday found me heading off to the Ballet for the first time for Oregon Ballet Theater’s Emeralds/Retrospectives which closed 10/17. Now, to be truthful, I was only sort of excited to go to the ballet, my only other experience with Ballet was the Nutcracker, which is of course, a holiday tradition, but it left me sleeping… Quite soundly, I’m sure. Also in reality, I wasn’t one of those people who had any idea what I was looking at and why it was spectacular – I really didn’t know a plié from a plebe. I did enter the theater a little scared, probably because of the woman sitting in front of me with many tattoos and the fuzzy leopard print coat, but I promised myself I would give Ballet another chance. The first thing I noticed, looking at the program, was that this performance was probably going to be a little different. One of the numbers was going to be performed to the song “Shut Up” by composers “The Bloodhound Gang” (The BHG listed as Composers? Really?) With lyrics like “I’m more tongue-in-cheek than a lesbian orgy” or a chorus of “I don’t give a damn if you don’t like me” I knew at least that performance was not going to be like the rest. Seriously.

While I can’t say that I fell in love with the ballet, I don’t even think we’ll date. What I did find out about myself is that I really enjoyed the dance and I can appreciate the skill of their craft but I need some other sort of stimulation, visual or auditory. Good music, more going on, on stage. Something. I just can’t watch a single person doing en avant or à la quatrieme devant and understand why that was significant or spectacular. I’ll going to give ballet more chances, although, I do want to explore more of the other styles of dance and realize I’m really lucky to have a city that is so culturally diverse to include so many styles of performance and so many venues to perform in.

Also, We almost lost Oregon Ballet Theater this year due to lack of funding. If you can, feel free to donate to them as well.

My Evening with Ben Franklin: Unplugged

First I should start this with a nod to my friend @PDXCulture who said – “If they left him unplugged for too long, he’d start to decompose”

Friday – While on Twitter I noticed a posting from @PCSGhost which said “The Next 5 People who tweet a Ben Franklin Aphorism could win tickets to Ben Franklin: Unplugged (Playing Now at Portland Center Stage). Since I’m a big fan of Twitter contests, I ran out, found a good quote and posted. So, I won.

My Friend Chris and I decided to make a true Portland night of it. First we were off to dinner at Deschutes Brewing (Home of the famous Jubelale). While the wait for a table was ridiculous somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-30 minutes (good thing we left for the show early) when we were seated, after explaining to the waitress that we needed to be out the door in 30 minutes or less for a show next door, our service was not only prompt but amazing, our waitress Jen, was incredible. She was attentive but not hovering and had our checks ready when we were. I really do try to tip my hat to good service and good service this was.

Then it was off to the show:

Now, I hadn’t known what to expect besides the brief description provided on the PCS website (Scroll up) but I’m a fan of history and of historical references although admittedly I don’t know as much about Ben Franklin as the writer and performer Josh Kornbluth. He has a wordpress blog and is on Twitter. I really thought within the first few minutes of the play that I had made a horrible mistake, that I had subjected my friend to the rantings of a crazed lunatic who had issues with his mother. While that assessment may not be completely off base (he has issues with his Aunt Birdie and his Father) I was so drawn to this dramatist. His crazed rants, the moments when the house lights dimmed and drew you into the soft spoken moment of his monologue and then, on cue, the words boomed, snapping you back from that soft mental moment you’d allowed yourself to be lulled into. While the first hour I found myself with a back that wouldn’t stop throbbing I found myself drawn into the story, into the emotion and worrying less about Ben Franklin and being more interested in the minutiae of the artist being presented to us. After Intermission I found myself roped into the story, I was concentrating on every word that was spun for the audience, I found myself tied into the story, and I found myself forgetting that the subject was referring to Ben Franklin. I found the story was elaborated with emotion, thought, humor and a great deal of self realization. This may only be what the artist wanted me to think; but I bought it, hook, line and sinker. I also reveled in the thought that Franklin probably was a communist. If you have the opportunity, go see this play, I thoroughly enjoyed it, myself and the witty repartee presented from the first, second, and third person. Here’s the link to the Ellyn Bye Studio which is not only intimate but provides for good seats all around.

After the show I was unable to stay for the meet and greet, which I now regret a little, but while waiting for the streetcar my friend Chris and I ran into Powell’s Books (If you’re not familiar with Powells, you should be ashamed of yourself! #Seriously). I never can get out of there without buying a book or two, so I did, bought two, and I can’t wait to get started reading them.

What a wonderful night, a truly Portland experience. I never get enough of those.

Thanks again to Portland Center Stage, Deschutes Brewing, and Josh Kornbluth for giving me a fun Friday night.