thursday 11 – sunday 21
Portland Beer Week
Blind tastings. Delectable pairings. Grab your favorite designated driver or take one of the handy shuttles and drink some beer, good beer. If you think you have tried them all, you probably haven't, especially with a commemorative beer brewed by two local breweries to honor this year's Beer Week. And be ready to learn something at multiple seminars covering topics ranging from barrel-aged beer to fruit beer. Check out the whole shebang at pdxbeerweek.com.
thursday june 11 – sunday, july 12
The next five weekends are booked with five shows that are sure to be, well, creative. The performances include: The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes whose 19th-century verses are still dirty by today's standards; Butt Kapinski, a gender confused, interactive murder mystery; LOON, a fascinating, moving silent cartoon and the only event advisable for older children; The Dissenter's Handbook: A Collection of Riotous Tales by Dario Fo, an Italian playwright's work portrayed, Portlandia-style; and, Drowned Horse Tavern, a seaworthy, musical experience. Buckle your seatbelts for interesting. cohoproductions.org 7:30 pm. CoHo Theatre. $55.
saturday 13 – sunday 14
Portland Pride Festival
Nothing demur about this waterfront event. Grab your disco balls and rainbow it to the annual Pride Festival. Yes, the annual colorful (both in actually apparel and in personality) parade and some 200 vendors. Martha Wash, "the original weather girl," performs on the main stage, as well the Portland Gay Men's Chorus and the Portland Lesbian Chorus. Check out pridenw.org for the full schedule and ticketing information.