FOOD: Pairing Dinner with Executive Chef Sarah Pliner
The chef from the acclaimed but now closed Aviary in Northeast Portland will head the kitchen at Fullerton Wines’ next pairing dinner. Sarah Pliner is known for fusing French techniques with Southeast Asian flavors and seasonal ingredients from the Northwest. This has resulted in a delightfully eclectic menu that includes everything from miso cod to a pork belly watermelon and tea sandwich to braised rabbit with confit tomatoes in a white wine and cream sauce. Fullerton Wines, 1966 NW Pettygrove St., 503-477-7848, fullertonwines.com/event-calendar. 5-9pm Thursday 11 August. $60.
VIEW: seeing country
Blackfish Gallery August Exhibition, seeing country, celebrates the Land Art movement of the 1960s and 70s, when artists turned to the earth in search of inspiration and materials. This 21st-century iteration, created by the Native American fine arts community, reflects on the role of the artist in questions of land use and other ecological issues. The gallery hosts a variety of exhibition-related events throughout the month, but of particular interest are panel discussions with guest artists and shuttle tours to an interactive 10-acre site in the East Columbia neighborhood. Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 503-224-2634, blackfish.com. Artist Panel 7pm Wednesday 10 August. Shuttle tours 10am and 11.30am and 1.30pm and 3pm Saturday 13th, 20th and 27th August. For free.
CLOCK: clay dream
Watch the story of Will Vinton, the revolutionary animator and father of Claymation, with the premiere of clay dream at Cinema 21. The documentary chronicles the rise and fall (into the arms of Nike) of Vinton’s Emmy- and Oscar-winning studio, which was responsible for The California Raisins, Michael Jackson’s “Speed Demon” video, and other things to which You may recall that you are in your mid-30s. A post-screening Q&A features filmmaker Marq Evans. Movie Theater 21, 616 NW 21st Ave., 503-223-4515, cinema21.com. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday 12-14 August. $9-$11.
LISTEN: Sisters Rhythm & Brews Festival
The quaint community of sisters in central Oregon hosts a multi-day music and beer festival featuring a carefully curated lineup of artists and breweries. The cast includes Cedric Burnside, the Grammy-winning grandson of Mississippi legend RL Burnside, and Jimmy “Duck” Holmes of the acclaimed Blue Front Cafe – Mississippi’s oldest music venue. Village Green City Park, 305 S Fir St., Sisters, sistersrhythmandbrews.com. 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 12-13 August. $35-$125.
EAT: Portland Hot Sauce Expo
With nearly a dozen different eating contests with frightening names like Donuts of Death and The Spicy Tacos of Hell, you’ll need some tough taste buds and a stomach of steel to attend the Portland Hot Sauce Expo. Cheer on those brave enough to enter, as well as the Chihuahuas in attendance at the annual beauty pageant. OMSI Bridge Lot, 1945 SE Water Ave., http://www.pdxhotsauceexpo.com. 10am-6pm Saturday-Sunday, 13-14 August. $10-$88.
GO: Beaverton Night Market
Head to The Round in central Beaverton for the city’s final night market of the season, featuring more than 60 vendors and two stages. Representatives from the Lan Su Chinese Garden are set to lead a workshop on making paper lanterns, and the brand new Reser Center will host specially curated exhibitions. It’s a multicultural experience that should give you a new appreciation for the suburbs. The Round, 12600 SW Crescent St., Beaverton, 503-526-2503, beavertonoregon.gov/nightmarket. 5pm-10pm Saturday 13 August. For free.
FOOD: Mexican Culinary Festival
Sample cuisine from four different regions of Mexico at Mt. Hood Meadows’ Mexican Culinary Festival. The resort’s culinary team creates authentic dishes like slow-roasted Sinaloa pork, sopas and tortas to enjoy against the backdrop of late summer wildflower blooms. Before that, take a hike or scenic chairlift ride to work up an appetite. Sahale Lodge at Mt Hood Meadows, 14040 Hwy 35, Mt Hood, 503-337-2222, skihood.com. 2-5pm Saturday 13 August. $45, $14 for a chairlift ride.
Laughing: Amanda Seales
Find out what Amanda Seales really thinks about your “per my previous email” emails. Best known for her role as HBO’s Tiffany DuBois Unsure and the 2019 comedy special I know it, Seales will share her hot take on office culture and more as she swings around town. Expect a dose of seriousness, too — she’s coming to speak her truth. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., #203, 971-808-5094, revolutionhall.com. Saturday, August 13, 8 p.m. $35-$125.