PIFF 36 is here! The opening night film was a great start to the festival -
You should see Blancanieves when it comes your way – a Spanish version of the Grimm fairy tale Snow White…with bullfighting at its core. Set in the 20s, this b/w silent film has gorgeous cinematography and a moving score. It was Spain’s submission for Best Foreign Film. This little piece of art was directed by Pablo Berger.
Ok, so they’ve only been open a month or so…but OMG! The ice cream at Cool Moon in the Pearl is just soo delicious! I was feeling a little guilty by the number of ‘little tastes’ we were taking…but the flavors were all so unique and delicious! Lets see, we sampled grapefruit, banana, and a bittersweet chocolate with white chocolate speckles, named Perseid Meteor Shower…and it looked like a little meteor shower! Lots of fun flavors, and the owner seems just as excited about making all of these fun flavors. I picked up a pint last night for only $4.95. (half Perseid/half cinnamon). I do believe I’ve found my ice cream shop (check that box!) – in the dead of winter no less!
Last night we went to see the movie, Untraceable, starring Diane Lane as a Portland-based FBI agent trying to nab a guy who is committing some sick, sick crimes streaming live online… So, thriller. The real thrill was seeing all of the Portland scenes! The people to the right of us were whispering to each other through the whole movie, but I didn’t mind..because I’m sure they were just pointing out familiar places to each other…like B and I were How was the movie? Diane Lanes best work since Must Love Dogs. Read that however you will…
If you live in Portland you must go see this movie though. There’s a flyover shot of the Broadway bridge going westbound. Where the lanes peel off to the left and right…we live to the right! Also, someone from Sellwood gets the ax. Our favorite breakfast place, Fat Alberts, is in Sellwood. Creepy.
There’s also a scene where its raining on the Broadway Bridge. When they shot it they had to make Hollywood ‘rain’. Hello…When is it not raining on the Broadway Bridge?
Its times like these, when the temp hovers in the thirties, that you really, really appreciate the warm little streetcar that goes around in a little loop from home, through the Pearl, downtown, by work, and back again. That little streetcar takes me everywhere and I just love it!
The other night we had another fabulous time at Portland Center Stage. This time it was Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
As is typically of me and Shakespeare, I was completely lost for about the first 10 minutes…then ‘poof’! the language soaked in and I could just sit back and enjoy. As usual, great performances by all. The interesting thing now is that next week, the same cast is going to do another play, The Beard of Avon, which is Shakespearesque and set in the same period. Should be fun!
Ok, we didn’t get rid of the car…but we did get bikes! The picture above is Bryan headed home on his new bike, shiny helmet and all! (a 3.7 mile ride).
Portland is THE bike town. Voted #1 bike town by bicycling magazine. The new bikes, and B’s new Birkenstocks…we’re really embracing all things Oregon.
Its fitting that not only is Portland big on bikes, but the drivers are the most courteous in the nation! Check out their survey.
So you have lots of bikes and lots of nice drivers Just another reason to like Portland…
The Ladd Carriage House (1883)which used to grace the corner of Broadway and Columbia, was moved yesterday to a temporary spot a couple of blocks away, while its former block undergoes some fairly major redevelopment. Then in 2008, it will move back to its original home, though the neighborhood will have changed.
The Carriage House housed horses on the first floor (and carriages) and the coachmen on the second. It is just huge.
Yesterday we went down to watch them move it at around 7am…we were pretty much watching it until about 9:30 last night. Here is the short version – a time-lapsed view of the move start to finish – amazing!
Here’s some of my pics -
The house gets up on its wheels and moves out into the street. It is way bigger than I thought it was – and all sorts of workers running around underneath it steadying and getting the wheels straight.
Then it starts down Columbia for a 3-block trip…heading into the park blocks (which are lined with trees. Im wondering how they’re going to clear the trees. There’s some side story about the city only wanting them to cut the branches they needed to …as they passed…instead of cutting them all back early. Don’t know the details, but it made for an exciting squeeze!
Then we’re 1/2 there – smack in the middle of the park blocks, arborists hanging from the trees. The building looked particularly spectacular…what a beautiful thing!
Here’s a side shot from within the park looking out to the street. You can see more of the architecture :
Then we get through the park – phew! and now just have to squeeze between these two buildings…
and we’re home At least until 2008, when it makes the trip back down through the park. I do commend the folks that went through all of this extra trouble to save such a cool building. The granddaughter of Ladd was at the event and talked about how you turn this corner and you see a building like that and it makes you wonder about a cities history.
Without these gems you really do lose that connection. I am so glad to be in a wonderful city that is really getting that concept.
The 3D Center of Art & Photography is a little museum between the Pearl and 23rd Street. We got there for the last day of an amazing exhibit of an original View Master artist – Joe Liptak. He had given over many of his models for the event and the museum had them displayed on a big table in the middle of the room, alongside View Masters containing the reels that the models were from.
Such a cool little museum – I highly recommend it. They offer classes in making your own 3D pictures as well! Its probably common knowledge that the View-Master came from Portland. A little Ginapedia…View-Masters came along in 1938. They’re still a relatively unchanged entertaining toy. No small feat with all the technology in our lives now! The military used View-Master reels for training. You can even find them on EBay from time to time.
B and I broke out Scout’s tie-dyed bandanna for the peace rally this weekend. We joined a huge crowd for a walk through downtown Portland. The rally started and ended on our front lawn (the South Park blocks). We started out just opening our living room window. We could hear the speakers (hello mayor!) and the music. When it was time to march we just went downstairs and voila. Front row! We broke off from the crowd at one point to get the latest version of Quicken at the local Office Depot, but then rejoined and finished the walk – a consumerist splinter group… Nice walk. Someone said “Dogs for peace.” to Scout. It dawned on me that we don’t really know her politics, but she did look ‘at home’ in the tie-dye.