Man, there's a lot going on this weekend. Sadly, I'll be out of town and not enjoying any of it. But for the hundreds of thousands who will be, here is a run-down:
BAM: Beer and Movie Festival
The good folks at Beer Northwest (which I believe means mainly Megan and Katie), along with Jacques Boyreau and Aaron Mesh have put together Portland's 41st movie fest--but the first one with beer! BAM "showcases Cult, "Super Trash," 80's classics, and some brand spankin new premieres, alongside some of the best beers the Northwest has to offer." Breweries have gotten involved and there will be screenings not only in theaters, but in pubs. (I particularly admire the pairing of bike-centric Hopworks and their screening of Breaking Away on Monday the 15th. Brilliant.)
The fest has already started and runs through Feb 27th. The schedule is here.
Saturday Feb 13, 11am - 4pm
All Across Oregon
As the Oregon Brewers Guild describes it: "Dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state’s 2nd annual Zwickelmania. Zwickelmania, hosted by the Oregon Brewers Guild (OBG), is a free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample their favorite beers." Go to the Guild website to find out which breweries in your area are participating.
Portland Internation Film Fest (PIFF)
This is not a beer event, but it's one of my very favorite events of the year, full stop. If you have even a passing interest in movies, you should peruse the listings, select a movie that piques your fancy, and go immerse yourself in a wonderful experience. You only have to begin watching a movie from, say Uruguay or Finland, to know that brains are not all wired the same. Even if you choose unwisely and select a dud, you'll enjoy the strangeness of the experience. Sally and I started going regularly about 8 years ago, and some of the best movies I've seen in that span never screened outside of PIFF in Portland. (Including a Grand Jeffy winner.) So consider it.