Shows at The ‘Vern are always fun… Pookie and the Poodlez (Oakland, Cali.), Therapists, Warpfire. 2622 SE Belmont * 6 pm * $3

Fuzzy Dice is nice… w/ Terminal Fuzz, Bitch Face. Twilight Cafe and Bar, 1420 SE Powell * 9 pm * $5 

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The new Orange Line is finally open! The Tilikum Crossing (better add Bridge of the People in italics or they’ll take you down like Lane Jensen) is open for walking and biking. All rides on TriMet buses, MAX trains, Portland Streetcar and the Portland Aerial Tram are free all day long too. There’s also a community-wide scavenger hunt to celebrate the event.

The 20th annual Belmont Street Fair is today! From 11 am to 7 pm you can party in the street between 33rd and 39th. There will be a free trolley running from SE 20th Avenue through SE 48th. “The event features live music, beer gardens, over 200 vendors with great food and shopping, an Artist Alley on 34th and kids area with bounce house. The intersection of 34th and Belmont transforms in to our very own grassy ‘Central Park’ courtesy of the Sunnyside Neighborhood.”

I love the Firkin Tavern. The music’s-gotta-be-done-by-10-pm thing makes it hard on live music though. Enjoy the last of your summer with a show (and delicious cold beverage recipe in the video). The Cool Whips. w/ Goats, Beach Master. 1937 SE 11th * 7 pm * free