This weekend! Wow, East Portand is hopping this weekend!


Montavilla Station has live music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday… I saw it on a sign in front of the bar last week. Maybe they think all this online stuff is just a fad, and they prefer to keep it old school. I don’t know who’s playing, but I do know there’s a blues jam on Sunday and they tend to book blues rock and Americana kinda music. 417 SE 80th Ave. * ??? * free


Having the Academy Theater nearby is awesome… and its air conditioning is a strong selling point these days. I love Portland’s tradition of second run theaters, especially the mix of mainstream and smaller films.  Here’s what’s playing this weekendFinding Dory and Captain America: Civil War both look good to me. 7818 SE Stark * $4 adults, $3 kids and seniors


Out of all the shenanigans that go down in the town, the PDX Adult Soapbox Car Derby is my favorite event. DIY design, a day in the park, day drinking, and a little danger… this event has got it all.

We did a short film two years ago. It’s a little rowdy, and there may be a little rough language:

It’s family friendly, but the organizers ask you to leave your dog at home. Speed and pets don’t mix, and there have been a few close calls recently. Mt. Tabor Park, up the volcano from SE 60th & Salmon * 9:30 am – 4ish * free


The Jade District International Night Market is tonight as well. The photos look amazing… they said 5,000 attended last time. Portland Community College, Southeast campus, 2305 SE 82nd * 5 pm – 10 pm * free


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Both Saturday and Sunday, the Montavilla Jazz Festival is taking place. It benefits neighborhood school music programs (which are underfunded), and spotlight innovative local jazz artists. Portland Metro Arts, 9003 SE Stark St, Portland * Sat. & Sun. 2 pm – 9:30 pm * ?? 


And there’s always the Montavilla Farmers Market!


From 10 am – 2 pm Sundays the Montavilla Farmers Market is on until October! You can double your SNAP benefits, and enjoy a wide range of produce and products.

Also: The Power of Produce (POP) Club seeks to teach children about fruits and vegetables, local food systems and healthy food preparation through fun activities. Kids engage in the full farmers market experience, trying new foods, having conversations with farmers, and buying local produce. Through the Two Bite Challenge, POP participants are rewarded for taking two bites of the featured fruit or vegetable, and receive $5 coupons to spend on fruits and vegetables of their choice at the market. 7600 block of SE Stark Street in the gravel lot across from Mr. Plywood * 10 am – 2 pm * free