Portlanders are still working to figure out how we could have handled this month’s deadly heat wave better.

A University of Portland professor took his own temperature readings, and found that the intersection of Southeast Woodstock Boulevard and 92nd Avenue in Lents was the city’s hottest spot— at 180 degrees.

This Willamette Week story looks at what adds to urban heat, and what can be done about it.



Montavilla movie time

After a long shutdown for the pandemic, Academy Theater re-opens tonight!

They’ve raised prices a bit to make up for the downtime, but— as usual— they have a unique and artistic selection of films being showed including “Nomadland”, “Judah and the Messiah”, and “Wolfwalkers”. Learn more here.

And if you haven’t read Patricia Sanders‘ article about the history of the theater— read it here.

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark St, * link above for showtimes & prices



Gresham art fair

Today is the 19th annual Gresham Arts Festival. It’s hosted in downtown Gresham, and features more than Pacific Northwest 100 artists, a kids area, local cuisine, treats and beverages.

“The downtown area will also host the Gresham Farmers’ Market, outdoor dining, live music and shopping at your favorite retail shops. Join us with your friends and family.”

Get maps, a vendor list— and volunteer at their site here.

Gresham Arts Plaza, 401 NE Second St. * 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Farmers markets

Lents International Farmers Market (LIFM) is the only one in Portland with an intentional international focus. LIFM provides fresh, affordable, and culturally appropriate produce to the diverse community of Lents neighbors. Founded in 2006 by a community volunteers and then run by Zenger Farm, it is an important sales outlet for immigrant and new farmers, and new small food business owners too.”

SE 92nd Ave and Reedway St 9 am – 2 pm


The Montavilla Farmers Market is every Sunday, learn more about the market here.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


Live music

Vino Veritas has live music with Berto Boyd on Sunday. Formerly of the alt-rock band Incubus, he’s spent a lifetime mastering Spanish guitar and now writes original Flamenco music.

7835 SE Stark St. * 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. * free