The Weekender

Welcome to The Weekender, a weekly roundup of fun things for you to do on the weekend in lieu of being a big bump on a hot log, because as the Pet Shop Boys so beautifully put it, “We were never being boring, we were never being bored.” Especially in Portland, land of wild foraging book signings, German Maifest’s, oyster bar previews, catfish-fueled street fairs, and date nights that involve Cuban zombies and Ropa Vieja.

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juanofthedead1. Juan of the Dead & Pambiche

Juan of the Dead, or Juan de los Muertos to those of you who’ve retained any more of your high school Spanish than cerveza and baño, is delighting discerning pro-zombie flick audiences with its story of two lazy Cuban con men who get enterprising in the face of an undead epidemic. The movie plays through next Thursday at the Hollywood Theater, and if you aren’t already stuffed full of brains, you should get dinner at Portland Cuban mainstay Pambiche beforehand.

Tickets and showtimes * Pambiche

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pearpic2. Columbia Gorge Pear and Wine Festival

This weekend, Hood River’s Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM), will fill with Columbia Gorge luminaries like Full Sail Brewing Co., Maryhill WineryPacker Orchards & Bakery, and Inspired Leaf Tea, along with loads more both food and non-food related. Besides the wine and beer tasting, great eats, live music, shopping and a free peek inside WAAAM, which has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique aeroplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the country, you’ll also have an excuse to go drive your 1925 Minerva Roadster around the beautifically blossoming Hood River Valley.

More info>>

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Layout 13. Maifest

This Saturday from 10am to 7pm, Zeitgeist Northwest is bringing an old German spring celebration tradition to Oaks Park, and you’re invited, liebchen. Raise the Maypole, enjoy the vocalisms and sweet moves of the Liederkreis Choir, little Portland Kinderschule May dancers, and yodeler Shelby Imholt, drink specially-brewed Maibock beer in the bier garden, and as for the food–there will be Berlin ‘curry wurst’, German Döner, Fressen pretzels, and Bienenstich & Kobos Coffee for dessert.

Free admission * Website

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wildplants4. Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate Book Signing

Whether you’re a survivalist in training, looking for ways to cut your grocery bill, or just get a rapid pulse when you spy a particularly luscious mint bush spilling onto the sidewalk, botanist John Kallas is your guy. This Sunday afternoon at the Multnomah County Central Library, he’ll be discussing and signing his book, “Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods from Dirt to Plate,” which shows you how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious, delicious and abundant edible wild plants found within walking distance of your own kitchen. The free presentation goes from 1 to 3pm, so you can use your new skills to rustle up a unique (and free) Sunday supper on your walk home.

Free * Details>>

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willamettewineriesposter5. Pre Memorial Day Wine Country Events

It’s still a week until that famous three-day gateway to summer, Memorial Day Weekend, but quite a few wineries are getting a jump on things. If you’re keen on doing a bit of warm-weather weekend tasting without the holiday weekend crowds, head to R. Stuart & Co. Winery’s Open House for hor d ouvres, live music and library wines ($10), Beckham Estate Vineyard’s Spring Release Open House ($5) for rosé and pinot noir release and vineyard tours, Terra Vina Wines’ Pre-Memorial Tasting and Futures Sale ($10) at their downtown Carlton tasting room, and Hawkins Cellars’ 2011 Viognier Release Party ($15).

Willamette Valley Wineries’ events calendar>>

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kentonstreetfair6. Kenton Street Fair

I love, love, love cute little Kenton–this spunky NoPo micro-hood has lots going for it, like Po’Shines’ fried catfish, just-off-the-grill ribs at Cason’s Fine Meats, and Pizza Fino pies to name a few. And on Sunday it’s hosting the 3rd Annual Kenton Street Fair, a feastival of good eats and drinks, live music on two stages, kids activities, and 70+ vendors spanning from N. Willis to N. Watts. Speaking of catfish, in honor of the fair, Po’Shines is holding a special Fish Fry from 11am to 6pm–think fried catfish and fried shrimp, hush puppies, coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce. Did I mention how much I love Kenton?!

Kenton Street Fair Facebook Page>>

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valls_eat_oyster_01377. The Parish Preview Events

Reservations-only preview events prior to one’s restaurant opening are all the rage these days, and The Parish is no exception– EaT: An Oyster Bar‘s Tobias Hogan and Ethan Powell‘s new Pearl District Creole/Cajun eatery is mixing things up with a blues concert and preview party on Friday night, a sit-down dinner on Saturday night, and a more casual $25 Jazz Brunch on Sunday.

The Parish website>>