Weekend Guide

Your Guide to a Socially Distanced Weekend in Portland: Passover, International Whiskey Day, Movie Screenings, and More

March 26-28, 2021 Edition
March 26, 2021
Tilda Swinton stars in Pedro Almodovar's new short film The Human Voice, screening at Living Room Theaters alongside the Spanish director's seminal 1988 feature Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. (Venice Film Festival)

From a new bounty of seasonal produce to the first night of Passover, this weekend is further proof that spring has indeed sprung. Read our picks for ways to spend it safely, from gobbling rhubarb Danishes at Ken's Artisan Bakery Add to a List to leveling up your Seder with kosher takeout Add to a List and classic TV specials, and from a Powell's Add to a List spring book sale to a Pedro Almodovar double-feature Add to a List at Living Room Theaters. For even more options, read our guide to the best online events this week Add to a List

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Enjoy the first tastes of the season. The bounty of fresh spring produce, like asparagus, nettles, leeks, peas, tender leafy greens, rhubarb, and more, is just beginning, and chefs around town are whipping up special dishes to showcase it in all of its glory. Check out the omelette with sautéed nettles, caramelized onions, and herb chèvre at Grain and Gristle Add to a List , the spinach and fava greens pie with green garlic, wild onions, ricotta, and pecorino at Lovely's Fifty-Fifty Add to a List , a springtime "raab Cobb" salad at Ruthie's Add to a List , or rhubarb Danishes at Ken's Artisan Bakery Add to a List .

Zhuzh up your standard Passover Seder. The first night of Passover—the Jewish holiday that recalls how the Israelites were spared during the last of the ten plagues in Egypt and liberated from slavery—is this Saturday, and even if you've scaled down to a party of one, there's no need to limit your celebration to the bitter herbs and charoset piled neatly on your Seder plate. To keep things fresh, opt for a kosher feast from local restaurants like Kachka Add to a List (slinging a choice of brisket or roasted trout with "old-school" matzo ball soup, a bitter green and chicory salad, Swiss chard and porcini mushroom matzo kugel, and chremslach fritters), Aviv Add to a List (serving up a vegan spread of hummus, spring salad, curry-spiced matzo ball soup, jackfruit brisket, and dark chocolate macaroons), Kenny & Zuke's (keeping things comfy with matzo ball soup, pot roast, tsimmis with dried fruit, roasted Brussels sprouts, wild mushroom-potato kugel, chocolate-dipped macarons, and kosher honey cake), or another option in our roundup of Passover specials Add to a List . Once your food and beverage situation is secured (bonus points if you drink your Manischewitz out of a chalice), swap out the Haggadah for a streaming Passover-themed TV episode. We like the Rugrats Add to a List one where everyone gets trapped in the attic and is forced to hear Grandpa Boris retell the story of the holiday, but if you're not into kids' shows, turn to Curb Your Enthusiasm Add to a List , High Maintenance Add to a List , SNL, or—for a more educational vibe—Exodus: Gods & Kings Add to a List

Donate your winter clothes. Another common Passover tradition entails searching the house for non-kosher food items and tends to yield a thorough spring cleaning, but that's just a fun fact—you definitely don't need to partake in Jewish tradition to get rid of stuff for the new season. As you parse through your too-small sweaters and high-water snow pants that sat in your closet this winter, put them aside to donate to local charities like Burnside Shelter Add to a List (check out their list of needed items first), plan a drop-off at your nearest Goodwill, or, if you're looking to earn a little cash or store credit for your more coveted items, try your luck at Buffalo Exchange

Take your new book into the fresh air. If you're on the pro side of reading outdoors, it's once again time to take advantage of the longer daylight hours to pore through your reading list by a nice, appropriately distanced tree. Out of things to read? Check out Powell's Add to a List Spring Sale for 20% off fiction and nonfiction that might already be on your agenda, like Rebecca Solnit's Recollections of My Nonexistence, Catherine Cohen's poetry collection God I Feel Modern Tonight, and Michelle Obama's Becoming

Other notable weekend events:

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival Add to a List
Gazing at forty acres of tulips lined up in orderly rows against the majestic backdrop of Mount Hood never gets old. In previous years at least, the traffic tends to be pretty bad on weekends, but it’s worth the wait if your eyes are starved for color. Peak blooms are expected to come in early to mid-April, but the fields are open for viewing (so long as you buy a ticket in advance) in March.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn (Friday-Sunday)


Celebrate International Whiskey Day. This Saturday is International Whisk(e)y Day, a fine time to brush up on the finer points of the distinctive spirit. Check out local distilleries Aimsir Distilling Add to a List , Westward Whiskey Add to a List , or Shine Distillery Add to a List , or get takeout drinks from the whiskey dens Multnomah Whiskey Library Add to a List , Scotch Lodge Add to a List , or Swine Moonshine & Whiskey Bar Add to a List .

Observe National Noodle Month. March, which also happens to be National Noodle Month, is almost over, but you still have a few days left to get some strand-slurping in under the wire. Try the hand-pulled noodles at Stretch the Noodle Add to a List , phnom penh noodles at Mekha Add to a List , rice noodles in pho at Pho Oregon Add to a List , ramen at Kayo's Noodle Bar Add to a List , or handmade bucatini at Gumba Add to a List .

Try new takeout food and cocktails. This week in her Takeout Club column, Suzette Smith visits MF Tasty Add to a List 's supper club in a truck and waxes poetic about Calabash Authentic Add to a List 's West African food. Meanwhile, for her column Cocktail To-Go Club, Janey Wong drinks libations from Buranko Add to a List and Haymaker Add to a List .

Other notable weekend events:

Nikkei Bake Sale Add to a List
Named for a Japanese word that refers to Japanese emigrants and their descendants, this bake sale aims to raise funds for the Asian Mental Health Collective and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon in the wake of violence against anti-Asian-American violence. Vendors donating goods include Carlos Lamagna, Berlu, La Reinita, Lazy Susan, Cooperativa, and more. If you can't make it, donations are also welcome.
XLB, North Portland (Friday)


A local lounge is back open for socially distanced dance nights. North Portland's Ponderosa Add to a List has revived their DJ and dance nights on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 7-11 pm. They're offering advance tickets online to ensure proper capacity limits. You already know about the risks, so just make sure you're healthy—vaccinated, preferably—and masked up if you choose to go. 

Other notable weekend events:

Carchella PDX Add to a List
Sate your longing for live music at this drive-in series spotlighting local artists like delta-boogie outfit Howling Waters this weekend.
Oaks Amusement Park, Southeast (Saturday)

Epic Ephemera: Myths and Rituals Add to a List
Mobile Projection Unit presents an outdoor digital installation series at the Portland Art Museum, "reimagining space at an epic scale and unraveling hidden mythologies." This series ranges from a group screening of experimental media work rooted in ritual to bringing leading pioneers of audio/video/coding to Portland digitally. 
Portland Art Museum Courtyard, Southwest (Friday)

The Human Voice Add to a List
In this short film from legendary Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar (which will screen alongside his seminal 1988 feature Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Tilda Swinton waits by the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to pick them up, but never arrives) alongside a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him.
Living Room Theaters, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

Ishimoto Yasuhiro: Architecture + Nature + Culture Add to a List
Head to the Pavillion Gallery to see Ishimoto Yasuhiro's collection of photographs of Kyoto's Katsura Imperial Villa, an architectural treasure.
Portland Japanese Garden, Southwest (Friday-Sunday)

Nobody Add to a List
Classic revenge-film vibes pervade Ilya Naishuller's geek-action thriller about a man (Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk) on a mission to save his robber-snatched wife and kids.
Living Room Theaters & Century 16 (Friday-Sunday)

Shelley Turley: Sound of Silence Add to a List
Shelley Turley's paintings explore themes of displacement, longing, mourning, and spiritual reflection. Her latest collection is inspired by cookbooks, soap operas, pop music, advertisements, and pagan rituals of the 1960s and '70s.
HOLDING Contemporary, Northwest (Friday-Saturday; closing Saturday)


Support Asian communities and causes in Portland. Even before this month's shooting in Atlanta, which left eight people dead—six of whom were women of Asian descent—a study compiled by California State University's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism showed that racist violence against Asian Americans has increased by nearly 150% in major cities across the US in recent weeks. In light of that injustice, there are many things you can do to support the local AAPI community here in Seattle, from donating to local causes to shopping from AAPI-owned businesses to visiting arts and culture institutions. Check out our roundup Add to a List of links, and don't miss solidarity protests this weekend at Harrison Park Add to a List (Friday) and Salmon Street Springs Add to a List (Saturday). 

Shower gifts upon your favorite Aries. The first fire sign of the zodiac made its return this week, which means the Aries in your life have birthdays coming up between now and April 19. While rams are stereotypically less sentimental than their Pisces counterparts, you'll still win their blazing little hearts by giving them something special—like this self-care package from Tender Loving Empire. To show your support for their competitive spirits, pick up a new board game from Mox Boarding House Add to a List , or appeal to their lavish side with a fancy to-go cocktail Add to a List from somewhere like Eem Add to a List (featured in the PNW episode of Eater's Guide to the World Add to a List ) or the Multnomah Whiskey Library Add to a List .

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