Short takes …arts news of note August

LOUIS ARMSTRONG NIGHT IN HOLLADAY PARK is Saturday, August 15 5:30 – 9:30 pm The one and only Louis Armstrong performed at Lloyd Center 50 years ago. This tribute evening will be filled with live music from the Bridgetown Sextet at 5:45 pm, kids crafts, food carts, Reggie Houston speaks about Armstrong at 7:45 just before the finale at 8 pm: the Ken Burns’ Louis Armstrong documentary.

VIVA TEQUILA PDX 2! showcases premium craft tequila distillers Saturday/Sunday August 29-30 at Jupiter Hotel, 800 E Burnside St. and is a benefit for Milagro Theatre at 425 SE 6th Ave. Organizer Danny Sandoval’s namesake restaurants are in five locations here and serve the largest tequila selection in the Northwest. There will be an onsite cigar roller and smoking lounge, live salsa music, distilling demonstrations and classes for 21 and over. Saturday goes from 4 – 9 pm; Sunday noon to 4 pm, followed by a VIP tasting from 4:30 to 7 pm.  Admission is $45 for both days, including Sunday’s VIP tasting, $25 either day. Tickets and information at 503.230.9200.

WORLD CHAMBER JAZZ TRIO, ALTERNATE DESTINATION perform in concert August 8, at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens St. at 8 pm. The group features Mary Ellen Grace on saxophone and clarinet, Joel Kleinbaum on bassoon and clarinet, and Michael Hagmeier on guitar, didjeridu and percussion in exotic musical modes and extended improvisation. Tickets are $15 and are available through Brown Paper Tickets ( and at the door.

MONTAVILLA FIRST FRIDAY IS AUGUST 7 with vendors, live music and the neighborhood’s first outdoor movie night at the Farmer’s market lot next to the Montavilla Animal Clinic at 7714 SE Stark St. The family-friendly movie begins at 9 pm. Montavilla has a new postcard for Stark St. businesses too. Fill up the back with signatures/stamps and turn it in at the end of the season for a chance to win the  grand Prize, a $100 gift certificate from Union Rose.  2 runners up win a $25 gift card from Bipartisan Cafe and 4 tickets to Academy Theater. First Fridays are monthly through October 2. Outdoor vendor sites are free to Montavilla businesses, artists and non-profits. Outside of Montavilla but still want to participate? Vendor space is $5 a month or donate a product or gift certificate to use in raffles and contests. Artists and businesses that would like to participate, or hosting a vendor outside of your store, email

CHILDREN OF MEDUSA, RHEA WOLF’S 2ND BOOK will be celebrated with a reading and reception on Thursday August 1 at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, 1001 SE Division St. 7 pm along with several other authors. Wolf is the author of The Light That Changes: The Moon in Astrology, Stories and Time and Wolf and Amanda Englund created the Portland underground zine, Which is Witch. See for more.

RAINA ROSE AND HUNTER PAYE perform in concert at the Alberta St. Pub, 1036 NE Alberta St. Thursday August 6 at 9 pm, $10 cover. They’ve both been living in other places besides Portland in recent years and they’ve played shows together since 2002, so this will surely be a magical reunion of sorts. 21+ .

CONCERTS AT THE TINY HOUSE HOTEL – August is the last month of this summer outdoor series and the line up is impressive. This very original inner city BnB hosts live music, encourages you  to bring veggies or hot dogs to Bar-BQue and even provides vegan marshmallows, Fair Trade chocolate and healthy Graham Crackers for the make-your-own Smores. The Wednesday August concerts are Love Gigantic, August 5; Tony Furtado, August 12; Brian Cutean, August 19; and The Cyber Twins (Shook Twins members) August 26. The gate opens at 7 pm and the concert goes from 8 to 9:30 pm; an early evening ending reliably at 10 pm. Tickets are $10 each by reservation or at the gate and all ages are welcome. See More information at / 503.288.5225

Short takes …arts news of note August

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