Keep Cool In the Hollywood District

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This week in Portland we will have a legit heat wave on our hands—the predicted forecast as of the writing of this article is three days in the triple digits preceded by a day in the upper 90s (image via Weather Underground).

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Now, I don’t have air conditioning in my apartment so there will be times during the day when it will be roasting inside, to put it mildly. But the good news is this—dew points in the 40s and low 50s mean it won’t seem overly humid, especially compared to past summers back east. And there are plenty of ways to keep cool here in the Hollywood District—here’s my roundup of options.

Hollywood Theatre. This is the big dog of available choices, and spending the evening in their air conditioned theater sounds like a great way to stay cool. Critically-acclaimed Dunkirk is playing in magnificent 70mm each day at 6:30pm and 9pm, and on Friday An Inconvenient Sequel, part of the Portland EcoFilm Festival, screens at 7pm and 9:15pm. Amp up the chill factor with a serving of Salt & Straw ice cream or a cold bottle of kombucha, both sold at the concessions stand. 4122 NE Sandy Blvd, hollywoodtheatre.org

The Magnolia. Across the street from the Hollywood Theatre is The Magnolia, a beer and wine bar that serves primarily vegan food (though there are a few deviations from that—the tuna salad is particularly tasty). Recently on Facebook they posted, “The Magnolia has (pretty much the best) Air Conditioning,” so you can expect a comfortable time in their friendly and welcoming space. Open from 4-11pm except for Friday when it’s 4pm-midnight (closed Sunday and Monday). Happy hour is 4-6pm and starts again at 10pm ($4 drafts, $5 house wine, and $4 Garlic Cheesy Bread). 4075 NE Sandy Blvd, themagnoliabar.com Continue reading “Keep Cool In the Hollywood District”

Portland Area Food Events, July 6-13

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Each week we will bring you a roundup of public food events in the Portland metro area. It’s not every single event going on, but the ones in particular that catch our eye.

Great American BBQ
Thursday, July 6, noon-1pm
Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie

Barbecue lunch at the picnic shelter at North Clackamas Park. Also: Live music by Mark Cash and Chihuahua Desert; dance performance by the Westernaires Line Dance Team; American Medical Response vintage ambulance on hand for viewing. Groups of six or more require a reservation. Ages 60 and older, $3 donation; under 60, $5 per person. More information.

Public Coffee Cupping
Thursday, July 6 and 13, 3-4:30pm
Stumptown Coffee HQ, 100 SE Salmon Street, Portland

Learn how to taste and evaluate coffee like the pros do. Warning: cupping involves slurping and spitting. FREE. More information. Continue reading “Portland Area Food Events, July 6-13”