A mid-size, comfortable and reverent music and event venue. The hardwood floors, chandeliers and spacious elegance evoke the lobby of a Western hotel, reborn as a music hall and art nouveau lounge. The atmosphere is part club-house, part secret society. Karaoke, comedy and dancing round out the schedule.
Nestled beneath the luminous beacon of its old-timey marquee, the Clinton Street Theater cements its status as Portland’s oldest continuously running independent film house with a rotating slate of foreign films, documentaries, and cult classics. Weekly screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Repo: The Genetic Opera draw fervent cultists dressed as their favorite characters and boom-mic operators, complementing screenings of splattery horror flicks with thought-provoking opera from rising and renowned auteurs. The cylindrical glow from a whirring projector jets across the Clinton’s spacious theater, illumining arrivals from such directors as Sidney Lumet and Gus Van Sant, who is notorious for instructing his actors to break character midfilm to challenge texting film-goers to bare-knuckle brawls.
A cavalcade of strings and horns sings out season’s greetings as eight-piece ensemble The Trail Band weaves an elaborate blanket of sound to protect audiences from the winter chill nipping at the Aladdin Theater’s doors. Formed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail, the band cut its teeth on traditional folktunes and Native American melodies before expanding its range to encompass other historical genres unique to America’s Northwest. Old-Fashioned Christmas continues the group's old-timey tradition, commemorating Santa’s 1843 crash landing on Mount Hood with holiday tunes that evoke the parlor orchestras and brass bands of yesteryear. Parents and children clap along as the band stuffs ear stockings with rich vocal harmonies, humorous asides, and the antique timbre of hammer dulcimers, pennywhistles, fiddles, and acoustic synthesizers.
Flamenco, which originated in the Andalusia region of Spain, is a style of music and dance that was born of passion, oppression, and vibrant, flowing garments that were sick of spending so many unworn nights in the closet. Dedicated to the preservation of Flamenco's roots, the skilled, highly trained instructors at Solo Flamenco Arts Academy anchor their lessons in traditional dance techniques, musical accompaniment, and uninhibited expression of emotion. The studio welcomes students of all skill and experience levels, offering a full schedule of classes (regularly valued at $12 per class) that vary in degree of difficulty. Schedule your classes online by creating an account, starting with at least one level-one lesson (required) to ensure that you're all brushed up on the boogie basics.
Like the philosophy-based salons and cafes of 19th-century Europe, Funhouse Lounge is a place where locals can revel in local art and entertainment over drinks. On many nights, the stage plays host to local acts showing off skills at karaoke, open-mic comedy, and music. Saturday evenings also welcome local improv groups that take the stage with off-the-cuff comedy scenes. While watching neighbors and friends show off their talents, guests split eccentric appetizers such as Irish nachos made from potato chips, cheese sauce, and sour cream or the Ho Ho trifle. The drink menu is equally as whimsical, with bartenders mixing up carnival-themed drinks such as the Bumper Car with Southern Comfort, amaretto, and sloe gin. The Midway Mojito boasts fresh-squeezed lime and a very slim chance of going home with an oversized stuffed tiger.
Traversing the notes and frets of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals, the faculty of professional musicians at School of Rock instructs junior jammers of varying statures with an eye on achieving live-performance skills. Aspiring autograph signers of all ability levels learn the rock 'n' roll ropes during 30-minute private, weekly lessons. Drawing sonorous swells from instruments or their own Mohawk-sporting vocal chords, pupils practice progressions, riffs, and more. Members Only jackets, access to members-only events, and discounted show tickets place strummers and crooners in the heart of the popular-music scene.