The State Theatre was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s when disco balls replaced light fixtures and complex hand-slaps were substituted for tickets. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster and terracotta exterior. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.
• For $22, you get a one-day music pass for Friday, August 12 (a $45 value). • For $22, you get a one-day music pass for Saturday, August 13 (a $45 value). • For $35, you get a two-day music pass for Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 (a $70 value). • For $50, you get a two-day music pass for Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13 and three nights of camping on August 11–14 (a $105 value).
Owner Geoff Houghton transformed an abandoned 1830s mill into a bustling pub on Factory Island, a place dominated for centuries by the iron and sawmill industries. Today, the only things milling there are Houghton's handcrafted beers, which flow from The Run of the Mill's 14 barrels straight into the bar's taps. These lagers, ambers, and cask-conditioned ales complement classic pub meals of wings, crab cakes, and burgers. The Run of the Mill also organizes a Mug Club, which awards guests who drink 300 of its beers in one year with a handmade ceramic mug, an official hat or T-shirt, and a heartfelt, bar-top eulogy to all the fallen hops.
The intimate Headliners Comedy Club at The Gold Room seats guests at private tables to take in the quips of regularly performing comedians. During two-hour shows, three standups—including one national headliner—take the stage in turn. Onlookers can also enjoy pub-fare offerings from the kitchen, such as saucy chicken wings or classic sliders, to fuel belly laughs and distract mouths so they don't shout out premature punch lines.
The fun-loving duo of Holy Ghost! polish eardrums with slick electropop, earning acclaim from such publications as Rolling Stone. Rather than hire a Shakespearean theater troupe to reenact New York's 1980s club scene, the musicians layer dance-friendly synthesizer melodies with beats that recall those of electrofunk forebears Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. Costumed revelers can warm up their boogie muscles during opening sets by nu-disco trio Jessica 6 and DJ Eli Escobar, who will mix rap and disco house using an eggbeater and a bowl filled with quarter notes. Complimentary Monster energy drinks refuel bodies throughout the night, and barkeeps will craft cocktails for those age 21 and older. In addition to flaunting saucy duds, go-go dancers will stop by to demonstrate how to cut a rug or mow a lawn with a cubic-zirconium navel ring.
The Portland Chamber Music Festival, which has been broadcast on NPR and has received two Aaron Copland grants for American contemporary-music performance, is a community-based organization that brings nationally recognized, classical-chamber-music professionals to the Portland area. Part of the Summer Concert Series held in the air-conditioned confines of the Abromson Center, this August 13 concert will serenade eardrums with the rich stringscapes of Beethoven's Viola Quintet , the most memorable five-piece since the human senses formed a Grandfunk Railroad tribute band. Composer Lee Hyla, chair of music composition at Northwestern University, will introduce his Amnesia Redux for Piano Trio, and the sonic shindig concludes with a cochleae-rousing performance of Faure's Piano Quartet in C Minor.