It's a timeless scene: a man in a suit masterfully navigates the ivory keys of a Mason & Hamlin grand piano on a small stage, its Plexiglas lid illuminating the hammers as they delicately pad along the strings. On stools gathered around the instrument, a couple dines on braised filet mignon, and a bit farther back in the softly lit, intimate venue, a waiter carries a tray of gourmet cocktails. Every night, Ivories Jazz Lounge & Restaurant sets the stage for world-class jazz players and the culinary stylings of chef and occasional ice sculptor Art Trafton. The menu is loaded with supper-club classics such as beef au poivre, mixed grille, and a diverse selection of pastas. The bar stirs up similarly comforting signature drinks, among them the alpine with peppermint schnapps, whipped cream, and hot cocoa. Around dusk, ensembles that often include founder and master pianist Jim Templeton take to the stage with a blend of improvisation and standards. Nightly events range from jazz collectives to blues players, and occasionally depart from the jazz-club template to feature standup, poetry, and workshops on topics ranging from music to jazz-style stage-diving etiquette.
• For $12, you get two premium box seats for any game (a $24 value). • For $30, you get four premium box seats for any game, a picture with Sluggo the mascot, and a pass to watch batting practice (a $60 value). • For $80, you get two box-seat Flex Book ticket-voucher books (a $160 value). Each Flex Book contains 10 undated vouchers that can be exchanged for any regular-season home game.
Since a frozen pinecone was first skirted past an ice-fisher's mukluks, the sport of hockey has proven that people can be athletically competent on ice. Today's side deal gets you both a ticket to see the Portland Winterhawks and a Winterhawks hat for $16. There are two games to pick, one on Saturday, February 20, against the Kelowna Rockets and the other on Sunday, February 28, versus the Prince George Cougars, both at 7 p.m. in the 100-level seats of the Memorial Coliseum.
The North Meets South Food & Drink Jubilee brings together local and national wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants for a weekend of delicious activities in an elegant atmosphere. Pepper your palate with complimentary samples of delicious edibles and intoxicating imbibements from national and international vendors— including Southern Oregon Brewing, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Enchanted Cupcakes, and Whole Foods Market—as well as talented regional chefs.
Woodstock’s dozens of literary exhibitors and more than 100 participating authors shine a spotlight on contemporary American fiction and raise funds to benefit public-school writing programs. Sidescroll through aisles to encounter such text-wielding exhibitors as Hellboy publisher Dark Horse Comics and the literary journal McSweeney’s or head to a workshop on essential story structure (Sunday, 3 p.m.) to deconstruct fiction-making basics, hone sharper stories, and construct more elaborate, satirical Twitters.
The bumping beats and hearty eats of Element Restaurant & Lounge act as a siren song to party-loving palates. Bring a bathing suit and dive into a drink menu boasting more than 25 inimitable mixed drinks, such as the Dragon Blush martini made from dragonberry Bacardi rum, white grape, strawberry syrup, soda, and the fang of one Hungarian Horntail ($8). Libationistas can also saddle up to the bar with the Kentucky Breakfast concoction, made from smoked peach whiskey, organic maple syrup, and apple cider ($8), or choose from a wealth of beers such as Tecate ($3), Caldera Amber ($4), and the Anderson Oatmeal Stout ($4).