Portland Opera has always set its collective eyes on the horizon. Since filling the gaps left by touring troupes and sporadically performing local companies in 1964, it has endeavored to expand the art form on the stage and beyond. Twenty years after its inception, it became just the second company in the US to project English translations of foreign lyrics above the stage, enabling audiences to leave their Italian dictionaries at home. The company also pushes the boundaries of the shows themselves, staging world premiers of classic stories such as Wuthering Heights, commissioning the work Lucy's Lapses, and producing the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass's Orphée. Not to be contained within one performance space, it also established Portland Opera To Go, a touring division that performs works such as Cinderella and La Bohème at schools and community centers.
The mission of Body and Brain Yoga—alongside its affiliate yoga centers—is to make yoga accessible to everyone, everywhere. To this end, each team of instructors modulate movements based on Korean sun do to match each students’ needs. Classes emphasize aligning the body and mind equally through stretches, breathing exercises, and meditation, and each session is capped off by a 10-minute tea time, during which students and instructors can socialize or reenact Alice in Wonderland's interview with the Easter Bunny.
As Hugo Kugiya of the Associate Press wrote, "To hire Alma Rubenstein is to hire someone to be your very honest, very proactive best friend for five weeks. She will groom you and dress you and compliment you, criticize you, and repair you." Alma, also known as Date Doctor Alma, is a relationship professional who works with her clients to help them find love. Among her services are speed-dating sessions that require a pre-screening (which doubles as a coaching session) and ensures that all the potential suitors at the event are good matches. Alma also coaches guests during Flirting 101 workshops meant to help guests gain confidence, learn effective conversation techniques, and finally stop the habit of batting eyelashes until eyelids quit cooperating.
With more than 25 years of maritime experience, Shane St. Clair captains Scovare Expeditions' fleet of sailboats, unveiling the windblown channels of the Willamette River to budding sailors and sightseeing passengers. During sailing tours, passengers can bob across the river while taking in the views of the volcanic caldera of Elk Rock Island or feast on three-course meals as the sails fill up with wind like a balloon ruining its dinner. A new Cape Cod Catboat available for charter takes tours, classes, and small dinners on a glide, and a sleek Aquarius sailboat keeps guests boating in style. Those interested in learning the ropes can sign up for sailing lessons, where savvy instructors teach novices how to command the helm, guide the lines, and barter with miserly seagulls.
Portland's KGW News channel 8 describes Punch Bowl Social as a 32,000-square-foot [facility], that includes an upscale diner, bowling lanes, board games, shuffle board and two private karaoke rooms. Besides classic bar games such as billiards, pinball, and darts, the emporium encompasses skeeball, board games, and a 1980s-style arcade. If that's not enough, comfortable leather seating frames the play areas.
To match Punch Bowl Social's eclectic entertainment, its culinary team crafts equally fun and varied diner bites. On the weekends cooks focus on breakfast options such as Monkey Bread french toast and biscuits and gravy served with cage-free eggs. Lunch and dinner options include chicken and waffles, skillet burgers, beef tongue gyros, and 'both hands' sandwiches. A special menu of pickled bites helps game players make just the right puckered face to distract competitors from scoring. To complement all the eating and playing, bartenders serve local drafts, canned beers, adult milkshakes, and signature boozy punches until 2 a.m. every night.
Island Mana Wines’ owner, Mark, has lived in three primary locales: Portland, Hawaii, and the sky, where he spent much of his early career as a pilot and engineer in the US Air Force. But now, Mark’s focus is less on the sky than on the fruits of the earth and the wine they produce. He and his team blend natural and organic fruits into their wines, creating small batches that evoke Hawaiian sunsets and Portland tableaus.
Though crafted from guava, passionfruit, and mango, the dry Hawaiian vintages avoid over-sweetness more effectively than many fruit-filled wines and those made from Raisinets. The winery also features traditional Oregon wine styles, such as pinot gris, chardonnay, and cabernet sauvignon.