Curious Comedy Theater doesn't just host some of the best improv comedy in Portland?it also trains the next generation of off-the-cuff comedians. Every weekend, the stage hosts recurring and one-off improv, sketch comedy, and standup acts, all while audiences enjoy tastes from a menu packed with local ingredients. During the week, some of those same witty talents can be found in the classroom, leading such sessions as Improv Fundamentals, Scene Work Skill Building, Introduction to Stand Up Comedy, and Laughing Without Snorting.
Four Horsemen Haunted Attractions spooks its guests twice over with two connected haunted houses spanning more than 18,000 square feet. The gut-wrenching walkthroughs kick off with Primus, where scientists have uncovered strange organisms that showcase advances in science and medicine. But what they uncovered is not at benign as it seemed, causing horrific mutations of the most ancient kind. Four Horsemen's actors elicit screams through dialogue and shocking reveals, elevating the genre beyond cheap-and-dirty scare tactics that usually include dressing up like each guest’s high-school gym teacher. In the connected Hellhouse, guests follow in the footsteps of a film crew hoping to find the mysterious place where a band of serial killers kept their victims. Scripted live-action sequences and seamlessly integrated video back up roving monsters, creating a uniquely immersive haunted experience.
Portland Playhouse is dedicated to producing quality, intimate, live performances in which the interaction between artists and audience is paramount. We hold theatre to be a space in which people of all social, economic, racial, and political backgrounds can come together to celebrate the complexities of human life.
Ingredient-Driven Cuisine | Local Focus | Celebrity Chef | Popular Happy Hour | Funky, Repurposed Decor
Where to Sit: When making a reservation, ask for a corner booth. If you time your dinner just right, you can pair it with a stellar view of the sunset from this spot.
When to Go: Happy hours (Tuesday–Friday, 5:30 p.m.–7 p.m.) spotlight cheap drinks and discounts on sharable small plates.
Inside Tip: You, too, can learn to cook like Chef Jenn Louis, a former contestant on Top Chef Masters. Louis has divulged a handful of her most popular recipes to the Wall Street Journal, including one for a "last-meal-on-earth-worthy" burrata cheese with roasted nectarines and pistachio-herb oil.
Fun Fact: Some of the restaurant's funky decor is the result of creative repurposing. The tables and benches are forged from reclaimed wood from Kentucky tobacco houses, and parts of the bar are crafted from recycled chicken coops.
Chicory: this plant’s spicy, bitter leaves are often used in salads, while its ground-up roots make a flavorful coffee substitute or additive.
Kohlrabi: also known as a German turnip or turnip cabbage, this is a type of cabbage with a texture and taste similar to a broccoli stem, but a bit sweeter.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Get creepy-crawly: Browse the assorted taxidermy, skeletons, insects, and assorted neo-Victorian oddities at Paxton Gate (4204 N. Mississippi Avenue).
Get artsy: Start upstairs at Land Gallery (3925 N. Mississippi Avenue), where you’ll find a new exhibition each month, before scoping out the paper goods and crafts from more than 100 artists for sale downstairs.
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Sunshine Tavern (3111 SE Division Street), also owned by Chef Louis and her husband, features the same hip, unmistakably Portland vibe of its sister spot but with a more casual menu of pizza, sandwiches, and corn dogs.