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.
Prove your feet's dancing-foot mettle or build upon your small-but-confident little toe's dancing mettle with today's Groupon. For $15, you get two open dance classes at BodyVox dance center (a $30 value). The open dance classes include an education in contemporary dance, focused stretching, open ballet, pointe, beginning modern dance, and contemporary ballet. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Whether they're dangling from a tree, a club's ceiling, or pull-up bars inside the studio, A-WOL's cohort of dancers dazzles with a unique combination of dance and aerial fitness. Classes range from aerial yoga to trapeze, helping participants fly through the air like projectile cream pies. Instructors ensure that each participant soars safely by building a strong foundation before testing out skills and tricks.
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.
One of the largest ballroom-dance competitions in the state, Columbia Star Ball features amateur and professional rug-cutters alike competing in contests of fancy footwork and graceful gambols. With today's deal, spectators will view the action from riser seating, watching practitioners of Latin, rhythm, and standard ballroom dances strut their stuff through morning, afternoon, and evening competition blocks. The dancing goes down in the Red Lion Hotel on the River's stately ballroom, whose 18,000 square feet of space ensures plenty of room for dips, lifts, and shimmies of all stripes.
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.