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Make My Weekend

Dining, dinosaurs, cellos, and more cellos

By Portland Monthly Staff August 6, 2009

Missing the sun yet? The weather this weekend is looking to be a dreary, cloud-covered hangover, in stark contrast to last week’s stint in the microwave. Let’s share a little contented sigh, shall we? Before going to all these outdoor events, you won’t have to debate the merits of a hat that’s five feet in diameter or whether you should lug along a stupid parasol. Just grab your hoodie and hope for the best—you know, standard Portland weekend preparation.

Future Law and Order star and past and present “Greatest Actor" title-holder Jeff Goldblum stars in Jurassic Park, the latest installment in the Flicks on the Bricks series. Why waste your time with stinkers like GI Joe, G-Force, or whatever other G-rated craptacular is opening at the ’plex when you can see the greatest summer movie of all time in the cozy confines of Pioneer Courthouse Square?

After savoring the scene of a lawyer being devoured by a giant lizard, you might be a little hungry yourself. Luckily, the weekend will be ideal for food lovers and bon vivants as the Bite of Oregon serves up a robust selection of local food from the likes of Mio Sushi, Moonstruck Chocolate, and North 45, along with cuisine from around the state. And when your liver stops aching from the last beer festival, you’ll be able to sample suds from the 10 craft brewers in attendance. Plus, Rock Harper, the season-three winner of Hell’s Kitchen, will be onstage cooking up a storm. Please save your snotty Gordon Ramsay questions for the Q&A period. A day on the waterfront doesn’t sound pungent enough for you? Then follow your nose out to North Plains for the Elephant Garlic Festival and sample the array of garlic-related fare.

If the severe stomach cramps stemming from that garlic ice cream haven’t left you incapacitated, sweat to some strings on Saturday night at the Doug Fir Lounge with the Portland Cello Project. Nothing says summer like ABBA, A-Ha, and Outkast played by a 16-piece ensemble.

To cool down from that cello version of “Beat It” you heard the night before, get up to Peninsula Park in North Portland and bask in the glow of the Portland Festival Symphony’s latest open-air concert, The Genius of Papa Haydn. The players will assay Haydn (of course), Beethoven, and the ever-amusing PDQ Bach, among other notables, a fitting cultural coda to a bustling (and mostly outdoor) 72 hours. –Robert Runyon

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