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Five Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Friday, September 12, 2014



TBA's The Works Critical Mascara

September is getting arty. And sexy. And techie. And funny. And weird. It's Portland, so of course it's getting weird.

Here are five fun things to do that will open your mind or at least get your mind off work. Get out there and do some of them.

Belmont Street Fair
Summer may be over, but our local street fairs are still going strong. This Southeast neighborhood popular annual fair where hippy meets dippy transforms Belmont Street into a car-free zone from Southeast 33rd to 39th Avenue from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday. Expect all your standard street-fair fare mixed in with area businesses opening their doors for special deals and one-day only sales. 
11 a.m.- 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, Belmont Street between 33rd and 39th Avenue. Free.

XOXO Festival 
The much buzzed, impossible to-get-into geek-meets-chic tech fest is about as good as it gets in this part of the universe. But we don't really know because we’ve never been able to get a ticket...because...well...getting one of those tickets is super tricky and super expensive. So tell us all about it if you go. Please.
The Redd, 831 SE Salmon St., Thru Sun., Sept. 14. Sold out.

Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball
Critical Mascara is important. Critical Mascara is art. Critical Mascara will change you. One of the big hits of last year's TBA Festival "Critical Mascara" is billed as a "post-realness drag ball." But, really, it's just an awesome show that makes Burning Man look like child's play. Arty labels aside, this is a not-to-be-missed night of drag that is a little bit New York, a little bit Berlin with just a touch of Dante's Inferno. And it’s happening in Portland. Last year there were over 50 queens on the stage. God, please let that happen again.

TBA, The Works at Fashion Tech, 2010 SE 8th Ave., 10:30 $8-10.

Come Inside: A Theatrical Orgy of Intimate Acts
Come Inside: A Theatrical Orgy of Intimate Acts is billed as the “first ever sex-positive theater festival in the United States.” A curated collection of sexy shows designed to make you think, feel, and squirm in your seat (ewww), the mission of this festival is to produce artists who are on the cutting edge of sexual exploration. Riiiight
Milepost 5, 900 NE 81st Street., through Sept. 21. Individual ticket prices for the main-stage shows $15. Festival Passes are $50.

Jay Mohr
Jay Mohr is a funny guy. Whether you’ve seen him on Saturday Night Live or on the screen with Jennifer Aniston and Tom Cruise or on Mohr Sports, a weekly talk fest he did for ESPN this half-sweet/half-rude dude knows just how to crack you up. And he'll being doing exactly that onstage at Southeast’s Helium Comedy Club. 
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 7:30- 10 p.m., through Saturday., Sept. 13. $30.


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