Sean Pecknold is a director and artist who has created music videos and commercials for the likes of Fleet Foxes, Beach House, and the New York Times. He explores existential conundrums in his work, often using mystical or surreal imagery and stop-motion and mixed-media animation. On the road is where he feels the most at home. He grew up in Seattle, spent some time living in New York, and now lives in Los Angeles.
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles opens their doors for all types of community events. My favorites are the monthly Twilight Rummage Sale and twice-yearly Night Owl Record show. They also have Friday night karaoke, Sunday morning Bingo brunch and you can rent the place out pretty cheap for rock shows.
Located in the best little strip mall in Portland. Tiga has great drinks, music, and food for you to enjoy. Then wander 2 doors down to Beacon Sound and flip through a well-curated collection of vinyl records.
This neighborhood theater is one of the oldest movie houses in the U.S. It opened up in 1915. I love to see movies here, especially screenings put on by Cinema Project. They are a collectively run, non-profit that screens amazing avant-garde films from the past and present.
I find myself walking through Powell Butte quite often. I love its old apple orchards, flat meadows and incredible view of Mt. Hood. On a clear day, 5 mountains can be seen from the park. The place is an extinct volcano and Portland's second largest park after Forest Park.