Portland Playhouse invites Sabin neighbors to Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL! This new adaptation by Rick Lombardo highlights the classic ghost story which invokes the beauty of second chances. Brian Weaver, Artistic Director, describes the adaptation as, “very inventive, having a whole cast who all play musical instruments as well as sing and act. I see it as a gift that we can give to our neighborhood.”
SABIN NEIGHBORS CAN SEE THE SHOW ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH AT 2:00pm. Use coupon code: "Sabin!" for 20% off. Tickets can be purchased online at www.portlandplayhouse.org.
Portland Playhouse is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to producing quality, intimate performances in which the interaction between artists and audience is paramount.
From the Oregonian:
Portland's urban renewal agency this week will consider selling land at a $2 million-plus discount to ensure a new grocery store is built at the corner of Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Alberta Street. The Portland Development Commission hasn't disclosed which grocer would move into the project, although a different development team proposed a Trader Joe's at the same location in 2010.
The mystery tenant would anchor a new development featuring two buildings, space for retail shops and about 100 surface parking stalls on nearly 2 acres. In all, the $8 million project would transform one of the last big vacant lots along a commercial corridor where developers have remained skittish nearly 50 years after divisive race riots.
Alan Silver, president of the King Neighborhood Association, said he heard rumblings about a revived project a few weeks ago and assumes it'll be a Trader Joe's. He said Monday that he's excited about the development potential but concerned about the lack of public involvement. He wants to make sure it includes locally run businesses so the project becomes more than just a car-centric grocery store for people looking to buy cheap but tasty cheese. He's also skeptical of the subsidy that taxpayers would provide. "It's stretching the definition of a food desert very thin," he said, "to say that this is worth $2 million.”
Read the full article here and a follow-up article here.
This year, King Farmers Market has expanded its season until Nov. 24 so shoppers can continue to purchase fresh produce, meats and seafood, wines, coffees, flowers and prepared specialty foods such as jams,
honey, salsa, sauerkraut and cheeses from about 30 local vendors.
“These extended market days are perfect for people stocking up on gift items and food for their Thanksgiving tables,” points out Mona Jackson, communications manager at Portland Farmers Market, which
sponsors the King market on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning each year in early May.
Since 2009, nonprofit Fresh Exchange has provided a dollar-for-dollar match to King Farmers Market shoppers who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. During November, these shoppers will receive from $5 to $7 worth of tokens for every $1 deducted from their Oregon Trail Card at the King Farmers Market.
Fresh Exchange, administered by Farmers Market Fund, is funded through private donations and grants from Portland companies including Whole Foods and New Seasons markets. For several years, the Sabin Community Association Board has donated between $250 and $750 to Fresh Exchange to help their neighbors afford the farmers market’s fresh, local and organic produce.
- Susan Goracke
New Orleans–inspired original art plus the sounds of South Louisiana jazz, blues and zydeco create a Cajun ambiance at Acadia Bistro. Since 2001, this Sabin restaurant has matched atmosphere to cuisine at the corner of Northeast Fremont and 13th Ave.
Owner and Chef Adam Higgs, who lives a few blocks
away in Irvington, goes the extra mile to ensure his menu offerings are not only fresh, but authentic. Twice a week he drives to Portland International Airport
to pick up the shrimp, Louisiana drumfish, soft-shell blue crab, crawfish and other seafood delicacies he has flown in from the Gulf.
Acadia Bistro serves Creole specialties such as fried soft-shell blue crab and Oysters en Brochette with Creole Remoulade — dishes that can be found in more expensive French Quarter restaurants. But Acadia specializes in Cajun dishes such as gumbo, jambalaya and red beans and rice. Higgs calls traditional Cajun cuisine the “food of poverty,” created by descendants of the French Canadian exiles who settled along the bayous of
“These people, the Acadians, cooked what they had — hogs, crocodile, crawfish — and they prepared it with more spice and more smoke (than the city folk),” explains Higgs, who continues to travel to New Orleans annually for research.
Using traditional recipes, Higgs and Acadia’s other three cooks prepare the restaurant’s own charcuterie: Andouille and boudin sausage, tasso ham and bacon. And they use locally grown fruits and vegetables in season. You’ll also find Southern mainstays such as cornbread, hush puppies, black-eyed peas and greens on the menu, but with a gourmet twist.
Acadia’s list of Northwest and international wines is substantial, and its cocktail offerings include traditional Sazeracs and Hurricanes among other more creative libations.
Higgs estimates that most diners spend an average of $30 to $40 for their meal and drinks, but some locals often spend much less, popping in for a drink and hearty bowl of gumbo.
On Christmas Eve, Acadia offers a Reveillon dinner, a Creole tradition derived from the French word for "awakening.” Originally, it was a meal of breakfast foods served in homes by Catholic families after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Since the 1990s, many New Orleans restaurants offer Reveillon dinners that feature some of their best dishes and alcoholic spirits.
Higgs is now in the process of creating this year’s Reveillon dinner menu that probably will include four courses. He also plans to offer special five- or six-course meals on New Year’s Eve.
Acadia Bistro is open Monday through Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch. Reservations (503-249-5001) are recommended for holidays and weekends, as well
as on Mondays, when the eatery offers its “Cheap Eats” selection of $10
— Susan Goracke
Albina Library, at 3605 N.E. 15th Ave, has lined up these special events during November and December.:
Samurai! Book Group is for adults and seniors on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Registration required. This event is offered in conjunction with Portland Art Museum’s exhibit called “Samurai!,” exhibit. When registering at the library, pick up a copy of “The Book of Five Rings: A Graphic Novel” by Sean Michael Wilson at the reference desk to read for the book group.
Lights Alive! is for families with children in grades K through 5 on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Discover the science of color and light from binoculars and blind spots to flip books and fun house mirrors. Make your own kaleidoscope and try out optical illusions.
DIY Terrariums is an arts and crafts event designed for adults on Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 7 p.m. Registration required. Professional gardener Melissa Richmond will teach how to build and care for a terrarium. Take your home afterwards.
Felted Sushi is for teens on Saturday, Dec. 7, from noon to 2 p.m. Registration required. LeBrie Rich will teach teens the ancient and traditional craft of feltmaking, using only raw wool, soapy water and the agitation of hands. Each teen will make a faux nori roll that will be cut up into many pieces of colorful sushi.
African Song and Dance is for families with children in grades K through 5 on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 1:30 to 2:15. Habiba Addo, a native of Ghana, offers an interactive, multicultural performance with authentic West African costume, spiced with singing and movement.