Fox Searchlight has a new crime drama coming out soon. The movie is called The Drop and it stars Tom Hardy and the late James Ganolfini. Wasn’t Ganolfini wonderful in Enough Said? The Drop doesn’t open until September 12th, but there is an early film screening on Wednesday, September 10th at Regal Lloyd Center Theater at 7pm. Ten lucky readers of my Portland blog can win VIP passes to see the screening with a loved one, friend or nemesis. To enter my contest, leave a comment about your favorite James Ganolfini movie or TV show. The deadline to enter is September 4th. The winners will be randomly selected. Note: if you win, the name you use here is the name I will submit to the studio for checking in at the screening.
The family and I went to the Sunset at the Zoo event last week. For those of you who don’t know, Sunset at the Zoo is a series of events that feature musicians and extra activities. On those days, the Oregon Zoo also stays open an extra couple of hours. The kids and I had a fun time. There was music by the Pete Krebs Trio, Copper and Coal, and Trashcan Joe. And my kids enjoyed the children activities. My kids were also well-behaved for a change. They didn’t even complained when we made them eat cotton candy and ice cream. Anyways, Sunset at the Zoo is a fun event for both kids and parents. Unfornuately, Sunset at the Zoo is over and you’ll have to wait until next summer to attend one.
This Sunday is the SE tour for Sunday Parkways. The ride/walk is about seven miles. During the tour, you can explore Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks to grab a bite to eat, listen to tunes, and join some activities. In addition, you can get free tickets to see the upcoming Super Circus Heroes shows at the Moda Center. The hours for Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways is 11am to 4pm. Continue reading to find how to get your free Super Circus Heroes tickets and to see a map of the route.
Hey Portlanders! Pierce Brosnan has a new movie coming out. The film is called The November Man (Relativity Media). It looks a little bit like one of his James Bond films, but he’s an ex-CIA agent this time. The November Man will open in theaters August 27th, but there is an early screening of the movie on Tuesday, August 26th at Regal Lloyd Center at 7pm. Each person can download up to two tickets and they are first come, first serve. You can get your free screening passes here.
The 2014 Street of Dreams will end its run next weekend (August 24th) in Happy Valley, Oregon. This year’s Street of Dreams features five homes. Home prices range from $850,000 to $1.5 million. Each home is unique, from traditional, to craftsman, to Mediterranean and Asian inspired. Continue reading to see the five homes in this year’s Street of Dreams.
I have good news for those of you who have been thinking about going to the Oregon Zoo. From now until the end of September, the Oregon Zoo is running a buy-one-get-one ticket free promotion. The BOGO admission is only valid on weekdays after 2 pm when zoo visitors ask for the “Zoo After 2″ summer discount at the gate. This promotion is in addition to their monthly $4 second Tuesday promotion.
The circus is coming back to Portland. Thanks to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the greatest show on earth will return to the Moda Center (I still prefer to call it the Rose Garden) for four days (September 4 – 7). The all-new show, Super Circus Heroes, features amazing human athletic abilities and animals with unbelievable talent. The show will inspire and thrill children of all ages.
The kids and I recently went on a ride on Mount Hood Railroad’s dino train over in Hood River. The dinosaur train is enjoyable for the entire family, but the younger kids will love the event the most. The special event features a train ride, singing, adventure park activities, magic show, snacks and goodies. The dino train is based on the hit PBS Kids Television series, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train. If your kids are fans of the show, now is a good time to take them on the special train ride. The dinosaur train will only be in Hood River for a short time: July 25-27 and August 1-3, and August 8-10.
Earth to Echo opened last weekend. I was not able to attend the screening last week because of my in-laws (I actually call them the outlaws), but I’ve heard Earth to Echo is a good family oriented film. If you have not seen the movie yet, there is still time to catch it at the theater. And thanks to Relativity Media, four readers of my Portland blog can win a plush toy from the Earth to Echo movie.
Fourth of July lands on Friday this year. Isn’t that sweet? Now we can stay up for the fireworks and not have to get up early the next morning to go to work. If you’re planning on watching the fireworks shows in the metro area, check out my list: Portland Oregon Fireworks 2014 (includes nearby cities).