So, why is The Shadow Over Portland reporting on the weather, rather than diving into the Weekly Update, you might ask. Well, remember those snowmen some of you knocked over during the last storm? I warned you they'd come back again some day. And be looking for payback....
Remember how you laughed when you pushed over our friend Bob?
Well, we'll be the ones laughing now, tough guy.
The other reason is events listed in this update might be canceled or rescheduled if roads get icy. And heavy freezing rainfall can lead to downed trees and potential power outages. So should the weather get severe this weekend, please contact the venue of any event you plan to attend and make sure it has not been canceled.
Let's just hope this storm warning ends up being a false alarm. Icy roads and angry snowmen are no way to start the month of February.
In non-weather related news, the schedule for the Portland International Film Festival After Dark program has been announced and you'll find details on the first three films at the end of this update. For a look at the entire schedule, as well as other events taking place throughout the Pacific Northwest, please visit the Horror Calendar. And keep checking back, as the calendar is updated every few days.
If you'd like your event listed on The Shadow Over Portland, just email me at email@example.com and I'll add it to the site. Remember, I do not charge for listings, and your event will be seen by readers across the Pacific Northwest every week.
And please, should you attend any of the events listed here, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!
And now, here's the weekly update for the first half of February!
The first big bug movie, and the first radioactive monster film, Them! plays at The Academy Theater (7818 SE Stark St in Portland, OR) through February 2. Nuclear tests have mutated ants into giant monsters, threatening to take over the world! Only James Arness and James Whitmore can save humanity from THEM! Showtimes are 5:10 and 9:40 pm daily. Visit The Academy Theater website for more details.
Mental Trap Escape Room Games (3855 SW Murray Blvd in Beaverton, OR) has opened the Dead End Alley Ghost Trap, an Escape Room Game encompassing a real City Alley! Your team of 4 to 10 players are a group of Ghost Hunters working to gain access into several buildings to capture escaped ghosts from an Entity Containment Unit breach. This Escape Room contains lifelike gore and decay, loud noises and realistic collapsing buildings, as well as potential dense fog and strobe lights! The game is open for a limited time, so be sure to check out the Mental Trap Escape Room Game Facebook Page or Website for all the details.
Open Film Submission
Please visit the Open Film Submission page for details on several local film festival accepting submissions at this time.
Wednesday, February 1
Nazi scientists creating hideous creatures on a remote island... Sounds like it's time for Weird Wednesday at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR)! Prepare to have your senses assaulted by the She Demons tonight at 9:15 pm. Featuring the voluptuous Irish McCalla (TV's Sheena: Queen of the Jungle back in the 50s) and the Diane Nellis Dancers as the She Demons (yeah, really!), this movie is a cheesy dose of WEIRD for your Humpday evening!! And a fitting tribute to Ms. McCalla, who passed away on this date in 2002. As always, admission is FREE, but you must be 21 or older to attend. Be sure to support The Joy Cinema's mission to keep Wednesdays WEIRD by stopping at the concession stand before the movie for some tasty snacks and beverages. And do not invoke the wrath of the She Demons by bringing outside food or drinks into the theater with you! For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.
Church of Film presents Flesh and Fantasy, three tales of the supernatural directed by French auteur Julien Duvivier, tonight at 8 pm at the Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St in Portland, OR). This 1943 Hollywood production stars Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Boyer and Betty Field. Admission is a $5 to $8 suggested donation, though no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds. For more details on the screening, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Friday, February 3
First Friday at Wells and Verne (734 E Burnside in Portland, OR) presents the John Donald Carlucci Art Opening tonight from 6 to 9 pm. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Saturday, February 4
Howl Con has been cancelled. For more details on this turn of events, visit the Howl Con website.
Tuesday, February 7
The classic anime, Ghost in the Shell, screens tonight at 7:30 pm at the Guild 45 Theatre (2115 N 45th St in Seattle, WA). This version is presented in Japanese with English subtitles (the English dub version plays tomorrow: see listing below). Before the live action version hits theaters, be sure to check out the original version on the big screen! For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Guild 45 Theatre website.
The Northwest Horror Pub Quiz takes place tonight at 7:30 pm at Home, A Bar (719 SE Morrison St in Portland, OR). The top two teams win gift certificates to Home: A Bar, but you can also score individual prizes during the lightning rounds. You must be 21 or older to attend. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Wednesday, February 8
The English dubbed version of the classic anime, Ghost in the Shell, screens tonight at 7:30 pm at the Guild 45 Theatre (2115 N 45th St in Seattle, WA). Before the live action version hits theaters, be sure to check out the original version on the big screen! For more details and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Ghost in the Shell will also screen at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) tonight at 7:30 pm. No word on if it is a dubbed or subtitled version at this time. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
Thursday, February 9
The Hoquiam High School Drama Club presents a production of the musical Little Shop of Horrors through Sunday, February 12, at the 7th Street Theatre (313 7th St in Hoquiam, WA). Showtimes are 7:30 pm through Saturday, February 11, and 2 pm on Sunday, February 12. For more details, and a list of local businesses selling tickets, visit the 7th Street Theatre website or the Facebook Event Page.
Why Aren't Comics Funny Anymore?, a discussion on humor in comics lead by Charles Brownstein (Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) takes place tonight at 7:15 pm at University of Portland (5000 N. Willamette Blvd in Portland, OR). Panelists include Diana Schutz (editor for Sin City, Grendel and Usagi Yojimbo), Mark Russell (DC's The Flintstones), Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man) and MK Reed (The Castoffs). Admission is free and open to all. The event takes place at Franz Hall 120, and is co-sponsored by the Garaventa Center. For more information, and ADA accommodations, call (503) 943-7702 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 10
The Portland International Film Festival After Dark program kicks off with Oriol Paulo's "Rashomonic" thriller The Invisible Guest tonight at 10:30 pm at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR). The film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles. For more details on the film, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit this link.
Saturday, February 11
Coffy in GLORIOUS 35mm at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) with the GLORIOUS Pam Grier in attendance has sold out.
The Undead Masquerade takes place tonight at Haunted Nightmare (6601 244th St SW in Mountlake Terrace in WA) at 7 pm. This all ages event invites you to dress up as your favorite undead character and "strut your stuff to some deadly beats." Tickets are $15 per person, $25 per couple. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Terror in Tacoma at Bob's Java Jive, a night of night of bizarre electronic music, takes place tonight at Bob's Java Jive (2102 S Tacoma Way in Tacoma, WA). The show, featuring Fischkopf Sinfoniker, Noisepoetnobody, Rainbow Wolves and Mudslug, starts at 9 pm (doors open at 8 pm) and the cover is only $5. You must be 21 or older to attend. For more details on the event, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Considered by the Portland International Film Festival website to be the "most transgressive film in this year's program," the Mexican horror film We Are the Flesh plays tonight at The Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR). Part of the PIFF After Dark series, this film is presented in Spanish with English subtitles, and is for adult audiences only. You can find more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, at this link.
Sunday, February 12
Shriek: A Women of Horror Film Class is showing The Cabin in the Woods this month. No further details are available at this time, so check back later in the month, or keep an eye on the Shriek FacebookGroup Page.
The Zymoglyphic Museum (6225 SE Alder in Portland, OR) is open to the public from 11 am to 5 pm today. For additional details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
PIFF After Dark continues at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland, OR) with A Dark Song tonight at 10:30 pm. The tale of a grieving mother trying to bring her son back to life "upends audience expectations of how horror films about people trying to resurrect their loved ones ought to operate," according to the PIFF website. For more details on the film, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit this link.
See you next week!