Well, we had a glimpse of nice weather, but the forecast say that, like a slasher at the end of a movie, the rain is coming back for one last assault.
Just like Jason, the rain in the Pacific Northwest
just won't stop coming back.
But one can find a bright side to the dim weather, just by checking out this edition of the Weekly Update. Just scroll down for all the Horror/Sci Fi/Fantasy events happening around the Pacific Northwest. From events on stage to conventions and films, you'll find some way to enjoy a rainy day in the Pacific Northwest.
Don't forget to check the Horror Calendar, for events happening well past the New Year. Be sure to check back regularly, as new events are posted every few days.
Remember, if you want to see your event on the site, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be sure to post it as soon as possible. And, as always, listing your event on The Shadow Over Portland is free.
With that said, I'm stepping away from the office for a few days, so I might not be updating the calendar as frequently. But rest assured, I'll be back with another update next week!
And remember, if you attend any of these events, let the organizers know you read about it at The Shadow Over Portland!!
Don't miss your chance to watch Toxie take out the bad guys in Tromaville while bursting into song and romancing a blind librarian in the off-Broadway sensation, The Toxic Avenger Musical. It's the classic Troma film set to music, presented by Stumptown Stages at the Brunish Theatre at Antionette Hatfield Hall (1111 SW Broadway Ave in Portland, OR). Performances are at 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, through May 14th. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40 and can be purchased at the box office (which opens two hours before the event) or online at the Stumptown Stages website or the Portland'5 Centers for the Arts website.
Colossal, starring Anne Hathaway, who finds herself in control of a kaiju attacking South Korea, screens at both Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave in Portland, OR) and The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) through Thursday, May 11. Showtimes can be found at the Cinema 21 website and The Hollywood Theatre website.
The 15th anniversary digitally restored original version of Donnie Darko continues at The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub (2735 East Burnside St in Portland, OR) at 9:30 pm through Thursday, May 11. For more details, visit The Laurelhurst Theater website.
The French cannibal film Raw opens at The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub (2735 East Burnside St in Portland, OR) at 9:20 pm through Thursday, May 11. For additional details, visit The Laurelhurst Theater website.
David Lynch: The Art of Life opens at The Laurelhurst Theater and Pub (2735 East Burnside St in Portland, OR). Showtimes are 7:15 pm through Thursday, May 11. For additional details, visit The Laurelhurst Theater website.
Please visit the Haunted Attractions page for details on trap rooms and ghost tours in the Pacific Northwest, as well as an advance date for an October haunted attraction.
Open Film Submission
Wednesday, May 10
Weird Wednesday heads out of this world again at The Joy Cinema and Pub (11959 SW Pacific Highway in Tigard, OR). Travel along with the First Spaceship on Venus tonight at 9:15 pm, as astronauts discover the remains of a race destroyed by their own weapons. Yep, this East German/Polish feature (dubbed in English and released by by Crown International Pictures in 1962) is a parable about nuclear weapons, but that doesn't mean it won't be WEIRD! As always, admission is FREE, but you must be 21 or older to attend. Be sure to support Weird Wednesday screenings by purchasing food and drinks at the concession stand before the film. Outside food and drink are not allowed. For more details, visit The Joy Cinema website.
Thursday, May 11
Central Cinema (1411 21st Ave in Seattle, WA) is celebrating the return of David Lynch's twisted television series with a screening of the prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me tonight at 8 pm. For more details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Friday, May 12
Miss Pamela Voorhees Presents: Get Your Geek On Birthday Bash! takes place tonight at The Embers Avenue (110 NW Broadway in Portland, OR). Help Miss Pamela celebrate her birthday by bringing your party hats to this geek themed show featuring out-of-this-world drag, burlesque and much more! Doors open at 7 pm and the fun starts at 8 pm. There is a $5 door fee and you must be 21 or older to attend. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
The West Coast Haunters Convention takes place today through Sunday, May 14, at the Doubletree Hilton Lloyd Center (1000 NE Multnomah St in Portland, OR). The convention is for everyone from professional haunters to Halloween enthusiasts. The con is pack full of events, so visit the Facebook Event Page, or the official West Coast Haunters Convention website, for more details and ticket sales.
You just can't keep a bad clown down in the sewers for long. The Geekenders "nerdlesque" troupe presents an encore performance of We All Float Down Here: A Burlesque Tribute to Stephen King tonight at the Rio Theatre (1600 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC). Oh, this should be some wicked fun! Doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. You must be 18 or older to attend, over 19 years old for bar service (bring your ID). For more details, including a list of performers and a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
The Capital Taproom (150 High St SE in Salem, OR) presents two tastes that go great together, an evening of Scary Movies and Beer, tonight starting at 7:30 pm. Check out the classic horror flicks showing at the main bar and take advantage of the $3 pint taps. Or buy a special select beer for access to the special select film screening in the bar's (ACTUALLY) haunted basement! How often can you watch a scary movie in a REAL HAUNTED BASEMENT!! Oh, and there will be free popcorn, as well. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
The Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway in Vancouver, BC) and the Rio Grind Film Festival screens The Silence of the Lambs tonight at 11 pm. You know you want to see this classic on the big screen. For more details, and a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.
5th Ave Cinema (510 SW Hall St in Portland, OR) presents a Midnight Movie screening of Evil Brain From Outer Space tonight at midnight. Or is it Saturday morning? Oh, who cares, as you're invited to heckle and cut loose with your "witty" remarks during the screening. This film is presented in Japanese with English subtitles. Special guest Dr. Mag of Portland-based ACME-TV and Magnum Productions, will talk about the process of remastering and distributing films like this, and how public domain films function as part of the film industry. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Saturday, May 13
The 15th Annual Vampire's Masquerade Ball takes place tonight at the Melody Ballroom (615 SE Alder St in Portland, OR) at 9 pm. This is a formal event, with no street clothes allowed. Costumes can be Victorian, Steam Punk, Genderfluid, Lolita, Fantasy or Fetish, but must be Gothic in nature (no zombies or gore themed costumes, please). Ticket are $45 in advance, $50 at the door (cash only). Visit the VMB website, or the Facebook Event Page, for additional details and advance ticket sales, as well as photos for costume inspirations. Please note, you must be 21 or older to attend.
Fantastic Worlds: Sci Fi and Fantasy, a collection of short film about interplanetary travel, comes to The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR) today at 3:30 pm. The festival included 5 shorts, and one hour-long adventure, in an afternoon packed with travels to strange worlds beyond our solar system. For more details, and a link for advance ticket sales, visit The Hollywood Theatre website.
The 1988 fantasy Willow comes to McMenamins Mission Theater and Pub (1624 NW Glisan in Portland, OR) through Saturday, May 20. Visit the Mission Theater and Pub website for showtimes and advance ticket sales.
Rogue Toys Portland (10414 SE 82nd Ave in Portland, OR) is hosting May Trade Night starting at 5 pm. Bring toys you wish to trade and find something new to display in your space. Rogue Toys will provide snacks, drinks and a raffle every 15 minutes. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Sunday, May 14
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Conan the Barbarian, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, tonight at the Yelm Cinemas (201 Prairie Park St in Yelm, WA) at 6:30 pm. Remember what is best in life and the answer to the Riddle of Steel as this wonderfully pulpy feature returns to the big screen. For more details, and to purchase advance tickets, visit the Yelm Cinemas website.
Get ready to buy your multipass, as The Fifth Element returns to theaters tonight! Fathom Events presents a special screening of Luc Besson's wild sci fi adventure. Besson has recored an exclusive introduction for the screening, and the presentation will feature a sneak peek at his latest film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (which opens this summer). You can also catch a screening on Wednesday, May 17. For a list of theaters in your area hosting the event, visit the Fathom Events website.
Tuesday, May 16
Horror Brew's Pub Quiz, Portland's only horror trivia night, returns to Home, A Bar (719 SE Morrison St in Portland, OR) at 7:30 pm. Get a team together and test your wits in a contest to win one of two gift certificates to Home, A Bar! Or you might win one of the raffled horror prizes!! For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Thursday, May 18
McMenamins 18th Annual UFO Festival takes place through Sunday, May 21, at Hotel Oregon (310 NE Evans St in McMinnville, OR). The festival includes speakers, a parade, live music, a 5K run, a pet costume contest and much more. This year, the festival is selling select tickets for the speaking events. For all the details, and a link to ticket sales, visit the official UFO Festival website or the Facebook Event Page.
UPDATE: Willamette Radio Workshop will present their collection of otherworldly radio stories, City of Weird (from the book of the same name published by Forest Avenue Press) on Saturday, May 20, at 3 pm in Maddie's Room. Admission is free.
Gothic Horror 101 is in session. Rhias Hall presents a film and discussion gathering at Scarecrow Video (5030 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle, WA) tonight at 7 pm. Admission is free. Tonight's film is the Billy Wilder classic, Sunset Boulevard. The film is proceeded by an introduction and information on what makes the film fit into the Gothic genre, and a discussion takes place after the screening.
Alien: Covenant opens tonight at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR). Facebook posts from the theater indicates the 11 pm showing tonight will be the only screening in the downstairs theater, though the film is scheduled to play through Thursday, May 25. Showtimes are listed at The Hollywood Theatre website.
Friday, May 19
"They're HERE!" Friday Night Frights presents the Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg classic Poltergeist tonight at the Blue Mouse Theatre (2611 N Proctor St in Tacoma, WA). The show starts at 10 pm and tickets are just $6. For more details, visit the Facebook Event Page.
Alien: Covenant will open at Cinema 21 (616 NW 21st Ave in Portland, OR) this week. I'm sure it will open at the major multiplex theaters as well, but here's a chance to support you local theaters with a major movie opening. No showtimes have been announced yet, so check back here, or at the Cinema 21 website, later in the month.
Alien: Covenant also opens at The Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland, OR). Showtimes are listed at The Hollywood Theatre website.
Saturday, May 20
Another H. G. Wells comes to the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay St in Bellingham, WA) today at noon, as Rocket Sci-Fi Matinee shows 1977's Island of Dr. Moreau. Presented by Rocket Donuts, this film features amazing make up work designed by Tom Burman and stars Burt Lancaster and Michael York. Tickets are just $3, and you can find a link to advance ticket sales, as well as more details on the screening, at the Pickford Film Center website.
The Olympia Film Society presents a Science on Screen screening of the 1973 sci fi classic Westworld. The event, presented by the OFS and Vectorform, will include discussion and live demonstrations after the film. Doors open at 6 pm (the film starts at 6:30 pm) at the Capitol Theater (206 5th Ave SE in Olympia, WA. For more details, including a link for advance ticket sales, visit the Olympia Film Society website.
Sunday, May 21
The folks behind Shriek: A Women of Horror Film Class present the start of their two week Slash: A Queer Horror Series and Class with, what else, Sleepaway Camp. Oh, DO NOT spoil this ending for those who haven't seen it!! I know most every horror fan has at least heard about the final act, but don't take the chance of ruining it for someone who has managed to stay blissfully ignorant. It's a rare thing in this day and age, and the look on their face as the film reaches it's conclusion will be PRICELESS! The event starts at 6:30 pm at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse (8564 Greenwood Ave N in Seattle, WA). You must be 21 or older to attend. For additional details, and a link to advance ticket sales, visit the Facebook Event Page.