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COURTESY PHOTO: KELSEY CURTIS - The Lot at Zidell Yards helped allow for the return of live performances and provided a picturesque setting in 2021.Zidell Yards

Organizers of The Lot at Zidell Yards are calling their South Waterfront venue a success in 2021, while also indicating it may not be around next year.

"We're hopeful that all of our favorite events, venues and festivals will be able to return to their full glory next year," said Christina Fuller, co-owner of Fuller Events, which set the groundwork for about 70 shows to be staged at Zidell Yards. "But the Fuller Events team will continue to create innovative and safe solutions — like The Lot at Zidell Yards — as needed to ensure Portland's beloved arts and events culture can survive and thrive in 2022 and beyond."

The venue featured socially distanced outdoor seating pod patios.

The final show at The Lot at Zidell Yards will be Thursday, Sept. 30, featuring Joseph, Ural Thomas & the Pain and Stephanie Anne Johnson.

Thrill the World

The annual Thrill the World Portland community dance returns, and it's outside — so, there'll be less stress about becoming infected with COVID-19. Masks are optional.

"Autumn's here … and we're ready to shake off the funk of forty thousand years," a promotion says.

It's a group dance set to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

Look for announcements about practice; the first practices were held last weekend at Irving Park. Check out Thrill the World Portland's Facebook page for details.

The dance takes place at 3 p.m. Oct. 30. Before the dance, there will be performances by PDX Witches and DJ Prashant's Bollywood Dancers.

COURTESY PHOTO: CRISTAL TAPPAN - Himerria Wortham will be a featured dancer in Heidi Duckler Dance's "Perennial" on Oct. 2 at Peninsula Park.Dance outdoors

Heidi Duckler Dance Northwest, a Portland-based dance company, regularly puts on shows outdoors, and it returns with "Perennial," a site-specific performance in the rose garden at Peninsula Park, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

It's a work that explores shared experience over time and in many forms, touching on all the senses. It began with photographs of the dancers isolated in their bedrooms, beginning to wake from a year of hibernation. Then Duckler gathered dancers at Peninsula Park to create a film and compiled photos in a printed flipbook — literally a movie in your hands. The Oct. 2 performance will be the final stage of the production.

Dancers are Duckler, Conrad Kaczor, Barbara Lima, Javan Mngrezzo and Himerria Wortham.

Tony Starlight

The popular nightclub entertainer Tony Starlight has announced that, while he'll be performing this fall, including Oct. 8 and a Christmas show Dec. 12 at Alberta Rose Theatre, he'll keep his performance venue closed — Tony Starlight Showroom, 1125 S.E. Madison St.

"We will reopen Tony Starlight Showroom sometime in 2022 when we can return to shows at 100% capacity without an aura of fear hanging over our performances (because of COVID-19)," he said. "We've waited this long, we can endure a little bit more. I still intend to perform every single show that was postponed."

Starlight also will host the Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 9 at the Aladdin Theater.

Underhill Haunted House

October is arriving and it's Halloween season.

Underhill Haunted House, Portland's biggest haunt house, returns to Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 2, joining forces with popular attraction Fearlandia. There'll be three new spooky haunts: Fears Gate, Night Terrors, Underhill Manor.

For more: www.UnderhillPDX.com.

Portland Book Festival

The 2021 Portland Book Festival will be a hybrid event Nov. 8-13. There'll be virtual programming Nov. 8-12 and in-person events Nov. 13 at Portland Art Museum and Portland'5 Centers for the Performing Arts.

For more: www.literary-arts.org.

We're No. 1

National Coffee Day is Wednesday, Sept. 29, and International Coffee Day is Friday, Oct. 1. So, sit down and enjoy a fine cup of java — like a coffee drinker does 364 days out of the year as well.

And, Portland is the best coffee city in the United States, according to a study by personal finance website WalletHub, which compared the 100 largest cities with 12 key indicators of a strong coffee culture.

Portland outdistanced San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando and Pittsburgh. Of the 12 metrics, Portland was No. 1 in coffee and tea manufacturers per capita.

If you need something to read over a cup of coffee, check out the report at www.WalletHub.com/edu/best-cities-for-coffee-lovers/23739.

Fresh hops

The Oregon Brewers Guild's 17th annual Portland Fresh Hops Festival returns Oct. 1-2 at Glendoveer Golf & Tennis, 14015 N.E. Glisan St. Information about visiting/tasting times and more are available at www.oregoncraftbeer.org.

Judas Priest

The boys of Judas Priest, including lead singer Rob Halford, had planned to play Moda Center on Oct. 3, but the band announced Monday that it had to cancel the remainder of its U.S. tour. Guitarist Richie Faulkner has a heart condition that put him in the hospital.


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