Why I love Portland! Living Room Theaters


Visionary. Extraordinary. Earth-friendly.
Living Room® Theaters is a visionary new concept created by longtime filmmakers. We set out to reinvent the way films are viewed and distributed. And to change everything we didn’t like about conventional and art house movie theaters – from the film selection to the lobby ambiance, food, seating and service.

Welcome to the new evolution of cinema – Living Room® Theaters — the sophisticated yet superbly comfortable environment that combines a European style café and lounge with a relaxing place to see wonderful movies. Cinema has come to its senses.

In fact, Living Room® Theaters is cinema for your senses – a feast of sights, sounds, flavors, textures and creativity. See movies the way they’re meant to be viewed. Enjoy exclusive new releases and the most-talked about independent films that critics and audiences love – without waiting months for the movies to reach Portland.

Your group can also reserve a theater for a private party or special event. Or use our technology for meetings, lectures and innovative presentations.

Independent. Award-winning. Unlimited.
Living Room® Theaters is a celebration of great, independent films and filmmakers. We’re deeply committed to the vibrant, growing local film community. We also chose to launch in Portland because of active film lovers like you – Portland has one of the highest per capita film going audiences of any city in the U.S.

Our proprietary digitizing technology enables even first-time directors and producers to distribute their independent films – without the prohibitively high costs of making and shipping traditional celluloid prints. We are able to showcase acclaimed films and independent filmmakers, from local to international, as well as groundbreaking movies that otherwise might be screened only at festivals. We also premiere many films that have not yet had distribution in the U.S.

Our digital technology also expands the functions our theaters can offer. Films, television broadcasts, music, dedicated programs and other materials can easily be programmed and shown in multiple Living Room® Theaters locations.

Earth friendly. Energy conscious. Sustainable.
Launched in December 2006, our Portland, Oregon location is the first all-digital and only-digital theater in the country. This new concept offers significant environmental advantages. By eliminating celluloid prints and traditional distribution, we eliminate the use of chemicals like silver nitrate and reduce non-biodegradable materials and pollution. Digital projection is also more energy-efficient, from transportation to projection.

Environmental. Inspired. Inviting.
Located in the heart of the West End just south of Burnside from Powell’s, across from the new Ace Hotel, Living Room® Theaters is designed to be “a jewel box” on Portland’s cultural and entertainment scene.

We used natural materials and light to transform our funky historic building into a stellar space. A dramatic sculptural cedar wall invites you in via a “curtain” that flows from the exterior to the interior. The stunning fireplace, soaring windows and “make yourself at home” arrangement of tables, chairs and sofas in the lounge invite you to linger and connect.

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Posted on April 1, 2019 at 4:04 pm
Brian Johnson | Category: Arts and Culture, Portland, Restaurants | Tagged , , , , ,

Why I love Portland! Mothers Bistro & Bar

“You Should East So Good!”


Mother’s Bistro & Bar is Chef Lisa Schroeder’s dream come true. Back in 1992, working full-time and raising her daughter, she realized that there was no place to get “Mother Food;” the kind of food she would cook for her family if only she had the time. That’s when she began to work toward opening such a place. After going to The Culinary Institute of America and working in four star restaurants in New York and France, she finally settled in Portland, Oregon, opening the restaurant of her dreams in January, 2000.

Mother’s  has grown over the years  from a small 90-seat restaurant to a Portland institution. Chosen Restaurant of the Year by Portland’s Willamette Week, Best Comfort Food, Best Brunch, and Best Lunch Spot by Citysearch and Portland Monthly, and one of America’s Top Restaurant Bargains by Food and Wine Magazine, Mother’s Bistro & Bar is a destination spot for anyone who comes to downtown Portland.

Featuring authentic cooking from mothers around the world, signature dishes include pot roast, chicken and dumplings, meat loaf and crab cakes, as well as featured dishes from a different mother each month.


As passionate about slow-cooked pot roast and homemade pie as she is about perfectly seared scallops, Lisa Schroeder is a mother, grandmother, chef, restaurateur and author devoted to providing better-than-authentic renditions of traditional home-cooked dishes at one of Portland’s most popular restaurants, Mother’s Bistro & Bar.

In 1992, while juggling a marketing career, catering and raising her daughter, Lisa realized there was no place that served the kind of food she would make if she had the time. She concluded what the world needed was a place which served “Mother Food”—slow-cooked dishes, such as braises and stews, made with love. From that moment on, Lisa was determined to open such a restaurant and spent the next eight years working toward that dream.

Lisa soon gave up her business career and enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America. While there, she was selected as one of the Top Ten Student Chefs in America by Food and Wine Magazine. After graduating with honors in 1995, she continued honing her skills at two four-star restaurants in New York City – Lespinasse and Le Cirque. Her education continued with apprenticeships in Provence, France at Roger Verge’s Moulin des Mougins and at Mark Veyrat’s L’Auberge de L’Eridan in Haute Savoie. In addition to this invaluable training, she toured France, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Switzerland where she gained an understanding of regional cuisine and indigenous products, affirming her belief that some of the best regional meals are not found in restaurants, but in homes, made by mothers.

Searching for a new beginning, Lisa returned to the states and relocated to Portland, Oregon in 1998. She was the Chef at Besaw’s Café for two years while continuing to plan her restaurant-to-be; gathering and testing recipes, refining her menu, and planning her décor when she was away from the stove.

In 2000, Chef Schroeder’s dream came true when she opened Mother’s Bistro & Bar in downtown Portland to rave reviews, receiving the “Restaurant of the Year” award from Willamette Week. Drawing on classic cooking techniques combined with years of experience, her menu offers refined versions of traditional home-cooked dishes. Much more than simply comfort food, this “mother food” is based on made-from scratch, slow-cooked recipes, utilizing the best available ingredients. In addition, Lisa celebrates the cuisine of a different mother each month, lovingly referred to as the “Mother of the Month” (or “M.O.M.”) menu.

In 2002, Mother’s Bistro & Bar was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine as one of America’s Top Restaurant Bargains. With lines literally out the door on weekends, it came as no surprise in 2004 when Mother’s Bistro & Bar was voted Best Brunch by Portland Monthly MagazineWillamette Week and Citysearch.

In 2009, Lisa released her critically-acclaimed cookbook, Mother’s Best, and appeared on the Today Show, QVC and along with many others. She is the recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s Businesswoman of the Year award and IACP Chef/Restaurateur Award of Excellence. Chef Schroeder nurtures her community as well as her guests. She is a member of the Downtown Portland Retail Council, Chef’s Collaborative, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Slow Food, and International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Lisa participates in numerous charities and causes including Share Our Strength, The Oregon Food Bank, Basic Rights Oregon, Our House, the Raphael House and Bradley Angle House.





Posted on January 21, 2019 at 4:58 pm
Brian Johnson | Category: Restaurants

Why I love Portland! The Goose Hollow Inn

Goose Hollow Inn is a classic Portland tavern (so don’t call to book a room) opened in 1967 by Bud Clark. The pub is going strong and is still owned and operated by the Clark Family.

Background: Fifty years ago, in May of 1967, when the neighborhood had fewer buildings and less traffic, Bud Clark bought Ann’s Tavern on SW 19th & Jefferson. Ann Fairfax had cultivated a fine tavern, mostly from a loyal clientele of west hills Portlanders. Bud also owned “The Spatenhaus”, a tavern located in a building at the current site of the Ira Keller (“four-court”) Fountain, across from the Civic Auditorium. There, he cultivated an eclectic clientele of PSU students, musicians, business people, and “hippies”. In November of 1967, the city would tear down the building, including the Spatenhaus, so Bud had to figure out where he was going to open his new tavern; thankfully, Ann was ready to retire, and Bud’s timing was just right. Once the Spatenhaus closed, his Spatenhaus customers followed him to his new location in the foothills below Washington Park. When two of the customers at his new pub started a bar fight, Bud wrote his mission statement:  “Enjoy the Goose Hollow Inn, named to rejuvenate the history and stimulate the continuity of one of Portland’s famous geographic areas. We are dedicated to Quality Draft, Fine Food, Pleasant Music, and Stimulating Company. We are also dedicated to extremes of opinion, hoping that a livable marriage will result. if physical violence is your nature, either develop your verbal ability or leave.” Since then, many marriages, relationships, and discussions have been cultivated here.

     Bud’s naming of the tavern as “Goose Hollow Inn” generated a new respect for the area’s history. Dating back to the 1890s, various women raised geese around Tanner Creek, which ran right down what is now known as Jefferson Street (Canyon Road). Apparently, an argument developed over whose geese belonged to whom. The Oregonian newspaper ran an article covering the dispute in which it referred to the area as “Goose Hollow”. But the name was lost during a half century of dramatic development in the area. Bud chose the name “Goose Hollow Inn” for his tavern in the interest of rekindling civic regard for the neighborhood and its history. (And…No, there are no rooms available at the Inn.)

     Bud’s goal was to cultivate a sense of community and belonging. He ran the bar during the 1970s and early 80s; during that time, Budweiser recognized the Goose for selling more Bud per square feet than any other tavern in the US. Bud was mayor of Portland from 1985-1993, during which time, his wife Sigrid ran the bar and built the deck. While the deck affected the square footage and our legendary sales fame with Budweiser, it added a lovely new area to mingle under the rays of the sun and in the shade of the Maple Trees.

In the eight years that Bud was Mayor, beer drinking habits and tastes changed.

Three beers were on tap when Bud was elected Mayor, and the number grew to twelve while Sigrid was at the helm. In 2016, we built a new system of 18 taps, featuring a spectrum of beers from a variety of breweries and cideries.

     Bud Clark is one of the most iconic Portlanders of all time. Aside from owning and operating Goose Hollow Inn, Bud was a neighborhood activist, an early advocate of neighborhood associations, co-founder of the Neighbor newspaper, which became the Northwest Examiner, father of four, model for the poster “Expose Yourself to Art” — and the Mayor of Portland Oregon for two terms, from 1985 through 1992. His colorful style and popular appeal even gained him a spot on the Johnny Carson show in October, 1994. Largely due to Bud’s vision about how to run an “Inn”, we now welcome tens of thousands of people, young and old- and from a diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints- through our doors each year. The Goose has always been a place to share a pint or glass of wine with friends and mingle with both old and new acquaintances. There is no video poker to distract your table mates from the discussion, although a single TV is available for those die-hard folks who need to stay informed about scores, games, or political debates. Mostly, we’re about developing our verbal abilities – and promoting the consumption of Reubens.

The Goose is still owned and operated by the Clark family; if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of Bud holding court with old friends at the bar, or tucked away at a table. We continue to thrive thanks to the talents of a free-spirited dedicated and cohesive staff, Goose family, and clientele.

Go to: https://www.goosehollowinn.com/about


Posted on January 16, 2019 at 3:51 pm
Brian Johnson | Category: Bars, Restaurants | Tagged , , , ,

Why I love Portland! The Metropolitan Youth Symphony

About MYS

Metropolitan Youth Symphony educates, develops and promotes young musicians.About MYS 2

MYS provides music education and performance opportunities for young musicians of all ages and levels of experience. Now in our 44th year, we enroll over 500 youth from the Portland Metro and SW Washington areas in 14 ensembles including orchestra, band, jazz, and percussion. New this season, we are offering an entry level String Orchestra on Saturdays in Hillsboro.  Additionally, MYS offers theory classes, a mid-winter chamber music program, and a one week summer chamber music camp, Portland Summer Ensembles.  Our commitment to access is foundational. MYS has a strong financial aid program that welcomes all students regardless of their financial circumstances, a tuition-free Beginning Strings program with classes on Saturday in Portland and after school in Hillsboro, and a school outreach program that performs 15 in-school concerts each season for over 5,000 students from under-served schools.

MYS Music Director Raul Gomez leads a team of professional conductors and instrumental coaches who work with our students each Saturday at Roseway Heights K-8 in NE Portland and Lincoln Street Elementary in Hillsboro.  We believe that quality music education taught in a supportive but challenging environment gives every student musician the opportunity to be successful.  MYS is one of the largest youth orchestra programs in the nation and one of only a handful offering a jazz program.

Lajos Balogh MYS FounderThe History of MYS

Metropolitan Youth Symphony was founded in 1974 by Maestro Lajos Balogh with 16 string players and the group grew quickly to 35 members by their first performance in 1975. MYS was founded on the belief that the study of music is an integral part of a childbecoming a well-rounded adult. Not only does music promote intellectual and aesthetic knowledge, it also builds leadership skills and creates a supportive, community environment.

Founded in response to the community’s need for musical enrichment, MYS has:

  • Contributed the musical development of over ten thousand musicians
  • Performed hundreds of youth concerts all over the northwest
  • Performed outreach concerts to thousands of students in under-served schools
  • Embarked on tours around the world
  • Awarded tuition assistance to every young musician in need
  • Developed volunteer support that incorporates more than 100 people in many different capacities
Posted on January 10, 2019 at 11:33 pm
Brian Johnson | Category: Architecture, Arts and Culture, Portland, Real Estate, Restaurants | Tagged , , , ,

Why I love Portland! Signal Station Pizza


PHONE 503-286-2257
St Johns’ favorite pizza: Dine-in or take out

Hello! We are an independent, family-owned business operated since 2006 by local Portlanders Tim and Kristi. We do our best to provide customers with an amazing pizza at an amazing value and hope you enjoy dining here as much as we enjoy serving you!

We serve pizza you can feel good about, simple, natural, delicious. Pizza that helps you feel great about yourself, your family and the community around you.

You see, we make our pizzas with the good stuff. All natural ingredients, fresh-made dough, homemade sauces, whole-milk mozzarella and locally sourced produce whenever possible.

We promise to have a (dough) ball making your pizza. We promise not to take ourselves too seriously and we promise to be stewards of our environment, our local communities and the world around us.

Our menu offers artisan pizzas, calzones, sub sandwiches and salads. Fresh, local ingredients are used whenever possible such as Shepard’s grain organic flour. We make our dough and sauce fresh daily.  We use only whole-milk mozzarella cheese as we strongly believe it makes a better pizza. Our pies are available all day by the slice or as a whole pizzas. We pride ourselves on serving a delicious pizzas at a fair price. Our goals are to provide both a quality product and and friendly service. We also serve sodas, beer by the bottle and on-tap,  and a fine selection wines by the glass or bottle. Please use the form below to send us any comments or questions. Deliveries are available upon request for larger orders. Please contact us as we are happy to cater your office parties with advanced notice. We are a great spot for small birthday and team parties. Thank you for your patronage!

Monday 11-9:00
Tuesday 11-9
Wednesday 11-9
Thursday 11-9
Friday 11-9:30
Friday 11-9:30
Sunday 12-8

Posted on December 3, 2018 at 3:46 pm
Brian Johnson | Category: Restaurants, Uncategorized