This weekend

Big things are happening on the east side of Burnside Bridge head! 5 MLK and Block 76 West are steadily taking shape. Just a few blocks away, the exterior of KEX, a Icelandic hostel, is being finished as well.

In the The Fair-haired Dumbbell, Latin-Caribbean restaurant Meridian 7 is now open. They’re having their grand opening next weekend, on Friday, September 27th.


KBOO’s Fall pledge drive:


Located south of Burnside and 8th Ave, KBOO radio has been an independent voice in Portland radio for 50 years.

They’re having their fall pledge drive right now. You can donate to the station here, or go visit their office.


Salmon grill out:


The cookout is hosted by Iliamna Fish Company, a sustainable fishing company based in Alaska. There’ll be games and prize, and you can check out Cosube’s new deck.

Cosube, 111 NE MLK * noon – 6 pm


Live music:

Rontom’s Sunday Sessions brings two live bands to Burnside once a week. This week’s show features Kulululu & LiquidLight.

Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St * 8 pm – 11 pm * free


Have a great weekend! And keep supporting your local businesses and events!


This weekend

Out in East Portland, Montavilla Initiative and East Portland neighborhood activists launched a new campaign called “Enough is Enough”, calling on the City to pay better attention to homeless camps and the impact they have on neighborhoods.

It’s clear that many aren’t satisfied with the current state of law enforcement and homelessness support, but what about solutions? It’s been a year since Right 2 Dream Too has moved into their new location.

Earlier this month, OPB interviewed representatives from the neighborhood and the 100-bed rest camp who have worked together to make it a success for all involved.


All weekend, leep an eye out for The Predator, not to mention Crazy Rich Asians, if you happen to be in the vicinity of the Laurelhurst Theatre. “Known for showing first and second-run films and for serving food and beer, the theater was constructed in 1923 with an Art Deco design.”

2735 Burnside St. * Late afternoon and evening shows


Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tribute: Petty Theft w/This Year’s Model will be playing their hearts out at Burnside Skate Park on Friday night, September 21st. Burnside Skatepark is a skatepark located in Portland. Located under the east end of the Burnside Bridge, the skatepark was originally built by the skateboard community without permission and eventually the city approved the area as a public skatepark.”

SE 2nd Ave. * 7 pm


Cider Riot, that chill and cozy watering hole serving house ciders made with local apples, presents The Children’s Book Bank “Cask for a Cause” on Friday, September 21st. “In honor of The Children’s Book Bank we’re tapping a very special cask of 1763 Revolutionary West Country Cider, our award-winning cider for the event” — with 50 % proceeds going to the kids’ Book Bank!

807 NE Couch St. * 5 pm – 8 pm



Cosube, Kern’s surf / coffee / and beer shop, is hosting an all day BBQ to raise awareness of a campaign to stop a pebble mine in Alaska. There’s be bands as well.

For more information on this issue, go here.


It’s bluegrass and stringband tunes from two talented pickers, Josh Cole & Marilee Hord, on Saturday, September 22nd, at the always quenching Laurelthirst Public House.

All ages can enjoy an awesome afternoon’s musicality.

2958 NE Glisan St. * 12 pm – 2 pm


Hot off the presses at the KBOO Community Event Calendar – it’s time to wet your whistle and raise a ruckus over a show called, Whiskey Dixie and the Wet Country, this Saturday night, September 22nd at the Imago Theatre. “A raunchy outlaw-country musical about a sexually frustrated cowgirl who finds herself on a tragicomic ride from Hell and will do whatever it takes to get off. Written by local award-winning and Grammy-nominated songwriter Amanda Richards and directed by Serah Pope.”

17 SE 8th Ave. * 7pm – 9 pm


You’ve probably been wondering, what are the Romtoms Sunday Sessions? Well, of course, they’re at Romtoms, the hip live-music hangout with patio, and of course, they’re on Sunday, and they’re music sessions that will keep you coming back for more.

600 E. Burnside St. * 2 pm – 2:30 am


Cast your Autotune to the wind and come out and enjoy the finest in Portland Karaoke at Trio Club. Trio offers a multi-dimensional Portland night club experience. We offer three different rooms that entertain DJ’s, Private Parties, Karaoke, Dancing, and socializing. Trio is a 21 and over nightclub.”

909 E. Burnside St. * Sunday – Thursday 5 pm – 2:30am Friday – Saturday 5 pm – 3:30am



This weekend

Summers in Portland are short and packed full of awesome events. Here are a few of the happenings in Kerns this weekend.

Here are a few photographs from last week’s First Friday PDX art walk. All the photos are from AFRU Gallery, besides the one in the lower right, which is from Cosube.

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KBOO has been a Portland institution for 50 years, and is celebrating that legacy this weekend. It’s a broad range of music… including hip hop, reggae, blues, jam, and indie rock.

SE 8th Ave between Ankeny & Ash * noon – 10 pm * free 


Rontoms Sunday Session is: Ah God • Blackwater Holylight • Help

Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St * 8 pm – 11 pm * free


This is a short post because we’re still learning the neighborhood, but there are multiple awesome places in Kerns to gather, eat, and enjoy art and music.

Much love, enjoy your weekend!


How Portland tracks crime data— and how it doesn’t serve Kerns

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It’s an odd slice of territory and an odd system, but the neighborhood system is how the City sees and communicates with its neighbors.

It’s the only way to track crime data (beyond citizen reports and unsubstantiated 911 calls), it’s the way the City communicates with neighbors about developments.

Though it doesn’t have much official power and is in flux, the neighborhood associations like the Kerns Neighborhood Association are another layer of government and a way to connect with other neighbors who care about making their neighborhood a better place.

Many think it’s a flawed system— and often it’s a forum for intense conflict— but right now it’s what we have. We’ve been reporting on these issues in East Portland for two years, and are pleased to expand into inner Southeast.