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Explore Portland! The following is a list of recommended events and local attractions you might check out while you are in town.







HEAD. HANDS . FEET | Four tales of Dismemberment
Shaking the Tree Warehouse - 823 SE Grant St.
Thursday, 10/6 - 7:30pm
Join Rauschenberg SEED Grantee Shaking the Tree Theater for the Final Dress rehearsal for Head. Hands. Feet. Head. Hands. Feet. brings you tales of darkness, dismemberment, and the immersive visual landscape that Shaking the Tree is known for. In all of these stories, one thing is clear: All is not safe and beautiful, and happy endings are not guaranteed. Stories include: Bluebeard by Charles Perrault, The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Anderson, and The Handless Maiden by The Brothers Grimm; also, Euripides' Iphigenia, adapted by Irish playwright Edna O'Brien. Set designed by Rhiza Architecture & Design. Directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe.

Tip: Attendance is FREE for AAC conference attendees, but
seating is limited! Please email to
reserve your spot.
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First Thursday in the Pearl
Pearl District
Thursday, 10/6 - 6pm-10pm
Started in 1986, First Thursday in the Pearl is a district-wide celebration that occurs on the first Thursday of each and every month. Originally a gathering of art collectors and dealers, the celebration has grown to a  monthly event of over ten thousand people that includes art enthusiasts, wine aficionados and scenesters looking to see and be seen. When you combine a rich and thriving art scene with some of the best happy hour menus found in Portland, you get an event that has quickly become the place to be in Portland each month!

Tip: Go see The Soul of Black Art- Upfor marks its third
anniversary with an exhibition guest curated by collector John
Goodwin. The work spans 100 years of black culture in the
US, from an abstract expressionist collage of North Carolina
to lushly colored paintings by Portlander Arvie Smith to
photography by Pulitzer winner Damon Winter.
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The Portland Art Museum - Andy Warhol Exhibition
Portland Art Museum - 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR

Starting on Saturday 10/8, the Portland Art Museum is pleased to present Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation,opening October 8, 2016. This major retrospective exhibition of approximately 250 Andy Warhol prints and ephemera from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer is the largest of its kind ever to be presented. It spans two floors of the Museum and includes instantly recognizable images such as Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Can (Tomato) and Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn).

Tip: Show your conference badge on 10/6 or 10/7 for discounted admission of just $5! [ read more ]




Hiking in Portland
Portland offers hikers plenty of trails. At 5,100 acres, Forest Park boasts more than 80 miles of paths, including the Wildwood Trail, a National Recreation Trail which stretches for more than 30 miles, connecting historic Pittock MansionHoyt Arboretum and the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Along Portland’s southwest border lies Tryon Creek State Park, a 670-acre forest with a fully staffed nature center and a network of trails winding past trickling streams.

Tip: Washington Park – Deep woods and mountain views highlight the best hike within Portland at this gem of a park.An easy 3.6-mile loop to Hoyt Arboretum offers a nice slice of the Wildwood Trail — which extends over 30 miles — but offers views for a longer trek. [ read more ]


There are many excellent dining options just a short walk from the hotel. Here is a small sampling!

Breakfast + Lunch

Mugshots Cafe - quick breakfast. Hot + cold options.

Food carts - assortment of lunch wagons, taco trucks or even snack shacks.
Dinner + After hours
Andina - upscale New Peruvian cuisine and cocktails served in a lively space filled with music and art. Good for large groups.
Luc Lac - traditional Vietnamese dishes using fresh, local ingredients. Open til 4am.
Tasty n Alder - modern stakehouse, international influences.
Departure - roof-top bar, great views.
Clyde Common @ Ace Hotel - delicious food, hip space.

Lunch is provided as part of your conference registration. Coffee/tea is available at the conference site each morning at 8:30am.

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