Need a break from the same-old, same-old? Here are three alluring reasons to leave town this weekend:
Alfred Hitchcock was a master of the macabre in 20th-century cinema, so when better than Halloween week to see recent restorations of some of his earliest works, part of a collection of nine silent Hitchcock films from the 1920s? They’re being shown in Portland with live, original musical accompaniment by local artists. Included is 1925′s “The Pleasure Garden,” Hitchcock’s first film. It’s all part of the final weekend for Portland Art Museum/Northwest Film Center’s Reel Music Festival. $15 per film, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Friday through Sunday.
Just west of Yakima, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy invites visitors Saturday for its annual Fall Colors Festival, a day of guided hikes on the conservancy’s 30 miles of trails through sage and grasslands, flowering meadows, oak woodlands and basalt cliffs. The area’s lifeblood is Cowiche Creek, replete with salmon, beavers, crayfish, great blue herons and other wildlife. Hikes are graded as easy, intermediate, or long, and start at 10 a.m. One trail connects to Wilridge Winery’s nearby tasting room. Hikes start from the Snow Mountain Ranch parking area off Cowiche Mill Road. Free.
Hop on the Clipper to Victoria for Art of the Cocktail, the B.C. capital city’s three-day celebration of mixology in the modern world. Workshops at local lounges range from “How to Become an Agave Idiot” to “The Fine Art of Not Drinking Like a Complete Chump.” Plus bartender competitions for novices as well as pros, and an opening-night Grand Tasting at Victoria’s historical Crystal Gardens. Saturday through Monday, various venues in Victoria, B.C., costs vary.