Is it way past time to clean out the fridge? Would it be easier to just leave town? Here are some other good reasons to hit the road this weekend:
Tour seven Olympic Peninsula wineries and cideries during their annual Harvest Wine Tour and Scarecrow Contest this Saturday through Monday. A $30 pass gets you wine tastings and food pairings, such as wild-mushroom stroganoff at Harbinger Winery in Port Angeles, Alder Wood Bistro’s lamb stew at Olympic Cellars, or miniature caramel apple hand-pies with hot spiced “Chai-der” at Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum. Each stop competes with its own version of vineyard scarecrows.
The eight-day Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival kicks off in Portland on Friday. The festival, in its 40th year, presents more than 400 juried entries from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. New and experimenting filmmakers meet up in panel forums. Friday and Saturday, see screenings of short films, such as Portlander Vance Reeser’s “Lake Beast,” in which “a childhood vision compels a man to explore the bottom of a toxic lake.” Sunday, see Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths’ “Eden,” a thriller inspired by true events in which a young Korean-American girl is abducted and forced into prostitution. General admission $9, festival pass $40.
Just plain bored? Here’s strong medicine. Hop a train or dash to the car and head to B.C. for Friday night’s sixth annual event called “Interesting Vancouver” (tickets: $30). Perhaps its website describes it best: “There is no theme, no organizing principle save for, ‘Things that are Interesting,’ and the evening’s aim is to impart new knowledge, things you’ve never known, or thought about, open up parallel thinking ports, and activate parts of your brain that for even the brainiest person may have been neglected or unexplored.” Samples of planned presenters:
- Stéphane Mouttet will share his story about being reunited with his biological parents and his love for travel infused by having two families.
- Meaghan Kennedy will share her story about how piñatas have changed her life. Her talk will end with a live piñata smashing with members of the audience.
- Dave (aka Peach Cobblah) Deveau will share his story about how necessity is the root of creativity and how cuts to arts funding have created an East Vancouver Drag Queen Empire and inspired the events and theatre productions that he and his husband manage.