Habesha Lounge Is Closing

The bar and music venue atop an Ethiopian restaurant shuts down at the end of the month.


And down goes another one. Music venue Habesha Lounge is closing, along with the restaurant beneath it. The small Northeast Broadway bar above an Ethiopian restaurant had, over the past two years, developed into a hub for Portland music's psychedelic fringe. According to Habesha restaurant's manager, the building has not fallen prey to developers. Owner Enuysh Kabede has simply decided ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The Alhambra Theatre is Closing

The historic Hawthorne venue's latest incarnation hosts its final shows this month.


Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Alhambra Theatre is closing. Again. According to a post on the venue's Facebook page, the current occupants of the century-old music venue at the corner of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and 49th Avenue "have been unable to come to mutually agreeable terms in regards to our lease." The doors close at the end of June, and all shows scheduled beyond that point ...   More
Monday, June 8, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Details of New Music Venue at Washington High School Released

True West and Mississippi Studios partner on state-of-the-art 850-seat theater called Revolution Hall, scheduled to open in 2015.

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Back in July, rumors circulated that the redevelopment of George Washington High School in Southeast Portland would include converting the school's auditorium into a live music venue. That has now been confirmed: An 850-seat event space, dubbed Revolution Hall, is tentatively slated to open on the site of the long-shuttered Buckman neighborhood campus in February 2015. In essence, the Rev (that's ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Slabtown Rising?

A week after it closed for good, owner Doug Rogers says he will attempt to reopen the Northwest Portland rock club.


Though it had nothing to do with Portland, the episode of AMC's megahit zombie drama The Walking Dead that aired the day after Slabtown's supposed last show ever was titled “Slabtown.” Now, little over a week later, it appears the much-lamented Northwest Portland rock club itself might be rising from the grave—emphasis on "might." Although Slabtown closed its doors permanently on Nov. 2, ...   More
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Knock Back: Knocking Around

Bar Reviews
There are two types of Alberta Street bars: sticky-floored dives and whatever’s around the corner from your house. For all its gentrified, au courant hipness, the area still lacks an anchoring   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER


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