Artist Sara Sjol enjoys the creative fruits of the Pacific Northwest, especially music and visual art. When she’s not getting pancakes after a show, she can be found in her studio… possibly eating pancakes. @sarasjol


Aladdin Theater / SE

One of my three favorite venues for live music! The Aladdin dates back to the late 1920s and is still a great place to see a show.

Original Hotcake House / SE

Next, pop in for a Hotcake House Happy Hour. I always get hotcakes after shows at the Aladdin. It’s a tradition.

The Jack London Revue / SW

Head to the Jack London Revue for late-night jazz and cocktails. This is Christian Scott at an OPB music taping.


Stepping Stone Cafe / NW

Grab breakfast at Stepping Stone Café in Northwest. A great spot day or late night. Near Russo Gallery.

Gallery 903 & Mural Tour / NW & Citywide

The Pearl District is full of great galleries like Gallery 903. Take a tour of the murals, orchestrated by Forest for the Trees NW, scattered throughout Portland.

The Good Mod / NW

Stop by Good Mod for a midday visual feasting of midcentury-modern, Danish and vintage furniture, plus art and lighting. Eye candy heaven.

Escape From NY Pizza / NW

Visit local legend Escape from New York Pizza for dinner. Love grabbing a slice to eat in the park before a flick at Cinema 21.


Vedanta Retreat Trail / Scappoose

My day to ground and recharge, starting with a hike visiting handcrafted shrines of the major religions at the Vedanta Retreat Trail.

Oregon Symphony / SW

Relax at a matinee of the Oregon Symphony. I attend at least one symphony performance a year.

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