Subashini Ganesan is a choreographer and the Founder & Executive Director of New Expressive Works (N.E.W.). Her artistry explores contemporary expressions of South Indian classical dance. As the Creative Laureate of Portland, Ganesan also serves as the official ambassador and advocate for our creative community. @subashinig


Kati Portland

With dinner hours starting as early as 5 pm, this all-vegetarian, almost all-vegan, POC-owned Thai restaurant is one of my go-to eateries in Portland. The ingredients are fresh, and the spice level is perfect for someone like me who grew up eating street food in Singapore.

New Expressive Works

On any given night, you can immerse yourself in contemporary and bold choreography, stunning premieres of new music, and provocative theater performances in N.E.W.’s intimate theater space. Supporting over 200 independent performing artists annually, N.E.W. fosters cross-cultural dialogue by providing an affordable and vibrant space where artists gather, create, and benefit from one another’s expertise.


Division Wines

Will and Danyelle Prouty, co-owners of Division Wines, nurture a warm and special neighborhood wine shop and bar. The shop focuses on “expressive” wines made off the beaten path with healthy and thoughtful practices. Complimenting the beverages are small plates that feature sustainably sourced ingredients prepared with care.

Shaking the Tree Theatre

Take in an evening of thought-provoking theater at Shaking the Tree, a non-traditional warehouse space where the boundaries of theater and visual art meld exceptionally. Led by Samanth Van Der Merwe, every STT performance is at the intersection of innovation, activism, equity, and groundbreaking theatricality, allowing audiences to experience a deeper, more active connection to the work.



Breakfast Gnocchi. Polenta and Greens. Bombolone (Italian doughnuts with house orange sauce). Or a yummy wood-fired oven pizza. The makings of perfect Sunday spot to experience a delicious and leisurely brunch while watching the world stroll by on Division Street.

Independent Publishing Resource Center

Family-friendly afternoon of creating your own screen-prints, ‘zines, books, comics, and even graphic novels. Learn the historic craft of printing with movable type at IPRC’s Letterpress Print Shop or the basics of silkscreen printing in their lively Screenprinting Studio. And don’t miss their ‘Zine Library, which houses 9,000 self-published and independently produced materials!


Pinolo Gelato

I love Pinolo’s pistachio gelato, and the rest of their offerings are just as divine. Their dairy-free flavors are gluten free contain no artificial flavors or colors, and are made with 100% pure fruit from local sources whenever possible. There is something so right about ending the weekend with a perfect scoop of gelato.

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