A Rabbit’s Tale, Conventions Galore, Air Guitar Champs and More Fun in Portland on a Bike

August 6, 2008

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…


If you’re in Chicago, we suggest you grab the kids and head over to the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park to see “A Rabbit’s Tale.” This wordless theater production by puppet master Blair Thomas has two versions set to Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” — one performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and one by a solo pianist. Either way, the full-size bunraku puppets will captivate you as they tell the tale of a young boy on a quest to rescue his rabbit from two tricksters.


If you’re a Star Trek fan, nothing we write here will be news to you. For those of us out of the loop, there is a new Star Trek movie directed by J.J. Abrams coming out in May 2009 and this year’s official Star Trek convention will have the two Mr. Spocks on hand, Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto. So get thee to the Las Vegas Hilton this week to get in the spirit with this year’s attendees.


If you took our advice a year ago, you have honed your mad skills and are ready for the U.S. Air Guitar Champs today at the Regency Center in San Francisco. Until the actual event roars to life, keep up with their blog and study up on the finalists. Are we rooting for the defending champ William Ocean or Shreddy Mercury?


Otakon is a huge fan convention run by Otakorp Inc., a non-profit dedicated to promoting Asian culture by celebrating its pop culture. Gobs and gobs of fans will fill the Baltimore Convention Center to bursting capacity. Read their FAQ and you will see that you’ll need to be prepared with comfortable shoes, lots of water and the expectation of being overwhelmed by the offerings. Organizers advise eating more than ramen each day. Also, if you pass out from hunger or dehydration, be warned they will be annoyed. Mostly though, they promise (as all conventions do) to put on the best convention ever this year!


Portland and bikes go together like, well peanut butter and chocolate for example. Here is why the City of Roses is consistently ranked as a top bike-friendly place to be: events like today’s Providence Bridge Pedal. This year marks the 13th annual opportunity to ride (or stride) over Portland’s bridges (minus the Steel and Morrison this year). Some changes to the event this year include a new family-friendly registration fee and adjusted start times to avoid congestion and merging of groups. FYI, The Bite of Oregon is happening the same day and Providence Bridge Pedal attendees get discounted admission.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

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