Electric Tango to the River, PAX to the Bats, and The Opposite of Fast Food

August 27, 2008

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…


Tonight is the last concert of the summer concert series Music Without Borders in Chicago’s Millennium Park. These concerts are a celebration of world music and the final show features Bajofondo Tango Club, an electric tango project from Buenos Aires. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost zero, zip, nada (otherwise known as free).


School has started and therefore summer is winding down but Portland isn’t giving up yet. Those guys know how to hold on to summer no matter what. This time it’s Riverfest to the rescue, so leave your kids’ backpacks at home along with the new carpool schedule. Instead go out on a river tour, learn more about the history of the Willamette, clean up a little litter and do a little grooving to some live music.


If you’ve earned your Loyal Newsletter Reader Badge, awarded after one year of readership, you’ll remember that PAX happens at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle in August and it’s all about the game. If you’re a new reader, PAX is the Penny Arcade Expo. They call it a festival but it’s really about the game. And remember we told you about awesome prizes for Omegathon? Yeah it was an all-expenses paid trip to Japan. For more gaming.


It’s time to come out and watch the bats in Austin under the Congress Avenue Bridge. Did you know that this is the largest urban bat colony in North America? You see, the mama Mexican Free Tail Bats migrate to Austin in March all knocked up and then in July they all give birth and in August, all those babies (1 million plus!) go out to fly with their mamas in the evenings to look for food. Their nightly take? Some 10-30,000 POUNDS of insects. So if you take bat viewing and add live music, you get an Austin tradition: Batfest. Admission is only five bucks and helps the bats!


The largest celebration of food in America is taking place in various San Francisco venues, including Fort Mason. And this is not some combo meal we’re talking about; it is about slow food — local, affordable and sustainably produced. It is the food from yesteryear that is making a comeback. It is Slow Food Nation. There will be a marketplace with dozens of farmers and food artisans showcasing the range of American food. There are lots of interesting workshops, almost all sold out already. Maybe the “value experts” from Whole Foods (hello oxymoron! nice to meet you!) need to open up a few more sessions for the rest of us. Luckily there is way more to do at Slow Food Nation than space for me to write about it.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

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