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🎟️ From Sweet to Elite
Fans mill about the outside of Portland's Moda Center, which is illuminated in bright red against the dusky sky.
Hosting The Big Dance puts Portland on the big stage in the world of sports. | Photo via Rose Quarter/Sport Oregon
Have you ever seen Blue Devils on Burnside? What about Longhorns on Lovejoy? Perhaps Huskies on Harvey Milk Street? Yeah, you’re right, that’s not something you see every day — but the chances are certainly higher this weekend, when Portland hosts the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Fans from schools across the country will descend on the Moda Center to root their teams on toward eternal glory. The regional (Friday, March 29-Monday, April 1), will bring a sporting and economic boost to the city, which was originally set to host the event in 2020 until the pandemic canceled all collegiate athletics.

Even if you don’t have a ticket for the games, there will be a Fan Fest held 12-5 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at the Rose Quarter outside the stadium. This free, family-friendly occasion will feature local vendors, basketball hoops, vintage arcade games, a DJ, and more. Dr. Jack’s will also be serving food and beverages and streaming live games.

Let the madness begin.

Sweet 16

Friday, March 29
  • 1-seed Texas vs. 4-seed Gonzaga (4:30 p.m.)
  • 3-seed NC State vs. 2-seed Stanford (7 p.m.)
Saturday, March 30
  • 1-seed Southern California vs. 5-seed Baylor (2:30 p.m.)
  • 3-seed UCONN vs. 7-seed Duke (5 p.m.)

Elite 8

Sunday, March 31

The winners of Friday’s games will face off in this Elite 8 matchup. Game time TBA.

Monday, April 1

The winners of Saturday’s games will face off in this Elite 8 matchup. Game time TBA.

Down the road

Portland will also host games in the first and second rounds of the 2026 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, March 27
  • “Yohen” | Wednesday, March 27-Sunday, April 21 | Times vary | Brunish Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland | $27-$30 | See this play about the challenges of repairing a 30-year marriage in the face of racism, cultural misunderstandings, and the cruel touch of time.
  • Eddie Pepitone | Wednesday, March 27 | 8 p.m. | Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE Ninth Ave., Portland | $10-$35 | Does dark comedy tickle your funny bone? Spend an evening laughing alongside this stand-up and actor, whose material ranges from social rage to self-doubt and everything in between.
  • Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival | Wednesday, March 27-Sunday, May 5 | Times vary | Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn | $15-$65 | One of the region’s most anticipated spring events has burst into bloom with over 1 million tulips transforming 40 acres of farmland into a sea of color.
Thursday, March 28
  • Authentic Asian Dumplings | Thursday, March 28 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Zoiglhaus Brewing Company, 5716 SE 92nd Ave., Portland | $69 | Learn the arts of making your own filling and wrapping these tasty morsels, all while you sip on German beer.
Friday, March 29
  • Gem Faire in Hillsboro | Friday, March 29-Sunday, March 31 | Times vary | Westside Commons, 801 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro | $0-$7 | Explore a large selection of crystals, gemstones, beads, and more, see educational demonstrations, and bring your jewelry in need of repairs and cleaning.
Saturday, March 30
  • Hop into Spring | Saturday, March 30 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland | $19-$24 | Bring the kiddos for a spring-themed seek-and-find game throughout the zoo to explore all the new animal life and outdoor activities.
  • Spring Plant Sale & Mimsosas | Saturday, March 30 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen, 4800 NE Simpson St., Portland | Price of purchase | Indulge your green thumb as your shop for greens, herbs, brassicas, and more; there will also be coffee and pastries.
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News Notes
 
Ranked
  • Portland is No. 4 on Booking.com’s “trending destinations for 2024,” landing behind a hot springs resort town in Japan, an Albanian seaside paradise, and Merida, the capital of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. “Regenerative experiences” appeal to the 60% of travelers who want to see sustainability in action. (Booking.com)
Real Estate
  • Portland architect Roscoe Hemenway designed approx. 300 houses during his prolific, early-to-mid-20th century career — and you could live in one. This 1937 Colonial Revival home in Eastmoreland retains many of the original features (rounded corners, a brick fireplace, art deco adornments) with enough updates to feel modern. (Portland Monthly)
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Outdoors
  • Work to remove fallen trees from Mt. Tabor Park is ongoing this week, causing closures and limitations to several areas, including a portion of the road beyond the playground. The damage occurred during the winter storm in January.
Biz
  • Echo, echo, echo. That’s the sound of empty buildings in downtown Portland, which led the nation in office vacancy rates last year at 30.2%. There were 1.4 million sqft available as 2023 closed — with more expected as leases expire. Old Town and the Pearl District were also included in the report. (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
Sports
  • Michigan. Ohio State. The heavy-hitters of the Oregon Ducks’ upcoming Big Ten football schedule are obvious, but what other schools should fans keep an eye on in the coming years? Spencer McLaughlin, host of Locked On Ducks, discusses the contenders.
Try This
Concert
  • You’re invited to an intimate evening with beloved Americana singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone live in Seabrook on Saturday, May 5. Seabrook Town Hall will host the show, followed by a special meet and greet. Tickets are $25. Pro tip: Use the code “Sera10” to book a weekend stay and enjoy 10% off plus two tickets to the show.*
 
 
Eat
 
🇮🇹 Italy in your mouth
Various covers of In Bocca cookbooks, featuring colorful illustrations on brown cardboard.
“In Bocca” recipes range from classic to obscure, written in Italian and English. | Photos via @nostranapdx
The year was 1976 in Palermo and publishing company Il Vespro released its “In Bocca” series — rare, corrugated cardboard-bound cookbooks featuring remarkable illustrations and recipes celebrating different regions of Italy.

Today, Nostrana displays these collector’s items — more encyclopedia than culinary guide, with poetry, history, and all-but-lost dialects — and has started an “In Bocca” dinner series inspired by their provincial fare.

Chefs Cathy Whims (also the owner) and Sara Woods will bring you an exquisitely prepared four-course meal, complete with wine pairings.

Tickets are $169, with two dinners planned this spring and three more in the fall.

Friday, April 5: Valle d’Aosta
Friday, May 3: Veneto
 
The Buy
 
New denim on Nordstrom Rack. We’re seeing great finds in women’s jeans from Joe’s, Good American, and Lucky Brand, all perfect for a spring refresh.
 
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The Wrap
 
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Ben
From the editor
Last Friday I took my family to Hat Yai for the first time and it was delicious. The restaurant prepares the street food of its namesake city in Southern Thailand (near the Malaysia border). We shared the fried chicken, curry and roti, plus some pad thai on the side.
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