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Fresh films at Portland Int’l Airport’s in-terminal movie theater

 

In February of 2017, Portland’s historic nonprofit Hollywood Theatre opened a​ free 17-seat movie theater post-security, on Concourse C, at Portland International Airport.

The theater is open to travelers around the clock, showing an hour-long program made up of short films from Oregon filmmakers, including documentaries, music videos, animations, and short fiction.

At the grand opening it was announced that the program would change quarterly. And so it has.

The new program of Oregon-made short films running through the summer includes shorts about beekeepers and slugs; power lifters and circus mice.

Here’s the line-up.

THE MOUSE THAT SOARED, Kyle T. Bell (5:45): A famous flying circus mouse reflects on his humble beginnings in this classic tale of hope and goodness. This six-minute animated short tackles adoption, blended families, and nature vs. nurture. It demonstrates that nothing is more powerful than unconditional love.

A STREET ROOTS STORY, Street Roots (3:07): Learn how Portland’s ​Street Roots​,a nonprofit street newspaper, provides opportunity, hope and community for Marlon and other people living in poverty. As Marlon shares, “Every single person who buys the paper helps humanity grow and grow.”

I DON’T KNOW YOU ANYMORE, Alicia J. Rose (5:02):In this music video for Bob Mould’s “I Don’t Know You Anymore,” the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy offers guidance to Mould on how to promote his new album in the age of iPhones and social media, which sends Mould and his band off on a stealth mission of “hype” at Portland’s own Music Millennium.

MOSSGROVE, Kurtis Hough (5:44):A close examination into the locomotion of Oregon’s banana slugs and mossy landscapes. Made with over 10,000 photographs taken in the Columbia River Gorge.

1850 LBS, Jin Ryu & Pete Gibson (7:04): Jesse Marvin is a 23-year-old powerlifter from Portland, OR, with a heart of gold. He is gunning to lift a total weight of 1850 lbs at an upcoming competition. This film shares his philosophy and determination as he reaches toward his goal.

SUPERHEROES, Mic Crenshaw (4:21): A collaboration between Mic Crenshaw and Dead Prez that highlights the fact that everyday people are heroic. The video features local professional dancers from Portland who are also parents. Each scene has emcees rapping poignant verses as dancers perform with their real-life children. Learn more at ​miccrenshaw.com

BOTTLE NECK, Joanna Priestley (2:56): A luminous crush of still-life silhouettes, abstract shapes, and complex, interlocking patterns, BOTTLE NECK renovates the commonplace objects of a classical painting in a modern setting.

PIANO PUSH PLAY, Alex Thornburg (3:01):Short docu-style piece about ​Piano Push Play​’s public pianos in Portland, OR.

CPR, Kimberly Warner (6:26): While watching lifeguards perform rescue drills at a neighborhood pool, a woman faces her own need to be saved.

LAY ME DOWN, Isaac King (4:24): The song “Lay Me Down,” by Portland neo-soul band ​Dirty Revival​,focuses on drug addiction and its effects on people and families, as well as how little help society offers to those who are struggling. The video illustrates a prologue to this; as rents skyrocket and wages stagnate, too many Portlanders are living on the brink of collapse.

THE BEE HUNTER, Jotham Porzio (7:36): Driving across Portland with approximately 10,000+ honey bees in her Toyota truck at sunset, Wisteria knows she has done it again. She has successfully captured a swarm of wild homeless honey bees. We ride shotgun in this short documentary as we follow Wisteria on a swarm call, showing us just how unique and personal the process is.

 

 

 

Deals for National Doughnut Day – and beyond

Friday, June 2, 2017 is National Doughnut Day and there are oodles of places around the country offering free or free-with-purchase doughnuts to those in know.

There’s also at least one free doughnut deal that lasts all summer long.

Delta Air Lines and American Express are kicking off a national #DeltaAmexPerks doughnut tour today (June 2) that will bring a truck filled with doughnuts inspired by Delta Air Lines snacks such as cookies, pretzels and roasted peanuts to 9 cities across the country.

At each stop, Delta SkyMiles American Express Cardholders can flash their card and pick up a complimentary doughnut, plus one for a guest.

The scheduled dates and local doughnut-maker partners are below. For hours and more details go here.

  • Atlanta, GA – Sublime Doughnuts: June 2-3
  • New York, NY – Underwest Donuts: June 8
  • Boston, MA – Union Square Donuts: June 23-24
  • Detroit, MI – Daily Dozen: July 6-7
  • Minneapolis, MN – Glam Doll Donuts: July 14-15
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC – Rise Biscuits Donuts : July 21-22
  • Los Angeles, CA –Kettle Glazed Doughnuts: July 29-30
  • Salt Lake City, UT – Banbury Cross Donuts: August 4-5
  • Seattle, WA – Top Pot Doughnuts: August 11-12

Here are some other deals for National Doughnut Day, June 2, 2017:

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  • Participating Krispy Kreme shops around the country are offering free doughnuts (while they last) to anyone who stops by:
  • Dunkin Donuts customers can get a free classic doughnut with the purchase of a beverage;
  • Duck Donuts is offering a free doughnut with any purchase;
  • And certain Cumberland Farms stores are offering a free doughnut with beverage purchase deal as well.

If you do get a free doughnut, be sure to eat it. Otherwise it may end up like this doughnut dating back to 1890, which is in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.

I know it looks like a bagel, but it is a doughnut. Here’s the story:

“A few days before her 12th child was born in January 1890, 43-year old farmwife Sarah Faught made a batch of doughnuts for her family. Sarah died five days after childbirth. Her mourning family saved some of Sarah’s doughnuts in her memory. Sarah’s descendants passed this one–a very personal symbol of a mother’s love and of her loss–from generation to generation for 122 years, along with its story.”

 

(Photo courtesy The Henry Ford)

Free airport meals for military personnel

Here’s a nice airport perk:

Paradies Lagardère, which operates restaurants in many North American airports, is once again offering free meals to U.S. military personnel through its Treat Our Troops program.

Between Memorial Day and July 4th, active or retired U.S. military may receive a free menu item and a non-alcoholic beverage in these participating airport restaurant and shops.

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – Blue Ridge Tavern Long Beach Airport (LGB) – The Boathouse, Long Beach Marche, 4th Street Vine
Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – Ruta Maya Coffee, ThunderCloud Subs Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) – Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Core Brewing Co., CNBC Arkansas Traveler, Jammin’ Java, Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market, Smokewood American Grill
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – Abacus, Hickory, Whitetail Bistro Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – Bar Symon, Bottega dei Sapori
Denver International Airport (DEN) – Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Big Bowl, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The Magic Pan, Say Si Bon! TravelMart, Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – Big Bowl, The Magic Pan, Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market, Washington Pour Bar, Wow Bao, U Street Pub
Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE Eagle, Colo.) – Alpenglo Grille, Alpenglo Express Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – Pei Wei Asian Diner
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – Sweet Auburn Market  

 Active and retired U.S. military service personnel  just need to show their military identification when ordering or checking out and receive one menu item such as an entrée, sandwich, appetizer or salad, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Fly like a bird at Pittsburgh Int’l Airport

Courtesy Pittsburgh Int’l Airport

Here’s a great – free – way to experience what it’s like to fly like a bird before you fly on a plane.

Through May 25 ( from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.), passengers can try out a full-body virtual reality experience named Birdly that gives the sensation of flying

Birdly is usually an exhibit at Pittsburgh’s National Aviary ( a bird zoo) with Pittsburgh International Airport as the exhibit’s presenting sponsor, but the exhibit is on site at PIT Airport for the launch of Spirit Airlines’ service to Myrtle Beach on May 25.  The airport promises Birdly will come back to both Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County airports several more times this year.

How does it work?

To ‘fly’, Birdly riders lie on the simulator chest down and flap their arms using hinged wings to control the direction and speed of their travel. A fan simulates headwinds and flying speed, motors and actuators tilt and dip the flyer’s body in response and an HTC Vive headset provides visuals and head-tracking, for a flight over a virtual New York City.

If you go to the National Aviary, the Birdly experience costs per flight, but PIT airport is offering them for free.

Wider free Wi-Fi on JetBlue

Back in December 2013, JetBlue installed its version of in-flight Wi-Fi, which it calls Fly-Fi, on one airplane and offered the service free while it worked out the kinks and worked on installing the service fleet-wide.

Today the airline is celebrating the fact that the service is now available on its entire fleet of 237 Airbus A320s, A321s and Embraer 190s.

“It’s 2017 and our customers expect to be connected everywhere, whether that be from the comfort of their sofa or 35,000 feet above it.” said Jamie Perry, vice president of marketing, JetBlue. “That’s why we’re so proud that JetBlue is now the only airline to offer free, high-speed Wi-Fi, live TV and movies for all customers on every plane.”

Fly-Fi is still offered for free – and will continue to be free, an airline spokesperson assures me – and is available gate-to-gate, along with the services listed in the infographic below.

To celebrate the milestone, on one JetBlue flight today Amazon Dots will be raffled off and every passenger will get a certificate for a free round-trip flight.