TFAW Hosts Art Opening

On Friday, June 24th, Things From Another World’s Hollywood location will be hosting an art show and book preview with local artist Paul Guinan and writer Anina Bennett. The art show features a selection of prints and a display of rare toys and artifacts from the pair’s book, Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. This book, a fictional “historical,” tells the story of a mechanical man/prototype soldier, built during the 1890s and follows his adventures through World War I. The work has not only received the Emperor Norton Award, it has also been recently optioned by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost, Fringe).

To add to the evening, the event will also include a sneak preview of artwork from Paul and Anina’s upcoming book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention. The intriguing concept of the book promises to be the chronicle of a family of steampunk inventors. As a feature of this exhibit, Paul will present the first public showing of the elaborate model he built of “Valiant”, Frank Reade’s electric battle wagon.

All this and you get to meet Paul and Anina, who will be TFAW’s special guests at this year’s SDCC without the long drive. The event kicks off at 7pm and runs until 10pm. There will be copies of Boilerplate will be available for purchase and signing. Also, you are invited to view an extraordinary collection of pieces while enjoying complimentary food, beer, and wine (with valid ID).

Hope to see you there!

Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival

Fresh off the fun and excitement of the 2011 Geek Olympaton, PDXYAR will be returning to our regular pirating duties this weekend as we set course for the Rockaway Beach Pirate Festival. This first year of the Rockaway Beach pirate fest will feature not only PDXYAR, but there is also Treasure Hunt, Kids Scavenger Hunt and Sundown Submarine Races.

PDXYAR will be on hand Saturday and Sunday with a full line up pirate offerings. Beyond the PDXYAR Merchandise & Gaming Booths (open 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sunday) we will be offering the following entertainments:

Black Powder Performance: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Sea Shanty Performance: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sword Fighting: 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Fire Dancing: 10:00 PM – 10:30 PM

After the Fire Dancing, join us for a raid on Rick’s Roadhouse!

Black Powder Performance: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Sea Shanty Performance: 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Sword Fighting: 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Getting there:

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UPDATED: The Geek Olympathon is Nearly Upon Us!

UPDATE: Here is video of this morning’s opening ceremonies!

This weekend, Portland will bear witness to a never before seen event as PGC3 presents the Geek Olympathon!

OLYMPATHON 2011 from Zachary van Buuren on Vimeo.

For two days, at venues all around PDX, geeks will be called upon to demonstrate their prowess in events such as:

Racing the Tubes Alleycat Bicycle Race
Swords From Stones
Costume Contest
Long-Box Long-Jump
Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt
The Great Bagging and Boxing Race
Fruity Oaty Crafty
Left 4 Dead Last Man Standing
Liar’s Dice

PDXYAR will be around all weekend to celebrate everything Geek. Aside from the potential shanty, occasional sword fight and a bit of rum consumption, we will be running the Liar’s Dice competition on both Saturday and Sunday. We are also sponsoring the Ye Olde Scallywag Hunt(Hint: if you follow us on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook you may be able to receive hints to help you win this event) through out the weekend.

You will definitely be able to find PDXYAR pirates at Saturday night’s Drink-a-thon (I know, shocking isn’t it?). While Music Du Jour (aka Ken Texley, aka Bosun’s Mate Fjørd Porkins) provides music, Captain Redgoat will share the hosting duties with Dawn AM of BookCycle PDX for an evening of Geek themed entertainment and thrills. Just to make sure things are exciting, PDXYAR will be playing with fire… literally. Greta, Main Mast, Pottie and Master Dingo will be doing a fire dancing performance that is sure to amaze and impress.

There is still time to get your team together! Register here and then compete for Glory! and magnificent prizes.

Multi Artist Studio Sale this Weekend

Need some pottery, ceramic art and sculptural work but have been a little cash strapped. Check out the 9 artists, including our good friend Mark Heimann of Quicksilver’s Pirate Pots, offer original work in clay, wood, and glass at the Ceramics Studio of Janet Buskirk and Jim Koudelk. The line up of artists includes:

Janet Buskirk – Colorful porcelain & stoneware dishes
Laura Cooke– Pottery for everyday use with colors and forms inspired by nature
Steve Dirks– Hand carved wooden spoons
Alex Farnham– Hand blown decorative and functional glass.
Nancy Hart – Porcelain tableware decorated with colorful garden images
Mark Heimann – Pirate Pots, Kanji Lanterns, bowls, mugs, platters and surprises!
Ji-Min Lee– Beautifully decorated, elegant functional ceramics
Ginger Steele– Functional salt-fired stoneware

Check out the selection at:

4614 SE Salmon St.
Portland, OR 97215
at corner of SE 46th and Salmon

The Sale runs Saturday and Sunday, June 4 & 5 from 11am-6p

Bilgerats and Pyrettes Play the Hawthorne Theatre

Plunderous pirate music is set to once again take the stage as the Bilgerats and Pyrettes play the Hawthorne Theatre June 2nd. Join the crew of miscreant musicians, which includes some of our very own PDXYAR shipmates, as they preform a truly unique acoustic collection of pirate themed music in an all ages show. For those not fortunate enough to have experienced Bilgerats & Pyrettes before, you can expect to enjoy music includes traditional sea shanties, along with original compositions and familiar contemporary pieces


Remember when ordering your ticket online to use the coupon code BILGERATS699 to get $2.00 off.

Order Tickets HERE!

For more information on Bilgerats & Pyrettes:

Their downloadable single found here
Connect with the band on Facebook
Enjoy some of their music below:


Concert Details:

When: June 2nd

Time: 7pm

What: An all ages concert (cash bar with a valid ID only)

Cost: $10 advanced tickets/ $12 at the door

Where: The Hawthorn Theatre, 1507 SE 39th Ave, Portland (Note: Online maps may place the theatre at 3862 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard)

Why: Because you are a pirate- enough said

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PDXYAR Pirates Land at the Portland Children’s Museum

Calling all young scallywags, powder monkeys and rovers in training, this Saturday the Portland Children’s Museum will play host to the Pirate Celebration. This will be a unique interactive learning event featuring crafts, games, pirate appearances, storytelling, singing and even a touch of sword play.

PDXYAR is proud to be contributing to the full program of activities and interaction for the kids. We will be on hand from 11am until 3pm and beyond the scheduled program, we will be about the museum talking with the kids and posing for pictures.

Here is a list of some of the planned events:

10:00- 12:00 Build your own treasure box- Museum Staff
11:00- 11:30 PDXYAR Story time theater
11:30- 11:45 Sword and weapon demonstrations
12:30- 1:00 Shanties- featuring songs from the start of a sea voyage, their origins and history
1:00- 3:00 Tie Dye (additional cost of $3-$8 depending on item to dye)- Museum Staff
1:15- 1:30 Sword and weapon demonstrations
2:00- 2:30 PDXYAR Story time theater
3:00- 3:30 Shanties- featuring songs from the end of a sea voyage, their origins and history

[Shhh! Don’t tell anyone we told you this…]Here is an inside tip to share with your child- The Portland Children’s Museum is putting hints about Saturday’s Scavenger Hunt on their Facebook page. Give them a visit to get the upper hand![end secret message]

So, gather up your little ones, grab your camera and we will see you at the Portland Children’s Museum this Saturday!


What: The Pirate Celebration
When: starting at 10am
Museum members: FREE (for membership information click here)
Under age 1: FREE
Age 1-54: $9 (buy online, $8)
Ages 55+/Military: $8

Portland Children’s Museum
4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97221

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UPDATED: See Pirates of the Caribbean IV with Pirates!

UPDATES for the Tonight’s show:

  • Doors open at 10:30
  • Pre-film entertainment by the Bilge Rats & Pyrettes!
  • Free small popcorn to anyone attending in a pirate costume! (But, ye have to don yer finest piratical attire to qualify fer this special deal. Meanin’, ye need to be wearin’ more than just an eyepatch an’ a plastic hook!)
  • Glorious door prizes, courtesy of PDXYAR and the Roseway Theater!

“Pirates of the Caribbean- on Stranger Tides” hits theaters this weekend and it is time for you to make plans to join PDXYAR at the Roseway Theater. The Privateers of Stumptown will be descending on Portland’s finest digital theater for two shows.

To start with we will, be celebrating the movie’s release by adding our own piratical flair to Friday’s midnight showing. Get there early for the pre show entertainment, provided by PDXYAR and come adorned in your pirate best for chances to win glorious prizes. Tickets are on sale now

If you can’t make it to the Friday night show, you will have another chance to take in the movie with style… errr- class… well, there will be pirates. PDXYAR will be noon showing of the movie on Saturday as well.

Stay tuned to PDXYAR on Twitter and Facebook for more info on the pre-show entertainment.

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The Total Pirate Weekend- Wonder Northwest, Geeklesque and More!

In the last few months you have seen the crew of PDXYAR in many lights. You have seen us at the Space Room when Dangerous Kids and PDXYAR have presented “Pirates” (which means you saw us clueless as to the inclusion of Kraken Rum in the drink dubbed the “Captain Redgoat”). We have helped put on Geeklesque, at Guardian Games, where an angry cleric almost left us leaderless. You have even seen us providing… shall we say, color at the Jolly Roger as Quiz Master Poly spun pirate trivia questions, at TFAW for Free Comic Book Day, on the ice of a Winter Hawks game and even on TV with Rick Emerson. Of course, if nothing else you have at least seen us shamelessly promoting our, now, successful Kickstarter campaign to build a pirate ship.

This coming weekend you will be able to see PDXYAR engaging in our usual shenanigans and skulduggery, but there will also be something new. In the midst of an exciting weekend packed with events such as the St. John Parade, the return of Geeklesque and the premier of the Wonder Northwest Expo, PDXYAR will get the chance to put on our living history hats… err… tri corns.

This Sunday, at the Wonder Northwest Expo, PDXYAR’s passion for living history will take the stage- literally. We will host our own panel entitled “Pirates: Fact & Ficton” from 2 until 2:45 on Sunday. In the panel, the privateers of PDXYAR discuss some of the truths, lies, myths, legends, and Hollywood “tall tales” regarding those who sailed the seas during the “Golden Age” of piracy. This promises to be an entertaining and lively discussion featuring questions and counter arguments from the audience.

Of course, the panel is not the only contribution that PDXYAR will be making to Wonder Northwest this weekend. Starting on Saturday and running through Sunday night, PDXYAR will have a mini-encampment and a merchandise booth on the vendor floor. This is on top of making general nuisances of ourselves, spontaneously breaking into shanty and more than likely engaging in a melee or two. Finally to round out the expo, our own Captain Redgoat will be one of the judges in Sunday afternoon’s costume competition, which will indeed have a Best Pirate Costume Award.

Now that you have put “2pm Wonder Northwest- PDXYAR panel” into your smart phone, I am willing to bet you are wondering about the other events I mentioned. First while the Forenoon Watch is crewing the booth at Wonder Northwest, a PDXYAR landing party will be joining in a tradition that has been around since 1962- the St. John’s Parade. We will be marching with other brethren in support of the Portland Pirate Festival in the parade which starts at noon. Click here for more details about the St. John’s Parade.

Rounding out our weekend is the return of an event we have been anxiously awaiting, Geeklesque! Special Edition. Once again PDXYAR will be sponsoring the event which promises an evening of sultry superheroines!… villainous vixens!… and fantastic flirts! If you made the standing-room-only show at Guardian Games, you know that this is a must see show. So, join us at the Bossanova Ballroom at 8pm on Sunday night.

PDXYAR Invades Things From Another World

Spring is upon us once again and with it comes a most cherished tradition. No, we aren’t talking about the swallows returning to Capistrano, this is far more important than that. You see, it is almost the first Saturday in May.

Yes, that’s right. Free Comic Book Day is almost here! Of course this means you need to make plans to visit TFAW this Saturday, May 7th. The good folks at TFAW have put together a stunning collection of comic book creators, who will be at all three Portland area locations. And that is on top of special deals like $2 doorbuster graphic novels, 60% off hundreds of sale items and TFAW Bucks!

Click here for details and a list of comic book creators.

PDXYAR will, once again, be adding a decidedly pirate flavour to the day as we will be on hand at the Milwaukie & Portland Things From Another World locations from 10am – 4pm, We will be singing shanties, engaging in a fight or two and of course posing for pictures! There is even a rumour that there might be a round or two a Scallywag Hunt with the chance to win swag as well (Click here to follow PDXYAR on Twitter and get in on the fun).

Oh and, speaking of photography, TFAW has set up a Flickr Group Pool where you can share the photos you take at the event. You can join the group here.

Now if you find yourself not being able to make it to the Portland or Milwaukie locations, do not fret- all is not lost. While there won’t be a pirating presence at the Beaverton TFAW (not officially at least), there will be duly sworn representatives of the Empire on hand throughout the day. The great folks from the Vader’s Fist, the 501st Legion’s Cloud City Garrison will be manning their posts at the Beaverton TFAW store from 11am until 6pm. While they will definitely be posing for photos, I can’t promise you will get any intergalactic shanty singing out of them though. On top of all of this, if you get by the store between 4pm and 7pm, you will be able to meet a great artist and one of PDXYAR’s close friends, Dane Ault.

When: Saturday, May 7th from 10am until 7pm
Cost: FREE (hence the name)
Where: The 3 Portland area TFAW locations (details below)

TFAW Portland, OR

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4133 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97212
(503) 284-4693

TFAW Milwaukie

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10977 SE Main Street
Milwakie, Oregon 97222
(503) 652-2752

TFAW Beaverton

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4390 SW Lloyd Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon 97005
(503) 643-4222

Celebrate el Tiburon at the Jolly Roger!

Join PDXYAR as we celebrate the success of our Kickstarter Campaign: The Quest for a Pirate Ship at the John’s Landing Jolly Roger on Friday, April 29th. We will also be making one last fundraising push as we attempt to reach some of the over-funding goals listed here.

So what can you expect the Salte el Tiburon? How about Quizmaster Polly for a glorious round of Quizzy Trivia for starters? We thought that might get your attention. We will have prizes, swag, even the possibility of a shanty or two and of course Glory!

When: Friday, April 29th starting at 7:30
Cost: NO COVER, but Glory starts at $1!
Where: The Jolly Roger at John’s Landing

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