We had a great time putting together all of the February issue of Metro Parent, but the definite highlight was our photo shoot with some of Portland’s up-and-coming kindie rockers, whose music is getting noticed coast-to-coast. Meet Aaron Nigel Smith, Lori Henriques, Cat Doorman and Andy Furgeson (and their sweet families) in our cover story, plus a roundup of other great local entertainers who love to play kid birthday parties.
And the celebration goes on, with Valentine’s Day book picks from the children’s book buyers at Powell’s City of Books, plus a fun Chinese New Year at-home crafts project from our friends at Lan Su Garden. Don’t miss our look at Portland’s growing cohousing movement, tips on the most family-friendly (and delicious) Middle Eastern restaurants in town and our real estate column’s spotlight on the white-hot Woodstock neighborhood.
Books about love for the littles you love, plus a wild west getaway in Sisters and the Common Core era dawns
Mi Casa Es Su Casa
Everyone knows the people in their neighborhood in PDX’s growing co-housing communities, complete with trampolines, potlucks and shared veggie gardens.
Why Woodstock is one of the city’s hottest real estate neighborhoods, with no signs of slowing down.
Now’s the time to start saving for retirement, no matter your age.
Words of wisdom on parenthood … from Yo-Yo Ma? Indeed.
Ring in the year of the sheet with your very own DIY Hong Bao.
Go beyond hummus and pita at Mediterranean Exploration Company in the Pearl.
Learning to love lima beans.
Portland in pictures. SE Caruthers.
We came from Lake Oswego and Hillsboro and North Portland, from Raleigh Hills and inner Southeast, all of us converging on the Village Ballroom, the handsomely refurbished space in the Woodlawn neighborhood that’s equally at home hosting fancy weddings or kid-friendly concerts. It was gloomy and rainy outside, but inside, it was all pink-and-white Valentine’s Day, all the way, for this month’s cover photo shoot. The shoot starred three of our favorite local kindie musicians, all of whom are making waves in Portland and beyond with their not-just-for-kids music. Though truth be told, at the shoot it was their children who really stole the show, from Red Yarn/Andy Ferguson’s baby son, snappy in his suspenders, to Aaron Nigel Smith’s teenagers, gamely jamming on the drums with their dad to Lori Henriques’ 8-year-old Leo and his cigar-box guitar. The musicians are all different: Smith’s music unspools to a reggae beat; Henriques is all jazz and bebop, and Ferguson is pure Americana, with a deep South twang. And yet, when they all played Bob Marley’s “One Love” together, it blended like cream into good coffee, and I felt lucky to be listening. After the light faded, we all broke down the set and shared out the sweet treats brought by Lisa Komer, our stylist and owner of Fancy That at Orenco Station. Music was made, photos were shot, bread was broken and then it was time to go home. Consider the photos our Valentines to you. We hope you’ll share them with the someones you love.
– Julia Silverman
This month’s cover
Bring in the noise, bring in the funk! Local photographer Irene Hess captured three Portland performers who are on the cutting edge of the kindie music movement – and their families – during a fun-filled shoot at the Village Ballroom in Woodlawn, which hosts regular family-friendly music shows. See more of Irene’s work at irenehess.com.