I'm looking for a recommendation for a special night out for my sister in Portland this Saturday, June 25th. A spectacle: something exotic, chaotic, exquisite, fantastique, if not a trifle macabre. If we were in Seattle, I would take her to Teatro Zinzanni, which would be a perfect blend of dinner, theater, antics, and elegance. In Portland, the closest thing I've found is Sylvia's Dinner Theater, which will do in a pinch, but the lag between dinner and the theater (dinner served at 6:30 but show doesn't start until 8:00) doesn't allow for the aura of engagement that I am looking for. (Similarly, a dinner cruise does not offer the necessary energy to captivate and distract and delight; I'm hoping for something spectacular enough that one's immediate surroundings cease to exist. Also, the one murder/mystery dinner theater I found takes place at a Day's Inn, which lacks the necessary elegance.)
I realize this is a tall order, and my web searches may have already turned up all there is to be offered (also under consideration is dinner during a movie at the Baghdad Theater, so you get an idea of the level to which I'm forced to consider), but you who know Portland better may have some clues. Barring dinner/theater, an intimate, fun yet gracious, non-stuffy restaurant suggestion would be appreciated. I realize this borders on heretical on a board such as this, but the food takes second place to the atmosphere (Sylvia's pasta sounds just about right, or in Seattle, Bizarro would be appropriate). Another example of the ambiance I am looking for: I would have taken her to this art exhibit beforehand, but it ended last Saturday (Curses!): http://www.liminalgroup.org/current
Thank you very much for any assistance!
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