Portland’s cafes are great places to find out about cool, little happenings in the community. Like the Portland Blind Cafe 2. I recently visited Coffee Time in NW Portland and saw a tacked-up flyer for the Portland Blind Cafe, billed as “an award-winning community awareness concert and dinner in the dark.” There wasn’t much more on the flyer about the event, which is happening this coming week (Dec. 2, 3 and 4), but I was intrigued enough to go to the website and found out the following:

  • Attendees will dine in the pitch black, while listening to a full viola, violin and guitar concert by ‘Rosh & One Eye Glass Broken’; poetry readings; and three gongs from a Tibetan singing bowl.
  • Blind coffee roaster Gerry Leary, who owns and runs the Unseen Bean out of Boulder, CO, will be on hand in the dark, as will his coffee.
  • The “blind cafe” idea came to Boulder and Portland via Reykjavek, Iceland. Check out the concept and a pitch-black video here.

This fall’s Portland Blind Cafe 2 takes place @ Tabor Space at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland. Get your tickets online.

Note that organizers do not recommend Portland Blind Cafe for children. Too dark.