Pdxpipeline.com has a list of upcoming events in Portland. I also discovered that Facebook is a good tool to find upcoming Events as well. I usually go to Holocene or The Crystal Ballroom for dancing. Hollywood Theater and Laurelhurst Theater has affordable movies. Mt. Tabor is a really cool place to walk, hike, or just chill.
After surviving a 14 hours flight from LA to Melbourne Australia, flying is a breeze lol. The trick is to keep yourself distracted and realize that it’s only temporary. I also enjoy scenic train/bus rides and the occasional ferry.