BAD DATES presented by The Portland Book of Dates & BACKFENCE PDX

Fri, Mar 10, 2023 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm

  • ADA
  • 21+
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DOORS 6:30/SHOW 7:30 21+

What’s the universal experience tying all humans together? The answer of course is, we’ve all been burned, or maybe even burned someone else, in the romance department. And we love to talk about it.

BAD DATES is a live talk show where authors, Eden Dawn and Ashod Simonian, interview well known Portlanders about their cringiest (and most entertaining) dating experiences gone awry.

This pair knows all about dates. To coauthor the PNBA bestselling Portland Book of Dates, the married duo went on hundreds of dates to find the best to include in the cheeky guidebook. In between guests, BACKFENCE PDX host/producer Frayn Masters will read selected stories from the audience.


Candace Molatore — At long last, we will finally get Candace Molatore @hey.candace after illness pulled her out of the fall show. Candace is a self-love advocate! A dreamy photographer! A branding consultant for companies like West Elm and Bumble! And her Instagram will also inspire you to really go for it with your next outfit!

Sarah Versprille and Dan Hindman — the duo behind Pure Bathing Culture @purebathingcult! They have four incredible albums for you to start streaming this second! They’ve provided the backing band for Vetiver and the legendary Richard Swift as well as toured the world with the likes of Father John Misty, Death Cab for Cutie and The Shins! Besides making dreamy indie pop, they’re also an IRL couple!

Holcombe Waller: Holcombe (@holcombewaller) has been dubbed “one of America’s most unique voices in music theater” by fancy folks! He performs his stunning pieces at symphonies and performing arts centers around the globe! He is a restaurateur and hotelier at The Klondike which has brought drag shows to St. Helens, Oregon!

Viridiana Cervantes: And filling out our attractive line-up we have hairstylist extraordinaire Viridiana Cervantes @juan_der_woman! Viri is a ray of sunshine! A karaoke queen! And (controversial statement in our family) rocks a leopard print like no other! Book your next color or cut with her @vacationclubpdx!

Hosted & Produced in collaboration between BACKFENCE PDX (Frayn Masters & Mindy Nettifee) & Portland Book of Dates authors Eden Dawn and Ashod Simonian.

Previous guests include Colin Meloy (The Decemberists/author, Wildwood), Carson Ellis (artist/illustrator), Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie), Laura Gibson (singer/songwriter), Aaron Scott (NPR host), and Poison Waters (a drag legend).


When you buy tickets to our shows you automatically help support our Triple 10 Donation Coalition! What is that you say? Both the shows and the venue have committed to donating portions of profits to support the community. BACKFENCE PDX: ROULETTE has donated 10% of all ticket sales to Oregon Food Bank since 2016, and will continue to do so, to fight food insecurity. 10% of ticket profits from the BAD DATES show go to the Q Center and the work they do supporting our LGBTQ+ community as everyone deserves to be loved just as they are. And ALBERTA HOUSE will set aside 10% of its bar sales into the BACKFENCE PDX Community Pot, providing assistance to those who need funding to hold events at Alberta House.


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Portland, OR 97211