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

Fri, Nov 3 at 7:30pm

  • 21+
  • ADA
General Admission
$23.31 with fees
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VIP tickets come with reserved front-row seating, sexy treats from our sponsor The Mahonian, plus a drink ticket
$38.19 with fees
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GROUP DATE discount (5 or more people)
$18.00 with fees
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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.

GUEST STARS FOR BAD DATES will be announced soon.

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.


5131 NE 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211