San Francisco hearts Portland.
Our crunchy neighbor to the north has all the hallmarks of what San Franciscans love: a thriving independent music scene, insufferable hipsters, an eco-conscious citizenry, etc. Riding the bus is even free inside the city center--unlike some other public transit systems that shall remain nameless.
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Much like San Francisco, the only thing Portlanders love more than loving the things that they love, is gently mocking those very same things. When "Saturday Night Live" comedian Fred Armisen and former Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein decided to take that gentle mocking to basic cable with IFC's "Portlandia," it instantly became a cult sensation not only in Oregon but in all the trendy, blue-state meccas prone to becoming enamored with cult sensations.
In preparation for the premiere of the series' second season on January 2, Armisen and Brownstein are taking their show on the road for a tour filled with musical performances, video clips and chats illuminating how the show's stars were able to skewer their targets with such deft precision.
Portlandia's second season features appearances by a whole host of big name guest starts, including Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, The Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, Modest Mouse's Issac Brock, The Smiths' Johnny Marr, Tim Robbins, Kristin Wiig and Andy Samberg.
The live show hits the Mezzanine in San Francisco on December 30th.
Check out these clips of some of the best moments from Portlandia's first season and a preview of what's in store for season two: