Monday, 21 April 2014 11:50 | Written by Byron Beck
Peter Zuckerman, Liam Dunne, Peter, Sam Adams, Nick the Fisherman, Juan Martinez, Eric Sellers, Nick, Astoria Coffeehouse Barhottie, DJ Gray Matter, Hula Hooper
ASTORIA IS FOR FUN LOVERS: People always ask me why we spend so much time in Astoria, Oregon. My answer is always the same: Astoria is so much fun!
This weekend was no exception to that wonderful rule. We traveled down there for Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro's annual Q Night. This spring's big queer mixer and dance party was a benefit for the The Harbor (formerly known as the Women's Resource Center).
DJ Gray Matter was in rare form, providing the perfect soundtrack for the night. There was neon hula hooping and lots of hooting and hollering (provided by some Portland peeps who the night prior presented the Shorty Shorts film fest).
Before we danced our pants off, we had a chance to check out a couple of new Astoria joints: Chef Eric Berchard's Albatross and Buoy Beer Co. Both were awesome (and if you are looking for a late night nosh, I strongly suggest Albatross).
Speaking of food, on Sunday we ventured across the bridge into Washington State to Long Beach's famous Razor Clam Festival. We didn't see much fest (the big happenings was on Saturday) but we did get to dig into some really good razor clams at Pickle Fish in the Adrift Hotel. That place rocks and so does its chef, Charlie Zorich.
Monday, 21 April 2014 10:08 | Written by Byron Beck
Chelsea Handler and Konrad Juengling at Powell's Books on Saturday.
The following was supplied to me by ace reporter and LGBT activist Konrad Juengling:
CELEB-U-WATCH: So the Chelsea Handler book signing was held at Powells in the Pearl Room (third floor) at 12:00PM on Saturday.
Chelsea showed up at 1:45PM, at which point a lot of people had already left.
I was the first in line and my boyfriend Robert was the second. After waiting since 9AM I didn't want all that time to be wasted, so we decided to stay. When she arrived, she personalized the books as well as signed them for people, but no posed photos were allowed. [Editors note: Konrad was able to snap a few with his cellphone. Personally I like the one snapped of Konrad in the middle the best).
I did make her laugh though, because when I walked up I said "Looks like I'm you're first!" She was nice enough to chat with us as we walked through the signing.
The signing was for her new book 'Uganda Be Kidding Me'. She had a show in Portland that same evening at the Keller Auditorium. —Konrad Juengling
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:43 | Written by Byron Beck
Jeana Frazzini, Bill Dickey, Judith Gray, Gwenn Baldwin, Ted Wheeler, Timber Joey, Juan Martinez, Sylvia Peterson, Gregg Macy, Robin Castro, Speakers at the luncheon, staff and volunteers of Basic Rights Oregon
BUSINESS LUNCHEON:Basic Rights Oregon's annual Business Leaders Luncheon is where Oregon businesses and corporate opinion leaders take a public stand for fairness and equality.
This year’s event was able to gather over 700 business executives, community leaders, and elected officials to consider the state of equality in Oregon and promote fairness in the workplace and under the law.
The event was held at the Oregon Convention during Thursday's lunch hour and attracted such cool folks as Timber Joey, Jonathan Nicholas, Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Secretary of State Kate Brown.
There were also a lot of business people. A lot of them.
The program, which included a keynote speaker and recognition for outstanding leadership for gay and transgender equality also provided key information on how the business community can support the efforts of Oregon’s freedom to marry campaign.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:14 | Written by Byron Beck
RED THREADS: Hurry, grab friends and buy your tickets now for a RED DRESS PARTY to remember!
Enjoy excellent DJ’s on two dance floors, drinks, food and a 9:30 performance by Ab Soto. Exclusive VIP entertainment by Cabaret Chanteuse.
The ALL inclusive tickets include hosted beer, wine and specialty cocktails, with fulll hosted bar for VIP guests. Shuttle service is available from select locations for $10. Visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets for the party and shuttle. Tickets are also available for cash only at Starky’s at 2913 SE Stark St Portland, Oregon 97214. All proceeds go to Our House of Portland and Morrison Child and Family Services. Red Dress PDX is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by volunteers working to give back to this amazing community.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:32 | Written by Byron Beck
Spinning John Malkovich at the RACC
SEEING JOHN MALKOVICH: Over the last few days I've received reports from several sources that they've spotted (the somewhat elusive) actor John Malkovich in Portland.
Word is that the star of stage and screen was spotted at Saturday Market, around downtown and at the RiverPlace Athletic Club. Heck, yesterday I even received a photo of John working out on a cycle at the RACC (see above).
Many people have asked if Malkovich is here for a film or "special project."
But, I don't think so. I just think he's here to visit his daughter who is a student at one of the more prestigious colleges in Portland.