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Sunday, 03 August 2014 21:19 | Written by Byron Beck
Dave Franco and Alison Brie, Mark Zusman, Jack Roberts, Richard Meeker, Brenda Bonnell, Double Dutchers
STARDAR REPORT: Due to thundering skies Willamette Week postponed its "Best of Portland" party for a week and one day. On Thursday, July 31, the local alt paper invited guests to join them for a block party that took over their parking lot and much of Northwest Overton Street.
It was on that streets drinks were quaffed, Boke bowls were devoured, ropes were jumped and celebrities were spotted.
Yes, celebrities. Dave Franco, star of "Neighbors" with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and "21 Jump Street," (and James Franco's little brother) somehow ended up in the middle of the party alongside his girlfriend Alison Brie known for her work as "Annie Edison" on the NBC sitcom "Community" and "Trudy Campbell" on the AMC drama "Mad Men."
Not sure if Franco and Brie had an invite for the party, or even why they were in town, but there they were along with Oregon Attorney Ellen Rosenblum as well as Jack Roberts, Sam Adams and Willamette Week king pins Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:53 | Written by Byron Beck
CELEB-U-WATCH: Just heard word via Twitter that KGW's very own morning news anchor, Russ Lewis, spotted ABC-TV's "Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron walking down SW Broadway in downtown Portland.
I scurried down to Pioneer Courthouse Square to see if he might be lingering somewhere down there, but alas, no sighting of the "Dancing" star.
I did do a quick look at Tom's tweets and it looks like he's been in the state for a few a days as he took a selfie of himself in front of the mural in Cottage Grove that commemorates the filming of Buster Keaton's silent classic "The General" filmed way back in 1926.
Monday, 28 July 2014 14:30 | Written by Byron Beck
DJ Gray Matter, Dulcye Taylor speaks to crowd at Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro, Marco Davis, Cute Couple, Paul Caruana, Astoria hotties, Jimbo Defeo, Tony Danton, dance party, Jimbo, Liam, award recipients and Basic Rights Oregon staff from left to right: Tony Danton, Tessa James Scheller, Marco Davis, Jimbo Defeo, Dinah Urell, Drew Herzig; front row left to right: Dulcye Taylor, Juan Martinez, Jeana Frazzini, Katie Rathmell
Q NIGHT IS ALRIGHT: Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro was the site for another successful Q Night in Astoria, Oregon.
This summer Basic Rights Oregon has been travelling across the state talking to Oregonians about trans-inclusive health care, racial justice and celebrating the freedom to marry. Over the weekend Astoria was the latest stop on the schedule, and like previous summers, it was held at the coolest coffeehouse on the coast.
In fact, Astoria Coffeehouse & Bistro's Q Night is the stuff of legends.
Saturday night kept the legend going with a pre-function/reception where several Astorians and North Coast residents were honored for their good work in the LGBT community. The dance party didn't start until late, after 10 pm, but despite the late-ish hour it always manages to draw a huge crowd away from their beach houses to shake their booties to the one and only DJ Gray Matter.
Friday, 25 July 2014 14:43 | Written by Byron Beck
Alex, Alison, Susan and Nik Sokol Blosser, the wonderful Sokol Blosser winery, dinner in the Tasting Room
WINE DINNER: Sokol Blosser Winery celebrated Oregon pinot noir—and the one year anniversary of their new Tasting Room—on Thursday night at their gorgeous estate in Dayton, Oregon with a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.
The intimate dinner, a pre-event for this weekend's 28th International Pinot Noir Celebration in nearby McMinnville, featured an truly incredible menu featuring seared foie gras, spanish morcilla and A4 Kobe ribeye roast, all crafted by Chef John Gorham of Toro Bravo, Tasty N Sons, Tasty N Alder and his just-opening Mediterranean Exploration Company. Each dish was paired perfectly with Sokol Blosser's best wines. And in honor of this special invite-only occasion, Sokol Blosser opened a select few bottles of their 2012 pinot noirs for an early preview of this highly-acclaimed vintage (which just so happens to be the first vintage under the watchful eye of winemaker Alex Sokol Blosser).
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 09:22 | Written by Byron Beck
Dennis Richardson's letter to the Medford Mail-Tribune in June, 2001
It was recently brought to my attention that the Republican candidate for Oregon Governor, Dennis Richardson, penned an anti-gay letter to the editor of the Medford Mail-Tribune in June of 2001.
In the letter Dennis Richardson, of Central Point, was defending the policy of the Boy Scouts to not allow gay men to be scout masters.
In the letter Richardson stated the the Boy Scouts faced "relentless attacks by anti-religious, anti-family activists for not allowing atheist practicing homosexual men to lead Boy Scouts." He continued that "Atheists and homosexual men have rights under the law, but their moral standards should no more be forced on the Boy Scouts of America than the BSA's standards should be forced on them."
In May of 2013 the BSA voted to end their discriminatory ban on openly gay youth. Gay men over the age of 18 are still excluded from leading.
Update: Attempts to reach Dennis Richardson for comment have not been returned.