Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:36 | Written by Byron
Phame Academy Choir, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Karol Collymore, Juan Martinez, Amy Roloff, Courtenay Hameister, gala attendees
SPARKLE CITY: PHAME's 16th Annual Gala Event, "Sparkle!" was held on Sunday night at The Governor Hotel. The night—themed "Shine Bright Like A Diamond"—kicked off with a cocktail and silent auction event featuring the art work of PHAME students.
That was followed by a dinner and live auction, led by the always wonderful Johnna Wells, as well as incredible performances by the PHAME Choir under the direction of Matthew Gailey. Congrats to Executive Director Stephen Marc Beaudoin for making sure the night was special for all who attended, and for performing a kick ass version of George Michael's "Faith" at the karaoke after party.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:42 | Written by Byron
Bradley Lange Melrose-y models, Lisa Rietz, Eden Dawn, Michelle Lesniak model, Connie Wohn, Juan Martinez, Lisa Rietz gowns, Fred and Somi Kleisner, nice hair, Lisa Lavora, Juan, Solestruck models
ACE WAS THE PLACE: Ace Hotel Portland presented Content 2013 on Saturday, November 9th, the fourth edition of their live design and fashion installation in the guest rooms of Ace Hotel Portland.
And I have to tell you it was very cool.
This was my first Content, and I loved it. I ran into a friend from New York who was here to cover the "show." It had been five years since Matt Bell had been to Portland (he's been traveling the world as well as writing about fashion) and he said he "didn't recognize the city."
That's kind of how I felt about the Ace. I didn't recognize it all. In fact, I kind of felt like I was in some other city, like New York or Paris, or someplace much cooler.
This year, the Ace once again invited some of their favorite designers to individually take over rooms on the second floor of the uber-hip hotel and transform them into a testimonial of the outsized talent and vitality of Portland design.
It was billed as "a block-long portrait of the Portland design story in 28 scenes."
Each room was an opportunity for designers to showcase their inspirations, points of view and process. Rooms in the past have exhibited conceptual art and multimedia installations as well as traditional product display setups. This year was no different. Designers and artists include Julia Barbee, Bridge & Burn, Tanner Goods, Reif, Crazy Wind, Portland Garment Factory, Poler, TBA, Mazama, Michelle Lesniak, Antonio Brasko, Randi Whipple, Dimepiece, Lift, John Blasioli, Liza Reitz, Seeacho, Hello Eliza, Brady Lange and Imaginary Authors, amongst others.
Special shout-outs to Lisa Reitz, Brady Lange and Michelle Lesniak. I LOVED your rooms!
Downstairs, the Ace hosted a pop-up shop in The Cleaners featuring work available for purchase from Content artists.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:16 | Written by Byron
Michael Jackson and Prince, aka "Mossy, Matthew, "Liberace, Matthew, party-goers, Marti Zimlin, Sterling Moss
MOSSY MOMENTS: Who doesn't love an 80's themed birthday party? And who doesn't love Matthew Moss, aka "Mossy." The best of the 1980's met up with Mossy's best friends and family on the occasion of his 40th year on this planet. The big party was held at the very cool Eagles Lodge located on SE Hawthorne Blvd. And everybody had a very good time. A VERY good time. The champagne might have helped, as well as the Usnaps photo booth and most definitely Mossy's bad ass brother, DJ Sterling Moss. What a party.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:02 | Written by Byron
Arnold Pander, Jane Kate Wood, Thomas Phillipson, guests, Adrienne Leverette, Fred Nemo and Rob Tyler
FILM FEST: We joined a bunch of cool cats downtown as the Northwest Film Center as it presented its 40th Northwest Filmmakers' Fest Opening Night Screening and Party at Whitsell Auditorium and the former Broadway Metroplex. The opening night included screening of Shorts Film including "American Lawn, " "Hey Vancouver, This Is You on Craigslist," "SF Hitch," "Wild Bichons," "Deer Father," and "Nemo."
The party following the screening was held at the old movie house known as the Broadway Metroplex, which has been sort of transformed into a meeting space/tilted dance hall. It was really strange to be in the bowels of that theater after being closed for so long, and it was really hard to get the filmmakers gathered there to pose for pics. I guess film people would prefer to behind the camera than in front of one. I completely understand that feeling.
Portland Monthly's Kelly Montoya, Knowledge Universe's Tom Wyatt, Jess Sword, David Roy, and a few of the 32 rising stars Stephen Cassell, Eric Zimmerman, Cary Clarke, Jennifer Yocom, Natalie Sept and Stephen Marc Beaudoin
CLASS ACT: Portland Monthly and Knowledge Universe honored 32 of Portland’s Rising Stars - "individuals making a meaningful impact in the social, political and business sectors"—at a very special reception on Thursday night at the Children's Museum in Southwest Portland.
These innovators and conversation starters were nominated by their peers for this recognition, and is the first induction of what both Portland Monthly and Knowledge Universe hope to be a long list of rising future stars.
This "freshman class" of Rising Stars, hosted at this exclusive event by Knowledge Universe, will also be honored at Portland Monthly's annualLight A Fire Awards that will take place next Tuesday at the Portland Art Museum. The honorees are: Amy Sample Ward The Nonprofit Technology Network Andres Lopera Metropolitan Youth Symphony Andrew Dickson W+K B. Frayn Masters Back Fence PDX Bill Lynch Jive Software Cary Clarke Young Audiences Arts for Learning of Oregon & SW Washington Christa Thoeresz Portland Timbers Elisa J. Dozono Miller Nash Eric Brody shift advantage Eric J. Zimmerman Commissioner Diane McKeel's office Ethan Elkins MNI Targeted Media Jenn Lynch Portland Seed Fund Jennifer Yocom Portland Parks and Recreation Jesse Beason Northwest Health Foundation Jonathan Malsin Beam Development Justen Harn The Hollywood Theater Justin Hocking Independent Publishing Resource Center Kellie Torres all hands raised Kristin Gimbel The Chief Education Officer Maggie Vail & Jesse Von Doom CASH Music Natalie Sept Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici's office Nathan Bailey IDEATION Rebecca Burrell Regional Arts & Culture Council Ryan Saari The Oregon Public House Sara Matarazzo WALKER Sattie Clark Eleek, Inc. Stefani Jenness Alpha Broadcasting Stephen Cassell Cassell Communications Stephen Marc Beaudoin PHAME Academy Tara Sulzen The Bus Project Thomas Levenworth Coleman Sperry Rogue Venture Partners