Daria Eliuk (right) with Juan Martinez at this year's Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction
JOCK TALK: There are big changes over at 94.7. BIG ONES. And one of the biggest has a retro-fitted flavor. I just got an email stating that starting this week DARIA IS BACK ON 94/7. As indicated by the following email: "Listen Friday afternoons at 4:45 pm when she joins Gustav to entertain us all with her wildly amusing comments and a hot recommendation for what to do in and around Portland each and every weekend!"
Now before you get all hot and bothered thinking that Daria is about to leave The Buzz, the gorgeous gal herself says she'll just be visiting.
"I'm not going anywhere," said Daria. "I'll never leave Mitch and Ted. (On) Fridays, I'll just walk down the hall and join Gustav for a few minutes to shoot the sh*t. It's a cross-over cameo, like when Mork came back to Happy Days."
But there are other, more significant changes in the works at 94/7.
The full report to KNRK listeners, from Program Director Mark Hamilton, is available by clicking read more:
ALL Q'D UP: Over the weekend I had the chance to see not one, but two, of the phenomenal films that made up this year's Q Doc Film Festival, the only film series of its type that is entirely devoted to glbtq documentaries. The first one I had a chance to see was the incredibly powerful8: The Mormon Proposition. The compelling film, narrated by Oscar-winning screen-writer Dustin Lance Black, follows the money trail from the pro-Prop 8 campaign (which stripped California gays and lesbians of full marriage equality rights) back to its biggest funding source: the Mormons. Although its director Reed Cowan was unable to make the screening due to the crisis in the Gulf (he works in television news), a couple featured in the film—Tyler Barrick and Spencer Jones (pictured above with me in the middle)—did make it. Their story is heartbreaking yet hopeful, and they have become my new heroes in the equality movement. Although there is no future screening of the film slated for Portland, it's scheduled to appear on Comcast's Movie on Demand in mid-June.
The other film which touched my heart, and all those that had a chance to see it, wasWE WERE HERE: Voices From the AIDS Years in San Francisco.The Sunday morning screening was very special for many reasons. Its producer and director, David Weissman, is the co-founder and one of the driving forces behind the Q Doc fest. And this was the first time he had shown his feature-length documentary to a large audience, which included some of its cast members, who were also seeing it for the first time. There are few words that equal the feeling of compassion in the room after the screening. And, all I can say is that I am grateful I had a chance to see two films that are sure to stay with me for a very long time. Kudos to Q Doc.
LATIN NIGHTS: One of the big highlights of the annual Portland Latino Gay Pride Festival is always the Sunday closing night fete at the Jupiter Hotel. And this year's was no exception. In fact, I would even say that this year's party, aka La Lucha Festival, was one of the best. Making appearances at the event were major politicos including Mayor Sam Adams, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler as well as County Commish candidate Karol Collymore. There were also a lot of super-hot guys and gals too. Well, see for yourself.
OMG...ISH: The hills of Portland, Ore. were alive with the cast ofThe Hills ? That is what I heard over the weekend. According to a very reliable source cast members of the MTV hit were secretly whisked to Portland to tape a section one of the show's final episodes in a posh waterfront condo. Now I don't know if that is actually true. According to Wikipedia, the last season wrapped up filming in late May. That said, coincidentally that is the about the time the cast was supposed to be in Portland and there are sources that place cast members at both the Hotel DeLuxe and Cassidy's Bar—familiar hide-aways for visiting Hollywood celebs including Michelle Williams, Spike Jonze, Huey Lewis and Jennifer Aniston. And, also, the fame-starved Spencer Pratt (one half of the recently split Spiedi) was promoting that Ultimate Fight guy here around the same time. So who knows. And, well, who really cares.
TRIP TO BEAVERTON-FUL: Our mission was to shop the hell out of the Beaverton Farmer's Market and come up with a meal both fresh and fabulous.
And, let's just say, our mission was more than accomplished.
My partner, Juan Martinez, and I, along with our friend, opera singer/bon vivant Carl Halvorson, ventured to the bowels of Beaverton last Saturday in search of Hood strawberries, veggies and all sorts of other goodies. What we found was nearly 200 vendors selling everything from aromatic flowers (they smelled like grapes) to key lime-flavored treats (Zoe Ann's Cheesecakes are not only sweet, but Zoe Ann herself is a hoot to boot) to Bandon bog-born cranberry juice (the Vincent family's juicy juice is featured in the latest edition of Willamette Week). We dined on theCanby Aspargus Farm's hot tamales (some of the best our region has to offer) while waiting for a dozen of their hand-pressed corn tortillas, snagged some Walla Sweet Onions and we even "looked" at the Rocky Mountain Oysters, but passed on them, in favor of Champoeg Farm's sustainably-raised chickens (they actually get to see sunlight, spend time in a pasture and roost in livable chicken coops).
Following our trip to the market, we gathered the next day at Carl's charming abode and crafted our farm finds into a delicious, yet very straightforward, meal. "If you work with fresh ingredients you can choose to make very simple dishes," said Carl as he whipped up a batch of strawberry shortcakes. "It's one of the best ways to show off their flavor." And flavor was the key in our "simple" meal of roasted chicken, freshly steamed asparagus and butter lettuce and goat cheese salad. And let's not forget the strawberry shortcake.
I'll likely be back at the Beaverton Farmer's Market this Saturday (8 am-1:30 pm, 12455 Southwest 5th St., Beaverton) or maybe on a weekday (the Wednesday market begins June 16). You'll be able to recognize me. I will be the one stuffing his mouth with all of this really great, and fresh, stuff.