PostHeaderIcon Beaverton Farmers Market: From Farm To Fabulous

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 the Canby 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.

Last Updated (Friday, 04 June 2010 11:27)


PostHeaderIcon Oregon Children's Theater Luncheon @ The Nines

BRING ON THE FUNK: If the Oregon Children's Theater Imagination Luncheon was, well, a little bit funky that was because The Decemberist's Chris Funk and Ellora Vilkin brought down the house—in the case, the ballroom of the ever glamorous The Nines—with a rousing rendition of one of the song's featured in OCT's recent production of "Small Steps." That's Funk pictured above with OCT Young Professional Johnny Crawford who greeted the assembled crowd with a hearty: "Hello, adult people." I was grateful that OCT's Artistic Director Stan Foote (who guided me recently through my role as the "narrator" in a production of "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later") invited me to the annual luncheon. That way I had a chance to see longtime arts advocate, Virginia Willard, receive an award for her valuable contribution to this and other very worthwhile causes.

Last Updated (Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:06)


PostHeaderIcon Stardar Report: Sara Bareilles Gets Buzzy at Hotel Monaco

BAREILLES BEGUILES: It was so exclusive I'm not exactly sure how I ended up with an invite. But there I was, next to Timmy, the hotel dog, and about 50 other lucky folks in the lobby/living room of the Hotel Monaco rocking out to the tunes of singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles. The woman behind such pop ditties as "Love Song" (aka "I don't want to sing you a love song" song) appeared on Wednesday night at one of downtown's most beautiful lobbies with her band for a brief set of new and old favorites as part of 105.1's "Buzz Lounge" series. Bareilles, dressed like a French sailor/model, looked at extremely at ease in the intimate setting. And was probably a lot more comfortable than the last time she played a somewhat small room. In a pre-concert interview with The Buzz's Sheryl Stewart (pictured above with Sara) Bareilles confessed she was a little taken aback when, during her recent concert at The White House, President Obama's kids started to sing along to her songs.

Last Updated (Thursday, 03 June 2010 14:46)


PostHeaderIcon Lean Streets: Lost Dogs Benefit at Wieden + Kennedy

DOG DOC: Although I am excited about the line-up at this weekend's stellar QDoc Film Festival at the Clinton, I am also really looking forward to seeing bits of another documentary project that is being showcased this weekend at the Wieden + Kennedy Building.

Lost Dogs is a documentary film by filmmaker Vanessa Schulz, currently in production, about the plight of homeless street dogs in Chile, and around the world. The film was inspired by the "Hero Dog" incident in Santiago, Chile, captured on surveillance cameras and spread virally over YouTube, in Winter 2008 . The production company behind the project, 21st Paradigm is a non-profit, documentary film company from Bend, Oregon, who relies on charitable contributions by passionate individuals who want to the story of homeless street dogs around the world, brought to light through film. If you would like to support this worthwhile endeavor and see a preview of the film I encourage you to RSVP here as seating is limited. And if you would see a peek at Lost Dogs, please check out the trailer below.

Lost Dogs, 6 pm Saturday, June 5th, Wieden + Kennedy Building, 224 NW 13th Ave.

Last Updated (Thursday, 03 June 2010 14:12)


PostHeaderIcon Never Say Die: “The Goonies” Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Astoria (Now With "Mikey" too!)

CELEB UPDATE (3 pm, Wed., June 2): It was just confirmed that Goonies director Richard Donner and Sean Astin (who played Mikey) will also be in Astoria for the weekend.

GOLDEN GOONIES: "We went over to Mikey's dads place and we found this map that said that underneath this place there's buried treasure," so goes one of Chunk's infamous line from The Goonies.

The '85 American adventure-comedy film directed by Richard Donner, with a screenplay by Chris Columbus from a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg, was all about of band of kids from the "Goon Docks" neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, who go on an adventure to find the buried treasure of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate.

Now, 25 years later, fans will gather from around the world will once again descend on Astoria, Ore. to celebrate this so-bad-it's-good film's very special anniversary.

Over this weekend's four-day event, June 4-7, Goonies lovers can retrace the steps of characters in the film by touring filming locations including the famous “Goonies House,” bowl at “Chunk’s Bowling Alley” plus have a chance to mingle with original cast members including Corey Feldman ("Mouth"), Jeff Cohen ("Chunk"), and Curt Hanson ("Mr. Perkins").

Yes, that Corey Feldman, who will join his band, Truth Movement, for a concert on Sunday at Warren Field. The Ataris, whose album “So Long, Astoria” was inspired by a trip to Goonies-ville, will also play. No word on whether Cyndi Lauper will make a "surprise" appearance.

As part of the 25th anniversary festivities, the new Oregon Film Museum will open its doors for the first time. Converted from the old Clatsop County Jail featured in “The Goonies,” the museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the art and legacy of Oregon films and film-making.  One of the many highlights is a special exhibit in the actual jail cell from, “The Goonies,” as well as stories, mementos and props from famous movies made in Astoria such as “Kindergarten Cop,” “Animal House,” “Twilight” and more.

And if things couldn't get better, another of the weekend’s top highlights will include a special announcement from Warner Home Video, delivered by none other than “The Goonies” cast members. (Could there possibly be a "Goonies: All Grown Up" in our future? And, will it include Josh Brolin in the cast?)

And don't forget an "80s night out" in downtown Astoria with costume contests, music, bowling at “Chunk’s Bowling Alley," hand-crafted “Goonies” beers created by local breweries or the “Truffle Shuffle” 5k Run/Walk on Monday. Lunar Boy Gallery also has a great show of Goonies-inspired artwork too (see "SlothMonkey" below). And make sure to check out the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro because they have really great coffee and good eats.

Visit for complete event details. Official memorabilia, including t-shirts, hats, glassware, collectible doubloons and more, will be available at the event headquarters named The Goon Docks, located at 15th and Marine Dr.

COST: Tickets are now on sale and will be available for most individual events, such as $5 for movie showings, $25 for a bus tour to film locations and $40 to attend the concert. Weekend passes will be available for $130.  Purchase tickets at or call the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 875-6807 for more information

Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:05)

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