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PostHeaderIcon Oh. La. La: Wine Tasting at Will & Kelsey's House

WINE-OH'S & AH'S:My apologies for not posting this earlier, but I am still recovering from an ever-so-fine Wine Tasting Party held at a Milwaukie manse last Saturday. It was in celebration of our friends Kelsey and Will Tucker's (Kelsey pictured above) completion of their long-awaited finished basement/man cave. The party required each guest to bring one bottle of wine valued at between $15 and $30. The varietal tasted was Cabernet and Cab-Merlot blend. Over the evening guests were asked to rate each bottle. The person who brought the wine with the highest score won dinner to a fancy restaurant and the loser won dinner at Mickey D's.

And, well, let's just say this crowd really knew how to taste their way through the party.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 June 2010 11:11)

 

PostHeaderIcon Renegade Writer-Man: Zach Dundas Book Reading

ZACH ATTACK: The reading for The Renegade Sportsman held Tuesday night at Powell's wasn't only a chance to hear its author speak but also a reunion of those who support the musings of Zach Dundas, including several ex-employees of Willamette Week, where the ginger-haired man-boy was once both a music and sportswriter. For his book, Dundas threw himself head first into the crusty, dusty, and must-see world of DIY sports with the results spilling out on the pages of The Renegade Sportsman. Dundas, who was attempting his first public book reading ever on Tuesday night, came off like a natural. He not only sounded like a pro—telling tales of his time entrenched in Iowa-based bike races—but he was able to maneuver the always difficult question and answer period. It doesn't hurt that he can a tell a mean joke and looks like a pocket-sized version of Conan O'Brien.  Those gathered at the packed Powell's reading joined Dundas for an after-party at Vino Paradiso.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 June 2010 11:06)

 

PostHeaderIcon Media Moves: Editor & Assoc. Publisher Leave Publications, Reporter Joins Non-Profit

MEDIA MATTERS: Familiar names in the Portland media scene have, or are about to, make major changes in their career paths.

*Maya Blackmun, a veteran education reporter for The Oregonian who left the daily in the fall of 2008, started her new position as the Communications Director for Basic Rights Oregon as of today.


*Now that her daughter is about to leave for college, Jill Spitznass (above, left), Editor-in-Chief of Saga Media's Portland Bride & Groom magazine, Senior Editor of the company’s Custom Publications division and former Style Editor of Portland Monthly magazine, has decided its time she embarked on a new adventure too. Her last day with Saga Media is Friday, June 11.

*Also leaving her publication as of June 11 is Willamette Week Associate Publisher Shawna McKeown. A ten-year vet of the alternative weekly McKeown has served as that publication's Production and General Manager as well as the Special Sections Publisher.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 June 2010 06:47)

 

PostHeaderIcon Spike Me! Volleyballers Serve Up Hotness in Portland

HOT BALLS: The gay Volleyballers are here! The gay Volleyballers are here! OMG, if you noticed that downtown Portland—specifically between the Hilton Hotel and the Oregon Convention Center—is looking a lot like the streets of South Beach, well, that's because the North American Gay Volleyball Association has just kicked off its 2010 NAGVA Championships (hosted by the Portland Gay Volleyball Association) in Portland, attracting thousands of gay sporty types from across the land.

Did you know that volleyball is the second most popular sport in the world today, exceeded only by soccer. That was definitely the case last night at the registration party, held on the second floor of downtown's Hilton Hotel, that morphed into a underwear/fashion show (sponsored by UnderU4Men) and the crowning of Mr. Gay Volleyball 2010 where you had a chance to see more, and well, less of these incredibly "well-packaged" men (see above).

UnderU4men provided the undies, and the participants were more than happy to strut their stuff down the runway in everything from the "official" undergarments of the championships to the latest from Andrew Christian and Ginch Gonch (omg). And let's just say these boys—who came as far away as Honolulu, San Juan, and yes, there is even a team from the Los Angeles Police Department—more than lived up to the fantasy. The girls may have Sex and the City 2 to drool over this weekend, but we have hundred of gay volleyballers, in tight little shirts, and tight shorts, and...tight...well, let's just say this looks to be a great weekend!

So let's play ball, see what we can score, or at least snap someone with a wet towel after the game, shall we?

Last Updated (Friday, 28 May 2010 10:44)

 

PostHeaderIcon Breaking News: Storm Large To Star In Randy Newman Musical This Fall

STORM REPORT: Storm Large might have, not one, but two Broadway shows in her near future.

Yes, it's looking very likely that Storm Large will soon begin rehearsal in Los Angeles on a musical review of composer Randy Newman's music entitled Harps and Angels.

According to a quick Google search, it's the "Story of America, in Music" through Newman's tunes. The composer behind several of today's most popular soundtracks (Toy Story, Parenthood, The Natural), Harps and Angels culls from Newman back catalogue of hits to tell an original story about the American experience. The show is scheduled to premiere on November 11 at the Mark Taper Forum.

Now, if the show eventually goes East to New York, Large will be faced with the fact that both her own show, Crazy Enough, and Harps and Angels could both be Broadway bound—at the same time. But that's something to think about tomorrow. For now, Large is just getting to know the dude who penned the classic, Short People. Newman even suggested to Storm that he'd like to rework her "vagina" song, 8 Miles Wide, into his own version. "I feel a change coming on," laughed Newman.

Nothing is official yet, and the final cast has to be announced, but it sure looks like our girl Storm will have a very busy fall.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 26 May 2010 16:59)

 
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