'BOUT TIME TO HUG IT OUT: Looks like Entourage star Adrian Grenier is returning to Portland, and, no, it doesn't look like this time out he's performing with his band, The Honey Brothers, at the Doug Fir like he did last September(see above). Rumblings have it Grenier is looking to star, or at least be in, a project that will soon shoot in Portland. Developing...
THREE FOR THE WIN: Karol Collymore called her folks. Jeff Cogen hugged his kids. And Dan Saltzman shook about every person's hand in the room. It was election night and these candidates for various city and county positions were all in the winners column by around 8:15 Tuesday night.Their three-way soiree, held at the Curious Comedy Theater in Northeast Portland, was packed with family, friends, well-wishers and colleagues (including Saltzman's Chief of Staff/Collymore's boyfriend Brendan Finn above), who patted backs, cajoled each other about campaign strategies, and dined on everything from giant meatballs to chili-fired brownies. As The Merc'sSarah Mirk (how much do I love saying that) pointed out, Collymore wore a fabulous pair of shoes. Below are some pics I snapped last night at the party, including photos of Mirk taking pictures of said shoes. There is also an interesting photo I snapped of City Commish Amanda Fritz. Well, see for yourself.
AN EMU WALKS INTO A POLITICAL RALLY AND....Join my partner, Juan Martinez, and his buddies at Basic Rights Oregon next Tuesday as they to help kick off the 2010 campaign season with some of the craziest stories of campaign life on the road to benefit BRO's Equality PAC.
Be ready for some entertaining and SHOCKING tales that will knock you right out of your seat with laughter. Appetizers and cupcakes will be served, and no-host bar will be available. And Sneakin' Out will perform to the crowd.
5:30 pm, Tuesday, May 25, Curious Comedy Theater (5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd.) Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at here or by calling 503-222-6151 x106. This is going to be a blast!
KGW's Tracy Barry sitting down to interview Mya Chamberlin, Director of Safety Net Services at Friendly House.
Going Grey: If I am lucky I will grow to be old, grey and, oh yeah, gay. Thank goodness for groups like Gay and Grey PDX. My friend Martha Wright has informed that the senior-friendly group has a big event lined up this weekend with attendees including Mayor Sam Adams. Here are all the details:
There are an estimated 10,000 LGBTQI seniors in Metro Portland, and that number is growing, as baby-boomers retire. LGBTQI seniors are five times less likely than their heterosexual peers to seek services, and more likely to live alone, often lacking adequate family support networks.
Enter Gay & Grey PDX, an dynamic outreach event addressing the social, health, and housing needs of sexual-minority seniors! Think resource fair with free blood pressure checks, glucose screenings and chair massages, expert panelists and break-out sessions on Housing and Long Term Care options, door prizes and a rocking after-party at Q Center (with DJ, wine donated by Hip Chicks Do Wine, beer donated by Ninkasi Beer, and food donated by Whole Foods). Gay & Grey PDX is hosted by Friendly House in partnership with Providence ElderPlace and Q Center . Gay & Grey PDX: 10 am- 2pm Saturday, May 22nd, Friendly House (corner NW 26th Ave. and Thurman St.); After-party, 3-5 pm at Q Center (4115 N. Mississippi Ave.). Free!
Q-ING UP: My buddy, Jessica Lyness, is promoting a really cool queer documentary festival that takes place in Portland early next month. That's why I am sharing with you guys what she just shared with me:
Portland Queer Doc is back with a world of drag and a world premiere (June 3-6): The fourth incarnation of this one-of-a-kind event, this year featuring a number of films dealing with music, with drag kings and queens, and with the politics of the gay rights movement. The Festival opens June 3, with visiting director Michelle Lawler and transgender drag queen/documentary subject Vicki Marlane in person to introduce their film “Forever’s Gonna Start Tonight”, a compelling profile about the San Francisco drag legend, who is still going strong well into her 70s. After the screening, the audience is invited to the Opening Night Party, hosted by Clinton neighborhood favorites, Broder and The Savoy Tavern & Bistro. June 5 catch the world premiere of “Le Tigre: On Tour”, a trip with the feminist electroclash band trio Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman, and JD Samson of Le Tigre, known for their dance mixes and LGBT activism. Closing up the four day festival is the award winning documentary directed by Leanne Pooley, “The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls”, about twin yodeling lesbian sisters, Jools and Lynda Topp, one of New Zealand’s most cherished and charmingly irrepressible performing duos. The Topp Twins will be in attendance. More at: www.queerdocfest.org.