PostHeaderIcon Stardar Report: Julianne Moore Spotted at Nostrana

TELL US MOORE: The gorgeous and glamorous Julianne Moore was spotted at Nostrana last night enjoying dinner with hubby Bart Freundlich and their two kids. The actress and family are on a spring break road trip, and stopped into James Beard nominated Cathy Whims' restaurant for Sunday supper. No word if her friend and frequent director, the Portland-based Todd Haynes, joined the family for dinner.

Last Updated (Monday, 29 March 2010 12:49)


PostHeaderIcon Here Comes The Sun-Power: Better Living Show & After Party

LIVING IT UP: The third outing of the EnergyTrust Better Living Show—held this weekend at the Expo Center—quickly proved that there is more to sustainability than just new uses for hemp and what to do with empty water bottles. In fact, the lowly lit, highly-attended weekend event has all the makings of becoming a permanent fixture in my spring schedule. Where else can you see the inside of a fish, or the outside of a building, and find out how they are all interconnected? And, really, where else are you going to see Mayor Sam Adams, at the city's climate change booth, handing out planting supplies like he was some sort of civic-minded mix of Bob Barker and Johnny Appleseed? There were plenty of samples—organic ice cream, wine and crackers—as well avian sights including henhouses full of chickens and a few feathered friends from the Oregon Zoo. One of the big draws was the sustainable clothing section which included offerings from the likes of Semper fashions, which helped to host a late-night after party at the Benson Hotel on Saturday night.

Last Updated (Monday, 29 March 2010 11:30)


PostHeaderIcon Night Out: Drag Race Welcomes "Surprise" Judge & Guests

DRAG-LICIOUS: "You suck, Byron!" screamed the crowd. That's when I knew I was truly back at RedCap's Drag Race. Last season I was one of two main judges for the Thursday night show (hosted by Poison Waters), but this season I've only made a couple of guest appearances. Last night was one of them, as I was asked by Poison to fill in for a judge who had a last-minute change in his schedule. I was more than happy to be the "judge that didn't really matter," as the always hilarious Treyla Hitch kept referring to me. It was a chance to see, at mid-season, how much the ladies had improved. And, I have to say, they really have. Or I just went on a really good night. The challenge for the ladies was to come up with a showgirl costume that incorporated a flavor of Absolut vodka. And, my, the outfits were tasty and tasteful. Brita Filta basically came out on stage naked except for, what judge Maria called, a "cootch patch" (see above). And all the contestants really stepped up their game, none more so than Saturn (who last year performed as Sizzlean). I also have to give a shout out to Kourtini Capri, who had nearly everyone in tears on her "birthday" night. It was, indeed, a very special night. I even had a chance to visit with "The Jarics," Aden and Jordan, who are adult film actors and will be performing/stripping/dancing at RedCap on Saturday.

Last Updated (Friday, 26 March 2010 12:43)


PostHeaderIcon Show Biz: TV Movie Jobs Up for Grabs

GAFFERS, GRIPS & CRAFT SERVICES ALERT: Are you ready for your close-up, or making sure someone else's close-up looks good? "In My Shoes," a television movie (not to be confused with the Curtis Hanson movie, In Her Shoes, starring Cameron Diaz [above] and Toni Collette), will begin shooting in Portland and the surrounding areas this spring. The production company is now accepting crew resumes for all positions. Prep starts April 5th and the 20-day shooting schedule starts on or about May 3. Please send resumes to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it If the powers-that-be are interested in meeting with you they'll contact you after their production office opens on April 5.

Last Updated (Friday, 26 March 2010 10:55)


PostHeaderIcon Booty Call: Shopping in Portland is Getting Weird-Assy.

SHOP TALK: It's an interesting time to mix the words "shopping" and "Portland" together.

Saks Fifth Avenue is pulling out of town (I'd heard about this a year ago, but couldn't believe it would really happen). And, no matter what you've heard about them plopping down a Saks Fifth Avenue "Off 5th" outlet out in Bridgeport Village, the inside word is that's just a "possibility" (read: probably won't happen).

Also leaving Pioneer Place: New Balance and Godiva.

But I am excited about the arrival of H & M.

And it would be really great if Bloomingdales or Neiman Marcus would take over the gaping hole that Saks is leaving in the midst of our downtown core (hell, I'd even take a Lord & Taylor or Old Navy just to make sure that space doesn't stay empty). But, who knows how this whole downtown shopping thing will work out.

For now I'll take comfort in a few shops around town that I do live for.

And, no its not just Grocery Outlet, although the "Grout-let" just off Sandy Boulevard is heaven-on-a-stick, and the only place in town that caters to homo-hipsters tastes at dirt-ass-pauper prices. And, let me assure you, not all Grout-lets are alike. In fact, a few are downright scary.

Speaking of scary, I love taking the drive to Highway 99's H Mart. This Asian supermarket (inside a former Haggens) is sort of like a super-sized version of Koifusion, the Korean taco truck that travels around town.

H Mart is Asia meets America meets WTF? I've seen some weird ass shit in here including "Penguin" (it was a brand, not a product) as well as all sorts of living and almost-alive animals and veggies.

And, really, what other grocery store in town offers you the chance to pick up a "blooming bidet" with so much butt-cleansing "options" (see photo above).

Speaking of butts, have you seen the butt-crack revealing mannequins at Gap:

or the naked ass mannequins at Forever 21 (what is it about butts this spring?):

Any-hoo, tomorrow, Friday, March 26th, another one of my fave stores, Fat Fancy, will host artist and professor, Frau Fiber, who is doing a performance in front of the store.  Frau Fiber will construct a "Columbia" style jacket, in her size, made out of plastic bags, on a bicycle powered sewing machine! The project is part of the Gestures of Resistance exhibition at Portland's Museum of Contemporary Craft.Frau Fiber will need volunteers to pedal the sewing machine. Come on down to help power the machine, or just to check it out and shop. The event goes down from 11:30 am-5:30 pm, Friday, March 26th, Fat Fancy, 1013 SW Morrison Street.

Last Updated (Thursday, 25 March 2010 15:44)

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