SWEATING WITH THE STARS: Tim McGraw is called the "Southern Voice," but according to my friend, Kate Williams, who spotted the country crooner in The Pearl District's 24-Hour Fitness Center on Saturday morn, his voice isn't the only thing worth paying attention too.
"He's ripped," emailed Williams from the gym. "And he lifts significant weight (grunting while he does so)." She also said he was not as short as she thought he would be and was sporting nothing but a plain white t-shirt, shorts and a white beanie. "He's absolutely delicious!" said Williams.
McGraw was working out with his band members who were all wearing gray t-shirts (I guess as not to clash with his white ensemble?) prior to their Saturday night concert at the Rose Garden, and one was even sporting a mohawk. And yes, said Williams, when he busted upstairs to hop onto the elliptical everyone stopped to watch. And, no, his big, black cowboy hat wasn't anywhere in sight.
'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!