PostHeaderIcon Art Matters: Falcon Flies High In NoPo With Isaac Brock

TOUR DU JOUR: The Falcon Art Community, located in a basement off of North Albina, opened its doors to the public on Wednesday night. It was an opportunity to see where some of Portland's best artists hole up in to do their amazing work. It was also a rare chance to view art by Falcon artists, enjoy entertainment by Falcon musicians, and learn more about the Falcon and the work created here (I even got a tour of the secretive "Ghost Bar"...omg).

The night provided another opportunity: to see one of the music's worlds biggest stars in what could be considered an interesting outfit.

When I stepped into the studio space of painter Alexander Rokoff, who has painted epic portraits of everyone from Storm Large to Tahoe Jackson I noticed he was working on another large scale work. That's when I found out that Rockoff is currently working on a very large scale portrait of Modest Mouse's Isaac lederhosen. You can catch a glimpse of it in the photo of Rokoff above.

Last Updated (Thursday, 13 May 2010 14:17)


PostHeaderIcon The Original Celebrates 1st Year With New Menu Items

Pictured above: The Original's Meaghan Goedde, Chef B.J. Smith and Adam Smith.

DINERANT DINING: Chef B.J. Smith of The Original—the innovative "dinerant" at the corner of Southwest Sixth and Oak Street—showcased his latest dinner entrees last night to a group of food-loving writers in honor of the resturants first anniversary. Gone are the eye-opening openers such as a "flight of hot dogs" and fried bologna sammies. Those kitsch-makers have been replaced by more traditional diner fare including chicken-fried steak and beef stroganoff as well kobe top sirloin and 72-hour beef brisket. You'll still find the much-buzzed about Voodoo Doughnut Burger and the ever popular poutine on the menu, but those two crowd pleasers are only available on the lunch and late night menus (The Original serves until 4 am on Friday and Saturday). Those attending the dinner included Willamette Week's Ben Waterhouse, Portland Picks Alisa Sloan, and food-centric writers Lucy Birmingham and Elizabeth Fuss among others.

Last Updated (Thursday, 13 May 2010 12:13)


PostHeaderIcon Want To Buy A Horse? Pennie Lane's "Baby" Up For Sale

ALMOST YOURS: Do you want to add a new "almost famous" member to your family?

Well, Pennie Lane can help you out.

Seems Ms. Pennie—one of the rock-world's "Flying Garter Girls" Kate Hudson played her in the film Almost Famous—has put her beloved horse, "Ellie," on the market.

According to an upcoming advert that will run in an equine magazine, Ellie is a Westphalian and Friesian sporthorse mare with "head-turning looks, movement and talent."

I've given her a bath (Miss Ellie, not Pennie)  and can share that she is a beautiful horse, indeed.

For those interested in finding out what it would take to add Ellie to the family please contact Pennie at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 May 2010 13:01)


PostHeaderIcon The Beat Is On: PDX Idol Reunites Drag Race Judges

GLEE ME: Portland Idol kicks off this Thursday at Red Cap Garage. And much like the just-finished Drag Race, this weekly competition is out to crown the best. But instead of a fierce drag queen with golden threads, PI is looking for a fierce singer with a golden throat. According to one of its presentors, Justin Buckles, Red Cap had nearly 100 potential contestants audition (see poster above) and have already narrowed the group down to the final 12. "We feel that we have 12 amazing singers who are going to be able to represent themselves very strongly throughout the event," says Buckles. And like Drag Race no one will be eliminated and will stay on for the entire run of the event until the winner is crowned July 29th during the show's finale. It will also include local celebrity judges including Animotion's Bill Wadhams, 105.1's Mitch Elliott, actor Rob Sample, and the return of Red Cap's Season I Drag Race judges Mother's Bistro chef/owner Lisa Schroeder and myself, Byron Beck. This should be fun.

Portland Idol, Red Cap Garage, 1035 Southwest Stark St., (503) 226-4171. 9 pm, Thursdays thru July 29.


Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 May 2010 12:15)


PostHeaderIcon Fox's A-Team Gets Music Boost From Portland's A-Team

BUTCH IT UP: Butch Bannon knows how to bring his A game to any job he does.


Well, in this case, it's his A-Team game.

Twentieth Century Fox hired their very own crack commando unit, Butch Bannon and his partners at Sandymontana, to concept and produce a viral campaign for the new A-Team movie. The creatives decided to go way outside the box in terms of traditional movie marketing.

In working with Fox, which is about to release one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, they discovered the theme song was the most recognized and accessible aspect of the original TV series.

To make the theme song relevant to today's youth, they brought in four music heavyweights. Just Blaze, Dan the Automator, Al-P of MSTRKRFT and M.I.A's NEET Recording’s Rye Rye & NGUZUNGUZU. Their mission: to re-interpret and remix the theme song (soon available on ilike).

In addition, Sandymontana shot Behind-the-Scenes videos that let us watch these amazing talents at work. Cool bonus: the videos are peppered with nostalgic moments that remind us old school fans how
much we've missed the characters and the action.

Get a taste of the A-Team Remix project here:

Last Updated (Monday, 17 May 2010 09:03)

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