PostHeaderIcon Arty Party: 21st Annual Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction

STARRY NIGHT: With stars from both Cirque du Soleil and Leverage making appearances at the 21st Annual Art Evening and Auction to benefit Cascade AIDS Project—as well as food from such local foodie stars as Beast's Naomi Pomeroy, Gruner's Chris Israel and Bluehour's Drew Lockett—it might have been tempting to think the focus wasn't on the walls at this arty party held Saturday night inside the very busy Bison Building. But all you had to do was take one look at the art on those walls to see who the real stars of the night were at this always impressive charity event. Everywhere you looked was art and art lovers (including City Commish/art collector Nick Fish) jockeying to get their bids on works from such diverse talents as Grace Weston, Michael T. Hensley, D.E. May, Lucinda Parker, J.D. Perkins, Tom Cramer and Sherrie Wolf. There was even a piece by late, great gallery owner William Jamison featuring the very attractive backside of another local artist who just so happens to be opening a show in a downtown gallery this very week. Kudos to CAP's art angel, Roma Peyser as well as CAP Executive Director Michael Kaplan who was quite the host as was the other hosts of the evening—KC Cowan, Jana Wells, Tim Joyce, Priya David, Courtenay Hameister and Daria Eckhardt Eliuk (pictured above with Sean Sasser and his partner Kaplan, right). What a great night.


PostHeaderIcon Stardar Report: Today Show's Sara Haines at Pixie Project

SARA SMILES: Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb are lucky.

Those two ladies get to spend time on a daily basis with the delightful Sara Haines during the fourth hour of The Today Show.

We just got a chance to spend a bit of Saturday morning with her.

Haines, via the efforts of the good folks at Media Maison, raced clear across the country this weekend so she could make some new four-legged friends at the Pixie Project, a non-profit animal adoption center and pet supply store located in Northeast Portland.

A web correspondent at NBC's Today Show, Sara appears regularly during the weekday with Hoda and Kathie Lee to report on technology and Internet trends as well as let the ladies know what their fans are saying via their Facebook and Twitter accounts (in fact "Sara" even popped up on Saturday Night Live this weekend during a biting parody of the show).

Sara also loves animals. That's why she made the trek to Oregon to tape an upcoming segment for Today that spotlights the good works of Amy Sacks and her crew at Pixie Project.

And yes, Sara, wasthatclose to flying home with a new "friend" (see above) in her carry-on.

Last Updated (Monday, 03 May 2010 10:56)


PostHeaderIcon That's What Stars Are For: Dionne Warwick Wows Crowd at Power of Purse

POWERFUL PURSE-O-NALITIES: When KGW's Joe Smith lightly stepped down atop Dionne Warwick's bejeweled shoe right before a live interview, I literally thought the evening might be getting off on the wrong foot. But the diva-less and divine Dionne was incredibly gracious with Mr. Smith, as she was with everyone else who had a chance to visit with the living legend at the 5th annual Power of the Purse held Friday night at the Portland Art Museum. Dionne was the big star of the night at this fashionable benefit for Girls, Inc.—which featured handbags designed by “purse-o-nalities” inlcuding the singing sensation herself—as well as the high bidder (at $1,400) on a evening bag designed by none other than KGW President D.J. Wilson (above left with Warwick and Naturally Knotty designer Chris Brien). Other purse-making personalities participating in the swell soiree included NFL Quarterback Joey Harrington and Voodoo Doughnuts creators Kenneth Pogson and Tres Shannon who provided one of the highlights of the evening when he and 99.5 The Wolf morning DJ, Mike Chase, held an impromptu "hand-stand contest" half-way throughout the evening. Way to go, guys!


PostHeaderIcon Hot Shots: Gus Van Sant Talks Cut-ups at PDX Gallery

SLASH ART: Gus Van Sant is one busy guy. Not only is he finishing up his latest film shot in Portland, the director/writer/painter/musician/icon also has not one, but two, photos shows opening this month in Oregon.

The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art unveils its new exhibition, “One Step Big Shot: Portraits by Andy Warhol and Gus Van Sant on May 16, featuring Van Sant and his doppleganger, Andy Warhol. For the May 15 opening there's even a chartered bus that will leave PDX at 4 pm and costs only ten bucks a person for the round trip.

The other Van Sant show is a little closer to home. Cut-ups opens May 5 at PDX Contemporary Art. For the show Van Sant digitally mashed-up some of the polaroids he casually clicked over the years as screen tests/head shots for the indie individuals that dot his now classic films. The results reminds me of what Lady Gaga must see when she looks in the mirror. Timeless, trippy, haunting, and hot, I would expect nothing less from Gus.

For the show Gus Van Sant agreed to answer a few of my questions in regards to the work. Here is what he had to say.

Why did you decide to do cut-ups?
Gus Van Sant: It is to show something that relates to the U of O show in Eugene, these are collages from original polaroids, like the ones that are part of a show at the Jordan Schnitzer Art Center at U of O.

What was the biggest surprise about the results?
I suppose just watching the creation of a new person from elements of two different people was the most interesting thing... its kind of a photographic cloning of the two pictures.

When you were a kid did you like to do collages?
I was very used to making collages.  Also we used to play a game "Heads Bodies Legs and Tails" where you would help draw a figure with other people without knowing what the others were drawing and you would create kind of fantastic cartoons or figures.

Do you think these cut-ups make a statement about identity?
Yes. They make an observation about appearance and recognition, style, identity, casual fashion...

Are there any famous faces hidden inside any of the cut-ups?
Not too famous, Bob Cumming's son is part of one of the pictures...remember the show "Love That Bob"  ?  Haha.

Oh Gus, you're such a cut-up.

Cut-ups, May 5-May 29, PDX Contemporary Art, 925 NW Flanders St., 503-222-0063.

Last Updated (Friday, 30 April 2010 16:41)


PostHeaderIcon Pure Energy: A Peek at Pearl District's Latest Venue

ROOM WITH A VIEW: Yes, that was West Coast Production's Duane Smith (above) hanging from the rafters at Pure Space, his company's brand new—and expansive—venue located at the edge of the Pearl District on Northwest 13th Avenue. And yes he is singing, backed by DJ Arnold Pander. Smith and his crew invited the city's best caterers, including Art of Catering's Larry Grimes and Cupcake Jones Lisa Watson to share their wares, alongside local wineries, at a VIP-only event on Wednesday night. And, yes, the raw space is a sight to behold.

Last Updated (Thursday, 29 April 2010 14:53)

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