PostHeaderIcon The Stardar Report: Meryl Streep Is Coming To Portland...Well, Her "Bear" is.

CARE BEARS: Carol Burnett, Meryl Streep, and other celebs are coming to Portland. Well, they aren't actually going to be here. But their celeb-u-bears are, such as the one Meryl created alongside costume queen Ann Roth (they worked together on films such as Mama Mia and Julie & Julia).

Okay, bear with me for a moment as I explain what is going on.

After Matthew Shepard's brutal and tragic death in 1998, hundreds of bears were created and donated in Matthew’s memory, as well as other victims of senseless violence and hate. These bears are displayed in the Teddy Bear Museum in Thermopolis, Wyoming and are used to educate local school children on diversity issues. They represent the international response to a hate crime that not only shook our nation, but also touched the hearts of children and adults throughout the world.

The Matthew Shepard Foundation in continuing the “bear tradition” with a fundraising and outreach campaign titled Bear to Make a Difference™. This is an ongoing campaign in which celebrities are asked to “dress” a bear and autograph it for a fundraising auction.  Proceeds will benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation and our development of unique tools and programs to educate youth on diversity issues.

A Bear to Make a Difference auction and cocktail reception will be held Monday, March 29, 2010 at Wilf’s Restaurant in Portland, Oregon from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. The event will also give a the opportunity to honor two outstanding individuals in the local community who have made a difference in replacing hate and intolerance with love and acceptance: former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts and Portland’s own Darcelle XV with the Making a Difference Award. Local celebs auctioning off their bear creations include Darcelle, Poison Waters, and Matthew's mom, Judy Shepard who will be in attendance at the event.

Click here for tickets and more information about this important event.

Last Updated (Friday, 12 March 2010 10:38)


PostHeaderIcon Manhunt: Cosmo On The Lookout for Hot Dudes From Oregon

(photo courtesy of photographer Jonny Shultz)

SENATOR BROWN, MOVE OVER: I just heard word that Cosmo magazine is on the hunt for the hottest single guys in the U.S. for their annual Bachelor Contest. Cosmo is picking one from every state—and the magazine needs your help finding them! You can nominate eligible men to be the Oregon 2010 Bachelor.  The guys will be featured in the November issue and will be invited to attend exclusive Cosmo events.

So what’s in it for the men? Besides giving Cosmo readers amazing eye candy, one lucky guy will be crowned Bachelor of the Year, winning $10,000 and a wardrobe from Express.  For several of the previous bachelors, appearing in Cosmo was just the start of their fame. Many have gone on to other exciting projects, like starring on ABC’s The Bachelor (Andy Baldwin, California, 2005), hosting VH1’s Tough Love (Steven Ward, Pennsylvania, 2003), and playing in this year’s Superbowl (Jabari Greer, Tennessee, 2007).

To nominate a deserving single guy, go to and print out an official entry form. You’ll need to provide the following information:

* Your name, e-mail, phone number, address, and relationship to the bachelor. (Sorry, he can’t be your boyfriendhe has to be single!).

* Bachelor’s name, e-mail, age, height, weight, profession, state of residence, and address. (College and graduate students may represent their hometown state or the state where they attend school. All other nominees must represent the state where they reside 9 months out of the year.)

* Two color photos of the nominee. (One head and shoulders; one shirtless, full-body shot).

* An explanation of why he should be Cosmo’s Bachelor of the Year (250 words or less).

Drop off the entry form, with photos attached, at your local Express or Express Men store, or mail his photo and info to: Cosmo Bachelors, 300 W. 57th St., 38th Fl., New York, NY 10019.

Deadline for entries is April 11. To see entry rules, see page 235 of the March 2010 issue or visit


Last Updated (Thursday, 11 March 2010 13:04)


PostHeaderIcon We Count: Census PSA Features Cool Portlanders

WE THE PEOPLE: I love this video. Not only does it have a great message, it also includes a lot of my friends—including Basic Rights Oregon's Jeana Frazzini, Q Center's Kendall Clawson, and Cascade AID's Project Michael Kaplan (Clawson and Kaplan pictured above)—and their partners and families doing what they do best: getting involved and standing up for their rights.

The 2010 Census will be the first in US history in which same-sex couples can identify themselves as married. Make sure you count!

For more information, please visit: and

Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 March 2010 20:09)


PostHeaderIcon It’s the Fashion to Love your Kidneys. Who Knew? On Saturday Night We All Do.

LIKE MIKE: One of the stars of Twilight and Extraordinary Measures, Ayanna Berkshire , as well yours truly, Byron Beck, are the co-emcees of a very fashionable show with local designers this Saturday night at California Closets to benefit "MIKE."

So what is MIKE? It's the Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program. MIKE works to enrich the lives of teens and empower them to be ambassadors of health in vulnerable youth populations prone to obesity, diabetes and negative social situations. The event will showcase the latest in local fashions including Betty Jean Couture (above), Bon Lou Couture and Christa Taylor, along with O’Pearl Jewelry and The Real McCoy® Purses and will feature Fox 12’s Sophie Soong as a celebrity model.

Who knew dressing up a healthy message could look so good?

The Details:

What: It’s the Fashion! to Love your Kidneys; A Fashion Show Benefit for MIKE Program.

Where: California Closets Showroom, 1225 SE Grand Ave., Portland, Oregon 97214

When: Saturday, March 13, 2010 (in recognition of National Kidney Month and World Kidney Day).

Time: Doors open at 5 pm. Show runs from 6-8 pm.

Cost: $30 per person. (Price includes admission, script for beverage/wine and hearty appetizers.) A wine raffle will also be available.

Why: Because everyone deserves to look good and you can’t look your best unless you feel your best.

BONUS STORY BELOW! Click on the “read more” button to read a kidney-warming story about the woman who is not only sharing her space for the fashion show, but also telling us what it's like to be a kidney transplant recipient.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 March 2010 17:01)

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PostHeaderIcon The Stardar Report: Hotel Monaco The Shizzle for Snoop Dogg

DOGGY STYLE: It only makes sense that one of the most dog-friendly hotels in Oregon, Hotel Monaco, would be the joint where Snoop Dogg stayed while he was in town last week for his Roseland concert. Truth is, this is the hotel where most world-famous rappers (including Lil' Wayne) stay in Portland. Although there may've been weirdness following his appearance at the Roseland, according to one of the hotel's front desk clerks there was a more relaxed, and appreciative, vibe at the hotel. "When Snoop checked out and walked with his entourage down the walkway to the (front) doors everyone at wine hour was clapping and cheering for him," said the clerk. "I've never seen anything like it."

Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:51)

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