REALLY BIGGEST LOSER ALERT: The good folks behindThe Biggest Loser (above), 3Ball Productions, are producing a new weight loss show for ABC-TV. And this time around, they are bringing the trainer to you.
But there's one really BIG catch: the show is casting for men and women who have at least 200 pounds to drop.
CHINA AND THE CITY: It wasn't just any birthday party. It was a birthday soiree for China Forbes. Singer, songwriter and Pink Martini's femme fatale, China celebrated her big day with friends and family in one of the most amazing spaces I've ever seen: Define Studios & Lifestyle Loft. Located on the edge of Northwest Portland, it sort of reminds what Bruce Wayne's gym might look like if he had worked with a really great interior decorator.This healthy lounge offers everything from yoga to hip hop dance to progressive massage techniques to cooking sessions. It is, literally, a breath-taking space where the likes of Storm Large (who was spotted at China's party, above center, chatting up the birthday girl and Amy Faust, left) and others tune up their engines. Birthday well-wishers included Karen Brooks, Paige Powell, Bruce Carey, Mike King, Andy Ricker, Byron Oshiro and loads of other friends.
GOOD TIMES: Sean Ingersoll threw a little party in Northwest Portland at Voicebox.A karaoke venue with private party rooms, Sean secured the space for his wife, Becki, as a way to celebrate her birthday. It also gave him the excuse to sing his lungs out (see above).
HOT SHOTS: There are some beautiful dudes hanging out in Portland this month. And they just so happen to be on gallery walls. On Wednesday night I previewed a few new shows opening tonight in two of the Pearl District's finest galleries. First up was Gus Van Sant's Cut-Ups at PDX Contemporary Art. The large-scale digital photo mash-ups look like they've been just tacked up on the walls (in fact, fancy magnets hold them in place) giving the illusion that this is how they might look in Van Sant's studio. Gus himself, who flew up from Los Angeles where he's been putting the finishing touches on his new film, Restless, seemed pleased with how the show looked as well as his friends who turned up to see the work including Emily Crumpacker, Jordan Schnitzer and Drs. Geoff Beasely and Jim Sampson (above with Gus, center). Emily's son/"It" boy, Peter Smith, who was spotted at Van Sant's opening, also made an appearance at nearbyFroelick Galleryto see a portrait of himself painted by Leiv Fagereng who is currently showing work next to Sarah Horowitz and the incredible Alfred Harris.
ART SMART: Last night I stepped into a little piece of heaven: Monograph Bookwerks. The brainchild of John Brodie and Blair Saxon-Hill (one of the artiest and most erudite couples in town, above) this new bookstore of nothing but fine art books and ojects is located just off Alberta Street on Northeast 27th Avenue. Although today, May 5, is its official first day in biz, last night was it's opening—and I was its very first customer. I purchased a beautiful little sculpture..er.."object" of a polar bear riding a giraffe from a Seattle artist with a name that now escapes me. I also wanted to take home an arm load of over-sized arty tomes too, but I think I'll have to save that for my next trip to this incredibly cool bookstore where I am bound to spend every last cent I have in my pocket. Like I said to Portland Art Museum's Bruce Guentherlast night (a big collector of art books himself): It's a porn shop for people who love art. Perhaps I should just say that Monograph Bookwerks is Portland's latest must-see destination and we are very lucky indeed that Brodie and Blair have decided to open their own little nook dedicated to artbooks.
Monograph Bookwerks, 5005 NE 27th Ave., 503-284-5005, 11am-7 pm Wed.-Sun.