PostHeaderIcon Speakin' Easy: Equity Foundation Casino Night at Crystal Ballroom

NICE DICE: On Saturday night I got lucky. That's because I was the lucky guy who emceed the Equity Foundation's Speakeasy Casino Night at the Crystal Ballroom. While good folks like City Commish Amanda Fritz, non-profit executive directors Roey Thorpe, Kendall Clawson and Michael Kaplan as well as local businessman Sho Dozono tried their luck at the tables, Silverton Mayor Stu Rasmussen joined me on stage to pep up the crowd who had gathered to support the Equity Foundation good works to eradicate prejudice towards the sexual and gender minority communities of Oregon.

Other unflappable flappers out for the Prohibition-themed night included City Commish candidate Mary Volm, who said she had spent the whole day in "candidate school." She also told me that she had broke up with her "boyfriend" Jasun Wurster. This would be the same dude she worked with on the first mayoral recall campaign and who had recently given her a $5,000 donation to her campaign. "We are just really good friends," Volm told me before posing with a couple of new friends above. "Besides, I want to stay as far away as possible from what (Wurster) is doing right now." And what is Jasun doing? Working on that second mayoral recall campaign. Hmmmm.

I helped raise a little money for Equity. I heard a little gossip. That's what I call a good night.

Last Updated (Monday, 08 March 2010 14:10)


PostHeaderIcon House Party: Peter Zuckerman Celebrates His Birthday & New Digs

Peter Zuckerman is an author and all-around-cool-dude.

According to his wikipedia page his forthcoming book, Buried in the Sky, co-written with Amanda Padoan, tells the true story of the 2008 K2 disaster from the perspective of Sherpa and Pakistani climbers whom Western climbers depend on. His wiki page also includes the little known news that his book, which is being published in 2010 in the United States and Canada by WW Norton, will also be published in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand by Orion Publishing Group.

But that's all for another blog post.

This one is all about a party held in his honor (it was his birthday, after all) in his brand new digs.

And, yes, his boyfriend, Mayor Sam Adams, was there to help him blow out his candles.

Happy birthday, my friend.

Last Updated (Monday, 08 March 2010 12:38)


PostHeaderIcon Phoenix Rising: Hamburger Mary's To Open in Portland...Again?

OH, MARY: For gays of a certain age Hamburger Mary's was heaven, well, hamburger-home fries-homo heaven.

In the 70's, 80's, and a little bit of the 90's, the Portland franchise for this San Francisco-based chain (it now has 14 across the country) was one, if not the only place, in downtown Portland where gays felt okay being openly gay, and straights ate up the scene as the ate up their enormous omelets. In fact, the target market for this affordably priced restaurant and bar target has always been the gay and lesbian community and queer-friendly allies.

I still remember the first time I went to Hamburger Mary's when it sat at the corner of SW Taylor and 9th Avenue, where the Regal Fox Tower Cinemas now sits. In fact, in 1982 Mary's was one of the first places I ever stepped into in Portland as a just-fresh-from-the-sticks hick. It was Mecca for many a queer youth who were too young to get into the Stark Street bars. The food was cheap and the staff was even cheaper, and often, in the earlier days, dressed in drag. You always got a side of sass with your order and maybe a wink or two from some of the cutest (and tightest jeans-wearing) boys in town. It was here I met my first date with the first person I'd met through the personals. I met many friends there who I still consider my friends (including Executive Director of PICA, Victoria Frey, a former Mary's hash slinger). It was in the next door bar, I had a drink with actor Bill Pullman. I tried out a lot of fashion mistakes there. I miss all the guys who used to work but are long gone....sigh.

Anyways, when the powers-to-be decided to install the Fox Tower on the site, poof, Hamburger Mary's was was the Vat, Rock-N-Roll Fashions, and the really cool, old IHOP building.

Like the Vat, Hamburger Mary's had a second life in Portland. It was across from The Benson Hotel. And, like the Vat, it didn't last very long. Many thought that was the last we'd see of this proud and loud Portland institution.

That was until now.

According to it looks like Hamburger Mary's is about to re-open. This is a good (and a sort of cautious) thing. The good news is that is going to be just a few feet away from Portland's Burnside Triangle, considered this city's "official" queer district. The bad news is that it's going up in on a corner that has seen more bars than Jack Nicholson on Oscar night: 1135 SW Washington Street.

Yes, that is the former location of The Whiskey Bar, Bettie Ford's, Dick's, and a really cool old Chinese restaurant that looked like a left-over set from Twin Peaks. I am sure I missing some other now closed joints, so let's just say that the location has seen its share

We cannot let that happen to the "new" Hamburger Mary's.

Here's hoping that the third time out for Mary is, indeed, a charm.

Last Updated (Monday, 08 March 2010 11:15)


PostHeaderIcon Doggin' It With The Blazers: Pixie Project Night at Rose Garden Arena

MUTTS NIGHT OUT: It was "mascot" night at The Rose Garden Arena as the Blazers went toe-to-toe with the Pacers. So it only made sense the featured charity at Wednesday night's game was the amazing animal adoption center, located just a few blocks from center court, called The Pixie Project. Executive Director and Assistant Director, Amy Sacks and Karli Covington, joined staff members and volunteers at a booth before heading to center court and introducing thousand of Blazers fans to this worthwhile charity via the Jumbo-tron. It was a howlin' good time. And, when the Blazers scored 100, we all got a chalupa. Well, the dogs didn't. They got a cookie. Good times.

Last Updated (Friday, 05 March 2010 07:15)


PostHeaderIcon Retro-Fit: How Did Any Dude Who Lived Through This Decade End Up Straight?

I WANNA POP: Was browsing through a few videos after I saw this and stumbled onto to the following Shasta commercial from 1983.

It begs a few questions: What were thinking when they decided to open this commercial on a rather revealing eye-to-bikini-line crotch shot? Are two guys really running hand in hand at :07? Where does one get a great blue tank nowadays? And how did any male survive this decade without being a big ol' homo?

Last Updated (Thursday, 04 March 2010 15:55)

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