Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:49 | Written by Byron
HAPPY HOLIDAYS:Rather than try to link up all the assorted events/places I've been in the last week, I thought it might be nice to show you the "highlight" reel focusing in on some of the sights and great folks I've run into. Think of it as the slideshow you always have to endure whenever you visit your parents. Enjoy!
POLITICOS SHOP TOO: Here is a photo of City Commish Nick Fish (photographed with my partner Juan) out on an errand in downtown. Just a few minutes later I ran into the seemingly always dour looking State Senator Mark Haasperusing the shoe department of the Nordstrom Rack.
RING MY BELL: On that very same day, none other than KGW-TV funny guy, Drew Carney, opened the door for us at Macy's as part of his Salvation Army ring-chiming duties. And, no, he didn't have all his holiday shopping done either.
GANG OF TWO: Here is the always charming Gang of Four member and Fight guy, Dave Allen, and his lovely wife, Paddy, at their home in Southwest Portland. Sorry about the red eye guys, it was that time of night.
JINGLE JILL: Here is Portland Bride and Groom Editor Jill Spitznass, KINK radio's Sheila Hamilton, and publicist Bette Sinclair at Jill's very special birthday/holiday bash. What a great party!
WRAP STAR: Here is former Oregonian columnist, and spoken word poet, S. Renee Mitchell volunteering her time for charity at the wrapping station in front of Lloyd Center's Barnes and Noble.
CHRIST-MA-ROKE: Rob Samples spun the tunes at Mother's Bistro Christmas Karaoke night. But these weren't just any holiday ditties. For some odd reason, most of the songs were set to what was dubbed an "urban" beat making them sound less like Mitch Miller and more like Motown. IT WAS AWESOME! That's Chef Lisa Schroeder in front leading the choir.
NICE BALLS: Holiday trees don't just decorate themselves. There is work to do. And one of the hardest working group of tree elves in town had to be the crew that helped Thomas Lauderdale garnish the nearly 25-foot tall Noble fir that he (and his elf friends) personally cut down in Damascus, Ore. Covered from tip to toe in vintage ornaments, the tree is literally dripping with holiday goodness. Here are photos from his, egg nog-fueled tree-trimming party.
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 13:19 | Written by Byron
DIVA DISH: Heard from a little bird—okay it was Thomas Lauderdale—that PICA is thisclose to securing the one and only Rufus Wainwright to perform excerpts from his opera, Prima Donna, with the Oregon Symphony at next fall's Time Based Art Festival.
According to its wiki entry the opera "is about "a day in the life of an aging opera singer", anxiously preparing for her comeback in 1970s Paris, who falls in love with a journalist."
If it happens (and word from at least one insider says its likely), it will be another feather in the cap of Portland's most intriguing festival.
For a sneak peek at this work, set your DVR's for The Sundance Channel at 2:30 pm on Dec. 27. That's when Sundance will air the doc Rufus Wainwright: Prima Donna. Or check out the trailer for the film below:
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 12:03 | Written by Byron
STAR TOYS: Okay so the kajillion-dollar, almost three-hour long Avatar was awesome. It really was. But here is Star Wars, in 3 minutes no less, and on the super cheap. And it's almost as good as the original.
And, besides, before you head out on your lunch break to gather those last minute toys to put under the tree for your own tykes, its worth taking a gander at this little piece of movie magic. It will have wistfully remembering what you wanted for the 'big day.' Priceless.
ROCK AND LIT: Oregon has produced its share of impressive authors: Ursula K. Le Guin, Tom Spanbauer, Chuck Palahniuk, Storm Large…wait a minute.
Isn’t that last lady the rocker who stormed the stage this year with her impressive one-woman show about herself and her crazy family?
Why, yes, our very own Storm Large is signing a major book deal today, Monday, Dec. 21, with a world-renowned publisher.
And frankly, for those of us who recall her salty sex advice under the nom de plume, “Demi Mondain” in Exotic Magazine not that long ago, well, we are in for one helluva of a sexy rock and roll ride. Details to follow.
In related Portland-based book news, Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy, who has penned his share of timely tomes over the years—Rat Pack Confidential, Ready, Set, Go!, Paul Newman: A Life—is said to be gearing up for his next (as yet to be disclosed) book. Word is, that it will be in keeping with his previous works.