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PostHeaderIcon Random Dinner: White Bird Dines With International Dancers at Huber's



DASHING DINERS: Members of Wayne McGregor's Random Dance Company joined Walter Jaffe and Paul King (above right) as well as staff, crew and supporters of White Bird Dance for dinner—and those incredible Spanish coffees—at Huber's on Tuesday night. It was all in anticipation of the British-based dance company's return to the Portland stage. The incredibly cute company—from all over the world—will make their move at the Newmark beginning on Thursday in a evening-length work entitled "Entity." For more details and tickets click here.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 03 March 2010 18:09)

 

PostHeaderIcon Poker Face: Hit the Jackpot at Equity Foundation's Speakeasy Casino

GET LUCKY: The Equity Foundation works to eradicate prejudice towards the sexual and gender minority communities of Oregon. By working with organizations and philanthropic donors, they are able to fund change and change attitudes through granting and scholarship opportunities. This past year Equity Foundation granted nearly $320,000 to 175 organizations across the state.

And each year, in honor of this good work Equity does, a swell soiree is held. It's usually a fancy schmancy affair that concludes with a live auction.

But, for 2010, Equity Foundation has decided to drop the long speeches and boring live auctions and go in, well, a "different direction."

And, oh yeah, they asked me to emcee the whole thing. (Oh, god. I wonder if they know what they are in for?)

From what I've been told by organizers, Equity's Speakeasy Casino is not just another casino event. The evening, which is being held Saturday night at the Crystal Ballroom, will include gambling, prohibition era themes, jazz by Bridgetown Sextet, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and big prizes for the winners.

And, oh yeah, did I mention I am the emcee?

Doors open at 6:30 pm for what is sure to be an event to...well...let's just see what happens.

For ticket and more details click here.

For a list of silent auction prizes click here.

Can't wait to see all you high gamblers!


 

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 March 2010 14:51)

 

PostHeaderIcon Passing Zhoozh-ment: One More Time 'Round The Lap at PDX Drag Race


ZOOM ROOM: Last night I made my dramatic one-night-only return to judging Season 2 of The Portland Drag Race (aka the PDX version of RuPaul's Drag Race). I actually felt more like I was zhoozhing (read: to encourage flair and fluffing) than judging as I have been fairly absent from this season's competition. And, oh my dear, how things have changed since I was the "Simon" judge for Season 1. First off, with seven...er..six contestants (one has dropped out of the competition) the show is much tighter. And, dare I say, I think the show has improved. The night was still long, but there was more interaction with the very young and very pretty audience (including texting for VIP tickets at a table in the front row). And the "ladies" who are in this contest? Well, they are fab-u-lous. Each and every one of them (including the one who is back from last season) has oodles of charm. They are all professional, articulate, able to take criticism well (even when its wrong) and most of all, they are incredibly entertaining. This season, the ladies are going all out. Kudos to the new judges and especially to Poison Waters, who truly knows what it takes to put on a great show.


Last Updated (Friday, 26 February 2010 11:04)

 

PostHeaderIcon Star Search: PABA's Night of Hollywood Glamour


STARRY NIGHT: The red carpet at Northeast's Red Lion Hotel-Convention Center was jam-packed with members of the Portland Area Business Alliance Wednesday night for their annual winter fundraiser, "A Night of Hollywood Glamour." This gathering of queer and queer-friendly local business types was held high atop The Red Lion at the ever-so-inviting Windows Skyroom & Lounge. That's where glbtq "glam" gals and gents dined on sumptuous food, sipped exotic drinks, and bid on silent auction items. Okay, so it looked a bit more like prom night than a full-blown Hollywood production, but everyone seemed to have a great time nibbling on lamb chops and pineapple upside down cake before moving their butts to sounds of DJ Brad PDX. Ah, Hollywood.


Last Updated (Thursday, 25 February 2010 17:14)

 

PostHeaderIcon She’s Going to Hollywood: Stacey Wilson Lands A Gig At The Hollywood Reporter


(Photo of Stacey Wilson [right] and her sister, FOX-12 reporter, Jamie Wilson)

HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD: Apparently not all the news coming out of Hollywood—or the media biz—is all bad. I am happy to report that Portland-based reporter (and former Portland Monthly Associate Editor) Stacey Wilson has just landed a job at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson will soon be in charge of televison coverage as a Features Editor for the entertainment industry-centered publication. Before she packs her bags and moves to Los Angeles, I thought it might be nice to check in with Wilson about her new job and here is what she had to say:

How did you hear about the job?

I saw it posted on Mediabistro.com two weeks ago and thought, ‘Wow, that sounds like the perfect job for me.' But knowing the climate and how many talented journos are out of work right now, I felt the site would be utterly flooded with resumes, so I got sneaky. I asked my friend who reviews films for Us Weekly (with whom I used to work in New York), if she knew anyone there and she did. I wrote him, and he referred me to the Editor in Chief, who referred me to the Executive Editor in charge of hiring. That was Monday two weeks ago. By that Wednesday, he’d asked if I was going to be in L.A. anytime soon; funny enough, I was. I changed my ticket to arrive a day sooner, and that was that. Honestly though, I felt like I’d won the lottery just getting an interview.

How many times did you interview for the gig?

I went straight from LAX to the interview last Thursday afternoon and met with the hiring editor and one of his colleagues. I made a good impression, apparently, and they asked me to return this past Monday to be vetted by four other folks, including the Editor-in-Chief. That was it. Really fast.

Did you actually say fart during one of your interviews?

I did. One woman asked, “What kind of coworkers do you prefer?” and I meant to say “funny and smart” and I said “fart.” It was great. We all laughed a lot.

What will your job duties include?

The Hollywood Reporter is a daily trade paper whose main competition is Variety. I will be working on the Features side of things editing and writing TV stories for special themed issues on Emmy coverage, Fall Preview, etc.

Will you get to see the finale of American Idol live?

Ha ha, I don’t know. I still need to buy a car, get an apartment, and figure out when my health insurance starts.

What about secrets from Lost?

You know, I love most TV shows like they were my children, but I have never been a Lost fan. I can’t love everything, you know?

What celebs are you eager to cover?

Oh many...but this is why trade publications are great: I get to cover the business and NOT ask celebrities about their drug problems, marital status, or most recent plastic surgery procedures. I would however be thrilled to sit down with Tina Fey and talk comedy. As a fellow wry, sardonic brunette, I’ve always felt a special connection to her.

When do you start your gig?

They want me in two weeks to get ramped up for Fall Preview and Emmy season over the summer, which should be interesting logistics-wise. But I’ll make it work.

Can I have your job at People (Wilson covers the Northwest beat for the entertainment weekly) now that you are leaving?

Uh, sure. If you’d like to cover Mary Kay Letourneau’s divorce proceedings, which are certainly likely at some point, they’re all yours!

 

 

Last Updated (Thursday, 25 February 2010 07:08)

 
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