Tuesday, 08 December 2009 13:21 | Written by Byron
SWIZZLE SHTICKS: We came. We partied. We nogged our asses off. That was pretty much
what happened at The Original for Poison Waters' Notorious Noel. A benefit for Basic Rights Oregon last night's swell soiree raised monies, as well as eyebrows, with its mix of hot boys, babes and Darcelle himself, out of drag. Other guests included Diane Bocci, Michael Kaplan, Sean Sasser, the two "Lisa's"—Lisa Schroeder and Lisa Watson—Tim Joyce, Ryan Ruelos, Deanna Haley, Karole Collymore, Brian Wilson, Stacey Wilson, Tristan McAllister, Pennie Trumbull/Lane, Renee Field and others.
It also attracted next door "neighbors" (i.e. guests of the Marriott Courtyard) including "Michael," a nice young gent from Austria, who we tried to get to strip down naked by stating it was a standard holiday tradition in the states.
We had better luck with the likes of Chef B.J. who made an amazing amount of meaty balls that were passed around to guests, and Bar-man Adam, who made not one, but two drinks, in honor of the night: a "Snow Job" and "Poison's Party Punch."
Poison herself packed a pretty wicked wallop in not one, but at least four different outfits, includi
ng one that made her look like a stewardess on Santa's sleigh. Poison also kept the night flowing with an interesting array of comments—in between DJ Scotty The Body spinning holiday songs—that gave the whole night a nostalgic "just another night at Judy Garland's house during the holidays" vibe.
That is until members of the local gay chorus sang a version of "Winter Wonderland" that includes mentions of ladies unmentionables.
That's when we knew we were smack dab in the middle of downtown Portland, enjoying the holidays as only this city can.
CHICK-A-DEES AND THE CITY: Made a quick visit to the extremely tiny set of James Westby's latest saucy "little" project: Hot In The Zipper. A short film, starring among others, Katie O'Grady and Jana Lee Hamblin, the premise of the project is a 1940's version of Sex and the City. And, oh...my...god..hearing the ladies talk about their "curly tangilies" in old-school foundation garments was nothing short of hilarious. Westby—who set the short in his very own apartment—shot the entire film in one 17-minute uninterrupted take. Way to go, Mr. Westby!
Here are photos from Byronbeck.com's EXCLUSIVE set visit:
GO NOTORIOUS or GO HOME: Tonight's the night for Poison Waters' Notorious Noel. It starts at 8 pm at The Original. Tickets are only ten bucks. The following are a few photos from our early morning set up.
BEST HOLIDAY TREE LOT...EVER! Pssst...let me share a little secret with you. Over off North Lombard Street, where it intersects with Drummond (and is in spitting distance of an Arby's), sits a very cool Christmas tree lot. Dick and Leonard, and it seems their entire family, offer up trees they cut each day from their own tree farm just across the Columbia River. And these aren't just any trees. These Noble and Douglas firs seem to come from some special spot in the forest that make them especially fragrant and, dare I say, nearly perfect. And, best of all, they are priced right too. Everybody I know in our neighborhood goes to this lot to make holiday wishes come true. You should too.
IRON GINGERBREAD: Last Friday I was lucky enough to join the crew from AM Northwest as they went on location at Providence Festival of Trees which took place over the weekend at the Oregon Convention Center. My job, as always, was to help "comment" on AM Northwest's version of "Iron Chef" which consisted of students creating "stunning" Gingerbread Houses in less than an hour. This year's "secret ingredient" was peppers. Notice how they were turned into holiday trees on the winning entry.
HIVE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Made a late night stop at HIVE FX's annual Holiday shin-dig in their new Southeast digs. Festivities included the sharing of the sushi plate, sake, Beatles Rock Band and lots and lots of ping pong.
This just in from Jimmy Radosta, former columnist and editor for Oregon queer newsmagazine Just Out:
Talk about Your Method Actor: Mel Gibson apparently took his role in the 1997 thriller Conspiracy Theory rather seriously.
It was revealed last night in Portland that he's also a big fan of a conspiracy theorist who believes civilization will soon crumble because the planet is running out of oil.
The dish came directly from Michael Ruppert, an investigative journalist who is the subject of Collapse, a documentary from director Chris Smith (American Movie) now playing at Cinema 21. (See the alarming trailer here).
During a Q & A session after the film's Portland premiere, Ruppert revealed that Gibson approached him at a New York screening and asked, "What was left on the cutting-room floor?" Ruppert added that Gibson treated him to a steak dinner and even bought his dog a Kobe beef cheeseburger.
Incidentally, this isn't the only scoop coming from Radosta.
The longtime journalist has announced a big career move: After making several well-received appearances at Mortified in Portland and Hollywood (where Rob Reiner was among the audience), Radosta plans to test out a one-man show Jan. 27 as part of the 2010 Fertile Ground Festival. He describes Triskaidekaphilia (Just My Luck)as "memoir-aoke," a blend of personal monologues and karaoke performances exploring his rocky relationship with fortune. (The show's title derives from "triskaidekaphobia," the superstitious fear of the number 13.) For tickets, which are sure to sell fast, click here.
And as for Mel, can anyone confirm that Gibson has a home somewhere tucked away near Cape Horn in the Columbia Gorge?
And guess what? It stars the offspring of not one, but two, movie legends.
Henry Lee Hopper is the son of crazy man/art collector/screen idol Dennis Hopper (gawd, I loved him in Blue Velvet) and Schuyler Fisk is the daughter of the one and only Coal Miner's Daughter star, Sissy Spacek.
According to The Hollywood Reporter here Hopper, in his first starring role, is playing a boy who is trying to get over the death of his parents.
Hopper's love interest is Mia Wasikowska who is about to have her last name mangled by talk show hosts everywhere once Tim Burton's version of Alice In Wonderland (Mia plays Alice) hits the screen.
Fisk will play Wasikowska's sister.
And, funny thing, it's been produced by another acting offspring of another Hollywood icon: Ron Howard's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard (who is currently kicking up dirt now that she has replaced one of the stars in the Twilight saga).
"It captures the profoundly defining turning point of a young person's life with stark realism, irreverent humor and intense emotion," Howard says of the story in the aforementioned THR article. "I think that Gus was drawn to this story because he has an uncanny ability to convey the complexities of youth and outsiders, and this is, above all else, the journey of an outsider."
So little word is coming from the set (the pic above is Gus with Viva Las Vegas and Walt Curtis) that it doesn't surprise me that I didn't hear about this, but Willamette Week had some insider info here and Portland Sentinel has a nice bit about some filming take place in North Portland here and, again, on Youtube below:
Thursday, 03 December 2009 18:24 | Written by Byron
UPDATE, Friday, Dec. 4, 5 pm: Despite that I was told by a friend that absolutely, postively believes they had close contact with Morgan Freeman in a Pearl District elevator, word from a member of his inner circle, says that he was actually in Los Angeles all day yesterday.
Invictus Star In Portland: Last time Morgan Freeman was spotted in town he was filming 2007's "Feast of Love."
Now I've just heard word that the man who is currently starring as Nelson Mandela in Invictus was justed spotted in a Pearl District parking lot near REI.
In fact someone rode the elevator with him.
So why is the bigtime Hollywood star in Portland?
A quick Google search brings up nothing.
He is currently working on a movie, The Last Full Measure, which according to this
>Variety report, iss the story of an Air Force officer investigating whether a war hero should get the Medal of Honor, 30 years after he died in the Vietnam War.