PostHeaderIcon Stardar Report: Dionne Warwick Coming To PDX for Power of the Purse

PURSE-O-NALITIES ON PARADE:Dionne Warwick is coming to Portland, and rumor has it, she might even sing. Ms. Warwick is a big supporter of the nationwide non-profit agency, Girls Inc., and has agreed to appear in Portland at a fashionable event in support of the cause. My friend, Liz Healy Kay has all the details which she shared with me below:

The 5th annual Power of the Purse is April 30th at Portland Art Museum and this year Dionne Warwick, music legend and world humanitarian, is special guest designer and will attend the event. 13 additional Portland "purse-o-nalities" have teamed up with local purse designers to create one-of-a-kind handbags to be auctioned off Girls Incorporated® of Northwest Oregon, a local non-profit that works to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Ms. Warwick’s status as a musical icon and humanitarian is legendary, working tirelessly to empower and inspire others.  She drew inspiration for her purse design from a quote from her grandfather "If you can think it, you can do it”, featured in her children's book Say A Little Prayer, written specifically to encourage children to reach for their dreams.

Local “purse-o-nality” Joey Harrington, NFL Quarterback, is one amongst 13 local participants along with Voodoo Doughnuts creators Tres Shannon and Kenneth Pogson, Rose City Rollers, University of Portland Portland Pilots soccer team, Lynn Greve, Susan Sokol Blosser and more/ See full list of design teams here (

Details: Power of the Purse will be held Friday, April 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Ballroom. This year’s new fashion show format will feature 14 Girls Inc. girls modeling the purses in the live auction, a silent auction, a wall of wine and a retail boutique including 16 women-founded shops donating 40-percent of their proceeds from evening sales to Girls Inc.

Tickets can be purchased online here ( or by calling Girls Inc.,  503-230-0054.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 20 April 2010 09:32)


PostHeaderIcon Stardar Report: 20/20's Elizabeth Vargas in Portland

"ABC-TV's Elizabeth Vargas is (in Portland) with the 20/20 crew filming a story," so said the missive fired off to me via Facebook today regarding one of the nation's most recognizable newscasters. "But I can't say where because that would not be cool," said my spy. But they did add this clue: "However, people might see her downtown or on the westside today." Hmmm. Wonder why Ms. Vargas is in town? Could it be a breaking story on 'sexting'?

Last Updated (Monday, 19 April 2010 10:14)


PostHeaderIcon Red Dress 2010: What A Messy Success!

Oh. My. Goodness. Maybe it was because the theme was The Shining, but the 10th Anniversary of the Red Dress Party seemed especially demented, if not downright possessed with a debauchery that is rarely (if ever) seen in little, old Portland. Perhaps that might explain why a woman running for a certain local government post literally chased me around the VIP lounge. Or why another woman ignored a super long line for the toilets and snuck into the male-only porta-potty, ripped down her drawers, and did her bizness right next to me in what is essentially a peeing trench (I now refer to her as "trough girl"). And, then, what about all the gorey bits that several party-goers sported on their red dress finery so they looked like gay zombies from hell. And, oh, then there were all those boys in all sort of red dresses and very few undergarments. OH. MY. GOODNESS. But it wasn't all sexual excess at Red Dress...oh, hell, who am I kidding. Like every year before (and I am sure for many years to come) the annual Red Dress Party is the most sexually-charged party of the yearTahoe Jackson literally tore the roof off this mother of a dance party with a murderous set and DJ Harmonix and DJ Tronic made sure everyone was dancing on not one, but two, dance floors. And everyone seemed to enjoy the complimentary cocktails served by the incredibly gorgeous staff (as well as the good eats including mini-corn dogs, sliders and sweet potato fries from Violetta's). But enough with the chit-chat. You came here to see the photos of cute boys and girls in red dresses having a bloody good time. And if you want to skip the slideshow and go straight to my Flickr site, click here.

Last Updated (Monday, 19 April 2010 06:14)


PostHeaderIcon What To Wear: Red Dress PDX Is Red Hot, Hot, HOT!

GO RED! The 10th anniversary of the Red Dress Party takes place this Saturday, April 17, 2010. Inspired by the 30th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" this year's theme is "REDRUM" with a set inspired by Oregon's own Timberline Lodge. Tahoe Jackson will greet party goers with a murderous set around 9:30 pm and DJ Harmonix and DJ Tronic will master the mixes on two dance floors as party-goers try to traipse through the outdoor hedge maze in six-inch heels and a red teddy.

Tickets ($50) will not be available at the door, so buy your tickets online today. As with all Red Dress parties, your ticket includes hosted food, beverages, and special red cocktails. All guests must be age 21 or over and are required to wear a red dress— kilts and culottes do not make the cut.

All proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit organizations doing important work in our community: The Q Center, The Men’s Wellness Center, and the SafeChoice Program of the YWCA of Clark County.

The madness starts at 9 pm (with the pre-party VIP reception at 7 pm) at the Bison Building—419 NE 10th Avenue.

And for those who yet to still to pick out a red dress, may I suggest AlexSandra's Vintage Emporium (6726 N Interstate Ave. Portland, OR 97217, 503-735-4420).

It's where I always pick up my favorite looks (see the photo Leah Nash took of me, center, and the girls of Drag Race, from last year's swell soiree). AlexSandra is open today and tomorrow and has plenty of great-looking get-ups perfect for dancing the night away. Or you could always go with the a more home-made look as these two gents did in the photo below shot by Tommy Oliver.




Last Updated (Friday, 16 April 2010 11:32)


PostHeaderIcon Stardar-ish Report: Legends in Lights Saturday Night at Bagdad Theater

My friends Karen Petersen and Rebecca Norman sent this message to me in hopes that all of us heading to the Red Dress Party on Saturday might make an early detour to a very cool benefit featuring living (and not so living) "legends." Here's what they have to say about the big "show":

Join Bradley Angle, the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast, for the 1st Annual Purple Ribbon Party: Legends in Lights, this Saturday April 17th at the Bagdad Theater from 6-9pm.

You don’t want to miss this snazzy, sassy benefit concert and live auction, hosted by the fabulous Poison Waters, featuring the world’s best look- and sound- alike Elvis, Tina, and Cher impersonators. All to benefit a local charity that since 1975 has offered thousands of domestic violence survivors options for safety, empowerment, healing, and hope.

Details: Bagdad Theater, 3702 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Doors open at 6 pmVIP admission is $100 (includes best seats in the house, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres); General Admission is $50.Tickets can be purchased in advance at []or at the Bagdad Theater.

Need more proof of how awesome these performers are? Check out "Elvis" (Justin Shandor pictured above) in a rousing rendition of "Blue Suede Shoes" below:

Last Updated (Thursday, 15 April 2010 16:41)

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