DREAM TEAM: Word on the street is that Dreamgirls cast member--and American Idol finalist--Sayesha Mercado just might sing the national anthem at the Portland Blazers game against The Thunders on April 12th at the Rose Garden Arena.
Mercado, who hasn't played the Garden since she was aseason 7 AI finalist, will be in Portland for Broadway Across America's production of Dreamgirls currrently touring the country. She plays the lead role of "Deena Jones," the same one Beyonce played in the movie version that garnered another AI alum, Jennifer Hudson, an Academy award. No word if Mercado has actually confirmed the Rose Garden gig.
CLAWS & WHISPERS: Thanks to all of you who shared stories about your cats with me. They were all amazing, outrageous, and downright fun. But I could only pick one winner to win tickets to tomorrow night's opening performance of CATS. And that would be Melissa White. Her story about Mika (below) not only made me laugh but also tugged at my heartstrings. I think it will do the same to you. I am also including a tale by Peter Zuckerman (above with his cat Big Z). He is a famed reporter, author and partner to Mayor Sam Adams. He's also a really good writer, and I wanted to share his story too. Enjoy!
Mika by Melissa White
My ex lived on a farm out in Clackamas County and one weekend they told me one of the feral barn cats had a litter of kittens. They thought of the cats as disposable yet essential members of the farm. Barn Cats were not fixed so they would have more feral kittens to keep the rodents under control and give the neighboring coyotes a snack and keep them away from their more precious livestock.
I understand the hierarchy of the farm it is so brutal but to a city girl like me, it broke my heart to see 6 lovely perfect kittens all of whom had a predestined fate to become coyote feed.
The slowest and tiniest of the litter was a runt with whom I met eyes and could not let go. I thought her black and white markings were so distinguished and unique. Her white face with black mask and black heart shaped nose was so lovely and her piercing green-yellow eyes had so much intelligence and promise. The thought of her being killed by a coyote or other predatory animal broke my heart and as she captivated me so, I adopted her.
(Mika's story continues, as does Zuckerman's and Big Z's, at the "read more" button below)
FARM FRESH: So the good folks atPine State Biscuitsthought that nearly 400 pieces of product would be more than enough to get them through the first day of this year's newly expanded Portland Farmers Market, the one that is held on Saturday on the campus of Portland State University.
And, well, they were wrong.
By 12:30 pm Pine State, as well as many other of the 120 vendors who were all part of the opening day...um...mob scene, were completely sold out....or had lines of 25-plus long.
Oh well, it was still a beautiful day and a great place to meet up with new vendors, like Petunia’s Pies & Pastries and Via Chicago (a Chi-town-style pizza stand) as well as old friends like Alma Chocolates, Salumeria di Carlo's and Rogue Creamery. It was also the spot to run into local celebs like increasingly svelte chef Morgan Brownlow (above) of piggy little Tails and Trotters as well asMetro President David Bragdon who knees were dirty from planting trees along the I-205 corridor all morning.
Ah, I love Portland in the springtime. It smells like dirt. And veggies. And cheese.
QUEEN SCENE: Storm Large did it. So did Mayor Sam Adams. Even I did it with KOIN weather-cutie Tim Joyce and dragster Bolivia Carmichael. We were all judges of the costume contests that were held during the intermissions at this weekend's performance by the Portland Gay Men's Chorus at Reed College's Kaul Auditorium.
Now, in the past, I've been sort of a bitch when it comes to this choir. Okay, I was an asshole.
But this weekend's shows were different. First off, the PGMC had the smart idea of mashing up the works of two legendary musical groups: Queen and Abba. And then they put a story underneath the show, ABBAQueen, that had shades of both Boys in the Band and The Big Chill.
Truthfully, I wasn't expecting much and was really surprised when they asked me to be one of the judges for Friday's opening night. What surprised me even more, was how much I enjoyed the show. Sure, it was a little long, and there were a few soloists that seemed to be in search of a key, and at times, when friends in the audience shouted out to their friends onstage, it had the vibe of a high school talent show.
But overall,and here is where I eat my former words, the night was fab-u-lous.
When the choir sang in full voice a chill went down my back and the idea of tackling difficult pop songs like Bohemian Rhapsody showed that the choir had grown a lot since the last time I had caught their act, and not just in the numbers of dudes onstage (which it looks like its now around an impressive 150).
So congrats to all you boys in spandex and lycra: You've never looked or sounded better.
POW-WOW: A spacious apartment on one of the upper floors of the new Indigo @ Twelve/West Building was a site for a pre-screening party for film director Libby Spears (pictured left above) whose documentary,Playground (executive produced by George Clooney), was one of the more intense main attractions at this weekend's Portland Women's Film Festival (aka POW Fest). Joining Spears inside the spacious space with the nearly 360-degree view was many of the sponsors as well was Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy, The Auteur's co-producer Amber Geiger and Bitch founding editor Andi Zeisler. Spinning tunes for the party was DJ Brandon Roberts.