Monday, 16 June 2014 11:32 | Written by Byron Beck
My boys: Robin, Juan, Iean, John, Steve, and me, Maria, some random smoking hottie, a tall drink of water from the Midwest, Evan and his friend at Block Party
BLOCK OUT: We ended our Saturday night, after the PGMC "Night & Day" concert, with a little moonlight dancing at the Stark Street Block Party held on SW Stark between 11th and 12th Avenue. We ended up getting there pretty late, but the dancing and romancing was still hot and heavy amongst the crowd who had started to already trickle to the countless other parties being held around town that night. That said, we did get to see "Maria" all cuddled up in a comfy blanket in the VIP (Very Important Peacock) section.
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:52 | Written by Byron Beck
PGMC Artistic Director Bob Mensel, The Portland Gay Men's Chorus, Bill Dickey and David Wagner
ANYTHING GOES: On Saturday night, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, The Portland Gay Men's Chorus brought to life the catchy rhythms and cunning lyrics of Cole Porter with class and just a wee bit of savoir-faire at a concert entitled "Night & Day."
For a few of us the night kicked off with a pre-func at Charlie Frasier and Rick Taylor's place and ended with a little "Afterglow" party at The Heathman Hotel. In between the parties the men of the chorus entertained the near capacity crowd with many of Porter's biggest hits. And, yes, it was a quite a swellegant night. Big thanks to Bill Dickey for helping to to make the fabulous night such a big success.
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:30 | Written by Byron Beck
Robert Goman displaying the giant #BETRUE sign in Pioneer Square, Terry Bean, Jeana Frazzini, Billy Bean, Pillow pit, Juan Martinez, Kieron Weidner, Brett Soulek, dance party people
BE TRUE: In honor of Nike's annual LGBT Sports Summit—which gathered together over 100 college and professional athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, political figures, LGBT advocates and sports organizations to combat anti-LGBT bias in sports—a big party was held atop the roof and inside the beautiful new Eastside Exchange Building. The kick-ass dance party was just one of the many events that Nike hosted, or was part of, at this year's Pride celebration. Way to #BETRUE, Nike!
Monday, 16 June 2014 07:09 | Written by Byron Beck
Josh Frickle (top right), champagne toast, post-spin pic at Firebrand Pride Ride
ALL FIRED UP:Basic Rights Oregon paired up with Firebrand Sports with a fun full-tilt Pride Ride bike workout and party that included nibbles from Supa, champagne, cocktails and music in celebration of Portland's Pride Weekend.
Friends from the Portland Thorns were also there to help kick this year's Pride celebration into high gear, as well as many members of the Portland and Firebrand community.
Friday, 13 June 2014 06:36 | Written by Byron Beck
Guests, supporters, and award winners gather at the Ecotrust Building for the Local Hero Awards
LOCAL HEROES: Edible Portland and Ecotrust threw a beautiful rooftop barbecue — with a keynote by Nell Newman of Newman’s Own Organics — to honor outstanding members of our local food community at the Local Hero Awards held at the Ecotrust Building in The Pearl District.
After Nell, the daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and the name behind one of the hottest organic brands, announced the Local Hero Awards, all three floors of Ecotrust were thrown open to reveal renowned local chefs, who put together an awesome barbecue, sourced directly from our region’s most sustainable producers.
All proceeds from the event support Ecotrust’s work to build a resilient regional food system.
Here is a list of those who participated in one of this town's coolest events: Featured Chefs and Ranchers John Gorham of Toro Bravo roasts two Anderson Ranches goats. Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant smokes Carman Ranch Spanish Longaniza sausage and Hawkins’ Sisters Ranch chicken buttifarra sausage. Stacey Givens of The Side Yard Farm & Kitchen makes Turtle Island Foods BBQ tempeh sliders. Scott Dolich of The Bent Brick barbecues Goose Point oysters on the Ecotrust rooftop terrace (pictured above!). Simpatica + Reister Farms = lamb barbacoa sopitos with corn radish salsa and cotija cheese. Feastworks + Goat Mountain Pastured Meats = lip-smacking pork belly links. Fresh bread from Grand Central Bakery.
Featured Breweries Breakside, The Commons, Double Mountain, Fort George, Gigantic, and Migration.
Hall of Pie Grand Central Bakery, Lovejoy Bakers, Petunia’s Pies and Pastries, Lauretta Jean’s, Sweedeedee, Salt & Straw, Organic Valley, and Nossa Familia.