Dana Lynn Louis, Christine Bourdette, Mike Abbate, Lucinda Parker and Don Merkt
FIELDS TRIP: On Friday Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Development Commission, along with community partners and neighbors, participated in the grand opening of The Fields Park.
The noontime celebration was highlighted by appearances by city and community leaders (including parks commish Nick Fish and parks director Mike Abbate), musical performances and art exhibit by neighborhood schoolchildren, readings and light refreshments including lemonade, bagels and cupcakes.
The Fields, the newest park in the Rose City, located in Northwest Portland at 10th Avenue and Overton, opened to the public on May 6th. It features a playground, an off-leash area for four-legged park lovers, and the beautiful work of artist Christine Bourdette would did an incredible installation for the park that was snail-inspired.
The IYSFF is an international competition for filmmakers age 20 and under to create a modern version of silent film and see it on the big screen with live accompaniment.
Silent film was the very earliest kind of filmmaking. It was invented around 1894 and was state-of-the-art entertainment until in 1929 sound film appeared, in which the actors could actually speak on film. Without spoken dialogue technology, silent filmmakers had to tell their stories with exaggerated action, printed title cards which provided commentary, and clever plots which could be pulled off pictorally. Live music, played by a skilled organist, accompanied silent films in the theatres, and added to the experience of seeing these stories on the big screen.
In Portland the IYSFF will be held at the Hollywood Theater on May 21, 22 and 23, beginning at 7 pm.
Each night the fest will screen 15 three minute films that will be accompanied by live theatre organ (played by the composer, Nathan Avakian). The submissions were judged by celebrity judges Tom DeSanto, Anthony Rapp, Ryan Lee, Steve Oster and Lourrie Hammock.
A diverse, entertaining inspiring—and really cool—experience is in store for those who attend.
SHOW TIME: Bistro Marquee, a new restaurant and bar located at 200 SW Market Street in downtown Portland’s Theater District, will open for business on Monday, May 20th.
But I was one of the lucky media types who secured a sneak preview last night. And, I have to tell you, it's a pretty sweet spot.
Bistro Marquee is owned and operated by Gary Kneski and Leslie Palmer owners of Thirst Bistro. Now in its 8th year of operation, Thirst Bistro is located nearby on the RiverPlace Esplanade.
Award-winning chef and reigning Portland Iron Chef winner Rick Widmayer will serve as the Executive Chef of Bistro Marquee. The food menu highlights house made pastas such as braised pork ragu cavatelli and ricotta tortellini with buerre blanc; French classics like duck confit and steak frites; and also healthier items like seasonal foraged mushroom crepe and a daily seasonal vegetable plate.
The bistro will be open for lunch Monday through Friday. Dinner will be served Monday through Saturday. Free, validated valet parking will be offered to diners after 5:00pm. Bistro Marquee will offer a robust Happy Hour menu featuring more than 15 food items from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the bar and outside patio. The beverage menu will feature six varieties of wine on tap, nearly 50 wines by the glass/bottle as well locally focused craft cocktails and microbrews. Bistro Marquee will also have wine and beer growlers to go.
In a nod to its location in Portland’s Theater District, Bistro Marquee will offer Prix Fixe dinners on show nights that align with the theme and flavors of the show playing at Keller Auditorium. First up? Rock of Ages. Now, this is going to get interesting.
Sherri Murrell, Karol Collymore, Susie Sheperd, Kathryn Martini, Samantha Swaim at Equity Luncheon
WOMEN WHO ROCK:Women Who Lead 2013, Equity Foundation's celebration of women work in service of equality, took place Wednesday afternoon at a luncheon in The Sunken Ballroom of The Portland Art Museum.
The first Leadership Award was given to Samantha Swaim of Samantha Swaim Fundraising LLC and a Lifetime Achievement Award for her inspirational commitment and tireless efforts to advance equality in Oregon was given to the always colorful Susie Shepherd.
Other speakers at the luncheon included new Oregon Supreme Court Judge Beth Allen, Equity Executive Director Karol Collymore, Portland State Head Women's Basketball Coach Sherri Murrell, television sports personality Ann Schatz (who spoke so eloquently about the death of a young Oregonian who took his own life after being bullied) and emcee Kendall Clawson.
Ruggy, Don Bourassa and other party goers at Yelp's Bossanova Ballroom Bash
BALLROOM BASH: It was as hot as Hades at the fourth installment of Yelp's annual Bossanova Ballroom Bash. This year's dress code was all about "jorts," or jean shorts, and other jean-ture. It was a cute look, but if it as hot as this next year, I am recommending linen, or maybe naked.
This year was a two-night affair on Friday May 10th and Saturday, May 11th. The party (for VIP's anyway) began at 7pm each night with the main event at 8pm. The event is a great chance to see the many of the local folks who are featured on Yelp, including those businesses that offer craft cocktails, frosty brews, delicious wines, and sparkling bubbly. Besides booze the bash also offered tasty bites from local restaurants, snacks, musical entertainment, live performances, massage and more.