Sunday, 09 March 2014 20:15 | Written by Byron Beck
Minh Tran, James Lindquist, Bob Speltz, Samir Raad, Karol Collymore, Juan Martinez, Wayne Miya, Terry Bean, Stephen Cassell, Andrew Shayde, Andrew Tweedie, John Oules, Allison Blythe, Juan, performers and models at the auction and after-party
GOLDEN NIGHT: As Our House Executive Director Wayne Miya said on Facebook today: "Last night was the a magical evening for Our House."
Wayne was speaking of a super great gala for Our House entitled "Decadence: The Roaring '20's" Held at the Portland Art Museum on Saturday evening. The night raised a record amount of money—$534,000!—thanks to the hard work of good people like Auction Chair Gregg J Macy (who happened to also host our table of 25 friends) as well as Andrew Tweedie, James Lindquist, John Oules, Allen Brady, Aric Riley and emcee Dale Johannes, and auctioneer Johnna Wells.
The night did not end with the live auction though. In keeping with the decadent theme, a wonderful after party was held in the Portland Art Museum's Sunken Ballroom that included dancing, drinking and a wonderfully delightful intimate apparel fashion show featuring the revealing undies of UnderU4Men and Posh Boutique.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:11 | Written by Byron Beck
UPDATE: Just heard word it's a go with filming to start sometime in May.
CELEB-U-WATCH: Deadline Hollywood reported on Feb. 20th that Dean Devlin and his Electric Entertainment Co. are THISCLOSE to beginning production on an update of his The Librarianmovie franchise.
What it didn't report is that the new t.v. series, tentatively entitled The Librarians, with Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin, is also THISCLOSE to being shot in Portland, Oregon.
It's no secret that Devlin and his crew would very much like to return to the same Southeast production space that they shot Leverage in.
But what's changed as of late is that I've begun starting to hear buzz from around town that would indicate that production might commence in the very near future. And shooting during the spring and summer in Portland would make a lot of sense.
Monday, 03 March 2014 12:03 | Written by Byron Beck
David Savinar (center top) with guests at his Rain Agency Open House
POP & DROP: David Savinar celebrated the big move of his Rain Agency to its new digs (which also includes the new home of April Severson Events) with an Open House Party last week. Now located at the corner of the NW Northrup and 13th Street just inches from a world-famous brewery, the theme for the opening was "popping bottles." And that's exactly what David and his friends did at this very cool party.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:33 | Written by Byron Beck
Mirna and John Attar, Brenda Braxton, Gov. Vic Atiyeh, John, Amanda Fritz, Gov. Atiyeh's backgammon cake
WORLD OF WONDER: To celebrate the grand opening of the brand new World Foods at Everett owners Mirna and John Attar (they also own Barbur World Foods) kicked off with an invitation-only party and media preview before opening to the public.
The evening was a buffet of delicious offerings prepared by Chef/Owner of Ya Hala Lebanese Cuisine, Mirna, and World Foods Chef, Brandon Riesgaard. Favorite beers and wines from their extensive selection was also on hand as well as a very sip-worthy Scotch station. Yes, a scotch station. Live music was provided by Djangophiles and a donation was made to Children’s Relief Nursery of LifeWorks NW on behalf of all attendees.
It was also a celebration of Gov. Vic Atiyeh's birthday (who was presented a cake in the shape of a backgammon game) and a chance to hang out with early morning news anchors Pete Ferryman and Brenda Braxton and other fabulous guests.
The incredibly gracious hosts spared no expense to take care of their guests, and it was a treat to see inside what is sure to be one of the Pearl District's most happening hang-outs that is sure to be Portland's version of Zabar's meets Dean & DeLuca.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:12 | Written by Byron Beck
Karen Karbo and Gabrielle Reece at Wordstock's Literal Lunch at Portland State University
BALLERS WHO LUNCH: Gabrielle Reece reminds me a lot of Storm Large. Both are tall, blonde, stunningly beautiful women. But the comparisons don't stop there. Both are insightful authors who have things to say: really cool things to say. And they don't seem to have any trouble saying what is on their mind.
That is why it was so wonderful to be invited by Boeing to sit at their table at Wordstock's Literal Lunch on Wednesday at Portland State University featuring Gabrielle Reece.
Wordstock welcomed the best-selling author (when I tried to call her Miss Reece she insisted I call her "Gabby") for a delicious lunch from Devils Food Catering and a provocative conversation about writing, literary collaboration, celebrity and more ("more" was really just about sex).
Named by Elle as one of the 5 most beautiful women in the world, Gabby is a former professional beach volleyball star, Nike spokeswoman, magazine columnist, and author of the New York Times best-seller My Foot is too Big for the Glass Slipper: A Guide to a Less than Perfect Life, which comes out very soon in paperback.
A Q & A was conducted by renowned co-author Karen Karbo, who collaborated with Reece on an earlier best seller about her life as a female athlete, Big Girl in the Middle. This event was a benefit for Wordstock, a literary art and education non-profit that celebrates and supports writing in the classroom and in the community. And it was super cool.