Stephen Cassell, Juan Martinez, John Halseth, Mike Marshall, dancing couples, Evan and Jennifer Bryman, Stephen Marc Beaudoin
A LOVELY NIGHT FOR DANCING: What a better time to celebrate love than Valentine's weekend? Oregon United for Marriage capped off a weekend of festivities (they held over a 100 house parties across the state!) with a Valentine's Dance Party at the Melody Ballroom in Portland.
DJ Jimbo of Dig a Pony spun dance hits of 70s and 80s while patrons bid on an exciting silent auction featuring items from Wonder Ballroom, Por Que No, TWIST, Hip Chicks Do Wine, and more. The event included beer and wine as well as a hearty selection of snacks and Valentine's desserts including coconut macaroons, tiramisu cupcakes, chocolate truffles and dipped strawberries, and mini cheesecake.
Sam Adams, Mary Breslin Nichols, Mary on the bar at Radio Room and the crowd gathered for Love Bomb
LOVE IN THE ROOM: Mary Breslin Nichol's LOVE BOMB, on Thursday, February 13th, at Radio Room was a party to celebrate people who make Portland rock. It was also a night to raise money for Oregon United for Marriage because, as Mary says, "everyone deserves to show their love and commitment through marriage!"
Every person Mary invited was chosen because they are doing awesome things in their lives and for Portland. Attendees included Mayor Charlie Hales and First Lady Nancy Hales, former Mayor Sam Adams, marketers, politicos, designers, fashionistas, fabricators, foodies, artisans, entrepreneurs, non-profit peeps and small business owners.
There was a raffle too, with a chance to win some great items from some of Mary's favorite local businesses: Radio Room, Anne Bocci Boutique, Adorn, Union Rose, Folly, La Vie Nutritional Therapy, Grand Central Bakery, Dick's Kitchen, Tabor Tavern, Dahl Style, Filmed By Bike, and White Bird Dance.
Radio Room donated 50-percent of sales from a special Love Bomb cocktail menu and 10-percent of all bar sales from the party to Oregon United for Marriage.
Mary, your "love bomb" really did rock the Radio Room and Portland! Congrats.
WINTER WINE: Pinot 365 is a group of destination wineries in the Willamette Valley open all throughout the year.
The mission is to provide visitors, both local and out-of-state, with an authentic winery experience, regardless of season or day of the week. Each Pinot 365 Member Winery is open 7 days a week, 365 days per year (limited exceptions like Christmas and really bad snow days). Member Wineries each have a tasting room located next to their winery and estate vineyards, making them a grand and beautiful destination no matter where you are.
In honor of the more slumber-friendly days of winter, the Pinot 365 group gathered for a wonderful wine tasting in Lake Oswego at The Foundry. It was a chance to taste and learn about the fourteen member wineries. Each winery poured really great Pinots while guests noshed on tasty bites and listened to an amazing guitar duo. Classy.
FLASH IN THE FLESH: As a young man, I had a super secret crush on Flash Gordon. And, really who didn't? So imagine how excited I got in my tingly parts when, in 1980, I heard they had made a movie about the guy, and the soundtrack was by none other than Queen (insert squeal here).
FLASH A-AHHHH! forward to this weekend and the Funhouse Lounge where the same good folks who gave Portland "Varsity Cheerleader Werewolves LIVE From Outer Space” and the film noir musical cabaret “The Adventures of Dex Dixon: Paranormal Dick”will give us a campy, and thoroughly entertaining stage version of one of the 80s most iconic films. Presented Stage Works Ink it is calledFLASH A-AHHHH! (insert second squeal here).
Here is how the movie (and now) stage show is described:
"When the Earth is threatened with destruction by the planet Mongo, Flash Gordon, New York Jets football hero, and his high school sweetheart, Dale Arden are shanghaied aboard Dr. Hans Zarkov's rocket ship in an attempt to save the planet by appealing to Mongo's Emperor, Ming the Merciless. But Ming has other plans, and decides to wed Dale before destroying the Earth. Flash must avoid the amorous advances of Ming's daughter, Aura, and unite the warring kingdoms of Mongo to overthrow Ming to save his love and his planet...And he only has 14 hours to do it all!!!"
Well, the play isn't really fourteen hours long, but you get the point. And there will be lots of music, performed by the cast and a LIVE BAND! The show features 12 iconic rock songs by Queen: Flash Theme, These Are the Days of Our Lives, A Kind of Magic, We Will Rock You, Slightly Mad, One Vision, I Want to Break Free, Hammer to Fall, The Show Must Go On... and many others.
I can't wait to see this show. It's going to be a hoot!
DETAILS: Flash Ah-AHHH!" When: Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 1; Funhouse Lounge, 2432 S.E. 11th Ave. Tickets: Thursdays are $10 in advance and $12 at the door; Fridays and Saturdays are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For tickets got to www.brownpapertickets.com(On Valentine'sDay, $2.00 of every ticket sold will be donated to Oregon United for Marriage. http://www.oregonunitedformarriage.org)
Tia Vanich, Gregory Gourdet, Jordan Felix, Tamer Riad, Patrick McKee, Jennifer Quist and Juan Martinez at Multnomah Whisky Library
CULINARY DREAMS:Chef’s Week PDX kicked off its inaugural year with a four-day dinner series featuring some of Portland’s best chefs paired with other exciting chefs from around the West Coast...in the middle of Portland's WINTER BLAST 2014.
And yes, the weather was a bitch. But it didn't stop this incredible showcase of West Coast talent from doing what they do well: cooking up a storm and serving it to a very special group of diners who paid to be part of this incredible experience.
Based on community, collaboration and camaraderie Chef’s Week PDX dinners showcased the chefs’ creative spirit by partnering them with other West Coast chefs. Featuring one course from every participant, each dinner showcased the best produce, meats, wine, craft beer, spirits and local artisans Oregon has to offer.
Chef’s Week PDX’s final dinner was held high in the sky at Departure (helmed by the one and only Gregory Gourdet, one of the co-creators of Chef's Week). All participating Chef’s Week PDX chefs, including the additions of Erik Van Kley of Little Bird Bistro, Greg and Gabrielle Denton of Ox, Jorel Pierce of Denver’s Euclid Hall, and Carrie Merrill of Urban Farmer, whipped their own course for the 21-course dinner. Yes, 21 courses.
I caught up with them late in the night at the final night's after-party at Multnomah Whisky Library. The place was packed with chefs and other cool foodies who delighted in saying how "stuffed' they were after dining on such incredible meals.