PEDAL POWER: Portland pedal pushers were invited to have come have a beer - or a juice - on Thursday, May 15th to toast Portland's newest, coolest book about exploring the city on two-wheels: "Pedal Portland: 25 Easy Rides for Exploring The City By Bike."
Held at Old Town's Pedal Bike Tours author Todd Roll was on hand to sign books, talk shop and tell everyone about the cool bike routes this city has to offer.
David Weissman, Bill Foster, David Castro, Russ Gage, David, and Ryan White at QDoc Opening Night
A MOVIE FOR OUR TIMES: On Monday, at noon, Judge Michael McShane will file his ruling in Oregon's marriage equality case.
Although no one knows which way the judge will rule, it looks hopeful that Oregon is on the verge of making history—and that by next week, all of Oregon's loving, committed couples will be able to wed in our state.
Last night, as we witnessed the opening night film of the QDoc Fest at the Whitsell Auditorium, we watched what happened when California made marriage equality history.
"The Case Against 8" is an incredibly moving documentary made by filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White. These gentlemen have crafted a masterful legal drama – both intimate and epic. While other films have dealt with the electoral ups and downs of the marriage battle, The Case Against 8 revealed the extraordinary legal strategies that altered the landscape for marriage equality around the country, including Oregon.
After the film, a group of guests, including the filmmakers, gathered in the Sunken Ballroom of the Portland Art Museum for QDoc's opening night party. Congrats to QDoc-ers David Weissman and Russ Gage for bringing this amazing film and festival (the only one of its kind in the entire world) to Portland.
CELEB-U-WATCH: A star of both Terminator 2: Judgement Day and American History X, Edward Furlong, is currently making a film in Portland, Oregon. Better yet, he's making it with Nicolas Cage's son, Wes Cage.
The film, called Deet N' Bax Save The World is billed as a "Stoner Action Comedy about Sex, Guns, Weed & Salmon." According to its Facebook page the plot is about two "loveable losers Deet & Bax best friends & struggling weedpreneurs, unknowingly help an undercover CIA Agent infiltrate a South American Drug Cartel as they cross paths with eccentric millionaire Horatio Timmons, foiling his maniacal plans to rule the world & stealing his cure for baldness & impotence, ultimately becoming billionaires in the process."
In the film Furlong plays "Deet" and the younger Cage plays a character named "Javier." Written and directed by local film dude Diablo Dean, filming should wrap up sometime in the next week or so.
According to U.K.'s Mail Online Furlong, who has had a bit of a rough patch since his star-dusted days on the silver screen in the early 1990's, was spotted in the last day or so leaving LAX for, what had to be, Portland.
WHAT'S UP QDOC? Combining a smart, sexy, funny and iconic cast of characters, QDoc: The Portland Queer Documentary Film Festival returns for its 8th year as the only festival in the country (and one of only two in the world) dedicated entirely to LGBT documentaries.
Lucky us; it takes place right here in our own backyard and the films are as entertaining and important as ever. There are 11 film events this year but if you can only make it to one, check out the Opening Night film and party. I'll see you there.
OPENING NIGHT: The Case Against 8 Thursday May 15th @ 7:30pm / Northwest Film Center's Whitsell Auditorium
With The Case Against 8, filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White have crafted a masterful legal drama – both intimate and epic, exciting and incredibly moving. While other films have dealt with the electoral ups and downs of the marriage battle, The Case Against 8 reveals the extraordinary legal strategies that altered the landscape for marriage equality around the country, including Oregon. Take the time to chat with directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White who will be in attendance.
Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:32 | Written by Byron Beck
Pix Patisserie's Cheryl Wakerhauser at Encore! at Union Pine
BUBBLES UP: On Tuesday Argyle Winery held Encore! a Bubbles and desserts pairing competition at Union Pine where five of Portland’s top dessert chefs competed for the best dessert as judged by ticket holders as part of Bubbles Week. The desserts included Petunia's Pies & Pastries, Pix Patisserie, Raven & Rose, Salt & Straw and Xocolatl de David. On Wednesday night it was all about pairing the bubbles with oysters.