Collin MacFayden, Jeana Frazzini, Gov. John Kitzhaber, Kate Brown, Ted Wheeler, Gary Maffei, Marc Lintner, Karol Collymore, Roey Thorpe, Robert Goman, Juan Martinez, Mark Building, Johnna Wells, Dining Room Chandeliers, Marty Davis, Tia Vanich, Gregory Gourdet, Jane Wood, April Severson, Juan Martinez, Dirk and Laura Dellinger, Sara Stimac, Deborah Kafoury, Celeste Trapp,Caryn Brooks, Gus the fireman, Crystal Lamb, Jason Zidell, Will and Kelsey Tucker, dinner crowd, Portland firefighters in their dress uniforms, Shaley Howard, Vanessa Usui, Karol Collymore, Judge Kemp, and the crowd on the dance floor
IGNITE FOR ALL: It's happening. The move toward marriage equality is happening in Oregon.
That was truly evident on Friday night at IGNITE.
Ignite is the annual Basic Rights Oregon gala to celebrate accomplishments and recognize community leaders, business executives, lawmakers, supporters, and activists who have gone to extraordinary lengths to further equality.
The evening featured an exclusive dinner and live auction for nearly 600 VIP guests (double the number of last year), followed by a party (with a purpose) for 1,000—all in the gorgeous environs of the Portland Art Museum.
The evening was energetic and enthusiastic. Some of that enthusiasm was supplied by Portland's three top sports teams—The Blazers, Timbers and Thorns—all coming out in support of marriage equality that day; the first professional sports team in the United States to do so.
A lot of money was raised for Basic Rights and marriage equality, by my calculations, at least two to three times any previous Ignite. Johnna Wells was a great auctioneer, Vibrant Table laid out an artistic spread for dinner, Stephen Marc Beaudoin (who chaired the event with Robert Goman) led a spectacular choir and string section and the DJ's had everyone dancing late into the night with a party-friendly music set (full disclosure: I was so proud of BRO's development director Juan Martinez too...who by the way is my partner of over 18 years).
An Ignite after party was held on the deck of Departure Lounge and Restaurant high atop Nines Hotel. Here chef Gregory Gourdet set out a spread of Pan Asian bites and cocktails included the kicky "Ignite."
Incidentally—at the same time of the Ignite after party—the other deck of Departure was the site for another late night party. That one was hosted by comedian Dave Chapelle. We spotted him in the elevator (he called Juan "Papa") and then I saw him in the mens room... and that's all I need to say about that.
Celebs, sports teams supporting marriage equality and a record amount of money raised—all in one night. Can you feel the love? I sure did.
Thursday, 10 October 2013 14:46 | Written by Byron
Just a few of the projects completed by The Whole 9 Yards
THREADS COUNT: I love Amy Estrin, and it is such a pleasure to announce the 22nd anniversary of the fabric store she started with her hubby oh so many years ago:The Whole 9 Yards.
In honor of their shop anniversary, they are going to have a little...no..actually it's a BIG sale on the fabric they have in stock. EVERYTHING in stock will be 20 to 50-percent off from October 16-19. That's a huge savings from one of the best fabric stores in the country.
Here's what you might not know about The Whole 9 Yards: the shop features an in-house workroom which means they make drapes, pillows, bedding and all sorts of other stuff for their customers. They can also have furniture built, and match the right upholsterer for the right project. And as they have since they day opened, The Whole 9 Yards continue to carry an inspired collection of interior fabric to choose from. I also forgot to mention that they also do in home design and decorating. This place is too cool.
The Whole 9 Yards is located at 1820 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214, 503-223-2880. Store Hours: M-F 10am-6pm Sat. 10-5.
Thursday, 10 October 2013 12:39 | Written by Byron
Male Model, Nancy and Mayor Charlie Hales, Models, Tito Chowdhury, Kelly Kerb, Dione Katelhut, Mohammad AlMuhaini, Fashionable Guests, Fashion Expo
EYES ON FASHION: The opening night at FashioNXT, at the Vigor Shipyards was dedicated to "Philippines on the Runway," a very special evening featuring the stunning contemporary fashions of internationally acclaimed Filipino fashion designers.
A reception for the Philippine delegation was held at 6:30 pm with a runway show at 8:00. The pre-party was a blast. Models mingled with moguls, and Project Runway contestants in the VIP lounge. And there was plenty to look at in the area just off the runway that was the equivalent to a high fashion expo. There was even flight attendants from Delta there to show how relaxing it can be to fly in one of their fully reclining sleeping seats.
FashioNXT, which runs through Oct. 12, is a fashion forward lifestyle event with runway shows, exhibits of accessories and leading edge personal technology.
Neil Tennant and the skull dancers at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Friday night
PET SHOP PRIDE: Friday night was the very first time that Pet Shop Boys played a venue in Portland, Oregon.
And, well, it was worth the wait.
Yes, the crowd at The Schnitz wasn't exactly the same demographic that might show up at a 1 Direction concert. But that didn't seem to matter. The Boys were on fire. The aural equivalent to Gilbert and George, this dynamic dance duo held the audience in awe for close to two hours with old favorites, new songs, strange and other-worldly visuals and a couple of dancers decked out in skulls that seemed to be a statement about art, aging and aggression in the post-modern world. Miss Gaga has nothing on these boys...er...men. And, yes, orange did seem to be the new black at this concert...they even filled the confetti canons with orange bits of paper.
Shane Bitney Cone and Steven LIen, PLGFF Opening Night party crowd at 23 Hoyt
QUEER & NOW: Now in it's 17th year, the Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival is an annual celebration of queer filmmaking. Hosted over nine days by Portland's historic Cinema 21, the festival showcases challenging, provocative and entertaining features, documentaries and short films from all over the world.
The festival began this year on Friday night with the documentary, Bridegroom, which offers a concrete case-in-point as to why the legal protections of marriage are a vital necessity to LGBT people. After the screening of the film, which The New York Times called an "exceptionally moving documentary" an Opening Night Reception was held at 23Hoyt. In attendance was the subject of the film directed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (of “Designing Women” fame) was the subject of the doc, Shane Bitney Crone and many leaders in Portland's LGBT community.
The times said, "what “Bridegroom” celebrates is not simply gay rights; it’s the human spirit." The same could be said of the PLGFF. Make sure to check out a film this week.