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.
Thursday, 08 May 2014 08:59 | Written by Byron Beck
Ballet Folklorico, Gil & Alejandra, John Halseth, Guest, Sam Adams and Jake Kindrachuck
CINCO DE CIVIC: Civic Drinks is a no-hosted mix of informal conversation, connection and cocktails and an opportunity to mingle with local leaders, City Club members, and others involved or interested in civic issues.
On Monday, May 5, it was held at the Cinco De Mayo Fiesta in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This month City Club and Civic Drinks celebrated the civic contributions of Portland's growing and vibrant Latino and Hispanic community.
Art Auction Emcee Poison Waters, Kathleen Saadat, Rupert Kinnard, Juan Martinez, Robert Goman, Peter Zuckerman, Sam Adams, Steven Cassell, Eric Zimmerman, Joey Arias, Bill Dickey, Thomas Lauderdale, Bill Dickey's very cool cufflinks, and the Portland Gay Men's Chorus
ART SAVES LIVES:Cascade AIDS Project 25th Annual Art Auction raised over $615,000 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night. The amount was $65,000 over their goal. Awesome.
The annual Art Auction was created by the local arts community in 1989 to raise funds in the fight against HIV/AIDS and is well known for being one of the grandest galas of the year. This year, of course, was no different. There was plenty of art to purchase, both in the live and silent auctions, plenty of food to sample from the various restaurants and vendors who donate their time and delicious offerings, and plenty of entertainment to enjoy including the one and only New York City legend, Joey Arias, who performed a few songs with Thomas Lauderdale before putting a lip lock on Judge Kemp that rocked the socks off of that plucky patron and the other 1,500-plus art patrons away. I just love Joey.
Speaking of love, and on a personal note, it was really great to see and hear the former Executive Director of CAP Michael Kaplan (who now works and lives in Washington D.C.) speak so eloquently about his partner, the much missed Sean Sasser who passed away last year. Michael is such a great guy.
Deborah Kafoury, Juan Martinez, Legislative line dancing, Emily McLain, Cathy Abbruzzese at Hotel Monaco
RIDE 'EM CANDIDATES: The "Hoe Down Show Down," a benefit for Basic Rights Oregon’s Equality PAC, was held on Friday night at Hotel Monaco. Proceeds support the vital work to elect candidates who will champion LGBT equality policies and help elect fair-minded candidates to public office.
The festive night featured Stomptown, Portland’s LGBTQ country western dance group, who were on-hand to DJ and offer line- and two-step dance instruction. The night included food, dessert from Cupcake Jones, complimentary drinks from beer and wine sponsors Deschutes Brewery and Mitchell Wines, and conversation with some of Oregon’s finest pro-equality elected officials and candidates.