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.
Cascadia Cheese Monger, Steve from Cheese Bar and Michael from Rogue
SAY CHEESE: Just one block north of the Goat Field, and right next door to a great brewpub The Wedge offered up more than 24 cheesemakers and more than a dozen craft foods. It was a cheese lover’s delight. Those new to cheese had a chance to appreciate classes on pairing with food, beer and wine. Beyond cheese, the fest (hosted by the Oregon Cheese Guild and Rogue Ales & Spirits) included live music and a kid’s corner where kids could color alongside a real, live dairy princess-ambassador.
Hair art, Lana Veekner, Juan Martinez, Fahti Rabizadeh Yamin and other guests at French Cut
HAIR ART: First Thursday wasn't all about art on the walls. French Cut Hair Salon celebrated the art we wear on the top of our head with a hair show celebrating their one year anniversary and having been recognized by Elle magazine as top 100 salons in the United States.Very cute crew.
Another nice touch? We whizzed right by David Giuntoli from Grimm who seemed to be enjoying all the Design Week stuff at AIA right across the street!
Jim Riswold, David Rubenstein, Brian Ferriso, Wayne Kasserman, John Plummer (at Augen), Juan in front of Tierney's work, Allison, Tierney and Kim (at Wieden + Kennedy)
ARTY MATTERS: The highlight of Wednesday night, may have been at the Augen Gallery where Jim Riswold showcased his latest work, ART FOR ONCOLOGISTS.
If not familiar, Riswold is a former partner and longtime Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy. He's the reason you know that Bo Knows. He's the reason you are Tiger Woods. He's the guy who paired MJ with Mars and eventually a rabbit named Bugs.
A survivor of both Leukemia and prostate cancer, his new work pays tribute to the medicine, the doctors, and even the mice that contribute in the fight against cancer.
It was a great turnout by the advertising/design, art and medical community. After the show, Riswold eventually moved the celebration to his beloved Blue Hour, where on the menu were chemo-named cocktails such as the Doxorubicin, Methotrexate, Mitomycin and Gleeivc (aka The Jim Riswold), the drug that saved his life.
Speaking of W+K....
Uber-talented photographer Tierney Gearon's work is currently gracing the walls of the W+K Gallery until October 25th. The show opened last night as part of PDX's First Thursday. Prints from her Color Shape series graced the walls as well as selections of her work that will be included in her soon to be released Alphabet Book. Tierney was also on hand to sign limited copies of the book.
For her Color Shape series, Tierney assembled huge shapes constructed of brightly-colored plexiglass and placed her children and family pets inside, then photographed them in striking locations around the world. The result is something mesmerizing. Seeing this body of work together, printed, and hung in a gallery setting is truly something to not be missed.
Tierney's Alphabet Book also features shots of her children in her signature style. These photos are intimate and dreamlike, like looking at a child's world through their own eyes. Tierney has the gift of capturing the magical existence of a young child, where the world is more abstract than linear and anything is possible, where fantasy and reality are not separated but rather blend together seamlessly.