Allison Blythe, Sam Adams, wine guys, Allison and David Brown, bubbly and toasting time
FINE WINE: Wine, women, men, food, photos and fun. It was ALL there at Mitchell Wines wonderful "Friends and Family" held deep within the environs of their very cool Southeast warehouse.
For a night, the cave-like space turns into a rumpus room full of very cool people who like to drink and think about wine including Sam Adams, Mitchell Wine's Allison Blythe and David Brown, Robert and Ann Sacks and many other cool cats.
Travis Knight, Jennifer Williamson, Juan Martinez, Vince Porter, Colin Meloy, Jennifer and her hubby Paul Loving
LIGHTS. CAMERA. RE-ELECTION: Oregon's own home-grown, incredible stop-animation studio, LAIKA, carved time out of a very busy schedule to honor Rep. Jennifer Williamson on Friday night at Butters Gallery in Old Town.
It was definitely a who's who of local and national film folks that gathered to support the re-election campaign of one of our state's most supportive legislators when it comes to supporting our regions growing film industry.
Everyone was there, from LAIKA's own Travis Knight (who was a chum of "Jenny" Williamson back in high school) to ParaNorman director Chris Butler to art makers Carson Ellis and Colin Meloy to the Oregon's film office Vince Porter to a bunch of very well-dressed, beautiful people who used to live in Los Angeles but now call Portland home.
Yes, it was a great party. And well-deserved support for the always amazing Rep. Williamson.
Martha Davis and The Motels, Bill Wadhams and Astrid from Animotion
80'S NIGHT: In honor of their 100th year in biz, the Crystal Ballroom has being doing 100 shows to celebrate their auspicious anniversary. Last night was the kick-off for a series of concerts surrounding the 1980's. And what a night it was.
Three bands played. Three bands rocked. And, interestingly enough, three of the lead players from these three bands all live in, or near, Portland Oregon.
First up was Tommy Tutone, with that song about a telephone number.
Then it was Animotion.Bill Wadhams and Astrid are comics as well as musicians and they had everybody laughing at their witty repartee and grooving to their tunes including their big hit "Obsession." Speaking of obsessions, Bill's son, Chris, who is one of the guitarists in the band looks like a frigging Calvin Klein model.
The night's big act was Martha Davis and The Motels. I love Martha Davis, and I have had the chance to see her perform at some local charity events and such. But this was the first time I caught her with her full band. And, boy, can that woman sing. She sounded amazing. And I loved how she interprets her songs, including "Only The Lonely" and "Suddenly Last Summer" as if she was singing them for the first time.
CELEB-U-WATCH: One of my buddies shared with me that they just spotted actor Alan Alda in Portland, Oregon.
For some of the young people who read this blog, Alan was the one and only "Hawkeye Pierce" on the television show, MASH. And I frankly think he's one of our countries best actors. Word is that Mr. Alda was spotted with his Arlene and one of his three daughters. This makes the third time in recent history that a major television actor was spotted in Portland with his family in tow.
Gus Van Sant (center), The Von Trapps. Thomas Lauderdale and Oregon Symphony
ODE TO OREGON: My apologies for not posting since late December: I've had what are called "technical problems" that have kept me away from the blog.That said, I did want to make sure and post about Oregon Symphony's "Ode to Joy: A Holiday Spectacular" event on Dec. 30 and 31.
It was simply amazing. The first half of the night was a "cavalcade of stars" under the incredible guidance of Thomas Lauderdale and the Oregon Symphony's amazing conductor Carlos Kalmar. Each performance was a special moment, from the 234th Army Band to Storm Large and China Forbes to the Von Trapps to Cantor Ida Rae Cahana to the Gov's Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts alongside Terry Bean. But I guess the most special moment for me was listening to Gus Van Sant sing "Moon River" with a full symphony and the Von Trapps backing up him and his guitar. It was just beautiful.
The second half of the night was devoted to Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor. And, with several area choirs, and four incredible opera singers, it was nothing short of stunning. What a night. Actually what an incredible couple of nights. I will never forget it.