CAP's Andrew Shayde, Thirst Fest's Skip Raddle, posters of the event, imbibers including Peter Parisot (right) at Local Lounge
GETTING THIRSTY? Thirst Fest is a spirits festival aimed at the LGBTQ community that will take place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8. Truth is, it's a great event for anybody: gay, straight or "whatever" ( I am talking to you Maria Bello).
The two day event will feature beverage sampling, cocktail competitions (of which I think I am judging) and a chance for our community to give feedback on just exactly we want in our cocktails.
To get the party rolling, a kick-off event was held on Thursday night at Local Lounge in Northeast Portland. Influencers and imbibers came together to get information (and drink samples) for the event that will benefit the Cascade AIDS Project.
Dinner at OMSI's Theory Restaurant, Sonali Shivdasani, Jane Smith, playing with fire and salt at OMSI
FOOD SCIENCE: To inaugurate OMSI's new restaurant, Theory, and it's new Food Luminary program, an incredible four-course dinner featuring Jenn Louis of Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern was held on Wednesday evening.
The dinner was a pairing of cuisine and wine with science and was a night to see just exactly what Jenn and OMSI could do with salt, specifically Jacobsen Salt Co. salts. After apps of whipped chicken fat and puffy potato thingies, the meal included a cabbage salad, braised lamb neck, carrots with saffron and parsley, fried brussels sprouts, braised corona beans...and the best dessert I've ever had in my life: salted popcorn pana cotta with vanilla salt and salted fennel carmels. Heaven. And our dining companions were pretty cool too.
ART/COFFEE/BREAK ROOM: Glyph Cafe & Arts Space held a grand opening on Wednesday evening. Located in the North Park Blocks underneath the new housing for area art students, Glyph (as in hieroglyph) offers a relaxed space for locals and students alike. According to the owners, the "glyph" expresses their mission to provide a crossroads for this city's diverse art community to meet and share ideas. In February Glyph will hold a First Thursday reception for painter Theodore Holdt on Feb. 6 from 7 to 9 pm.
Under U 4 Men's Steven Lien (center top), models, PQ Monthly publisher Melanie Davis and Jordan, Dane, Biggest Loser contestant Rasha Pecoraro and Vanna Pecoraro
IN MENS PANTY NEWS: Downtown's incredibly amazing mens furnishing boutique, Under U 4 Men, hosted the January press party for PQ Monthly magazine.
The party was a chance to chat with the folks who put together the magazine, nibble on nosh provided by Crush, and.oh..who the heck am I kidding! It was also a chance to check out really hot guys in really brief underwear. Okay, I said it. I feel better now.
NYC ART WATCH: If you happen to be in New York City tonight you might want to check an art show presented by the Suzanne Geiss Company on Grand Street.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude is an exhibition of rare candid photographs of Jean-Michel Basquiat taken by Paige Powell. This is the first presentation of photographs from Powell’s comprehensive archive, a significant chronicle of 1980’s art and culture in America.
On view is a series of black and white 35mm nude portraits of one of the world's most celebrated visual artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat, made in 1983 in Powell’s then Upper West Side apartment. Like many nights during Powell and Basquiat’s two year relationship, the images show the painter relaxed on a futon, drawing while watching cartoons. Earlier that year, Powell used the apartment to show work by Basquiat, AOne, and Rammellzee. Several of the paintings are visible on the walls of the living room where Basquiat reclines. The photographs were taken with Powell’s Canon camera, which she carried with her everywhere.
Paige moved to New York City from Portland, Oregon in 1980 with the intent of working for Interview Magazine or Woody Allen. A few weeks after she arrived, she landed both jobs. Interview stuck, and Powell was Advertising Associate (later Associate Publisher) and a contributing photographer and writer. Through her work, she became a close friend and confidant of Andy Warhol, founder of the publication, and a fixture at his Factory.
Today Powell is a photographer, curator, and animal rights activist. She lives and works between Portland, Oregon; New York; and Los Angeles. She is in the beginning phase of organizing her extensive archive of photographs.
Suzanne Geiss Co. is located at 76 Grand Street, New York. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from noon- 6 pm. Jean-Michel Basquiat, Reclining Nude is up through Feb. 22.