Friday, 11 April 2014 15:02 | Written by Byron Beck
Karol Collymore and Robin Castro at Equity Foundation's Donor Night at Vibrant Table Catering
EQUITY FOR ALL: Equity Foundation held a Donor Appreciation Event on Thursday night inside the lovely environs of Vibrant Table Catering to honor those who give time and money to this worthy organization. Executive Director Karol Collymore was joined by others who gathered together to support the good works that Equity continues to do in our community.
Thursday, 10 April 2014 08:13 | Written by Byron Beck
CELEB-U-WATCH:Rebecca Romijn was spotted in Portland on Tuesday night at El Gaucho restaurant. Romijn ( of X-Men fame among other roles) was seen with Electric Entertainment's Dean Devlin and television star Noah Wylie. That makes sense, since after an exhausting search, Roimjn was officially announced just today as the female lead for The Librarians, the TNT series which begins shooting today in Portland.
Other stars that should start popping up in Portland that are involved in the series include John Larroquette (Night Court), bad-boy Christian Kane (Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead) Bob Newhart, Jane Curtin (of Conehead fame) and Falling Skies' Matt Frewer (he was also Max Headroom).
The last time I saw Rebecca in Portland was years ago at Pioneer Place Mall. I think it was some fashion thing for MTV. All I really remember is that she had a lot of side boob.
Monday, 07 April 2014 15:08 | Written by Byron Beck
Pink Martini's China Forbes and Thomas Lauderdale, Mindy Leek, Gail Martin, China, James Dees, Juan Martinez, Stephen Beaudoin, Nancy and Mayor Charlie Hales
SQUARE DANCE: 30 years ago, I was the first intern at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Maybe that's not such a big deal. But it was to me. Back then, when Portland's "living room" first opened the Square was where everybody would meet, hang out (remember this was before cell phones and social media) and enjoy this unique downtown space. I was thrilled to be a part of it way back when.
I was also thrilled to be at the square on Sunday, when a wonderful sing-a-long, orchestrated by Pink Martini front man, Thomas Lauderdale, was held on the square in honor of its 30th Birthday. It seemed like everybody was there, including Mindy Leek who was one of the first Program Directors at the square, as well as Gail Martin, whose late husband, Will Martin, designed the square (remember when it had purple tiles?)
Joining Thomas in song was Nancy and Mayor Charlie Hales, China Forbes, Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Terry Bean, several local choirs and whole lot of Portlanders who not only sang their hearts out but also gobbled up the 1,984 cupcakes from Cupcake Jones.
Friday, 04 April 2014 14:12 | Written by Byron Beck
Tom Spanbauer, Carl Halvorson, Thomas Lauderdale and Neil Goldschmidt's book, Monica Drake, Shawn Levy, Juan Martinez, Bo, Lana Veenker
LOVE FEST: Thomas Lauderdale invited a "who's who" of Portland's glittery literati scene on Thursday to hear Tom Spanbauer read from his new novel "I Loved You More" in the space that is often the site of many a Pink Martini rehearsal. There was wine. And ice cream from Salt & Straw. And there was also a whole lot of love in the room. There was also another book; Kay Hutchinson gave Thomas a copy of Neil Goldschmidt's French dictionary from when he was a student at Willamette University. Thomas was thrilled.