Monday, 11 August 2014 20:41 | Written by Byron Beck
North Farragut Group Photo, Julie, Polly & Casper, Anouk, Rosa, and the grill master
NIGHT OUT WITH FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS: I said it before and I will say it again, we are one lucky group of neighbors on North Farragut Street in the Kenton neighborhood of North Portland.
We like each other and we look out for each other and I am glad our little "family" of neighbors, both past and present, come together at least one night a year to celebrate all of that.
That night is called National Night Out.
It's usually held during the week, but this year the neighbors decided to hold it on Sunday night. It was a warm night and the perfect evening to bond over burgers and potato salad as well as many unusual and delight treats from across the globe.
Half-way through the night we were visited by the fire crew of Station #26 who sampled some of the desserts made and brought to the potluck by friends.
It was a great night. It always is.
That's just the way our North Farragut neighborhood rolls.
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 22:38 | Written by Byron Beck
CELEB-U-WATCH: Hulk Hogan was spotted in Portland coming out of The Heathman Hotel on Wednesday night. It seems that Hogan has shown up a few days early prior to his appearance on the August 11th edition of WWE's flagship "Monday Night RAW" show that is taping from Portland next week. No word on whether or not he showed up early to take a seat at the MLS Allstars game at Providence Park.
Also spotted on Wednesday night was actor Jim Caviezel in Northwest Portland. Best known for his work on the CBS-TV show, "Person Of Interest" Caviezel was seen dining on sushi at the Pearl's Mio Sushi on Northwest Hoyt Street in the Pearl District.
Sunday, 03 August 2014 21:52 | Written by Byron Beck
Rob and Lisa take a selfie, Lisa's daughter Stephanie (right), Elan and Sasha Roiz, Ryan Ruelos, Tim Joyce, Lisa, Stephen Cassell, Lisa Schroeder
WITH THIS SELFIE: The wedding of Lisa Schroeder and Rob Sample was held on a summery Saturday night in the Grand Ballroom of the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland. And it was quite the wedding.
All the 400-plus guests were encouraged to wear white or off-white and (nearly) everyone followed the instructions giving the room a cloud-like, almost heavenly glow.
Speaking of glow, the bride, chef Lisa Schroeder of Mother's Bistro fame, looked absolutely radiant in a Michelle DeCourcy gown that evoked Elizabeth Taylor in the 1970's. She joined her groom, Rob Sample, under the chuppah where they were married by Mike Golub, Chief Operating Officer of the Portland Timbers, and an incredibly well spoken wedding officiant.
Music played a big part during the ceremony with a gospel choir, Sarah King and Jim Brunberg (who sang "She" from the film "Notting Hill") all sharing the stage.
"Selfie" also played a role in the ceremony too. The entire wedding party was asked to take a selfie during the vows and the hashtag was #schrample, a mix of Lisa and Rob's last names.
Speaking of names, the guest list was a who's who of Portland best, including one honorary Oregonian: "Grimm" actor/hottie Sasha Roiz who was joined at the wedding by his brother Elan.
Traditions were honored. Toasts were made. Chairs were lifted in the air.
And late night music was made by a great dance band that goes by the name Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme.
Mazel and best wishes to the lovely couple! It only took you 17 years, but damn, it was well worth it.
Sunday, 03 August 2014 21:19 | Written by Byron Beck
Dave Franco and Alison Brie, Mark Zusman, Jack Roberts, Richard Meeker, Brenda Bonnell, Double Dutchers
STARDAR REPORT: Due to thundering skies Willamette Week postponed its "Best of Portland" party for a week and one day. On Thursday, July 31, the local alt paper invited guests to join them for a block party that took over their parking lot and much of Northwest Overton Street.
It was on that streets drinks were quaffed, Boke bowls were devoured, ropes were jumped and celebrities were spotted.
Yes, celebrities. Dave Franco, star of "Neighbors" with Seth Rogen and Zac Efron and "21 Jump Street," (and James Franco's little brother) somehow ended up in the middle of the party alongside his girlfriend Alison Brie known for her work as "Annie Edison" on the NBC sitcom "Community" and "Trudy Campbell" on the AMC drama "Mad Men."
Not sure if Franco and Brie had an invite for the party, or even why they were in town, but there they were along with Oregon Attorney Ellen Rosenblum as well as Jack Roberts, Sam Adams and Willamette Week king pins Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman.