Todd Robinson, motion capture model, Tara Johnson-Medinger, Vince Porter, Andy Mingo, Jules Bailey and Lana Veenker
FILM FETE: Vince Porter and his crew of merry film commission folks at the Governor’s Office of Film & Television held their annual Holiday/ End of Year Shin-dig at their brand new headquarters in the Burnside Exchange Building near the south end of the Burnside Bridge that share with the Technology Association of Oregon. All sorts of cool folks showed up at the party to celebrate this year’s accomplishments,as well as see the debut of some new digital collaborations that explore the intersection between creativity and technology including Andy Mingo's "capture motion" course that is being offered out at Clackamas Community College. They were also there to schmooze and mingle. These people sure know how to mingle.
Gretchen and John Kent Harrison at Living Room Theater
MOVIE NIGHT: On Sunday night, Living Room Theater was the site for a screening of "Christmas In Conway," a Hallmark Hall of Fame starring Andy Garcia, Mary Louise Parker, Mandy Moore and Cheri Oteri and directed by Portland's own John Kent Harrison.
It was also a chance to celebrate the nuptials of John and his bride, Gretchen Miller, who were married just a day prior to the screening. The film is a wonderful love story and it was awesome to spend the evening with this very special couple and their friends.
Santa Byron and Pearl kids, Carolers, Sara Stimac, Santa, Denny Shleifer, Linda Stimac, Santa family singing, Santa skipping
SANTA IN THE PEARL: It was quite the holiday weekend...tire slashing, turkey and tree trimming. But perhaps the most wonderful moment of the weekend was my turn as "Santa" at the Jamison Park Tree Lighting (and hot chocolate-fueled sing-a-long) on Saturday night in the Pearl District.
The Village People may've been playing up the street at the Crystal that night, but for a few moments I felt like the biggest star in town. In fact, I almost cried. Why? In all my years, I've never experienced the incredible, unfiltered joy that young ones have when they encounter the "big guy."
It was...beyond words.
Yes, I didn't have a full beard (parents assured their children my short beard made me more aerodynamic) or a full wig of white hair, but that didn't seem to matter to the wonderful children I encountered in the park that bears one of my best friend's name, William Jamison.
Truth is, I was asked to be Santa due to my work for Explore The Pearl Magazine. For the latest issue I am the "secret santa" who explores the Pearl for nifty gifts.
But on Saturday night, I WAS Santa. And, kids, it was one of the best nights of my life.
Charles Stillwell, Kim Foren, party guest, Leslie Foren, Belly dancer, and Kim dancing with Mark
IN THE PINK: The one and only Kim Foren celebrated her (shhh...50th) birthday with a belly dancer, great Lebanese food (and Lebanese margaritas) from Al-Amir and a wonderful interactive photo booth from Paparazzi Tonight.
And everything was done up in pink, including her party guests. Kim held the party at her "place," aka her wonderful and fabulous Geranium Lake floral shop and event space in, where else, but "Big Pink." For one night it was transformed into a decadent disco bathed in, what else, pink light.
An eclectic group of old and new friends wished the birthday girl the best and spent the rest of the night (and oh what a night it was) dancing.
Dustin Shanky, Reid Decker, Peter Shanky, Storm Large, Julio Santiago, Jeana Frazzini, Lisa Watson, Julio, Storm and Julio, and a fuzzy photo of the group with Storm's butt front and center
TWIN POWERS ACTIVATE: The Shanky Twins, Peter and Dustin, celebrated their birthdays with a little dancing at the Crystal Ballroom. Of course it was on Friday night, when EVERYONE in town dons their best neon spandex and terrycloth sweat bands and heads to the Crystal for "80's Video Dance Attack."
My god, it was so much fun. And yes, that's Storm Large looking like a unicorn.