Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:43 | Written by Byron Beck
Jeana Frazzini, Bill Dickey, Judith Gray, Gwenn Baldwin, Ted Wheeler, Timber Joey, Juan Martinez, Sylvia Peterson, Gregg Macy, Robin Castro, Speakers at the luncheon, staff and volunteers of Basic Rights Oregon
BUSINESS LUNCHEON:Basic Rights Oregon's annual Business Leaders Luncheon is where Oregon businesses and corporate opinion leaders take a public stand for fairness and equality.
This year’s event was able to gather over 700 business executives, community leaders, and elected officials to consider the state of equality in Oregon and promote fairness in the workplace and under the law.
The event was held at the Oregon Convention during Thursday's lunch hour and attracted such cool folks as Timber Joey, Jonathan Nicholas, Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Secretary of State Kate Brown.
There were also a lot of business people. A lot of them.
The program, which included a keynote speaker and recognition for outstanding leadership for gay and transgender equality also provided key information on how the business community can support the efforts of Oregon’s freedom to marry campaign.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:14 | Written by Byron Beck
RED THREADS: Hurry, grab friends and buy your tickets now for a RED DRESS PARTY to remember!
Enjoy excellent DJ’s on two dance floors, drinks, food and a 9:30 performance by Ab Soto. Exclusive VIP entertainment by Cabaret Chanteuse.
The ALL inclusive tickets include hosted beer, wine and specialty cocktails, with fulll hosted bar for VIP guests. Shuttle service is available from select locations for $10. Visit the website for more details and to purchase tickets for the party and shuttle. Tickets are also available for cash only at Starky’s at 2913 SE Stark St Portland, Oregon 97214. All proceeds go to Our House of Portland and Morrison Child and Family Services. Red Dress PDX is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by volunteers working to give back to this amazing community.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:32 | Written by Byron Beck
Spinning John Malkovich at the RACC
SEEING JOHN MALKOVICH: Over the last few days I've received reports from several sources that they've spotted (the somewhat elusive) actor John Malkovich in Portland.
Word is that the star of stage and screen was spotted at Saturday Market, around downtown and at the RiverPlace Athletic Club. Heck, yesterday I even received a photo of John working out on a cycle at the RACC (see above).
Many people have asked if Malkovich is here for a film or "special project."
But, I don't think so. I just think he's here to visit his daughter who is a student at one of the more prestigious colleges in Portland.
Monday, 14 April 2014 14:35 | Written by Byron Beck
Ken and Skip Raddle, and the people and purveyors at TOAST 2014 at World Trade Center
TOAST TIME: The 4th Annual TOAST, the original artisan spirits tasting and one of largest International Craft Spirits Events in North America was an incredible opportunity to taste (okay sip and sometimes gulp) the good stuff from a wide variety of spirits makers from across the Northwest—and the world.
Whether your spirit preference was Whiskey, Rum, Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Brandy, Liqueurs or even Limoncello, the distillers and producers at TOAST were on hand at the World Trade Center over the weekend to showcase their handcrafted spirits and explain how they make their incredible products.
It was quite the crowd and word is that next year it will get even bigger.
Ted Pappas, the Oregon Distillers Guild President, informed the media that "This year we (held) multiple events throughout the greater Portland area highlighting local distillers along with some of our outstanding restaurants leading up to the event. It’s the first step to transforming our event from a few days to a week of activities."
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:59 | Written by Byron Beck
Angela Mattox, Claire Coffee, Victoria Frey, Jody Stahancyk, Juan Martinez, Lucinda Carmichael, Juan and Byron Beck
TOTES FOR TADA! So maybe I am a little biased, but I thought this year's TADA! gala in support of Portland's Institute for Contemporary Art was super fun. Full disclosure: I was on the steering committee (as a co-chair) and I ended up emceeing the event, so yeah, I was happy to see it go off so splendidly.
This year's TADA! was held in Northeast Portland at the Bindery Annex Building, which served as a perfect space for a PICA party. It was raw and different and really special. As were the guests. I mean, they were really special too. We had about 350 guests bidding on items, dashing for desserts (via a very cool smart phone app that was created just for this event), listening to a very special message from Honorary Co-Chair (and House of Cards star) Robin Wright, sipping on wine from Mitchell Wines and dining on food from Simpatica Catering.
As for me, I loved that I had a chance to visit early in the evening with Claire Coffee (she's Adalind on the hit tv show Grimm) and share the stage with Johnna Wells, one of the Northwest's premiere auctioneers. And I loved that I had a chance to see so many friends and supporters of PICA in the audience. It was a truly special night that I will never ever forget.