City Commish Dan Saltzman in a gay bar. Yeah, prescription it was that kind of weekend.
I’LL TAKE A PENTHOUSE VIEW: Friday night found my partner Juan and I traipsing through SOWA. That’s South of Waterfront for those who don’t know. The event was an after work “party” in the 30th floor Penthouse of the John Ross Building. It was supposed to be just a small gathering of friends. And, help well, diagnosis let’s just say whoever threw this swell-to-do soiree has A LOT of friends. Nearly 300 people consumed over 150 bottles of wine all the while taking in the 360-degree view of our fair city. While few ventured out on to the blustery deck that wrap around the entire building a few brave souls did make the trip, and thankfully not a one of them fell off the building.
JUST OUT FOR FUN: Just Out Publisher Marty Davis really out did herself at the big Boxxes/Brig blowout for her publication’s much-deserved 25th Anniversary. Not only did she attract every gay boy (including Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Christopher Stowell, Poison “looking fierce” Waters, author Marc Acito, porn king Pat Lanagan, chefs Randal St. Clair and Christopher Israel) and gay girls galore (former Cascade Aids Project director Jean Ann Van Krevelen [who chatted up the new director Michael Kaplan], Q Center’s Kendall Clawson and Basic Rights Oregon Jeana Frazzini) she also managed to get her fair share of politicos to join the jam-packed crowd. There’s nothing like watching Lisa Naito wait in line at the bar for a drink with Judy Shiprack at the same time our Mayor-elect Sam Adams gets groped (well, more like man-handled) by every gorgeous guy—gay or straight—in the room. It was also nice to see Saltzman work the room (he stayed much longer than I thought he would) alongside Mayor Tom Potter and the queen of the night Darcelle XV. Marty was pretty much the queen of that night, too.
OTHER WEEKEND HIGHLIGHTS: Hanging out in KATU’s green room with former Portland Trailblazer, and very big guy, Jerome Kersey at a Friday morning taping of AMNorthwest. Kersey and I both taped segments for this Thursday’s Turkey Day broadcast that will air on Channel 2. For his segment Kersey talked about his dear, much-missed friend and fellow Blazer, the late, great Kevin Duckworth. The photo below is Kersey with AMNW co-host Helen Raptis.
And I did a little cooking segment where I made “Bossman’s Brownies” from the files of Bossman Steve Denari’s mom’s recipe box. Trouble is, I’ve never made brownies. Well, you’ll see if you watch the show…
On Friday I also had a chance to hangout with the director of Film Geek, James Westby, who will premiere his next movie, The Auteur, on December 5 at Cinema 21 (Click here for details). Westby’s film has been a big hit at festivals across the nation, but this will be its first week-long run. The Auteur—which is about the world’s greatest living porn director—is incredible, outrageous and extremely sweet. Think of it as a Woody Allen feature, only with more graphic sex than the
Woodman might be comfortable with. Right now, Westby is getting ready to work on a few new projects that not only sound cool, but just might change the way we watch movies. Hopefully, he will let me talk about them in the near future.
Ciao for now,
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