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PostHeaderIcon Thank God It's Monday: The Weekend Report, Tree Trimming and other Breaking News.

MOVIE NIGHT: On Friday night Northwest 21st Avenue slowed down to a crawl as it seemed like the entire city of Portland descended on Cinema 21 for the opening night of The Auteur. A long line snaked all the way around the block as kleig lights filled the night sky and The MarchFourth Marching Band beat their drums (their music also appears in the film). Filming it all was The Auteur's director James Westby who I think actually cracked a smile at the throng his film had attracted to that part of the city. In attendance were all the usual suspects as well as a few famous or soon to be famous faces, like stripper/actress Malice 666 and Viva Las Vegas, who sung her little heart out, with her band Coca Cobra and The Killers, at the post screening party held at Slabtown.

FLOYD'S BIG 5-0: He likes to kick. He likes to stretch. He likes to party. He's Floyd Sklaver, a local writer who pens a column in Just Out, and he just turned 50. In honor of the special occasion, Oregonian columnist Margie Boule threw open the doors to her West Hills home for a little surprise b-day party hosted by her and Floyd's big daddy, author Marc Acito. And let's just say Floyd has some mighty impressive friends as both the kids from LiveWire and Storm Large herself performed at the incredibly awesome party. Hell, after all that I can't wait to turn 50, too.

REINDEER GAMES: There really is nothing like North Portland. You'll see that come January in the moving movie that was filmed in these parts, Wendy and Lucy finally hits the big screen. Hitting our streets though over the weekend was the "cultural terrorist" crew from Santa-Con. They are the fun-lovers who dress up like Kris Kringle and wreck holiday havoc on the streets of several cities across the globe. I had heard this year's event was going to happen in Hillsboro, so I was pleasantly surprised when they showed up in my neck of the woods come Saturday afternoon near Interstate Avenue. I still can get the sight of a woman wearing nothing but a bra and a bushy Santa beard where her panties should've been.

Find more photos like this on Byron Beck's Window

TREE ME: Not far from Interstate, up on Drummond Street, right off of Lombard, is the sweetest Christmas tree lot in the city. The folks that run this joint (they also run the nearby print shop in a former Piggly Wiggly) are longtime locals, but seem to have been plucked straight off the set of "It's A Wonderful Life." Truly, I've never met a nicer group of folks. They not only go out to their farm nearly everyday to chop down fresh trees, if you don't see one you like, they pretty much will bring you one the very next day that is more to your liking. On top of all that, their prices are dirt cheap. And, they always remember our names, even though we only see them one time a year. Follow the really cool green and white tree signs and you'll find them. It's worth a trip no matter where you live in this city.

BLIND ITEM: What high "profile" biz—it makes a good chunk of its money on the hopes and aspirations of young women and kids—closed up shop on Friday without, sources says, telling their clients or nearly anyone else? From what whispers we've heard on the street a "letter" went out on Friday informing interested parties (that would be the folks who paid a butt-load of money to benefit from this organization that not only has a well-respected name in its industry but supposedly connections worldwide) that basically stated they were going out of business. But since, I've been told, they've already cleared out of their office, it may be difficult for those curious about the closure to get in touch with anyone at the company. Their phone still seems to be on, but no calls to them have been returned by the time we posted this. What an ugly side of a very pretty business.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 September 2009 21:20)

 

PostHeaderIcon Storm's A Coming: What's Up On First Thursday with Ms. Large, James Westby and K-UFO.

Just got back from a look at the "new" Mississippi Studio space. Located at 3939 N. Mississippi St., Storm Large spanked my ass all the way over there to see what the owner, Jim Brunberg , (pictured above with Storm) and his crew of busy elves have been up to. The space is going to be a welcome addition to NoPo as it looks like it might house nearly three times the patrons than the old Studio did and is sure to be one of the coolest venues in town once it opens this spring.
And the view from the roof ain't too bad either.

Speaking of Storm, she has been very busy getting ready for both her upcoming Portland Center Stage Show, Crazy Enough, and her annual holiday concert, Wonderball '08, at the Wonder Ballroom. That show is going to rock your socks off and so will a piece of art by Alexander Rokoff that features a very sexy looking Storm. The piece was supposed to make its debut at City Hall, but was deemed too..hmmm...explosive for that staid space, and will be "unveiled" at the holiday show. On the day of the show I hope to be one of the first to share that image with you. You're going to LOVE it.

As for First Thursday I will be joining Cort & Fat Boy for our weekly chat on their KUFO show around 8 pm. Joining me will be my guest (and fellow BB Window member) James Westby. He's going to talk about his amazing film, The Auteur, which opens tomorrow night at Cinema 21.

But before that show I plan to head to the Ace Cleaners for the Urban Art Network show. The Cleaners will be hosting all those artists that usually fill the Pearl District streets with their unique wares. I personally can't get enough of Janet Julian's work. It happens during the usual gallery time of 6 - 9 p.m. with over 20 artists showing their stuff.

And as for tomorrow morning? Well, I will be getting up bright and early to, once again, do play by play for AMNorthwest's annual judging of the Gingerbread Houses at the Festival of Trees. Won't you join me? The show starts at 9 am sharp.
Until then, here is my brownie segment from Turkey Day. Enjoy!

Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 September 2009 13:00)

 

PostHeaderIcon A Toast For Thomas: Celebrating Portland's Most Celebrated Music Maker.

Adam Levey, clinic China Forbes and Philip Iosca decided it was high time to throw a party for a man who is pretty much a party all by himself: Thomas Lauderdale.
Held last night at The Ace Cleaners the swell soiree was more toast than tribute and seemed to take the always unflappable Lauderdale by complete surprise. Of course there were more cupcakes (and alcohol) than anyone could ever consume. All in all it was a great night for the ever-twirling Thomas. Guests included everyone from Oregonian Editor Sandra Rowe to Gov. Barbara Roberts to Darcelle XV. Here are a few photos:

 

PostHeaderIcon Hatchet Job: Moron Show Update.

BLIND ITEM NOT SO BLIND ANYMORE:
Nicolle Camarata has confirmed she is no longer the female sidekick for 105.1's "Nelson & Terry Show." If you listened to today's show you might have noticed the popular shopper was no longer throwing her zingers into their morning mix. Camarata said she was let go yesterday and that she will be replaced by former Z100'er Stacey Lynn (who more recently was up the dial at Movin' 107.5). Camarta will continue with her Nicolle Shops Portland gig and hopes to continue to contribute to 105.1's (IMHO) sassy and much more snappy mid-afternoon "Daria and Mitch" show.

Original Post: Is one of Portland's most popular morning shows trying to go back in time?
It sure looks like it.
I've just heard word one of Portland's prettiest princesses might just be the next sacrificial lamb to be thrown onto the lay off heap in order to make way for the return of a longtime local radio personality. The show has already dumped one dj and replaced him with another familiar voice. If this all goes down as planned it will mean that, by the end of 2008, one of this city’s oldest and most recognizable morning teams will be together, once again, on the air.
All they would be missing is a certain traffic guy. Hmmm......

Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 September 2009 12:39)

 

PostHeaderIcon Thank God It's Monday: Big Changes at Moron...I mean Morning Radio Show and Other Post Holiday Haps.

BLIND ITEM: Is one of Portland's most popular morning shows trying to go back in time?
It sure looks like it.
I've just heard word one of Portland's prettiest princesses might just be the next sacrificial lamb to be thrown onto the lay off heap in order to make way for the return of a longtime local radio personality. The show has already dumped one dj and replaced him with another familiar voice. If this all goes down as planned it will mean that, by the end of 2008, one of this city’s oldest and most recognizable morning teams will be together, once again, on the air.
All they would be missing is a certain traffic guy. Hmmm......

SHOPTOWN: Yes, I got up at the crack of dawn on Friday and went to the mall. So trample me. But I also went downtown and fell in love with this city all over again. Portland's downtown shopping area rivals any other city its size, that is when folks actually show up on its streets. Here are a few highlights.

CANOE: A small shop located in the West District, this place offers some of the most unique gift items in the city. And, just because all the inventory is carefully edited by it's owner doesn't mean it's all expensive. In fact, I found plenty of items that would definitely fit inside my new, post-paid job budget. I heart Canoe's extensive line of Heath Ceramics, PostalCo Notebooks, boiled Wood Dog Toys. And nothing beats the blue ceramic mugs based on paper coffee cups from New York City. Nothing. Canoe, 1136 SW Alder St., 889-8545

CARGO: Easily one of the most fun boutiques in this city and certainly one of my favorites I crack open a smile (and my wallet) everytime I go into this Pearl District favorite. Where else can you get lighters that plays Dong Fang Hong (the anthem of China's cultural revolution), religious Santos, Balinese furniture and the "head tingler" that makes it feel like someone has cracked an egg on your noggin. Right now, the windows have a Faraway Downs feel, as they were inspired by Baz Luhrmann's new film Australia. Cargo, 380 NW 11th Ave., 209-8349.

KNIT PURL: One word: felt. As in a complete holiday meal made out of felt. Fabulous beyond words, this shop is faux cool and one of the most underappreciated craft boutiques in the city. Knit Purl, 1101 SW Alder St., 227-2999.

CHAP POP-UP STORE I don't really know how to explain this place. It's a pop-up shop, which means it will only be for a limited time. It's also an art-making factory for kids and adults, an art rug gallery full of rugs made out of kids art, a garage-like sale that has both a "recession retail" corner (which features tons of really great Columbia Sportswear for next to nothing) and a five buck "thrift store" that has items that can be silk-screened with images made by kids. The colorfully decorated boutique is the first retail outlet for the Children's Healing Art Project and benefit art programs in local children's hospitals. A must-see. 937 NW Glisan St., www.chap.name.

And, of course, let's not forget TIME WITH SANTA: It's more Kitschmas, than Christmas at this Jantzen Beach "Santa Land." Tired of standing in long lines only to get to sit for two-seconds on Santa's warm lap? Well, Time With Santa, is exactly what it says it is. Here you get "quality time" with Saint Nick. That the whole village is created out of an old Haunted House only adds to this shopper's retreat kitsch level. I'll be talking about it at length in a future post, but for now check out all the details here.Time With Santa, 1210 Jantzen Beach Center, 222-1268. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 September 2009 12:43)

 
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