IMAGE: Anvi Bui
- SPLISH BASH: Thumping techno music and glistening women beckoned people to North Portland on Saturday, Aug. 22, where the Last Splash showed off one-of-a-kind swimsuits by local designers at the Peninsula Park Pool. The half-fashion show, half-pool party allowed attendees to get a glimpse of the work of designers like Fritz Mesenbrink and Dana Dart-McLean, and artists like Israel Lund and Sarah Gottesdiener. “My work is inspired by feminism and ancient mysticism,” said Gottesdiener, who sported a hot-pink suit decorated with stuffed bunnies. As local DJ Dundiggy spun records, the models strutted out in designs ranging from white gowns to lace dresses—one male model wore a black bandeau, ski goggles, a tie and a bowler hat. “I was inspired by the book A Clockwork Orange, ” said designer Adam Arnold.
- CART-ACHE: Yarp?!, a pasta cart in the popular Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard pod, is on the brink of closing after one of its two owners left due to an undiagnosed illness Aug. 1. The cart is now solely owned by Chad Carr, who first opened the graffiti-decorated cart parked near Potato Champion with Jeremy Frazee a year ago. “Jeremy has been feeling ill for many years,” says Carr, who still helps Frazee (who has no health insurance) pay for medical bills. “He’s a great guy, but his body just won’t let him work.” Without his partner, Carr finds it financially difficult to handle both the business and culinary aspects of running the food cart, which is his only source of income. Carr plans to hold a fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 30, at Yarp?! to help finance the cart and contribute to Frazee’s medical bills, but still hasn’t worked out the details of what he’ll sell or how he’ll collect the funds.
- CART-ART: Last week we profiled the Mother Pluckers, one of the few all-women teams in this year’s Portland Adult Soapbox Derby. The team did not win the race, which sent 39 cars careening down Mount Tabor last Saturday, Aug. 22, but they were named the best art car. Photo by Mike Perrault.
- LET’S PUT ON A SHOW: Have you ever wanted to run your own music venue? Need a place to live as well? Scoop just got word that after just a few months of operation, the good folks at Northeast Portland all-ages spot the Wail (Northeast 42nd Avenue and Sumner Street, formerly known as Rererato) have decided to move on, but the house—and the music stage contained within it—is available for rent. Portland still lacks more than a few true all-ages options for music fans, so it would be tough to see another one go by the wayside. Email email@example.com for information.