IMAGE: Scott Mazariegos
- PANTS OFF, AGAIN: Last year, about 50 exhibitionists dropped trou on public transit to celebrate Portland’s No Pants on MAX event. This year, they want your pants, too, on Sunday, Jan. 10. “This year we’re doing things differently,” explains No Pants 2010 co-organizer Elizabeth Tadina. “We’re going to have little starting groups in prearranged locations...we already have over 80 people saying they will attend.” Participants in the event, which was inspired by Improv Everywhere’s New York pantsless subway happening, will gather at 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 10, to board and disrobe at 3:30 pm. Visit facebook.com/event.php?eid=197585214587&ref=mf to commit, locate gathering spots and get afterparty details.
- TOQUEY POKEY: Posh Pearl District restaurant Ten 01 has a new executive chef for the second time this year. Sous chef Michael Hanaghan, a veteran of Thomas Keller’s Per Se and Bouchon Bistro, has taken over the top spot in the wake of Chef Benjamin Parks’ departure in November. Justa Pasta co-founder Jessica Carfagno has applied for a liquor license for Breken, a new project in the 1800 NW 16th space that last housed Sydney’s cafe.
- CLASSICAL AMPED: Portland teems with first-rate classical musicians who seek smaller-scale performance opportunities than the region’s orchestras. And while some local venues host performances, too often they’re overlooked. On Jan. 16, a new Portland classical-music-presenting organization, 45th Parallel, aims to begin to fill that gap. Its inaugural concert at the Old Church features Oregon Symphony concertmaster Jun Iwasaki, violists Charles Noble and Viorel Bejenaru, violinist Gregory Ewer and cellists Justin Kagan and Trevor Fitzpatrick. The organization (45thparallelpdx.org) is spearheaded by Ewer, who is a member of both the Oregon Symphony and Portland Baroque Orchestra. Unlike other PDX organizations that bring in international stars, 45th Parallel will “emphasize local musicians with occasional guest artists,” Ewer told WW. With luck, it could grow into the kind of umbrella organization for chamber music the city has long needed.
- COVER CHARGE: There are a ton of New Year’s Eve concerts this week (check out our full NYE guide at wweek.com/nye2009), but at least one band is making a hard sell. Portland folk-rock outfit Weinland claims its gig at the Mission Theater “IS going to be the best New Year’s Eve Party in Portland” (note the caps on the word “IS”). In a bid to outdo Quasi and Ben Darwish (who will spend the evening playing songs by the Who and Michael Jackson, respectively), Weinland has learned “19 dance-your-ass-off covers” by Prince, Huey Lewis, Michael Jackson, Roxette, A-ha and more. Specific song titles mentioned include Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” Eddie Holman’s “Hey There Lonely Girl,” Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” and Jackie Wilson’s heavily licensed “Higher and Higher.” Weinland is also promising appearances from members of “over a dozen of Portland’s best bands.” Sounds like the best show of the year, or a complete train wreck—pretty tempting either way, right?