ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?: Portland’s acoustic music fans should get excited enough to clap politely and respectfully: A 300-seat sit-down venue is opening this summer on Alberta Street. Joe Cawley will open the Alberta Rose Theatre in a historic movie-theater building at 3000 NE Alberta St. in early June. Cawley says the new venue will feature shows “more in the acoustic genres, from folk to classical to jazz.” The new owner hopes the Alberta Rose will “fill the niche for small-to-medium-seated venues” in Portland—most clubs that size don’t have extensive seating. “Me and all my old friends can’t stand up for three hours,” Cawley says. Adam East, a musician with Celilo and Casey Neil and the Boomtown Rats, has been tapped as the Alberta Rose’s booker, and the venue will supplement its programming with movies (on a new projection screen) and live theater.
PASSING THROUGH: Scoop’s saddened to report that Richard D. Collins, a longtime Portland street musician most recently seen performing near Kornblatt’s Deli on Northwest 23rd Avenue, died of cancer Feb. 24 at 60. Collins, a New Orleans native, spent much of the late ’70s and ’80s playing Delta blues in downtown Portland and gigging locally. After seven years in New Orleans, Collins had been back in PDX, playing his guitar, since 1997. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and sons, Rhett and Ricky. You can hear Collins’ music—and watch a few videos—at myspace.com/therichardcollins.
GREENLISTED: Ecotrust Vice President of Food and Farms Deborah Kane was highlighted as one of the 10 Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food by Fast Companymag last week. She was singled out in part for spearheading FoodHub, Ecotrust’s new website that connects farmers to eaters (the magazine called it “Match.com for the locavore movement.”)She’s rubbing elbows on the dinner-table list with Michael Pollan and chef/TV star Jamie Oliver, among others.
SOUL POWER:Another local music festival? Hear us out: Starting Sunday, April 11, the first annual Soul’d Out Music Festival will take place over the course of two weeks and eight venues. Instead of the usual deluge of indie rock, this thing has got some diversity—jazz, hip-hop, funk, electronic, blues and soul, courtesy of Roseland booker and festival curator Haytham Abdulhadi. The best part? Some big-time headliners, including Gil Scott-Heron (Gil! Scott! Heron!), Dead Prez, Buddy Guy, and King Khan & the Shrines.
CRAIGSLIST JOB POSTING OF THE WEEK: It is still possible to get a job in Portland—but your potential employer is getting increasingly picky. This week’s example is a Craigslist post from firstname.lastname@example.org, titled “EASTER BUNNY NEEDED,” which offered a Clackamas Town Center photo-station gig in a rabbit costume starting Monday, March 15. But only clean and sober bunnies need apply: “Must pass drug test and criminal background check,” the post warns.