BRIDGE UP: Forget the Rose Festival—the PDX Bridge Festival, brainchild of “Tucker Teutsch 3.0,” will debut July 24-Aug. 7 in an effort to “raise awareness of and foster appreciation for the Willamette River bridges.” The event’s cadre of planners and “big art builders” will kick off with two projects centered on the Hawthorne Bridge’s centennial: hanging swaths of fabric across the Hawthorne’s scaffolding that change color in response to traffic, and stretching a huge 100-by-200-foot movie screen across its lift span. Plus, the group is planning to lay turf on the Morrison Bridge and close it down for a brunch concert. While still under pressure to find sponsors for some events, it does have verbal support from the city and county.
ART OUT: Lawrence Gallery has closed its Pearl District location at 903 NW Davis St. The gallery, a onetime cash cow that was often dismissed as a commercial gallery trafficking in decorative art, suffered in the economic downturn. Lawrence’s other locations, in Salishan and Sheridan, will remain open.
CLASSICAL GAS: On Monday, Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Nick Fish introduced an ordinance to grant Portland’s Third Angle New Music Ensemble $5,000 to defray some of the expenses of attending the 2010 Beijing Modern Music Festival next month—a major coup for the post-classical music group, who’ll be acting as cultural ambassadors by bringing Portland music to China. The other costs of attending will be covered by private donations, Oregon Arts Commission grants, and the festival itself. In another sign of local classical music’s burgeoning national mojo, Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar has been tapped to fill in for ailing Boston Symphony music director James Levine in concerts April 8-10 at the city’s symphony hall. A week later, Kalmar will lead another of America’s big-five orchestras when he replaces former L.A. Philharmonic music director Esa-Pekka Salonen at the helm of the Chicago Symphony.
SEW TRUE: Project Runway’s guru of grommets, Vancouver’s Seth Aaron Henderson, will have brand new duds for sale at Anne Bocci, a boutique in Multnomah Village, on Friday, April 2. Seth Aaron will also make an appearance at the Southwest Capitol Highway store, from 6 to 9 pm that night, so come prepared with your burning questions about Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia. Just don’t ask him who wins Season 7! Image courtesy of mylifetime.com.
WHO’S YER POISON? We’re looking for the best bartenders in town to profile in Drink,Willamette Week’s annual guide to our favorite bars, out May 26. Know a great barkeep? Please send an email with his or her name or bar to firstname.lastname@example.org.