LET’S GET SMASHED: It kind of sounds like a joke to say that the Smashing Pumpkins are a late addition to WW’s MusicfestNW 2010 (Sept. 8-12)—we assure you that it is not. The Billy Corgan-led Chicago alt-rock powerhouse—which features 20-year-old Beaverton drummer Mike Byrne and two other non-original members we’re very impressed if you can name—spent much of the ’90s at the top of the Billboard charts, and Corgan remains one of rock’s most gossiped-about frontmen. The Pumpkins—who haven’t been in our area since they hit the Clark County Amphitheater in 2007—play Wonder Ballroom Saturday, Sept. 11. Mark that date: It could well be the greatest day you’ve ever known. Grab your festival wristband and check out the full band schedule at musicfestnw.com.
LIVIN’ LA VITA: Northeast Alberta Street’s Vita Cafe has applied for a liquor license to open a second location at Southeast 21st Avenue and Clinton Street, in the former Clinton Corner Cafe and Charlie’s at Clinton Corner.
MEDIA ROULETTE: Roger Porter, the dean of Portland restaurant reviewers, has been booted from The Oregonian The longtime foodie scribe was informed via email that his services were no longer needed by The O’s A&E editor, DeAnn Welker (who took over for the O’sother ousted restaurant critic, Karen Brooks, in February). For three decades, Porter has been chronicling the growth of the food scene in Portland—reviewing restaurants for WW for 18 years and for The O since 2006. The Reed College prof is not taking the matter of his dismissal lightly. On Eater PDX (pdx.eater.com), Porter dished on The Oregonian,saying his termination was part of an effort the paper is making to go downmarket. >> In other local media news, The Mercuryhas hired a new news editor to replace now-New Orleans-based Brit Matt Davis this week: Denis C. Theriault, who The Merc kindly noted joins the weekly “after a decade at the nation’s second-best Mercury, the San Jose Mercury News. ”
WET ’N’ WILD: Soon Portlanders won’t have to trek all the way out to the wilds of outer-Northeast Portland in order to get outfitted with ’50s-era bathing suits. Pamela Levenson’s local retro-style swimwear line Popina(4831 NE 42nd Ave., 282-5159)will open a second store in the Pearl District at 318 NW 11th Avenue this November. And yes, co-owner Will Levenson mentions, they realize opening a swimwear store in Portland in November seems silly, but they’re doing it anyway. Image courtesy popinaswimear.com.