OUT OF THE PAN, INTO THE FIRE: As old-school music fans come out of the woodwork to celebrate the final weeks of Satyricon, the bad news keeps on coming. Berbati’s Pan, a fixture in the Portland music scene since 1993, will discontinue its live-music operations after Dec. 31. Reached by telephone, Berbati’s co-owner John Papaioannou let out a heavy sigh. “The rumor is true. We’ve been around for a long time,” he said. “The last two years have been really the toughest…we’ve had shows that should be sold out and they’re more than half empty.” Papaioannou cited competition and a weak economy as the major factors forcing the club’s closure. He explained that Berbati’s will continue to operate as a restaurant and bar, with its eastern half (the portion of the business that has been operational since 1985, before its 1995 expansion) remaining open for uninterrupted business. The venue (or “Pan”) side will host its final show on New Year’s Eve. After that, the space will close to undergo an extensive remodeling process. About half of the former venue space will become home to an expanded Voodoo Doughnut, while Berbati’s intends to keep the remaining portion of the building as a more intimate, “bohemian” bar/nightclub space. “We may eventually host some small shows,” Papaioannou said, “but we won’t be a music venue five days a week. I think we had a good run.”
52 REASONS TO LOVE PDX: The most recent example of something the city doesn’t really need, but it would be cool if we had: our own deck of playing cards. Local artist Aaron Trotter just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his Portland Places: The Illustrated Card Deck, which would includes sketches of 52 iconic Stumptown scenes, from an Alberta Street scene and a Chinatown lion to vignettes of local coffee shops. So far, Trotter’s raised $55 of his $500 goal. If you wanna play poker with Portland, ante up before campaign closes Wednesday, Nov. 17 (kickstarter.com/projects/944205038).
THE BEST THING I’VE EVER EATEN IN PORTLAND: In honor of Restaurant Guide 2010, Willamette Week wants to know your most delicious food experience in Portland. In 200 words or less, tell us the best thing you’ve ever eaten in this city. The most mouthwatering submission will receive a gift certificate to WW’s Restaurant of the Year 2010, the all-brunch all-the-time comfort-food haven Tasty n Sons. To enter, email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “The Best Thing I’ve Ever Eaten in Portland.” Contest ends 5 pm Wednesday, Oct. 27.