THE BREEDERS: One of the most promising (and fun) dance bands in Portland, O Bruxo, is calling it quits. We are mega-bummed by this news. The band, whose live shows were spontaneous, pulsing, sweaty affairs, cites a lack of time (there’s never really enough, is there?) for its demise. “The reason for our departure is simple,” David “Papi” Fimbres told WW via email. “There are children that must be taken care of within our band, and there doesn’t seem to be enough time in this world to do both.” He’s not calling his bandmates children, by the way—his bandmates have children, and children are well-known time thieves. Once again, leave it to children to ruin everything. O Bruxo’s last show will be this Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Woods with Point Juncture, WA and Petosky.
BURGERS SUDDENLY APPEAR: Hallelujah. Little Bird, the second restaurant from Le Pigeon’s Gabe Rucker, will open for lunch and dinner Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 219 SW 6th Ave., with a menu that includes Rucker’s famously scarce burger (of which Le Pigeon makes only five per night).
M&M SIGHTING, OMG: King of the PDX gadflys Byron Beck (byronbeck.com) had his hands full Thanksgiving weekend with news that both Matthew Perry (meh) and Michael Cera (yea!) were in town. Perry checked into a downtown hotel on T-Day and was later spotted at both Voodoo Doughnut and Bridgeport Cinemas, where he was reportedly snippy to aging Friends fans. Cera was spotted Saturday night at the Baby Ketten Karaoke dance party at Mississippi Studios, where he didn’t insult anybody. Why is Scott Pilgrim/George-Michael Bluth in town? We don’t know (and neither does Beck), but WW movie critic Aaron Mesh confidently states it is because Cera “really wants to hang out here.”
SANTACON, SORTED: Mark your calendars! NoPDXAntiCon, the first of Portland’s many Santa-themed drinking events is this Saturday, Dec. 4, beginning at 12:30 pm at the Paul Bunyan statue in Kenton. The Cacophony Society’s SantaCon begins the following Saturday, Dec. 11, at Skidmore Fountain at an as-yet-unannounced time (12:30 pm is probably a good guess). A third event, organized by persons unknown, will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, at 12:30 pm at Club 15 (915 SW 2nd Ave.). As far as WW has been made aware, there will be no Santacon in Hillsboro or Foster-Powell this year.
GIVE IT UP: Have you given your favorite local nonprofit some love yet this holiday season? WW’sGive!Guide wants to help you with that. Portlanders raised more than $900,000 for local nonprofits through the guide last year and nearly $200,000 so far this year since Nov. 17. Visit wweek.com/giveguide to get the scoop on 79 of our favorite worthy groups, from Project POOCH and the Community Cycling Center to Ethos Inc. and Write Around Portland. Now go donate your little heart out.
M IS FOR MARY’S CLUB: Peggy Jackson wants you to help her immortalize the city of Portland, from A to Z. The local artist is scouting volunteers forThe ABZ’s of Portland, a new alphabet book that would highlight the landmarks, places and Portland-y stuff in our, as she puts it, “beautiful, quirky, multi-layered city like no other” in a series of 26 letter-centric drawings. She apparently wants everybody to get involved, from “commercial illustrators to underground artists, from famous artist/illustrators to up-and-coming and student illustrators.” She’s not offering any cash for your work, but proceeds from the project will benefit local nonprofits the Library Foundation, P:ear and Vibe of Portland. Jackson asks applicants to submit a finished sketch and a statement about the inspiration for your alphabet letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.