SON OF BROMDEN: Although Portland Center Stage has yet to make an announcement, we have it on good authority the company has cast actor Tim Sampson as Chief Bromden in its upcoming production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s a role he’s played before, in Chicago and on Broadway—and that his father, Will, played in the 1975 film.
NEW BAR ROUNDUP: Beaker & Flask owner Kevin Ludwig has applied for a license to open a bar, named Rum Club, next door; a new outfit, Brix Tavern, has applied to take over the space that last housed Olea; and Easy Street Saloon on Southeast Powell Boulevard is set to become Undefeated Sports Bar.
SALE ON WHEELS: Portland’s carts have branched out from food with the opening of Wanderlust, “A Vintage/Handmade Goods Shop on Wheels” this week. Vanessa and Dan Lurie have packed the 10-by-7-foot innards of a 1969 Cardinal trailer with everything from owl necklaces and vintage dresses to Portland-y handmade gifts. Wanderlust will be parked at the second annual Splendorcraft Gift Sale on Friday-Sunday, Dec. 3-5, at the Splendorporium (3421 SE 21st Ave.).
BLOOM OFF THE ROSE: Alicia Rose, the former Doug Fir booker who became Mississippi Studios’ primary booker after the club’s expansion in 2009, was let go on Friday. Rose, who was also one of five club co-owners (and was given “a very generous severance package,” according to Mississippi Studios founder Jim Brunberg), blamed a bad economy and a change in direction from the club when she met with WW on Monday. “As a booker, you’re either exalted or vilified,” Rose says. “I worked my ass off. It’s not an easy task to try to turn something like Mississippi Studios into a nationally regarded venue.” After sending a somewhat confrontational email to WW and the Portland Mercury, Rose was clear Monday that she wanted the best for the venue. “I’m sad I can’t keep doing it, but if we don’t share a vision, we don’t share a vision.... I didn’t know that we didn’t share this vision until—really, until Friday.” Brunberg told WW on Tuesday that he didn’t think the firing should have shocked Rose, and that the firing was less about her style—which he lauded—and more about her communication skills with bands. “We don’t want to change anything about the way we present music,” he said. “The only thing we want to change is the type of deals we make with bands....” The club started a national search for a new talent buyer over the weekend, and all the shows Rose booked will be presented as scheduled. “I’ll be unemployed for the first time since I was 15,” Rose says of her future plans. “It’s kind of exciting.”