Team “We’d Watch Coco, But We Can’t Afford Cable.”
MAYBE HE’LL PLAY FOR THE TIMBERS? NAH: English soccer star Wayne Rooney visited Portland last weekend to work with Nike staff at the shoe company’s headquarters. Which meant the notorious British tabloids weren’t far behind: The Daily Mail issued a breathless report Monday that the bullet-headed, thuggish Manchester United striker had been photographed by a paparazzo Sunday with Nike “chaperones” leaving Irving Street Kitchen in “the strip club capital of the U.S.” This is a big deal to the London gossip rags because Rooney is really famous there (like, almost David Beckham famous), because he apparently cheated on his wife with two prostitutes this one time, and because they are a fallen empire with nothing better to write about. Leave Wayne Rooney alone!
DON’T FALL IN LOVE:Javier Solis is bringing sexy back to the Imago Theatre with Copacabana, a new salsa club on the third floor of the Southeast Portland building. The opening party this Friday and Saturday will feature performances by Ritmo Latino Dance Company, Journey Dance Company, Nonsense Dance Company, Rico Bravo Jr. and Johnny Bravo. Best of all, Solis has applied for a liquor license for the venue. With any luck, you will soon be able to see Tony sailing across the bar.
LONG GOODBYE: The local music scene just can’t catch a break. On Monday night, Berbati’s Pan owner Ted Papaioannou died, just weeks after the announcement that the club will stop hosting concerts starting next year. Papaioannou, 56, immigrated from Berbati, a village near Argos, Greece, in the Peloponnesus, when he was 12 years old, and was one of the principals who opened the Berbati restaurant (his entire family helped out) in 1987. Funeral-service details to be announced soon.
ICE DREAMS: Is Whiffies Fried Pies about to enter the ice cream game? Two weeks ago, @Whiffies announced on Twitter it was headed to L.A. on a “fact-finding mission,” apparently sampling more than 60 flavors of regular and vegan ice cream “for science.” The following week, it began tweeting names and pictures of its own creations, including port roasted fig with anise and clove, chocolate with dark chocolate peanut butter cups, fresh mint, and goat’s-milk caramel. Deep-fried pie and housemade ice cream? Yes, please.
GIVE ROCK: We’re kicking off our sixth Give!Guide with a giant party. Give! It Up PDX! will feature the city’s Robert Palmer cover band/supergroup Heavy Nova and BOAT. So go dance and learn about dozens of fabulous local nonprofits. Give! It Up PDX! at Left Bank Annex, 101 N Weidler St. 7 pm Thursday, Nov. 11. $10. 21+. All proceeds will go to participating nonprofits. Tickets at wweek.com/store.