BALDWIN WATCH, PART 4: It has been 16 months since the beginning of the Great Daniel Baldwin Experiment, in which the fearlessly tweeting Celebrity Fit Club veteran
promised to bring Portland a television studio, complete with reality
shows and movies. In that time, no reality shows or movies have been
announced. But last week, we received the first tangible product of Baldwin’s stay here: a hip-hop single, “Club Life,” tied to another local studio’s zombie movie, Stripperland.
Though the song is called “Club Life,” most of the video seems to have
been shot in a Sauvie Island field. Baldwin performs under the rap
moniker “Double D,” a name that works on two levels—the name of the bus;
tits—and would work on three levels if his name were Daniel Daldwin.
Most memorable lyric: “Check the raven/ You know, the one from Poe/ He was weak and weary of every ho.”
NEW NOSH: Two gastronomical Portland icons opened new doors this week: The long-awaited second location of beloved Thai eatery Pok Pok has finally arrived at
1469 NE Prescott St. The tiny takeout-focused space has only 11 indoor
seats and offers a pared-down menu of dishes from its big brother’s
lunch and dinner menu, including khao soi soup, baby-back ribs and its
famous fish sauce wings. And RingSide Steakhouse returned to its West Burnside digs
after 10 months of renovations. The makeover includes an additional
2,500 square feet of space, a 10,000-bottle wine cellar and a private
dining room. The restaurant’s temporary home at Fox Tower will be turned
into a seafood restaurant, creatively titled RingSide Fish House, slated to open in the summer.
HANDSOME FAMILY: Local dream-pop noisemakers—and WW favorite—Point Juncture, WA, spent the winter months holed up in its brand-new home studio, and the band is ready to share the results with the world. PJWA’s new record, Handsome Orders, is out May 17
via Seattle’s Mt. Fuji Records, and multi-instrumentalist Skyler
Norwood couldn’t be more stoked about the results. “We feel the songs
all have an urgent feel, probably because of the sudden burst of energy
we felt going into recording,” Norwood says of the album, half of which
was written in the studio. “It was a very unifying experience—just the
four of us, with minimal guests, bonding and doing what we love.”
CARTIVORES HUNGRY FOR EAT MOBILE: As of press time, two-thirds of the general admission tickets and half the VIP admissions to WW’s fourth annual Eat Mobile food cart festival had already sold. We expect to be sold out by the end of the weekend, so head over to wweek.com/eatmobileright away if you want to get your eating pants on with street snacks from 40 of the city’s best carts.