DANIEL BALDWINBALDWIN 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 Baldwinâs stay here: a hip-hop single, âClub Life,â tied to another local studioâs zombie movie, Stripperland. Though the song is called âClub Life,â most of the video seems to have been shot in a Sauvie Island field. Baldwin performs under the rap moniker âDouble D,â a name that works on two levelsâthe name of the bus; titsâand would work on three levels if his name were Daniel Daldwin. Most memorable lyric: âCheck the raven/ You know, the one from Poe/ He was weak and weary of every ho.â
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 brotherâs 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 restaurantâs 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 noisemakersâand WW favoriteâPoint 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. PJWAâs new record, Handsome Orders, is out May 17 via Seattleâs Mt. Fuji Records, and multi-instrumentalist Skyler Norwood couldnât be more stoked about the results. âWe feel the songs all have an urgent feel, probably because of the sudden burst of energy we felt going into recording,â Norwood says of the album, half of which was written in the studio. âIt was a very unifying experienceâjust the four of us, with minimal guests, bonding and doing what we love.â
CARTIVORES HUNGRY FOR EAT MOBILE: As of press time, two-thirds of the general admission tickets and half the VIP admissions to WWâs 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/eatmobile right away if you want to get your eating pants on with street snacks from 40 of the cityâs best carts.