ANOTHER FRENCH RESTAURANT! Anthony Demes, whose modern French bistro, Couvron, wowed diners first in Portland and then, after a cross-country move, in Manhattan, has applied for a liquor license for the former Mangia Pizza building at 1937 NW 23rd Place. The restaurant, Noisette, will be yet another addition to the cityâs recent crop of French restaurants (see âDinner in Lyonâs Den,â page 25). Enough! Our food reviewersâ arteries canât take any more punishment.
BOW, OUT: The second-most prominent musician in the Oregon Symphony, the excellent concertmaster Jun Iwasaki, is leaving to join the Nashville Symphony, which a few years ago snapped up the Eugene Symphonyâs promising young conductor, Giancarlo Guerrero. Symphony president Elaine Calderâs press release pointedly noted Nashvilleâs advantages: an active recording program, a bigger budget (and probably higher musiciansâ pay), and a sparkling new concert hall. The hall far surpasses the Oregon Symphonyâs home: an acoustically hopeless converted 1928 vaudeville theater. The implicit message: If we want to hold on to the fine musicians who made the orchestraâs recent Carnegie Hall triumph possible, the symphony will need more money, and probably a new home.
RAISING THE BAR: Clyde Common at the Ace Hotel has been nominated as one of the best hotel bars in the world in the 2011 Spirited Awards. The awards are part of Tales of the Cocktail, the bartending industryâs incredibly drunken annual summer camp in New Orleans, and are kind of a big deal. Clyde has been nominated in the âWorldâs Best Hotel Barâ category alongside Artesian at the Langham in London, Cliveâs Classic Lounge at Chateau Victoria Hotel in Victoria, B.C., and the Savoy in London. âIt was a huge surprise and a tremendous honor for all of us,â Clyde Common bar manager Jeffrey Morgenthaler told WW. âWe have such an amazing staff behind the bar at Clyde, and I think this helps validateâin some small wayâeverything that theyâve done to help the bar grow over the past couple of years.â
RIP CITY ROCKERS: After months of careful preparation and Kickstarter fundraising, And And Andâs Rigsketball Tournament begins this week. To recap: The first round of the basketball tournament (matches are played on the hoop affixed to And And Andâs van) features 32 bands facing off at a variety of odd locations (the Animal Eyes-vs.-Sean Flinn and the Royal We contest, for example, takes place Wednesday âat The Fred Myers [sic] parking lot on 39th and Hawthorn [sic] till we get kicked out and then over to Colonel Sanders [sic] parkâ). There are some notable athlete-musicians playing ballâLaura Gibson and Dirty Mittensâ Patrick Griffin both played in school; Typhoon has a very tall drummerâbut itâs the trash-talking that should take center stage. See wweek.com for game times, or Rigsketball 2011 on Kickstarter for detailed information.