FINAL MOVEMENT: Unless it can raise $100,000 before monthâs end, the Vancouver Symphony will have to cancel its 2011-12 season, the groupâs board of directors says. In an open letter posted on the orchestraâs website, the board attributes the groupâs financial sturm und drang to a recession-driven decline in individual donations and corporate sponsorships: Contributions have fallen 15 percent each of the past three years and the orchestraâs annual fundraising event last month âfell short of expectations.â The orchestraâs directors vow that if the group can fund what would be its 33rd season, it will emerge from this budget crisis a much leaner organization, with an administrative budget less than half its current size and a schedule heavier on economical chamber-sized performances.
SLOPPY SECONDS: A late-night pop-up restaurant called Sloppy Town is now operating out of Geraldiâs at 518 SW 4th Ave. Between 5 pm and 3 am Thursday to Saturday, downtown diners can line their stomachs with sloppy joes, sloppy tacos and sloppy mac and cheese, with fillings like pulled pork, slow-cooked chipotle barbecue beef and scrambled eggs. Top it off with a âsloppy cookie pie,â sandwiching marshmallow creme between two cookies. Itâs cash only, but everything is under $10.
NW NOSHING: Roseâs Restaurant and Bakery on Northwest 23rd Avenue is closing after 55 years in business. In its place will be a second outpost of Bamboo Sushi. >> Also on 23rd, Binh Minh bakery is opening a restaurant called LeLaâs Bistro, which will offer âVietnamese sandwiches with a twistâ as well as wine, beer, cocktails and housemade âAsian-inspired sodas.â >> Bent Brick, the new tavern from Park Kitchenâs Scott Dolich, is set to open on Northwest Marshall on June 28.
HIP-HOP HOORAY: So, Pickathon isnât going to be your only option for smoking a few bowls and watching bands outdoors during the first weekend of August. Fire in the Canyonâs initial lineup features some impressive national hip-hop names (Pharcyde, Digable Planets, Del the Funky Homosapien, Busdriver and the Lifesavas among them), alongside regional R&B, funk and hip-hop outfits galore. Tickets for the festival are $110 for all three days including camping at the gorgeous Horningâs Hideout, which is a few bills cheaper than Pickathonâs $145 (plus parking fee). It remains to be seen whether the local urban music contingent will come out in the numbers that support Pickathonâs more roots-centric lineupâespecially on the same weekend. On a related note, there are no fewer than four weekend-long music festivals in Portland next weekend. For a city with such a high unemployment rate, we sure know how to party!