SO LONG AND THANKS FOR THE PITAS: Portland is set to lose one of its most beloved food carts: Zibaâs Pitas is up for sale on Craigslist. âAfter 5 years of serving Portland I have decided to retire. I am selling my lease on the space and the cart and all its contents, but I am also open to...someone taking over the name and learning to create the same recipes that have made Zibaâs Pitas famous,â owner Ziba Ljucervic wrote on the ad. Boo. Also for sale on Craigslist: Wet Hot Beef, Over the Top Wild Game Burgers, Thai Basil and Red Guava.
MY BIG GAY TREKKIE WEDDING: Dick and Jeremiah Toma-Wulf were wed Sunday, Aug. 7, at Peninsula Park in a Star Trek-meets-âeast Orientâ themed ceremony open to the public. More than 70 guests gathered in North Portland to celebrate the union. Jeremiah wore a handmade kimono as his wedding gown and Dick dressed in the signature gold top of Captain Kirkâs uniform. The groomsmenâwho fulfilled every last color of the LGBTQA rainbowâwere adorned in full Trekkie attire. The reception was held at Sukiâs Bar and Grill, where Dick Toma hosts karaoke four nights per week. Dick and Jeremiah are hoping that their union will be recognized in Oregon within the next few years. If not, the happy couple will âmost likely go to New York or wherever the closest legal spot is,â said Dickâs sister, Nicole Toma. Legality aside, WW wishes the best for Dick and Jeremiah: Dif-tor heh smusma. Thatâs Vulcan for âlive long and prosper.â
PUT A LADY BIRD ON IT: As reported by WW in June, PDXâs feminist bookstore-turned-community-center In Other Words recently laid off its only two staff members in an attempt to resuscitate the dying business. With numbers running deep in the red, board members are back in emergency fundraising mode. This time, In Other Words has called upon the infamous parody duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of IFCâs Portlandia to host an auction Saturday, Aug. 20. Brownstein has not shied away from using her cable show to support her favorite nonprofits: Previous Portlandia benefits in the past year have funded the Hollywood Theatre and the Oregon Humane Society. IOW benefit prizes include a walk-on role in season two of Portlandia, tickets to see Carrieâs band Wild Flag, and two personalized voicemail greetings from Armisen. Tickets ($20-$40) are available at the store (14 NE Killingsworth St.). For info, go to inotherwords.org.
FLOYD, RADIOHEAD, HELIO SEQUENCE: On Friday, Oct. 21, Helio Sequence will play Seattleâs Laser Dome as part of the City Arts Festival. Thatâs right: Laser Helio Sequence. âSupposedly, we will send them the songs we will be playing and then they are going to âorchestrateâ the laser show,â Helioâs Benjamin Weikel told WW before asking, âCan one improvise a laser show?â We donât know, Benjaminâwe only know that lasers are awesome. In other news, Helio is wrapping up work on its fifth studio album. Details at wweek.com.