LIKE A THAI-GER: Thai restaurant tycoon Andy Ricker (Pok Pok, Ping, Whiskey Soda Lounge) has announced he will be opening a third eatery on Southeast Division Street. Ricker has scored the building soon to be vacated by Kappaya Restaurant at Southeast 33rd Avenue, where he plans to open a restaurant based on a Thai âkhao kaengâ (rice and curry) stall. Baby palates who cry about the lack of familiar curries at Rickerâs other locales will be pleased to hear the proposed menu includes âkaeng kiaw waan kaiâ (green chicken curry) and âkaeng phet pet yaangâ (red duck curry), alongside lesser-known dishes, including âkhanom jiin,â the less-famous cousin of khao soi: fermented rice vermicelli served with various soupy curries and a variety of accoutrements, including, sometimes, blood cakes.
24-HOUR PARTY PEOPLE: PICAâs Time-Based Art Festival wrapped up on the weekend, coming to a late but powerful climax with this yearâs most-talked-about show, All the Hours in the Day: a 24-hour monologue by solo performer Mike Daisey. Enduring the show for WW was Mead Hunter, who reported ending up âin my own private magical mystery tour, going in and out of consciousness,â but ultimately declared: âI feel like Iâve lived through an extraordinary moment with hundreds of Portlanders...that will never be repeated.â
NOT EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND: Todd Haynes and Jonathan Raymond were robbed! The Portland filmmaking duo, nominated for HBOâs Mildred Pierce, was shut out at Sundayâs Emmysâthey lost the best writing, best directing and best miniseries categories to a bunch of Britishers who made the markedly inferior PBS miniseries Downton Abbey. Actually, we havenât seen Downton Abbey, but we are told it is seven hours long and contains multiple scenes about pudding. The silver lining on this farce of justice: Kate Winsletâs performance as Mildred won, and Haynes and Raymond will be irate enough to move forward on making their tea party movie.
AN HEIR TO THE THRONE: Cute alert! Jared and Brianne Mees, the couple behind the adorable downtown shop Tender Loving Empire and the hotshit record label of the same name (see page 27 to read about TLEâs latest signing, Radiation City), are expecting a baby. WW music editor Casey Jarman has taken the liberty of pre-emptively awarding the coupleâs debut child first place in WWâs 2030 Best New Band poll (ugh, itâs all about who you know). He also suggests the following baby names: Casey (if itâs a boy) or Casey (if itâs a girl).