SUFJAN SHOW: Sufjan Stevens is doing a neat little mini-tour in conjunction with screenings of the documentary Beyond This Place, including a Nov. 3 show at Portlandâs Hollywood Theatre. The flick chronicles filmmaker Kaleo La Belleâs attempt to reconcile with his old man, a perpetually-stoned cyclist named âCloud Rock,â on a 500-mile bike ride through the Pacific Northwest. Stevens, a childhood friend of the documentarian who also filmed a meeting with his estranged father, did the soundtrack, and is now touring with it for screenings in New York, San Fran, L.A. and our fair burg. Local dude Raymond Raposa of Castanets will also be lending a hand at the show.
FUTURE DRINKING: Katie Potter and Christopher Loverro have applied to open a cafe, the Hazel Room, in the Hawthorne Boulevard building that formerly housed the Dollar Scholar and currently houses the Mag Big crafts/art/fashion shop. >> Nyno Thol, owner of Bara Sushi House, has applied for a liquor license for Sok Sab Bai, his Cambodian food cart next door to WTF Bikes at 1114 SE Clay St. >> BJ Smith, formerly chef of the Original Dinerant, has applied to open Smokehouse 21, a barbecue joint, in the 413 NW 21st Ave. space recently vacated by Tanuki. >> No sooner did Belmont Street pizza joint The Globe announce its closure than the storied buildingâs new tenants, Casey and Wendi Maxwell, applied to open the Conquistador Lounge, a âSpanish/Latin/Mexicanâ restaurant and bar. Future Drinking believes, but has not confirmed, that Casey is the same Casey Maxwell who co-owns Matador Lounge. >> Elsewhere in the state, Portland Dayton RV Park is, hilariously, changing its name to Willamette Wine Country RV Park.
BRACING: The organizers of last Mondayâs song-dance-and-drama benefit for Louanne Moldovan say the show was a big success, raising enough money to make the down payment on Moldovanâs next round of surgery. The longtime Portland theater director is facing a mountain of medical bills after a mid-August fall which left her in a neck brace.
KNOWLEDGE APLENTY: Dr. Know, our own esteemed infotainment columnist, is playing the Know with his band, the Slutty Hearts, on Monday, Oct. 24. We find all this mildly amusing.
UMMM, HI: Martin Cizmar is Willamette Weekâs new Arts & Culture editor. He does not normally write about himself in the third person, but, in keeping with the strictures of this space, he is doing so right now. He is originally from Akron, Ohio, and previously worked as the music editor at Phoenix New Times. He encourages you to contact him as necessary by whatever means you feel most comfortable.