HELLA COOL: TrackersPDX, which runs camps on skills like wilderness survival and wildlife tracking, is collaborating with Dark Horse Comics and artist and writer Mike Mignola to run a summer camp based on the Hellboy comic. According to the website: âWe immerse you in tactical training of all forms, including survival skills in any environment (both earthly and non), martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities, hand-to-hand weaponry (we train foam swords, bows and more) and forensic investigation.â Sadly, you have to be between the ages of 9 and 17 to attend.
THE DREAM OF THE â90s IS ALIVE IN BROOKLYN: The emergence of Portlandia as a national sensation reached its inevitable climax on Friday, Jan. 20, when Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen appeared at the Williamsburg Music Hall in Brooklyn for Portlandia the Tour. The show was adoringly received by an almost exclusively white audience, one of whom asked Brownstein in a Q&A what Portlanders thought of the IFC series. âI feel like they understand the show less than anyone else,â she said. âBut theyâre awesome.â WW polled audience members in the beer line. Most had visited Portland, all wanted to. âIt reminds me of the Village back in the â70s,â said one man. His wife added: âThe Goodwill there looks like Nordstromâs.â
FUTURE DRINKING: Coming soon to Division Street is Cibo pizzeria, the second restaurant of Bastas owner Marco Frattaroli. >> HJ Mini Mart & Deli at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Holgate Boulevard is becoming Giants NY Pizza & Convenience. >> Hollywood burger joint Killer Burger is opening a second location in the former Hash space in Sellwood. >> Beaumont-Wilshire bar Fremont Ridge has changed owners and its name to the Fremont Ridge Inn. >> 82nd Avenueâs 68-year-old Chinese restaurant Canton Grill has also changed hands. The new owner, Cindy Louis, is the latest in three generations of family who have run the restaurant.
HOPPY ENDING: Roger Rabbit, the bunny stolen from the backyard of Portland Meat Collective farmer Levi Cole, was returned to his owner Thursday, ending nearly a week of hostage negotiations with the animal-rights activist who kept him. âHe made it home,â said Cole. âHeâs hopping around our living room as we speak.â But Roger would not be staying in Coleâs house for long. The farmer, who teaches DIY butchery classes at the Meat Collective, didnât want his breeder bunny stolen again, so he sent him to a farm outside Newberg. âHeâs being moved to a happy home in the countryside,â Cole told WW. Commenters at wweek.com were divided on the outcome.
ENDIT: Acid Christ author Mark Christensen has written a tribute to his late cousin Marty Christensen, the Portland poet, for wweek.com. Read it here.