KONE HEADS: Able Brewingâthe newish name for Coava Coffeeâs line of coffee-brewing products and accessoriesâis doing some of the most innovative work in Portlandâs coffee scene. Last year, we wrote about the Kone (âBuilding a Better Brew,â WW, Jan. 18, 2011), its reusable, stainless-steel filter for the Chemex brewer, which was released to great acclaim in 2010. Able is about to release the third generation of Kone, which has smaller holes and fewer pointy bits, along with an entirely new brewer to go with it. The Able Brewing System is a two-piece ceramic pot made by local Mudshark Studios. The Kone sits in the top half of the pot, which is removed at the end of the extraction, and a lid fits over the bottom half to create an adorable little jug. The filter and system are being pre-sold exclusively on Kickstarterâthe project has raised $91,378 so far and runs until June 30.
OH, THE DRAMEDY: The 33rd annual Drammys, an award ceremony honoring Portland theater, was held last week, and the big winner was...well, everyone, really. With multiple winners in 28 categories, itâs hard for any one play to dominate. Portland Playhouseâs ambitious trilogy The Brother/Sister Plays and Broadway Roseâs Hairspray picked up six awards apiece, including Best Production, an honor they shared with Miracle Theatreâs Oedipus el Rey, which won five awards. Jane Unger, founder of Profile Theatre, received this yearâs Special Achievement Award. Overall, 60 individual awards were handed out.
GET BETTER: Portland artist and designer Joshua Berger, co-founder and creative director of Plazm design studio and magazine, was in a bike accident in Southwest Portland on May 18, suffering a traumatic brain injury. Friends have set up a fund to help his family with medical and rehabilitation expenses at tinyurl.com/joshfundraiser.
SOUNDS OF SUMMER: The Wu-Tang Clan will play Refuge in Southeast Portland on July 6. The mid-sized venue recently received a sonic makeover and this showâthe biggest in the dance/hip-hop-centric clubâs two-year historyâwill be its coming-out party. No word yet on which Wus will be present, but weâre pretty sure David Wu (aka Tigersuit Killa) is out. Dead Prez co-headlines. >> Legendary Swedish hardcore act Refused makes its Portland debut at the Roseland Theater on Aug. 29, and the third incarnation of the Great Idea, an annual music festival held at Enchanted Forest in Turner, is Aug. 10 with Quasi and Typhoon headlining.
SUNDAY RIDE: Who says the Clackastanis canât be reasoned with? Wilsonville, a sleepy burg in Clackamas County, will be the first Oregon suburb to kick cars off the street for an afternoon. Wilsonvilleâs âSunday Streetsâ will be Aug. 19 unless Tea Partyers get their Truck Nutz in a twist and start bitching about âPortland creep.â