PIRATE PARTY: Yo, you partying at the Waterfront Blues Festival? Look for Finger. The “partial pirate,” whom WW
interviewed for this blog post, has docked the boat he lives on
just offshore for the show. Finger and his buds will bring partiers
aboard their hobo flotilla on a Huck Finn raft and have a stripper pole
and plenty of booze just a few feet from Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Finger says women are always welcome on his boat, but dudes should plan
to “bring a bunch of girls or beer, or maybe pay five bucks.” “We’re not trying to have a sausagefest,” he says.
In a June 16 NPR blog post titled “I Never Owned Any Music To Begin
With,” 20-year-old intern Emily White admits that much of her sizable
music collection is pirated. The post continues to make waves on the
Web. On June 24, Portland blogger/ex-Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen
wrote a response of sorts for his advertising agency/think tank, North,
titled “The Internet Could Not Care Less About Your Mediocre Band.”
The post praised White for her honesty while also attacking one of her
critics, Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven singer-guitarist David Lowery, for
being “maudlin” and “mildly talented.” In doing so, Allen angered
Portland-based music journalist Peter Ames Carlin, who responded with
his own blog post, titled “Famous Internet Pedant Dave Allen Is a Dick.”
The fracas led to over 100 contentious comments on Allen’s blog post
and an eventual apology (from North’s Mark Ray, not Allen) to Lowery.
Allen clarified and expanded on his comments in a lengthy Q&A with WW you can find here. (He asked that his comments not be edited or omitted as a precondition for the interview.)
GROW OR GO: New
rules make non-farmers less welcome at the city’s farmers markets. The
city recently revised zoning rules to increase access to healthy food.
In addition to all the greenspeak, the ordinance also caps the number of “non-farmer” vendors at 20 percent of any market.
That means vendors selling shell-encrusted découpage jewelry boxes will
have to fight it out for space or be relegated to the Portland Saturday
Market. John Eveland of Gathering Together Farm isn’t bothered by the
new regulations, noting, “Most of the craftspeople at farmers markets are really not that good at what they do, or they’d be elsewhere.”
NEW BAG: Word
on the street is that Kenny & Zuke’s is looking to expand into Pix
Pâtisserie’s space on North Williams Avenue. Pix will vacate both of its
current locations for a new eatery on East Burnside Street. Meanwhile,
Kenny & Zuke’s has significantly expanded production, scoring the
bagel account for all the Portland Whole Foods stores, and dedicating
half its SandwichWorks shop to baking and boiling bagels. Whether the
proposed future location will be a BagelWorks or another deli, Scoop
didn’t hear, though we think either would be a big success.