LASER MOMS: For months, Menomena has been angling to give its forthcoming record, Moms, the laser treatment. However, to craft a laser light show looked prohibitively expensiveâ¦until the band found a loophole. âWe discovered it was only $1,800 [as opposed to $10,000] to rent the [OMSI] planetarium without the techs,â Menomenaâs Danny Seim writes. âAs long as weâre cool with using the stock Pink Floyd lasers.... Theyâre not going to sync with our music, but I still think itâs going to be awesome.â At 11:15 pm Friday, Aug. 24, Menomena will present Dark Side of the Moms at OMSI. The band is charging just $5 for the laser show and a sneak peak of the disc. Says Seim: âI canât wait to see where the cash machine and the flying pig end up!â
HIDE YO KIDS: Neko Case, playing a Pickathon festival overrun with babies and small children, made many references to kids during her performance Sunday night, Aug. 5. Case first referred to her own uterus as âpretty much a scab,â then discussed the prospect of eating backup singer Rachel Flotardâs new baby, Harry. Harry would, it was suggested, âtaste like marzipanâ if pan-fried. Flotard only had the child in the first place, the two singers agreed, so Case could enjoy it as a delicacy. âIt was good loving you, Harry,â the pale-skinned frontwoman told the child from the stage. Caseâs regular guitarist, Paul Rigby, did not make Pickathon, as his wife was giving birth in a Vancouver, B.C., hospital. In other news, Case told an adoring audience she would soon relocate to Portland for a month to finish a new album, and that during her stay she would be available for handiwork, including tile grouting and shed destruction.
NEW BEAU: Beau Breedlove (yes, that Beau Breedlove) is opening a âFrench dance cafeâ called Vie at the South Waterfront (0315 SW Montgomery St., No. 150). âWeâll have a small area for slow-dancing and such, and later in the evening expand it to a larger space for dancing,â Breedlove tells WW. The restaurant at first will only offer dinner, serving ProvenÃ§al cuisine: âA little bit larger, heartier portions,â Breedlove says. âNot Americanized French, like small plates.â Breedlove is the cousin of restaurateur Bruce Carey of Bluehour, Clarklewis and Saucebox.
STRANGER DANGER: The gadflies are buzzing all around the 28th season of MTVâs The Real World, currently shooting in the Pearl. Local blogger and former WW columnist Byron Beck has basically been live-blogging the filming. Now, blogger Chris Mathews (cgmathews.blogspot.com), who says he lives âright above the house,â is posting videos shot from his perch and alerting readers where the seven strangers are going out. âI started posting my observations on Facebook for my friends to enjoy,â he says. âA bunch of them suggested I start a blog about it, so I figured Iâd give it a try.â His goal? âMy dream is to find evidence that suggests The Real World is scripted.â