WEED ’N’ FEED: In what reads like satire but appears to be true, an all-hemp cafe has opened in Portland at 2714 NE Alberta St. Billing itself as “Portland’s premier hemp foods restaurant,” Hempress Cafe—which
also happens to be Portland’s only hemp foods restaurant—serves mostly
hemp-flour flatbread sandwiches and salads made with hemp seeds.
FUTURE DRINKING: Is delivery-only eastside pizza joint Lonesome’staking over the hallowed pizza window at Dante’s?
That’s what it looks like—the venue’s liquor license has been amended
to add Lonesome’s as a partner. There was talk of a Lonesome’s window
with the Grove Hotel redevelopment across West Burnside Street, but that
project is now on hold. Dante’s pizza is not good, so this would be a
welcome change. >> Goose Hollow’s Commodore Lounge is
moving two blocks away to where the Bulldog Tavern currently lives at
1650 W Burnside St. >> Sergey Udalov is planning to open Cafe Theobroma at 1037 NW Flanders St. in the former Boyd’s Coffee in the Gregory building. >> Irah’s Coffee & Yogurt Lounge
at 1755 SW Jefferson St. has applied for a beer and wine license.
>> And in non-Portland news, someone is opening a brewpub in Bend
called Rat Hole Brewing.
GRACEFUL WINS: Two
people from Portland’s dance community have received Princess Grace
Awards. One of the highest honors in performing arts, each year the
Princess Grace Foundation—established 30 years ago by Monaco’s Prince
Rainier III and named after his wife, actress Grace Kelly—awards
emerging talent in the fields of theater, dance and film. Franco Nieto of the Northwest Dance Project is among six dancers in the country to receive a fellowship from the foundation. Rachel Tess of the Rumpus Room Dance Company
received the Works In Progress Residency Award, a grant advancing the
artistic development of previous winners. (She won as a performer in
2002.) It will allow her to continue developing a collaboration with
designers Gian Monti and Michael Mazzola.
GIF FROM GOD: Tickets are on sale for the digital arm of this year’s MusicfestNW, Portland Digital eXperience.
Speakers include Tumblr VP Andrew McLaughlin (we’re hoping his talk
will be titled “Fuck Yeah Andrew McLaughlin” and just be a series of
animated GIFs), Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. (he invented those
Field Notes memo books and is one of the most foul-mouthed and hilarious
speakers you will ever encounter), Maggie Vail of CASH Music (she was
in the Bangs, was a VP of Kill Rock Stars, and her new nonprofit CASH
Music is set to be a game-changer in music distribution) and a bunch of
other interesting folks from the tech realm. A PDX wristband also gets
you into Musicfest shows. Tickets and more info at musicfestnw.com/pdx.