DEERAOKE: San Francisco quartet Deerhoof and Portland’s Baby Ketten Karaoke
are putting a new twist on the album-release party. On Tuesday, Sept.
4, Mississippi Pizza hosts a very special karaoke session, wherein the
entire new Deerhoof album, Breakup Song, will be sung by fans.
Baby Ketten’s John Brophy says this was Deerhoof guitarist John
Dieterich’s idea: “He said the album’s vibe is about going out with
friends and drinking, dancing, singing karaoke, etc. This seemed like
the perfect way to celebrate its release.” The storied experimental pop
band provided Baby Ketten with album tracks—sans vocals, of
course—making this your best opportunity to front Deerhoof. For those
who would like a little practice, NPR’s website is streaming Breakup Song now.
FUTURE DRINKING: ChefStable
mogul Kurt Huffman is a 25 percent owner and the “managing member” of
Trigger, the new Bunk Sandwiches Tex-Mex joint underneath Wonder
Ballroom. Eventually, we predict this entire city will be owned in equal
shares by the McMenamins and Huffman. >> Popular pie purveyor Lauretta Jean’s
is taking over one of Pix Pâtisserie’s former locations at 3402 SE
Division St. The other space, at 3901 N Williams Ave., will be occupied
by Kenny & Zuke’s Deli Bar, a bagel shop and bar. >> Captured By Porches
has applied for a brewpub license at 7316 N Lombard St. in St. Johns,
where it currently operates its beer bus on weekends. >> Western Bikeworks at 1015 NW 17th Ave., which already has an in-house cafe, has applied for a license to serve beer and wine. >> Art space YU Contemporary (aka Yale Union) has applied for a full liquor license. But will anyone go to an art show where the wine isn’t free?
HACK SAW: Portland Digital eXperience, the new tech arm of WW’s MusicfestNW, has announced an event that brings the digital and musical realms together—and it’s going to be free and open to the public.
PDX’s Music Hack Day will crack open the APIs from Spotify, Rumblefish,
MapQuest and Twilio for hackers to play with. And why not mash it up
with Portland’s extensive open-data sets? We’d love to see someone build
an app that makes your cellphone play the Law & Order “chung-chung” every time you walk past a recent crime scene. Hack Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 8, at Puppet Labs (411 NW Park Ave., Suite 500) starting at 1 pm.
BEAM ME OUT: Trek in the Park wrapped up its fourth and penultimate season at Cathedral Park on Sunday, Aug. 26, with Garrett Wang—Ensign Harry Kim from Star Trek: Voyager—making
a cameo appearance on the bridge. Next summer will be the final Trek
voyage for theater company Atomic Arts, and it’s going out with a fan
favorite: The Trouble With Tribbles.