DEERAOKE: San Francisco quartet Deerhoof and Portlandâs 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 Kettenâs John Brophy says this was Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterichâs idea: âHe said the albumâs vibe is about going out with friends and drinking, dancing, singing karaoke, etc. This seemed like the perfect way to celebrate its release.â The storied experimental pop band provided Baby Ketten with album tracksâsans vocals, of courseâmaking this your best opportunity to front Deerhoof. For those who would like a little practice, NPRâs website is streaming Breakup Song now.
FUTURE DRINKING: ChefStable mogul Kurt Huffman is a 25 percent owner and the âmanaging memberâ 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 Jeanâs is taking over one of Pix PÃ¢tisserieâs former locations at 3402 SE Division St. The other space, at 3901 N Williams Ave., will be occupied by Kenny & Zukeâs 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 isnât free?
HACK SAW: Portland Digital eXperience, the new tech arm of WWâs MusicfestNW, has announced an event that brings the digital and musical realms togetherâand itâs going to be free and open to the public. PDXâs 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 Portlandâs extensive open-data sets? Weâd love to see someone build an app that makes your cellphone play the Law & Order âchung-chungâ 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 WangâEnsign Harry Kim from Star Trek: Voyagerâmaking a cameo appearance on the bridge. Next summer will be the final Trek voyage for theater company Atomic Arts, and itâs going out with a fan favorite: The Trouble With Tribbles.