LUCEY DEUCEY: Big news for the space that formerly housed the massive high-end restaurant Lucier, which took a spectacular belly flop on the South Waterfront in 2008. Until recently, it was so well-preserved it looked as if the $4 million restaurant had been cleared by a neutron bomb. Once the priciest restaurant in town, Lucier was owned by the people behind Old Spaghetti Factory and charged about $250 per couple for dinner. Now, three of Portlandâs most prominent African-American entrepreneursâFrank Taylor of Portland Prime, Bernard Foster of The Skanner and Roy Jay of Central Parkingâhave applied to open a new venture called Quartet there. The application promises live music from 6 to 10 pm. Hereâs hoping they keep water flowing in the tiny lazy river running through the space.
MALKY NIGHT: Stephen Malkmus may have moved to Berlin, but the slacker god still casts a long, gangly shadow over Portland, his adopted home of many years. Just ask Michael Heald, owner of local small press Perfect Day Publishing, whoâs about to release an entire book about how he wishes he was the former Pavement singer. Actually, in Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, Heald compares himself to an array of male celebs, from Eli Manning to Ryan Gosling, in a collection of bruising, personal essays. To celebrate its release, Backspace will host a Malkmus cover night Nov. 29, with Point Juncture, WA; Dave Depper; and Jared Mees, among others.
STREET SWEEP: Ella Street Social Club, the Goose Hollow music venue formerly known as Towne Lounge, is closing Dec. 16. It will, however, reopen in early 2013, under the name Shiny Music Hall. New owner Samuel Thomas, curator of the Portland Queer Music Festival, promises an establishment the likes of which Portland nightlife has never seen before. âRight now Portland has a lot of music venues, and a fair amount of dance clubs,â Thomas tells Scoop. Along with a cosmetic remodel inspired by Manchesterâs famed Hacienda club, Thomas says he wants to book more touring LGBT artists. But he insists the club will not be a âgay bar.â âI just want people across the board to know that this will be a safe space,â he writes. âIntolerance will not be tolerated.â
BANNED: The Portland Mercury has been denied press passes to review plays at Portland Center Stage. Quoth Merc editor Bill S. Humphrey, the PCS board was âbuttsore about a couple of reviewsâ and had unsuccessfully attempted to secure preferential treatment through the paperâs advertising department. PCS spokeswoman Cynthia Furman says press passes are based on âqualifications of the writer, validity of where the coverage is published, and whether coverage actually appears when tickets have been issued.â