TEDâS SHUTTERS (AGAIN): For the second time in precisely two years, Berbatiâs venerable, once-essential live-music venue at 231 SW Ankeny St.âformerly Berbatiâs Pan, recently Tedâs in honor of the late Ted Papaioannouâwill close. After Dec. 31, Tedâs will be no more. âThere hasnât been much going on over there for a while,â co-owner Nick Papaioannou told WW over a beer at Berbatiâs bar, which will remain open. âThe time comes for everything to end. And maybe this is the time for this to end.â Papaioannou says in contrast to the last time the venue was shut down, Berbatiâs has no plans to reopen the Tedâs space as a live-music venue.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Big news from Portlandâs second-largest theater company: Artists Repertory Theatre last week named 38-year-old DÃ¡maso Rodriguez as its new artistic director. Rodriguez co-founded the Furious Theatre Company in 2001 in Pasadena, Calif., as a scrappy artistsâ collectiveânow known for its adventurous and original worksâand spent four years as associate artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse, a major regional theater. Bringing this range of experience to ART, Rodriguez will spend six months transitioning into the new role and working alongside departing artistic director Allen Nause, who has held the post since 1988. âIâm drawn to work that is really immediate, with great opportunities for actors, that results in a visceral theater experience,â Rodriguez tells WW. Heâll make his ART directorial debut in April with Jeffrey Hatcherâs comedy Ten Chimneys.
FOR THE RECORD: Portland music fans, make sure to circle Feb. 19 on your brand-new 2013 calendars, because thatâs your de facto Record Store Day. That date sees the arrival of anticipated new albums from three of the cityâs bigger artists. Biggest of all, perhaps, is Starfucker, which is releasing its third full-length, Miracle Mile, on the Polyvinyl label. Last week, the band dropped a single from the record, âWhile Iâm Alive,â suggesting it is not moving away from its signature Technicolor electro sound. Also on that day, rootsy revivalists (and Willamette Weekâs Best New Band in 2010) Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside are unveiling Untamed Beast, the follow-up to 2011 breakthrough Dirty Radio. Long-standing avant-pop dramatists Parenthetical Girls have an album coming out tooâthough itâs more of a pseudo-greatest hits collection, compiling the best tracks from the groupâs recently completed Privilege EP series. Start saving now!
STYLE SWAP: As reported in The Oregonian this week, a pair of prominent restaurants are pulling a gastronomic Freaky Friday. The Bent Brick (1639 NW Marshall St.) is jettisoning its avant-modernist, leg-pulling menu approachâalong with innovative chef Will Preischâin favor of a âdown-homeâ and âtraditionalâ approach featuring a lot of sausage. Meanwhile, staid Genoaâs âclassic Italianâ food will be going modern in the person of chef Jake Martin, whoâs skipping back down to Portland from Seattleâs How to Cook a Wolf to design a new, more nouveau menu.