SHE LIVES WITH THE ANGELS NOW: Portland R&B singer Reva DeVito, who placed ninth in our 2012 Best New Band poll, is moving to Los Angeles. The vocalist, whose futuristic style combines elements of neo-soul, hip-hop and dance music, says she feels there are more opportunities to grow her career in California, and that she has a support system of musicians and producers there eager to help her. âIâm sort of looking for more creative space, and a market I can maneuver within,â says DeVito, a native of Vancouver, Wash., adding, âWhen I live in L.A., Iâll still be representing Portland.â DeVito, who has a new EP coming out in the spring, is planning a farewell show for late February.
OPENING/CLOSING: The long-awaited, much-delayed Chicago deep-dish joint Via Chicago (2013 NE Alberta St.) has announced its brick-and-mortar grand opening for Sunday, Feb. 3. Gastropub Redwood (7915 SE Stark St.), featuring plenty of meaty items, including tongue sandwiches, has announced itâs officially up and running after a long, soft opening. Meanwhile, a passing of the beards: Graybeard Halâs Tavern (1308 SE Morrison St.), dive and longtime home of long-table shuffleboard, will become hippie-beard Citizen Bar, according to a liquor license app filed by Don Wallace and folk singer-songwriter David Robert Griggs. In sad news, Sonoran hot-dog cart Papa-Pauâthe only local outlet for an authentic version of the bacon-wrapped dogsâhas sold the cart most recently parked on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard and will be closed until summer.
THIS WEEK IN BLOGS: Weâve got an annotated guide to the Portlandia sketch filmed at our office, a review of the divisive new Southland Whiskey Kitchen, more reviews of work from Fertile Ground, a review of lollipops a local bakery claims can cure colds, and a list of eight holograms that could save Coachella 2013âs lackluster lineup.