BUSTINâ CAPS: Local farmers markets may be a lot quieter this season: Market organizers have been told they canât have live music unless they pay licensing fees. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, which collects licensing fees on copyrighted music and has previously cracked down on Portland restaurants and bars, told markets to pay up, cut off the music or risk being sued. This applies even if performers plan to play only original music, because they might play a cover. ASCAP charges venues âsomething like $40 a day,â according to Portland Farmers Market executive director Trudy Toliver. âIn 2010, they started sending threatening letters. If you donât pay, theyâll sue you.â The other licensing organization, Broadcast Music Inc., hasnât contacted Portland markets yet. âI donât have anything against protecting musical copyright,â Toliver says, âbut ASCAPâs system is taking away that beautiful place where music and food come together.â ASCAP didnât respond to WWâs inquiries.
SPYING SPIES: The next two actors planning to pull a Fred Armisen by pretending to be Oregonians: Robert De Niro and Shia LaBeouf. The actors are in talks with Paramount to star in Spyâs Kid, based on a newspaper series by Oregonian reporter Bryan Denson. Densonâs 2011 articles detailed how Jim Nicholsonâthe highest-ranking CIA officer convicted of espionageâroped his son Nathan into selling secrets to the Russians. D.J. Caruso has been tapped to direct, but no screenwriter is in place. âIt feels a lot like an updated version of Catch Me If You Can,â producer Scott Glassgold tells Scoop. Denson says Nathan Nicholson âdidnât understand fully what he was doing,â adding that âhe is the most likable, lovable protagonist you will ever meet.â
POWER UP: KPSU, the radio station at Portland State University, is looking to expand its reach. The station is raising money to purchase a low-power FM signal via the federal Local Community Radio Act of 2010, which made it possible for nonprofit, community-based radio stations to grab the slivers of airspace left between all those Clear Channel stations. The 100-watt signal would take the stationâs programming off campus and make it available to greater Portland, up to a five-mile radius. To raise the money needed to purchase the signal and proper equipment, KPSU is holding a series of fundraising events through May, including a late-night cruise-slash-concert on the Portland Spirit featuring performances by Onuinu and Grandparents, and a âcar smashâ at Slabtown in which donors can pay up to $5 to bash a vehicle with a sledgehammer.