OUT OF WHISKEY: A popular Portland DJ has lost his regular gig after using racially charged imagery to promote the event online. Last week, Nathaniel
Knows, host of a weekly dubstep night at the Whiskey Bar in Old Town,
posted a mockup of a food stamp on his Facebook page. The image, a
variation on a meme used to attack President Obama, showed Knows’ face
along with a minstrel cartoon and pictures of malt liquor, watermelons
and fried chicken. He was quickly assailed on social media. Knows did
not immediately respond to a request for comment, but defended himself
on Twitter by saying he “grew up” on food stamps. “I put my face on it for jokes,”
he wrote. “I am far from racist.” On June 13, the Whiskey Bar severed
ties with Knows. A planned protest organized by local EDM booker Coco
Madrid, who created the Facebook group “86 Racism From the Club” in
response to the controversy, was then canceled. Madrid tells Scoop
several DJs are calling other venues, urging them not to hire Knows.
S RA BLE T LES M SSING: On Saturday, Aug. 3, Friends of Lone Fir Cemetery will hold a Scrabble tournament at Lincoln Street United Methodist Church (5145 SE Lincoln St.) to raise funds for the restoration of a Scrabble-themed headstone
defaced by vandals last spring. Cemetery group spokeswoman Rachel
Fellman says the cemetery hopes to raise about $300 for the restoration.
The money will go to the family of the late Paul Ebbighausen, whose
family designed and built the original monument. “They say they’ll be able to make it much sturdier this time,”
she said. The tournament will feature two brackets and offer prizes
that include a $50 gift certificate from Cloud Cap Games and cemetery
coffee mugs. The entry fee is $10.
WE SUCK BUT WE’RE AWESOME: Last week’s bar review (“Light at the End of the Tunnel,” WW, July 10, 2013) incorrectly stated that the bar had fake crystal chandeliers. Actually, they’re partly made of real Swarovski crystals, according to Jonquil LeMaster, the artist who made the chandeliers. WW regrets the error. >> Since we don’t always screw up, WW was also the only Pacific Northwest newspaper to win four national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies last weekend. WW
took third place for elections coverage of the Portland mayoral race,
third place in innovation for “The President of Beers” and third place
in special sections for our “Artbreaker” package. Martin Cizmar won for
best music criticism.
DIABLO EAST: Johnny Diablo Zukle, co-owner of Northwest Portland’s infamous Casa Diablo, the vegan strip bar known for its red-stained $2 bills,
is looking to expand into new digs. Zukle told the Oregon Liquor Control
Commission he plans to turn the Woodshed, newly opened at 16015 SE Stark
St. (formerly the Wetlands), into a strip club. Casa Diablo encountered
protests when it attempted to open a Sellwood location next to
steak-slinging Acropolis in 2011. That bar has yet to materialize.