SEAT SLASHER ON THE LOOSE: A seat slasher has Portland’s motorcycle community in an uproar.
Starting about two weeks ago, motorcycle owners say seats of bikes left
on the street at night have been slashed, leaving many with an odd,
square cutout. “It seems like some somebody is doing it to have some
sort of souvenir,” says Joshua Stenseth, who woke up Sept. 4 to find a
patch removed from the seat of his 2003 Suzuki SV650. He walked down
Northeast Hancock Street and found the same had been done to two other
motorcycles. Ginger McCabe, who runs motorcycle upholsterer New Church
Moto in Southeast Portland, says she’s heard of “literally hundreds”
of incidents like this. She posted to her business’s Facebook page
Sept. 9: “Portland motorcyclists: there is someone in town who is
slashing seats.... Any help or leads or eyes kept out would be much
appreciated. Let’s catch this fucker!” For more information, see here.
BOARDING-PASS BEERS: To those who noticed Laurelwood Brewery’s airport locations no
longer offered growler fills for outbound travelers who wanted to take
some Portland beer with them after passing security gates, never fear.
It was a mere glitch. The brewery has reapplied for an off-premises beer
license, and will again fill and sell growlers to go. “That’s one of the great things about those airport locations,” Laurelwood founder Mike DeKalb tells WW. “People can take Oregon beer around the world.” >> And more good news for drinkers: Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s Cider Riotcidery—which WW was
very taken with earlier this year at a media tasting—is one step closer
to making its high-end cider available to the masses. Cider Riot
applied for its winery license Sept. 4.
Local Kickstarter-funded company Carbon Audio announced a spanking new
product Sept. 7 at TechfestNW at OMSI. As a follow-up to Zooka, a
speaker that slides onto laptops to amp up the volume, the company
demonstrated the Pocket Speaker, a Bluetooth-driven device about the
size of a deck of cards, which pumps out audio at an alarming volume.“Really all we wanted to do with this was destroy Jambox,” said Jason Martin, Carbon Audio’s co-CEO, referring to the product from San Francisco mini-speaker company Jawbone.
AND THE EMMY GOES TO...
MusicfestNW is over, but you can see a snippet of it on the Emmy Awards
show. During Fred Armisen’s variety show at Crystal Ballroom on Sept.
5, the Portlandia star invited audience members onstage to be part of a nomination reel
that will air during the Emmys broadcast Sept. 22. Meanwhile, a planned
protest against Armisen’s appearance, reported in Scoop last week, did
not take place. Read all our MFNW coverage at wweek.com/mfnw2013.