BREAK A LEG: There was a scary moment during Saturday night’s production of Fiddler on the Roof when an actress toppled off a 5-foot rig, prompting a trip to the hospital
and momentarily stalling the show at the Gerding Theater. Alicia Irving
plays an apparition in the Portland Center Stage show, standing on a
platform pushed by another performer. The show carried on after an
extended intermission, and Irving returned for the next day’s matinee.
“Our stage manager says she killed it,” says PCS spokeswoman Claudie
Fisher. “The entire structure tipped over, but nobody was hurt. We’re really thankful.”
DEAL SEALED:Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse has inked a distribution deal with Breaking Glass Pictures.
The documentary, directed by Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom,
chronicles Chasse’s battle with schizophrenia and his death in 2006 at
the hands of Portland police. “It was a travesty of justice,” Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff tells WW.
“It’s a moving and sad movie.” For Lindstrom, it’s a chance to spread
awareness—and a stick in the eye of those who doubted the film. “I had
one distribution expert tell me, ‘Don’t make films about mentally ill
people or prisoners,’” Lindstrom says. “‘No one can sell them.’” Wolff
expects Alien Boy to receive limited theatrical release in March 2014.
SPACED OUT: Backspace’s tenure in Old Town is coming to an end. The oft-beleaguered all-ages music venue will cease all live performances beginning Nov. 1,
though it will remain open as a coffee shop temporarily, according to
owner Eric Robison. In September, Scoop reported that Robison was
looking to relocate the club to a larger space before its lease expired.
While a plan to move into the building currently occupied by the Conga
Club, on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard., has stalled, Robison is looking at another Northeast space, though the relocation may not happen until spring 2014.
Robison says he hopes to throw one final New Year’s Eve concert at
Backspace’s current location with a big-name local act, pending landlord
approval. Though he won’t reveal the name of the act, chances are it is
not the Oregon Symphony, which was erroneously reported to be
performing there instead of Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in last week’s
music calendar. WW regrets the error.
GONE DUTCH: The most comprehensive survey of Oregon breweries ever written will be penned in…Amsterdam? Portland beer writer Brian Yaeger, who is finishing a book after visiting every brewery in Oregon, moved to the Netherlands last week. Yaeger wrote for WW and several national beer magazines and authored a book about a beery national road trip called Red, White and Brew. In one of his last acts as an Oregonian, Yaeger teamed with Old Town to brew an IPA in honor of his son Izzy for this Saturday’s Pro/Am Beer Festival.