BREAK A LEG: There was a scary moment during Saturday nightâs 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 dayâs matinee. âOur stage manager says she killed it,â says PCS spokeswoman Claudie Fisher. âThe entire structure tipped over, but nobody was hurt. Weâre really thankful.â
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 Chasseâs battle with schizophrenia and his death in 2006 at the hands of Portland police. âIt was a travesty of justice,â Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff tells WW. âItâs a moving and sad movie.â For Lindstrom, itâs a chance to spread awarenessâand a stick in the eye of those who doubted the film. âI had one distribution expert tell me, âDonât make films about mentally ill people or prisoners,ââ Lindstrom says. ââNo one can sell them.ââ Wolff expects Alien Boy to receive limited theatrical release in March 2014.
SPACED OUT: Backspaceâs 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 Yearâs Eve concert at Backspaceâs current location with a big-name local act, pending landlord approval. Though he wonât 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 weekâs music calendar. WW regrets the error.
GONE DUTCH: The most comprehensive survey of Oregon breweries ever written will be penned inâ¦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 Saturdayâs Pro/Am Beer Festival.