OLD FRUIT: Fruit Bats, the Portland-via-Chicago indie-folk band, is calling it quits. Like, right now. On Nov. 11, frontman Eric D. Johnson told the online magazine Paste that the band would end its 13-year run following a series of shows celebrating the 10th anniversary of its fan-favorite sophomore album, Mouthfuls, the last of which is Saturday, Nov. 16, at Aladdin Theater. âThere is no major or dramatic reason,â Johnson wrote in a press statement. âIâm not gonna launch into one of those âthe changing face of the music landscape in the digital age,â things.â Johnson, who started Fruit Bats as a solo project in 2000 and has kept a revolving membership, says heâs drifted more toward producing bands and writing movie scores lately (the last Fruit Bats album, Tripper, came out in 2011) but adds he will continue to make records in some capacity. â[T]his is just the start of chapter two, really,â he wrote.
SPRUCE NOT GOOSED: Despite news reported by The Oregonian on Nov. 8 that Evergreen International Aviation may close at the end of this month, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum spokeswoman Melissa Grace says Spruce Goose fans need not fret. âObviously theyâve supported us in the past,â she says of the airline, âbut the museum is able to financially sustain itself.â In 2011, the last year for which there are public records available, the McMinnville museum ended the year with a surplus of over $1 million, mostly from revenues. However, the Oregon Department of Justice is investigating money transfers between the nonprofit and the airline.
UNION-MADE: The folks at West End shopping arcade Union Wayâhome to Boxer Ramen, a littler Little T Baker and boutiques with $335 blue jeansâhave managed to get a glowing write-up in The New York Times travel magazine. The piece contains the now-obligatory quote from a Portlandia star to help readers understand the significance of it all. âUnion Way both comments on and embodies all of Portlandâs lifestyle and aesthetic aspirations,â says Carrie Brownstein, referred to as our âde facto mayorâ in the piece. âIt says, âThis is Portland,â but at the same time it asks the very same thing: âThis is Portland?ââ In October, The New York Times ran a 650-word piece about a New York couple who spent almost a half-million dollars remodeling their $300,000 Portland home.
OPEN ROOM: Record Room, the North Portland record store, music venue and bar, is closing at the end of November. According to owner Rachel Rhymes, the plan was to close for remodeling in December, but a deal with an investor fell through. Record Roomâs final show, featuring an auction of remaining merchandise, will take place Nov. 22. >> Meanwhile, Ramzy Hattarâa financial backer of Oven and Shaker, Lardo and the forthcoming Kachka restaurantâwill open a bar called the River Pig Saloon at 529 NW 13th Ave., in the space vacated by the Ready Paint Fire! ceramic painting spot. According to the barâs Facebook page, it will âadd some grit back to the Pearl District.â