Dean's Scene, a popular speakeasy on Northeast Fremont Street, closed Feb. 1 after a visit from Oregon Liquor Control Commission officials. Dean Pottle's home brewery had been scrutinized by the OLCC since December, when the agency sent a letter warning Pottle about making more beer than allowed by law and accepting "financial consideration" for beer without a liquor license. "We're closed," Pottle
The OLCC first warned Pottle on Dec. 9, 2013.
says OLCC spokeswoman Christie Scott. "We asked him not to charge people money." Pottle applied to the OLCC for a homebrewing and private club license Jan. 16.
is moving to 2350 NE 82nd Ave., the former location of the Red Room, a venue best known for hosting punk and metal shows. "It's what we needed," says co-owner Jennifer Wallace, who says Duff's had been looking for a new location for two years.
It's near a freeway exit." The lease on Duff's Garage's current location (1635 SE 7th Ave.) expires in April, and Wallace anticipates the 82nd Avenue location will open the same month, provided OLCC paperwork goes through in time. Wallace expects improvements to the food menu. "That's always been our biggest complaint," she says.
Well, we got
. The reunited hip-hop duo will
at Washington's Gorge Amphitheatre, which this year is spread across two weekends in May and July, and considering that the legendary Atlanta rappers proclaimed they'd perform at 40 festivals in 2014, it'd be a major disappointment otherwise. The rest of the lineup isn't too shabby, either:
. A smattering of Portland-based acts, such as Typhoon, Radiation City, Portugal the Man and Modern Kin, are also spread across the bill. The festival takes place on the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends, with tickets going on sale Saturday, Feb. 8.
On Super Bowl Sunday, local scribe Robert Ham stumbled into a Twitter war with Kurt Sutter, creator of the AMC biker drama
. It began when Greg Yaitanes, a showrunner for the Cinemax series
, protested a negative review of the show Ham had written for online magazine Paste. In an apparent sign of solidarity,
, with the comment, "just knew the dude had to grow looking like this being called 'fat bobby ham sandwich.'"
leading to a volley of insults from a few
fans. "I'm not asking for an apology from anyone involved, nor do I anticipate one," wrote Ham, a former