September 6th, 2007 5:33 pm | by Rachel Schiff News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

The Music Died. Then the Musician Gave up the Fight. And Went to Chopsticks Express II.


Karaoke crooner Michael Wedel-Durrow has ended his month-long protest in front of the kitschy Alibi Restaraunt and Lounge in Northeast Portland.

The karaoke fanatic says he ended his protest because WW's coverage of his plight gave him the attention he needed (check out the video of Wedel-Durrow singing in the hot link above) and because "the heat was taking too much out of me. It was really tough. I only have one kidney," he explains.

Wedel-Durrow began picketing in front the Alibi at 4024 N Interstate Ave after he was permanently banned from the dim tiki-themed lounge on July 25. Alibi owner Larry White says Wedel-Durrow was banned for photographing women, but the banished songster claimed racial and economic discrimination.

"They eighty-sixed me because I didn't spend enough money... and because I am a gregarious single black male," says 41-year-old Wedel-Durrow.

Until this week, the 4-foot-9 singer stood in front of the lounge in the hot sun for four hours nearly every day, his small frame sandwiched between poster boards reading: "BOYCOTT the ALIBI!!! Help FIGHT discrimination in public accommodations and harassment!”

Wedel-Durrow is still stewing over what he calls the Alibi's "discrimination" but doesn't believe that the protest was achieving what he really wanted- an apology from the Alibi.

"And besides," he says, "I've found better friends at Chopsticks." To see Wedel-Durrow live, head over to Chopsticks Express II at 2651 E Burnside St.
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