Chopsticks II Will Close

Landlord will not renew karaoke bar's lease in August.


Food & Drink
Raucous karaoke dive Chopsticks II—a staple of its East Burnside neighborhood—will close after a 20-year run. You’ll have some time to give it a proper send-off, however: The club’s lease doesn’t expire until August 2015, at which point the property owner won’t allow bar owner David Chow to renew.“David’s been with us a long time,” says Lisa Lucas, president of property ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The NYT Finally Prints That Portland Karaoke Article


Arts & Books
We don't usually bother mentioning every time the Grey Lady writes an article about Portland, but this one is worthy of note:Back in August last year, we got wind that someone from the Times was in town working on an article about Portland's karaoke scene. [Edit 1/19: Dan Kois was here in March 2012.] We decided to pip them at the post (because we're mature like that) by sending future U of O ...   More
Friday, January 18, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Singing in the Strange

Karaoke night as only Portland can do it.

Culture Features
A bespectacled man stands in the back corner of the dimly lit stage, about five feet from the stripper pole. Nervously tapping the microphone against the white cast holding his right arm in place,   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Drink 2011: The Spare Room

Bar Guide
The Spare Room—as its name helpfully implies—was once a bowling alley, but has become in the meantime the cavernous clearinghouse for every single old, true, good feeling of the Killingsworth-Fremont district, a repository for the contentedly lost and literary-articulate America that Tom Waits always sang about.   More
Monday, January 24, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drink 2011: Yen Ha Lounge

Bar Guide
 Yen Ha Lounge would maybe be just a poor man’s acetone-stiff-drink dive bar—which it is, anyway, in the daytime—were it not for some serious perks.   More
Monday, January 24, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hawthorne Cart Village: Foodkartaroke

What goes best with face-melting 100+ degree temperatures? Deep fried grub and off-key tunes, of course. Tonight marks the inaugural session of the Hawthorne Cart Village's "Foodkartaroke." Which is exactly what it sounds like. Fried pie man and Twitter addict Gregg Abbott over at Whiffie's Fried Pies has been tweeting about the song-party all week—begging for a PA (he found one) ...   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 KELLY CLARKE


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