Cover Me: Blazer's Steve Blake in The O(MIGOD)regonian

"Stripped" across the cover of Tuesday's Oregonian sports page was this unique photo of the "alternative workouts" of Trail Blazers point guard Steve Blake, with a story by Jason Quick. The particular workout depicted here is a crotch-squishing jujitsu hold. We couldn't find Bruce Ely's, um, unusual photo on, so we scanned the image from today's paper for all the non-subscribers out ...   More
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 Byron Beck

MFNW DIARY: Better Late Than Never Edition--Kaia

Friday, September 5th, Someday Lounge. Post-Team Dresch, Post-Butchies melodic punk star Kaia Wilson trots out a new band (affectionately referred to as "The Gayng,") and a new album's worth of country-influenced songs about her recently deceased pets. Best lyric of the night, from a song devoted to Kaia's dearly departed dog: "Let's go down, down to the river, we won't bring Monkey or Mr. Sliver, ...   More
Friday, September 12, 2008 MARY CHRISTMAS

TBA DIARY: Our Hit Parade's Crotchless Top 40 Explosion

Friday, September 12th, 10:30 pm at Leftbank. As the story goes, Kiki And Herb's pianist Kenny Mellman found his new muse (in singer Bridget Everett) at a New York karaoke bar, where she undoubtedly belted out top 40 hits in the same manner as she does tonight—with fearsome energy levels, violent spasms of theatrical joy and grief, and a twisted take on Broadway pizazz. Together Mellman and ...   More
Monday, September 15, 2008 MARY CHRISTMAS

Gay It Up: Oregon's Counter to California Scheming on Gay Rights

Although Oregon's always been considered California's hick cousin, it looks that state might actually need our help on gay rights. California voters will decide this November on Proposition 8, which, if passed, would amend the California Constitution with a new section that would read "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." But a web page called “Oregonians ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Byron Beck

Astoria Horror: An Interview with Cthulhu's Dan Gildark

Time may have temporarily run out to see Cthulhu, one of the year's more inventive movies (I'm crossing my fingers that it will be revived this fall), but it leaves the Hollywood Theatre to make way for the film fest where it premiered: The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. As a form of encouragement to indulge your tastes for Rhode Island horror, I offer the interview I conducted last month with Cthulhu ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 AARON MESH

Basic Rights Oregon Communications Director Gets Gig with Mr. Big: George Soros

This just in from Basic Rights Oregon. Communications Director Karynn Fish (at the left in the photo above) is stepping down to take a communications position with the Open Society Institute in New York, which is founded by George Soros. Don't know who Soros is? Here's a bit from the Open Society's bio on him: A global financier and philanthropist, George Soros is the founder and chairman ...   More
Thursday, October 2, 2008 Byron Beck

BREAKING: Talk the Walk—Merkley, Not Smith, to Address CAP crowd

Despite previous "dramatic" reports here, it looks like the only candidate in Oregon's upcoming Senate race who will have a chance to speak in front of the thousands of participants gathering on Sunday at Pioneer Courthouse Square for Cascade AIDS Project's annual AIDS Walk Portland is going to be Jeff Merkley— not Gordon Smith . It has been a thorn in the side of local gay rights ...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 Byron Beck


The you-know-what hits the fan tonight. Candidates Gone Wild! The most rocking and raucous political event of the season takes place 8 pm TONIGHT Monday, Oct. 13 at the Roseland Theater. Debate. Beer. Films. Storm Large . And candidates doing things candidates should never do (see photo above). The following clip is from Sunday night's rehearsal. And yes that is Sam Adams, Nick Fish and Randy ...   More
Monday, October 13, 2008 Byron Beck

Got MILK Tickets? Gus Van Sant's movie premiere promises very special guests.

As if things won't be exciting enough at the upcoming premieres of Milk, a bio-pic about the life and times of slain gay civil rights icon, Harvey Milk, Tina Brown's brand-new The Daily Beast is reporting that the actor who plays Milk, Sean Penn, will be bringing along a few very special guests to the film's opening at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on Oct 28. One guest who says he is going ...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Byron Beck


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