MFNW DIARY: Better Late Than Never Edition--Kaia


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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

TONIGHT, TONIGHT! CANDIDATES GONE WILD IS TONIGHT!


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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.


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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

CAP Executive Director Updates: Jean Ann Van Krevelen Moves On, Michael Kaplan Moves Crowd


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The former Executive Director of Cascade AIDS Project, Jean Ann Van Krevelen (above right ) has been appointed to the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Van Krevelen is now President of Escalation Business Consulting. And she also serves as an adviser to Lillian Shirley, Director of the Multnomah County Health Department; Lolenzo Poe, Senior Policy Advisory for Multnomah County ...   More
 
Thursday, October 16, 2008 Byron Beck

Far Out: Just Out's 25th Anniversary Bash


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You know, when the state of California goes insane and, locally, the Oregon Supreme Court refuses to hear a legitimate case for gay rights, there's really only one thing to do: THROW A HUGE PARTY. Just Out obliges with a blowout for the newspaper's 25th anniversary. Yep, the Portland paper has been speaking out for local LGBTers since 1983, with its current managing editor/publisher Marty Davis ...   More
 
Thursday, November 20, 2008 KELLY CLARKE

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