- EXTINGUISHED, ANGUISHED: Fire dancing has been more or less banned in Portland. The art of spinning burning things in the dark while wearing skimpy clothing has a long history in town. It could flame out thanks to a new Fire Bureau rule requiring twirlers to stay 25 feet from the audience and at least 30 from a non-combustable backdrop. The huge stages required are âcompletely detached from any realistic possibility,â angry dancers say, beyond whatâs even available at the Crystal Ballroom and Schnitz.
- CLINTONâS SECOND TERM: Clinton Street Theater, Southeast Portlandâs nearly century-old movie house, has been sold. The new owners are Roger and Lani Jo Leigh, self-described âindependent entrepreneursâ whoâve long dreamed of owning a cinema. While the couple plans to keep the theaterâs long-running spirit of independent programming intact, Lani Jo says they also want to expand the scope of the building to be âmore community-oriented.â As such, the Leighs will host an open house on Monday, April 16. And donât worry, Rocky Horror Picture Show fans: The screeningsâa weekly tradition at the Clinton since 1978âwill continue. âItâs fun, with just a tiny touch of naughty, and I would not put a stop to that kind of legacy,â Lani Jo says.
- OVER-CAFFINATED: Because there just arenât enough third-wave coffee shops downtown, Northeast Sandy Boulevardâs Case Study Coffee has announced it will open a second location on the corner of Southwest 10th Avenue and Yamhill Street. Barista is also planning a third location near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Alder Street, while North Portlandâs Red E Cafe is planning a second location in the Pearlâs Ecotrust building, featuring beans from its new roastery, not far from where Sterling is expected to open its new roastery. But is the market already overcrowded? Heart, which opened a small kiosk in West End Bicycles in late 2011, appears to have already deserted the location. Meanwhile, on the east side, Trailhead Coffee Roasters quietly opened its first cafe recently at Northeast 18th Avenue and Burnside Street.
- TACO TIME: Beloved vegan-friendly taqueria Los Gorditos is opening a third location at 922 NW Davis St. in the Pearl, where Sweet Masterpiece used to be. How do we know? Weâre too ashamed to say.
- EVIL OR NOT? Powellâs Books wonât be selling any more Google eBooks. Google has decided to stop selling e-books through other channels after January 2013, leaving the local company, and other indie sellers, in the lurch. Show your displeasure by using AltaVista all day today.
- OVERBAKED: In last weekâs âHow Do You Afford Your DIY Lifestyle?,â the price of a Pearl Bakery baguette was incorrect. Theyâre $2.75, not $2.95. Put the 20 cents toward a gibassierâtheyâre great.