- EXPOSE YOURSELF: The Oregon Music Hall of Fame has announced its 2013 inductees. The artists include â80s hardcore punks Poison Idea, beloved â90s indie-rockers Hazel, blues guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps, Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and hyperliterate folkie band Richmond Fontaine, along with accomplished session players Janice Scroggins and Gregg Williams. In addition, the âindustryâ class includes former Willamette Week music editor and recently laid-off Oregonian theater critic Marty Hughley and Bud Clark, whose contributions to the music scene during his tenure in political office âwas up and beyond anyone who has served as mayor of Portland,â according to the nomination board. The induction ceremony is Oct. 5 at Aladdin Theater and will feature performances from garage-rock pioneers the Kingsmen, platinum-selling New Wave band Quarterflash, and Richmond Fontaine.
- FUTURE DRINKING: Star local pastry chef Kristen Murray (Paleyâs Place, Lucier, Fenouil) has applied for a liquor license to open her own shop, called Maurice, in the former Reading Frenzy space at 921 SW Oak St. >> Colin Howard, former distiller at House Spirits, and wife Holly Johnson, an executive with the Bishops Barbershop chain, will open a wine-and-beer bottle shop serving small plates called Oso Market + Bar at 726 SE Grand Ave., next to Dig a Pony. Howard says the spot will feature a small grocery section, plenty of libations and simple French- and Spanish-inspired dishes. >> Good news for the gluten-averse: Harvester Brewing will open a tasting room for its gluten-free beers at 2030 SE 7th Ave., next to its brewery, with plans to add a few food options.
- BARREL OF MONKEYS: The Centennial neighborhood will get a kung fu-themed play area as of Aug. 10 called the Monkey King Play House, at11712 SE Powell Blvd. (This is the third unrelated Oregon business to use that moniker.) The indoor playground will be run by the Qian Kun Institute, which provides Chinese cultural education. In this particular case, cultural education involves huge snakes and dragons and painted monkey heads, plus a multitier video-gamelike world of fake, lush greenery. Sensibly, the onsite cafe has applied for a full liquor license, and instructors will teach kung fu.
- WEST END GIRLS (AND GUYS): Artists Repertory Theatreâs building is fast becoming a buzzing performing-arts hub near downtownâs West End. The newest resident is Polaris Dance Theatre, which joins Profile Theatre, the Portland Shakespeare Project, Portland Revels and others. Polaris moved into the offices at the beginning of July. âItâs almost like being in a dorm,â Polaris spokeswoman Claire Willett says. âYou walk 10 feet to say hi to somebody really cool. Thereâs a lot of hope for collaborative, creative partnerships.â