Bits & Pieces
Beer and movies
A year ago, a Kickstarter campaign was started for Hollywood Theatre to take over ownership of one of Portland's iconic small businesses, Movie Madness.
It succeeded, the purchase went through and Hollywood Theatre took over ownership Jan. 1. It's still a favorite place for rentals, with more than 80,000 titles. More movies have been added. And now the Hollywood has gone one step further, applying for and being granted an Oregon Liquor Control Commission license.
Yep, Movie Madness, 4320 S.E. Belmont St., sells brews.
The establishment sells Ex Novo Cult Classic Pale Ale in bottles, and it'll be available on draft this week. And, corresponding with International Independent Video Store Day, Saturday, Oct. 20, Movie Madness will serve a second brew, the Bride of Carlastein Porter by Royale Brewing. It's already available at the Hollywood, commemorating its "Queer Horror" series hosted by drag clown Carla Rossi (Anthony Hudson), and it'll be available in limited-edition bottles Oct. 25 to coincide with the screening of "Halloween: H20."
Movie Madness also will serve a dry cider, and will install a refrigerator with other bottle options.
"We'd like to keep it local, and anything pop culture or film related," says Matt Parnell, Movie Madness director. "That'll be first and foremost."
It's definitely an evolving movie store, which was once owned by Michael Clark.
"We've got a lot of great feedback from customers," says Parnell, who adds that there'll be specials offered during International Independent Video Store Day.
Best Foodie city
World Food Day is Tuesday, Oct. 16, and the website WalletHub is releasing its list of Best Foodie Cities in America.
WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 29 key metrics — affordability, accessibility, food festivals, craft breweries, wineries, etc.
Portland came in No. 1 overall.
It's No. 1 in affordability and accessibility of highly rated restaurants, craft breweries and wineries per capita, and coffee and tea shops per capita.
For a full report: www.wallethub.com.
The seventh episode of Paramount Network's "Ink Master" ended up being the final episode for Portland's Austin Rose, an artist at Robot Piercing and Tattoo.
Following a tattoo challenge and technical testing, judges eliminated Rose from the show.
The man who plays Teddy Roosevelt, our president from 1901-09, in a historical tribute continues a show this week in Oregon, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and Wells Fargo.
Historical recreator Joe Wiegand was set to perform his "Teddy Roosevelt's Oregon Roadshow" Monday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, followed by performances in Corvallis, Beaverton, Astoria and Springfield. For more: www.ohs.org/teddy.
"I have personally seen 'Teddy' perform more than 75 times, yet each time I am blown away by his energy and how he truly embodies our 26th president," says Kerry Tymchuk, OHS executive director.
Wiegand has been performing as Teddy for years. Roosevelt, of course, was an author, naturalist, explorer, solder, conservationist and president, whose foreign policy was "speak softly and carry a big stick."
Says Wiegand: "So many of T.R.'s contemporaries testify to the way he entertained audiences with inspirational and humorous stories from his youth, his ranching days, Cuba and the presidency. I really enjoy sharing T.R.'s funny stories of life in the White House with six kids and telling anecdotes from his many adventures, from bear hunts to the Panama Canal, from Africa to the Amazon."
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