Sunday, September 07, 2008

Livin' in the Blurbs: 'S Wonderful!

If you love the songs from the classic crooners of the 30s through the 50s and you don't know about Divaville, a radio show on KMHD on Wednesday nights, then you need to become informed immediately. With artists ranging from Bobby Darin and Mavis Rivers to Billie Holiday and Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards, host Christa Wessel promises a "swellegant" evening of music every week from 6 to 9 pm. And I just heard she's hosting a Listeners' Party on Sept. 23 at Tony Starlight's. I'll see you there!

Details: Divaville Listeners' Party. 7-10 pm; free with reservation. Tony Starlight’s Supperclub and Lounge, 3728 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland. Phone 503-517-8584.

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For those of us still in denial about the onset of fall weather, Belly owners Cameron and Linda Addy invite neighbors and friends to an ice cream social to thank them for a warm welcome to the neighborhood on September 20th. This friendly café on the corner formerly occupied by the way-too-upscale-for-the-neighborhood and extremely short-lived Terroir has been doing a decent business with approachable food at approachable prices and seems to be on the road to becoming a neighborhood staple.

Details: Ice Cream Social at Belly. Sat., Sept. 20, 2-4 pm; free. Belly, 3500 NE MLK Jr Blvd. Phone 503-249-9764.

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Matt Miner and Sasha Kaplan have expanded their Hollywood House Concerts to include a new location, at Blackbird Wineshop on NE 44th and Fremont. On November 23 they'll try out the new space with music from mandolin picker extraordinaire Lincoln Crockett and Misty River singer-fiddler-guitarist Chris Kokesh. As always, the performance will be preceded by a light dinner from Sasha, with wine available from the shop. Other upcoming concerts back at the house:
  • Jan. 11: Nancy King and Glen Moore
  • Feb. 8: Ashleigh Flynn
  • Mar. 22: Craig Carothers
Details: Lincoln Crockett and Chris Kokesh at Blackbird Wineshop. Nov. 23, 5 pm; $35. Reservations are first paid, first seated, by check to Matt Miner, 2335 NE 41st Ave., Portland, OR 97212. Please include your e-mail address, since reservations are confirmed by e-mail.

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