Officially, this is called "Our Kind of Christmas Pageant", but that's really semantics. Free "HO!" buttons while they last (we have hundreds, though)
New Seasons is probably my 3rd-4th most common grocery store (after Fred Meyer and Trader Joe's, and arguably Kruger's)
While New Seasons has all the same woo-woo stuff, and could very well be pushing pseudoscience, my take on them is more that I'll get some good samples, and have a lot more options of stuff like nondairy yogurt or tempeh, stuff that you won't find at Safeway, but isn't exactly "superfoods" mumbo-jumbo, either.
Oh, pricing is $7 if you dress like Santa or another costume we deem worth a dollar. $8 Otherwise. Proceeds go to the nonprofit theater and Oregon Food Bank.
What I don't understand is why the "Delinquents" wanted or "needed" to strike out on their own? If Rocky Horror "screams what Portland is all about", why move your group from a celebrated, long-run at a cool mom-and-pop venue in the heart of inner SE Portland to Vancouver only to deal with so many problems as a result?
I haven't been to a Rocky Horror midnight movie in...maybe 8 years, and maybe twice in the 12 before that. But I was one of those weird high school kids whose teens were enhanced, if not socially blessed, by Rocky Horror midnight screenings. I wound up working for the theater that showed it in my town, and I lost track after 300 showings.
While Rocky Horror clearly was part of my life and my friends' lives, I never fully understood the shadow cast, those folks who recreate the movie as it plays behind them. Audience participation allowed both a sense of tradition and belonging (of a sort), while improvised interactions allowed for personal expression (of a sort). As both a regular and employee of a theater, the shadow cast always seemed more for the sake of the shadow cast, though I'll note that I can't speak for local regulars.
A lot of the cost info was pretty much words that didn't actually add up. The port of potties are included in the total of how much the events, even though they are paid for by Binks and company, not the city. Which is to say "This costs the city $11,000, except they only pay $8,000" oh, and the costs are for the months some people consider to be "real" last Thursday, which depending on weather, is Mayish to Septemberish.
In January, there was a Last Thursday, and if you went into any of the galleries or businesses that showed art, there were many more people than normal, snacks, new art...and there were a few bands on the street. Clearly a Last Thursday Art Walk on Alberta, but no crowds, cops, etc.
Not Gabe's first mention in the Merc, either...
Here he is as Rudolf during Santacon some time ago...
I agree with Will above, and not to be "statist", but pay attention to the license plates of drivers in PDX...I've noticed 9 out of 10 cars that do something dangerous are from our Northern Neighbors.
Well done. I'll agree with the "I do not comment on private matters" note, but point out that it's not always what comes to mind at the time.
I'll also back up Jen Howell's comment- and Jen, I've written a few cover stories for the Merc myself. It is indeed good to see it/ Steve/ we can be serious when it matters.
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