Up the street, in the window of Community Warehouse, I saw this painting, titled ‘Alas, Poor Yorick’:

What a strange photograph. Community Warehouse at 3969 NE MLK, with its estate store on MLK selling odds and ends, is the proud publisher of this blog (as Emily reminded me recently), which features regular hilarity:

A vintage Eames chair copy, presumably by Plycraft. It is upholstered in brown leather. We’d say that the chair is in ‘fair’ condition (i.e., less than good) as it is missing the seat buttons and the leather is worn. On the other hand when you’re sitting in it watching reruns of the Watergate Hearings you won’t notice it at all.

All Your Vase Are Belong To Us: Well, maybe not all of them. Here we have a very large vase that was given to us by a donor from the land of nearly, but not completely dead internet memes.

Reynard gets a new job.

As you see above, Angry Beaver can be fed through a nut meat grinder and due to his great skills and ingenuity keep every part intact, not just his vital bits. (If he ever has to go back on the road he’s going to do a magic show built around surviving the perils of kitchen equipment; he and Happy Dog! have spent hours planning it out.)

And on, and on, and on. It’s consistently awesome.








a fright.

I, myself, was at Goldrush today (and coincidentally, I saw a completely humorless person all in costume as well – she was goth’d up, though, with a veil, so it was difficult to tell whether she was in costume and resentful… or just resentful) and this is what I saw in the restroom:



One chicken that didn’t make it across the boulevard.

Two friends of mine stopped by my apartment tonight, and told me a story about how they’d seen a dead chicken on MLK Boulevard earlier today.

“There was a dead chicken on the road. On MLK, near Fremont. It looked liked it had been healthy, a big, fluffy, all white chicken, with red ganglions. What are those called?”

“It was squished. Like roadkill. It looked like chicken roadkill, it had been run over a few times. I thought it was hilarious. Terresa and her mom were horrified.”

“I thought, there’s no way someone can eat this, it’s too squished.”

“It’s weird to see food on the road.”

“I think that every time I see a deer on the road, ‘someone should get this before it bloats.’ ”

“Well, obviously crows will be eating it, but not humans. You could see a little bit of chicken guts, but otherwise it was frondy, pure white feathers. It would’ve been much less dramatic if it had been a different color chicken, but the fact that it was a pure white chicken roadkill made it surreal.”

“We went to Goldrush [Coffee, on MLK Blvd] afterward, and then a woman in a white chicken costume came in. We started bok boking at her, and she ignored us completely. And then I went and blew on her tail feathers, and she still ignored me. The woman next to us laughed, though, and we told her about the chicken we’d seen on the road.”

“Maybe it’s a devil worshipper! she said.”

“Terresa said, that’s what *I* thought!”

“I don’t like people who go out in costume and then act stoic.”

“I thought someone made her wear that costume, she was so humorless.”

“Goldrush has the best coffee ever, besides Kobos.”

“While we were at Goldrush, we met a woman working there who is starting her own vegan, gluten-free baking business. It’s called Hunter/Gatherer.”







MLK gets cooking!

The print edition of the Oregonian has  an article today called “MLK gets cooking,” a story written by Rebecca Robinson that discusses the newly-vibrant food cart scene on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

MLK has ‘food cart pods’ all the way down at the intersection with Lombard, and another at ‘Dreamers Marketplace’ in the parking lot of the old bank building at Graham Street. Dreamers Marketplace started off as a crafts vendor market, with live music, in the early summer; the vendors drifted away as the summer went on, but chefs with their food carts – dogs, baked potatoes, African food – came in and have created a lively scene.

Marc Bloch, whose family owns H&B Jewelry and Loan, is looking to create a third food cart ‘pod’ in the lot by H&B, at 4709 NE MLK, as detailed here.

The article, which I cannot find on (the Oregonian’s companion e-portal), veers into a discussion of whether MLK Boulevard is truly a street where pedestrian-oriented consumers are likely to be found, ad whether the Portland Development Commission’s work to spur development on the boulevard can be considered successful:

“The proliferation of pods symbolizes a shift toward a more pedestrian-friendly commercial corridor, the latest hope for an area that’s long struggled to become a destination because of crime, fast-moving traffic and a stop-and-start economic past…

“The boulevard has a long history of crime and blight. And though it’s safer than in the 1980s and ’90s, when it was a center of prostitution and drug dealing, negative perceptions of the past remain…

“In recent years, however, a new MLK has slowly been taking shape, as investment from the Portland Development Commission attracts developers and businesses. Numerous high-profile PDC projects, from the Planned Parenthood building at MLK and Beech Street to the Vanport Square complex have transformed formerly neglected areas into shiny commercial centers – what the PDC calls ‘catalytic sites’…

“But some Northeast residents are skeptical…”

I’ll be writing more about the food carts on MLK Boulevard, now that I have some free time to run around and play. Early tip o’ the hat to Patty’s Wagon at Dreamers Marketplace, where the chicken stew is dee-lish!







Walls of Pride: A Tour of African-American Public Art.


The Walls of Heritage Committee, Mallory Avenue Community Enrichment and the Dill Pickle Club proudly partner to present Walls of Pride, two tours celebrating Portland’s African American public art. Tour participants will have the opportunity to experience approximately a dozen murals and other works of public art in their North and Northeast Portland community context, including pieces by: Adriene Cruz, Henry Frison, Lewis Harris, Charlotte Lewis, Isaka Shamsud-Din, Charles Tatum and Clifford Walker. Two of the featured artists, Adriene Cruz and Isaka Shamsud-Din, will be guest speakers at the sites of their work.

Portland’s African American murals have a little acknowledged lineage that is inseparable from the history of the Albina district. The Albina Mural Project, completed as a CETA project in 1977 by 7 artists of color, featured 5 murals with themes of civil rights and African history. By the 1980s the murals were weather damaged and removed. Today, African American artists are still much under-represented in Portland’s galleries and museums.

The tours complement the exhibition Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride: African American Murals which opens at the Oregon Historical Society on November 16, 2010, and will be on view until February 13, 2011. The Walls of Pride tours are a project of the Charitable Partnership Fund, and were made possible by a Neighborhood Small Grant from the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods.

Adriene Cruz
creates award winning art quilts that have been featured nationally and internationally.  A Harlem, New York native, Adriene has been a member of the Portland community for 27 years. Her colorful and spirited designs have crossed over to public art for Alberta Street, The NE Health Center at MLK and NE Killingsworth, Outside In, Starbucks and Tri-Met’s Interstate MAX Killingsworth Station.

Isaka Shamsud-Din’s work is deeply charged with the African American experience.  In addition to being an artistic force, he has inspired many students, paving the way for young artists of color to be heard and recognized.  Among his important murals are Bilalian Odyssey inside the Oregon Convention Center, and Now is the Time, The Time is Now on NE MLK Blvd at Shaver.


Taylor Cass Stevenson: Live Debris Under the Sea

Taylor Cass Stevenson was September’s featured artist at SCRAP’s Re:Vision Gallery, with the show ‘Live Debris Under the Sea’:

Stevenson is involved in a number of American and overseas art/re-use projects: visit to learn more. SCRAP & the Re:Vision Gallery are at 2915 NE MLK.