Kara-Okay! Karaoke at Slainte with D.J. Ponyfarm…

You don't actually get a guitar at karaoke. You get bright lights and a microphone. It's horrifying and awesome, just like a roller coaster!

…was so much fun tonight!

D.J. Ponyfarm (née Jonathan Charles Merrifield) puts on the most fun karaoke, complete with applause tracks and awesome song selections on Tuesday nights at Slainte on Preble St. in Portland (across from where the old Public Market used to be).

Kristina did “She Blinded Me With Science” and “The Tide is High” (totally rocked it) and we sang “Ticket to Ride” and “Turning Japanese” together and I did “Satisfaction” and “Got My Mind Set on You” (Harrison) and WOW it was fun!

I’m all jazzed up.  Time to mellow out with my annoying kitties and head to bed.  ‘Night, folks!

Brick and Mortar Opening: pinecone+chickadee

Hey!  Don’t you guys just love Picnic?  Hasn’t it made living in Portland just that much cooler?


Well, some of the brains and adorableness behind Picnic (pinecone+chickadee) are having a Grand Opening of their brick and mortar shop for First Friday:  tonight!  Amy and Noah will have delicious wine and snacks, but it really doesn’t matter booze or not, since you can purchase a purse shaped like a taco, a funny looking head of a tiger roaring (vintage), a weird lamp with fake plants in it that ‘rains,’ designs by Kris Johnsen (Emblem Studio), Meagan Anderson and more.  Big, chunky jewelry, the memory game from Merchants Row and, of course, your favorite designs from pinecone+chickadee.

There are a myriad of other reasons to head to Free St. tonight.  First of all:  Friday afternoon coffee at Arabica will ensure that you’ll be peppy and awake for the FINAL Marie Stella Show at Empire Dine + Dance with Hi Tiger and the Sunset Hearts.  P.S. They’re all good.  Secondly, pinecone+chickadee is situated between your caffeine fix and Find, which has the wherewithall to sell MY products (yeah!) as well as vintage and gently used clothing selected with impeccable taste.  Perfect!

Fine Feathers Make a Fine Bird by Meagan Anderson


There was a impromptu gathering of very excellent bands last night in an undisclosed location at an undisclosed time that kept me dancing until about 2:30 last night.  Foam Castles, Soft Pyramids (Boston), Brenda, and The Rattlesnakes played through the wee hours in a dimly lit room and it was the best. show. ever.

Here is a little video that Mike from Brass Cankles took of Brenda playing a new song.  This, and the blurry picture of the room I took with my dinky cell phone above are all you’re going to get!  Click on the band names to hear/learn more.