GAGA ON WHEELS: “ I went for a bike ride today in Portland and was attacked by children in tutus who were presumably my fans, ” says the woman with the Crayola yellow curls topped with a nun’s habit and a clear vinyl dress with white electrical tape covering her nipples. The strangest thing about the moment wasn’t the outfit. “Lady Gagarides bikes?!?” Scoop thought to itself. Portland—or, to be specific, 20,000 of the city’s most ardent Lady Gaga fans (many of them glittered, fishnet-clad and boob-baring) screamed their little larynxes out last Thursday night, as the international pop juggernaut gyrated and bellowed through a 2 1/2-hour performance at the Rose Garden complete with an angel statue that cried blood and, by our count, 14 costume changes. She elaborated on the bike anecdote later in the show, noting that when she saw the tutu kids during her “rock-and-roll workout” she almost “ate shit” and “biked down a flight of stairs.”
COUNT YOUR CHICKENS: Portland’s romance with all things pig could deepen a bit next month when Roost, a restaurant from Megan Henzel, opens early next month at 1403 SE Belmont St. On the menu will be a bacon chop, something the former personal chef tried in London and thought would be a good fit on her menu of “simple, thoughtful, classic” American food. Henzel has recently returned to Oregon from a long stint cooking for billionaires and über-famous celebrities in New York City, and dropped the glam to open her own 40-seat place. Expect to find reasonably priced eats that are “very casual, sophisticated but understandable to everyone,” she says. The space has had a complete overhaul, and has been designed to keep the focus on what’s on the plate—which will be just dinner to start and possibly brunch before too long.
CJ ON THE RADIO: A missive from Department of Shameless Self Promotion! WW Music Editor Casey Jarman will make his national-radio debut on this week’s episode of Sound Opinions The show—produced by WBEZ Chicago and syndicated throughout the country—is taking a “musical road trip” through a few American cities, and for its Portland stop, the “world’s only rock and roll talk show” checked in with Jarman. You can hear him mumble and say “umm” way too much this Saturday night at 11 pm on OPB Radio (91.5-FM), or on the Web at soundopinions.org.
SMELL POWER: Yes, you can win accolades and major awards by fighting body odor—if you’re an internationally known ad agency like Portland’s Wieden & Kennedy. The lauded local outfit won an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards last Saturday for the inescapable Old Spice campaign, “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like.” It’s the second win for W&K, which scored last year with “Heist” for Coca-Cola.