LAUGH RIOT: Mock Portlandia all you want—the joke’s on us, really!—but Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s new poking-fun-at-stereotypes comedy show received a rapturous reception during its premiere last Friday at the Hollywood Theatre. Mayor Sam Adams and many other local “celebs” (Colin Meloy, all three Thermals) were in attendance, and the crowd laughed at all the right spots, even when Brownstein admitted in a post-screening Q&A with WW’s own Aaron Mesh that she’s never been to Beaverton. Somebody tell her that’s where all the good Korean food is. Read the WW crew’s take on the show here.
RIGHT THAI: The owner and chef of Alberta’s Thai Noon restaurant are set to open another venture: a sustainable Thai restaurant called Thai Seasons. Owner Chip Rothenberger says new eatery will feature “slow food” and use local, sustainable ingredients where possible. He also plans to eventually switch Thai Noon over to the same concept. “We’re just trying to do the right thing by old Mother Earth,” he told WW. Thai Seasons will open on Northeast Sandy Boulevard near 58th Avenue sometime in the next two weeks.
CATCH & RELEASE: High-end seafood restaurant Fin will close after Valentine’s Day.Portland Monthly’s Karen Brooks broke the news Monday, noting that, according to Fin’s chef, Trent Pierce, owner Joan Dumas sold the restaurant and a new owner plans to open his own eatery. Given the news that Ten 01 had shuttered came only weeks ago, is this the start of another Portland restaurant apocalypse?
GLASS BLAST: After cutting back on present-day music this year in the face of the recession, Portland Opera just announced that next spring it will stage the West Coast premiere of contemporary composer’s Philip Glass’ 2001 opera Galileo Galilei at the Newmark Theatre. That follows last year’s striking staging of Glass’ 1993 Orphée, which resulted in the opera’s first recording released on Glass’ label—a coup for PO. Glass’ website lists no recording of Galileo yet, either. Hmmm....
TYPHOON FEVER: Typhoon—after a couple of national tours and enthusiastic feedback in the national blog-press over 2010 debut album Hunger and Thirst—is so hot right now. Accordingly, the band will offer a brand-new EP on March 8, released via the Tender Loving Empire label. Better yet, those folks who head to tenderlovingempire.com to preorder the new EP ($8 CD, $12 vinyl) get a free download of the band’s debut album right on the spot. (Need convincing? There’s a new track streaming at wweek.com.) The members start another West Coast tour this week, but don’t think the success has gone to their heads—they still have to cram 10 stinky kids and a bunch of amps into a tiny van.