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March 16th, 2011 2:00 pm WW Culture Staff | Scoop

We’re Keeping Portland And Austin Weird.

  • HAPPY HEDGEHOG: Porn king Ron Jeremy was in Portland celebrating his 58th birthday over the weekend, throwing a party at his downtown swingers’ club, Sesso, with Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof and a reported 530 other people. Whilst in town, “The Hedgehog” also visited Mother’s Bistro and Red Star Tavern and hit newish lower-Burnside pizzeria Sizzle Pie twice, where he was presented with his own special pizza called “The Sausage Party.”
  • TRIALS AND TRIBUNALI: Via Tribunali, the Seattle pizza chain owned by the notorious Caffe Vita coffee magnate Michael McConnell, has finally applied for a license for the Old Town storefront it has occupied since early 2010. Opening may be imminent. >> The artists in residence at Milepost 5 will soon have the restaurant and performance space they were promised when the Montavilla live/work complex launched: Eat. Art. Theater. is set to open in April. >> A former Clinton Street Pub bartender with the delightful name of Sepal Meacham is opening Moonshine Kitchen & Lounge in the building behind Slabtown.
  • CURRY TROUBLE: A local Thai restaurant chain’s legal troubles continue this week with a series of lawsuits in Multnomah County Circuit Court alleging unpaid produce bills. According to three lawsuits filed March 8, Typhoon! locations in Northwest Portland, downtown Portland, Beaverton and Gresham owe a total of more than $88,500 in unpaid bills to Portland-based T.P. Produce. The lawsuits include copies of four unpaid invoices for deliveries stretching back to May 2010. Typhoon! headquarters has not yet responded to a request for comment. The chain has run into serious legal troubles in recent years, including a civil-rights complaint by the Oregon labor commissioner, a recent closure and reopening of its flagship Northwest 23rd Avenue location for unpaid rent, and a federal lawsuit for alleged slavery and human trafficking.
  • ROAD TRIP: Stuck in Portland instead of headed down to Austin for SXSW? Yeah, us too. That is, except for WW music editor Casey Jarman. Stow away on his PDX-to-Vegas-to-Texas road trip this week, which includes insights so far on everything from the Artistery’s last show and scary California gas stations to Red Bull, Silver Jews and spiky-haired Spring Break douchebags, on wweek.com.
  • SHOW ME THE UGLY: Is there a spectacularly horrible building mucking up your street? Has a half-failed condo disaster poisoned the feng shui for miles around? Send your submissions for Portland’s worst buildings to be scorned in WW’s new online column, Eyesore of the Week, with photo, if possible, to bwaterhouse@wweek.com.
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