HEADS UP: Dora: A Headcase by Portland author Lidia Yuknavitch has been optioned for a movie. Katherine Brooks, who’s worked on a few feature films and a slew of MTV reality shows—including The Real World and The Osbournes—will
adapt the novel, which is a contemporary retelling of Sigmund Freud’s
famous case study of a girl diagnosed with hysteria. Yuknavitch isn’t
sure if she’ll be involved in the screenplay, which must be written in
the next 12 months. “I very much hope so, if only to smile like a dork
and nod my head ‘Hell, yes’ several times,” says Yuknavitch, who sees Dora as a story of love and liberation. “I
hope the cinematic version contributes to the hard work some of us are
doing daily to represent the stories of women and girls as vital and
interruptive of the woman-as-object trope.”
GROWLER WAR: The Fred Meyer on Hawthorne is getting growlers.
On Jan. 27, the store cleared out its organic beer space to make room
for a 16-tap beer growler-filling station, just in time to compete with the new Growlers,
a 48-spout fill-to-go spot at 3343 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Growlers
officially opens next week as Portland’s first “dedicated,
single-purpose growler fill station” and, apart from samples, won’t
serve any booze onsite.
BIKE MALL: The massive 657-unit Lloyd District apartment complex Hassalo on Eighth will have parking for a minimum of 1,200 bikes—making it the largest bike-parking project in North America, according to bikeportland.org. More than 500 of those bikes will be valet-parked,
outpacing the 300 valet parking spots at Oregon Health & Science
University, currently the largest valet bike-parking lot in North
America. Just less than 1,000 car parking spots are planned for the
apartment project, most of which are intended for offices and an
anticipated (but unconfirmed) grocery store.
Two iconic Hazelwood neighborhood businesses that closed last year seem
to be consolidating—sort of. Jason Kindle, former bar manager of the
Refectory, a 40-year-old nightclub that shut down last February, has
applied for a liquor license to open a 135-seat bar called Bridge City Taproom in the former Yaw’s Top Notch
location (11340 NE Halsey St.). Mitch Stanley, who owned the Refectory
for 30 years, had also expressed interest in opening a bar in Hazelwood
after his nightclub closed. He told the Mid-County Memo community newspaper he would call it Stanley’s Taproom.
DIDJA EVER NOTICE...?: Jerry Seinfeld apparently learned what it’s like to try to dine in Portland’s popular West End. According to former WW staffer Byron Beck, the comedian tried unsuccessfully to find a seat at Rick Gencarelli’s pasta restaurant, Grassa,
while in town Jan. 24. In a zany inconvenience that seems ripe for
humor, Seinfeld and his entourage had to trundle their carbonara to
neighboring Lardo instead.