Chefs to the stars
Portland chefs Andrew Biggs and Larry Grimes, partners in the Art of Catering, are returning to Tinseltown for the second year to help prepare the 1,500-person Oscar dinner for the stars.
The dinner is being orchestrated by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
'We will be helping out with the big dinner Sunday night,' Biggs says. 'Dinner isn't served until the awards end at 10 p.m. Last year, when all the stars rolled up on the red carpet, we were on a break and could watch everyone arrive.'
Beers and cheers
If you want to watch some Oscar-caliber entertainment for the price of a pint or two, the Mission Theater & Pub at 1624 N.W. Glisan St. is screening 'West Side Story,' winner of 10 Academy Awards in 1961.
The musical starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and will be followed by a viewing of the ceremony, which begins at 5 p.m. Free admission, ages 21 and up.
Some Portlanders plan to take the Marlon Brando route and boycott the Academy Awards altogether.
'We don't even really know when the Oscars are,' says Pam Minty, speaking for the members of Portland's Four Wall Cinema Collective, an enclave of art-house film fans and independent filmmakers.
And though Four Wall has no anti-Oscar event planned, the group recommends Chris Marker's poetic film 'Sans Soleil,' screening at 7:30 p.m. March 25 and March 26 at 425 S.E. Third Ave., No. 400, for what might be considered a post-Oscar brain cleansing. The suggested donation is $6 to see this gorgeous film.
Ñ Michaela Bancud