'Rock Star: Supernova'
The CBS reality talent show, wherein aspirants compete to become lead singer of a rock supergroup that includes former Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, resumes tonight. One contestant of 15 has already been eliminated, but it wasn't Portland's Storm Large.
'I thought she was amazing,' says Adam Mackintosh, co-founder of the local music factory AudioCinema and Large's bandmate in the rock group Gruesome Galore. 'I think she's the only one that has all three elements: stage presence, vocal command and beauty.'
Contest episodes air tonight and tomorrow night (KOIN-TV, Channel 6) with one hopeful eliminated on each show. The downtown nightclub Dante's, where Large and her band Storm and the Balls have been a weekly fixture, will show the episodes on several TVs and a large projection screen.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. Tuesday, 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 11-12, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave., 503-226-6630, no cover charge for 'Rock Star: Supernova' showings
The fourth annual Tin House Summer Writers Workshop is under way, offering aspiring writers an opportunity to learn from the literati at upward of $1,000 for the week.
Those without the time or the scratch can pony up far less and hear from 'Jarhead' author Anthony Swofford, who once taught at Lewis and Clark College; Portland essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; and fiction writer and memoirist Lee Montgomery, who is executive editor of Tin House magazine.
- Eric Bartels
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, Reed College, Cerf Amphitheatre, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., 503-219-0622, $5; events continue through Sunday, July 15, www.tinhouse.com
'If I Were Queen of This Forest'
BroadArts Theatre teams with the city of Portland and its VisionPDX program to present an interactive comic cabaret based on 'The Wizard of Oz.'
Mayor Tom Potter's VisionPDX is designed to elicit feedback from citizens on Portland's future. The production, which will shift to different venues over the next few weeks, opens Wednesday with one of several free shows. Seats are limited.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, City Repair Project, 2122 S.E. Division St., 503-288-5181 for schedule and information, free