Carrie Brownstein gained fame as the front woman for the band Sleater-Kinney. Ask “Portlandia” co-star and co-writer Fred Armisen what his Chicago band, Trenchmouth, sounded like and he tosses back his head, emitting a quiet gargle that’s supposed to be musical.

“It sounded like a cacophony of sound,” Armisen says. “It sounded like . . . “ Now he’s beating out a fast drum solo on the table, demonstrating the punk rhythm that he pounded out as Trenchmouth drummer from 1990 to 1996.

The post-hardcore Chicago group launched Armisen into entertainment, eventually landing him a spot on “Saturday Night Live.” Bandmates Damon Locks (vocals/percussion), Chris DeZutter (guitar) and Wayne Montana (bass) also went on to bigger things. Locks and Montana joined new bands. DeZutter earned a doctorate in chemistry and teaches organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Rochester.

No Emmys, just laughs

“Portlandia” had been nominated for Emmys for outstanding writing (by Armisen, Brownstein, Karey Dornetto and Jonathan Krisel), but “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” won the award — again.

The show and Krisel were also nominated for best directing in a variety series, for the “One Moore Episode” about obsessive “Battlestar Galactica” watchers. But “Saturday Night Live” and its Don Roy King-directed skit with Mick Jagger won.

New Obama

Sorry to see Armisen replaced as Barack Obama on “Saturday Night Live” by Jay Pharaoh, who has received some fine reviews for his impersonation.

On the “SNL” season opener, Armisen introduced Pharaoh as our president’s impersonator. For the record, Jason Sudeikis will play Mitt Romney during the presidential election season.

Obo Addy passes

Sad to see the master drummer, award-winning composer, brilliant musician and skilled teacher pass away from liver cancer at the age of 76. His family is directing fans and friends to CaringBridge ( to leave messages, photos and memories; in Portland, he was a member of the faculty at Lewis & Clark College, and artistic director of the Obo Addy Legacy Project (

The native of Ghana joined family, friends and musicians for a few final jam sessions in his final days, and passed away last week with music filling his ears.

Portland Marathon

The 41st annual event takes place Sunday, Oct. 7, with more than 12,000 runners taking on the 26.2-mile course, another 3,500 in the half marathon, 250 in the 10-kilometer downhill dash and 300 in the 10-kilometer family walk.

A nationally ranked marathon, the Portland event features a huge volunteer contingent (4,700) and 83 bands and entertainers at 53 locations along the course. And, the two-day Sports and Fitness Expo takes place at the Portland downtown Hilton. For info, go to

Filmed by Bike

The film festival of bike-themed movies is looking for a “rockstar” to join its team. He/she would help plan and promote the event. For info, go to

Farm to Table Dinner

Zenger Farms is putting on its annual fundraiser and education for Portland’s food movement, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at University of Portland’s Bauccio Commons.

Single tickets are $11; for info, go to

Zenger Farm consists of 9.7 acres of farmland and wetland in outer Southeast Portland.

Book sale

It’s called Oregon’s biggest used book sale, and the 39th annual sale by The Friends of the Multnomah County Library will hold the event Friday to Monday, Oct. 12 to 15 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1000 N.E Multnomah St. Most books are $1.50, with pocketbooks and children’s books 50 cents. For info, go to

Jeff Garlin

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” fans will get a treat this week, as the show’s star and executive producer embarks on a fall comedy tour, stopping in Portland, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 at the Mission Theater, 1624 N.W. Glisan St. (info:

Expanding children’s theater

Northwest Children’s Theater and School has acquired The Young Players, an after-school drama program that provides theater education to Portland-area schools, increasing its education department and ensuring its growth. The combined programs will reach more than 70 schools in the first year.

Interested parents can find out more at

YouTube education

“The Digits,” an online aid for student homework, has been launched on YouTube for Schools. Designed for children 7 to 11 years old who are struggling with mathematics comprehension, the series was created by Scotty Iseri, and includes the interactivity of video games and social media, and kids can play the apps and change the outcome of the story.

It was created under the guidance of a curriculum designer and implemented by a veteran school teacher.

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