Bits & Pieces
One of the more unique Portlanders is the subject of a new documentary film by local director Greg Hamilton.
The Rev. Charles "Chuck" Linville has been making art cars for many years, and they have quite a following around his wildly decorated home in Sellwood. His four cars are described as thematically decorated in knickknacks, cultural debris and a host of other random oddities.
The 25-minute documentary, "Thou Shall Not Tailgate," is closing on Kickstarter today, Sept. 7. It had been named a "Crowdfunding Pick" by Movie Maker magazine and one of the "Projects We Love" at Kickstarter.
"As much as 'Thou Shall Not Tailgate' is a love letter to the weird and offbeat, it's really a film for everyone," says Hamilton, a film programmer and writer in the Pacific Northwest for 14 years, and a board member at the Hollywood Theatre. "I believe its message of personal freedom and individuality is universal. I want everyone to see and hear Chuck's story, and relate to his uncompromising and decidedly colorful point of view."
The film is an observational profile of Linville, who is a retired Portland mail carrier and minister. He's described as a cross between a collector, provocateur and outsider artist, and his art comments on politics, religion and fringe culture. He has been featured in magazines, documentaries and the TV show "Portlandia."
The Kickstarter campaign had the goal of raising $15,000 for the project.
For more, see www.Kickstarter.com, as well as the "Thou Shall Not Tailgate" page on Facebook.
Interesting food events
• The Bloody Mary Festival is a first-time event in Portland, 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at The North Warehouse, 723 N. Tillamook St. It's a celebration of the beloved brunch cocktail with locally made creations curated by Bloody Mary enthusiasts. For more: www.thebloodymaryfest.com.
• Sumo Stew is coming to Portland. It's the 16th round of the series based around plentiful bowls of chankonabe, or "sumo stew" that wrestlers prepare and eat before matches. Olympic Provisions, 3384 S.E. Division St., and its Sausage Chankonabe will be featured for the Sumo Stew stop, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. For info/tickets: www.sumostew.com.
Interesting pet events
• It's the 23rd year of Portland's biggest dog wash, supporting DoveLewis Blood Bank, Saturday, Sept. 16, at Lucky Labrador, 915 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. There'll be dog washes and nail trims (for $20, or wash only for $15), to go along with human festivities — music, food, a Dogtoberfest beer and a street fair. Dove Lewis has the goal of washing 500 dogs.
• A heads-up: The CFA International Cat Show returns to Portland, Nov. 18-19 at the Expo Center. There'll be cats, judging and vendors from the United States, Europe and Asia; it's the first time the international show has been held in Portland or the Northwest. A highlight will be a performance by Moshow "The Cat Rapper" both days. For more: www.cfa.org.
The 'Golden Ticket'
Mt. Hood Meadows is celebrating its 50th anniversary and will debut its anniversary "Golden Ticket" at the Beer and Cider Festival on the resort's sundeck, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Admission is $14 and includes drink tokens. Ten local breweries will be represented.
The "Golden Ticket," which includes two lift tickets and much more, will be given to 50 people, who'll then be entered to win a 50-year season pass. The winner will be drawn at the official 50th anniversary party celebration at Meadows on Jan. 27.
For more: www.YourMountainHome.com.