I had the pleasure of seeing Clown The Movie at the Portland International Film Festival last night. It is a Danish comedy that, as one reviewer put it, “pulls few punches and shies from even fewer taboos.” I laughed and blushed for the duration. It was good to see the movie with a companion who is open-minded and has a great sense of humor, because later I enjoyed our lighthearted discussion of the movie and its normally forbidden topics. Clown (“Klovn” in Danish) will play only once more in Portland, tomorrow night.
On our way home we stopped at the Korkage Wine Bar in Hillsdale. Its unlikely location is between a hair salon and a yoga studio in a small mid-century strip mall:
The parking lot was almost full, and we barely squeezed through the crowd to get to the bar. We chose the Oregon Pinot Noir wine tasting. For $10 per person, we juxtaposed these four works of art:
The person who served us – I suppose he is a sommelier? – was extremely knowledgeable about wine, and shared many details about the specific vineyards and the growers. For example, one grower who is allergic to wasps amusingly placed a beautiful sketch of the insect on the label and named the wine “Vespidae”. I could actually taste the buzz.
And there was live music. It was standing room only, but despite the elbow-to-elbow jostle, I took a picture:
The performers were an a capella group called The Sandals.
They gave out CD’s free of charge, with all donations going to the Hillsdale Main Street project:
So this is an homage to Hillsdale. Its business district may not be commonly associated with a vibrant nightlife yet, but it seems to be coming along splendidly.