‘Priced Out’ due local screenings
You can watch a 2017 remastering of “Northeast Passage” on YouTube at YouTube.com/watch?v=U83_LFs_q6o&t=401s. Another documentary the director recommends is “Losing Alberta: Gentrification in Northeast Portland,” put together by a team of Grant High School students, and available at YouTube.com/watch?v=eSsDgiRrSOY.
Funds raised for Alberta Rose
The Alberta Rose Theatre now owns the 91-year-old building it has occupied since 2010. A GoFundMe.com campaign raised $125,000 since June to help purchase the building and preserve a historic piece of Portland’s performing arts scene.
Raising the funds for a down payment to purchase the building was a partnership between theater owner Joseph Cawley, Premier Community Bank and the community.
Four donors contributed $12,000 or more and each received two lifetime. One donor contributed $6,000 or more for an annual pass for two. The building purchase closed in mid-January.
Details of the effort were in CNews in July, online at ConcordiaPDX.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cna-201707-web.pdf.
Publican trades apron for stage, temporarily
Last March CNews introduced you to Irishman Tom O’Leary, owner of T.C. O’Leary’s on Alberta Street. The pub was new and he had forsaken his acting career in favor of Portland and owning a restaurant.
That story is available online at Concordiapdx.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cna-20170303-web.pdf
Weeks later last spring, Irish soap opera producers beckoned him to his homeland for two weeks to reprise his role as a doctor convicted of a mercy killing.
Learn more about Tom, his pub, acting career and family in this post: http://concordiapdx.org/2018/01/publican-trades-apron-for-stage-temporarily/.
Alberta Rose price reduced, deadline extended
The July CNews (Page 7) reported the Alberta Rose needed $300,000 as a down payment to purchase the building that houses it. In October, Alberta Rose owner Joseph Cawley announced a new financing agreement that reduces the down payment need to $125,000, with the deadline extended to Jan. 3. Also, large donations now are rewarded with lifetime or annual passes.
As of press time in November, $67,159 of the $125,000 goal was achieved. For details and to donate, visit GoFundMe.com/preservetherose.
Attack on DarSalam: hate crime or PTSD?
In the April CNews, Brian Burk featured DarSalam restaurant and its owners, Iraqi-born Ghaith Sahib and wife Tiffany. An incident at the restaurant last spring was chalked up to a hate crime. Recently, New York Times reported the incident might have been PTSD instead.