For Pete – A Call To Arms For Portland’s Music Faithful

[If you wish to skip the verbiage below and just go to the page with the info and donate to Pete, click here.]
pete and rebeccaSee that handsome fellow over yonder there? That is my pal Pete. Pete Krebs. Looking very dapper and extremely happy with his lovely wife, Rebecca Birdie Krebs.

Pete is a lovely man and one of the nicest guys I know. He’s also a Portland Music institution. And unlike most guitar aces I’ve known in my time, Pete is the least ego-driven guy I know. If anything, he’s been all about helping others and supporting community and bringing up the underdog wherever he can.

I should know, because he’s done it for me. Several times. Plus he’s a patient and wonderful music teacher also.

He got his start in a seminal 90s punk band called Hazel. Later, he got into American Roots music and then gypsy jazz, and helped launch that and support the Portland Swing community here. And he has other bands I love, swinging that ol’ timey stuff — The Stolen Sweets, The Pete Krebs Trio and Pete Krebs and the Portland Playboys.

Pete has given a lot of music, a lot of joy and well, just a lot to his community.

Well, Pete is in need of help. And we need to rally to him, Portlandia.
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Marc Maron & Mel Brooks – Oh HELLZ to the YEAH.

Before the more altruistic post, this —

Mel Brooks PicMarc Maron's WTF Podcast logoYou’re all aware of my love for Marc Maron, his comedy, and especially his WTF podcast. If not, just take a gander at this pic —

Faddah & Marc Maron at Helium Comedy Club, Portland, Ore., 2012

Yup. That’s me and the man when he played Helium Comedy Club here in Portland last year.

In any case, on the podcast today? Totally out did himself. Full on interview with the classic, Mel Brooks. No lie. Mel Freakin’ Brooks. Mel Hisself.

Yes, I know, Chris Hardwick had already done this on The Nerdist Network. So what? That was nice. This? Is Godhead. Deep Mel information. Birth onward. John Wayne was asked to play Waco Kid in “Blazing Saddles” before Gene Wilder. I KNOW! Mind-roasting info on a King of Comedy History. Be amazed. Check it here.

Oh, and Thursday on WTF? Carl Reiner. I KNOW!

O.k., now on to the urgent post we really need to get to…

Baby Done Left Me — The Video

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T he Story of a Man, his sick iMac (“Baby”), and the Apple Store Genius Bar that stands between them. Shot & Edited on Apple iMovie for a 2012 iPad. Thanks to random teenage girl at mall food court who photographed me next to my empty iMac box, and to friend Gretchen Mollers, who not only ferried me several times to the Apple Store Pioneer Place several times, but also did principal photography outside and in the Apple Store. Shot in & around Portland, Oregon, August 2012.

Psssst! — If you want the more technical, less funny-ha-ha info on what it took to recover my iMac from a networked Time Machine Back-up, go to this post, here.

More Portland Stage Reviews…

I have two new reviews up at Portland Stage Reviews

Check it.

Hi Diddle Dee Dee – A Theater (& further blogging) Life for me…

Don’t know if you are aware, but in addition to my work here on “i also went…,” I also do occasional side blogging for my pal Sabrina Miller’s site to promote theater in Portland, Portland Stage Reviews. (it’s true, i’m stepping out on this blog to write on another blog on the side — I’m shameless).

I just had another review of mine posted on there, for local storytelling phenomenon, Backfence PDX at their special appearance at Portland Center Stage.

You can read the Backfence PDX review I wrote here.

And here also are some previous reviews I’ve written for Portland Stage Reviews —

So now you know.

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