Julie Klausner Brings The Cast Of ‘Portlandia’ To A Real Feminist Book Store

The feminist bookstore of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen’s imaginations was a wet blanket fixture of Thunder Ant, their comedy troupe, long before Portlandia existed. For NYmag.com’s Vulture blog, comedienne Julie Klausner has brought the duo to a real feminist bookstore that’s actually one of the raddest places in New York City.  

Located down on Allen Street off of Houston Street, Bluestockings is a bookstore and cafe supported by volunteers; it’s also ground zero for many a feminist, anti-racist, pro-democracy events.

Klausner and her Portlandia pals scanned the shelves, scoping out books they dig in real life, including Rookie Yearbook One, edited by Tavi Gevinson,  for Brownstein, and It Chooses You, by Miranda July, by Armisen. They all manage not to offend anyone … but Fred Armisen did hold the bookstore’s front door open for the ladies … which might have been a major feminist bookstore no no. 

Watch the shopping trip to Bluestockings below:

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Meanwhile, In Oregon: Brewer Makes Beer For Dogs

It almost sounds like a sketch from the upcoming season of Portlandia, doesn’t it? Daniel Keeton, who works at Bend, Oregon craft brewery Boneyard, has created and bottled Dawg Grog, which is, as you might imagine, an organic beer for dogs. Can’t you picture it, with Fred Armisen in a flannel shirt and newsboy cap, serving a bottle to Carrie Brownstein’s dog with a punny celebrity name, like Stone Cold Steve Pawstin or Kermit Ruffins? Or a fake advertisement for the stuff featuring dogs dressed like Hipster Puppies? Anyway.

Frat boys who have actually tried to get their dog drunk will be disappointed by the effects of Dawg Grog, as it does not actually contain alcohol, as that would be animal cruelty what the hell is your problem? But for those who merely wish to give their beloved pet an unusual treat, Keeton and the Dawg Grog team advise pouring it as a side treat or over dry food. The beer includes spent grain from the Boneyard Brewery (whose actual beers for humans include one called one just called “Girl Beer” and a stout named for notorious record promoter Suge Knight), along with vegetable broth, water and a powdered glucosamine supplement including ginger, cinnamon, flaxseed and honey. So it’s a nutritional supplement disguised as a beer, which some of you probably wish existed for humans.

Who knows where Dawg Grog will take the train of canine innovation? Now that they know the taste of beer, soon they’ll want to start playing poker. Oh, fine, I’ll just show myself out.

[via KTVZ Oregon]

Spoiler Alert: ‘Portlandia’ Season Three Trailer Ruins It All For You

Is it Friday yet? Portlandia returns with a third season on IFC, and, HOW TIMELY, today they’ve released a hilarious sketch to preview what’s in store for this year. I think you’ll all enjoy this one, because the thing about it is that it’s SO TRUE that it in turn is SO FUNNY. Television! Who can even deal with it anymore, much less talking about it! Let’s add spoilers to the list of major indignities, somewhere between blog slideshow posts and Mason Jar revivalism. How can we possibly go on?!

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The Dream of the ’90s Is Still Alive in Portlandia’s Upcoming Third Season

Start perfecting those handlebar mustaches and putting birds on your tote bags. IFC’s sketch comedy series Portlandia is returning for a third season this January with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein offering more snapshots into modern bougie-hipster-yuppie-fauxhemian-whatever-subculture-this-is-lampooning-exactly life and (hopefully) more amazing guest stars like last season’s rather incredible mixed bag, which included Tim Robbins, Greg Louganis and Heather Graham.

The new season premieres on IFC on January 4th, 2013, and promises the return of Kyle MacLachlan as the Mayor of Portland and first Special Guest Star Chloë Sevigny, who plays Fred and Carrie’s new roommate. If you can’t wait quite that long, you can watch a “Winter In Portlandia” holiday special on December 14th, in which some of the show’s more memorable characters show you how Portland does the colder months. Bryce and Lisa of “Put A Bird On It!” open an Outlet Hotel, Peter and Nance (“Is it Local?”) try to keep off those holiday pounds and, of course, the feminist bookstore is open.

If you really, really need Portlandia like, right now, though, the first clip of the new season is online for your viewing pleasure. Carrie and Fred cross paths at a meditation class, each with something very, very different on their minds. Watch.

Lena Dunham, Tavi Gevinson and More Urge Democracy Through Lip-Syncing

I know, I know. We’re sick of all the political ads, too. But instead of hiring crappy actors and relying on bad green-screens and the FEAR FONT, filmmaker and HelloGiggles writer Sarah Sophie Flicker decided to use the power of a ‘60s pop anthem and a few recognizable friends to convey her message about the importance of putting women’s health and reproductive rights at the forefront this election. With flowers in their hair and webcams at the ready, dozens of women joined Flicker for an impassioned lip-sync of Lesley Gore’s classic, “You Don’t Own Me.”

And what a cast Flicker assembled: Carrie Brownstein, Rookie founder Tavi Gevinson, Lena Dunham, Zoë Kravitz, Alexa Chung, Kate Nash, Rain Phoenix, Sia, Miranda July and Alia Shawkat make appearances—see if you can spot ‘em all.

This is, by default, probably the best political ad we’ve seen all election season, if only because we have yet to see another political ad which juxtaposes information about the threat of defunding of Planned Parenthood with a shot of what appears to be Mae Whitman (her?) eating noodles. And the only political ad with an approval message from Lesley Gore herself. Watch.

Morning Links: Drake Hints At Aaliyah Collabo, Carrie Brownstein Pens a Memoir

● Drake told the UK’s Tim Westwood that he has "some great Aaliyah news coming soon,” precipitating rumors that he might be involved with that whispered-about posthumous Aaliyah album. [RapFix]

The Hunger Games has sparked archery fever in New York City, where the Education Department has green-lighted a new P.E. program that will let kids try their best to be like Katniss. [NYP]

● Taylor Swift notched a second consecutive Entertainer of the Year award at yesterday’s Academy of Country Music Awards, an event to which she went solo as her date was not well enough to make it. Later in the evening, she met Michelle Obama at the Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday. Not such a bad weekend! [HuffPost]

● Carrie Brownstein, formerly of Sleater-Kinney and currently of Wild Flag and Portlandia, has added a memoir about her life in music to her already long list of projects for the next year. [RS]

● Please, as cute as they may be, no more dying chicks for Easter. [NYT]

● Word has it that, whereas before it was for money, Kris Humphries is now refusing to sign divorce papers until Kim Kardashian admits that the whole marriage was a scam. [PageSix]

● Activist Naomi Wolf is calling bluff on Katy Perry’s Semper Fi-happy video for "Part of Me." Calling the video a "glorification of violence" and "propaganda for the Marines," Wolf wrote in a Facebook post that, “I really want to find out if she was paid by them for making it… it is truly shameful." [NYDN]

The Dream of the (18)90’s is Alive in ‘Portlandia’

Though Portlandia has featured a number of memorable sketches and characters, the show’s calling card originates from the very first episode: "Dream of the 90s," the music video in which Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen walk around Portland singing about how everything old is new again in Oregon State. For this season they’ve revisited the same concept in a sketch called "Dream of the 1890s," going back another 100 years to sing about the turn of the 19th century. "Everyone’s kid grew up to be artisan bakers," Armisen cheerfully crows. "Everyone had homemade haircuts and shaved with straight razors."

I won’t ruin all the punchlines, so just watch for yourself. As usual, it’s wry, snippy stuff. You can always catch Portlandia when it airs live on IFC every Friday night at 9:30 P.M.

‘Portlandia’ Characters Can’t Quit ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ Either

You can be forgiven for finding Portlandia too realistic to be very funny. The show can seem like a caricature of an "Overheard in Brooklyn" blog, or at its worst a freshman student theatre production about all those damn hipsters. All the talk about birds and bikes and beards, jeez! It’s as easy as shooting bloggers at an open bar. 

But it does get some things very, very right, such as the over-validation of Battlestar Galactica, known casually as the only good science-fiction property to ever exist. You’ve probably heard your friends talk about it with some skepticism given way to devotion, just like Fred Armisen’s character in this newly-released Season 2 clip.  "It’s not just regular science fiction," he tells Carrie Brownstein"It’s actually good."

Of course, if Armisen and Brownstein had really gotten into it, they would’ve replaced BSG with Game of Thrones — the newest nerdy property to escape the genre ghetto into respectability. By stripping out all of the goofiness and grounding its meticulous mythology in cable TV realism, both of those shows won themselves overwhelming acclaim from people who can talk your ear off about The Wire. To be sure, they are very good. But they’ll always come with caveats, from now until the end of time. 

The second season of Portlandia premieres on Friday, January 6, if you’re into that sort of thing.

‘Portlandia’ Comes to a City Near You

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, the duo behind the genius sketch show Portlandia, have announced today that they’ll be keeping it indie and local by taking their act on the road for a seven-city tour across America. 

The tour will feature live musical performances from Armisen, himself an accomplished musician (recently seen on stage at Julie Klausner’s How Was Your Week? Live) and Brownstein, a member of Wild Flag and Sleater-Kinney. They’ll also offer sneak peaks of the upcoming season of Portlandia, which airs on IFC in January, and share "personal anecdotes about the creation and inspiration of Portlandia and its variety of eccentric characters." Let’s hope the show will also include some live sketches, possibly one featuring Toni and Candace, the co-owners of the feminist bookshop Women and Women First. 

Tickets for the tour go on sale tomorrow. From the looks of the venues listed, however, it’s likely the show will sell out FAST.

Tuesday, December 27
Portland, Hollywood Theatre

Wednesday, December 28
Seattle, Showbox at the Market

Friday, December 30
San Francisco, Mezzanine

Tuesday, January 17
Los Angeles, Echoplex

Wednesday, January 18
Chicago, The Hideout

Friday, January 20
Brooklyn, Music Hall of Williamsburg

Saturday, January 21
New York, Bowery Ballroom