A Look Back at the Wonderfully Strange Career of Kyle MacLachlan on His 54th Birthday

Let’s be real: who doesn’t love Kyle Maclachlan? No one? Correct. The bizarre and dashing actor has been gracing both our television and film screens for over 30 years now, and like the fine wine he so enjoys, only gets better with age. As a fresh-faced young weirdo, we saw him emboy the leading roles in two of David Lynch’s most iconic films as Blue Velvet‘s amateur detective Jeffrey Beaumont and Twin Peaks’ Special Agent Dale Cooper—whom you could look at as simply an extension of young Jeffrey. We later saw Kyle in a series of female-driven television hits as an impotent and/or sociopathic husbands that you could not help but love in absrudity. And now he’s back on televison and oh no, we’re not complaining. So, as today is his 54th birthday, let’s take a look back on some his most wonderous and strange roles. Enjoy.

Dune, Paul Atreides


Blue Velvet, Jeffrey Beaumont


Twin Peaks, Dale Cooper


Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Dale Cooper


Sex and the City, Trey McDougal


Desperate Housewives, Orson Hodge


Hamlet, Claudis

Portlandia, Mayor

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.

Atlanta Rising: Redefining Southern Food

Though during last weekend’s Atlanta Food and Wine Festival last I saw plenty of fried chicken, barbecue, and pork-laden collards, what surprised me most was how much southern food wasn’t just the stereotypical fare many people imagine it to be. Chefs all over have altered the course by using heritage vegetables, hyper-local ingredients, and incorporating Asian flavors that have emerged as Atlanta’s Korean population grows.

For example, at South City Kitchen, chef Chip Ulbrich makes a spicy collard green kimchee that he pairs with smoked pork belly, and at the festival he combined this dish with spicy pan-fried chicken livers with sesame. At Empire State South chef Hugh Acheson serves his striped bass in a dashi broth, adds kimchee to the rice grits, braises octopus in a fennel broth, and gives the smoked duck a leek and blood orange marmalade.

Acheson not only uses Asian-inspired ingredients found on the famous Buford Highway, but he has also been reaching out to farms to get traditional vegetable and fruit varieties that are Georgian staples, including heirloom beans, different types of mushrooms, and olive oil made in the state. He told me in an interview that these crops are being revived as being important essentials southerners don’t want to let go—and, if they keep them in demand then farmers will keep growing them.

At Miller Union, which I wrote about last week, chef and owner Steven Satterfield has also been embracing the bygone foods of the South. “I am a huge fan of historical recipes and heritage ingredients because for me a lot of the food that was made in that time period, pre-industrialization, it was when food was real and people had to live off the land,” says Satterfield. “It was more real and more sustainable, not because it’s trendy, but because it had to be.” At his restaurant, the chef uses Anson Mills heirloom hominy, works with a farmer to get heritage summer squash, and cooks with plenty of native Vidalia onions.

As the other chefs have taken local food and Asian ingredients while keeping a southern spin to it, chef Ann Quatrano’s dishes speak more to the local organic movement that continues to blossom in the city. At her restaurant Bacchanalia she works foods mainly sourced from her own farm and serves dishes like Georgia rainbow trout with fresh garbanzo beans, wood-grilled steak with hakurei turnips and spring onions, and wild forged snails with leeks. Another chef making waves to bring southern food from it’s fat, lard laden reputations is Linton Hopkins, who tied with Acheson for the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast. What he is doing at Restaurant Eugene is sourcing local foods from dozens of farms, a list that gets printed on the menu. It’s not so much Portlandia as it might seem; rather, it’s a way take southern food to new levels in the culinary word and let the true nature of the cuisine shine.

“To be the properly defined as southern food it has to have a reverence for ingredients that are really, really there,” Acheson told me over coffee at his restaurant. “The food that doesn’t have that reverence is just crappie American food, it’s not southern food.”

And to that, can I get an amen?

Afternoon Links: IFC To Air 32 More Chapters of ‘Trapped in the Closet,’ January Jones Defends Betty

● Cancel all your plans: In addition to a third season of the beloved Portlandia, IFC has ordered 32 new chapters of R. Kelly’s ambitious musical series, Trapped in the Closet, all to be aired in the next year. [ArtsBeat]

● Clams Casino’s swelling remix of Florence + The Machine’s "Never Let Me Go" is almost as nice as this summer come early in New York. [GvsB]

● Gene Simmons promises "no fake bullshit" on the upcoming Kiss/Motley Crue tour. "Leave that to the Rihanna, Shmianna and anyone who ends their name with an ‘A,’" he says of his fellow stadium-fillers. Ouch! [Billboard]

● Kim Kardashian coolly explained to Ryan Seacrest yesterday that she couldn’t possibly be involved with Kanye West, romantically or otherwise, because, she says, “I think I’m still married." Enought already! [Radar]

● “I find myself defending her a lot more often, just because people are pretty hard on her lately,” says January Jones, a new mother herself, of her Mad Men character, Betty. "All of her actions are justified … And, you know, Sally shouldn’t be masturbating at other people’s houses or she’s going to get slapped." [The Daily]

● Slate’s got a lengthy but worthy excerpt of Enemies, A Love Story, a 25,000 word oral history of "the original frenemies" Siskel and Ebert that is hosted in full by The Chicagoan. [Slate]

Afternoon Links: Katy Perry Signed Her Divorce Papers With A Smile, ‘Portlandia’ Gets Book Treatment

● Katy Perry signed her divorce papers with a big ole smiley face under her name. And probably with one on her face, as well. [Radar]

● Good news? Michael Showalter has confirmed that a Wet Hot American Summer sequel starring the complete original cast is "absolutely" happening. "One hundred percent yes. The whole gang. Everyone’s back. We’re doing it," he says. Best news! [/Film]

● Adele will not be bothered by Karl Lagerfeld’s (since rescinded) suggestion that she is "too fat." "I’ve never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I’m very proud of that," she says in this month’s UK edition of Marie Claire. "Weight has nothing to do with my career." [MTV]

● Anyone know if Macaulay Culkin is OK? He’s looking "gaunt," "extremely skeletal," or "old" — depending on who you ask — these days. Should someone call Mila? [Gawker]

Portlandia is getting the book treatment: Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have been tapped to write a travel guide to their "unique, surreal" Portlandia world, due out this fall via Grand Central Publishing.  [GalleyCat]

St. Vincent & Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock Stop By ‘Portlandia’

Portlandia has been racking up the musician cameos this season, kicking things off with Eddie Vedder. Last night, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, with an assist from Kyle MacLachlan, and Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock both turned up.  Take a look.

Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are brought in to help restructure the Portland Police Department with Clark modeling a new look for the uniform: a tutu and gold shirt.

Brock appears in a sketch where PTA members argue over what vinyls should be accepted for the pre-school library. “You don’t know Kraut rock?"