TATAS for TOYS – Late-Night Shopping Spree

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December 23, 1:30am, a group of dancers, comedians & musicians from Portland, Oregon went on a $4,500 shopping spree to benefit the kids at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Hours earlier, the money was raised during TATAS for TOYS, an annual event hosted by comedian Aaron Ross, where a dozen of the Rose City’s finest strippers presented the party of the year to a generous audience at Dante’s.

By 3:00am, these merry men and women were unloading bin after bin of toys at the hospital, so that when the brave children of Doernbecher awoke on Christmas, they would have plenty of presents to brighten their day.

These photos and video recap an event like no other, that brought just as much pleasure to those who did the shopping, as it did to those who received the presents. Thank you to our sponsors that donated to the cause, including Bowyer & FletcherBull Run Distillery, Devil’s PointGreen Dragon, Fat HeadsJim Beam, Kit Kat Club, NW Elixirs Hott Sauce, Lucky Devil LoungeOriginal New York Seltzer, Paul’s Cigars, Sassy’s, Taboo Video, Voodoo Doughnut, and Widmer Brewing!

We are very grateful to all those who assisted in helping us break our $4k goal, and look forward to setting new marks of excellence in 2016!

NATHAN BAUMGARTNER IS FUNNY

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(Photos by Tom Chamberlain)

Nathan Baumgartner is funny.

He is not a comedian.

He is the singer for my favorite band in Portland, And And And.

His songs feature witty, wry humor amidst dark, honest, revealing lyrics. This mixture crosses over into his performances on “Who’s the Ross?” In a little over a year, Nathan has been our musical guest a half dozen times, each performance backed by THEM! THE BAND! is fascinating not only for how different the songs can sound from his records, but most recognizably for how unrecognizable Nate becomes in these performances.

Nathan is my Andy Kaufman.

It is not typical for a musician to morph so uniquely into a variety of characters during their performances. I figure that type of skill is reserved for musical theater actors. Nathan brings an odd, hilarious, eccentric sensibility to his characters, but most astounding is the heart each character possesses, as they bares his name, and I believe, are an extension of the man himself.

Most enjoyable, as the host, is Nathan’s phenomenal improvisations skills. Each time we hit stage together, there is no script, and I can never predict where things are going to go. Characters vary in their high/low status, and Nathan always gives as much as he takes. It is a true pleasure to go head to head with such a committed performer. In fact, I’m rather jealous of how wild he gets to be, as I play the role of straight man…but David Letterman had the district pleasure of giving the world Andy Kaufman’s most unique performances, seemingly an equal mastermind in the process. With Nate, I feel I have even less a safety than Dave had, but an infinite level of trust.

This Tuesday, Dec 29 at Dante’s is our “Best of 2015 Spectacular” and with Nate as our guest, I have no idea what kind of character he will play, or what he will do. I would have it no other way!

Now, enjoy all of Nathan’s appearances on WTR, in order from real Nate, to the return of “bad ass” “Losing Team” Nate…

-Aaron Ross