I did not envy actor Dennis Farina when he was cast to replace Jerry Orbach on Law & Order. Farina’s Det. Joe Montana had an edge and flashiness that was more old time Little Italy than Lower East Side. But that was fitting for such a quintessentially New York series. Lennie Briscoe was irreplaceable but Joe Montana was still compelling to watch.
This lady was playing a ukulele outside the Black Cat cafe on Alberta Street in Portland. I offered a dollar, as her performance was more than competent. She graciously accepted but also requested some of my just-purchased coffee. I poured a little into the thimble-sized paper cup at her table. We talked a bit more and let me take her photo before I went on my way. She rejected the first but approved the second.
Posted by Stephen Robinson on July 22, 2013 in Social Commentary
Tags: Alberta Arts District, Black Cat Cafe, Portland