by Steve Haruch
Where: Portland Brew East, 1921 Eastland Ave.
When: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 19
In a video recently posted to YouTube, writer Patrick Wensink makes an apology, of sorts, to a certain noted Gambler. “I’m sorry I made you the villain of my novel, Black Hole Blues,” Wensink intones, in a voice that’s every bit as snotty as menwholooklikekennyrogers.com is full of men who look like Kenny Rogers. “I assumed you’d never been the villain of a novel before and would be flattered,” he continues, before finally cutting the deck: “I’m sorry I got so mad I started a website called ‘Death to Kenny Rogers.’ I’m sorry I said you were the Unabomber. I’m sorry I said you eat babies. ... I’m sorry that I created a game called ‘Death to Kenny Rogers,’ and I’m sorry I held it around the country on my book tour this year.” Wensink’s so sorry, in fact, he’ll be hosting that very game — and reading from his book, of course — in Rogers’ old stomping grounds. Hope he knows when to run.