The Potlander

Our annual weed issue.

Cover Story Welcome to the new normal. It took a while. Oregon’s journey to legal weed, which culminates... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Prison Blues—And Grays

An aging population of inmates is costing Oregon a bundle.

News Stories Oregon prisons are looking more and more like assisted living centers. That’s because... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Fired Up

Commissioner Diane McKeel’s husband pulled strings with county officials.

Politics The husband of Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel used his relationship... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Supermess

Portland Public Schools must decide what to do with a principal arrested for—but not charged with—domestic violence.

Schools In the Portland Public Schools firmament, few stars shined as brightly... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

NachoQuest

Don’t settle for subpar Super Bowl nachos.

Food Reviews & Stories There’s a lot that can go wrong with nachos. An unfavorable... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Desert Rain

A Portland ethnomusicologist remakes Purple Rain in the Sahara.

Music Stories One thing Christopher Kirkley can’t be accused of is... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER
 
 

Nonprofit's Taxpayer Funding Spiked the Year It Employed Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes

State money increased eight-fold, and then all but disappeared after she quit.

News A Eugene nonprofit saw its funding from the state of Oregon soar eight-fold the year it put First Lady Cylvia Hayes on the payroll. Hayes only lasted in the job a few months, and right after she left, Gov. John Kitzhaber's administration cut state payments to the group to almost nothing.State records show that the nonprofit, Rural Development Initiatives, saw its state funding grow from $25,000 in 2010 to more than $214,000 in 2011, the year Hayes went to work there. RDI saw its state funding fa... More

Jan 29, 2015 08:10 pm by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

Beats Per Week: The Liquor Store Tour

Portland's Best Dance Music Options Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Music The Liquor Store is a newly renovated microclub taking over the old Blue Monk tenancy with Saturday’s Pillowtalk set. I stopped by for a visit ... More

Jan 29, 2015 06:57 pm by MITCH LILLIE
 

Portland Public Schools Graduation Rates: Disparities Persist, But Picture Improves

News WW's Jan. 14 cover story on Portland Public Schools' latest reforms noted that high school graduation rates in the district had risen under ... More

Jan 29, 2015 02:36 pm by Beth Slovic
 

Daimler Trucks North America Settles Civil-Rights Complaints Over Racial Harassment for Record $2.4 Million

News Daimler Trucks North America has signed a $2.4 million settlement to resolve allegations that minorities working at the company’s Swan Island p... More

Jan 29, 2015 08:30 am by AARON MESH
 

Did Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes File a False Tax Return With the IRS?

A new report suggests she didn't disclose all of her income in 2012.

News Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes has been collecting private consulting fees while serving as an adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber—and that practice... More

Jan 28, 2015 01:11 pm by NIGEL JAQUISS
 
 

The Potlander

Our annual weed issue.

Cover Story Welcome to the new normal. It took a while. Oregon’s journey to legal weed, which culminates in a big, smoky rally on the waterfront this July, started way back in 1973, when we decriminal ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Prison Blues—And Grays

An aging population of inmates is costing Oregon a bundle.

News Stories Oregon prisons are looking more and more like assisted living centers. That’s because Oregon houses the highest percentage of elderly inmates in the nation, according to a 2014 report by the ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Supermess

Portland Public Schools must decide what to do with a principal arrested for—but not charged with—domestic violence.

Schools In the Portland Public Schools firmament, few stars shined as brightly as Marti Diaz. The former teacher rose to the position of principal at Southeast Portland’s Kelly Elementary School in ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Fired Up

Commissioner Diane McKeel’s husband pulled strings with county officials.

Politics The husband of Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel used his relationship with McKeel to get his way in a land-use dispute last year over a local fire station. Records show Dr. Mike Mc ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

NachoQuest

Don’t settle for subpar Super Bowl nachos.

Food Reviews & Stories There’s a lot that can go wrong with nachos. An unfavorable ratio of chips to toppings, congealed cheese sauce, globs of brown guacamole, tough chicken—any of these moving parts can break, ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Desert Rain

A Portland ethnomusicologist remakes Purple Rain in the Sahara.

Music Stories One thing Christopher Kirkley can’t be accused of is lacking ambition. Since 2008, through his Sahelsounds blog and record label, the Portland “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” has collected a ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

How To Buy Legal Weed

The dos and don’ts of budtender etiquette.

Weed We get it. The first time you bought weed was on your neighbor’s couch, while these days you can drive to a well-lit pot shop in Vancouver—or, if you’re an OMMP card-carrying patient, a ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by Mary Romano

High Froth

Portlander Dave Goldstein brought laboratory science to the art of making bongs.

Weed As Dave Goldstein took a rip off his new bong, his first thoughts drifted to the law. I’m going to need a patent lawyer, he thought. Goldstein can claim the percolator and the ash trap as in ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Get in the Van’

On the road, lookin’ for weed, in the ’Couv.

Weed It took a little longer than it needed to, but Washington has finally figured out the recreational marijuana business. Or so it seems from a recent Saturday afternoon trek to the two recreatio ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MAJOR E. SKINNER

Kinder Bud

10 Portland weed shops offering the city’s best deals.

Weed Click on image below for larger version: A. Best Monday pick-me-up: TreeHouse Collective (2419 NE Sandy Blvd., pdxtreehouse.com) Free edible with purchase on Mondays. TreeHouse has a wide se ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by Mary Romano

4/20/7

Can a lifelong weed-hater find a strain he likes?

Weed I’ve never liked weed. This confuses certain people; it’s like I just told them I hate ice cream. But at the age of 21, it was a profound relief when I figured out I could just pass the join ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by ROBERTO JAMÓN

How To Talk To Your Parents About Weed

Now that weed is going legal, your mom and dad may have some questions. Here’s what to tell them.

Weed The prohibitionists warned us it would happen, and it did. Oregon’s legalization of marijuana has profoundly altered the public’s perception of the once-illicit substance. Legalization—e ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MAJOR E. SKINNER

Green Genes

Weed’s been with us since the Ancient Steppes. Portland’s Phylos Bioscience will revolutionize what we know about it.

Weed In the winding curves south of I-405, across the street from the Oregon Health & Science University Integrity Office, the history of marijuana is being mapped. For 10,000 years, humans have ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

The New Crop

Six Portland dispensaries that point to the future of retail weed.

Weed Checking out a new dispensary is a gamble. Menus and discounts can be found online, but there’s no early warning system against running into the middle-aged shop owner who mentions during ch ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE, Mary Romano

The Flyover States, Part II

Willie Weed Editor’s note: Last week, Wm. Willard Greene wrote about traveling to Dallas to watch the Ducks’ game and not bringing any weed because he was worried about getting busted. His experiences w ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Street: The Con

Street Wizard World brings out the fans. Photos by Katie Dennis.   ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by KATIE DENNIS

Handy-Dandy Super Bowl XLIX Prediction Worksheet

Keep score at home! The team with more checks is your likely champion.

Headout WATCH: The Super Bowl airs on KGW, Channel 8, at 3:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 1.  ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Top Portland Event Picks, January 28 - February 3

Headout Picks THURSDAY JAN. 29 AKOUNAK TEDALAT TAHA TAZOUGHAI [DESERT RAIN] Portland blogger and “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” Christopher Kirkley premieres his directorial debut, a remake of Purple Rain se ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

AP Film Studies: The Passion Of The Spliced

Church of Film worships at the altar of obscure cinema.

Movie Reviews & Stories In 2013, Matthew Lucas and Leslie Napoles quietly started a film club for a few friends to gather, geek out over lesser-known cinema and sip a little wine. Soon, it became a church that worships ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Patton Oswalt, Silver Screen Fiend

The old fantasy about shovel-murdering George Lucas.

Books There’s a bit in Patton Oswalt’s 2007 standup record, Werewolves and Lollipops, where he says his “geekiness is getting in the way of his nerdiness.” To casual fans who came Oswalt’s way v ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Russian Soul

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s epic Leviathan has a heavy heart and light hand.

Movie Reviews & Stories In 2004, Marvin Heemeyer drove an armor-plated bulldozer through 13 buildings, including a newspaper office and the town hall, in his small Colorado town. Heemeyer, a welder, had snapped after ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Too Many Zooz: Saturday, Jan. 31, at Roseland Theater

Some real underground music.

Music Stories In a way, the New York City subway system is kind of like Satyricon, Portland’s legendary punk club. Take it from drummer David Parks, who’s played both. “There’s a certain randomnes ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 13

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings After driving the postwar economy into the ground and mortgaging their kids’ future, baby boomers are growing old in Oregon prisons in droves, which is expensive. The life of a child in Gresham is ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Scoop: You Mad, Bro?

Scoop GHOST OF BARS PAST: What’s going in the former Wildwood space? Last week, passers-by on Northwest 21st Avenue—including a former chef at the restaurant—saw what appeared to be a new restaura ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Savoy Tavern: Bar Review

In, Out, In

Bar Reviews Things are changing fast at Savoy Tavern (2500 SE Clinton St., 808-9999, savoypdx.com). Broder proprietor Peter Bro’s “Midwestern-inspired American food” tavern on Clinton Corner was never ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Album Review: Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars (Relapse)

Album Reviews [SLUDGE BEASTS] Describing Lord Dying as “stoner metal” is an easy mistake to make. Between the band’s Portland roots and its flannel-clad, Viking-kush aesthetic, one would expect a sludgy ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Introducing: Karmelloz

Music Stories Who: Producer Matthew Pepitone. Sounds like: Ambient music stripped of all pretense and programmed for club versatility by an itinerant neurologist-cum-software developer living on a weed farm de ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Gender Tree

Bend and rend.

Theater A work in progress by Portlander Cassandra Boice, Gender Tree begins by posing a few questions. Do people still identify with traditional gender roles? How do you define the word “gender”? B ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Nick Jaina, Get It While You Can

Suffering, and reflecting, in silence.

Books Nick Jaina is not famous. Far from it, really. But the question of what it means to be an artist—and how much pain you’re willing to endure to pursue your art in the quest for something grea ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

A Most Violent Year: Movie Review

Down and out in New York City.

Movie Reviews & Stories Calling A Most Violent Year a period piece is like calling a ruby a rock. Yes, the film takes place in 1981 New York, one of the most crime-ridden years in the city’s history. And yes, directo ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Mr. Turner: Movie Review

Brilliant scenery, with extra spittle.

Movie Reviews & Stories Known as “the painter of light,” J.M.W. Turner created some of the world’s most awe-inspiring artwork. His landscapes are by turns frightful and beautiful, and the same goes for Mr. Turner ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Dr. Know: Is it socially acceptable in Portland to take bottles and cans from strangers’ recycling bins?

Dr. Know Is it socially acceptable in Portland to take bottles and cans from strangers’ recycling bins? In my old hometown, this was considered stealing—it deprived the city of revenue for the recycl ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Album Review: Eternal Tapestry

Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey)

Album Reviews [FRAGARIA VESCA] Slowly but decisively, Eternal Tapestry’s been easing itself into a more pastoral conception of psychedelia. This new double album, as fragile as any German synth extravaganza ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Perchance to Dream

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Enter the Night is beautiful, surreal and surprisingly funny.

Theater In Enter the Night, playwright Maria Irene Fornes takes on big issues. One character mourns the loss of his lover to AIDS. Another visits a doctor for her worsening heart palpitations. The third ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Murmurs: No Influence. Nope. None Whatsover.

Murmurs The Portland Development Commission is finally making progress unloading land it has collected in the Lents neighborhood. The PDC plans to sell six of the 12 Lents acres it owns to developers—includ ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Stoopid Burger: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Some of the best french fries in Portland are served crinkle-cut and salty in a crumpled paper bag, in a rain-slicked parking lot, by two guys who seem as if they’re having the time of their l ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Beer Review: Hawthorne’s Best Bitter (Lucky Labrador)

Drank As one of the original six recipes at Lucky Lab, Hawthorne’s Best Bitter has been around for a generation. Come this October, the beer would be 21, old enough to drink itself, if beers could ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

Food Reviews & Stories A list of the five spots we're excited about right now—maybe taquerias we've loved forever, maybe seafood spots with special menus this week. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?
... More

Jan 28, 2015 04:59 pm by WW Culture Staff

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

Food Reviews & Stories Our pick for the top brewpub, dive bar or wine lounge might change by the time you've finished reading this. But here are the spots, new and old, that we're most excited about right now. ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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