The Funniest Five 2014

Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers.

Cover Story Where my ladies at? Not in this year’s Funniest 5. When votes started rolling in for the... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Sugar Shackup

An effort to clean up a seedy corner in Cully could give millions to an alleged prostitution and money-laundering ring.

News Stories The silhouette of a naked woman on the Sugar Shack sign still draws attention to the... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Hotseat: Mike Fors

He put a Bitcoin ATM in Pioneer Place. Now he hopes people will see why they should use it.

News Stories There’s an ATM at Pioneer Place that turns virtual money into cash you can... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: Kerry Eggers

The author of a new book about the Ducks-Beavers football rivalry talks platypus and pep talks.

Culture Features College football is dominated by bitter rivalries and weird trophies. A... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Thanksgiving In Portland Means Running. Time To Pick The Right Race.

Headout Tofurky Trot Tofurky’s run raises money for local vegan organizations.... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Karam Restaurant: Double Generous

Tony Karam is back with an excellent new Lebanese place in the Pearl.

Food Reviews & Stories The last crumbs of the appetizers have been cleared, and the salad... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR
 
 

Beer, Broken Toilets and Christmas on Acid

Remembering Dekum Manor, Portland's most infamous house-show venue.

Music Last week, Dekum Manor—for many years Portland's preeminent house show venue, located at 422 NE Dekum St.—burned down. Though its heyday had passed, the loss represents yet another casualty during a year that has been the disappearance of many local cultural institutions. We asked former residents and regulars for their memories of what some consider the city's best unofficial show-space.  CHRIS H., former resident: "I moved into the house around 2006. It was my first house after ... More

Nov 25, 2014 03:49 pm by MATTHEW SINGER
 

New Poll Says Portlanders Want to Vote on the Street Fee

Hales' spokesman: "We could have saved them a whole lot of money and told them that."

News A poll coordinated by the Portland Business Alliance shows 77 percent of Portlanders want to vote on the street fee.Mayor Charlie Hales and City ... More

Nov 25, 2014 03:45 pm by AARON MESH
 

Petroleum Lobbyist Rejects Meeting with Mayor Charlie Hales Over Street Fee

News In the past two weeks, the rift between Portland City Hall and the business lobby over a $46 million street fee has grown increasingly antagonist... More

Nov 25, 2014 02:15 pm by AARON MESH
 

19 Portland Police Bureau Employees Liked the "I am Darren Wilson" Facebook Posts

News The three Portland Police officers reprimanded for creating Facebook posts showing their badges wrapped in the slogan "I am Darren Wilson" were n... More

Nov 25, 2014 02:10 pm by MILLER RESOR
 

New Comedy Venue Opening in Basement of Bike Shop

Kickstand Comedy Space will run out of Velo Cult's basement on weekday evenings.

Arts & Books A new comedy venue is about to open in the basement of a bike shop.With a soft opening slated for Dec. 8 and a full launch in January, Kickstand ... More

Nov 25, 2014 11:29 am by REBECCA JACOBSON
 
 

The Funniest Five 2014

Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers.

Cover Story Where my ladies at? Not in this year’s Funniest 5. When votes started rolling in for the Funniest 5—our annual poll of Portland’s standup community to determine this city’s best come ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Sugar Shackup

An effort to clean up a seedy corner in Cully could give millions to an alleged prostitution and money-laundering ring.

News Stories The silhouette of a naked woman on the Sugar Shack sign still draws attention to the shuttered strip club and what was once a one-stop shopping center for sex. The triangle of land where Nor ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Hotseat: Kerry Eggers

The author of a new book about the Ducks-Beavers football rivalry talks platypus and pep talks.

Culture Features College football is dominated by bitter rivalries and weird trophies. A lot of it’s pretty silly—golden eggs, bejeweled shillelaghs, golden wagon wheels, a little brown jug, and Oregon’s ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Hotseat: Mike Fors

He put a Bitcoin ATM in Pioneer Place. Now he hopes people will see why they should use it.

News Stories There’s an ATM at Pioneer Place that turns virtual money into cash you can hold in your hand. The machine allows you to buy Bitcoin—currency backed by no government and that exists only on ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Karam Restaurant: Double Generous

Tony Karam is back with an excellent new Lebanese place in the Pearl.

Food Reviews & Stories The last crumbs of the appetizers have been cleared, and the salad plates are stacked with the pita basket atop. There are no unused glasses. Still, there’s no empty space on the table when th ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Thanksgiving In Portland Means Running. Time To Pick The Right Race.

Headout Tofurky Trot Tofurky’s run raises money for local vegan organizations. The 5K run goes through Mount Tabor Park with vegan food at the finish line. Mount Tabor Park, picnic area A, on the n ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 1, Sean Jordan

Comedy and Variety Sean Jordan is the first to admit he’s somewhat forgettable. A tall, decent-looking white dude, perpetually clad in jeans and a hoodie, he looks like a skater bro who never grew up. Sometimes, ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 2, Curtis Cook

Comedy and Variety Curtis Cook is used to telling jokes to white people. He got his first crack at standup in middle school in Auburn Township, Ohio, a rural exurb east of Cleveland that’s 97 percent white. The se ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 3, Steven Wilber

Comedy and Variety Three years ago, Steven Wilber was worn down. He was stuck in an uninspiring administrative job at a collection agency and felt short on creative motivation. So he made himself a promise: seven ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 4, Christian Ricketts

Comedy and Variety Christian Ricketts’ path to comedy began by getting drunk and sitting in a parked car with a loaded gun. “I thought of joining the Army and suicide,” he says of those days, “two things that ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 5, Nariko Ott

Comedy and Variety For Nariko Ott, being funny isn’t a personality trait, it’s a survival instinct. As the second of four children raised by a single mother, he knew from a young age that if he didn’t stand ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

10 Portland Comedy Showcases Worth Seeing

Comedy and Variety Am I Right, Ladies? Another week, another rape joke, another Twitter firestorm. This monthly showcase, produced by Jen Tam, positions itself as a counterbalance to the misogyny and sexism in the ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Six Local Podcasts Worth Hearing

Comedy and Variety Levine Large youtube.com/user/levinelargepodcast Sure, Kristine Levine is funny. Everybody knows that. But what you might not know is that her kids are funny, too. In Levine Large, the blue-collar ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Funny On the Internet

Our favorite tweets from Portland comedians.

Comedy and Variety Portland taught me that if you plant a food cart in fertile soil you’ll get a condo building in about a year. —Jason Traeger This guy asked me if I had had sex with a lot of men, and I was like, ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Strain Review: Green Crack

Culture Features The two most common words describing the psychoactive effects of cannabis are “high” and “stoned”—but have you ever considered the difference between the two? They’re often used in ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Top Portland Event Picks, November 26 - December 2

Headout Picks THURSDAY NOV. 27 THANKSGIVING AT DAD’S [SOLACE] Right after your volunteer shift at City Team Ministries, hop across the street to My Father’s Place—family to everyone, whether old, drun ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

C’mon, Get Happy

Horse Feathers’ Justin Ringle cheers up…sort of.

Music Stories Justin Ringle generally doesn’t see things in black and white. As the lead vocalist and songwriter behind Portland’s Horse Feathers, he’s spent the better part of a decade struggling to ma ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Primer: A Concerned Parent’s Guide to Trapfest

Music Stories Ah! What is that horrible noise?! It sounds like a bunch of alarm clocks going off at once, but with a horn section behind it!   It’s a song called— That’s a song? Yes. The name is � ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: New Move

“Don’t Wanna Lose” (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [CLASSIC POP] When it comes to songwriting, Jesse Bettis is an unabashed classicist. That was true of Oh Captain My Captain, his former band, whose widescreen pop drew upon Bowie, Queen and Radi ... More

Nov 26, 2014 10:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Q&A: Hutch Harris on Standup Comedy

How the Thermals’ frontman went from shouting down injustice to joking about man boobs.

Music Stories Comedy is the new punk rock, they say, but in the case of Hutch Harris, punks are the new comics. In recent weeks, the Thermals’ singer-guitarist has gone from Portland comedy-scene booster to ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Ranger Station: Park Life

Bar Reviews If you somehow woke up inside The Ranger Station (4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 894-8455, rangerstationpdx.com), it would be easy to believe you were actually inside a ranger station. The tiny and ru ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Haan Ghin: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Portland now has a second contender for an iconic food-cart chicken dish from Southeast Asia, and its name is mii gai. Nong Poonsukwattana, maker of Portland’s go-to Thai chicken-and-rice di ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Beer Review: Arctos (Baerlic Brewing)

Drank What makes winter ale wintery? That’s a matter of intense debate, especially in Portland, where spiced Christmas ales were long rejected as insufficiently beery beers. Personally, I tend to fa ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Dr. Know: Can I pay for a coin-op parking meter space using the “smart meter” across the street?

Dr. Know There are still a few coin-operated parking meters in Portland. As a civilized human, I rarely carry any cash, much less four bucks in quarters to park downtown for three hours. Can I pay for ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You

Hell and high wind.

Books Perhaps it’s inevitable that any attempt at the Great American Novel written today would end in ruins. Like John Updike’s Rabbit series, Richard Ford’s four Frank Bascombe books have been on ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Scoop: Don’t Call Us Chicken.

Scoop TWO DOZENDRUMMERS NEEDED: Beginning next September, 23 Portland bands will be in need of a new drummer. Papi Fimbres, one of the city’s busiest musicians, is moving to Germany for a year. “Wit ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Lickety Brit

English comic Matt Kirshen makes himself more than a novelty act.

Comedy and Variety As a Brit living in the U.S., comedian Matt Kirshen knows his accent can be a bit distracting. But sometimes, it slips his mind that he sounds different from everyone else. “It’s like th ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.

Theater For a few moments after the introductory dance barrage, right when one of Portland’s oldest comedy troupes settles down for a looooong winter’s slapstick, The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas feel ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

AP Film Studies: Portland’s Poet

Walt Curtis on Mala Noche, Portland’s literary history and Hollywood dildos.

Movie Reviews & Stories Poet Walt Curtis sits in a tiny room in his shared house in Kerns, amid stacks of books and papers and an in-progress abstract nude painting. As the smell of grilled meat wafts in from the Mexican ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Murmurs: In Oracle vs. Oregon, Maybe the Lobbyists Win.

Murmurs Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean rose to prominence in national politics as a founder of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT rights organization. But the HRC announced ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Album Review: Rap Class

“Alone” (Dropping Gems)

Album Reviews [TECHNO SHOUT-OUT]  It doesn’t take too long into Rap Class’ new single, “Alone,” to forget about the golden-era hip-hop breakbeat that opens it up. But the techno rhythm and spar ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

The Way He Looks

Bach and Belle (and Sebastian)

Movie Reviews & Stories Forget the love triangle. The Way He Looks gives us the love rhombus. Giovana loves Leonardo but Leonardo loves Gabriel and Gabriel loves Belle and Sebastian. The film, from Brazilian writer-d ... More

Nov 25, 2014 06:30 pm by DEBORAH KENNEDY

Goodbye to Language

Farthouse cinema.

Movie Reviews & Stories Jean-Luc Godard could make a movie about a potato and produce something engrossing. Goodbye to Language is a new 3-D essay film by this luminary of the French New Wave, which is another way of s ... More

Nov 25, 2014 06:30 pm by MICHAEL NORDINE

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

Nov 25, 2014 08:45 pm by WW Culture Staff

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

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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