Kristina Olvera Says She is a Woman. The Prison System Says He is a Man.

The fight for justice for Oregon’s transgender inmates.

Cover Story Kristina Olvera wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of crossing her legs when she sits, applying... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Put a Label On It

It’s Oregon’s turn (again) to debate the labeling of GMO foods.

News Stories There’s much to talk about in Ashland—a southern Oregon winter so dry that, for the... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Moving the Needle

A new law expanding the use of an anti-overdose drug is cutting the number of heroin deaths.

News Stories Two months ago, a heroin user overdosed on the Southwest Salmon Street overpass... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Sports Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

Cloudy Days

A restrictive new state law that led to the temporary closure of medical marijuana dispensaries taught us a lesson we should have already known.

Culture Features Editor’s note: Columnist Wm. Willard Greene is on a spirit... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

Candylands Before Time

The last two drugstore soda fountains in Portland.

Food Reviews & Stories Sandy Boulevard is the Bob Barker of Portland thoroughfares,... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 
 

Fun Facts About Tilikum, the Serial Killer Whale TriMet Named its New Bridge After

Orca best known for erectile fin dysfunction, murder.

Features Wednesday's announcement that TriMet has named the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge after the murderous orca Tilikum has led to renewed interest in the life and homicides of this beloved killer whale. The transit agency had considered other names for the bridge, but ruled out the most-suggested name, that of popular street musician "Working" Kirk Reeves, after determining that he lacked "historical and lasting significance." The naming committee also spurned pioneering feminist publ... More

Apr 17, 2014 10:20 am by Matthew Korfhage and Aaron Mesh
 

Portland Streetcar Audit Says City Violated State Law

News A new city audit of Portland Streetcar says City Hall is breaking state law in how it allows the streetcar's private operator to control public m... More

Apr 17, 2014 10:03 am by AARON MESH
 

Hotseat: Alison Roper

The retiring ballerina talks about her favorite moments, mishaps, injuries and next steps.

Arts & Books Alison Roper retires from Oregon Ballet Theatre this month after 18 seasons with the company. The 40-year-old ballerina has been with the company... More

Apr 17, 2014 09:08 am by AARON SPENCER
 

WATCH: Queens of the Stone Age Performs with Nick Oliveri For the First Time in 10 Years at Portland's Keller Auditorium

Music Queens of the Stone Age is the best damn rock band on the planet. Granted, there isn't a whole lot of competition left for that titl... More

Apr 16, 2014 03:48 pm by Matthew Singer
 

Former Portland Finance Chief Jack D. Graham Will Sue City for Racial Discrimination

News The City of Portland's former finance chief, Jack D. Graham, has filed notice of his intent to sue the city for racial discrimination and defamat... More

Apr 16, 2014 03:07 pm by AARON MESH
 
 

Kristina Olvera Says She is a Woman. The Prison System Says He is a Man.

The fight for justice for Oregon’s transgender inmates.

Cover Story Kristina Olvera wants to enjoy the simple pleasures of crossing her legs when she sits, applying eyeliner and pouting her lips. Her landlord disapproves when she plays with her hair, grows out her n ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Put a Label On It

It’s Oregon’s turn (again) to debate the labeling of GMO foods.

News Stories There’s much to talk about in Ashland—a southern Oregon winter so dry that, for the first time in 50 years, the local ski mountain failed to open, or the fare at this year’s Oregon Shakespea ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Moving the Needle

A new law expanding the use of an anti-overdose drug is cutting the number of heroin deaths.

News Stories Two months ago, a heroin user overdosed on the Southwest Salmon Street overpass across Interstate 405, about a block from the headquarters of Outside In. Someone alerted the staff at the nonpr ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by BRENT WALTH

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Sports Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season. Their April 13 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting guard Ste ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

Cloudy Days

A restrictive new state law that led to the temporary closure of medical marijuana dispensaries taught us a lesson we should have already known.

Culture Features Editor’s note: Columnist Wm. Willard Greene is on a spirit quest in the Rockies. In his place, we’ve asked another writer to chime in about recent changes to Oregon dispensary laws. Mari ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

Candylands Before Time

The last two drugstore soda fountains in Portland.

Food Reviews & Stories Sandy Boulevard is the Bob Barker of Portland thoroughfares, the one street that time has chosen not to visit. There are now only two old-time drugstore soda fountains left in Portland, and both ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

AP Film Studies: High and Mighty

The incredibly stupid Heavy Metal is essential 4/20 viewing.

Movie Reviews & Stories When the hell did stoner movies get so damn complicated? The best of the recent crop of “let’s get high” films, the Seth Rogen-James Franco opuses Pineapple Express and This Is the End, ar ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Saturday, April 19

Alynda Lee Segarra may have settled down, but her music hasn’t.

Music Stories [FOLK] Alynda Lee Segarra admits she’s gotten soft. Once a teenage vagabond, who left home before she was old enough to vote and spent time hopping freight trains and hitchhiking around the co ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Murmurs: All The News We Wrote While The Sun Was Out.

Murmurs Proponents of an initiative to ban public funding for abortions are employing a novel tactic: The group’s website, Oregon2014.org, allows users to search for the names of people who have signed th ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Transcendence

There’s a ghost in the machine.

Movie Reviews & Stories On the surface, techno thrillers seem like a slam dunk: As technology evolves, so do the potential plot devices for effects-heavy films that pit man against the very stuff designed to benefit hu ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Dom Hemingway

Pretty boy turns petty; preaches with poetry.

Movie Reviews & Stories Jude Law is all grown up. In Richard Shepard’s gangster send-up Dom Hemingway, Law has ditched his pretty-boy looks to play a petty criminal with a paunch and “a face like an abortion.” (D ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

Holy High Day

Your 4/20 concert guide.

Music Stories What is 4/20, anyway? Theoretically, it’s unofficial National Marijuana Appreciation Day, but that implies those who observe it don’t appreciate the shrubbery of the gods every other day of th ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Top Five Greatest Stories Slick Rick Ever Told

by Risky Star

Top 5 “A Teenage Love” A story of adolescent love and the insecurities of young men and women. This song brings me back to childhood and the electric energy my neighborhood had at the time in the �� ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Introducing...: Phone Call

Music Stories Who: Bailey Winters (vocals, drums, bass, production), Johnny Zeigler (keyboards, drums, bass, production). Sounds like: The disco love child of R. Kelly and Flight of the Conchords.   For fans ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by GRACE STAINBACK

pool (no water) (Theatre Vertigo)

No lifeguard on duty.

Performance Say a man dies of AIDS. Now say a friend collects his blood and bandages and condoms and catheters and makes them into art. Has this artist crossed the line between creation and exploitation? At ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Anonymous Women, Eva Lake

Independent women, part 3.

Visual Arts Don’t you just love it when poetic men insist that women are stand-ins for something other than, well, women? Shakespeare famously compared his lady love to a summer’s day, while Lord Byron ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Hannah Kent, Burial Rites

A sentence of sorts in Kornsá.

Books Burial Rites (Back Bay Books, 311 pages, $15) is a fictional reimagining of the life of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a farmhand who awaits execution for murdering her employer in 19th-century Iceland ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

Album Review: Sleep

Oregon Failure (Oldominion)

Album Reviews [PO-HOP] On the first verse of “Rap Rehab,” a playfully introspective track on Oregon Failure, the newest album from Portland MC Sleep, the 37-year-old poses a question that most rappers undou ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by REED JACKSON

Headout Picks 4/16/14

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY APRIL 16 DJ QUESTLOVE [MUSIC] Ain’t no party like a Questlove party ’cause at a Questlove party, you might learn something. The new Tonight Show bandleader is a walking music encyclope ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Headout: World Warriors

Wrestling Church is spending Easter Sunday preaching the Gospel of the Squared Circle. Here’s a primer on the real global game.

Headout Professional wrestling isn’t a sport. I’ll give its detractors that. It’s something much more interesting—a form of physical theater, misunderstood in the United States but with deep cul ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Elements PDX: Cloud-Chasing

Bar Reviews Maybe you’ve been curious about those things people are sucking on around town. They look like a cross between a lightsaber and a dentist’s drill and emit thick clouds of watery mist that smel ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Sabrosa Barbosa

Food Cart Reviews Silvia Barbosa asks only two questions when presented with indecisive customers at Sabrosa Barbosa: “Are you a vegetarian?” (No.) “Do you like spicy foods?” (Yes.) If those are your answer ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

Drank: Barrel-Aged Night Cap (Coalition Brewing)

Drank In dark porters and stouts, coffee typically reads as rich and bitter. But some of the most refreshing flavors in coffee are those bright, fruity notes you get from lighter roasts or cold-presse ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Scoop: Cuff the Rancher, Take the Cattle.

Scoop SCHOOL’S OUT: Even Portland’s architecture is screwing with hip-hop shows now. On April 13, a concert by Schoolboy Q at the Crystal Ballroom ended about 20 minutes into the L.A. rapper’s headlin ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dynamic Duet

On and off the dance floor, Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know when to push one another.

Dance As sisters, Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know siblings don’t get anywhere by being babied. So even as they look out for each other, they won’t hesitate to make the other do things for herse ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER
 

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