Best of Portland 2014: Best of the Year

A survey of other things WW formally declared “The Best” in the past 12 months.

Featured Stories The best thing about being high: “When every bite of food feels as if it was prepared and... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014

Cover Story Spoiler alert: There is no best pizza in this issue.  If you’re a longtime reader... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Gang Mentality

Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite.

News Stories Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

Goats On Parade

The Belmont goats drop the hits on Lents.

Headout In 1910, newly arrived Italian immigrants erected a massive warehouse... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Best of Portland 2014: Best Looks

Featured Stories BEST WISHES In Northeast Portland, on the border of the Irvington... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

What Mason Knew

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood makes coming of age feel new again.

Movie Reviews & Stories Boyhood took 12 years, in film as in life. For 12 years,... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 
 

Oregon Story Board Executive Director Nicholas De Wolff Steps Down

The high-tech and film organization names Jenny Moede as interim director

News Nicholas de Wolff is has stepped down July 25 as executive director of Oregon Story Board, a nonprofit incubator founded under Oregon Governor's Office of Film and Television in the spring of 2013 to foster "digital storytelling"—the confluence of tech and media. De Wolff, whose biography describes him as a "business strategist, marketing executive, and longtime Media and Entertainment industry pioneer," was hired in December 2013 as founding executive director. De Wolff's ... More

Jul 29, 2014 01:17 pm by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

Pabst Announces New Portland Music Festival

Project Pabst brings Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, GZA, Constantines on Sept. 26-28.

Music No doubt you were sitting around, in between recovering from PDX Pop Now and preparing for Pickathon this weekend (and MusicfestNW two weeks ... More

Jul 29, 2014 12:07 pm by MATTHEW SINGER
 

Swedish Government Denies Asylum for U.S. Citizen Who Claims Torture at Request of U.S. Government

Documents show Portland resident Yonas Fikre met with FBI before his arrest.

News The Swedish Migration Board this month denied asylum to Yonas Fikre, a Portland resident and American citizen who said he was tortured in the Uni... More

Jul 29, 2014 10:00 am by KATE WILLSON
 

Portland is America's Only Livable City, According to Notable British Magazine

Portland has Earth's 23rd best quality of life. No other American city is pleasantly habitable.

News Portland is the only city in America where citizens of the world should wish to live, according to Monocle, a prominent London-based magazine cov... More

Jul 29, 2014 09:58 am by Martin Cizmar
 

Startup of the Week: Ziba Design

News Founder: Sohrab VossoughiYear founded: 1984Location: 1044 NW 9th Ave.Valued at: Declined to sayZiba Design isn’t exactly a tech startup: It’s... More

Jul 28, 2014 03:50 pm by REBECCA TURLEY
 
 

Best of Portland 2014

Cover Story Spoiler alert: There is no best pizza in this issue.  If you’re a longtime reader of Willamette Week—which in November celebrates 40 years of presenting Portlanders with an independent ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Looks

Featured Stories BEST WISHES In Northeast Portland, on the border of the Irvington and King neighborhoods, where 7th Avenue and Morris Street form a T, there stands a tree. It’s a horse chestnut, with a thick t ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Gang Mentality

Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite.

News Stories Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence is out of control.  Terse warnings from police and fallout from three recent high-profile shootings have pro ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

Wooos and Brews: Oregon Brewfest 2014

Your cheat sheet to the most interesting beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival 2014.

Drank This year’s Oregon Brewers Festival has something for every kind of beer lover, and there are many kinds of beer lover. The festival has beers for hopheads, sessionistas, fruitheads and those ... More

Jul 22, 2014 05:50 pm by BRIAN YAEGER

What Mason Knew

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood makes coming of age feel new again.

Movie Reviews & Stories Boyhood took 12 years, in film as in life. For 12 years, director Richard Linklater shot the movie for a few weeks each summer as both the main character, a boy named Mason, and the actor, Ellar ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Goats On Parade

The Belmont goats drop the hits on Lents.

Headout In 1910, newly arrived Italian immigrants erected a massive warehouse at the corner of Southeast Belmont Street and 10th Avenue, which they used as a produce market. In 2002, a fire destroyed th ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Best of Portland 2014: Best Civic Life

Featured Stories BEST BRIDGE NAME It’s Tilikum Crossing. Yes, the hours after TriMet announced the official name of its $134 million transit bridge were filled with some unfortunate jokes about orgasms and ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best People

Featured Stories BEST GEOCACHER  Some geocachers are in it for the rankings, their user profiles boasting detailed personal benchmarks for the worldwide GPS-based scavenger-hunt game. But Portland’s best ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Listens

Featured Stories BEST ORIGINAL PORTLAND RAPPER Malcolm Noble is big on firsts. He’ll tell you, without prompting, the name of the first basketball player ever to shatter a backboard (Chuck Connors) and where ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Moves

Featured Stories BEST CROSS-CITY SKI RACE February’s snowpocalypse brought an especially giddy form of chaos to Portland. Sure, the snow and ice forced the cancellation of some events—notably, the Polar Pl ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Reads

Featured Stories BEST RABBLE-ROUSING COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERMAN Allan Classen is a one-man gang. And yet the editor and publisher of The Northwest Examiner newspaper hasn’t shied away from picking fights with Esco ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Buys

Featured Stories BEST TOMBOY FASHION Listening to Emma McIlroy, it’s easy to forget she’s talking about cropped hoodies and ripped overalls. The Ireland-born 30-year-old speaks in fevered, near-evangelistic t ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Animals

Featured Stories BEST SLOTH SLEEPOVER Looking for that romantic weekend getaway amid the largest captive population of adult sloths in the world? Look no further than Rainier, Ore.—a one-hour drive along the ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best of the Year

A survey of other things WW formally declared “The Best” in the past 12 months.

Featured Stories The best thing about being high: “When every bite of food feels as if it was prepared and gingerly placed on your tongue by Selaphiel, Chef King of the Angel Babies.” —“This Bud’s for ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week.

Food Reviews & Stories 1. Coopers Hall 404 SE 6th Ave., 719-7000, coopershall.com. It feels like someone filled an airplane hangar with tables, but this gargantuan winepub makes it work. Try the bar’s refreshing tak ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Restaurants This Week.

Food Reviews & Stories 1. Kachka 720 SE Grand Ave., 235-0059, kachkapdx.com.  This new, Soviet kitsch-bedecked Russian spot is vodka-drunk and fish-happy. But the best dish is beef-tongue stroganoff, which made o ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Andrew Jackson Jihad: Saturday, July 26

Stuck inside of Michigan with the Christmas Island blues again.

Music Stories It’s hard to picture Sean Bonnette in Big Ten country. The Andrew Jackson Jihad frontman belongs back in Phoenix, gazing out on smoggy sunsets, working at a suicide hotline, skating at Encanto ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Mama Chow’s & Uncle Tsang’s

Food Cart Reviews Shanghai street fare is legendary: dumplings, fried chicken, duck neck, smoked fish, you name it. But in Portland, Chinese food carts are a bewildering rarity, aside from a couple noodle shops o ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Something In The Waters

How do you solve a mystery like Hundred Waters? Don’t ask the band.

Music Stories A great album tells a story. Whether it’s a tale told literally or a purely emotional ride, a narrative thread can make a record feel like vastly more than the sum of its singles.  The Moon ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Bar Review: Swine

Shine On

Bar Reviews Back in the day, moonshine was an unfortunate side effect of a bad legal situation—a hollow-sweet grain liquor of indeterminate toxicity. But at Swine (808 SW Taylor St., 943-5844, swankandswi ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland's Top Events This Week

What to do the week of July 23-29

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY JULY 23 OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL [BEER] The state’s biggest kegger begins at noon. See preview here. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, oregonbrewfest.com. Through Sunday. Free admission, $7 t ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Scoop: “Kreuz” Is German For “William.”

Scoop SALT AND SCARE: North Williams Avenue’s What’s the Scoop? ice-cream shop was deluged with threatening phone calls and messages after holding a July 17 fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. “S ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Show Preview: Dub Thompson, Paper/Upper/Cuts, Adventurous Sleeping

Music Stories [SUBURBAN ART-PUNK] Take it from someone who grew up nearby: Nothing cool has ever come out of Agoura Hills, Calif. Sure, the wealthy L.A. suburb has produced its share of nationally recognizable ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Grape God

Music Stories Sounds like: A chopped-and-screwed street-corner prophet trying to reveal the secrets of the universe after taking one too many Xanax. For fans of: Mac Dre, DJ Screw, Earl Sweatshirt, Sa-Ra Creativ ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Rare Monk: Tuesday, July 29

Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.

Music Stories When asking a band to describe its sound, you don’t expect to hear the word “asteroid.” But for the Portland five-piece Rare Monk, that single descriptor says a lot. Evolving from its ro ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Dr. Know: Current Trends

Can you float against the current in the Willamette?

Dr. Know I recently floated the Willamette from Oaks Park to the Sellwood Bridge. Soon after, I found myself in a vicious bar argument with a friend who swears I couldn’t have floated north to south, ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

American Psycho

Murders and executions, mostly.

Performance In both press release and pre-curtain speech, Trenton Shine has described his new theatrical adaptation of American Psycho as a parody of the film. It’s a claim that simultaneously overexplains ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Local Portland Barbecue Gear

Local gear for your backyard barbecue.

Culture Features James Gang BBQ Sauce  Jamesgangbbq.com. When Pam and Jesse James opened a barbecue restaurant in Lincoln City in 1993, they decided to create all-new recipes, including their own homemade ba ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

A Most Wanted Man

The spy who bored me.

Movie Reviews & Stories Had it been released a year ago, nobody would have taken notice of A Most Wanted Man, a gratingly bland espionage thriller set in post-9/11 Hamburg. But director Anton Corbijn’s thriller happens ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Murmurs: All The News You Can Fit Into An Illegal Cab.

Murmurs One of Oregon’s most prominent African-American officials has left Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office after just six months on the job, and no one will say why. Nkenge Harmon Johnson is out as Kitzhab ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Northwest Book Festival

Books It’s easy to brush off self-published authors. After all, gatekeepers exist for a reason. Even alternative newspapers like WW mostly ignore people who can’t persuade an agent or publisher to rep ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

AP Film Studies: Also Showing 7/23/14

Surfing, Superman and BB guns.

Movie Reviews & Stories AP Film Studies is currently on a two-week summer vacation, but because Professor Kryza is a jerk, you have homework. Here’s what’s playing in Portland’s repertory theaters this week. Th ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA
 

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