Rat Tale

Portland cops hired a snitch. But he was already working for somebody else.

Cover Story George Taylor had business in Kansas City. The bosses in Detroit liked his work. No screwups,... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

The Unger Games

The proposed merger of the state’s largest business groups shows how much they fear Our Oregon.

News Stories Ben Unger terrifies Oregon CEOs who earn dozens of times his salary. A gaunt former... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Karin Power

One of the region’s youngest elected officials welcomes MAX to Milwaukie.

News Stories When TriMet’s new light-rail line officially rolls through Milwaukie for... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Proud Mary

St. Mary’s Academy backs away from firing a gay employee. Will other Catholic schools offer workplace protections?

News Stories The botched firing of a gay staffer by St. Mary’s Academy could... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH, COBY HUTZLER

Bad Libs

Every “Old Portland” story you’ve ever heard on a barstool.

Culture Features   Download a copy of this Bad Lib, fill it out... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Tuscan Son

Burrasca brings the bright flavors of Florence to Clinton Street.

Food Reviews & Stories The first person you will likely meet at Burrasca... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 
 

Socality Barbie Is More #Blessed Than You

We talk with the human behind Instagram's newest, most authentic star.

Culture Once, long before you were born, it was impossible to be famous unless you were a film star or an important war general. Things are different now. Now you can come up with a clever idea and execute it on Instagram and overnight you can be a celebrity. Today's case study in instant fame: The Socality Barbie Instagram.The account, which is run by an anonymous Portlander, features pictures of a Barbie in big glasses and an occasional beanie, living the #blessed life and gramming it hard.&... More

Sep 4, 2015 11:46 am by LIZZY ACKER
 

Andy Wiederhorn's West Hills Mansion Goes on the Auction Block

Former Portland fianancier is now Beverly Hills burger king.

News Former Portland financier Andy Wiederhorn cut a wide swath across this city two decades ago. After making a fortune, getting mixed up in a union ... More

Sep 4, 2015 11:45 am by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

Amazon Buys Portland Video Company Elemental Technologies

Start crying at your desks.

News Portland has entered the Amazon. Seattle-based tech bruiser Amazon announced yesterday that it has secured a deal to acquire Portland-based video... More

Sep 4, 2015 10:58 am by ANTHONY MACUK
 

Religious Exemptions: How the World Would Look If Kim Davis Had Her Way

Imagine a future America where public officials can simply refuse to do their job because of a religious belief.

Culture Down in Kentucky, county clerk Kim Davis has decided to take a stand against the laws she swore an oath to uphold by refusing to a few gay marria... More

Sep 3, 2015 05:39 pm by MARTIN CIZMAR
 

Trade Union Leader Says Mayor Charlie Hales' Dinner Excuse "Not True At All"

Email, voicemail undercut mayors claim he never planned to attend dinner.

News Last week, WW reported that the Oregon Building Trades Council had excluded Mayor Charlie Hales from its 75th anniversary dinner on Aug. 21.In po... More

Sep 3, 2015 04:40 pm by NIGEL JAQUISS
 
 

Rat Tale

Portland cops hired a snitch. But he was already working for somebody else.

Cover Story George Taylor had business in Kansas City. The bosses in Detroit liked his work. No screwups, no cops, plenty of product: new iPhones boxed and mailed to Michigan. Don’t go home to your day job ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

The Unger Games

The proposed merger of the state’s largest business groups shows how much they fear Our Oregon.

News Stories Ben Unger terrifies Oregon CEOs who earn dozens of times his salary. A gaunt former union organizer, the 39-year-old Unger gave up a Washington County seat in the Oregon House last year after just o ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Proud Mary

St. Mary’s Academy backs away from firing a gay employee. Will other Catholic schools offer workplace protections?

News Stories The botched firing of a gay staffer by St. Mary’s Academy could have the unintended consequence of creating greater workplace protections for LGBT employees at Catholic schools across Portland. Last ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH, COBY HUTZLER

Hotseat: Karin Power

One of the region’s youngest elected officials welcomes MAX to Milwaukie.

News Stories When TriMet’s new light-rail line officially rolls through Milwaukie for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 12, Karin Power will be among those cheering. The 32-year-old Milwaukie city councilor is ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Bad Libs

Every “Old Portland” story you’ve ever heard on a barstool.

Culture Features   Download a copy of this Bad Lib, fill it out and share it with us! Download a copy of this Bad Lib, fill it out and share it with us! ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Tuscan Son

Burrasca brings the bright flavors of Florence to Clinton Street.

Food Reviews & Stories The first person you will likely meet at Burrasca is chef Paolo Calamai. Looking like a friendly version of the assassin in The Professional, Calamai strolls through his intimate, airy Tuscan-style tr ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rogues of the Week

What beloved Portland celebrity will be next to grace a bottle of Rogue's delicious beer?

Headout This week Rogue Ales rolls out Blunt n’ Bitter beer in honor of allegedly racist and ESPN-fired sports talk radio host Colin Cowherd. The Newport-based brewery also makes pink-bottled beers branded ... More

Aug 28, 2015 12:06 am by WW Culture Staff

Top Event Picks, Sept. 2 - Sept. 8

Headout Picks Thursday Sept. 3RAW: Natural Born Artists[ART SOIREE] RAW, an international indie art group, throws fancy cocktail parties around the world, filled with local talent including musicians, hairstylists ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Album Review: Rainbows

Let’s Kiss (Party Damage)

Album Reviews [A.I. POP] Since 2012, Wild Ones bassist Max Stein and Seattle studio owner Paurl Walsh have been conducting an experiment in repression. As Rainbows, the two musicians, both composition majors, purpo ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Funk Master Flexes

For Damon Riddick, funk is no laughing matter.

Music Stories Dam-Funk didn’t sign up to be anyone’s savior.  About a decade ago, when the 44-year-old producer and multi-instrumentalist born Damon Riddick finally decided to make a go of the music care ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

5 Suggested Parodies For Weird Al’s Next Album

Top 5 1. “I Really Like Tofu” (to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You”) VIDEO CONCEPT: Al, dressed in tie-dye, shorts and sandals, his hair tied back in a bun, runs wild through a W ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Cartopia’s New Chicken and Guns

Food Cart Reviews Stop all the rotisseries, and turn off the spits. Portland has gone wild for Latin-style rotisserie chicken lately thanks to Pollo Norte and Polli-Tico, but the latest entrant in this arms race is Car ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Review: The Peddler and Pen

Bar Reviews ALEXANDER POPE HOUSE: Some would question the wisdom of theming a bar after people ruined by drink. In a quaint side-street house in Nob Hill, new bar The Peddler and Pen (2327 NW ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Show Preview: Babes in Toyland, FEA

Music Stories [PUNK LEGENDS] As underground grunge, alternative and metal acts graduated to major labels in the early ’90s, only one band fought hard enough to keep its teeth from being filed down. Minneapolis tr ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

An Old Person’s Guide to Ariana Grande

Music Stories Who is Ariana Grande, and why should I care? She’s an actress-turned-pop star, and she can really sing, man. The 22-year-old has one of the best voices in the world, and it’s not just pop music. ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Dr. Know: Our Bottled Water History

Dr. Know  Let us journey through the mists of history to a time of primitive hunter-gatherers, when a wild, half-human creature known as Frank Ivancie roamed the earth. ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

No Poking!

Murmurs Multnomah County juvenile detention officials responded this week after learning they had employed a former Portland Public Schools teacher who allegedly poked a PPS colleague “in, on or around” ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

POV Idols

PDXFF standout Sympathy, Said the Shark has a unique perspective.

Movie Reviews & Stories With $80,000, 14 days and a single Northridge, Calif., location, Sympathy, Said the Shark was an ambitious exercise in microbudget filmmaking from the beginning. But the makers of the new feature, pre ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Bat Country

Fear and Loathing’s double-edged impact is decadent and depraved.

Movie Reviews & Stories It was somewhere around the fall of 1998 when Hunter S. Thompson became a go-to Halloween costume.  The great gonzo journalist was no longer prolific, but his impact endured thanks to Fear and ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

This Is Not PIFF

Portland Film Festival strives to make PDX the new Sundance.

Movie Reviews & Stories Portland needed a Sundance—an arthouse festival for cinephiles—according to Portland Film Festival creator Josh Leake. Because never mind the Portland International Film Festival, the Oregon Film ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Whose Wish Is This?

Batkid Begins is a super doc, but the reality might not be.

Movie Reviews & Stories Part One: How I Felt During the Movie I only loosely paid attention to Batkid in November 2013, when he was a social-media phenom and pictures on Twitter showed part of San Francisco shutting down to ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Hotseat: Brooks Wheelan

One year on SNL is plenty.

Comedy and Variety Not very many people are both a biomedical engineer and a Saturday Night Live alum. In fact, Brooks Wheelan might be the only person on earth with both on his résumé.  Born and raised in Iowa ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

Album Review: Jenny Don’t and the Spurs

Jenny Don’t and the Spurs (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [PUNKISH COUNTRY] “I like everything but country.” It’s the eternal refrain of high schoolers and idiots nationwide (don’t even get me started on high-school idiots). But there’s hope for th ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Jonathan Franzen Book Club

Books Web editor Lizzy Acker does not hate Jonathan Franzen, but dislikes him. Arts and Culture editor Martin Cizmar does not love Jonathan Franzen, but likes him. Both read his new Big Important Book, Puri ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, LIZZY ACKER

Street: Alberta

Street The good-looking folks of Alberta. Photos by Kayla Sprint.     ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Inbox: Help for Abusers

Letters to the Editor Domestic Violence Therapy Excellent article on the thinking dynamics and controlling efforts behind abusive-partner behaviors [“Hello, My Name Is Brian, and I Abuse My Wife,” WW, ... More

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek Staff

No Pain, Little Gain

Attempting recreational use of CDB.

Potlander Ever know the kid who tried smoking a hemp bracelet? I’m from a little town in the Midwest, so I knew a few. And I’ll tell you now what they told me then: They didn’t get high. They coughed lot, ... More

Sep 1, 2015 03:04 pm 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

Sep 1, 2015 06:01 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

Sep 2, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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