It Used To Be Better

What went wrong in Portland’s visual arts scene, and what we can do to fix it.

Cover Story Udders hang from the rafters. They’re fake, fashioned from rubber molds, but the long-haired... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Burns Notice

How the firing of Oregon’s pot czar exposed the OLCC’s secret talks to end medical weed as we know it.

Marijuana On a sunny Thursday last month, Rob Patridge, the man who will soon be Oregon’s top... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Bank Shot

More and more, credit unions look and act like banks. So why don’t they pay taxes?

News Stories Robert Stuart enjoys a paycheck most bankers would envy. Stuart, 47, is CEO... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Help For Her Friends

Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her.

Schools Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith pocketed... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Keeper of the Old Vines

Higgins wine steward Andy Zalman watched an industry grow up around him.

Drank Every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm, Andy Zalman sits at table... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Open Space

Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate.

Dance First, they came for the bars. Now, Portland dance is getting... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD
 
 

On Fire: Big in Japan Reviewed

Movies & Television In 1966, protesting Japanese nationalists almost stopped The Beatles from opening their Revolver world tour at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan martial arts center. But they played on, laying the foundation for later concerts by Bob Dylan, Beyonce and Japanese favorites Cheap Trick.What is it about rock stars making it big in Japan? Like Napoleon, so many forge East (albeit with Gibsons instead of cavalry) in search of immortal fame. And like Napoleon, most stay small.Tennis Pro, the Seattle-based trio in... More

Apr 1, 2015 01:25 pm by ENID SPITZ
 

Portland School Board Members React to Administrator Salary Increases

News It started as a heads up. It ended as a head butt.Sean Murray, chief human resources officer for Portland Public Schools, sent an email to school... More

Apr 1, 2015 09:44 am by BETH SLOVIC
 

Kitzhaber Wanted to Strip Teachers of Ability to Strike

Former governor drafted legislation before November re-election.

News Oregon House leaders on Tuesday announced that they'd approved a $7.255 billion schools budget for the next two years as the state’s financial ... More

Apr 1, 2015 09:32 am by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

Haute-N-Ready: Arby's Gyros

The column gets so hungry it could eat at Arby's... again

Food & Drink Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of th... More

Mar 31, 2015 04:20 pm by JOHN LOCANTHI
 

Cuts of the Week

The five must-hear songs from Portland artists this week.

Music Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like T... More

Mar 31, 2015 03:07 pm by WW MUSIC STAFF
 
 

It Used To Be Better

What went wrong in Portland’s visual arts scene, and what we can do to fix it.

Cover Story Udders hang from the rafters. They’re fake, fashioned from rubber molds, but the long-haired calf grazing in the corner of the gallery is real, and it’s pissing on the hay covering the hardw ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Favorite Portland Art Shows, 2002-2015

Richard Speer’s 10 favorite shows from 2002 to 2015, in chronological order.

Visual Arts Julia Fenton’s Devices and Desires (Mark Woolley Gallery, April 2003) Visually extravagant with pink feathers and over-the-top sculptures, this show was also deeply thoughtful in its critique of ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Bank Shot

More and more, credit unions look and act like banks. So why don’t they pay taxes?

News Stories Robert Stuart enjoys a paycheck most bankers would envy. Stuart, 47, is CEO of Oregon’s second-largest financial institution, with 26 branches, 501 employees and assets of $3.6 billion. His ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Burns Notice

How the firing of Oregon’s pot czar exposed the OLCC’s secret talks to end medical weed as we know it.

Marijuana On a sunny Thursday last month, Rob Patridge, the man who will soon be Oregon’s top regulator of legal weed, and Anthony Johnson, the person who gave him that power, met over iced tea at Russe ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Help For Her Friends

Portland schools boss delivers pay hikes to officials who work for her.

Schools Last summer, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith pocketed a nearly 28 percent pay raise, bringing her annual salary to $247,000.  At the time, most Portland School Board ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Keeper of the Old Vines

Higgins wine steward Andy Zalman watched an industry grow up around him.

Drank Every Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm, Andy Zalman sits at table 49 at Higgins restaurant. One wine rep after another pitches him their latest cellar stock, in hopes he’ll order a case or ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Open Space

Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate.

Dance First, they came for the bars. Now, Portland dance is getting pushed around. In the past seven months, at least four different Portland dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only som ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Recipeeps

Spice up your Easter by using everyone’s favorite bird-themed marshmallow sweets, Peeps, in a variety of recipes.

Headout SPLIT PEEP SOUP 1. Split Peeps in half. 2. Boil pot of soup broth.  3. Submerge Peeps in broth for, oh, 6-10 minutes or so? DEVILED PEEPS 1. Cut heads off Peeps. 2. Soak head holes in vin ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Murmurs: Dribbling Out A Little Justice.

Murmurs Score one for girls’ high-school basketball. On March 30, the Portland Public Schools board voted 4-1 to hear the gender discrimination complaint that PPS dissed girls’ teams by routinely making t ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

The People’s Republic of Portland (Portland Center Stage)

Lauren Weedman exploits Rose City quirks.

Theater Lauren Weedman has made a small industry out of gently mocking cities she barely knows, sponsored by residents of the cities themselves. Since the debut of The People’s Republic of Portland— ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by HALEY MARTIN

Charlie’s Deli: Food Review

Food Reviews & Stories It all started on Facebook. We saw pictures of sandwiches at this place called Charlie’s Deli in Old Town, all seemingly 6 inches thick, plus fresh slabs of brisket and pork belly and prime ri ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

10 Barrel: Barreling Forward

Bar Reviews I really wanted to hate 10 Barrel’s new Portland brewpub (1411 NW Flanders St., 541-585-1007, 10barrel.com). Last year, 10 Barrel Brewing, which was crafting some of my favorite off-the-shelf ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Belleville (Third Rail)

Expat lovebirds unravel in Amy Herzog’s relationship psycho-drama.

Theater Amy Herzog’s Belleville isn’t the kind of thriller with Psycho strings or undead dance moves. It’s the haunting kind that meticulously picks at peripheral, casual details until an entire m ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

“This is a true story.”

Movie Reviews & Stories Countless films are influenced by the Coen Brothers, but few announce it outright like this one from another pair of filmmaking brothers, David and Nathan Zellner, whose Kumiko, the Treasure Hun ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

J.C. Hallman, B & Me

Putting the need back in reading.

Books J.C. Hallman thinks book culture has been ruined by the academics. In part, this is because they take the human element out of reading. His new book, B & Me, is a high-stakes gambit, inter ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Woman in Gold

Helen Mirren goes after pilfering Nazis.

Movie Reviews & Stories The story behind Woman in Gold is a conversation starter in the art world. The question: Who owns art? The film’s response? Justice. Or, more accurately, judges. Holocaust escapee Maria Al ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by KELLY MCCRILLIS

These Films Shouldn’t Exist

Clinton Street Theater showcases faux films and mockumentaries.

Movie Reviews & Stories We’ve all seen bad movies. Movies that make you cringe at tone-deaf jokes. Movies that make you shake your head at nonsensical plots. Movies that inspire you to spoof them. Riffing on films is ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

AP Film Studies: Time Warped Again

Rocky Horror struts its landmark 37th year at Clinton Street Theater.

Movie Reviews & Stories On Saturdays, the Clinton Street Theater mutates into an entirely different world. Rice and toast rain from the skies. Sweet transvestites strut their stuff as coy “virgins” contort themselv ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 22

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings People who pay a premium for homes in quiet neighborhoods should expect tighter enforcement of zoning rules than the poors, says one reader. The OLCC sees medical marijuana as a threat and is schem ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Drank: Blue Butterfly Cider (Hedgerow)

Drank While most Oregon cideries struggle to get any Old World cider apples at all, Hedgerow’s Robert and Opal Morrow have planted no fewer than 58 varieties of English, French and American cider ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

It’s the Little Things

Twerps are a tiny band building a big buzz singing about small issues.

Music Stories When Australian indie-rock band Twerps set out to make their second album, the group hit the studio dogged by multiple uncertainties: new members, new songs and no record label. But instead of ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Young Thug, Travis Scott, T Spoon

Music Stories [HIP-HOP ALIEN] Every few years, a rapper comes along who doesn’t just change popular culture but changes the way we hear the human voice. If Lil Wayne really is a Martian, as he claims on “Ph ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Q&A: Laura Gibson

Moments before her apartment caught fire, Laura Gibson spoke about singing into New York’s noise.

Music Stories Her first week in New York, on the way to her first classes in the creative writing program at Hunter College, Laura Gibson stepped off a curb and broke her foot. To some, that would register as ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Portland Event Picks, April 1 - April 7

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY APRIL 1 TOBIAS JESSO JR. [INDIE PIANO POP] Goon, Jesso’s debut LP, is a stellar exploration of ’70s balladry that’s being hailed the world over. Think John and Paul’s solo ou ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Album Review: Natural Magic

Natural Magic (Boomarm Nation)

Album Reviews [BALEARIC BEAUTY] Natural Magic, the duo of Mike McKinnon and Matthew Quiet, puts on the Limited Edition parties in Portland that are as exclusive as the name suggests. I’ve never been to one, ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Flashback: Action Bronson at the Roseland, February 2014

An eyewitness account from WW contributor Michael Mannheimer.

Music Stories “On what started off as another sleepy Monday night, at a show that was moved up from Peter’s Room to the actual Roseland  to accommodate a theater that was about half-full, all hell broke ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Scoop: Boycotting Indiana Before It Was Cool.

Scoop CASA DOS: Johnny Zukle has finally put the sign up for his long-promised third vegan strip club, Casa Diablo II, on Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard, near discount strip steakhouses Acropolis and Bl ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: Can I break my lease if the bakery next door affects my gluten-free lifestyle?

Dr. Know I moved to Portland partly because of its friendliness to my gluten-free lifestyle. Unfortunately, my new apartment is near a bakery, and now that it’s windows-open season, the wheat vapors ar ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Dispensary Review: Cannabis Country Store

Willie Weed If Battle Ground’s new Cannabis Country Store sold John Deere tractors, it would be perfect. Hell, even a green-and-yellow bong would up the ante. Even without the farm gear, walking into ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by TED LANAHAN

Street: Looks We Like

Street Snapshots from the week. Photos 1-5 by Jennifer Plitzko, 6 and 7 by Lucas Chemotti.  ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Album Review: Houndstooth

No News From Home (No Quarter)

Album Reviews [POSTCARDS FROM SOMEWHERE] Appropriately for an album informed by the perpetual displacement of life on the road, No News From Home, the second full-length from kaleidoscopic folkies Houndstooth, ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

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

Mar 24, 2015 04:29 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

Mar 24, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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