Splice Of Life

An OHSU geneticist’s breakthrough could prevent horrible diseases before a baby is even born. The problem for many: The child will have the DNA of three parents.

Cover Story Daylight slices in through the wood-slat shades of Kimberli Freilinger’s bedroom. She knows... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

Sunken Treasure

Why is the city sitting on $32 million that could be used to lower water rates?

News Stories It’s no secret Portland’s water rates keep going up and up and up.  Mayor Charlie... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Let it Bee

Portland beekeepers say the county is overreaching in its enforcement of city code.

News Stories On summer evenings, Austin Bennington used to pour himself a snifter of single-malt... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by ALEXA ALTMAN

Too Poor to Feast

Portland’s festival of bacchanalian extravagance is back. Here are budget alternatives to the marquee events.

Headout Feast is perhaps the most conspicuously consumptionary event in Portland,... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Hole Shebang

The Buckman Bagel Institute brings the old-world bagel back home.

Food Reviews & Stories Harley Leiber says it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. When... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Fresh Meat: Curtis Cook

The Ohio-raised comedian, writer and co-host of Black By Popular Demand 2.

Comedy and Variety Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER
 
 

Who Is Magic Sword?

Mysterious masked men are coming to deliver Portland from evil via heavy sci-fi electro dance jams. We lift the veil...sort of.

Music During what turned out to be the United States' final game of the World Cup earlier this year, the receptionist at Willamette Week came upstairs to pull me away from the office television. "You need to see this," she said. A pair of faceless druids sheathed in black cloaks were kneeling before the front desk, offering me a plastic light saber and a business card with the image of a medieval sword on the front and a YouTube address on the back, which led to a video of man with bulging eyes ... More

Sep 19, 2014 12:01 pm by MATTHEW SINGER
 

Climate Change March Makes Strange Bedfellows

News Made your weekend activism plans? Pretty much everybody else in town has.Opposing climate change isn't exactly a radical stance in greenie Portla... More

Sep 19, 2014 11:47 am by AARON MESH
 

Hotseat: Film Score Composer Mark Orton

Orton, who composed the score for Nebrasaka, has a new movie coming out today.

Movies & Television It’s Mark Orton’s job to make you feel something."You can imagine a couple of hobbits walking through the woods with no music,” says Orton,... More

Sep 19, 2014 10:59 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH
 

Beats Per Week

Portland's Best Dance Music Options, Sept. 18-24

Music In this column, WW music calendar editor and contributing writer Mitch Lillie helps the discerning club-goer put together their weekly calendar b... More

Sep 18, 2014 05:52 pm by MITCH LILLIE
 

XRAY.FM Starts Citywide Broadcast on Monday

Tune to 107.1 FM to hear Carl Wolfson all across Portland.

News If you happened to scan through your car's FM radio dial this morning, you heard a familiar voice: Carl Wolfson is back on the air in downtown Po... More

Sep 18, 2014 04:18 pm by AARON MESH
 
 

Splice Of Life

An OHSU geneticist’s breakthrough could prevent horrible diseases before a baby is even born. The problem for many: The child will have the DNA of three parents.

Cover Story Daylight slices in through the wood-slat shades of Kimberli Freilinger’s bedroom. She knows she must get out of bed. She’s got to eat. She hears her teenage sons downstairs and needs to ch ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

Sunken Treasure

Why is the city sitting on $32 million that could be used to lower water rates?

News Stories It’s no secret Portland’s water rates keep going up and up and up.  Mayor Charlie Hales  promised to cut rates. (He hasn’t.) And voters this spring contemplated a ballot measur ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Let it Bee

Portland beekeepers say the county is overreaching in its enforcement of city code.

News Stories On summer evenings, Austin Bennington used to pour himself a snifter of single-malt Aberlour, light a cigar and watch his 120,000 honeybees swarm around his backyard hives and garden of blueberr ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by ALEXA ALTMAN

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.

Performance The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KAITIE TODD

The Hole Shebang

The Buckman Bagel Institute brings the old-world bagel back home.

Food Reviews & Stories Harley Leiber says it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. When he makes bagels, he likes the cool, misty days—the ones Portland was known for before the weather got all screwy and Midwest ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Too Poor to Feast

Portland’s festival of bacchanalian extravagance is back. Here are budget alternatives to the marquee events.

Headout Feast is perhaps the most conspicuously consumptionary event in Portland, a four-day mess of chefs from Portland and elsewhere, with sold-out little dinners and huge bazaars that cost up to $175 f ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

What is with the padlocks on the Vista Bridge fence?

Dr. Know A few years ago, the city put up a chain-link fence on the Vista Bridge to deter suicides. Over time, a lot of people attached padlocks to the fence for whatever reason. Now those locks have bee ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Fenrir: Restaurant Review

Fenrir charms, but execution often falls short of ambition.

Food Reviews & Stories Fenrir is a second story for the space that held 2nd Story, the impossibly twee upstairs-downstairs restaurant run by Cellar Door Coffee Roasters until late last year. The new tenants have mai ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Top Portland Event Picks, September 17 - September 23

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY SEPT. 17 ALL THE SEX I’VE EVER HAD [THEATER] As part of the Time-Based Art Festival, five Portlanders—all over the age of 65—perform a theater piece about their sex lives that ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Wetlands

Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.

Movie Reviews & Stories Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Lisa Radon, Infinity Increaser at TBA

In the white room…

Visual Arts Typically we think of poetry as a collection of words—as concrete experience made abstract. But in her installation Infinity Increaser, writer-artist Lisa Radon depicts poetry the opposite way�� ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

The Zero Theorem

Terry Gilliam screws with the origins of the universe.

Movie Reviews & Stories One of few modern auteurs who deserves to be called visionary, Terry Gilliam is at his best when creating sprawling, colorful worlds and then placing the people who populate those worlds into ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Fields: Bar Review

Field Goal.

Bar Reviews Picture a sports bar in the Pearl. OK, now add polenta fries, and you’ve got a game plan for The Fields (1139 NW 11th St., 841-6601, thefieldspdx.com), a sports-ish bar that opened in the former M ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Pharm Team

Testing the strain that has well-funded pot opponents worried.

Culture Features Editor’s note: Wm. Willard Greene is very busy with marijuana harvest season, so his protégé, Mary Romano, fills in this week. As the shadowy opposition to marijuana legislation began to take ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by Mary Romano

Fresh Meat: Curtis Cook

The Ohio-raised comedian, writer and co-host of Black By Popular Demand 2.

Comedy and Variety Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland comic Amy Miller interviews newcomers about their hopes and dreams and the foodstuffs from their native lands that Portland fails to prepa ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

Album Review: Night Mechanic

Day Surgery (AIO Soundings)

Album Reviews [BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will hit like a rush of blood to the heart for anyone wondering where all the great indie-rock guitar bands have gone. It’s not just tha ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Lubec

The Thrall (Like Young)

Album Reviews [ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to convey some heavy emotional states, Portland quartet Lubec turns in 11 tracks on a full-length debut that surveys life around the city. ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

NAAFI Team: Thursday, Sept. 18 at Holocene

A crew of Mexico City producers unite dance-culture cliques.

Music Stories Servers have cleared all the dirty dishes and tables from a large wooden warehouse in Mexico City. The comida corrida, a cheap lunchtime cafeteria, has closed. Night arrives in the city, but i ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Top Five Favorite Elvis Costello Songs to Play Solo

by Steve Nieve

Top 5 “(I Don’t Want to Go To) Chelsea” (This Year’s Model, 1978)Elvis writes killer rhythmic tunes. The Attractions arranged this into a beating stomper that always whips up the crowd. Now I fo ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Elvis Has Left the Building

Perpetual sideman Steve Nieve steps uneasily into the spotlight.

Music Stories “What’s a groupie?”  That question, innocently posed by young, classically trained, rock-crazed keyboardist Steve Nason in the presence of famously profane pub-rocker Ian Dury in ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG

AP Film Studies: To The Races

Do the Right Thing kicks off a new race talks series.

Movie Reviews & Stories If you didn’t know it came out in 1989, you might mistake Do the Right Thing for a present-day response to gentrification, racial tensions and police brutality. The film’s debates over a whi ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.

Theater If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Murmurs: Hey, You Kids, Get Off My Property Tax Bill!

Murmurs Oregon has special taxing districts to fund libraries, transit and ports. In fact, state law gives local voters the power to create 26 different kinds of taxing districts to raise revenue and pr ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Scoop: We’re Building Condos of the Mind.

Scoop LAUDING LE GUIN: Local literary luminary Ursula K. Le Guin has another award to add to her trophy case: The National Book Foundation—the group that gives out National Book Awards—is giving the ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Sans Merci (Badass Theatre Company)

Without mercy, indeed.

Theater Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci is a test in emotional endurance: Where some dramas prod, this one pummels. For much of the play, directed by Antonio Sonera, the blows come steadily and hit squarel ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

All the lonely people.

Movie Reviews & Stories At first, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was Her and Him—twin films about a young couple’s dissolution as surveyed from separate perspectives, which will be released together next month. ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Introducing Seance Crasher

Music Stories Who: Kevin Rafn, Daniel Rafn. Sounds like: If Ween’s 2000 record, White Pepper, delved deeper into the ’80s synth-pop territory explored on the Magnetic Fields’ The Charm of the Highway Strip ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

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 17, 2014 12:01 am 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

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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