The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Reader beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion.

Cover Story We have opened with the warning above since 1977, when we first published our Good, Bad &... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Downward-Facing Dollar

Under state scrutiny, yoga studios in Portland find themselves twisting into new positions.

News Stories When Michele Loew opened her yoga studio on Southeast Stark Street in 2007, she recruited... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Wage Wars: The Battle for a Higher Minimum Wage

Even businesses that support a higher minimum wage worry about a rush to raise it to $13 an hour.

News Stories Laurelhurst Cafe has become a popular hangout in the heart of Portland’s bleeding... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

Very Hill, Much Speed: The Maryhill Festival of Speed

The greatest gravity festival in the world is right in Portland’s backyard.

Culture Features On June 24, about 230 of the best downhill skateboarders and street lugers... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by Adrienne So

Pow to the People

Kung Pow dresses up and gets down with American Chinese.

Food Reviews & Stories When you see the dragon on that takeout menu, you know what you’re... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Salt & Straw's New Street-Food-Based Ice Creams

Food Reviews & Stories On paper, it looks wonderful. Ice-cream collaborations from... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 
 

WW Weed Grow Off

 Willamette Week is holding an office grow-off using different methods—outdoors, indoors, hydroponic—so check in the coming weeks to follow our progress.... More

Jun 30, 2015 01:43 pm by WW Culture Staff
 

Haute-N-Ready: Arby's Claims To Have Made Bacon Better

Gentlemen, we have the technology. We have the capability to make bacon better. Better than it was before. Better, stronger, tastier.

Food & Drink Bacon is a funny thing. I love it. You love it. Everybody loves it, even vegetarians and vegans who toil away trying to perfect meat-free bacon. ... More

Jun 30, 2015 11:33 am by JOHN LOCANTHI
 

GOP Candidate For Governor Sid Leiken Lowers Sights, Will Run for Secretary of State

Lane County commissioner ends long-shot bid.

News Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken was always going to be a very long shot for governor. Leiken, a Republican, registered an exploratory commiss... More

Jun 29, 2015 02:49 pm by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

Cougar Burleigh's Death: Robert Browne Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

News Robert Lewis Browne, 42, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the second degree in the death of Cougar Burleigh, the 38-year-old Olympia man wh... More

Jun 29, 2015 01:46 pm by Beth Slovic
 

Ms. Oregon State Leather Wants Her Title Back

Shawna Clausen says the sponsor of the S&M-themed contest unfairly dethroned her.

News Ms. Oregon State Leather says she's been unfairly stripped of her title, and she's gone to court so she can get it back.Shawna Clausen, Ms. Orego... More

Jun 29, 2015 12:06 pm by CLAIRE HOLLEY
 
 

The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Reader beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion.

Cover Story We have opened with the warning above since 1977, when we first published our Good, Bad & Awful survey—an unvarnished view of the metro-area legislators who help write Oregon’s laws and shape ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Downward-Facing Dollar

Under state scrutiny, yoga studios in Portland find themselves twisting into new positions.

News Stories When Michele Loew opened her yoga studio on Southeast Stark Street in 2007, she recruited the best instructors available and paid them for each student they brought in. That’s how many Portland st ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC

Pow to the People

Kung Pow dresses up and gets down with American Chinese.

Food Reviews & Stories When you see the dragon on that takeout menu, you know what you’re in for. Not to mention the exclamatory name (Kung POW!, a typography our copy editors won’t allow in our paper outside of these p ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Wage Wars: The Battle for a Higher Minimum Wage

Even businesses that support a higher minimum wage worry about a rush to raise it to $13 an hour.

News Stories Laurelhurst Cafe has become a popular hangout in the heart of Portland’s bleeding heart. The café—with its corrugated metal and orange trim façade—sits at East Burnside Street and Northeast ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

Salt & Straw's New Street-Food-Based Ice Creams

Food Reviews & Stories On paper, it looks wonderful. Ice-cream collaborations from some of our favorite food carts—Nong’s Khao Man Gai, Wolf and Bear’s, Viking Soul Food—available all June as seasonal flavors. Thing ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Very Hill, Much Speed: The Maryhill Festival of Speed

The greatest gravity festival in the world is right in Portland’s backyard.

Culture Features On June 24, about 230 of the best downhill skateboarders and street lugers in the world will descend on the Maryhill Festival of Speed. It’ll be the largest gravity sports festival in North America, ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by Adrienne So

Album Review: Eyelids

Eyelids (Jealous Butcher)

Album Reviews The members of Eyelids have never played coy about what they are: Five rock-’n’-roll lifers paying homage to their record collections. 854, the band’s 2014 debut, made plain its devotion to the ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Ezra Bell

We Came By Canoe (Secret Society)

Album Reviews Benjamin Wuamett sings with the nasally scratch one might associate with a rusty Victrola. It’s a fitting accoutrement for Ezra Bell, a band that seems to go instrument shopping at rummage sales. Bu ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Shift Drinks: Bar Review

Quittin' time.

Bar Reviews The West End’s Shift Drinks (1200 SW Morrison St., 922-3933, shiftdrinkspdx.com) is a dog whistle, named after the free booze that service staffers get after they punch out. Because, yes, Portland c ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

World Naked Bike Ride Stories From Around the World

Tradition laid bare.

Headout Portland likes to think it’s especially weird for hosting a naked bike ride. Such rides, which began in either Canada or Spain, depending on whom you believe, have become popular everywhere from Bra ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Top Event Picks, June 24 - June 30

Headout Picks Wednesday June 24 BOOTSY’S RUBBER BAND [FUNK] “The Jimi Hendrix of bass” is the second-most prominent Parliament-Funkadelic alum, but the three late-’70s albums he made ... More

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

Murmurs: A Hipster Dividend

Murmurs No, Portland’s proposed “density bonus” is not a cash handout to you for tolerating an increasingly crowded city. It’s a series of new incentives City Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to give d ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by WW Editorial Stall

Quiet Music Festival: Turn Down For Once

The Quiet Music Festival dares artists to enjoy the near-silence.

Music Stories A little over a decade ago, Chris Johanson’s ears turned against him. A visual artist and musician, the 46-year-old has long suffered from tinnitus. Until about 2003, it had been manageable. Short ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Interview: Fred Pearce, The New Wild

An environmental journalist says we shouldn’t hate invasive species.

Books You might sit up late these hot summer nights, sweating over the influx of Californians on your block. But according to environmental journalist Fred Pearce’s latest book, The New Wild (Beacon Press ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

Scoop: Y’all Lost. Take Y’all’s Loser Flag Down.

Scoop WORLD FAMOUS FOR A REASON: In 2009, Portland’s World Famous Cannabis Cafe became the first cafe in the United States for state-authorized medical marijuana cardholders to socialize and safely medica ... More

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

Five Lessons Playing With Bootsy Collins Has Taught Me

Top 5 1. Everything is on the one. 2. It’s all about the groove. Never sacrifice the groove for anything else. 3. Funk is making something out of nothing. That’s how funk got started—from Larry ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by FARNELL NEWTON

Dr. Know: Does the DMV Allow Dirty Vanity License Plates?

Dr. Know Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Street: Looks We Like

Street Sweet looks on South East Division Street. All photos by Melanie Flood.    ... More

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

The Overnight: Swingin’ For The Fences

The Overnight is 98 percent awkward, 2 percent sexy.

Movie Reviews & Stories Let me try a phrase on you: “The best sex comedy at Sundance.” That’s what Rolling Stone said of The Overnight, and that single plaudit gives you a lot of reasons not to see this movie. Here are ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Tears for Joy

Tigard’s Joy Cinema cries for help.

Movie Reviews & Stories It happens every Wednesday. Movie geeks, fueled by beer and pizza, flock by the dozens for a barrage of weirdness: grindhouse films so obscure even Tarantino might scratch his head. Schlocky horror. U ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Review: Zeus Arsenal Smite

Potlander The Canadian dollar is weak right now. Currently, one Loonie will buy only three American quarters, plus a nickel and a penny. This is information you should know if you’re in the market for a loose ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Night Uber: Different Gods

Antelope, Oregon. Antelope, Oregon.

Misc Editor's note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie, in which a cabbie  working the night shift wrote about driving people to Internet cafes as they listened ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by JOHAN MATHIESEN

Findings: Vol. 41, Issue 34

What we learned from reading this week’s paper .

Findings In one nice quiet beachfront community, you can legally walk down the street swigging from a bottle of Jack.  Of course a WW reporter has to offer a disclosure about where she takes yoga classes ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Macbeth (Portland Actors Ensemble): Theater Review

Don’t risk your lily-whites for this Scottish play.

Theater Portland’s outdoor theater has shriveled in the sun. It’s a good thing you can strip and cycle with thousands of naked Portlanders, or gorge on Potato Champion’s poutine while ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

Gary Wilson, Nurses, Fog Father, Wampire DJs: June 30 at Holocene

Avant Lounge

Music Stories Gary Wilson emerged from the New York underground scene in the late ’70s with the seminal album You Think You Really Know Me, mining a never-before-heard fusion of lounge-singer bravado and lite jaz ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by WYATT SCHAFFNER

Drank: Absinthe Minded Stout Gruit Ale (Fire Cirkl)

Drank After a few summer beer festivals, you start to think you’ve seen it all. How many blackberry sours are gonna come out this year, anyway? So it’s exciting to spot something as crazy as this absint ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 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

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am 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

Jun 23, 2015 06:01 pm by WW Culture Staff
 

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