80 Million Paige Views

How an Oregon girl, her mother and a struggling local director turned their YouTube series into a major Hollywood deal.

Cover Story It’s a cloudy summer morning in Oregon wine country, and Paige McKenzie is taking a selfie... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

On Shaky Ground

Lawmakers are readying the state Capitol for a massive earthquake. They haven’t prepared Oregon schools.

Politics Seven years ago, the state identified 275 public school buildings that, without safety... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Don't Bogart That Tax

Portland is looking to tax weed—even before voters legalize it.

Politics Come November, Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana,... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Meet the Marijuana Moneymen

These eccentric billionaires have the cash that could legalize pot in Oregon.

Politics What do a hedge-fund billionaire, an online sex-toy mogul and the nation’s... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE, REBECCA TURLEY

The Dock

Your guide to Portland’s chillest summer party scene!

Headout It’s hot and about to get hotter. On average, Aug. 8 is the warmest... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Touring Portland's Bar Carts

Two years after food carts won the right to sell booze, we tour Portland’s bar carts.

Drank It’s easy to forget now, but booze carts were hard-won. Back ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff
 
 

It's Christmas in July as City Council Starts Restoring Downtown Tourism Ads

The Portland Business Alliance warned in February that cutting the ads could be a deal-breaker for the street fee.

News Few forces standing in the way of a Portland "street fee" are as powerful as the Portland Business Alliance.Today, the business lobby came closer to getting money from City Hall for holiday advertising, including an "ugly sweater" campaign that will dress downtown statues in Christmas yarn. The fate of the street fee and the release of money for holiday advertising are connected—because earlier this year the PBA threatened City Commissioner Steve Novick, who had proposed to cut the marketing m... More

Jul 30, 2014 11:20 am by AARON MESH
 

Live Review: Hundred Waters at Mississippi Studios, 7/25

Music It’s hard to know what to expect from a Hundred Waters show. Though the band’s paid its dues as a powerhouse live act, its most re... More

Jul 30, 2014 10:48 am by TREE PALMEDO
 

Iowa Maytag Blue Cheese: The American Blue

Our Fifty Plates tour continues with stinky, homogenized blue from Iowa.

Food & Drink Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't ... More

Jul 29, 2014 03:35 pm by KATHERINE MARRONE
 

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 ... 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
 
 

80 Million Paige Views

How an Oregon girl, her mother and a struggling local director turned their YouTube series into a major Hollywood deal.

Cover Story It’s a cloudy summer morning in Oregon wine country, and Paige McKenzie is taking a selfie that 18,000 people will see. With a FlipCam trained on herself, McKenzie—in red shorts, a gray zip-up ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

On Shaky Ground

Lawmakers are readying the state Capitol for a massive earthquake. They haven’t prepared Oregon schools.

Politics Seven years ago, the state identified 275 public school buildings that, without safety upgrades, were sure to collapse when the next big earthquake shakes Oregon.   The state Legislature ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by KATE WILLSON

Don't Bogart That Tax

Portland is looking to tax weed—even before voters legalize it.

Politics Come November, Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana, giving the state the authority to regulate and tax weed sales. But Portland city leaders aren’t waiting to ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Meet the Marijuana Moneymen

These eccentric billionaires have the cash that could legalize pot in Oregon.

Politics What do a hedge-fund billionaire, an online sex-toy mogul and the nation’s most beloved expert on backpacking in Europe know about Oregon that voters here do not? That it should be legal for the ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE, REBECCA TURLEY

The Dock

Your guide to Portland’s chillest summer party scene!

Headout It’s hot and about to get hotter. On average, Aug. 8 is the warmest day of the year in Portland. So what are you going to do this week? You’re going to the hottest place in town: the Dock. ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Touring Portland's Bar Carts

Two years after food carts won the right to sell booze, we tour Portland’s bar carts.

Drank It’s easy to forget now, but booze carts were hard-won. Back in the spring of 2012, Cartlandia owner Roger Goldingay asked for an annual liquor license for his pod on Southeast 82nd Avenue. ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Scoop: Gone Swimmin’.

Scoop SO LONG, SHANE: Comedian Shane Torres is decamping to New York City, as WW first reported last week. The Texas-born Torres—runner-up in WW’s Funniest 5 and last year’s winner of Portland’s F ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Murmurs: News That's Always Alert and Chatty

Murmurs A former Portland resident who says he was tortured in the United Arab Emirates in 2011 at the behest of the U.S. government has been denied asylum in Sweden. Yonas Fikre, a Muslim from Oregon, ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Grant’s Philly Cheesesteaks

Food Reviews & Stories The Philadelphia cheesesteak is a stupidly simple creation, and exactly the sort of thing you really can’t screw up. And yet, there’s such a clear distinction between the blah, good and tran ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland 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 29, 2014 04:01 pm by WW Culture Staff

Show Preview: Kevin Gates, Chevy Woods,Th3rd & D3, Stevo the Weirdo

Music Stories [SOUTH IN YOUR MOUTH] When first listening to a record by Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates, it’s pretty easy to pinpoint what makes him one of the most exciting young talents in hip-hop: the voice. ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by REED JACKSON

Jordan Dykstra: Sunday, Aug. 3

A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.

Music Stories Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after college—after dropping out of college, to be precise. He left Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian campus in suburban L.A., where he was studyi ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Eric D. Johnson

EDJ (Easy Sound)

Album Reviews [FRUIT BAT] Eric D. Johnson’s indie-folk band Fruit Bats was always intended to be a solo act, right up to the band’s demise last November. But the aptly named EDJ, Johnson’s first LP under ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

The Pick Of The ’Thon

Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.

Music Stories If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the most anticipated Pickathon in a long time, maybe ever. Incidentally, it is also perhaps the least rootsy lineup the festival has put togeth ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Baerlic Brewing: The Baer Necessities

Bar Reviews Once it’s built out, all a regular bar needs to do is roll in a few kegs and buy some bottles. Things aren’t so easy for brewpubs, which only open smoothly when they have enough—but not ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Portland's Top Events This Week, July 30-August 5

Headout Picks THURSDAY JULY 31 TYCHO [MUSIC] Executing semi-danceable electronic dreamscapes live is difficult, but Tycho’s synth-laced, post-rock Miami Vice soundtrack comes with an intense psychedelic vid ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Album Review: Eidolons

The Big Yellow Shirt/Hard Hang in a Deep Country (Self Released)

Album Reviews [WRY WIT] Delighting in slightly out-of-tune, jangled-up, country-infused rock, with a Portland vibe riding roughshod over the entire endeavor, Eidolons has split 30 minutes of music into two ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Hotseat: Rick Mitchell

A former Portland musician and writer on the state of jazz right now.

Books Is jazz dead? With nightclub closures and record sales plummeting, it sometimes seems the genre is at least on life support. But if you ask jazz and pop critic Rick Mitchell, the music is looking ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Hamlet & Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Anon It Moves and String House Theatre)

Shakespeare and Stoppard go head to head.

Performance When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, he probably never imagined his protagonist as a woman. It’s even more unlikely he imagined two of the play’s minor courtiers caught in existential crisis. But ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Has Portlandia doomed us to be overrun by annoying sightseers?

Dr. Know I work downtown, and I’m getting tired of tourists asking me, “When do the Zoobombers go by?” or “Where are the famous food carts?” It seems to gets worse every day. Has Portlandia doome ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

AP Film Studies: Acid-dropping nuns, Prince and dirt bikes

Screen AP Film Studies’ summer break continues, but once again there is homework. Please study these films, and when we return there will be a discussion of the Spielbergian implications of twee ja ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare is livin’ La Dolce Vita.

Performance Love’s Labour’s Lost has never been very popular. One of the more convoluted comedies in the Shakespeare canon, the play went almost 250 years after its initial performance without a singl ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO
 

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