So Sue Us

Why the Portlandia statue failed to become an icon.

Cover Story The Statue of Liberty is a defining symbol of the United States. Her likeness appears on everything... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Cold Calculation

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s “Cool Schools” plan flopped. So why is he trying to microwave it for his re-election campaign?

News Stories Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed something—anything—to convince voters he had a plan... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fall Arts Guide 2014

Fall Arts What’s your pleasure: kabuki-style Shakespeare? Experimental chamber music at a bar?... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

St. Jack: Restaurant Review

St Jack’s new bar gives the burger, dog and fries a whole new accent.

Food Reviews & Stories St. Jack is less of a saint these days. The old eastside bouchon—which closed... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Ranger Danger

Park rangers seek higher wages and better training as the city questions their worth.

City Hall It’s not the first time Dustin Meyer and Angela Wilson have caught the... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE

A Matter Of Time

The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie.

Theater Perhaps the third time is truly the charm. That’s, at least,... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON
 
 

TBA Diaries: Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball

Arts & Books At the beginning of the Time Based-Art Festival’s second-annual Critical Mascara drag ball, host Kaj-anne Pepper said it would be “a shitshow of a magic night.”She spoke the truth. Though the only things that actually emerged from rear ends were condoms and bananas (no joke, and the latter was consumed), this “post-realness drag ball” proved it deserves to hold a permanent spot on TBA’s schedule. Between the glitter, body paint, sequins, towering stilettos and high kicks, the show—... More

Sep 16, 2014 12:46 pm by REBECCA JACOBSON
 

TBA Diaries: Luke George, Not About Face

Arts & Books I thought all the bedsheets would be white.Instead, as we enter the Conduit dance studio for Luke George’s Time-Based Art Festival perform... More

Sep 16, 2014 11:43 am by REBECCA JACOBSON
 

New York Times Magazine Highlights Portland's "Amenity Paradox"

Will we always be a "retirement community for the young?"

News Portland's reputation as a haven for under-employed kombucha-swillers gets another bounce from the New York Times Magazine. The Sept. 14 issue ha... More

Sep 16, 2014 11:25 am by Nigel Jaquiss
 

Buy PDX: Wedding Gowns, Quilting Expo and Summer Sales

A weekly roundup of retail sales and events.

Features Portland, you're savvy. But you're also thrifty. That's why we're bringing you Buy PDX, a weekly roundup of retail events and sales around Port... More

Sep 16, 2014 09:46 am by KATHRYN PEIFER
 

GMO Labeling Campaign Reports Huge Contributions

News The campaign supporting Measure 92, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods, reported two $550,000 contributions yesterday. Th... More

Sep 16, 2014 09:18 am by NIGEL JAQUISS
 
 

So Sue Us

Why the Portlandia statue failed to become an icon.

Cover Story The Statue of Liberty is a defining symbol of the United States. Her likeness appears on everything from quarters to tacky bobbleheads. She’s had a cameo role in countless films. This story ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Fall Arts Guide 2014

Fall Arts What’s your pleasure: kabuki-style Shakespeare? Experimental chamber music at a bar? A dance performance at a graffiti-smeared, gutted-out building? A swanky gallery opening in the Pearl? A po ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Ranger Danger

Park rangers seek higher wages and better training as the city questions their worth.

City Hall It’s not the first time Dustin Meyer and Angela Wilson have caught the man drinking with his pals in the South Park Blocks. The two Army green- and khaki-clad Portland park rangers stand betwe ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by SAMI EDGE

Cold Calculation

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s “Cool Schools” plan flopped. So why is he trying to microwave it for his re-election campaign?

News Stories Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed something—anything—to convince voters he had a plan to create jobs in Oregon, then emerging from a recession that had left as many as one in 10 people ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

A Matter Of Time

The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie.

Theater Perhaps the third time is truly the charm. That’s, at least, what this year’s Time-Based Art Festival suggests. This is festival director Angela Mattox’s third go-around with the genre-bus ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

St. Jack: Restaurant Review

St Jack’s new bar gives the burger, dog and fries a whole new accent.

Food Reviews & Stories St. Jack is less of a saint these days. The old eastside bouchon—which closed in February, when the restaurant hopped the river to Northwest 23rd Avenue—was a cozily domestic Portland take ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Unlikely Survivors

Chatting with Barry Friedman, the world’s foremost expert on Pendleton blankets.

Culture Features There are a lot of semi-prominent people named Barry Friedman—an NYU law professor, a juggler, an antiques dealer and a standup comedian. Barry Friedman of Phoenix is the world’s foremos ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

A Katy Perry Reality Tour of Santa Barbara

Pop’s ruling California Girl is coming to extend Portland’s summer. To know her means to know her hometown.

Headout Summer isn’t over until Katy Perry gets off tour. A native of Santa Barbara, the pop megastar is a human solar panel, powering her rainbow-colored aural gumdrops with all the sunlight and ta ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Dr. Know: Are leaf blowers regulated at all?

Dr. Know Is there a citywide gardening organization in the Portland metro area that monitors what time we go to sleep? I’m about to take a 4 pm nap, and there’s a leaf blower outside my apartment win ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

AP Film Studies: Apes Of Wrath

The science and fiction of Every Which Way But Loose.

Movie Reviews & Stories Every Which Way But Loose is a bizarre film, even for 1978. It’s about a dude (Clint Eastwood) who cruises around California drinking beer, bar brawling, chasing tail, listening to country m ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Top Portland Event Picks, September 10 - September 16

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY SEPT. 10 TIM AND ERIC & DR. STEVE BRULE [COMEDY] Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have made themselves into Adult Swim mainstays with their kitschy brand of over-the-top malfuncti ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Scoop: Disband the Baltimore Ravens.

Scoop WASTE/NOT: On Sept. 6, a bunch of brewers—including Cascade’s Art Larrance—got together in Hillsboro to drink beer made from treated sewer water. Sort of. Wastewater treatment agency Cle ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Murmurs: The Billboard? The Mystery? The Answer?

Murmurs A Eugene firm affiliated with Seneca Jones Timber Co. is behind the mysterious billboards sprouting up across Portland (see above). The signs are an opaque attack on Gov. John Kitzhaber that requi ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Love Is Strange

More beautiful than bizarre.

Movie Reviews & Stories At one point in Love Is Strange, the film’s central couple, Ben and George, reunite after days of separation. George (Alfred Molina) collapses into his partner’s arms and sobs silently, wh ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by BLAIR STENVICK

Squeaky Wheel

Filmmaker Joe Biel on the rise and fall of Critical Mass in Portland.

Movie Reviews & Stories Like all great protests, the idea behind Critical Mass was simple. In September 1992, a group of San Franciscans gathered to ride bikes after work. And cyclists kept riding together, in cities aro ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by Adrienne So

Steinhaus: Bar Review

Bar Reviews Not so long ago, the northeast corner of Southeast 82nd Avenue and Division Street was home to a blues bar called Steinhaus. Then, it was a rocker dive called Agenda. Then, a strip club called A ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Skidmore Western Lager (Hopworks Urban Brewery)

Drank People so rarely go to the Brewery Blocks for beer anymore. Back in 1999, the old Weinhard Brewery was shuttered, and though the Henry’s Tavern that replaced it maintains a focus on regional ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

MOD Pizza: Fast Food Review

Food Reviews & Stories Given that it only takes a few minutes to cook a pizza with the right equipment, it’s odd that burgers, burritos and the like have a stranglehold on fast food. Sure, there was the short-lived ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Movie Review: The Drop

Dirty work.

Movie Reviews & Stories In the voice-over narration that opens The Drop, Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) sounds puerile and winsome, yet strangely precocious. He explains the “drop” process, in which a different New Yor ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL NORDINE

Movie Review: Starred Up

Behind bars.

Movie Reviews & Stories “Gritty prison drama” is usually a dog whistle for either a tumbledown redemption story or the human equivalent of disaster porn. But the main elements of gritty British prison drama Starred ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Album Review: Hustle and Drone

Holyland (Red Bull Sound Select)

Album Reviews [SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere. In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Green Room: Eric Wareheim

Comedy and Variety If you’re an aficionado of Adult Swim, you know Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. But the comedy duo’s lo-fi aesthetics and sense of retro-futurist dread are familiar to anyone who’s stayed ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Liz Prince, Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Challenging what it means to be a girl.

Books Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir opens with the cries of a 2-year-old. They belong to a young Liz Prince, who fears nothing more in her little life than the frilly, pink cloth that hangs from her moth ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.

Music Stories Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.

Music Stories Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake, rea ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Smooth Operator

A phone-sex veteran takes her x-rated calls to the stage.

Theater Tonya Jone Miller received her first call as a phone-sex operator 10 years ago. Miller, dark-haired and half-Vietnamese, was in her late 20s. She imagined herself as a 19-year-old blonde. Over ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Show Preview: The Skatalites, World’s Finest, the Sentiments, the Disliked

Music Stories [FIRST-WAVE SKA] Amid the clamor for freedom from British rule, Jamaican musicians began stewing R&B, jazz and island music, arriving at something that over time has been both internationall ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Top Five Reasons Lil Wayne Is Softer Than Drake

Top 5 He’s a pretty good dad.For all the bashing his exes have given him in the media, they all say he’s an attentive (if slightly absent) father. In another five years or so he can start filming ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Portland Fall Theater Picks

Fall Arts Sans Merci Badass Theatre Company burst onto the scene with 2013’s Invasion!, a wondrous shapeshifter of a play that was devoured by a quartet of actors. For its second full production, it pres ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Theater Director Samantha Van Der Merwe

A theatrical worldbuilder with equal tastes for the sinister and the fanciful.

Fall Arts In science fiction, people often speak of “worldbuilding,” about writers and filmmakers who can construct an entire universe—its appearance, its laws, its technology, its history, its custom ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Ballerina Xuan Cheng

After strict training in China, an Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer finds joy in the rigor.

Fall Arts Outside of ballet, Xuan Cheng says her life is pretty boring. She knows people who go on hikes or stay out late partying, but after rigorous rehearsal, she doesn’t have the energy. Instead, th ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Portland Fall Dance Picks

Fall Arts Wanderlust Circus Oregon Country Fair goers will be familiar with these meta-retro numbers, but the acts have been juiced up for Time Warp, a circus show and dance party. Wanderlust Circus’ acrob ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Poet Carl Adamshick

A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.

Fall Arts Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about love. Letters, books, plays, songs, movies and certainly poems have all been patched into shapes that try to tell us how love feels. Some s ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Portland Fall Book Picks

Fall Arts James Ellroy James Ellroy’s novels inhabit a nostalgic zone, where women are dames and cops throw back whiskey to take the edge off after a day at a grisly crime scene. His “L.A. Quartet”�� ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Comedian Gabe Dinger

A standup stalwart on losing competitions, performing for prisoners and why he won’t leave Portland.

Fall Arts Two years ago, comedian Gabe Dinger placed third in Portland’s Funniest Person contest at Helium Comedy Club. Last year, he was second. This year, everyone told him it was his time. He plac ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Portland Fall Comedy Picks

Fall Arts Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule As deranged as it may seem to the layman, the surrealistic nightmare world inhabited by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim is ultimately a friendly place. How else ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Composer Christopher Corbell

A composer pushes for less Beethoven and more experimentation—and stirs tension in the indie-classical scene.

Fall Arts If you wandered into one of Classical Revolution PDX’s monthly jams at North Portland’s homey Waypost bar a few years ago, you’d see a handful of classically trained amateur musicians sawi ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Fall Classical Picks

Fall Arts Third Angle New Music and Mantra Percussion For the past few years, Third Angle has been familiarizing Portland with Bang on a Can, the New York ensemble that brought rock energy and 21st-century ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by BRETT CAMPBELL

Drummer Chris Brown

The son of a local jazz legend brings his own fiery sound to the drums.

Fall Arts Chris Brown is trying to teach a lesson. Leaning back at a table outside Peet’s Coffee on Northeast Broadway, he’s throwing punches at an invisible target, beating the crap out of the air to ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Portland Fall Jazz and World Music Picks

Fall Arts Mel Brown Septet Album Release At this point, the Mel Brown Septet is basically the wallpaper of the Portland jazz scene, holding down the Jimmy Mak’s stage with likeable, hard-swinging bop nea ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Duct-Tape Artist Mona Superhero

A duct-tape artist with southern swagger and punk-rock style.

Fall Arts Mona Superhero is a case study in up-by-the-bootstraps success. The duct-tape artist was born in Abilene, Texas, raised in Austin and made a living as a stripper in Portland before turning to art full-time. ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Portland Fall Visual Arts Picks

Fall Arts Christopher Russell How would you photograph the end of the world? Christopher Russell takes up that question in a new series of altered photographs, Dissonance, Coincidence & Errant Gradations ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Filmmaker Edward Pack Davee

A filmmaker explores the trauma of war while soaring high in a vintage combat airplane.

Fall Arts For a filmmaker who’s spent the past two years imagining the forests around Hood River as the corpse-strewn battlefields of World War II Europe, it’s not surprising Edward Pack Davee speaks ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Portland Fall Film Picks

Fall Arts Noir City Typically, when film programming highlights the seedy noir world of femmes fatales, crooked detectives, rainy streets and double crosses, it focuses on well-known classics like The Th ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

After the Show

Fall Arts Theater Cassidy’s This downtown institution, with its mirrored bar, wood paneling and smoked windows, is a prime post-show sanctuary for Artists Rep, Portland Center Stage and Third Rail. Ev ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

You’re not a proper patron of Portland’s arts scene until you’ve...

Fall Arts seen a show in which puppets play a more prominent role than humans. overheard someone at the ballet bemoan the absence of an orchestra. worn a beret to the Portland International Film Festiv ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW 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 10, 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 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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