Bittersweet Cake

A Gresham bakery refused to sell this lesbian couple a wedding cake. Now, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer break their silence.

Cover Story Rachel Cryer loved Sweet Cakes by Melissa. She had discovered the Gresham bakery online in... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

Top Event Picks, July 31 - Aug. 4

Headout Picks FRIDAY JULY 31 Pickathon [FESTIVAL] Last year, the li’l not-quite-roots... More

Jul 28, 2015 10:30 am by WW Culture Staff

The Naked Gun

A woman visiting Portland says a cop came to her hotel room to follow up on her case—and took off his clothes.

News Stories A Portland Police Bureau officer is under investigation after a woman visiting... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Terminally Intoxicated

A bar crawl of PDX airport pubs.

Bar Reviews If you’re flying into Salt Lake City, get a drink first. It’s... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, LIZZY ACKER

Street: Oregon Brewers Festival

Beer me.

Street This week we meet the creatively-dressed people of the Oregon Brewers... More

Jul 27, 2015 11:09 am by WW Culture Staff

Talking Sticks

Five standout speakers at the Cannabis Creative Conference.

Potlander When one hears of a “cannabis creative conference,” it’s... More

Jul 27, 2015 10:15 am by LAUREN TERRY
 
 

Haute-N-Ready: Popeyes Rip'n Chick'n

Remember fried chicken? Well, it’s back...in tentacle form! (Recipe included.)

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 the common man.Fried chicken doesn’t make many appearances on this column. It’s not that the column doesn’t like it—I can assure you that the reality is quite the opposite—but that few chains make bold, creative, monstrous decisions with fried chicken. Because why would you? It’s simple. It’s fast. It’s finger-lickin’ good, to use the pa... More

Jul 28, 2015 03:07 pm by JOHN LOCANTHI
 

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is Likely Running for Portland Mayor, Sources Tell WW

News Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor. Last week, the state treasurer told The Oregonian he was still making up his mind whether to... More

Jul 28, 2015 02:04 pm by Beth Slovic and Aaron Mesh
 

It's Official: Public Weed Sales Start October 1

Kate Brown signed a bill today allowing medical dispensaries to sell cannabis to everybody over 21

Culture Well, it's official. Recreational weed sales in Oregon begin on October 1.That news from Salem today as Governor Kate Brown finally signed a bill... More

Jul 28, 2015 11:51 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

Panic Room on Bar Rescue: "They were setting us up to fail."

Food & Drink “I miss the red walls...” smiled Panic Room owner Rod Bitton late Sunday afternoon. After a renovation poorly received in this newspaper, Spi... More

Jul 28, 2015 11:36 am by JAY HORTON
 

Audit Finds Portland Arts Tax Fails to Deliver on Promises

News A new city of Portland audit finds the $35-per-adult arts tax fails to live up to the expectations of Portland voters who approved the tax i... More

Jul 28, 2015 12:01 am by BETH SLOVIC
 
 

Top Event Picks, July 31 - Aug. 4

Headout Picks FRIDAY JULY 31 Pickathon [FESTIVAL] Last year, the li’l not-quite-roots music festival had a tipping-point moment, getting covered in The New York Times, but it didn’t let it go ... More

Jul 28, 2015 10:30 am by WW Culture Staff

Street: Oregon Brewers Festival

Beer me.

Street This week we meet the creatively-dressed people of the Oregon Brewers Festival. Photos by Katie Dennis.    ... More

Jul 27, 2015 11:09 am by WW Culture Staff

Talking Sticks

Five standout speakers at the Cannabis Creative Conference.

Potlander When one hears of a “cannabis creative conference,” it’s normal to picture tie-dyed booths filled with glass pieces and graphic designers boasting the freshest interpretation of a green cross. B ... More

Jul 27, 2015 10:15 am by LAUREN TERRY

Bittersweet Cake

A Gresham bakery refused to sell this lesbian couple a wedding cake. Now, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer break their silence.

Cover Story Rachel Cryer loved Sweet Cakes by Melissa. She had discovered the Gresham bakery online in 2011 when she went looking for a wedding cake to celebrate her mother’s remarriage. The $250 raspberry fa ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Naked Gun

A woman visiting Portland says a cop came to her hotel room to follow up on her case—and took off his clothes.

News Stories A Portland Police Bureau officer is under investigation after a woman visiting from Las Vegas said he arrived at her Pearl District hotel room to follow up on her domestic assault complaint, stripped ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Deal With It

Oregon wants to crush black-market weed sales. But business is smoking.

News Stories Austin has been out of weed for four days. It’s Sunday evening, and today he’s gotten 14 calls from customers looking for bud. “You got tree, bro?” they ask. The drought ends with a call from ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by EMILY VOLPERT

Fat Tire Fight

Mountain bikers and neighbors again face off over forest trails—this time near Forest Park.

News Stories On Christmas Eve, three days after she and her family moved to their home in the hills northwest of Portland, Lindsey Laughlin saw the elk herd. It’s become a ritual. She wakes up at about 6:30 ev ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by HART HORNOR

Harper Lee's Racist New Book Shouldn't Destroy Your Love for Scout Finch

Books I first saw the movie To Kill a Mockingbird when I was 6 and have loved Scout Finch ever since. As a willful tomboy, she spoke to me like no other character ever had. When I was older and read Harper ... More

Jul 21, 2015 11:24 am by LIZZY ACKER

Terminally Intoxicated

A bar crawl of PDX airport pubs.

Bar Reviews If you’re flying into Salt Lake City, get a drink first. It’s tough to get a decent cocktail given the tyrannical pouring contraptions affixed to every bottle of liquor in Utah, ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, LIZZY ACKER

Top Event Picks, July 22 - July 26

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY JULY 22 Oregon Brewers Festival [BEER] The biggest outdoor craft-beer fest in North America returns with an estimated 80,000 attendees, 90 beers on tap from across the coun ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The Portland Poly Scene

Headout  John Donne said no man is an island, while Simon & Garfunkel said they were. But weren’t they all missing the point? Islands might be OK metaphors, sure, but they are much better as actual ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by LIZZY ACKER

Movie Review: Do I Sound Gay?

A documentarian tries to straighten his speech.

Movie Reviews & Stories There is only one thing I look for in a successful documentary: Does it make me feel guilty about an issue I didn’t previously feel guilty about? Blackfish did, obviously, and Hoop Dreams, and all t ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by ALEX FALCONE

Dark and Stormy

NW Noir gets dark and divey.

Movie Reviews & Stories It’s no surprise that Portland loves film noir. This is a city where throwback clothing is always in style. Rain and gloom drench our streets and seedy alleys. Shady developers—such a staple villa ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

United We Laugh

Hari Kondabolu doesn’t want you to come for dick jokes.

Comedy and Variety Appearing on Late Night With David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, comedian Hari Kondabolu has parlayed a master’s degree in human rights into a successfu ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WILLIAM KENNEDY

Much Ado About Nothing (Post5)

Tired Shakespeare, turned inside out.

Theater Love him or hate him, Shakespeare had one damn good formula for a hit.  The same premise and plot barrel through practically all his comedies: Factions clash, mistaken identiti ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Visual Art: Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Chromatic Intercession

Graphic groupings are a bright idea.

Visual Arts Isaac Tin Wei Lin’s new work at Adams and Ollman might be too bright to handle on a sunny day. Chromatic Intercession juxtaposes vibrant acrylic paintings with pen-and-ink drawings on paper. The ten ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MEGAN HARNED

Scoop: 99 Problems But a Liquor License Ain't One

Scoop A Shut-and-Open Case: Kurt Huffman’s 99-tap, all-Oregon, no-tippin’, $15-minimum-wage-payin’ beer bar Loyal Legion (705 SE 6th Ave.) closed down July 14, after only four official days in busines ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The 2015 PDX Pop Now! Yearbook

A look at eight of the superlative acts playing the annual local music festival.

Music Stories IMAGE: WW StaffValedictorian: Vinnie Dewayne <a href="http://vinniedewayne.bandcamp.com/album/rites-of-passage-ep-before-the-scholar">Rites of Passage EP: Before the Scholar by Vinnie Dewayne ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The TriMet Trilogy

Portland filmmaker El Gato Negro wants hipsters to have a heart.

Movie Reviews & Stories Howard Mitchell is old school. The Portland filmmaker behind the TriMet Trilogy showing at Mission Theater this Sunday cites such deadly earnest (and just plain dead) heavyweights as John Cassavetes, ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

High Honey!

Potlander Winnie the Pooh didn’t want to eat it, he just wanted to taste it. It’s the main ingredient in mead, the drink of kings. Also: nectar of the gods. With such respect paid, you’d think we’d trea ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by TYLER HURST

Street: Looks We Like on Hawthorne

Street This week we explore the magical world of Hawthorne and masters of style who can be found there.All photos by Katie Dennis.  ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Bar Review: Fortune Bar

Bar Reviews MUSICAL CHAIRS: First there was Ping, and it was good. But after the Pok Pok spinoff closed to “expand” at the end of 2012, it instead went dark for good, finally reviving in April 2014 as Ea ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Jamie XX, Mattis: Saturday, July 25

Music Stories [INVENTED NOSTALGIA] In the lead-up to the release of U.K. polite-house producer Jamie XX’s brilliant debut solo record, In Colour, a clear narrative emerged from the banks of samples, sirens and po ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Thursday, July 23

Drummer Riley Geare is UMO’s backbone, but he’s also one of Portland’s rising studio wizards.

Music Stories A glance at Riley Geare’s wrist will tell you he hasn’t been home for a few weeks. He was, until recently, on the road, playing drums with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and his forearm is a rainbow of ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Donut Byte Labs: Doughnut Review

Food Reviews & Stories We have met our new mini-doughnut robot overlord, and its name is Donut Byte Labs. Look, I love me some Pip's robot-made mini-doughnuts straight off the boiler—luscious cake ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Dr. Know: The Truth About Head Shops

Dr. Know Now that weed is legal, can we finally abandon the charade where we all pretend that none of the things sold in the head shop will be used for smoking marijuana? Can we, at long last, call a bong a bo ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: President Trump Will Stop the Megaquake.

Murmurs Does the city lawfully own the trademark to the neon “Portland Oregon” sign? Legal observers will have to wait for an answer now that city officials have employed a creative maneuver to quash a la ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Inbox: Toxic!

Letters to the Editor To coin a phrase, “The dose makes the poison.” [“My Airborne Toxic Event,” WW, July 15, 2015]. The mere presence of some of these chemicals means nothing. Exposure to small a ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Heems: Wednesday, July 22

In his old group, irony ruled. Now he’s finally getting real.

Music Stories Himanshu Suri has stories. Stories that, for years, he never told. His formative years were spent in post-9/11 New York. Xenophobia was high, and for an Indian-American teenager living in a South Asia ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Album Review: Sons Of Huns

While Sleeping Stay Awake (Riding Easy)

Album Reviews [GATEWAY METAL] Sons of Huns’ sophomore album has significantly upped the ante from their 2013 debut, Banishment Ritual. In nine songs, the trio kicks down the garage door and blasts out onto a high ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Hurry Up

Hurry Up (Army Of Bad Luck)

Album Reviews [PUNK] Hurry Up’s self-titled debut album opens with “Pick You Up,” a sleazy, Nation of Ulysses-sounding burst of driving throwback fuzz that would sound indistinguishable from the bro-punk anth ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Vacilando

While They Were Dancing (Fluff & Gravy)

Album Reviews [STONED ROOTS] It should maybe fall under the full-disclosure category that I’m a huge fan of sleepy, atmospheric, low-tempo, vaguely Midwestern pop tunes that feature the pedal steel guitar. The mo ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

MFNW Preview: Battles

Music Stories The idea of a math-rock outfit having enough cachet to be considered a “supergroup” may be a tad silly to the uninitiated, but it may be time to finally humor your barista with the one-man looping ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Boogie Knights

Our picks for best drinking buddies in the Paul Thomas Anderson retrospective.

Movie Reviews & Stories Paul Thomas Anderson’s best films, from his 1997 porn elegy Boogie Nights to last year’s psychedelic adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, rank among the most important major releases of ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

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 29, 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

Jul 28, 2015 01:49 pm by WW Culture Staff
 

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