The Funniest Five 2014

Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers.

Cover Story Where my ladies at? Not in this year’s Funniest 5. When votes started rolling in for the... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Sugar Shackup

An effort to clean up a seedy corner in Cully could give millions to an alleged prostitution and money-laundering ring.

News Stories The silhouette of a naked woman on the Sugar Shack sign still draws attention to the... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Hotseat: Mike Fors

He put a Bitcoin ATM in Pioneer Place. Now he hopes people will see why they should use it.

News Stories There’s an ATM at Pioneer Place that turns virtual money into cash you can... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: Kerry Eggers

The author of a new book about the Ducks-Beavers football rivalry talks platypus and pep talks.

Culture Features College football is dominated by bitter rivalries and weird trophies. A... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Thanksgiving In Portland Means Running. Time To Pick The Right Race.

Headout Tofurky Trot Tofurky’s run raises money for local vegan organizations.... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Zaatar: Double Generous

Tony Karam is back with an excellent new Lebanese place in the Pearl.

Food Reviews & Stories The last crumbs of the appetizers have been cleared, and the salad... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR
 
 

Neighborhood Coalition Demands Transportation Bureau Produce Street Fee Calculations

SE Uplift files an appeal to the Multnomah County District Attorney.

News Among the groups lining up to oppose the street fee, perhaps the most striking is SE Uplift. The neighborhood coalition is overseen and funded by City Hall. SE Uplift represents 20 neighborhood associations in Southeast Portland—the power blocs of Portland retail politics. The support of neighborhood associations is crucial to winning local votes.Unlike the business lobby, SE Uplift has no natural gripe with the plan by Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick to raise $46 millio... More

Nov 28, 2014 01:19 pm by AARON MESH
 

Doug Fir Cancels Show Over Use of Racial Stereotypes in Promotional Art

Music A dance party scheduled to take place tonight at Doug Fir Lounge has been canceled by the venue following an online uproar over the use of racial... More

Nov 28, 2014 09:53 am by MATTHEW SINGER
 

Giant Balloons, Film Noir and the Heyday of Satyricon: This Week's Movie Revivals

Movies & Television Every week, AP Kryza of AP Film Studies brings you the best revival screenings around town. Most of these theaters serve beer. Plan accordingly.F... More

Nov 26, 2014 06:26 pm by AP KRYZA
 

Portland's 2014 Holiday Events

Features LightsPioneer Square Tree Lighting Ceremony The festivities leading up to the lighting of the 75 foot tree will include a singalong with members ... More

Nov 26, 2014 04:09 pm by WW Culture Staff
 

Willamette Weekend: 21 Things to Do and See in Portland, November 26-30

Features Wednesday, Nov. 26 Lord Dying, Castle, Norska, Holy Grove[SLUDGE METAL] Last years, Lord Dying bludgeoned its way to the top of the Portla... More

Nov 26, 2014 03:22 pm by WW Culture Staff
 
 

The Funniest Five 2014

Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers.

Cover Story Where my ladies at? Not in this year’s Funniest 5. When votes started rolling in for the Funniest 5—our annual poll of Portland’s standup community to determine this city’s best come ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Sugar Shackup

An effort to clean up a seedy corner in Cully could give millions to an alleged prostitution and money-laundering ring.

News Stories The silhouette of a naked woman on the Sugar Shack sign still draws attention to the shuttered strip club and what was once a one-stop shopping center for sex. The triangle of land where Nor ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by GABRIELLA DUNN

Hotseat: Kerry Eggers

The author of a new book about the Ducks-Beavers football rivalry talks platypus and pep talks.

Culture Features College football is dominated by bitter rivalries and weird trophies. A lot of it’s pretty silly—golden eggs, bejeweled shillelaghs, golden wagon wheels, a little brown jug, and Oregon’s ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Hotseat: Mike Fors

He put a Bitcoin ATM in Pioneer Place. Now he hopes people will see why they should use it.

News Stories There’s an ATM at Pioneer Place that turns virtual money into cash you can hold in your hand. The machine allows you to buy Bitcoin—currency backed by no government and that exists only on ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Zaatar: Double Generous

Tony Karam is back with an excellent new Lebanese place in the Pearl.

Food Reviews & Stories The last crumbs of the appetizers have been cleared, and the salad plates are stacked with the pita basket atop. There are no unused glasses. Still, there’s no empty space on the table when th ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Thanksgiving In Portland Means Running. Time To Pick The Right Race.

Headout Tofurky Trot Tofurky’s run raises money for local vegan organizations. The 5K run goes through Mount Tabor Park with vegan food at the finish line. Mount Tabor Park, picnic area A, on the n ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 1, Sean Jordan

Comedy and Variety Sean Jordan is the first to admit he’s somewhat forgettable. A tall, decent-looking white dude, perpetually clad in jeans and a hoodie, he looks like a skater bro who never grew up. Sometimes, ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 2, Curtis Cook

Comedy and Variety Curtis Cook is used to telling jokes to white people. He got his first crack at standup in middle school in Auburn Township, Ohio, a rural exurb east of Cleveland that’s 97 percent white. The se ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 3, Steven Wilber

Comedy and Variety Three years ago, Steven Wilber was worn down. He was stuck in an uninspiring administrative job at a collection agency and felt short on creative motivation. So he made himself a promise: seven ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 4, Christian Ricketts

Comedy and Variety Christian Ricketts’ path to comedy began by getting drunk and sitting in a parked car with a loaded gun. “I thought of joining the Army and suicide,” he says of those days, “two things that ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 5, Nariko Ott

Comedy and Variety For Nariko Ott, being funny isn’t a personality trait, it’s a survival instinct. As the second of four children raised by a single mother, he knew from a young age that if he didn’t stand ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

10 Portland Comedy Showcases Worth Seeing

Comedy and Variety Am I Right, Ladies? Another week, another rape joke, another Twitter firestorm. This monthly showcase, produced by Jen Tam, positions itself as a counterbalance to the misogyny and sexism in the ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Six Local Podcasts Worth Hearing

Comedy and Variety Levine Large youtube.com/user/levinelargepodcast Sure, Kristine Levine is funny. Everybody knows that. But what you might not know is that her kids are funny, too. In Levine Large, the blue-collar ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Funny On the Internet

Our favorite tweets from Portland comedians.

Comedy and Variety Portland taught me that if you plant a food cart in fertile soil you’ll get a condo building in about a year. —Jason Traeger This guy asked me if I had had sex with a lot of men, and I was like, ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 4

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings A coxswain helped close Trojan. Authorities become suspicious when strip clubs post instructions on how to dispose of used condoms in their private rooms. If Sean Jordan wanted to go chasing waterfa ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Strain Review: Green Crack

Culture Features The two most common words describing the psychoactive effects of cannabis are “high” and “stoned”—but have you ever considered the difference between the two? They’re often used in ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Top Portland Event Picks, November 26 - December 2

Headout Picks THURSDAY NOV. 27 THANKSGIVING AT DAD’S [SOLACE] Right after your volunteer shift at City Team Ministries, hop across the street to My Father’s Place—family to everyone, whether old, drun ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

C’mon, Get Happy

Horse Feathers’ Justin Ringle cheers up…sort of.

Music Stories Justin Ringle generally doesn’t see things in black and white. As the lead vocalist and songwriter behind Portland’s Horse Feathers, he’s spent the better part of a decade struggling to ma ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Primer: A Concerned Parent’s Guide to Trapfest

Music Stories Ah! What is that horrible noise?! It sounds like a bunch of alarm clocks going off at once, but with a horn section behind it!   It’s a song called— That’s a song? Yes. The name is � ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: New Move

“Don’t Wanna Lose” (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [CLASSIC POP] When it comes to songwriting, Jesse Bettis is an unabashed classicist. That was true of Oh Captain My Captain, his former band, whose widescreen pop drew upon Bowie, Queen and Radi ... More

Nov 26, 2014 10:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Q&A: Hutch Harris on Standup Comedy

How the Thermals’ frontman went from shouting down injustice to joking about man boobs.

Music Stories Comedy is the new punk rock, they say, but in the case of Hutch Harris, punks are the new comics. In recent weeks, the Thermals’ singer-guitarist has gone from Portland comedy-scene booster to ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Ranger Station: Park Life

Bar Reviews If you somehow woke up inside The Ranger Station (4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 894-8455, rangerstationpdx.com), it would be easy to believe you were actually inside a ranger station. The tiny and ru ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Haan Ghin: Food Cart Review

Food Cart Reviews Portland now has a second contender for an iconic food-cart chicken dish from Southeast Asia, and its name is mii gai. Nong Poonsukwattana, maker of Portland’s go-to Thai chicken-and-rice di ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Beer Review: Arctos (Baerlic Brewing)

Drank What makes winter ale wintery? That’s a matter of intense debate, especially in Portland, where spiced Christmas ales were long rejected as insufficiently beery beers. Personally, I tend to fa ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Dr. Know: Can I pay for a coin-op parking meter space using the “smart meter” across the street?

Dr. Know There are still a few coin-operated parking meters in Portland. As a civilized human, I rarely carry any cash, much less four bucks in quarters to park downtown for three hours. Can I pay for ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You

Hell and high wind.

Books Perhaps it’s inevitable that any attempt at the Great American Novel written today would end in ruins. Like John Updike’s Rabbit series, Richard Ford’s four Frank Bascombe books have been on ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Scoop: Don’t Call Us Chicken.

Scoop TWO DOZENDRUMMERS NEEDED: Beginning next September, 23 Portland bands will be in need of a new drummer. Papi Fimbres, one of the city’s busiest musicians, is moving to Germany for a year. “Wit ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Lickety Brit

English comic Matt Kirshen makes himself more than a novelty act.

Comedy and Variety As a Brit living in the U.S., comedian Matt Kirshen knows his accent can be a bit distracting. But sometimes, it slips his mind that he sounds different from everyone else. “It’s like th ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.

Theater For a few moments after the introductory dance barrage, right when one of Portland’s oldest comedy troupes settles down for a looooong winter’s slapstick, The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas feel ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

AP Film Studies: Portland’s Poet

Walt Curtis on Mala Noche, Portland’s literary history and Hollywood dildos.

Movie Reviews & Stories Poet Walt Curtis sits in a tiny room in his shared house in Kerns, amid stacks of books and papers and an in-progress abstract nude painting. As the smell of grilled meat wafts in from the Mexican ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Murmurs: In Oracle vs. Oregon, Maybe the Lobbyists Win.

Murmurs Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean rose to prominence in national politics as a founder of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT rights organization. But the HRC announced ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Editorial Staff

Album Review: Rap Class

“Alone” (Dropping Gems)

Album Reviews [TECHNO SHOUT-OUT]  It doesn’t take too long into Rap Class’ new single, “Alone,” to forget about the golden-era hip-hop breakbeat that opens it up. But the techno rhythm and spar ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

The Way He Looks

Bach and Belle (and Sebastian)

Movie Reviews & Stories Forget the love triangle. The Way He Looks gives us the love rhombus. Giovana loves Leonardo but Leonardo loves Gabriel and Gabriel loves Belle and Sebastian. The film, from Brazilian writer-d ... More

Nov 25, 2014 06:30 pm by DEBORAH KENNEDY

Goodbye to Language

Farthouse cinema.

Movie Reviews & Stories Jean-Luc Godard could make a movie about a potato and produce something engrossing. Goodbye to Language is a new 3-D essay film by this luminary of the French New Wave, which is another way of s ... More

Nov 25, 2014 06:30 pm by MICHAEL NORDINE

Street: Moviegoers...

Street ...are going to a Saturday night picture show at the Clinton. Photos by Briana Cerezo. ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by BRIANA CEREZO

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

Nov 25, 2014 08:45 pm 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

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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