July! We're brown from the sun, slim from weekend hikes and slightly queasy from eating entire half-flats of blueberries. It's the season of outdoor concerts, peach sangria and bicyclists in miniskirts and cutoffs. Given the mood of sunbaked near-euphoria that has spread over Portland like so much melted gelato (4,000 people summoned to Pioneer Courthouse Square by an unconfirmed Tweet?), could there be any better time to celebrate all things weird and wonderful this city has to offer? This year we're spotlighting the best sex-changing owl, movie theater for nerds, chili-cheese fries, rockin' hole in the ground, and many more, plus, the winners of our Best of Portland readers poll. Have fun, folks—there's a whole lot of sunshine to go around.—Ben Waterhouse

EDITOR: Ben Waterhouse

CONTRIBUTORS: Kelly Clarke, Liz Crain, Allison Ferré, Whitney Hawke, Nigel Jaquiss, Casey Jarman, Emily Jensen, Matthey Korfhage, Andy Kryza, Katie Litvin, Michael Mannheimer, Aaron Mendelson, Caitlin McCarthy, Shawna McKeown, Aaron Mesh, Heather Morse, Hanna Neuschwander, James Pitkin, Beth Slovic, Ethan Smith, Adrienne So, Henry Stern, Ben Waterhouse, Marianna Hane Wiles


COPY EDITORS: Matt Buckingham, Sarah Smith, Peggy Perdue

ART DIRECTORS: Tom Humphrey and Ben Mollica

PRODUCTION STAFF: Soma Honkanen, Brandi McBride, Christie Wright


PHOTOGRAPHERS: Matt D'Annunzio, Megan Holmes, Vivian Johnson, Missy Prince, Christine Taylor

PHOTO INTERNS: Kat Miller, Mike Perrault