WHO KIDNAPPED ROGER RABBIT?: More
than a week after 18 rabbits were stolen from a Portland Meat
Collective instructor’s backyard, negotiations continue for the return
of the 18th bunny, a breeder named Roger, to farmer Levi Cole. A source tells Willamette Week
the woman holding Roger has hired defense attorney Lisa Ludwig and is
trying to negotiate “joint custody and visitation rights for the
rabbit.” The rabbitnapping has become a flashpoint for hostilities
between Portland’s DIY butchers and its animal-rights activists.
“Judas,” screamed a headline on local blog the Vegan Police after a
group called Rabbit Advocates returned 17 of the animals on Friday, Jan.
13. “Rabbits occupy a weird space in terms to their social construction
of worth—i.e. speciesism—in that they are common pets, but are also
commonly eaten for their flesh,” the Vegan Police wrote.
NEXT OUT: Portland wasn’t without a free LGBT publication for long. The last issue of Just Out published in December; the first issue of PQ Monthly is due in February. According to TheAdvocate,Melanie Davis, publisher-owner of El Hispanic News,
will celebrate the new venture with a launch party at the Jupiter
Hotel. Like its predecessor, it’ll be free. “My personal commitment, and
the commitment from the team, is that every letter and color in the
LGBTQ community is equally represented,” she told the publication.
SCHOLLS SEATING: Apizza Scholls has signed a contract to use the OpenTable
reservation service, according to the blogosphere. There’s also some
buzz about the restaurant starting to serve lunch, which would
presumably mean short midday lines for impatient pizza lovers, but no
WE READ THE PORTLANDIA PRESS SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO: A week after the East Coast noticed the existence of Portlandia with a series of obligingly on-message Carrie Brownstein profiles, Slate
advanced the conversation with dueling thumbsuckers by people who at
one time lived in the Pacific Northwest, but now do not. “Like bigger,
stronger, cooler siblings everywhere, Seattle doesn’t worry too much
about Portland,” wroteJune Thomas, who at one time lived in
Seattle, but now does not. (If this seems like a strange thing for
Thomas to declare all of a sudden, it was.) Then the response: “Portland
is being lavished with attention…precisely because it is small enough
to keep a certain brand of distinctness alive—even as all this attention
risks the whole enterprise,” wroteSeth Colter Walls, who at one
time lived in Portland, but now does not. The great thing about this
exchange is that both Thomas and Colter Walls now live in New York City,
so they could have had this conversation in person, but instead got
paid to have it online!