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Best New Band 2010

Our seventh annual poll of Portland’s music insiders unveils 10 local bands you’ve just got to see.

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IMAGE: Darryl JamesA few months ago, someone asked WW’s music staff if we had any predictions who would top this year’s Best New Band poll. For a minute or two, we drew a blank; not becaus ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Michael Mannheimer, Casey Jarman, Rebecca Raber, Robert Ham, Aaron Mesh, Chris Stamm


What’s with all the bumpy buildings?

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They look as though a godlike hand had poked square sections of building from behind, giving their façades the appearance of a half-finished game of Jenga. Their faces are broken by what can on ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

Collect Them All!

Our six favorite books you’ll find at the Stumptown Comics Festival.

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STUMPTOWN BY GREG RUCKA & MATTHEW SOUTHWORTHThink of your favorite comic book or graphic novel. Got it? Now think of the book’s creator(s)—what do they look like? Unless you’re a com ...   More
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Casey Jarman, Ben Waterhouse

By Comics, For Comics

How the fastest-growing comedy festival in the country snuck into Portland.

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Portland’s first Bridgetown Comedy Festival, in 2008, featured 50 comedians with a gaggle of around 1,000 people showing up to watch them in bars and clubs along Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard ov ...   More
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Ben Bateman

Flip City

Portland is the center of the pinball galaxy. But why!?

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Pinball is dying, most experts will tell you, but it’s a slow death. When Chicago’s Williams Entertainment, the largest U.S. manufacturer of pinball machines, shut down its pinball product ...   More
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

The Wild Ones

A cadre of geeky micro-roasters helps Portland’s coffee industry grow up.

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Matt Higgins, 29, changes emotions so fast it’s hard to keep up. From a spirited moment of adolescent horseplay—throwing his keys halfway across the massive chamber that will soon be home ...   More
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Bet On Willy

Willy Vlautin wrote the book on horse racing at Portland Meadows. It’s called Lean on Pete. WW has an excerpt and the story behind it.

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The novelist and musician Willy Vlautin wrote his latest book in the grandstands of Portland Meadows, at a trackside betting table that doubled as his office. More recently, Vlautin began renting a wo ...   More
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 AARON MESH


A breakdance show turns local b-boy culture on its head to get dancers paid.

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John Molina’s résumé sparkles. Over his career as a breakdancer—a b-boy, according to scene parlance—he’s won about everything a West Coast kid could hope to. He ...   More
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 Ron Knox

Off The Wall

A pair of local choreographers asks the Ford Building to dance.

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In the course of the past 96 years, the Ford Building has been an auto factory churning out Model T’s, a booze storage facility for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, a publishing company and ...   More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Let Us Entertain You

We sent a reporter to TV’s America’s Got Talent auditions. Portland stayed weird.

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MOM ROCK: Seattleite Jessica Ketola had the unexpected chance to sing with Sting onstage when the Police came to the Gorge Amphitheatre in 2008. Her family—Rachel, Ellie, Micah, David and Anna ( ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Ari Phillips
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