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U.S. pinball’s top two players face off in Portland.

One might assume when the United States’ first- and second-ranked pinball pros hit the same tournament, it’s all strobe lights and smoke machines and Zoolander-esque ego. Not so, says Seattle   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Foos Fighters

Four tips for tomorrow’s foosball champs.

Isaac Bowen and Ryan Harvey know that their sport’s glory days are, for the moment, behind it. The best player in the world, Belgium’s Frédéric Collignon, is a car salesman by day. And while   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Headout: Enter the Dragon

Ruth Brown’s favorite childhood dragons.

Tet Nguyen Dan—better known as Tet or Vietnamese New Year—was on Jan. 23. The big celebration in Portland is this weekend, however, since the Portland International Auto Show was at the Conv   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Headout: Old Dogs, New Licks

They said Gary Marcus was too old to learn guitar. He whammied them wrong.

Think you’ve gotta be 14 and full of hormones to learn guitar? Nope, says NYU psychology professor Gary Marcus.   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 MELINDA HASTING

Headout: Groundhouse

The Fertile Ground Festival gets dark.

Murder, conspiracy and apocalypse! No, it’s not the latest Ron Paul slogan. As grim as the farcical presidential race has become, it has nothing on some of the bloody, unsettling and bizarre pla   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Headout: Mental Kombat

How would you fare in Ground Kontrol’s video game quiz show?

Ground Kontrol’s bimonthly Video Game Quiz Show is one of the most elaborate trivia nights in town. Gaming geeks compete on teams—like in a real television game show—using custom-built, li   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MELINDA HASTING

Headout: Sort of Sam

WW exclusive: Sam Adams' endorsement for Portland’s next mayor.

OK, so he’s not the mayor, but when singer-songwriter Sam Adams moved to Portland a year ago from Indiana he quickly got used to the confusion.   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 MELINDA HASTING

Headout: Bowl O’ Luck

The Northwest doesn’t have a lucky New Year’s dish—so we created one.

American regional cuisine is peppered with examples of “lucky” New Year’s Day foods: ham and black-eyed peas in the South, sauerkraut in the Midwest, a dozen grapes in Puerto Rico. The Pac   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MARTIN CIZMAR

Headout: Space Christ

The Alien Nativity is out of this world.

In December 2010, Matt Henderson wanted to have a Christmas open house—an all-inclusive, meet-the-neighbors affair. But Henderson’s house is a small former church in Northeast Portland, so the   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Headout: Santa’s Bomb

ADX holds a warehouse sale of homemade weirdness.

Portland’s ADX is a big ol’ warehouse where the Etsy-inclined pay $40 a day to bring their designs into the third dimension using facilities not unlike what you’d find in a high school sho   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 MELINDA HASTING

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