The It List: The Top 10 Things in Portland and the World
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Each week our culture scientists rank their 10 favorite things in the universe. The resulting list is infallible. The list is perfect. If you don't agree with the list, you are wrong. Some items may stay atop the list for weeks, others may only make a brief appearance. Some items are Portland-centric, but only because Portland is at the center of the universe. Please do not write to us, asking for the metrics behind the list. We will not provide source material. We will not be swayed. Bow down to the list. Love the list, as the list loves all things. Let the list move through you. (And, you know, if you have suggestions for the list, stick them in the comments section below.)
1. Casey Jarman WW's long-serving music editor and resident Blazers expert is leaving us this week. He will be missed. 2. COPS: On location in Portland Screw The Real World. This past week, we spotted COPS—TV's original reality show, which, as you might recall, is "filmed on location with the men and women of laaaaaaaawwwww enforcement"—shooting on the streets of Portland. Calling all Rose City perps! Now's your time to shine!
3. Rachel Blumberg
Word on the street is that the Portland drummer/songwriter/experimenter/painter/jill-of-all-trades is gearing up to leave Portland for the East Coast, and make no bones about it, that will mark the end of an era. Though best known as an early Decemberist, her musical talents (she has played with Bright Eyes, Norfolk & Western, M. Ward, etc.; old-school Portlanders might remember her from Sissyface (but we do not)) and painting steez have helped enrich and, often, define the Portland arts scene. It's a huge bummer to lose one of the city's music icons, but we wish Ms. Blumberg the best of luck in her travels.
4. Carolyn Hennesy's death on the season finale of True Blood last night
For those who don't watch (what is wrong with you?), a shapeshifter morphed into a fly, flew inside her mouth, then morphed back into a human inside her. This is what happened:
5. Tom Hardy in Lawless
For the second time this summer, the talented—and, from what our lady friends tell us, swooningly gorgeous—English actor plays a physically imposing, practically invincible and totally incomprehensible brute. In this Prohibition period piece, where he portrays the alpha male in a family of Virginia bootleggers, Hardy mumbles about 30 percent of his dialogue, with the other 60 percent consisting of wordless grunts. Amazingly, he still manages to be the most charismatic guy in the film—and this is a movie which also includes Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman shooting tommy guns and delivering lines with the cartoonish zeal of Dick Tracy villains.
6. North Willamette Boulevard Is there a finer way to spend a balmy Portland summer evening than cycling from St Johns back downtown, Forst Park looming in the background, Mt Hood peaking through the sky, stars coming out while it's still light? There isn't.
7. Ask Axe Cop in Portland We knew that Axe Cop (and Bearmageddon) artist Ethan Nicholle was coming to Portland for Rose City Comic-Con, but we didn't know (until now, obviously) is that he will be bringing his 8-year-old brother Malachai, who writes the comic. We love this kid: