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.)
This is our official shirt for MusicfestNW week. Because when it comes to surviving five blistering, exhausting nights of nonstop music, you can't take no half-measures. (And with the half-season finale having come and gone, we promise this is the last time we'll mention the show in It List. Until next year, anyway.)
Eat them while you can, as they will soon be gone/obscenely priced for 10 months.
4. Portland Timbers Anthem
The Timbers' season might be in the gutter (even as a Cascadia Cup victory seems shockingly likely), but you'd never know it when watching this beautifully effective little piece of triumphal Timbers jingoism by Portland's Jelly Studio and Marmoset Music. The 2-minute short effectively funnels all of lifeâtransit, deskwork, artisanal coffee, a midlist city's small and tender momentsâdown an ever-narrowing cone of possibility that eventually arrives at the mighty singularity of existence itself: a Timbers game at Jeld-Wen stadium. When all of life is only preparation it seems impossible they'll lose, even though history says it damn well isn't: We will all shed stoic tears under the Saturday Night Lights. Heck, you half-expect coach Eric Taylor out there on the field instead of old Gavin Wilkinson.
From the presser: "Fifty Shades of Grey — The Classical Album aims to provide the perfect accompaniment to the Fifty Shades reading experience, setting a mysterious and alluring atmosphere with just the slightest hint of danger."
6. Husbands: the comic
Our favorite web series, Husbands, is being made into a comic by Dark Horse and the art is being done by Portland artist Ron Chan.
9. Tony Romo