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EAT: Cooking With Class at Le Cordon Bleu


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Cursing SmartPark, street parking, and canvassers, I rushed in five minutes and late tried to sit down as inconspicuously as possible. I was a guest at A Taste of Italy, the latest in the   More
 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 by Ben Bateman

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Seemingly the brainchild of a forward-thinking ’70s lumberjack with a master’s in interior design, Doug Fir’s take on the log cabin is stylish and inviting. The lounge is a balance of comfy leather benches, dimly lit booths and strange sculptures (glass moose head?). The real attra   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Ben Bateman

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Horse Brass faithfully mimics an English pub, from the classics of the cuisine (a delicious corned beef sandwich is $6.25) to the decor, all muted incandescent lights on dark stained wood. But the real attraction is the huge selection of beer, ranging from Portland staples and hard-to-find microbrew   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Ben Bateman

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
With $3 well drinks, Big Buck Hunter (both the video game and the pinball machine), video slots, TVs dedicated to the Blazers and a jukebox, it’s safe to say the Slammer was pulled from somebody’s dive-bar fantasy and realized with a hasty affection. The bar has a cozy, funky atmosphere,   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Ben Bateman

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
Victory Bar has the perfect atmosphere to wait out the Portland rain. Wide windows wrap around the bar, partially covered with decorative curtains (slyly printed with propaganda posters and cartoons), while the inside hosts intimate leather booths and small tables straight from your neighborhood cof   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Ben Bateman

Drink 2010


Food Reviews & Stories
This high-ceilinged haunt behind the Bagdad Theater serves up the usual McMenamins fare, but the space is uniquely inviting. A seven-story-high roof allows for huge murals and distant suspended lights, while the bar features four pool tables on the ground floor and a staircase leading upward to two    More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Ben Bateman

Chortle Kombat

Five local comics battle for ultimate laugh supremacy.


Headout
At the beginning of May, 22 of your friends and neighbors entered the Portland Amateur Comedy Contest. Now, after a grueling month of constant stand-up shows at bars in and around Portland, five comed ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Ben Bateman

LIVE REVIEW: Frightened Rabbit, Maps & Atlases; Monday, May 17 @ Berbati's Pan


Frightened Rabbit lyricist Scott Hutchison has a penchant for prying apart the human body. On 2008's The Midnight Organ Fight, the characters rarely act of their own volition. Instead, their bodies and possessions move and yearn of their own accord: a pair of arms is evil (“Good A...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by Ben Bateman

The Best Cheap And Free Deals In Town


Cheapskate
Got a great deal? Email it to us at deals@wweek.com. BITCH, PLEASE: The grass is always greener when its stains are on your clothes, so grab some duds and swing down to Jupiter Hotel this weekend f ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Ben Bateman

Artichoke Music Gets Saved!



Local folk-community cornerstone Artichoke Music survives! Early in April the shop announced its untimely closing with this grim missive:



The time has come for us to close Arti...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 by Ben Bateman
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