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Thingmakers’ Mark

The branding boys at OMFG make Portland look cool, one Pop-A-Shot at a time.

Culture Features
It’s 5 pm Friday, and the area around Southwest Stark Street and 10th Avenue is heaving. Pretty young things crowd the bar at Clyde Common, drifter hipsters lounge in the lobby of the Ace Hotel, a   More
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Hotseat: James E. McWilliams

Why Your Locally Grown Heirloom Tomatoes Won't Save The World.


For much of his academic career, James McWilliams was writing about some pretty unsexy subjects: bugs, insecticides, 17th-century Massachusetts. But around four years ago, the Texas State University associate professor and historian began tackling a much more controversial topic: the “locavore” food movement.

His 2009 book, Just Food: How Locavores are Endangering the Future of Food an...   More
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Saving Pelican 895

One greasy bird with a very human story.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Local documentary filmmaker Irene Taylor Brodsky often captures stories of small human triumphs in the face of adversity—an Indian polio victim’s effort to immunize slums against the disease in    More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 RUTH BROWN

What Would Jesus Chew?

A world tour of Easter eats.

Easter is a magical time of the year—when carpenters rise from the dead and bunnies poop out chocolate eggs. There are hundreds of regional riffs on the celebration around the world: In the Czech    More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 RUTH BROWN, KAREN LOCKE

What The Hell is a "Fork to the City"?

And How Do You Get One?


Two Portland chefs have made high-profile appearances on reality television cooking shows lately—first Beast's Naomi Pomeroy, who is currently competing on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, and Sunday night, Paley's Place chef Vitaly Paley appeared as a challenger on the Food Network's Iron Chef America.At the respective local premieres of each show, the City of Portland (Pomeroy got an appearance from ...   More
Monday, April 18, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Celebrate Easter—At IKEA!

IKEA's Påskbord Celebration

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I've been putting together listing for the many Easter events happening in Portland this year, but couldn't include this one because for some reason it's happening the week before Easter:The IKEA Restaurant—a long-time standby for insanely cheap food and a respite from impulse-buying lampshades and dodging screamin...   More
Thursday, April 14, 2011 by RUTH BROWN


The Battle for Portland's Pennypinchers


Another day, another coupon site. Today sees the arrival of yet another "deal-a-day" website in Portland: Scoutmob. Its schtick is that you don't have to pay for the deal, just pull it up on your smart phone and go to the business within a certain time to redeem it—more like a virtual 50% off voucher than ...   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Free as in Free Lecture

Richard Stallman Speaks at PSU Thursday


Richard Stallman is one of the more important and controversial figures in the tech and open source communities. In 1983, he started the GNU Project— an operating system wholly comprised of "free software." That's this definition of free—or, as it says: "'free' as in 'free speech,' not as in 'free beer'."Since...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by RUTH BROWN

Nature Lover

Doing it like they do on the Sundance Channel.

Italian-born Isabella Rossellini was formerly best known for her famous parents, modeling career, roles in over 40 films, Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, three books and shacking up with Martin    More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Drip City

Everything old is new again in Portland’s coffee scene.

Cover Story
Why is Portland, of all places, the capital of American coffee culture? There’s no overt explanation why a city celebrated for its slacker attitude also devotes so much energy to the roasting and    More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE, RUTH BROWN
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