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Richmond Fontaine, Aug. 12 at the Doug Fir Lounge

Man, I love this band, but they are bad for my health. I'd give my liver to write songs like Willy Vlautin. But nobody wants my liver. So I tend to pummel it instead, whenever I go see his band or play the records - soak the poor old thing in beer and whiskey and hope for the best.

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Monday, August 14, 2006 by BECKY OHLSEN

Wired For Speed

Electric vehicles are quietly breaking into drag-race culture.

News Stories
Portland International Raceway was predictably noisy last Saturday night. Rubber screeched as drivers burned off layers of tire; engines belched, purred and spat machine-gun noises. But amid the smoky ...   More
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 BECKY OHLSEN

Nerds Gone Wild

There's a whole world of crossword-puzzler geeks out there, and they are having a better time than you are.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Quick—what's a nine-letter word for torture? Hint: It's probably the squarest thing you can do in bed, it gets harder as the week goes on, and it draws almost as many Sunday worshipers as church ...   More
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 BECKY OHLSEN

Pieces Of A Man

The Devil and Daniel Johnston paints a complex portrait of a troubled artist.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The music of Daniel Johnston isn't for everybody. That eerie, trembly, little-girl caterwaul, the archetypal lo-fi keyboard, the basement recordings dubbed over and over onto cheap cassette tapes...it ...   More
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 BECKY OHLSEN

WW's Longbaugh Film Festival

Presented By Comcast: 2006 Recap

Movie Reviews & Stories
Amazing! They actually pulled it off. Despite some last-minute technical setbacks, an ambitious scope and a skeleton crew of volunteers, the staff of the Longbaugh Film Festival made it happen again, ...   More
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 BECKY OHLSEN

He's Got The Touch

The magical films of Ernst Lubitsch grace the screen once more.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Reviewing movies is turning me into a prude. It's not that I have anything against sex, mind you, in public or otherwise. But after seeing Colin Farrell's amber-lit butt cheeks endlessly thrusting awa ...   More
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 BECKY OHLSEN

All Dolled Up

New York Doll looks at the redemption of a rock legend.

Movie Reviews & Stories
If you met the 55-year-old Arthur Kane on the street, you'd never in a million years guess his nickname or how he spent his youth. An almost invisibly bland clerk at the Mormon Church's Family History ...   More
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 BECKY OHLSEN

Cheap Eats 2005

Food Reviews & Stories
This 3-year-old Alberta hangout doubled its capacity when it added a gorgeous outdoor patio, with a fireplace at one end for cool spring and fall nights. Known for its scrumptious breakfast scrambles ($6-$8), the restaurant also turns out delicious, filling and healthy lunch and dinner fare, includi   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 BECKY OHLSEN

Cheap Eats 2005

Food Reviews & Stories
The reincarnation of the madly popular Scholls Public House only fits the "cheap" mold if you share. But good luck trying not to. Even if you could finish one of the vast, scrumptious, crispy-thin-crust pies ($17 and up) single-handedly, you'd have to fight off everyone around you first. Toppings ar   More
Thursday, February 16, 2006 BECKY OHLSEN

Cascade Festival Of African Films

Movie Reviews & Stories
It's shamefully rare that anyone in the United States gets a chance to see an insider's view of life on the African continent. You can find plenty of films about Africa, but precious few made by peopl ...   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 BECKY OHLSEN
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