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Donovan Hohn Moby-Duck

The case of the shipwrecked rubber duckies.

Donovan Hohn was correcting high-school English papers one night, when one of his students brought to his attention the existence of thousands of plastic bath toys—ducks, beavers, frogs and turtl   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

You Don’t Know Jack (The Carpetbag Brigade)

As thick and overgrown as the beanstalk.

For the past three weeks, San Francisco-based avant-garde theater troupe the Carpetbag Brigade has rehearsed and led workshops out of North Portland venue the Headwaters. It concludes its residency   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

Live Review: Sharon Van Etten and Little Scream, March 30 at Doug Fir Lounge


In the chilly Doug Fir basement, the general volume of the mid-week concert moves me to put my cell phone on silent. The lack of decibels does not indicate a lack of power or excitement. Though Sonny Pete’s Woody Guthrie-style folk songs are less than memorable, Little Scream sends knees bending and heads nodding with their 3-member ensemble. Aptly named, the Canadian group cleverly layers delic...   More
Friday, April 1, 2011 by RACHAEL DEWITT

Nancy Rommelmann The Bad Mother

A gritty story with a murky narrative.

Before she moved up to Portland, author and journalist Nancy Romelmann (who has written for WW) lived in Los Angeles and gathered stories from cops, immigrants and youth. She has retold the tales in a   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

Voodoo Doughnut Artist’s New Book of Fun

There’s a book out based on your grandfather’s “When I was your age” adage by Portland illustrator Dennis Adler. Wax Lips and White Bucks is a graphic novel full of vignettes that look “back at what we did in the 40’s and 50’s.” Adler’s cartoons explain how he and his friends used to get their kicks by flattening pennies with the force of a moving train and floati...   More
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 by RACHAEL DEWITT

Taylor Clark Nerve

Everything you wanted to know about fear but were afraid to ask.

In 1962, 500 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, the free world was almost destroyed. When Russian submarines bearing a nuclear warhead were bullied to surface by American ships unaware of   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

Oceana Ted Danson

Ted Danson defends the high seas.

A book outlining the harsh reality of our polluted and overfished seas isn’t the first thing one thinks of when imagining a decorative coffee-table book, but Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

Portland Noir

Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth give PDX the private-dick treatment.

Dex is a female private investigator with a gambling problem. Her business slogan is “Taking a beating so you don’t have to,” and she’s inches away from some serious punches if she doesn’   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT

You’ve Got Female

POWFest returns with some disturbing news about baby-making.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Listen, ladies, and all people who love ladies: The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest, for short) enters its fourth year with a range that belies its name.    More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 KELLY CLARKE, RACHAEL DEWITT

Cheap Eats 2011: Zell's, An American Cafe

Food Reviews & Stories
1300 SE Morrison St., 239-0196. 7 am-2 pm Monday-Friday, 8 am-2 pm Saturday-Sunday.Brunch can be quite the ordeal in Portland. Securing a spot in a diner on a weekend morning might necessitate the occ   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 RACHAEL DEWITT
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