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Beer Guide 2013: Age 'n' Wisdom

Should you age that beer?


Beer Guide
Portland is a beer town surrounded by wine country. That, as much as anything, gives us reason to take suds seriously. And nothing says “sophisticated” like a cellar stocked with rare vin   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Mary Szybist, Incarnadine

To: Donkey Sanctuary. Re: What I want.


Books
Even for avid readers of all genres, poetry can sometimes feel a bit…unapproachable. But the poems of Portland-based writer Mary Szybist read more like a letter from an old friend, familiar an   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Gift Guide 2012: The Etsy Ideologue


Featured Stories
They turn old bottle caps into jewelry, upcycle clothing and, yes, sometimes put birds on things. They’re your crafty friends, and the gift options are plentiful. Because this is Portland.   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Christmas on Broadway (Broadway Rose)

Like an eggnog enema.


Theater
Christmas is a divisive holiday. There are those who decorate their lawns in November and revel in each tinsel-strewn moment with the slack-jawed grin and open wallet of a Midwesterner at Disney   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Restaurant Guide 2012: Cutting the Line

Eating well without the wait.


Restaurant Guide
Portlanders wait to eat. We wait for steak. We wait for eggs. We wait for pizza, tacos and noodles. We wait for pickled things. We wait for decadent, gravy-laden brunches. We wait for doughnuts.    More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

I can has book deal?


Books
Dangerous things happen when bloggers get book deals. Yes, there are remarkably talented writers out there offering socially relevant content in blog form. But the blogosphere is a different sort    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Scoops' out for Summer: Day 28

Oui Presse

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What do you do when you're trying to eat Portland's best ice cream every day for a month, but one ice cream everyone says is delicious poses a big conflict of interest? Send a freelancer and put in a giant blond disclosure.

Oui Presse
1740 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 384-2160, oui-presse.com.Price per scoop: $3.50 for a t...   More
 
Saturday, July 28, 2012 by PENELOPE BASS

Jersey Boys (Fred Meyer Broadway Across America)

We’ve got a situation... a nostalgic situation.


Theater
Highlighted by the legendary Elmo-on-helium vocal range of frontman Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons became one of the most popular music groups of all time, selling 175 million records worldwide   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Live Review: Florence + the Machine, July 22 @ Edgefield

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As seen from the air, it might have looked like a Christian rock concert—all stained glass backdrops and swaying arms. I was dying to see Florence + the Machine and was curious how the music would translate in a live performance. Adopting the pseudo-spiritual/religious vibe of her most recent album, Ceremonials, singer Florence Welch and the members of the Machine impressively recreated the atmo...   More
 
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by PENELOPE BASS

Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles

What if the world stopped turning?


Books
For melodramatic adolescents, every little thing that goes wrong feels like the end of the world. For Julia, the tween protagonist of The Age of Miracles, this actually is the case. The debut no   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 PENELOPE BASS
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