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March 8, 1995: Cyclists sue the city over the Blazers’ new arena...


40th Anniversary
In July 1993, the city of Portland broke ground for the arena now known as the Moda Center. Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen and then-mayor Vera Katz wielded backhoes to begin construction of the    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Dec. 13, 2008: The fanciest restaurant in Portland’s history crashes in only seven months…


40th Anniversary
Of course Lucier was doomed. In May 2008, at the height of the Bush recession, a scion of the Old Spaghetti Factory empire rented prime space on the South Waterfront and spent $4 million build   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Live Review: The Black Keys at Moda Center, Oct. 31

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The Black Keys new album, Turn Blue, is big.It's not the sort of exponential up-scaling from Magic Potion, the band's last record as a legit two-piece, to the Danger-Mousified Attack & Release. But from frontman Dan Auerbach's sticky jam on the opener, "Weight of Love," it's a deeper, lower, louder album than its immediate predecessor, El Camino.The Moda Cent...   More
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014 by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Black Keys: Friday, Oct. 31

Drummer Pat Carney talks LeBron, band dynamics and his hometown’s best burger(s).


Music Stories
No surprise, Pat Carney still has the green MG convertible. Carney got the car in March 2004, during the sessions for the Black Keys’ third record, Rubber Factory. I know because it still had te   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Pines: Riding High

Riding High


Bar Reviews
The view from the upper deck of any basketball arena is notably lacking once you’re off the concourse. So linger awhile at The Pines (1 N Center Court St., 797-9619), the Moda Center’s spaciou   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

A Black Keys/LeBron Reality Tour of Akron, Ohio

The greatest basketball player and blues duo of their generation come to the Moda center this week. Here's a map of their hometown.


Headout
Despite what Chrissie Hynde once sang, there is still a downtown in Akron, Ohio. I went to college there, in what turns out to have been something of a golden age. Most Fridays, we’d pay a $   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Big Legrowlski: Just like, uh, my opinion, man.


Bar Reviews
Way out in the Pearl there was this minimalist 15-tap bar…bar I wanna tell ya about, bar by the name of The Big Legrowlski (812 NW Couch St., 206-6481, biglegrowlski.com). That’s the thematic    More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Big Ol’ Pumpkin (10 Barrel)


Drank
There’s no pumpkin in a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Obvious, right? Well, there’s often no pumpkin in pumpkin beers. The flavors you associate with round, orange squash come mostly from the spices co   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

First National Taphouse: Bar Review

Second Oregon


Bar Reviews
In theory, at least, the area surrounding Portland State University needs more bars. The school has 30,000 students, making it our state’s largest such institution, and yet the bar scene aroun   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Tropical Thunder (Gigantic with Larry Clouser)


Drank
Hops get all the credit, but yeast does a bunch of the work. Even those big, juicy fruit flavors you like in an IPA are often due as much to the yeast strain as Citra or Simcoe. Tropical Thunder,    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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