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Hotseat: Julia Sweeney

The actress best known as SNL’s Pat on why atheists should still pray with their parents.

Q & A
Portland is officially the least religious city in the country, according to a recent study. So it’s fitting that the largest atheist organization in the country, the...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Darrin Pufall

Avenue Q’s puppet master lives the plush life.

A Portland theater company is tackling Avenue Q, the raunchy, Sesame Street-inspired musical about existential twentysomethings. The show’s popularity promises high expectations for Triangle Pro   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Sorry, Bachelorettes: No More Penis Hats at CC Slaughters


Portland gay bar CC Slaughters has decided where it stands on the issue of banning bachelorette parties. The new policy is this: it's fine to be a bachelorette. Just don't throw it in our faces.Gay bars in May heard renewed calls from clientele to ban bachelorette parties after popular West Hollywood bar the Abbey    More
Friday, August 17, 2012 by AARON SPENCER

The Match.com Monologues (CoHo Productions)

Looking for computer love.

Forgive me if this review is overly critical. I was pissed when I saw this show because my date flaked. Apparently, 10:30 pm is too late for a show when you have work in the morning. That left m   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Screaming Ban Shes

Why Portland’s gay bars won’t ban bachelorettes.

Culture Features
It’s the last show at Darcelle XV Showplace on a muggy Friday night. The audience is a mixed bag: a birthday party in the center, friends of a drag queen near the wall, a posse of bros in the    More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Sharon Needles

Meet the dark, spooky future of drag.

Q & A
Sharon Needles is more Marilyn Manson than Monroe. Drag’s biggest name at the moment, Needles shocks by taking her characters to dark places rather than glamorous ones. For example, she won her    More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Perfume Genius: Tuesday, April 17

Mike Hadreas’ music is plenty family-friendly—he just comes from an intense family.

Music Stories
[EDGY POP] You might remember Perfume Genius’ little YouTube scandal from January. The act’s label, Matador, says a video advertisement for Perfume Genius’ new album, Put Your Back N 2 It,    More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Mayoral Madness: Bud Clark Regional Round 3


The Bud Clark regional—named after the most gregarious mayor the city ever produced—has been oddly deserted over the first two rounds, perhaps because the frontrunner is a dessert.

Maybe if we had put googly eyes on it, you'd have been more passionate about the bacon maple bar—or as we call her at the office, Miss Piggy Tree-sap. And if only Tres Shannon had not recused himself in ord...   More
Thursday, March 29, 2012 by AARON SPENCER

Mattilda Sycamore, Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?

Queering consumerist culture.

Some gay people prefer to be called faggots. Well, let me rephrase that—some queers prefer to be called faggots. The word “faggot,” much like “queer,” has been reappropriated as a word o   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 AARON SPENCER

The Conquistador: Spanish Fly

Bar Reviews
Since it opened in December, The Conquistador (2045 SE Belmont St.) has been one of the most popular neighborhood spots in Southeast Portland. It’s a creation of Casey Maxwell, owner of the Mata   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 AARON SPENCER
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