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Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette: On Bluesy Tides

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On shore, the Waterfront Blues Festival is a mellow time. Last weekend's party celebrated the Blues, the city of Portland, and a warm summer weekend. The lazy summer sun hung overhead as much of the crowd sits back in their camping chairs and having a few beers. Inside Tom McCall Waterfront Park, seating areas are well-marked, the porta-johns immaculate, and the smoking section clearly design...   More
 
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Scoops' out for Summer: Day 7

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In today's Scoops' out for Summer, we send one of our long-suffering interns to the Saturday Market, because we'd prefer not to go ourselves. 

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Portland Saturday Market, 108 W Burnside St. (on the waterfront side...   More
 
Saturday, July 7, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Hobo Pirates of the Willamette: At Preparation's End

Bluesfest is here and Finger the "Partial Pirate" is ready.

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The Canada geese are being chased from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. 

The plump migratory birds usually rule the roost on the scenic walkway along the riverfront. But it's now filled with workers setting up tents and stages. Meanwhile, the water is under blockade from a fleet of small boats. The few geese that remain fight a losing battle to hold onto their park. Shit-covered grass is al...   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Hookahs and Blow

How exotic tobacco pipes conquered the under-21 club scene.


Food Reviews & Stories
It’s 11 pm on a Monday night at Beirut Hookah Lounge in Beaverton. Two guys—one in a hoodie and a baseball cap turned to the side, the other in a waistcoat and a purple tie—play cards on low   More
 
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette

Yo, ho, ho and a can of PBR.

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The morning sun slips through gaps in the patchwork drapes of the captain's quarters, landing an unwelcome blow on Finger's sleeping face.
The hungover pirate rises from his untidy bed, grabbing a can of PBR as he walks past his drum set in the pilot's cabin.
Finger hops from his boat onto his makeshift, free-floating dock near Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Five anchors hold his dock in place,...   More
 
Thursday, June 14, 2012 by JOHN LOCANTHI

Mill Ends Tavern: HTTP 404


Bar Reviews
“Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here” reads the blank website of Mill Ends Tavern (833 SW Naito Parkway, 220-0800), a new downtown watering hole. The statement isn’t far   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI
 

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