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Cheap Eats 2006

Food Reviews & Stories
The most adventurous thing diners will find at Johnny B's are the bright-green tennis balls capping the legs of the chairs. Aside from that, everything here is strict greasy-spoon fare. The menu actually has more meat choices (ham, bacon, sausage links, corned beef, German sausage, etc.) than it doe   More
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Return Of The Pleasantness

For almost a year, loyal talk-radio listeners waited for Rick Emerson's return. They wait no more.

Featured Stories
It's 12:02 pm Monday, March 13, and the three radio talents crowding the small, unfinished studio on the third floor of the KOIN Center in downtown Portland are almost completely silent. As The Rick E ...   More
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Indymedia Lied!

A call for accountability on the wide-open Web.

Riff City
Something needs to be cleared up. Two weeks ago, WW freelancer Jason Simms wrote an article about a clash pitting a few online commentators at Portland Independent Media Center (portland.indymedia.org ...   More
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

By The Grace Of Shane

Portland musicians pay tribute to the Pogues.

Riff City
This St. Patrick's Day, there will be plenty of Irish drinkin' music around Portland, but only the Doug Fir will be celebrating the darker and more poetic side of inebriation—not to mention the ...   More
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN


The FCC sinks Portland's radio pirates' signal.

Riff City
For the past three and a half years, the Portland Radio Authority did something improbable. The illegal 100-watt station had managed to operate every day, broadcasting an eclectic array of music acros ...   More
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Out And A Doubt

Searching for songwriter solace on a cold winter's night.

Riff City
It's 20 degrees out, and the one-block walk between Food Hole and Valentine's seems like a crosstown trek. Your hands are numb because you didn't buy gloves this year. Your hoodie's up and the wind is ...   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Cheap Eats 2005

Food Reviews & Stories
Who knows where they're keeping the bad dogs at this sausage store? Every sausage, from the garlic chicken ($5) to the mild Italian ($4.85) or even the ferociously hot (and aptly named) magma dog ($4.95), begs to be slathered in fried onions and cheese before being promptly swallowed. When the count   More
Friday, February 17, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Grammy Grannies

Watching the music industry's lovefest through bifocal lenses.

Riff City
It was three minutes into the 48th Annual Grammy Awards when the cynicism kicked in. Stevie Wonder was on stage with Alicia Keys, leading the crowd of industry bigwigs and big-time entertainers in a s ...   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Out Of The Frying Pan

A month after getting the boot from Berbati's, Chantelle Hylton speaks.

Riff City
Chantelle Hylton has been everywhere in this town. As one of the most prolific bookers in Portland, she has moved bodies into the Medicine Hat, the Blackbird, Meow Meow, Satyricon and Loveland. Her mo ...   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

I Wish I Could Quit You

Once a little bit country, always a little bit country. Right?

Riff City
Cowboys make me nervous. That's why I'm on my fourth Jack Daniel's. Surrounded by cowboy hats and big belt buckles Wednesday night at the eastside cowboy enclave Outlaws Bar & Grill, I have shored up ...   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN
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