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There Be Monsters: Barrrrrrr


Bar Reviews
Near where ocean waters cascaded off the earth’s edge, old maps had a warning: “Here be dragons.” At Portland’s old-time Hal’s Tavern, you might have needed the same heads-up; the bar    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Rosewater

Jon Stewart goes to Iran.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Rosewater is a torture film in which suffering is beside the point—it’s a lovely romp in the fields of tyranny. Gael García Bernal, who plays unjustly imprisoned Iranian-Canadian journalist   More
 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

May 6, 1985: Lou Reed encourages people not to walk…


40th Anniversary
It all goes back to Lou Reed. Otherwise, Bo wouldn’t have known Diddley. Nike wouldn’t have just done it. Spike Lee’s Mars Blackmon wouldn’t have placed all his bets on those Air Jorda   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Nov. 11, 1999: Brad Pitt’s theatrical dud is released on DVD...


40th Anniversary
Nobody had to be told not to talk about Fight Club when it came out. Portland author Chuck Palahniuk’s darkly satirical novel about fistfights, manliness and—spoiler alert!—split personali   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Oct. 9, 2004: Someone finally puts real money behind the eastside’s arts scene...


40th Anniversary
It looked as if somebody had plunked down a ski lodge in the middle of Oakland. In 2004, when John Plummer, Jeff Kovel and Mike Quinn built the mod-swank Doug Fir Lounge—a plush 1870s log cabi   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Listen Up Philip

Schwartzman unbound.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Oh, the bittersweet deliciousness of being an asshole. Listen Up Philip revels in it. Director Alex Ross Perry has said in interviews that his film is an amalgamated homage to Philip Roth, and t   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pono Farm Soul Kitchen


Food Reviews & Stories
Pono Farm Soul Kitchen is like a Star Wars prequel: You show up in Hollywood, heart on your sleeve, ready to love it. And what’s not to like about Pono Farm? It’s a Japanese “soul food   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Blue Room

Sex and death.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Like the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks, the blue room is everywhere in The Blue Room. At least, it's everywhere that French director Mathieu Amalric (who starred in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)    More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sup Broder

Chef Derek Hanson’s excellent new dinner menu at Broder Nord shows the lighter side of Scandinavia.


Food Reviews & Stories
Sweden isn’t all heavy food and revenge killing, whatever you’ve seen in the movies. Dinner service quietly died in August at Scandinavian bruncherie Broder Nord, but it was revived in Septe   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: John Summers

The Baffler editor says Portlanders should pack their bags.


Books
Back in the ’90s, Thomas Frank’s Baffler magazine was a cleansing hatebath lampooning both capitalist doublespeak and squishy liberalism, the rare publication to be both smart and funny amid    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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