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TechfestNW 2013: Welcome to TechfestNW

Willamette Week's Portland festival of all things tech.


TFNW 2013
You know this, of course, but here’s the thing: It sneaks up on you. One second you’re worried about media shipping and distribution channels, the next you learn   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TechfestNW 2013: Drone Attack!


TFNW 2013
Whatever you’ve heard on the news about Iran or Pakistan, Oregon is ground zero for drones. Tad McGeer, a Hood River pacifist and inventor, founded the Columbia Gorge company, Insitu, that manu   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TechfestNW 2013: Aesthetic, Synesthetic

Duet installation offers a heat map of MusicfestNW.


TFNW 2013
Above the grassy knoll and the cracking skate park, in the couplet that marks the east end of the Burnside Bridge, there will—during TechfestNW—stand a city of pyramids. It will be built on    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

An Inventory of The Canyons

A very serious accounting of a very serious film.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The puffy eyes of Lindsay Lohan. The deadened eyes of James Deen. The frozen faces of the forever tan. Vast and elegant interiors as two-dimensional as they appear in lifestyle magazines—the v   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Story About the Story II

A book criticizing critics of books.


Books
No offense, high-school English teachers, but you’re ruining books for everybody. Or, more to the point, the people who designed the curriculum are making you do so. That five-paragraph essay    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hook, Sinker

Trent Pierce’s Block and Tackle contains bright surprises, dull familiars.


Food Reviews & Stories
Trent Pierce’s Block and Tackle—in the former Wafu space—is like a four-eye butterflyfish. That is to say, it’s hard to tell where its head is. On the one hand, Block and Tackle is the   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

A shallow pool of tears.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Every time a character in The Butler goes on a trip, somebody offers him a ham sandwich. Director Lee Daniels does much the same for the viewer—in every single scene. It isn’t hard to see    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Sand Bar: Beach Slap


Bar Reviews
A beach-themed bar in Oregon, if wholly honest, would be cold, gray and so windy you couldn’t open your mouth without spitting out grit. Sand Bar at Fish Grotto (1035 SW Stark St., 226-4171, fis   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

City In the Sky

In Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, Matt Damon heals the world.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In the year 2154, we’re told, the rich don’t care about the poor. Nothing new so far. Neill Blomkamp, whose debut film was the alien-apartheid fantasy District 9, pretty much takes this for gr   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Blue Jasmine

Cate on a hot tin roof.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine isn’t so much a fish-out-of-water movie; it’s a horse-with-a-broken-leg-in-water movie. You know how this thing’s going to end. Cate Blanchett’s Jasmine is a r   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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