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Headout: November of the Penguins

Meet the new penguinarium’s coolest residents.

The penguins have come home to roost at the Oregon Zoo. After two years of shivering next to the polar bear exhibit (“They could definitely hear the bears through the walls,” says birdkeeper M   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Anna Karenina

The new Tolstoy adaptation is a faithful affair.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Tom Stoppard and Joe Wright’s new filming of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina might be a love story, but it has nothing to do with seduction. This Anna is all about the aftermath. In many ways, Sto   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Future Drinking: Vacant Lucier Space Resurrecting as Quartet

And other new places to eat and drink in Portland


Some activity at the site of Portland's massive failed experiment in high-end fine-dining, Lucier, which until recently was so well preserved it looked like it had been cleared by neutron bomb. Three of Portland's most prominent African-American entrepreneurs—Frank Taylor of Portland Prime, Bernard Foster of    More
Monday, November 19, 2012 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Raccoon Redux

Tanuki is a mysterious creature: Eat first, ask questions never.

Food Reviews & Stories
Tanuki is a strange little world. Known for its food but appointed as a bar, chef-owner Janis Martin’s Montavilla izakaya is a dim, nearly unmarked space frequented mostly by a small, self-selec   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Headout: Gaijin Style

Learn some basic izakaya etiquette.

The Jupiter Hotel will play host this week to the massive Izakaya pub fest—with representatives of almost every Portland sake “dining bar” and distiller (not Tanuki, see here) serving up m   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Brew Views: Arbitrage

Gere as Icarus.

Brew Views
Arbitrage may not be directed by Paul Verhoeven, but feature-film rookie Nicholas Jarecki so thoroughly channels the hollow-man ambitions, smug moral posturing and incongruous driving-synth atmo   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Merritt’s System

As a miserable season ends, the Portland Timbers again gamble on a first-time MLS coach.

News Stories
Portland Timbers fans have learned one thing for certain about the team’s owner, Merritt Paulson: He’s not afraid to gamble. He launched the team’s freshman season in Major League Soccer las   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Todd Grimson, Stabs at Happiness

Tell the creeps to come and get her.

The title story of Todd Grimson’s new collection, Stabs at Happiness (Schaffner Press, 216 pages, $24.95), is made almost literal: It recounts an art-punk lesbian—Wavves’ “Surf Goths” on   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Restaurant Guide 2012: Off the Hook

The secrets of good sushi.

Restaurant Guide
Discriminating sushi fans assert they would never eat Midwestern sushi, pronouncing it much too far from the dwindling seas of salmon and snapper. Portland diners, presumably, are a mere two-hou   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Creeper Crawl: The Fear Asylum

Mental in Milwaukie


Who's the weird old person hanging around the packs of high school kids at Portland-area haunted houses? The one who reeks of good coffee and cheap gin? Yeah, that’s a Willamette Week writer out reviewing local haunts for Creeper Crawl 2012.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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