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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 'President Barack Obama'

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Last night, in advance of his brief stopover in Portland for a fundraising event at the Oregon Convention Center at noon today, President Barack Obama did not get on the phone with Willamette Week.Instead, Portlandia star and SNL's resident Obama impersonator Fred Armisen gr...   More
 
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Lost Boys

Only a miraculous turnaround can save the Timbers’ season. It’s not likely to happen.


Sports
Troy Perkins was tired of getting shelled. At the Portland Timbers’ practice July 16, the team ran a succession of Bugatti-quick six-on-six scrimmages. Perkins, the Timbers’ goalkeeper, trie   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Turn Me On, Dammit!

Dicking around in Norway.


Movie Reviews & Stories
I would love this movie to become the Risky Business or Pump Up the Volume for a generation of small-town Norwegian teens raised on Internet pornography. Even with its opening scene of a nubile yo   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Timbers Fire Spencer

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Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson fired coach John Spencer today, ending the tenure of the team's first Major League Soccer coach after a season dotted inconsistency and embarrassment.

The Timbers (5-8-4, 19 points) have spent the entirety of this second season in or near the cellar their conference. They've shown themselves able to beat some of the best teams in the league at home ...   More
 
Monday, July 9, 2012 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Who? Who doesn’t want to wear zee ribbon?!


Movie Reviews & Stories
Few threats are as amorphous and frightening as breast cancer. It is nature’s violent misogyny, sex and death bound up far too tightly. Small wonder, I suppose, that Avon or Revlon or Susan G. K   More
 
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bollywood Theater

Indian street food that's pure Portland


Food Reviews & Stories
Chef Troy MacLarty may have walked the streets of Kolkata to research the food for his new Indian bistro Bollywood Theater, but in feeling his restaurant is pure Portland: upscale street food amid   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Wide of the Net

With the Timbers’ offense gone sterile, fans debate John Spencer’s future.


Sports
The chants rose from Jeld-Wen Field’s Section 107 like steam.  On the field, an amateur soccer team from California had come to town and was in the process of beating a Major League Socce   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

It’s Bill Plympton Day!

Celebrating Portland’s master of grotesque.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Even in a town known for incubating distinctive animation talents, Portland-born Bill Plympton is special. Not only is he one of the most iconic animators currently working—his work is recogniza   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Black Lizard (Imago)

Die young, stay pretty.


Performance
Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima’s work is filled with seeming contradictions: the confluence of sex and death, the modern grotesqueries that result from the unremitting pursuit of t   More
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Raven

I gave her my heart, she gave me a pendulum.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The most interesting thing about history is always the “what if.” What if, for example, Edgar Allan Poe were actually a dashingly romantic, goateed action hero shaped like John Cusack, who g   More
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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