Sanrio Fetish

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival comes to Portland. What is Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival?

Headout This weekend, Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival comes to Veterans Memorial Coliseum.... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by LIZZY ACKER

Top Event Picks, July 31 - Aug. 4

Headout Picks FRIDAY JULY 31 Pickathon [FESTIVAL] Last year, the li’l not-quite-roots music... More

Jul 28, 2015 10:30 am by WW Culture Staff

Portland Used to Be Dirtier

Hand2mouth’s Time, A Fair Hustler imagines Mike and Scott’s lives after My Own Private Idaho.

Theater In Gus Van Sant’s iconic 1991 Portland film My Own Private Idaho, tribes of... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

Talking Sticks

Five standout speakers at the Cannabis Creative Conference.

Potlander When one hears of a “cannabis creative conference,” it’s normal... More

Jul 27, 2015 10:15 am by LAUREN TERRY

Scoop: Auto-Reply Is For Vacation, Not Termination

Scoop LOTS OF MOXIE: A feud between Moxie Contemporary Ballet and... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Street: Oregon Brewers Festival

Beer me.

Street This week we meet the creatively-dressed people of... More

Jul 27, 2015 11:09 am by WW Culture Staff
 
 

Sanrio Fetish

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival comes to Portland. What is Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival?

Headout This weekend, Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival comes to Veterans Memorial Coliseum. What does one do at the live stage adaptation of a Japanese school supply brand featuring an anthropomo ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by LIZZY ACKER

Top Event Picks, July 31 - Aug. 4

Headout Picks FRIDAY JULY 31 Pickathon [FESTIVAL] Last year, the li’l not-quite-roots music festival had a tipping-point moment, getting covered in The New York Times, but it didn’t let it go ... More

Jul 28, 2015 10:30 am by WW Culture Staff

Talking Sticks

Five standout speakers at the Cannabis Creative Conference.

Potlander When one hears of a “cannabis creative conference,” it’s normal to picture tie-dyed booths filled with glass pieces and graphic designers boasting the freshest interpretation of a green cross. B ... More

Jul 27, 2015 10:15 am by LAUREN TERRY

Portland Used to Be Dirtier

Hand2mouth’s Time, A Fair Hustler imagines Mike and Scott’s lives after My Own Private Idaho.

Theater In Gus Van Sant’s iconic 1991 Portland film My Own Private Idaho, tribes of homeless kids camped out in boarded-up downtown buildings, and Chinatown’s sidewalks gleamed with broken glass. Now, 25 ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

Scoop: Auto-Reply Is For Vacation, Not Termination

Scoop LOTS OF MOXIE: A feud between Moxie Contemporary Ballet and former director Corinne Patel is spilling into the public thanks to an email auto-reply. Patel left her position with Moxie earlier this mon ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Traveling the Oregon Trail By Mule in 2011

Books Rinker Buck is no stranger to flying by the seat of his pants—literally. In the summer of 1966, at age 15, Buck and his older brother Kern, 17, flew their father’s restored Piper Cub from New Jers ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATT BUCKINGHAM

Dr. Know: The Really Big One

Dr. Know The recent New Yorker article made me wonder: When the cataclysmic earthquake hits, how far up the Columbia River will the tsunami go, assuming it’s as big as predicted? —Not Buyi ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Street: Oregon Brewers Festival

Beer me.

Street This week we meet the creatively-dressed people of the Oregon Brewers Festival. Photos by Katie Dennis.    ... More

Jul 27, 2015 11:09 am by WW Culture Staff

The Portland Poly Scene

Headout  John Donne said no man is an island, while Simon & Garfunkel said they were. But weren’t they all missing the point? Islands might be OK metaphors, sure, but they are much better as actual ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by LIZZY ACKER

Top Event Picks, July 22 - July 26

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY JULY 22 Oregon Brewers Festival [BEER] The biggest outdoor craft-beer fest in North America returns with an estimated 80,000 attendees, 90 beers on tap from across the coun ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

High Honey!

Potlander Winnie the Pooh didn’t want to eat it, he just wanted to taste it. It’s the main ingredient in mead, the drink of kings. Also: nectar of the gods. With such respect paid, you’d think we’d trea ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by TYLER HURST

Harper Lee's Racist New Book Shouldn't Destroy Your Love for Scout Finch

Books I first saw the movie To Kill a Mockingbird when I was 6 and have loved Scout Finch ever since. As a willful tomboy, she spoke to me like no other character ever had. When I was older and read Harper ... More

Jul 21, 2015 11:24 am by LIZZY ACKER

Visual Art: Isaac Tin Wei Lin, Chromatic Intercession

Graphic groupings are a bright idea.

Visual Arts Isaac Tin Wei Lin’s new work at Adams and Ollman might be too bright to handle on a sunny day. Chromatic Intercession juxtaposes vibrant acrylic paintings with pen-and-ink drawings on paper. The ten ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MEGAN HARNED

United We Laugh

Hari Kondabolu doesn’t want you to come for dick jokes.

Comedy and Variety Appearing on Late Night With David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live and NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, comedian Hari Kondabolu has parlayed a master’s degree in human rights into a successfu ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WILLIAM KENNEDY

Much Ado About Nothing (Post5)

Tired Shakespeare, turned inside out.

Theater Love him or hate him, Shakespeare had one damn good formula for a hit.  The same premise and plot barrel through practically all his comedies: Factions clash, mistaken identiti ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Street: Looks We Like on Hawthorne

Street This week we explore the magical world of Hawthorne and masters of style who can be found there.All photos by Katie Dennis.  ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Scoop: 99 Problems But a Liquor License Ain't One

Scoop A Shut-and-Open Case: Kurt Huffman’s 99-tap, all-Oregon, no-tippin’, $15-minimum-wage-payin’ beer bar Loyal Legion (705 SE 6th Ave.) closed down July 14, after only four official days in busines ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: The Truth About Head Shops

Dr. Know Now that weed is legal, can we finally abandon the charade where we all pretend that none of the things sold in the head shop will be used for smoking marijuana? Can we, at long last, call a bong a bo ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Best of Portland 2015

Cover Story It’s been 30 years since our first Best of Portland issue.  On Sept. 12, 1985, the very first Best of Portland item we ever printed was about a land-use hearings officer named ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Best of Portland Readers' Poll

Best of Portland Arts and CultureBest Alt-Country Band Winner: Fruition fruitionband.com The cream of the crop in a city filled with string bands, Fruition has been delighting crowds with its blueg ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

The Talk: How to Explain Mermaid Sex to Your Kids

Headout The Oregon Mermaids come to Director Park this Saturday for a day of face painting, mermaid tales and “animal encounters.” Bring the kids if you want, but be warned, they’re going to start askin ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by LIZZY ACKER

Top Event Picks, July 15 - July 20

Sour beers, jazz and everything else you love about summer.

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY JULY 15 Puckerfest: Cascade Takeover [HOUSE OF SOUR] Now till Monday, every tap at Belmont Station is sour beer. Wednesday it’s 16 taps of Cascade Barrelhouse, inclu ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The Roll-Along

The weed-delivery business is not as exciting as High Maintenance.

Potlander For Maddy, it started with love. Two years ago, after her friendship with one of the two male founders of PK Delivery turned into something more, she decided to join his medical cannabis-delivery busi ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by TYLER HURST

Doctor Up

Want to make the most out of weed legalization? Get your OMMP card.

Potlander We don’t yet know what Oregon’s market for legal weed will look like, but we do know it will be very different than the medical system. For the past 15 years, Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

Scoop: Dudebros Pay Double

Scoop BYE, BRANX: The building at 315 SE 3rd Ave. is undergoing yet another transformation. Rotture and Branx, the music venues on its top and bottom floors since 2006, have both closed. Beginning July 24, ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Ernest Cline, Armada

The Last Geekfighter.

Books Short of being abducted by a benevolent alien race to save the universe from imminent destruction, author Ernest Cline is living every geek’s ultimate fantasy. His best-selling debut novel, vi ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

The Elixir of Love (Portland Opera)

Bel canto in the Wild West is a refreshing tonic.

Performance If you’re Portland Opera, how do you follow Igor Stravinsky’s prickly, unnerving morality tale, The Rake’s Progress? You veer to the other extreme and close the season with a beloved comedy, G ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Twelfth Night (Portland Shakespeare Project)

Three hours of Shakespeare is no picnic, but Nause keeps it cool.

Theater So far this summer, Portland theater has given us Richard III in a park, The Merry Wives of Windsor in a park and Macbeth in a cemetery. Post5 Theatre mixed things up by staging Much Ado About Nothi ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

No Boundaries

Abstract Aboriginal art feels a world apart.

Visual Arts Despite the curator’s opening salvo that “these painters have gone far beyond the boundaries of their community, their ‘country,’ and the very idea of their work as merely ethno-graphic, ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by MEGAN HARNED

Best Portland Bytes

Best of Portland Best Cyber Squatters About 20,000 people a day come to JebBushForPresident.com. They are greeted by CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, a couple with matching beards and a penchant for Harry Pott ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best Portland Bites

Best of Portland Best Floating Food Cart If you’re hungry on the water in Portland, there’s only one real solution. You have to find the Dood. For years, boaters everywhere have been faced with a crisis. Fit ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best Portland Sights

Best of Portland Best Bar Art Albert Einstein looks a little drunk, frankly. Bette Davis is in the corner making eyes. Stan Laurel is happy and skinny, while Oliver Hardy is happy and fat. A very blond Marilyn Monroe ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best Portland Words

Best of Portland Best Robot Overlord  If you want to escape an evil robot trying to kill you, head for uneven ground and always run toward the sun. The lowered contrast from the glare might just glitch out the a ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best Portland Fun and Games

Best of Portland Best Wearable Skateboards With its strong skateboard community and creative populace, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that the pre-eminent maker of recycled skateboarding jewelry in the ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best Portland Sips and Puffs

Best of Portland  Best mystery shot You’re in a crowded, windowless former bowling alley packed with young dive-bar aficionados and older honorary dive-bar citizens. There’s so much going on a ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best of the Year in Portland

A survey of all the things WW formally declared "The Best" over the past 12 months.

Best of Portland Best Bar in Scappoose:  The Wigwam, “a ramshackle Harley haunt that takes only cash, mostly serves Miller High Life and looks at you funny if you’re new—although if yo ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best Portland Sounds

Best of Portland Best Game Scorer   The best-known DJ in Portland got his start in a middle-school gym. Way before he took the Rose Garden/Moda Center decks in 2008 as the Portland Trail Blazers’ fir ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best Portland People (and Other Animals)

Best of Portland Best Dog Party Bus The old dogs cruise down Columbia Boulevard in their souped-up ride. It’s Mo and Fred and Muskie and Betty and Barnaby and River and Sable and Brody and his brother Piper ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Fair Folk: 8 People You'll Meet at the Oregon Country Fair

Headout Identify him by: His hair in a bun, a “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” T-shirt and sandals he “bought from a local artisan in Guadalajara,” pronounced with rolled r’s.Where to find ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by LIZZY ACKER

Top Events Picks, July 8 - July 13

Get out there and do something this week.

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY JULY 8 Moniker, Johanna Warren, Luz Elena, Coco Columbia [LOCAL FOLK] This year’s Best New Band poll whiffed when it came to female artists, and this show exemplifies how ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The Boot Bus

Our picks for Portland-area hiking trails accessible by public transit.

Culture Features You don’t need a car to go hiking around Portland. Thanks to the region’s robust public transit system, it’s totally possible to spend every weekend in the woods without even getting a driver�� ... More

Jul 7, 2015 03:37 pm by ALLIE DONAHUE

Green and Goal

What we can learn from the Weed the People “shitshow.”

Potlander It took only three days of legalization for people to get pissy about legal weed in Oregon. And, no, it wasn’t the rednecks. On July 3, some 1,500 people showed up at Portland’s first totally p ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Lidia Yuknavitch, The Small Backs of Children: Book Review

L’art pour l’art.

Books The plot of The Small Backs of Children (Harper, 240 pages, $24.99), by Portland indie darling Lidia Yuknavitch, is almost irrelevant. But here it is anyway: A writer gives up on life because of grief ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by LIZZY ACKER

Scoop: Old-Timey Cans Are Back

Scoop STEEL YOU FACE: The dream of old-timey beer isn’t dead yet. Two years after it disappeared from shelves because of problems with the steel cans, Entourage star Adrian Grenier’s Churchkey Can Co. i ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Street: Best of Potland

Street WW held the state’s best Weed-legalization party...if we do say so ourselves. Photos by Drew Bandy.          ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Summerfest (Coho Productions): Theater Review

Sweet relief from theater’s dog days of drought.

Theater Your lawn isn’t the only thing this heat wave is drying up. During the summer, theater across the nation slows to a meager drizzle, and the occasional Shakespeare galas in the parks ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

Don Edler, Boredom Is The Ultimate Weapon: Visual Arts Review

Portland’s junk looks sexy when sculpted.

Visual Arts  In Joshua Tree National Park, with nothing to do and nothing to do it with, Don Edler began Boredom Is the Ultimate Weapon, his ongoing series about what we create when bereft of inspiration.  ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by MEGAN HARNED

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Broadway Rose): Theater Review

Sexual slavery is something to sing about at Broadway Rose.

Theater As the title suggests, Millie Dillmount is a modern woman. She left her little hometown of Salina, Kan., for life in the big city, determined to find a job—as long as that job has a wealthy, single ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Dr. Know: Benson Bubbler Basics

Dr. Know Why are the Benson Bubblers [Portland’s landmark public water fountains] always running, especially when Oregon is experiencing a serious drought ? —IndraWhy do all those Benson Bubblers only rele ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Findings: Vol. 41, Issue 35.

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings A divorcing couple’s “final date together” ended badly. Not so long ago, Portland cops could not distinguish marihuana from Jerusalem artichokes.  Waterbeds and bongs have a long history ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Street: Looks We Like

Our favorite looks this week, found on East Burnside.

Street East Burnside was heating it up this week. All photos by Ronit Fahl.   ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Portland-Area Dispensaries

A directory of Portland Area cannabis dispensaries.

Weed Alberta Green House 1313 NE Alberta St., 954-3900, thealbertagreenhousedispensary.com. A charming little bungalow in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, with plenty of flower and shatter, and an ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Sweet Releaf

It's legal!

Cover Story Eighty years after cannabis was banned in Oregon, it’s legal again this week. Countless lives have been ruined in the meantime—very few by addiction and none by homicidal madmen driven loco by m ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Portland Summer Events Calendar 2015

An awesome event for every single day between now and labor day.

Summer Guide Wednesday, June 17 Plan an awesome summer. By reading this guide. Thursday, June 18 Watch Macbeth die in a cemetery.  Set among the tombstones on Lone Fir Cemetery, d ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Summer Guide 2015

Summer Guide Last year’s was the hottest on record, and this June we’re flirting daily with 90 degrees. Outdoor pools in outer Powell are full on weekdays, a week before summer has officially begun. Soon, the ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hood Life

Willamette Week's 2015 Outdoor Guide

Outdoor Guide From the Editor You’ve really gotta go see the map. Not right away, but after you’ve done some exploring—a weekend camping and paddling at Lost Lake (page 38), a hike to Punchbowl Falls (p ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff
 

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