Timbers Fans, Mapped

Headout I attended my first Portland Timbers game in 2001 when the pre-Timbers Army “Cascade Rangers”... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Top Portland Event Picks, March 4 - March 10

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY MARCH 4 CHEAP GIRLS [BLUE-COLLAR POWER POP] Last year’s Famous Graves was Cheap... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dispensary Review: Cannababes

Willie Weed In a town where Walmart is more taboo than strip clubs, it was only a matter of time... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by Mary Romano

White Christmas

Going home for the holidays: Portland Center Stage’s Other Desert Cities packs plenty of baggage.

Theater If you miss the turnoff for Palm Springs, big green signs on Interstate 10... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Durang Durang

Six one-acts through the undeniably strange.

Theater Post5 Theatre’s Durang Durang, a collection of six one-act plays... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Scoop: Lifetime Ban James Harden.

Scoop SANDYS OF TIME: Majestically ruined, purple-painted dive bar... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 
 

Timbers Fans, Mapped

Headout I attended my first Portland Timbers game in 2001 when the pre-Timbers Army “Cascade Rangers” were about 10 members strong. We gutted the Seattle Sounders, 2-0. Because I loved the team and ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Top Portland Event Picks, March 4 - March 10

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY MARCH 4 CHEAP GIRLS [BLUE-COLLAR POWER POP] Last year’s Famous Graves was Cheap Girls’ fourth proper studio album, and it was another hook-laden fuzz-fest. The Michigan trio self ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

White Christmas

Going home for the holidays: Portland Center Stage’s Other Desert Cities packs plenty of baggage.

Theater If you miss the turnoff for Palm Springs, big green signs on Interstate 10 announce the approach of “other desert cities.” Director Timothy Bond and Portland Center Stage have a more precise ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Dispensary Review: Cannababes

Willie Weed In a town where Walmart is more taboo than strip clubs, it was only a matter of time before the Bikini Barista business model affected the medicinal marijuana world. We’re seeing several spo ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by Mary Romano

The Box Marked Black

Checking in.

Dance In 2013, as an intern at WW, I wrote this about local actress, teacher and dancer Damaris Webb’s one-woman show The Box Marked Black: “In the absence of easy description, ‘delightful’ will ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Scoop: Lifetime Ban James Harden.

Scoop SANDYS OF TIME: Majestically ruined, purple-painted dive bar Sandy Hut—nicknamed the Handy Slut on its own T-shirts and underwear—is changing hands. Owner John Berning says Club 21 owners Marc ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 18

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings If you’re looking for a solid breed of ranching goat, you want a hardy South African import. If you want to wash out your mead tanks into a city sewer, the Bureau of Environmental Services is goi ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Dr. Know: What's the low-down on LED streetlights?

Dr. Know Our street just got LED streetlights. I love the bright white light! Do they last longer than yellow sodium lights? How much power do they save? How long before we switch out all the old lights? ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Street: Looks We Like

Street Snapshots from the week. Photos by Anna Jaye Goellner. ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by ANNA JAYE GOELLNER

Durang Durang

Six one-acts through the undeniably strange.

Theater Post5 Theatre’s Durang Durang, a collection of six one-act plays by absurdist playwright Christopher Durang, touches on grave issues: domestic violence, parental abuse and mental health. But ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Big Shot Ben

Meet Oregon’s biggest Spurs fan.

Headout Until the 2013 NBA Finals, I’d never seen anyone I know cry over sports. And then came Game 7 of the series between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat. After Tim Duncan uncharacteristi ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Strain Review: Wake And Bake (Green Chiefs)

Willie Weed Sunday brunch with endless mimosas and from-the-can hollandaise is basic. Local coffee laced with locally grown, trimmed and prepared weed is not. Caffeine and THC are a wonderful pair. But ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by Tyler Hurst

Scoop: I Like You, But You’re Crazy.

Scoop NOTHING UNDER THE KILT: Sherwood’s Two Kilts Brewing Company caused a stir earlier this month when it decided against expanding into a 11,000-square-foot facility in Hillsboro. Signs on the do ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Ruthless! The Musical

Theater A song-studded romp detailing one adorable girl’s murder of another for the lead role in a school play, Ruthless! The Musical explores the sinister glint behind every child star’s manufactured ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

The Night Alive (Third Rail)

Looking for laughs in all the dark places.

Theater “Sad and poor Irish people sitting in a room” is practically a theatrical genre unto itself these days. The Night Alive, a play by famed Irish playwright Conor McPherson, hardly reinvents it. ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Scott Timberg, Culture Crash

You’re Kanye or you’re no one.

Books Last November, Jack Conte of the California indie-pop duo Pomplamoose penned a blog post on the plight of the modern indie-rock band. “Being in an indie band,” Conte wrote, “is running a n ... More

Feb 25, 2015 07:20 pm by PETE COTTELL

Dr. Know: With our snowpack dangerously low, shouldn't the city be asking us to conserve water?

Dr. Know Our snowpack is dangerously low. Can you explain why the city isn’t asking us to conserve water? Would it not be wise to start conserving now, instead of waiting for a crisis? —Better Safe ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Street: Looks We Like

Street Snapshots from the week. Photos by Katie Dennis. ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by KATIE DENNIS

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 17

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings The Bull Run Reservoir is not filled by melting glaciers, but by springs and falling rain. Mt. Hood Community College’s board could take a hard right thanks to a fringe Republican candidate who ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Spring Fresh

A few favorite pieces from Portland designers’ spring lines.

Fashion Portland’s fashion is uniquely utilitarian. It’s a lifestyle thing: When you’re riding a bike in the rain, you can’t wear the precious high-heel shoes or spiffy designer suit. We don�� ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by LUCAS CHEMOTTI

What the Firk?

What you need to know about Firkin Fest.

Headout What the hell is a firkin? It’s a small cask—10 and three-quarters gallons of warm-conditioned goodness—the oldest still-in-use form of beer storage in the world. This is some serious Laura ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Hold Me Closer, Tango Dancer

Clay Nelson built the longest-running tango festival in North America—in Portland.

Dance Clay Nelson knows all about the Portland tango. After all, he’s the main reason it exists. Each year, dancers and instructors come from all over the world to the ValenTango festival he found ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

The God Game (Shaking the Tree)

No G-bombs for T-Dawg.

Theater The God Game premiered only hours after Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation announcement. Shaking the Tree Theatre could hardly have planned it, but it was an uncanny moment to examine the role ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

Your Buddy’s House

Willie Weed Remember when you used to go an old house in a run-down neighborhood to buy weed? There was a couch, a lazy dog, a big TV and, quite possibly, a Jimi Hendrix poster. Well, that’s an bygone ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MAJOR E. SKINNER

Dr. Know: Why is the Fields Park off-leash area in the Pearl so small?

Dr. Know WOOF, ARF, WOOF… (Hi, Doc! Who is the misdogynist who designed the Fields Park in the Pearl? Crikey, dogs are only allowed inside a small double-fenced pen worthy of Hannibal Lecter. Please ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Scoop: Rockin’ the Suburbs This Week.

Scoop TILT IT DOWN: The third location of Tilt burgers has been hit with an eviction notice before it even opened. A sign on the door of the new restaurant at the east end of the Burnside Bridge include ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 16

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings Dr. Know has provided another non-answer to a diatribe thinly disguised as a question. No one is going to stop you from making a living by subletting a $1,400 Pearl apartment for $300 per night on ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Street: Seensters

Street The city’s best looks this week. Photos by Briana Cerezo. ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by BRIANA CEREZO

Chronic Problem

Marijuana addicts from around the world will gather in Portland this weekend. Here is one man’s harrowing tale of pot addiction.

Culture Features My favorite description of being a marijuana addict is that it’s like getting your ass kicked by a Girl Scout. It really seems like it shouldn’t happen, that it can’t happen, and yet it ke ... More

Feb 10, 2015 01:45 pm by PAUL G.

Love Tester

Ranking Portland Valentine's Day events, from hot to not.

Headout Illustration by Annie SeoSir Mix-A-LotSongs about butts, sponsored by a weed store. Plus a band called Smoochknob. Is anything more romantic? Dante’s, 350 W Burnside St., 345-7892, 9 pm, $20, 21kknd. ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Jeremy Rotsztain, Electric Fields

Now in 3-D!

Visual Arts With Microsoft’s new HoloLens upping the ante on virtual reality just as Google Glass sunsets, Portland artist Jeremy Rotsztain finds his exhibition, Electric Fields, at the crossroads of te ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Mitchell S. Jackson, The Residue Years

Portland had a crack epidemic, too.

Books When picking a backdrop for tales of inner-city struggle, authors often end up in New York or Chicago. For his debut novel, The Residue Years (Bloomsbury, 352 pages, $17), which is set amid the mi ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by CURTIS COOK

Tribes

Out crowd.

Theater Everyone has a group that will accept them unconditionally—but it’s not always the people they know. Artists Repertory Theatre explores this notion with Nina Raine’s Tribes, a play that ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Dr. Know: Is the Kitzhaber-Hayes Scandal Oregon's Most Embarrassing?

Dr. Know Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and first girlfriend Cylvia Hayes: embarrassing scandal, or most embarrassing scandal ever? —Appalled How the mighty have fallen—just last August, a U.S. Departmen ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 15

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings Future governor Kate Brown is a “scrappy outsider” who stables her Lipizzan in the rolling hills of Ridgefield, Wash. If you want to send your kids to a school where they’re unlikely to get m ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Carmen at Portland Opera: Review

Portland Opera puts on a cathartic, passionate, bravura production of Carmen.

Performance Portland Opera’s impassioned take on Georges Bizet’s Carmen is the most electrifying production the company has staged since 2010’s sad-clown-fest, Pagliacci. Like that opera, Carmen centers ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (Sojourn Theatre)

Political dialogue way better than on Facebook.

Theater One thousand dollars isn’t going to end poverty, but it will do something. And what it does is up to you—you and, like, 100 other people. At Sojourn Theatre’s How to End Poverty in 90 Mi ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Strain Review: Willy’s Wonder

Willie Weed More formally known as William’s Wonder, this indica has long been a member of the hall of fame of strains. Willy’s Wonder is known for its heavy high and sweet, flavorful taste. But the bat ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by Mary Romano

Scoop: Swing Low Alabama.

Scoop BUDGET WEED: Washington state’s largest recreational weed seller, Vancouver’s New Vansterdam, is aiming to match street prices with a new 10-for-$10 program. “We understand the original intent ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

DGAFuccboi

Are you wearing presentable streetwear?

Fashion From try-hard high-fashion haters to trust-fund hypebeast high-schoolers, the fuccbois are out there, and we’re gonna help you find them. A fuccboi (pronounced like and originating from the ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by LUCAS CHEMOTTI

The Steeps

A man’s failed quest for redemption via ski clinic, spec script.

Snow Report FLASHBACK: 1992 Ellicottville, N.Y. A boy, age 12, peers cautiously over the edge of the Wall, queasy with adrenaline. He will not ski down this run, the first double black diamond he’s ev ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

50 Shades of Dr. Ruth

Plays about Dr. Ruth and 50 Shades of Grey both open in Portland this week. Who has better sex advice, Dr. Ruth Westheimer or Erika “E.L. James” Mitchell?

Headout “Suddenly he grabs me, tipping me across his lap. With one smooth movement, he angles his body so my torso is resting on the bed beside him. He throws his right leg over both mine and plants h ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Karmel Kwiz

Comedy and Variety You know who Ian Karmel is. You know he’s one of the biggest standup comedians to come out of Portland, you know he’s written for Chelsea Handler, and you might even know he’s now writing ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Scoop: Portland as Fudge.

Scoop THIS BUD’S FOR BROS: Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial mocking craft beer seemed to fans in the Northwest like Anheuser-Busch shooting itself in the foot, given Bud just bought Bend’s 10 Bar ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Street: Suitably Super

Street Seahawks, Patriots fans show their true colors. Photos By Katie Dennis. ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by KATIE DENNIS

The Flyover States, Part III

Willie Weed Editor’s note: Over the past two weeks, Wm. Willard Greene has written about traveling to Dallas to watch the Ducks’ game and not bringing any weed because he was worried about getting bus ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 14

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings The hard-working legislators who previously passed laws mandating standardized tests now want to pass a new law allowing anyone to opt out for any reason. The superiority of top leaf now has legal ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Profile Theatre)

Put a ring on it.

Theater Profile Theatre’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with a familiar scene: two strangers sitting separately at a cafe, and neither will turn off their damn cellphone. Our protagonis ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Threesome (Portland Center Stage)

Three is the loneliest number.

Theater It only takes about 10 minutes for the first penis to appear. But that’s hardly the most shocking moment in Threesome, a richly scripted world-premiere production by Seattle playwright Yussef ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Dr. Know: Does the city have any plans to get rid of the crows on Southwest 5th Avenue?

Dr. Know Does the city have any plans to rid Southwest 5th Avenue of the crow health hazard? They’ve been fouling the street for two months. —Crowed Off Portland: Put one bird on it, and you’re a ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Potlander

Our annual weed issue.

Cover Story Welcome to the new normal. It took a while. Oregon’s journey to legal weed, which culminates in a big, smoky rally on the waterfront this July, started way back in 1973, when we decriminal ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Handy-Dandy Super Bowl XLIX Prediction Worksheet

Keep score at home! The team with more checks is your likely champion.

Headout WATCH: The Super Bowl airs on KGW, Channel 8, at 3:30 pm Sunday, Feb. 1.  ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Top Portland Event Picks, January 28 - February 3

Headout Picks THURSDAY JAN. 29 AKOUNAK TEDALAT TAHA TAZOUGHAI [DESERT RAIN] Portland blogger and “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” Christopher Kirkley premieres his directorial debut, a remake of Purple Rain se ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Perchance to Dream

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Enter the Night is beautiful, surreal and surprisingly funny.

Theater In Enter the Night, playwright Maria Irene Fornes takes on big issues. One character mourns the loss of his lover to AIDS. Another visits a doctor for her worsening heart palpitations. The third ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Gender Tree

Bend and rend.

Theater A work in progress by Portlander Cassandra Boice, Gender Tree begins by posing a few questions. Do people still identify with traditional gender roles? How do you define the word “gender”? B ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Scoop: You Mad, Bro?

Scoop GHOST OF BARS PAST: What’s going in the former Wildwood space? Last week, passers-by on Northwest 21st Avenue—including a former chef at the restaurant—saw what appeared to be a new restaura ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

High Froth

Portlander Dave Goldstein brought laboratory science to the art of making bongs.

Weed As Dave Goldstein took a rip off his new bong, his first thoughts drifted to the law. I’m going to need a patent lawyer, he thought. Goldstein can claim the percolator and the ash trap as in ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

How To Buy Legal Weed

The dos and don’ts of budtender etiquette.

Weed We get it. The first time you bought weed was on your neighbor’s couch, while these days you can drive to a well-lit pot shop in Vancouver—or, if you’re an OMMP card-carrying patient, a ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by Mary Romano

How To Talk To Your Parents About Weed

Now that weed is going legal, your mom and dad may have some questions. Here’s what to tell them.

Weed The prohibitionists warned us it would happen, and it did. Oregon’s legalization of marijuana has profoundly altered the public’s perception of the once-illicit substance. Legalization—e ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MAJOR E. SKINNER

4/20/7

Can a lifelong weed-hater find a strain he likes?

Weed I’ve never liked weed. This confuses certain people; it’s like I just told them I hate ice cream. But at the age of 21, it was a profound relief when I figured out I could just pass the join ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by ROBERTO JAMÓN

Kinder Bud

10 Portland weed shops offering the city’s best deals.

Weed Click on image below for larger version: A. Best Monday pick-me-up: TreeHouse Collective (2419 NE Sandy Blvd., pdxtreehouse.com) Free edible with purchase on Mondays. TreeHouse has a wide se ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by Mary Romano

Get in the Van’

On the road, lookin’ for weed, in the ’Couv.

Weed It took a little longer than it needed to, but Washington has finally figured out the recreational marijuana business. Or so it seems from a recent Saturday afternoon trek to the two recreatio ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MAJOR E. SKINNER

Green Genes

Weed’s been with us since the Ancient Steppes. Portland’s Phylos Bioscience will revolutionize what we know about it.

Weed In the winding curves south of I-405, across the street from the Oregon Health & Science University Integrity Office, the history of marijuana is being mapped. For 10,000 years, humans have ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

The New Crop

Six Portland dispensaries that point to the future of retail weed.

Weed Checking out a new dispensary is a gamble. Menus and discounts can be found online, but there’s no early warning system against running into the middle-aged shop owner who mentions during ch ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE, Mary Romano

The Flyover States, Part II

Willie Weed Editor’s note: Last week, Wm. Willard Greene wrote about traveling to Dallas to watch the Ducks’ game and not bringing any weed because he was worried about getting busted. His experiences w ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Dr. Know: Is it socially acceptable in Portland to take bottles and cans from strangers’ recycling bins?

Dr. Know Is it socially acceptable in Portland to take bottles and cans from strangers’ recycling bins? In my old hometown, this was considered stealing—it deprived the city of revenue for the recycl ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Nick Jaina, Get It While You Can

Suffering, and reflecting, in silence.

Books Nick Jaina is not famous. Far from it, really. But the question of what it means to be an artist—and how much pain you’re willing to endure to pursue your art in the quest for something grea ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Patton Oswalt, Silver Screen Fiend

The old fantasy about shovel-murdering George Lucas.

Books There’s a bit in Patton Oswalt’s 2007 standup record, Werewolves and Lollipops, where he says his “geekiness is getting in the way of his nerdiness.” To casual fans who came Oswalt’s way v ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Street: The Con

Street Wizard World brings out the fans. Photos by Katie Dennis.   ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by KATIE DENNIS
 

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