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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... More

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

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

Pillars of Portlandia

How a proto-Portlandia based on a WW column turned into the biggest debacle in local TV history.

DVD & TV On Dec. 14, 1983, Portland was poised for TV greatness: America’s first regional soap opera. Portland station KOIN pre-empted regular CBS programming for a locally produced original movie, Pillars ... More

Jan 16, 2015 02:30 pm by JAY HORTON

A Dark Detroit Night

A new folk opera reimagines The Snow Queen in the Motor City.

Theater A few years ago, while traveling through Detroit, musician Laura Dunn stepped into an abandoned ballroom. On the floor was a shattered chandelier—a small one, but in memory it grew to wondrous ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Muppet Sex

The whole point of Muppet Burlesque is to get you thinking about it.

Headout Everyone loves the Muppets. Then there are some people who love the Muppets. You see what I’m trying to say, son? When a Muppet and a Muppeteer love each other very much, they do a—a special ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Snowstorm

From Russia with love.

Theater The Snowstorm begins with an intense concert. Sitting at a piano in the darkened theater, Eric Nordin looks calm and serene, but that belies the torrent of sound he’s producing. As the final ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Top Three Best Bets For Fertile Ground

Theater ID[ea] Back in August, participants in Third Rail’s mentorship program were given 36 hours to make a piece of theater. What emerged is a play about how we create, transform and strip apart our ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Willie Weed: The Flyover States, Part I

Willie Weed It’s not every year one’s home state football team competes to be the best in the country, so last week I booked a flight down to Dallas to watch the Buckeyes run through the Ducks like a wi ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Scoop: Dude, Pass The Cough Syrup.

Scoop IT’S LIKE BUTTER: Sellwood is getting a butter bar. Owner Melinda Woller will open a small food market and counter-service spot called Buttercraft at 6664 SE Milwaukie Ave. in the former location of ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: Why don't Portland businesses run their ceiling fans in the correct direction in the winter?

Dr. Know I’ve tried to persuade countless business owners that their ceiling fans are going in the wrong direction. They all say, “It’s blowing the hot air down.” Is ignorantly suffering through ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Portland Center Stage)

A chunky Chekhov smoothie, spiked with voodoo curses and Snow White.

Theater Christopher Durang has likened his latest play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to Chekhov put through a comic blender. It’s a comparison that puts me in mind of those Will It Blend? videos ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Get Shorty

Don’t take those skiboards to Goodwill until you hear from James Cleavenger.

Snow Report Remember the ’90s? Back when skiers wore hot pink snowsuits and weird stocking hats with dinosaur spikes, when lift tickets still hung from wire wickets and some snowboarders had stiff boots ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Dogs are the New Pigs

(Truffle pigs are the new bacon)

Headout Ah, the genteel art of truffle hunting. Since Roman times, an enterprising truffle hunter must merely strap himself to a rutting sow of three or four hundred pounds, and then keep worried pace a ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Haha House

Standup comedy invades the living rooms and garages of Portland.

Comedy and Variety House shows have been a staple of the music scene forever. But there’s a different art form encroaching onto this turf: standup comedy. In a town with more comics than there are open slots ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Scoop: O-H?

Scoop SPEAK SOFTLY: The 1920s-era house once home to Schondecken coffee roasters in Westmoreland is undergoing renovation to become a 100-percent period-appropriate Prohibition speakeasy called the Bi ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Street: Trollin’

Portland Mercury staff party or Tolkien birthday bash?

Street Photos by Briana Cerezo.  ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by BRIANA CEREZO

Diana Markosian, Inventing My Father

Traveling to Armenia to reconnect with an absentee father.

Visual Arts Diana Markosian’s father would fit well in an Everclear song. During her childhood, he would vanish without explanation for months at a time, then return as if nothing had happened. His stor ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Dr. Know: Is the Oregon poultry flu epidemic the same as the deadly "bird flu"?

Dr. Know Like a lot of folks, I have the flu. The news says Oregon poultry is also having a flu epidemic. I recall a fuss about deadly “bird flu” a few years ago, so I assumed that’s what I have. M ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock: Theater Review

Luck of the Irish.

Theater The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock aren’t too impressive. “The eighth is my arse!” says Mag (Marilyn Stacey), proprietor of the Cap ’n’ Bells pub. But her lumbering, amiable son Jonty ( ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Banality Of Big Weed

Willie Weed Green Man is coming for you. He’s coming for your money, Oregon. Christian Hageseth, owner of Colorado weed giant Green Man Cannabis, makes this fact damn clear. He wants Green Man to be the Coca-Cola of pot, the clean and accessible face who’s just as dull and quotidian as your accountant neighbor, if maybe a little more relaxed. ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by ROBERTO JAMÓN

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Bitch Planet

Planets are the new prisons.

Books Bitch Planet is an uncomfortable title to ask for over the phone, given that 50 percent of it is an insult fortified by a millennia of sexism. But for the new Image Comics series, written by P ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Health Goth Issue

What’s hot in fitness: Nootropic drugs, battle ropes, macronutrients and better pooping technique.

Cover Story Of course Health Goth happened here. The moment’s hottest fashion trend—think sweaty, muscle-bound cyberpunks, black mesh and blacker spandex—originated in Portland. It may have started ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Macrolicious

The 10 most convenient yet nutritious foodstuffs in town.

Health Issue Did you spend much of November and December lolling in a greasy puddle of nutritionally questionable party snacks and rum? Us too. Well, it’s time for your January redemption, but without ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by KAT MERCK

Health Goth FAQ

Health Issue What is Health Goth? Something between an Internet meme, an ironic joke and a real-life fashion trend, whose aesthetic is best summed up as “sportswear for cyberpunks.” Though the term “g ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Your Health Goth Workout Playlist

Health Issue DEAD CAN DANCE, “Dawn of the Iconoclast” A call to worship upside-down Nike logos. VENUS X AND FATIMA AL QADIRI, “Superego” As the curator of New York’s now-defunct GHE20G0TH1K part ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

24/5

The Pros and Cons of Portland’s five very different 24 Hour Fitness locations.

Health Issue For a gangly emo kid from the Midwest, a trip to a gym in America’s fittest city is hell. If it weren’t for the fact that I spent my first year in Portland living in a van, I would’ve burn ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

The Perfect Poop

What to know about your excrement.

Health Issue Everyone poops Different animals make different kinds of poop Different shapes Different colors Even different smells —From Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi Everyone poops. While the children�� ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Fitter, Happier

Nootropic drugs to better your life.

Health Issue You’ve been taking bad drugs. No, I don’t mean the $100 baby laxative you snorted on your last Vegas trip. I mean the drugs many of us all take every day: coffee, Adderall, antidepressants a ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

The New Hotness

Fitness trends almost as hot as Health Goth.

Health Issue Yes, Health Goth is the hottest thing in fitness these days. But what if you look good in neither mesh nor neoprene? What if you just don’t want a post-Jersey club-deconstruction soundtrack du ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Top Portland Event Picks, January 7 - January 13

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY JAN. 7 CUTE BOYZ CLUB [MOVIES] Remember puka-shell necklaces, bleached tips and the halcyon days of Britney and Justin? Three grown males play seventh-grade boys in a new local movie ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The Great PBR Debate

Who got Portland hooked on the Blue Stuff?

Headout Everyone knows Portland bleeds Pabst Blue Ribbon. But who injected it into our bloodstream?  There are two true contenders. Lutz Tavern, in Woodstock, is commonly thought to have introduc ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Scoop: Putting Jesus On a Poster Since 1970.

Scoop HATERS GONNA HATE: Everyone’s least-favorite extremist Christian trolls, the Westboro Baptist Church, are coming to Portland to protest the Trail Blazers. According to a press release, the Topek ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Two Chainz

It’s snowing. A light-up sign says you should have tire chains or studded tires if you continue driving east on U.S. 26. What do you do?

Snow Report Click on image below for a larger version.  ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Pineapple Bowl

Willie Weed Next Monday, Honolulu-born Marcus Mariota, along with five other Hawaiians, will lead the Oregon Ducks against the Ohio State Buckeyes in Arlington, Texas, for the first national championship of ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Frank Portman, King Dork Approximately

Who wrote Holden Caulfield?

Books When it comes to peddling teen angst, few writers of young adult fiction have the qualifications of Frank Portman. With 30 years of fronting Berkeley pop-punk band the Mr. T Experience under his ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Dr. Know: Why didn't your article on flushable wipes mention Fatbergs?

Dr. Know Your piece on flushable wipes in the sewers omitted the scariest scenario of all: Wipes + cooking grease = “Fatbergs.” A 15-ton fatberg threatened London in 2013; it took crews with high-pow ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Spring Awakening

Performance picks for spring 2015.

Performance THEATER The Snowstorm As part of Fertile Ground—an 11-day spree of locally produced new works—pianist Eric Nordin and choreographer Jessica Wallenfels collaborate on an original piece of d ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON, KAITIE TODD

Crud Busters

ON3P's skis are handmade and built for heavy powder.

Snow Report The whole thing started with a big letdown. Scott Andrus was stoked to get his new skis, an $800 pair of Canadian-made Capitals. He waited three months. They finally arrived stiff and planky. "I really wanted to like them, but after about five days on them, I ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Hazy Horizon

Willie Weed From fine dining to groundbreaking research in labs across the nation, marijuana normalization is affecting every part of American society. And it’s only going to get more interesting in the yea ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by Mary Romano

Burn This Page

An effigy of what sucked in 2014. Print it out and burn it.

Headout ILLUSTRATION: Jeff Drew• Darren Wilson • Bandwagon Portland Seahawks fans • Your useless college diploma • Bill Cosby • Street fee • Bill Simmons and golf putter • Kim Jong-un • ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Scoop: Happy Trading Doughnuts For Dogs.

Scoop HOP TO IT: Katie Poppe and Micah Camden (Little Big Burger, Son of a Biscuit, Blue Star Donuts) have a new fast-food concept in the works. Hop Dog will serve beer-boiled hot dogs—hence the “hop� ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: Are flushable wipes actually flushable?

Dr. Know In the never-ending quest for better hygiene, I recently purchased some “flushable wipes,” the better to keep my nether regions shower-fresh all day. However, I now hear rumorsthat such wipe ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Closing Time

2014 was Barmageddon in Portland. You don’t have to stay home, but you can’t go here.

Cover Story A world was ending. Some wept openly, one woman danced the worm so hard she thinks she might have shattered her knee, and the next night at least two people had sex in the basement. We’ve all ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Legends of the Fallen: Stories From 2014's Closing Bars

Culture Features The Matador, 1999: Pet Night! “I had Pet Night, where everybody could bring their pet. Naturally there were dogs, cats, birds. People brought fish. [One customer] brought a horse. I said, ‘If ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Best Thing I Read

Favorite books read in 2014 by some of our favorite local writers.

Books The Wilds by Julia Elliott: a very well-written book of short stories that are creepy and weird in the good way. In the title story, a girl wearing a homemade crown of bird skulls tells of getti ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Party by Foot

Forget taxis, Ubers, MAXs, DDs and DUIs. Why not party where you live this New Year’s Eve?

Headout Click on the image below for a (much) larger version of the map!1. St. Johns: Reggae dance music [YEAH MON] Marijuana will be legal in Portland next year, and this just might be the perfect way t ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best of the Stage

Performance Death, sex and money featured prominently on Portland stages in 2014. So did punk rock, kitty litter and confetti. The year’s top theater and dance shows embraced raw emotion—several gave ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The Best Visual Art Of 2014

Visual Arts As winemakers say about extraordinary vintages, “It was a very good year.” 2014 gave us a mother lode of materially and thematically engaging visual-arts shows. Month to month, the most re ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

The Canna-Gift Guide

Willie Weed Santa has been preparing his sleigh all year, but it’s quite possible some Willie Weed readers forgot about Christmas shopping until right about—shit. For what is surely the last gift guide ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by Mary Romano

Scoop: A Year In Portland Culture By The Numbers.

Scoop SCREEN: The Grand Budapest Hotel was the most popular movie at Laurelhurst Theater, with 6,932 tickets sold for 125 showings over 12 weeks. The Grand Budapest Hotel was also the most-rented movie at M ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: Does Portland ever get a "white Christmas"?

Dr. Know It doesn’t seem very likely that Portland will have a “white Christmas” this year. But does it ever happen? —Bing Crosby, Stills and Nash Before I answer your question, Bing, I feel I should ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Invasion of the Transplants

New Portlanders talk about what they love and hate about the city.

Cover Story “When you erect the fence to keep Californians out, can I have a special dispensation pass?" Comedian Greg Proops looked so painfully Californian as he asked a Portland audience that question ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

Emiko Badillo

Owner of Food Fight! Grocery and founder of Portland Vegans of Color

Q & A Origin: San Antonio Emiko Badillo came to Portland with her husband and no money, looking for a quiet, vegan-friendly town where she could ride her bike. The Portland she found was not what she ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

Intisar Abioto

Photographer and founder of the Black Portlanders

Q & A Origin: Memphis, Tenn. Intisar Abioto has a familiar look in her eye. It’s a look I’ve been seeing—this week, this month, this year—in the eyes of the black and brown people in my life. ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

John Sepulvado

Weekend morning host for OPB

Q & A Origin: Lemon Grove, Calif. Fact: Straight Talk starring Dolly Parton is one of the greatest films of all time. For those unfamiliar, Parton plays Dr. Shirlee, a call-in radio host who wins the h ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

Jason Lytle

Lead singer of Grandaddy

Q & A Origin: Bozeman, Mont., via Modesto, Calif. Jason Lytle seemed reluctant to leave his Northeast Portland neighborhood to meet me. He likes to stay on the edge of town, near an “escape hatch” ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

Brandon Purifoy

Server at Clyde Common

Q & A Origin: San Francisco “You’re interviewing all these people doing important stuff in Portland. Can I just be, like, the regular guy who isn’t doing that much?” Brandon Purifoy, 32, ar ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

Reheated Meat

Slices from Amy Miller’s Fresh Meat column on wweek.com.

Culture Features Johanna Ware Chef and owner of Smallwares, originally from Chicago, on Portland’s friendly but slow service industry… “Anybody who moves to Portland who moved from a big city is going to com ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

Portland Transplants vs Portland Natives

Culture Features TRANSPLANTS Damian Lillard Trail Blazers point guard Tom McCall Governor who said to visit Oregon but not stay. From Massachusetts Chuck Palahniuk Author of Fight Club Sleater-Kinney wit ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Sweater Season

How to take your ironic love of Christmas to the next level.

Headout First, You Need a Sweater Duh. Red Light Clothing Exchange (3590 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 963-8888, redlightclothingexchange.com) claims to have 1,000 of them, maybe including that one your elementary ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Top Portland Event Picks, December 17 - December 23

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY DEC. 17  SAMA DAMS [ART-ROCK] On its new album, Comfort in Doubt, the Portland band continues to build on its art-rock and prog influences, with lopsided grooves, searing guitar ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Scoop: There’s No Such Thing As Style Points.

Scoop BOOOORING: Anthony Watson, Nike’s chief information officer and one of the few openly gay senior executives, quit his job last week after only nine months for what he called “personal” rea ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Hotseat: Joshua P. Howe, Behind the Curve

Analyzing the environmental movement’s game tape.

Books Joshua P. Howe says he tries to approach the problems of climate change like a football coach. “I think about a guy like Pete Carroll,” says Howe, a professor of environmental studies and hi ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Dr. Know: Do houseboats require permits to be anchored where they are?

Dr. Know I’ve been noticing the same two houseboats anchored on the Willamette south of the Hawthorne Bridge since summer. Do they require any permits to reside there, or is it “anything goes”? ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Wild, Mapped

Spotting landmarks from Cheryl Strayed's hike of the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Headout The movie Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and based on a memoir by Portland author Cheryl Strayed, hits theaters Friday. Wild follows Strayed for 1,100 miles along the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Big Sack of Spirit

Holiday event picks in Portland.

Culture Features BRIGHT LIGHTS Peacock Lane Many houses. Many lights. Many pedestrians. Southeast Peacock Lane between Stark and Belmont streets, peacocklane.net. 6-11 pm Dec. 15-30, 6 pm-midnight Dec. 24 and 31 ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The Waits Are Too Damned Long.

Willie Weed I’ve been covering this beat for a year now, and it’s astonishing how far Portland’s dispensaries have come in just that time. Like a blooming jug of kombucha, the city’s medical marijua ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Scoop: Finding New Friends Thanks to wweek.com.

Scoop LISTEN LIKE THIEVES: A rash of break-ins has left a Northeast Portland guitar store short $10,000 worth of merchandise. Over the course of three consecutive weekends beginning in late October, t ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Santa (Liminal Performance Group)

It’s a not-so-wonderful life.

Theater Santa Claus is in rough shape. His suit is smudged with soot. He rings his bell like the world’s most depressed Salvation Army volunteer. Trudging onstage into a stark shaft of light, he wails ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Art Review: Francine Fleischer, Swim

Off the beach, into the cenote.

Visual Arts The landscape of Mexico, wrote D.H. Lawrence in The Plumed Serpent, “seems to emit a deep purring sound, too deep for the ear to hear, and yet audible on the blood.” Lawrence’s musings hin ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Dr. Know: Are there spent fuel rods at the former Trojan nuclear plant?

Dr. Know Are there still spent fuel rods stored at the site of the former Trojan nuclear plant, or were they moved to Hanford when the cooling tower was dynamited by PGE? Also, would it be legal for a ne ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Street: Cheery Beers

Street Big beers and fuzzy hats at the Holiday Ale Festival. Photos by Briana Cerezo. ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by BRIANA CEREZO
 

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