Sweet Releaf

It's legal!

Cover Story Eighty years after cannabis was banned in Oregon, it’s legal again this week. Countless... More

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

First! The First Beers By Every Portland Brewery

Headout In honor of the first festival of beers made only within Portland city limits,... More

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

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,... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Scoop: Naked Bible Fighting

Scoop BIBLE BASH: Christians and faux Christians are feuding in the ’burbs.... More

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

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... More

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

J.A.W.Z. The Musical—in 3D (The Saloon Ensemble): Theater Review

A shark satire that’s more shallow than sharp.

Theater Comedy sketches, much like sharks, endure as evolutionary... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON
 
 

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

Party Like It’s 1934

A look back at the other ill-fated experiment in prohibition.

Weed People like to get high. Almost all humans seek to alter their reality in some way, be it with a few beers, a bong rip, or good, old-fashioned OxyContin overprescribed by a doctor. And yet, some peo ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Smoke House

How to grow bud at home.

Weed Gardening is no longer illegal. You can now grow up to four marijuana plants at home without going to jail. But growing smoke-grade weed is a hell of a lot more complicated than, say, that wilty stem ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

The Fame

Madeline Martinez is bringing back Portland's famous World Famous Cannabis Cafe.

Weed The name was supposed to be a joke. When Madeline Martinez opened Portland’s World Famous Cannabis Cafe in 2009, it was the first cafe in the United States where state-authorized medical marijuana ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

Know Your Terps

A basic primer on some of cannabis' terpenes.

Weed PepperCaryophyllene: Pungent, peppery and sweet. Found in pepper, clove and cotton. This is the terpene that police dogs are trained to detect, which is the sort of thing people in Oregon had to worry ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Weed War II

Legal pot is sparking new battles in unlikely places.

Weed Justice? Sure. But no peace. Oregon’s long war against pot prohibition ends today. Voters legalized marijuana last November by voting for Measure 91, but we’re just starting the skirmishes over ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Mister Mister

Four loose-leaf vapes reviewed.

Weed You should buy a loose-leaf vaporizer. Maybe one of the four we review here, maybe something else. But you should experience the delights of these little electronic gadgets, which gently bake the into ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, TYLER HURST

Blended Bud

Wait, you're still smoking single strains like a sucker?

Weed One of the advantages to having countless jars of wildly varied strain types is partakers no longer have to wait for underground growers to crossbreed the flighty head-spin of Green Crack with the bre ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Mary Romano's Last Dance

Weed My name is Lauren Terry, and I’m one of the thousands of recent liberal arts college grads shocked to find themselves employed in the cannabis industry. I never would have guessed that two years a ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

Testing, Testing

Will THC testing stop now that weed is legal?

Weed Drug tests are the worst kinds of test. You can’t study for them, there’s only one question, and if you fail you’re out of a job. Ever since our good pal Ronald Reagan helped implement Executi ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by TED JAMISON

J.A.W.Z. The Musical—in 3D (The Saloon Ensemble): Theater Review

A shark satire that’s more shallow than sharp.

Theater Comedy sketches, much like sharks, endure as evolutionary marvels of brutal efficiency. They’re borne forward on sheer momentum, form-bound to a brutal functionality and devoid of shame. As audience ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Night Uber: Ladies from Nebraska

“If we drive by a cop, one of you has to duck.”

Misc Editor’s note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie. In keeping with the times, we now present Night Uber. I was going to say I get more female t ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by JOHAN MATHIESEN

Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana

Welcome to the new age of weed porn.

Potlander Sure, pot coffee-table book Green (Chronicle, 400 pages, $30) is subtitled A Field Guide to Marijuana, but that’s kind of like calling a Victoria’s Secret catalog a field guide to women. Green i ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Top Event Picks, July 1 - July 7

Headout Picks THURSDAY JULY 2 MELT BANANA [HAUTE NOISE] The spastically joyful, genre-mutilating Japanese noiseniks have been in a reflective mood of late, releasing a compilation highlighting the ... More

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

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

Scoop: Naked Bible Fighting

Scoop BIBLE BASH: Christians and faux Christians are feuding in the ’burbs. It started when “Jake,” the increasingly beloved figure behind the satirical site SavePortlandFromHell.com, planned a protes ... More

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

First! The First Beers By Every Portland Brewery

Headout In honor of the first festival of beers made only within Portland city limits, here are the first beers made by every brewery in the city:Hillsdale Brewery  (McMe ... More

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

The Pype Dream

The story behind Portland's oldest head shop.

Weed If you wanted to buy a bong in Des Moines back in the 1970s, you went shopping for a waterbed. “That was the fad back then,” says Patty Collins. “All the waterbed people seemed to be selling a f ... More

Jun 30, 2015 03:34 pm by AMY WOLFE

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

Vintage Portland Head Shops

Celebrate marijuana legalization with a tour the classic head shops in Portland.

Weed Silver Spoon Smoke Shop8521 SW Barbur Blvd., 245-0489. silverspoonpdx.com. 10 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday. In 1999, when Ben McEwan turned 18 and started working at his dad John’s ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AMY WOLFE

Dateline: Potland

Significant dates in Oregon weed history.

Weed Before ProhibitionDecember 1847 Oregon CityThe Legislature of the Territory of Oregon writes a letter to Congress announcing available rations for U.S. Navy ships looking to restock. The list inc ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Very Hill, Much Speed: The Maryhill Festival of Speed

The greatest gravity festival in the world is right in Portland’s backyard.

Culture Features On June 24, about 230 of the best downhill skateboarders and street lugers in the world will descend on the Maryhill Festival of Speed. It’ll be the largest gravity sports festival in North America, ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by Adrienne So

World Naked Bike Ride Stories From Around the World

Tradition laid bare.

Headout Portland likes to think it’s especially weird for hosting a naked bike ride. Such rides, which began in either Canada or Spain, depending on whom you believe, have become popular everywhere from Bra ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Interview: Fred Pearce, The New Wild

An environmental journalist says we shouldn’t hate invasive species.

Books You might sit up late these hot summer nights, sweating over the influx of Californians on your block. But according to environmental journalist Fred Pearce’s latest book, The New Wild (Beacon Press ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

Top Event Picks, June 24 - June 30

Headout Picks Wednesday June 24 BOOTSY’S RUBBER BAND [FUNK] “The Jimi Hendrix of bass” is the second-most prominent Parliament-Funkadelic alum, but the three late-’70s albums he made ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Scoop: Y’all Lost. Take Y’all’s Loser Flag Down.

Scoop WORLD FAMOUS FOR A REASON: In 2009, Portland’s World Famous Cannabis Cafe became the first cafe in the United States for state-authorized medical marijuana cardholders to socialize and safely medica ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Macbeth (Portland Actors Ensemble): Theater Review

Don’t risk your lily-whites for this Scottish play.

Theater Portland’s outdoor theater has shriveled in the sun. It’s a good thing you can strip and cycle with thousands of naked Portlanders, or gorge on Potato Champion’s poutine while ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

Dr. Know: Does the DMV Allow Dirty Vanity License Plates?

Dr. Know Recently I saw a standard, nonpersonalized Oregon license plate that featured the three letters “FUG.” I was amused, but it made me think: There must be combinations of letters the DMV skips (“F ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Street: Looks We Like

Street Sweet looks on South East Division Street. All photos by Melanie Flood.    ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Review: Zeus Arsenal Smite

Potlander The Canadian dollar is weak right now. Currently, one Loonie will buy only three American quarters, plus a nickel and a penny. This is information you should know if you’re in the market for a loose ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Findings: Vol. 41, Issue 34

What we learned from reading this week’s paper .

Findings In one nice quiet beachfront community, you can legally walk down the street swigging from a bottle of Jack.  Of course a WW reporter has to offer a disclosure about where she takes yoga classes ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Night Uber: Different Gods

Antelope, Oregon. Antelope, Oregon.

Misc Editor's note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie, in which a cabbie  working the night shift wrote about driving people to Internet cafes as they listened ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by JOHAN MATHIESEN

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

Water Falling

Cliff jumps and high dives near portland.

Summer Guide  When I was a child, manhood came at age 12. This was when I was first allowed to plummet from the 20-foot high dive at the Oregon City pool, thus proving my mastery of both fear and death. But i ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE, Adrienne So, AP KRYZA

Drinkin’, Smokin’ and Off-Leash Doggin’

Where to do forbidden things while picnicking in portland parks.

Summer Guide Colonel Summers Park or the Skidmore Bluffs might as well be Portland’s collective backyard—with one glaring exception. In your backyard, as of July 1, you can legally crack a beer and smoke a rel ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by JENNIFER GILROY

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

Sausage Festival

Who has the best hot dogs in Portland?

Summer Guide In the pages of Portland Monthly or The Oregonian, you’ll read it: The Year of the Hot Dog. Mostly this is the result of a Stray Dogs hot-dog pop-up (currently on hiatus) featuring foie gras on a sa ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Islands in the Stream

The Undiscovered Lands of the Great Willamette River.

Summer Guide Islands are the kind of thing that Jay Z buys Beyoncé for her birthday. Why? Because they are the perfect thing to make people look at you longingly from a distance and softly mumble in jealousy. Whe ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Brews Made for Walking

Six urban hikes and where to get beer, post-trail.

Summer Guide The Gorge gets all the glory. Mount Hood steals all the cover shots. It’s normal to covet what’s far away, so when summer hits, you hit the highway. But there are plenty of surprisingly beautiful ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by ANDI PREWITT

Omni Skate

The Many, Many Skateparks of Portland

Summer Guide From the early pioneers who went renegade, installing ramps and bowls under the Burnside Bridge by using leftover concrete from their day jobs, to the current crop of officials, shop owners and skateb ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by BROOKE GEERY

Seek Cider

Experience Oregon Cider Week June 18 to 28.

Summer Guide Oregon Cider Week will kick off the summer from June 18 to 28, and it’s huge, with 50 cideries pouring at Cider Summit PDX, plus a multitude of cider tap takeovers and cider pairing dinners. Here ar ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Totally Rad

How do Oregon radlers and bottled shandies match up with their old-world competitors?

Summer Guide  Is there any summer beer better than the Stiegl Radler? One sunny day last week, we tried to find one by holding a blind tasting of a dozen different radlers and shandies—all fruited beers, ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Disneyland for Truckers

10-4, good buddy, head down to Jubitz for the Rose City Round-Up.

Headout Jubitz truck stop is an empire: 26 acres of redistricted red state in Oregon’s bluest city. It’s a beacon of the city’s northern limits that says, “Give me your tired, who sit for a li ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by TED JAMISON

Street: The Dock

Street The public boating dock on the Southeast corner of the Hawthorne Bridge is still the best place to sun and swim in downtown Portland. ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

The Comedy of Errors (Post5 Theatre)

Ty Boice’s twinning update makes Shakespeare hip.

Theater The Comedy of Errors is one of the Bard’s lighter farces, often ignored, and it’s all a rip-off. Shakespeare modernized Roman playwright Plautus’ comedy Menaechmi and directly borrowed m ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by EDWARD MORRIS

Findings Vol. 41, Issue 33

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings Wilson High School’s black student union is mostly white.  A dog-leasing kingpin is now pushing hard for artificial beaver dams. Advertising campaigns may persuade customers to purchase infer ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Cannatonic: The Mellow High of Medicinal Flower

Potlander With states like North Carolina and Texas legalizing the use of cannabidol (CBD) oil, this sister cannabinoid to THC has quickly become a household name. Contrary to the fuzzy, goofy high brough ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by Mary Romano

Scoop: Never Leave Us LaMarcus

Scoop Q19 COUNTING DOWN: The busy lunchtime food-cart pod at Northwest 19th Avenue and Quimby Street will shut down by the end of the year to make way for construction, according to Alex Denchev, owner of ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: Are there any real lumberjacks left in Oregon?

Dr. Know I’ve been in Portland a long time, and the fake lumberjack style (beard, flannel, work boots, knit cap, etc.) has gotten a little overwhelming. And anyway, with advances in logging automatio ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Find Your Perfect Portland Pride Event

Our favorite events at Portland Pride 2015.

Headout Click image below for larger version. Illustration by Hugh Newell Pride at Hollywood Theatre It’s the summer of 1984 and the British National Union of Mineworkers is on st ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

Near and Queer

Our favorite gay bars in Portland.

Culture Features Sure, the gay/queer dance nights at mixed-orientation bars may have become where the party and booty’s at in Portland—the ever-popular indie-dance parties of Rotture’s Blow Pony and Holo ... More

Jun 10, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, AMY WOLFE

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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