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... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

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,... 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... 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... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

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

Scoop BOOOORING: Anthony Watson, Nike’s chief information officer and one... More

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

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... More

Dec 17, 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.

Culture Features 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

Suicide is Pantyless

An oral history of Suicide Girls in Portland.

Culture Features Suicide Girls seems quaint these days, when naked, tattooed women on the Internet are about as ubiquitous as naked women on the Internet.  But in 2001, when founders Selena Mooney (“Mi ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Cheer Up, Drunky

Pro tips for surviving 77 beers and massive crowds at the annual Holiday Ale Fest at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Headout Arrive early, but not too early: Portland's Holiday Ale Festival always gets packed—17,000-plus attendees will drop in over five days—which means you want to get there before sought-after ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Strain Review: Chemdawg

Culture Features If you’re a fan of heady strains, chances are Chemdawg is a vital part of your medicine cabinet. It’s a supercharged, sativa-dominant hybrid of unknown origins—an online legend traces the ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by Mary Romano

Street: Plumb Dandy

A look at the annual Stumptown Speakeasy.

Street A look at the annual Stumptown Speakeasy. Photos by Anna Jaye Goellner. ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Peyton Marshall, Goodhouse

He’s a Good, uh, house. Mighty, mighty, just lettin’ it all hang out...

Books At first glance, Portland author Peyton Marshall’s Goodhouse (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 336 pages, $26) might seem a little familiar. Much like the Colbert-boosted California, by Edan Lepucki, ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Scoop: The Cops Didn’t Just Hug People.

Scoop THROWBACK OUT: A dance party scheduled for Doug Fir Lounge on Nov. 28 was canceled by the venue following an online uproar over the use of racial stereotypes in the artwork used to promote the e ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Blithe Spirit

Ghost at the feast.

Theater Death is entirely a laughing matter. At least, that’s the case in Artists Rep’s production of Blithe Spirit, directed by Christopher Liam Moore. Noël Coward’s 1941 comedy finds well-to-do ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Firewall (BodyVox)

A dance company reveals the tricks behind the technology.

Dance If you saw Inception a few years back, chances are you marveled at the film’s spinning, zero-gravity hallway scene. BodyVox didn’t stop at admiration—the 17-year-old dance company decided ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

A Cummings Christmas

Liminal Performance Group runs wild with E.E. Cummings’ strange little Yuletide play.

Theater Most of us know E.E. Cummings for his poetry. But in addition to conducting wacky typographical experiments, Cummings was also a playwright. Not a terribly prolific one: He wrote only four pla ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Dr. Know: Did Portland really have a floating whorehouse?

Dr. Know I hear that back in the gangster days, Portland was home to a floating whorehouse. Now that weed is legal and taxable, should we bring back this idea and tax it, too? It could be our version o ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Funniest Five 2014

Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers.

Cover Story Where my ladies at? Not in this year’s Funniest 5. When votes started rolling in for the Funniest 5—our annual poll of Portland’s standup community to determine this city’s best come ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 2, Curtis Cook

Comedy and Variety Curtis Cook is used to telling jokes to white people. He got his first crack at standup in middle school in Auburn Township, Ohio, a rural exurb east of Cleveland that’s 97 percent white. The se ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 1, Sean Jordan

Comedy and Variety Sean Jordan is the first to admit he’s somewhat forgettable. A tall, decent-looking white dude, perpetually clad in jeans and a hoodie, he looks like a skater bro who never grew up. Sometimes, ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 3, Steven Wilber

Comedy and Variety Three years ago, Steven Wilber was worn down. He was stuck in an uninspiring administrative job at a collection agency and felt short on creative motivation. So he made himself a promise: seven ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 4, Christian Ricketts

Comedy and Variety Christian Ricketts’ path to comedy began by getting drunk and sitting in a parked car with a loaded gun. “I thought of joining the Army and suicide,” he says of those days, “two things that ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 5, Nariko Ott

Comedy and Variety For Nariko Ott, being funny isn’t a personality trait, it’s a survival instinct. As the second of four children raised by a single mother, he knew from a young age that if he didn’t stand ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

10 Portland Comedy Showcases Worth Seeing

Comedy and Variety Am I Right, Ladies? Another week, another rape joke, another Twitter firestorm. This monthly showcase, produced by Jen Tam, positions itself as a counterbalance to the misogyny and sexism in the ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Six Local Podcasts Worth Hearing

Comedy and Variety Levine Large youtube.com/user/levinelargepodcast Sure, Kristine Levine is funny. Everybody knows that. But what you might not know is that her kids are funny, too. In Levine Large, the blue-collar ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Funny On the Internet

Our favorite tweets from Portland comedians.

Comedy and Variety Portland taught me that if you plant a food cart in fertile soil you’ll get a condo building in about a year. —Jason Traeger This guy asked me if I had had sex with a lot of men, and I was like, ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hotseat: Kerry Eggers

The author of a new book about the Ducks-Beavers football rivalry talks platypus and pep talks.

Culture Features College football is dominated by bitter rivalries and weird trophies. A lot of it’s pretty silly—golden eggs, bejeweled shillelaghs, golden wagon wheels, a little brown jug, and Oregon’s ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Strain Review: Green Crack

Culture Features The two most common words describing the psychoactive effects of cannabis are “high” and “stoned”—but have you ever considered the difference between the two? They’re often used in ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Richard Ford, Let Me Be Frank With You

Hell and high wind.

Books Perhaps it’s inevitable that any attempt at the Great American Novel written today would end in ruins. Like John Updike’s Rabbit series, Richard Ford’s four Frank Bascombe books have been on ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.

Theater For a few moments after the introductory dance barrage, right when one of Portland’s oldest comedy troupes settles down for a looooong winter’s slapstick, The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas feel ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Lickety Brit

English comic Matt Kirshen makes himself more than a novelty act.

Comedy and Variety As a Brit living in the U.S., comedian Matt Kirshen knows his accent can be a bit distracting. But sometimes, it slips his mind that he sounds different from everyone else. “It’s like th ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Scoop: Don’t Call Us Chicken.

Scoop TWO DOZENDRUMMERS NEEDED: Beginning next September, 23 Portland bands will be in need of a new drummer. Papi Fimbres, one of the city’s busiest musicians, is moving to Germany for a year. “Wit ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: Can I pay for a coin-op parking meter space using the “smart meter” across the street?

Dr. Know There are still a few coin-operated parking meters in Portland. As a civilized human, I rarely carry any cash, much less four bucks in quarters to park downtown for three hours. Can I pay for ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Naked Truth

A stripper assesses the accuracy of Showgirls.

Headout If you expect real life to be like the movies, life is full of disappointments. Coed college dorms have fewer late-night sexy pillow fights and a lot more late-night geology homework by light of ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Straight Blazin’

Culture Features From Bill Walton jamming with Jerry Garcia on a porch off Northwest 23rd Avenue through a list of Jail Blazers alumni we’ll leave out for word-count purposes, the Trail Blazers and grass go to ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

As You Like It (Post5 Theatre)

A converted church in Sellwood: the perfect home for Shakespeare.

Theater You don’t have to give Macbeth a lightsaber, turn Rosencrantz and Guildenstern into Mafiosos or set Twelfth Night at an office party in Tigard to reimagine Shakespeare. Making the Bard accessi ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Charles D’Ambrosio, Loitering

Apocalypse redux.

Books Orphans was orphaned from the start—a prescient name, perhaps. The 2005 essay collection from renowned Portland fiction writer Charles D'Ambrosio was known to few and found by far fewer, a limited ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Gregory Grenon, Truth Is a Lie and Anger Follows

Lust or critique?

Visual Arts The sexually ambiguous relationship between portraitists and their subjects has generated no small measure of purple prose through the centuries. What was going on between Leonardo da Vinci and ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Scoop: They Can’t Hide Darren Forever.

Scoop IT’S HIGH TIME, TOO: Well, that didn’t take long. Barely two weeks after Oregon voted to legalize marijuana, Portland is scheduled to host the state’s first Cannabis Cup in July 2015. High Times ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: What's driving all the growth in Portland?

Dr. Know I’ve been out of town for a while. Now that I’m back, I see change everywhere. New light rail and construction all over. What gives? Is the economy better? Is everyone moving here because of ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Another Hump Festival? DTMFA. Here's Where to Get a Real Sex Show.

Headout There’s a big problem with Hump, the annual amateur porn festival put on by our dear friends at the local subsidiary of Seattle’s Stranger newspaper. Sure, it honors our city’s DIY spirit. ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by ANDREW KNIGHTWOOD

Die Fledermaus (Portland Opera)

Adultery, masked balls and arias soaked in Champagne.

Performance Viennese waltz maestro Johann Strauss II concocted a delightful trifle with Die Fledermaus, his 1874 operetta about a wayward husband and his comeuppance at the hand of a treacherous friend who ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN BEER

To-Doobie List

Culture Features Marijuana is legal in Oregon. Read that out loud. The goodness of that reality is so hard to accept—particularly when high—that it’s just now starting to feel real. It also seems like the ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

True West

A rugged man is hard to find.

Theater There’s no Wild West anymore. So says Austin (Nick Ferrucci) to his brother Lee (Ben Newman) in True West, the final production in Profile Theatre’s season of Sam Shepard. The pair is cooped ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Scoop: Maybe Obama Can At Least Destroy Comcast.

Scoop TINY CASKET: Following last week’s announcement that 10 Barrel Brewing has been sold to Anheuser-Busch, a Beaverton group called Sell Out and Die decided to hold an online funeral Nov. 11 for th ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: Why are temperatures on public transit so extreme when we live in such a moderate climate?

Dr. Know It’s fall, and my streetcar is becoming a sweaty, muggy mess again. Whenever the outdoor temperature drops below 80, they start blasting the heat. Why are temperatures on public transit so ext ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

A-Bout (TopShakeDance)

Dancing themselves black and blue.

Dance TopShakeDance is about to hit the dance floor hard. Literally: To explore competition and groupthink, the company’s newest work, A-bout, employs wrestling mats, mixed martial arts-inspired choreog ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Worst. Show. Ever.

The most painful shows in Portland theater history.

Theater There’s something singularly awful about sitting through a bad theater production—the eye contact, the vicarious embarrassment, the creeping sense of physical pain, the certainty that you wi ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Hotseat: John Frieh

This Portland mountaineer specializes in first ascents.

Culture Features John Frieh’s foot was the first ever to leave a boot print on the upper northwestern ridge of the West Witches Tit.  The peak, which sits on Alaska’s Stikine Icecap, is one of eight succ ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Togetherness (Danielle Ross and Stacey Tran)

Uniting the melodramatic and the mundane.

Dance How would you move if you were a Greek god? That’s just one question posed during Togetherness, a new dance piece by choreographer Danielle Ross. In the piece, dancers strike iconic poses of ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Scoop: We Hardly Feel A Day Over 39.

Scoop PERSON IS CORPORATION: Back in 2008, Portland tech entrepreneur Mike Merrill decided to sell shares of himself on the open market. Now his stunt will become a movie, directed by and starring Jason Bat ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dispensary Review: Shango

Culture Features If you don’t have an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card, you might be surprised at how unenthused patients are about stopping by the dispensary. Though I’ll undoubtedly renew my card next ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by Mary Romano
 

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