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
Rocky climbs that pay off with great views, lush canyons full of waterfalls, and switchbacks on an extinct volcano.
Mount Hood takes all comers. That
snow-topped stratovolcano on Portland’s easterly horizon has faces that
will chill the bones of seasoned mountaineers, but also plenty of
waterfalls easily ... More
Ice caves, downhills, snow camps and scary-ass drives.
Ride Up, Roll Down: Mountain Biking at Skibowl
IMAGE: Thomas TealAt these speeds, every rock, tree branch and patch
of loose gravel is an enemy conspiring to knock you from your perch. On
one ... More
Get Your Minerals: Soak in the century-old tubs at Carson Hot Springs.
IMAGE: LaBriereAs the legend goes, Isadore St.
Martin was hunting in the Columbia River Gorge in 1876 when he stumbled
u ... More
Sup, Scappoose? Standup paddleboarding isn’t just for yoga instructors.
SCAPPOOSE BAYIMAGE: LaBriereLike Lululemon pants and Starbucks
mochaccinos, standup paddleboarding has developed someth ... More
Bluff Calls: Only 20 minutes outside Portland, Broughton offers an iconic climb up the crack.
Bluff is a special treat for Portland climbers who want to get in some
out ... More
A lot of us have pictures of the
mountain. Or pictures of our last camping trip on the mountain. Or
pictures of us hiking near the mountain. But not all of us have good
ones—strong, professi ... More
Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe
200 NE Tomahawk Island Drive, 285-0464, aldercreek.com. 9 am-6 pm Sunday-Thursday, 9 am-7 pm Friday-Saturday.
There are two Alder Creek outposts. The spot over by OMSI ... More
Growler bars, cronut shops and fueling stations near Hood.
63010 E Brightwood Bridge Road, Brightwood, 622-1568, facebook.com/BrightwoodTavern. 10 am-2:30 am daily.
Brightwood is still a one-horse town.
Fabled for lodging woodcutters, ... More
Where to camp if you didn’t book your spot back in February.
Portlanders love the outdoors. If you need proof, just go onto ReserveAmerica.com right now and try to book a camping spot for July.
Chances are you’ll be directed someplace like Lake Owyhee Sta ... More
THURSDAY MAY 28
EVERYTHING IS FESTIVAL!
[WTFEST] The last thing Portland needed
was another random assemblage of events packaging itself as a
“festival.” But this insanely random assemblage ... More
What is America’s pastime if not
cornhole? Baseball. Baseball is totally America’s pastime. But what is
cornhole if not America’s “that thing we did one time when the
shuffleboard tabl ... More
If you describe your mother as “sort of
like Zelda Fitzgerald’s less stable sister,” chances are your childhood
wasn’t rosy. Walker and Nan, the brother and sister at the center of
Ric ... More
You will never see the full mural on the
west wall of Southeast Stark Street’s Bonfire Lounge. The graffitied
wall is a story-high epitaph to Michael Brown, painted by local muralist
Ashley ... More
WASN’T TOMORROW WONDERFUL: Playful high-tech tapas restaurant Ración
will close May 30, after a little more than two years in business in
the West End. Chef-owner Anthony Cafiero, local master ... More
Benjamin Scheuer’s one-man show is billed as a play, but The Lion
doesn’t feel like one. Trade the six guitars balanced on the Ellyn Bye
Studio’s minimalist stage for a baby grand, costume ... More
There’s no worse material to bring
camping or to the beach than glass. It’s fragile, impossible to clean up
if broken, and cannot be used if even slightly damaged. What’s a
cannabis user ... More
Buskers must take a one-hour break every hour if they want to work the same corner.
Back in 2014, School Board member Steve Buel ate lunch downtown and made you pay
For a true Oregon her ... More
Ramona is a pain in the ass. We ask, what did Beezus do?
Ramona Quimby is the Portland child-lit equivalent of a Kardashian. She operates in a self-centered bubble and then gets guide-book chapters written about her.Heck, Portland built a life-sized bronze ... More
WEDNESDAY MAY 20
THE HOLYDRUG COUPLE
[ELECTRO-PSYCH POP] If this Chilean duo’s early material was a volcanic eruption of bluesy psychedelia, 2015’s Moonlust
is the billowing aftermath. The d ... More
The Simpsons is a cultural institution. Gen-Xers
grew up with it. Many millennials have never known a world without it.
Even a few baby boomers embraced its irreverent, referential humor. But
Sculpture galleries far too rarely get you high... even when it might help your appreciation of the art on display.
the outside, Thurman Street Collective fits right in at the end of a
st ... More
CANNED: Two of Portland’s most iconic film directors, Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes, premiered new films last week at the Cannes Film Festival, with highly varied results. The screening of Van Sant�� ... More
The iconic white mask is still there. So, too, the crystal
chandelier that famously crashes at the end of the first act. And those
histrionic, undeniably memorable tunes are all intact. But vete ... More
As of now, the zoo has no plans to make Packy wear a tutu.
Growing up, Ndamukong Suh just wanted to pet the rabbits.
Growing up, Steve Novick dreamed of being overlord of the robot universe. (Allege ... More
Forget what Portlandia or Portland Monthly
would have you believe. Scratch the skin of this town and you come up
with dirt under your fingernails—theft rings under bridges, child
prostitutio ... More
Portland has a large and beefy bike score on
Walkscore.com. But I was stunned by our walk and transit scores. We’re
below Seattle, and even Los Angeles! What gives?
I realize we’ve ... More
AMC needs to keep Mad Men alive. Why not a Portland-based reboot?
After seven critically acclaimed seasons, Mad Men
is meandering its way to a close this Sunday. There is little to say
about this show that hasn’t already been said. It’s an engaging look no ... More
THURSDAY MAY 14
[PORN FESTIVAL] Portland’s DIY porn
festival is rolling out a Dan Savage-curated “greatest hits” collection
for its 10-year anniversary. The 18 top films include Be ... More
LIGHTS OUT TONIGHT: Portland’s
“graffiti mecca,” the burnt-out shell of Taylor Electric Supply Company
at 240 SE Clay St., started demolition May 11. After the 1936 building
burned down in ... More
First, just for a split second, everything slowed down.
Next, I relaxed but didn’t feel awash with fatigue. After that, I waited
for the high to hit and for me to get goofy, but it never happe ... More
Three songs after the Kent State
shootings, a man unbuttons the front of his costume to expose a massive,
star-spangled phallus. Like the legendary 1970s-’90s Portland theater
that inspired ... More
Sound and sign language harmonize in Third Rail’s new dramedy.
Scottish playwright Dan Rebellato’s Static pits the
power of rock against the sound of silence. The production’s first
ambitious undertaking is being bilingual in English and American Sign
L ... More
Those Days Are Over began when local artist Jeremy
Okai Davis’ landlord gave him an album of photographs left behind by a
travel agency. The pictures of friends vacationing in the 1980s inspir ... More
Jeremy Robert Johnson is a madman. As poster boy for the
locally driven Bizarro fiction movement, he’s spent years combating
adherence to a single genre, with several collections of violent,
d ... More
What’s up with the erupting volcano
off the Oregon Coast? When will it break the surface and form an island?
Will the new land be part of Oregon, or up for grabs to whoever wants
to plant th ... More
A state senator from Eugene wants to create the Meals on Wheels of weed.
The proposed $337 million state Capitol renovation includes 5,500 square feet of designated chillaxing space for lobbyists a ... More
We asked past Funniest 5 comics to pick what’s best at this year’s Bridgetown.
Comedy and Variety
Nathan BrannonIMAGE: Inger Klekacz7 Minutes in Purgatory at Doug Fir Lounge, 7 pm Saturday. $20.
Ian Abramson created this show, where comedians do their
standup set in a soundproof room to ... More
This weekend, the Whiskeytown USA
festival will crowd with sulfur-breathed Beavertonites downing
half-ounce plastic shots of God-knows-what whiskey that’s probably
great. But Portland bars a ... More
THE NAMER GAME: The saga of Portland band the Slants’ ongoing
battle with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has taken yet another
turn. For five years, the Asian-American dance-rock t ... More
WEDNESDAY MAY 6
[RAP CITY] This local hip-hop showcase
features three of Portland’s best MCs, all members of powerhouse St.
Johns crew the Resistance. Waco, a master of delivering h ... More
Earlier this year, for a trip to Arizona to see my beloved
Seattle Mariners at spring training, I packed the kind of contraband
that has ruined lives, has seen people shot, and is nearly totally ... More
We can euthanize animals—even
elephants—without incident. “Assisted suicide” seems to work. So why is
it so hard to execute convicted murderers that some states are reviving
firing squ ... More
There is apparently a law against renting out your driveway as a parking space.Lots of local tanning salons ignore the rules. Authorities closed one after a customer suffered second-degree burns.
Ore ... More
Realism can be rough. When a play has a simple set and
minimalist dialogue, it takes well-tuned performances to create a
sublime show. Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, a finalist for the 2013
Pulitz ... More
Bikes were here first.
In 1895, bicycling was “the craze of the country” according to The Oregonian.
Portland’s leading cycling activists at that time were Henry Pittock
and William M. La ... More
Where can Portland cyclists with an average income still afford to live?
Portland has long been thought of as a cycling mecca for
one big reason: Affordable homes were close enough to work to commute by
bike. Housing prices rose by another 6.6 percent last year, and ... More
Maybe Portland cyclists should be happy the city dawdled on bad bike-share schemes.
San Francisco—A 30-something man in an American-made
hoodie emerges from the Montgomery Street BART station. As his bleary
eyes adjust to the bright sunlight, he looks across the street to see ... More
May 8, June 12, etc.
Midnight Mystery Ride
Second Friday of every month. midnightmysteryride.wordpress.com.
The Midnight Mystery Ride enjoys its
mystique—but here’s the bare minimum of what ... More
Will bike locks of the future finally end 120 years of thieving bastards?
The first recorded bike thief in Portland was shot with a rifle. Deterrent? Nay. A scant four years later, in 1899, The Oregonian—a
turn-of-the-century daily newspaper—wagged its inky finger t ... More
Thanks to a vast network of 100 bike sensors, we may soon know more than ever about how and where we get around.
William Henderson would like to tell you about yourself. And on any given street corner, he’ll do it for the price of a used cellphone.
The Ride app.This summer, Portland
has commissioned Hend ... More
Connor Bonazzola, Western Bikeworks
Project 529 sticker, $10.
“Project 529 [See page 19] has been
really popular here. It’s basically a bike registration sticker, and
there’s an app that c ... More
WEDNESDAY APRIL 29
LIGHTNING BOLT, LITURGY
[EAR BLEEDERS] The latter plays
“transcendental black metal,” the former spasmodic noise rock that’ll
make you think your stereo is having a se ... More
Over the past decade, a glut of
tech-startup seedlings has sprouted up in the Portland area’s Silicon
Forest. Thetus, Tripwire, the Clymb, Nvoicepay, Brandlive—the gang’s all
here. Yes, ... More
Storefront’s vintage costumes put sexuality front and center.
When a nearly naked black actor played Spartacus in American Theatre Company’s 1969 production of The Gladiator at Portland State University, it was the beginning of the end.Costumes from the
co ... More
When it comes to 24-hour dispensaries near Waterfront
Park, the average Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patient might plan to
bring pepper spray when showing up after midnight. But Front Avenue ... More
CAKE SHAKE: Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham bakery forced from business after it refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple in
2013, is trying to raise money to pay its fines using the Christia ... More
It’s right on the damn cover: “EDM,” highlighted in the
divisive and corporate genre tag’s unofficial color, hot pink.
Considering the inside pages, the placement of that term on the cov ... More
One candidate for Portland School Board literally showed her opponent to his grave.Two months after City Commissioner Nick Fish’s bike got stolen, police announced a new bike-theft task force.
Enem ... More
The right-wingers carried on about Obama supposedly
being ineligible for the presidency, so how can they be supporting Sen.
Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for president? Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban
f ... More
Portland’s first-ever Cambodian, Laotian and Thai New Year.
In Southeast Asia, the new year isn’t
celebrated until the last rice paddy is harvested sometime in mid-April.
After that comes three days of celebration, from cleansing Buddha
statues in fl ... More
NO SUSHI STRIP: Last month, Safari Showclub in Southeast Portland lost all of its exotic dancers (“It’s summer,” said the bar manager on duty. “I can’t make them come in.”) and renamed its ... More
In March of 2013, WW ran a cover
story titled “Who Wants to Save a Junkie?” It described a drug, Narcan,
that could snap users out of heroin overdoses. By then, American OD
deaths from opi ... More
Comedy and Variety
You’d think an improv-fueled, Portland-centric parody of
glitzy Reagan-era melodramas was inspired by Portland’s original
version—Pillars of Portland, the ’80s PDX soap by former WW colu ... More
Post5 Theatre Company is on the move. It started in 2011
with a summer program of Shakespeare plays in the courtyard of
Milepost5, a Montavilla artists collective. Every show was free, and the
Portland’s Luminous Botanicals stands out from the growing
crowd of marijuana-infused topicals by making the only formula for
edible, topical and sensual application. With 25 milligrams of
c ... More
Legal weed, schmegal weed: Oregon cops still want more money to go after marijuana crimes. The Oregon State Police
have recently asked state lawmakers for a $3.9 million budget increase
for 2015-1 ... More
Portland International Airport is not the state’s busiest. Somehow, Troutdale has the state’s third-busiest airport.
Summer is a rough time for Portland strip club owners.
In Milwaukie, Curves a ... More
April 20 needs a makeover.As far as dates on the Julian calendar go, this coming
Monday doesn’t have a whole lot going for it. Consult Wikipedia: the
birthday of Adolf Hitler, the anniversarie ... More
8325 SE McLoughlin Blvd., 231-9611, acropolispdx.com. 7 am-2 am Monday-Saturday, 11 am-2 am Sunday.
Oh, the Acropolis. Weird statues. Three stages. Salad bar.
Cheap steaks from the ... More
It would cost $16 million to build a new women’s prison.
The popular marijuana strain Jack Herer was named after a Southeast Portland shopkeeper.
Dab Girls are also sometimes known as “errl gi ... More
A little “Managed Service Point” sign
was affixed to our mailbox last week. What the heck is that? I asked our
postman and he said it’s to “improve efficiency.” How does that work?
�� ... More
PANIC/DON’T PANIC: The future of Foster-Powell’s historic Bob White Theatre is in limbo after negotiations broke down
between the property’s owner and the manager who hoped to rehab it.
Mana ... More
When people walk into Hillbilly’s in
Montavilla, they just can’t believe it exists. It probably makes too
much sense to seem real: a beer-growler bar and head shop separated only
by a litt ... More
When two teens in black trench coats
marched through the halls of Columbine High School, most of the cast of
Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Columbinus were just 2 years old.
Now the age that ... More
The Shoebox Theater is almost too intimate—audiences at
the aptly named space have to parade across stage to exit. It’s a
fitting squeeze for Theatre Vertigo’s The School for Lies, where t ... More
The prolific novelist talks up gun violence and the rule of law.
T.C. Boyle may very well be the master of topical
literature. Told through expertly crafted prose, his novels manage to
delicately dissect issues like illegal immigration (1995’s The Tortilla ... More