Pieces Parts

Illegal drug paraphernalia explained.

Headout ILLUSTRATION: Sarah Helen MoreGO: Hempstalk is 10 am-9 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 27-28, at... More

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

Of Mouse and Man

Why the new Kirk Reeves mural doesn’t have his famous hat.

Culture Features In August, the city unveiled a mural in honor of the late Kirk Reeves. The painting... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Top Portland Event Picks, September 24 - September 30

Headout Picks THURSDAY SEPT. 25 MUSEUM MASH-UP [ARTSY STUFF] Bruce Springsteen and 19th-century... More

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

Theater Review: Parade

Cruel intentions.

Theater Presented in its stripped-down chamber version, this production of the Tony... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN BEER

Lulu Luscious

A drag queen with hustle, humility and a fierce hair game.

Performance The success of a drag performance set to Britney Spears’ “I’m... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Jack Ohman

How The Oregonian’s longtime political cartoonist discovered Portlandia.

Books To appreciate Portlandia, you have to leave Portland. Take... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR
 
 

Pieces Parts

Illegal drug paraphernalia explained.

Headout ILLUSTRATION: Sarah Helen MoreGO: Hempstalk is 10 am-9 pm Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 27-28, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway at Columbia Street. Free. No cannabis consumption onsite ... More

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

Of Mouse and Man

Why the new Kirk Reeves mural doesn’t have his famous hat.

Culture Features In August, the city unveiled a mural in honor of the late Kirk Reeves. The painting is a touching tribute to the smiling street musician, famous for his trumpet and white dinner jacket, complete ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Top Portland Event Picks, September 24 - September 30

Headout Picks THURSDAY SEPT. 25 MUSEUM MASH-UP [ARTSY STUFF] Bruce Springsteen and 19th-century Parisian fashion would seem to have little in common—but that’s not going to stop Springsteen biographer P ... More

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

Lulu Luscious

A drag queen with hustle, humility and a fierce hair game.

Performance The success of a drag performance set to Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” rests on a few factors. You need a jungle vixen ensemble, a killer lip-synch (just like Britney’s), sexy gyrati ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Theater Review: Parade

Cruel intentions.

Theater Presented in its stripped-down chamber version, this production of the Tony Award-winning musical Parade places its orchestra center stage. That’s where it belongs: The most impressive element ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN BEER

Jack Ohman

How The Oregonian’s longtime political cartoonist discovered Portlandia.

Books To appreciate Portlandia, you have to leave Portland. Take that from Jack Ohman. For 30 years, Ohman was The Oregonian’s editorial cartoonist and one of the city’s foremost satirists. But he ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Scoop: You Cannot Make Friends With The Rock Stars.

Scoop MOTOR AWAY: When the beer-drinkingest band in indie rock can’t stay together long enough to play a beer-sponsored music festival, you know it had to be a less-than-amicable split. Guided by Vo ... More

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

Should I give money to panhandlers?

Dr. Know Whenever I give money to panhandlers, some scold comes along to grouse that such folks already collect plenty from Social Security, plus they make $300 to $400 a day off suckers like me. And a ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Too Poor to Feast

Portland’s festival of bacchanalian extravagance is back. Here are budget alternatives to the marquee events.

Headout Feast is perhaps the most conspicuously consumptionary event in Portland, a four-day mess of chefs from Portland and elsewhere, with sold-out little dinners and huge bazaars that cost up to $175 f ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Fresh Meat: Curtis Cook

The Ohio-raised comedian, writer and co-host of Black By Popular Demand 2.

Comedy and Variety Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland comic Amy Miller interviews newcomers about their hopes and dreams and the foodstuffs from their native lands that Portland fails to prepa ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

The Pharm Team

Testing the strain that has well-funded pot opponents worried.

Culture Features Editor’s note: Wm. Willard Greene is very busy with marijuana harvest season, so his protégé, Mary Romano, fills in this week. As the shadowy opposition to marijuana legislation began to take ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by Mary Romano

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.

Performance The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KAITIE TODD

Scoop: We’re Building Condos of the Mind.

Scoop LAUDING LE GUIN: Local literary luminary Ursula K. Le Guin has another award to add to her trophy case: The National Book Foundation—the group that gives out National Book Awards—is giving the ... More

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

Lisa Radon, Infinity Increaser at TBA

In the white room…

Visual Arts Typically we think of poetry as a collection of words—as concrete experience made abstract. But in her installation Infinity Increaser, writer-artist Lisa Radon depicts poetry the opposite way�� ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.

Theater If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Sans Merci (Badass Theatre Company)

Without mercy, indeed.

Theater Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci is a test in emotional endurance: Where some dramas prod, this one pummels. For much of the play, directed by Antonio Sonera, the blows come steadily and hit squarel ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

What is with the padlocks on the Vista Bridge fence?

Dr. Know A few years ago, the city put up a chain-link fence on the Vista Bridge to deter suicides. Over time, a lot of people attached padlocks to the fence for whatever reason. Now those locks have bee ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Top Portland Event Picks, September 17 - September 23

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY SEPT. 17 ALL THE SEX I’VE EVER HAD [THEATER] As part of the Time-Based Art Festival, five Portlanders—all over the age of 65—perform a theater piece about their sex lives that ... More

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

Fall Arts Guide 2014

Fall Arts What’s your pleasure: kabuki-style Shakespeare? Experimental chamber music at a bar? A dance performance at a graffiti-smeared, gutted-out building? A swanky gallery opening in the Pearl? A po ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Katy Perry Reality Tour of Santa Barbara

Pop’s ruling California Girl is coming to extend Portland’s summer. To know her means to know her hometown.

Headout Summer isn’t over until Katy Perry gets off tour. A native of Santa Barbara, the pop megastar is a human solar panel, powering her rainbow-colored aural gumdrops with all the sunlight and ta ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Portland Event Picks, September 10 - September 16

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY SEPT. 10 TIM AND ERIC & DR. STEVE BRULE [COMEDY] Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have made themselves into Adult Swim mainstays with their kitschy brand of over-the-top malfuncti ... More

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

A Matter Of Time

The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie.

Theater Perhaps the third time is truly the charm. That’s, at least, what this year’s Time-Based Art Festival suggests. This is festival director Angela Mattox’s third go-around with the genre-bus ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Scoop: Disband the Baltimore Ravens.

Scoop WASTE/NOT: On Sept. 6, a bunch of brewers—including Cascade’s Art Larrance—got together in Hillsboro to drink beer made from treated sewer water. Sort of. Wastewater treatment agency Cle ... More

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

Green Room: Eric Wareheim

Comedy and Variety If you’re an aficionado of Adult Swim, you know Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. But the comedy duo’s lo-fi aesthetics and sense of retro-futurist dread are familiar to anyone who’s stayed ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Unlikely Survivors

Chatting with Barry Friedman, the world’s foremost expert on Pendleton blankets.

Culture Features There are a lot of semi-prominent people named Barry Friedman—an NYU law professor, a juggler, an antiques dealer and a standup comedian. Barry Friedman of Phoenix is the world’s foremos ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

Liz Prince, Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Challenging what it means to be a girl.

Books Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir opens with the cries of a 2-year-old. They belong to a young Liz Prince, who fears nothing more in her little life than the frilly, pink cloth that hangs from her moth ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Smooth Operator

A phone-sex veteran takes her x-rated calls to the stage.

Theater Tonya Jone Miller received her first call as a phone-sex operator 10 years ago. Miller, dark-haired and half-Vietnamese, was in her late 20s. She imagined herself as a 19-year-old blonde. Over ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Dr. Know: Are leaf blowers regulated at all?

Dr. Know Is there a citywide gardening organization in the Portland metro area that monitors what time we go to sleep? I’m about to take a 4 pm nap, and there’s a leaf blower outside my apartment win ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Theater Director Samantha Van Der Merwe

A theatrical worldbuilder with equal tastes for the sinister and the fanciful.

Fall Arts In science fiction, people often speak of “worldbuilding,” about writers and filmmakers who can construct an entire universe—its appearance, its laws, its technology, its history, its custom ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Portland Fall Theater Picks

Fall Arts Sans Merci Badass Theatre Company burst onto the scene with 2013’s Invasion!, a wondrous shapeshifter of a play that was devoured by a quartet of actors. For its second full production, it pres ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Ballerina Xuan Cheng

After strict training in China, an Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer finds joy in the rigor.

Fall Arts Outside of ballet, Xuan Cheng says her life is pretty boring. She knows people who go on hikes or stay out late partying, but after rigorous rehearsal, she doesn’t have the energy. Instead, th ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Portland Fall Dance Picks

Fall Arts Wanderlust Circus Oregon Country Fair goers will be familiar with these meta-retro numbers, but the acts have been juiced up for Time Warp, a circus show and dance party. Wanderlust Circus’ acrob ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Poet Carl Adamshick

A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.

Fall Arts Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about love. Letters, books, plays, songs, movies and certainly poems have all been patched into shapes that try to tell us how love feels. Some s ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Portland Fall Book Picks

Fall Arts James Ellroy James Ellroy’s novels inhabit a nostalgic zone, where women are dames and cops throw back whiskey to take the edge off after a day at a grisly crime scene. His “L.A. Quartet”�� ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Comedian Gabe Dinger

A standup stalwart on losing competitions, performing for prisoners and why he won’t leave Portland.

Fall Arts Two years ago, comedian Gabe Dinger placed third in Portland’s Funniest Person contest at Helium Comedy Club. Last year, he was second. This year, everyone told him it was his time. He plac ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Portland Fall Comedy Picks

Fall Arts Tim and Eric & Dr. Steve Brule As deranged as it may seem to the layman, the surrealistic nightmare world inhabited by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim is ultimately a friendly place. How else ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Composer Christopher Corbell

A composer pushes for less Beethoven and more experimentation—and stirs tension in the indie-classical scene.

Fall Arts If you wandered into one of Classical Revolution PDX’s monthly jams at North Portland’s homey Waypost bar a few years ago, you’d see a handful of classically trained amateur musicians sawi ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Fall Classical Picks

Fall Arts Third Angle New Music and Mantra Percussion For the past few years, Third Angle has been familiarizing Portland with Bang on a Can, the New York ensemble that brought rock energy and 21st-century ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by BRETT CAMPBELL

Drummer Chris Brown

The son of a local jazz legend brings his own fiery sound to the drums.

Fall Arts Chris Brown is trying to teach a lesson. Leaning back at a table outside Peet’s Coffee on Northeast Broadway, he’s throwing punches at an invisible target, beating the crap out of the air to ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Portland Fall Jazz and World Music Picks

Fall Arts Mel Brown Septet Album Release At this point, the Mel Brown Septet is basically the wallpaper of the Portland jazz scene, holding down the Jimmy Mak’s stage with likeable, hard-swinging bop nea ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Duct-Tape Artist Mona Superhero

A duct-tape artist with southern swagger and punk-rock style.

Fall Arts Mona Superhero is a case study in up-by-the-bootstraps success. The duct-tape artist was born in Abilene, Texas, raised in Austin and made a living as a stripper in Portland before turning to art full-time. ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Portland Fall Visual Arts Picks

Fall Arts Christopher Russell How would you photograph the end of the world? Christopher Russell takes up that question in a new series of altered photographs, Dissonance, Coincidence & Errant Gradations ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Filmmaker Edward Pack Davee

A filmmaker explores the trauma of war while soaring high in a vintage combat airplane.

Fall Arts For a filmmaker who’s spent the past two years imagining the forests around Hood River as the corpse-strewn battlefields of World War II Europe, it’s not surprising Edward Pack Davee speaks ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Portland Fall Film Picks

Fall Arts Noir City Typically, when film programming highlights the seedy noir world of femmes fatales, crooked detectives, rainy streets and double crosses, it focuses on well-known classics like The Th ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

After the Show

Fall Arts Theater Cassidy’s This downtown institution, with its mirrored bar, wood paneling and smoked windows, is a prime post-show sanctuary for Artists Rep, Portland Center Stage and Third Rail. Ev ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

You’re not a proper patron of Portland’s arts scene until you’ve...

Fall Arts seen a show in which puppets play a more prominent role than humans. overheard someone at the ballet bemoan the absence of an orchestra. worn a beret to the Portland International Film Festiv ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Happy Beaverton Day!

How to enjoy a most joyous Beaverton Celebration Day 2014.

Headout This weekend, Oregon’s sixth-largest city will celebrate itself at Beaverton Celebration Day. If you’re headed out for the 5k fun run or the first annual “Pooch Parade,” figuring out w ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Top Portland Event Picks, September 3 - September 9

Headout Picks THURSDAY SEPT. 4 BUTT KAPINSKI [THEATER] Fresh from a lauded run on the fringe-fest circuit, Deanna Fleysher presents a solo show about a jaded private investigator trying to make a film noir. ... More

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

Scoop: Summer is Over: Pros and Cons.

Scoop Con: It is now too cold to swim at the Dock. We hope the dragon boaters are happy to have it to themselves again.Pro: Hey, y’all hear about that really cool apple orchard where all the kids are ha ... More

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

Battle Cry

A new opera explores the traumatic aftermath of combat.

Theater Midway through The Canticle of the Black Madonna, a war veteran named Adam curls into the fetal position. Discordant, frenetic music plays as Adam relives the deaths of his fellow soldiers in ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

Dr. Know: So is the Willamette River safe or not?

Dr. Know At the south end of the Eastbank Esplanade, people lie in the sun and swim in the river, endorsed by WW. At the north end of the Esplanade, a sign says not to eat fish caught in the river. Who shoul ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Eagles’ Greatest Hits

The most reviled band of the ’70s is coming to the Moda Center. Here are the worst things ever said about them.

Headout Everyone hates the Eagles. Not literally everyone, of course. A band doesn’t sell 40 million copies of a greatest-hits record without having a few fans. But you know you’re despised when the ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Willie Weed: Home Front

Legality and acceptance.

Culture Features Siobhan Gill pulls on a glass pipe shaped like Absolem, the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. A bowl loaded with AK-47 marijuana flares, and soon smoke billows back out, curling up, framed by ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Hotseat: Ryan Sickler

The CrabFeast co-host goes from Baltimore to Beverly Hills.

Comedy and Variety Many standup comedians aspire to that vaunted everyman shtick. Few truly attain it. And even fewer pull it off while still offering shrewd insight into our daily struggles to get by. Ryan Sick ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Scoop: No Krisis Of Identity: He’s Always Chilly Tee

Scoop SIMPSONS IN SPRINGFIELD: On Aug. 25, residents of Springfield, Ore., took a break from FXX’s ongoing Simpsons marathon—which continues through Labor Day—to celebrate the completion of a mu ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Dr. Know: Where can I pee in Portland?

Dr. Know My doctor tells me I need to drink eight glasses of water a day. Unfortunately, that leads to another problem: Portland doesn’t have many pots to pee in that are open to the public. Where can ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Preparatoria de Tequila: Tequila 101 Before Tequila Fest PDX

Take Tequila 101 before heading to Portland’s first-ever agave-based festival.

Headout When most Americans think of tequila, they picture sodden nights of salty wrists and possibly offensive sombreros. That’s a lot like thinking of bourbon as Early Times, Coke and a NASCAR infie ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Scoop: On An All-Booze Super Squishy Bender.

Scoop PLEASE BE SEATED: Fresh from an expansion that added two new screens, Cinema 21 has begun raising funds to install new seats in its main auditorium. The 88-year-old theater on Northwest 21st Ave ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Best. Simpsons Episodes. Ever.

Clear your calendar. Set your DVR. The Simpsons marathon is coming.

Culture Features What are you doing for the next 12 days? Zilch? Good. Because Homer, Bart, Disco Stu, Jub-Jub, Frank “Grimey” Grimes, Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo and the rest are coming to your living ro ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by RUTH BROWN, AP KRYZA, MATTHEW SINGER

Dr. Know: How do I get my money when I win the Oregon Lottery next week?

Dr. Know I’m planning to win the Oregon Lottery next week. How do I get my money? The prize will be way too big for my bank’s insurance coverage. Do they set up a Swiss bank account, or what? —Alway ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

The Wildlife Corridors of Portland

The Green Neighborhoods Festival wants more green space in Portland. But is Portland already one giant wildlife corridor?

Headout Click on the image below for a larger version!Two cougar sightings were reported in Beaverton, near the interchange of highways 26 and 217. The animals were seen near the International Baccalaurea ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Buy Portland: Oregon-Made Music Gear

Culture Features Edwina microphone Ear Trumpet Labs, eartrumpetlabs.com. Philip Graham produces old-school microphones by hand at his Portland company. The Edwina mic ($499) has a large diaphragm set in a head ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

Dr. Know: Why do lesbians go first in LGBT?

Dr. Know Why did the gay community adopt the acronym “LGBT,” placing the lesbians first? It was gay men and drag queens at Stonewall—I find it appalling that lesbians get top billing! Can we chan ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Scoop: We’ve Got ’Em Going Down For The Count.

Scoop GET WET: Yes, you can swim from the Dock. After our story about Portland’s chillest summer party scene (“The Dock,” WW, July 30, 2014), the scene at the freeboard dock southeast of the Hawth ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Art in the Dark (A-WOL Dance Collective)

Dangling from the trees and battling the elements.

Dance The wilderness, though beautiful, can also be deadly. Or just annoying. So while an outdoor stage is an alluring prospect for an aerial company accustomed to hanging from ceilings of dusty wareh ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Pander Brothers, Fabrication/Corrosion

They call Los Angeles the City of Angels…

Visual Arts When Portland art stars defect to Los Angeles (Miranda July, anyone?), it kinda smarts. Which is one reason it’s so refreshing that brothers Jacob and Arnold Pander still call Stumptown home, ev ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Of Course, Rules

How one is to behave when golfing with a disc.

Headout Ball golf has all sorts of rules about what kind of shirts and shoes you’re supposed to wear, and where you’re supposed to put your gum and whether you can have a penis or skin darker than b ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by JORDAN GREEN

The Sister Trap

With Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble makes ennui feel alive.

Theater Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble has never played by anyone else’s rules. In the group’s first production, 2013’s stark and disquieting adaptation of Richard III, actors slid tables ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Bar Review: Ex Novo

Good Intentions.

Bar Reviews Portland welcomed the nation’s first nonprofit pub, Oregon Public House, last year. Some questioned the city’s decision to give $50,000 in grants to a church-affiliated bar on Dekum Triangle ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Who pilots those small planes that buzz Northeast Portland at dawn?

Dr. Know Am I correct in assuming that the small planes that buzz Northeast Portland at dawn are piloted by bourgeois joy riders and not heroes on humanitarian missions? —Sleepless in NE I can tell by ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

David Shafer, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Why is my webcam light on?

Books We all already know Google could own our asses. But any mention of this is usually greeted with the apathy of a depressed kidnap victim who couldn’t imagine why anybody would want him. Portland ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hamlet & Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Anon It Moves and String House Theatre)

Shakespeare and Stoppard go head to head.

Theater When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, he probably never imagined his protagonist as a woman. It’s even more unlikely he imagined two of the play’s minor courtiers caught in existential crisis. But ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare is livin’ La Dolce Vita.

Theater Love’s Labour’s Lost has never been very popular. One of the more convoluted comedies in the Shakespeare canon, the play went almost 250 years after its initial performance without a singl ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Hotseat: Rick Mitchell

A former Portland musician and writer on the state of jazz right now.

Books Is jazz dead? With nightclub closures and record sales plummeting, it sometimes seems the genre is at least on life support. But if you ask jazz and pop critic Rick Mitchell, the music is looking ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Best of Portland 2014

Cover Story Spoiler alert: There is no best pizza in this issue.  If you’re a longtime reader of Willamette Week—which in November celebrates 40 years of presenting Portlanders with an independent ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Goats On Parade

The Belmont goats drop the hits on Lents.

Headout In 1910, newly arrived Italian immigrants erected a massive warehouse at the corner of Southeast Belmont Street and 10th Avenue, which they used as a produce market. In 2002, a fire destroyed th ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Local Portland Barbecue Gear

Local gear for your backyard barbecue.

Culture Features James Gang BBQ Sauce  Jamesgangbbq.com. When Pam and Jesse James opened a barbecue restaurant in Lincoln City in 1993, they decided to create all-new recipes, including their own homemade ba ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

Best of Portland 2014: Best Looks

Featured Stories BEST WISHES In Northeast Portland, on the border of the Irvington and King neighborhoods, where 7th Avenue and Morris Street form a T, there stands a tree. It’s a horse chestnut, with a thick t ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Civic Life

Featured Stories BEST BRIDGE NAME It’s Tilikum Crossing. Yes, the hours after TriMet announced the official name of its $134 million transit bridge were filled with some unfortunate jokes about orgasms and ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Animals

Featured Stories BEST SLOTH SLEEPOVER Looking for that romantic weekend getaway amid the largest captive population of adult sloths in the world? Look no further than Rainier, Ore.—a one-hour drive along the ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Reads

Featured Stories BEST RABBLE-ROUSING COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERMAN Allan Classen is a one-man gang. And yet the editor and publisher of The Northwest Examiner newspaper hasn’t shied away from picking fights with Esco ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Moves

Featured Stories BEST CROSS-CITY SKI RACE February’s snowpocalypse brought an especially giddy form of chaos to Portland. Sure, the snow and ice forced the cancellation of some events—notably, the Polar Pl ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Buys

Featured Stories BEST TOMBOY FASHION Listening to Emma McIlroy, it’s easy to forget she’s talking about cropped hoodies and ripped overalls. The Ireland-born 30-year-old speaks in fevered, near-evangelistic t ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best People

Featured Stories BEST GEOCACHER  Some geocachers are in it for the rankings, their user profiles boasting detailed personal benchmarks for the worldwide GPS-based scavenger-hunt game. But Portland’s best ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best Listens

Featured Stories BEST ORIGINAL PORTLAND RAPPER Malcolm Noble is big on firsts. He’ll tell you, without prompting, the name of the first basketball player ever to shatter a backboard (Chuck Connors) and where ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

Best of Portland 2014: Best of the Year

A survey of other things WW formally declared “The Best” in the past 12 months.

Featured Stories The best thing about being high: “When every bite of food feels as if it was prepared and gingerly placed on your tongue by Selaphiel, Chef King of the Angel Babies.” —“This Bud’s for ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Staff

American Psycho

Murders and executions, mostly.

Theater In both press release and pre-curtain speech, Trenton Shine has described his new theatrical adaptation of American Psycho as a parody of the film. It’s a claim that simultaneously overexplains ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Northwest Book Festival

Books It’s easy to brush off self-published authors. After all, gatekeepers exist for a reason. Even alternative newspapers like WW mostly ignore people who can’t persuade an agent or publisher to rep ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Dr. Know: Current Trends

Can you float against the current in the Willamette?

Dr. Know I recently floated the Willamette from Oaks Park to the Sellwood Bridge. Soon after, I found myself in a vicious bar argument with a friend who swears I couldn’t have floated north to south, ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MARTY SMITH

Stoked & Broke

Throwing down methods and Rainier with the board bums drawn to Mount Hood’s endless winter.

Cover Story It’s winter in Australia, but Rupert Michell has no interest in the puny ski hills of his native land. Instead, Michell took a 20-hour flight, then drove 1,000 miles to ski in Oregon—in June ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Willie Weed: Contact In The ’Couv

Willie Weed goes to buy weed in Vancouver, but there ain’t no weed.

Culture Features The first time I spent any time in Vancouver was in the mid-’90s, drawn by the prospect of making out with my house-sitting girlfriend in a land devoid of parents and Oregon law. The house was a ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

A Story of O’s

Ringing off the hook.

Theater If ever a performance could make you consider a career in phone sex, it’s this one. Tonya Jone Miller’s one-woman show A Story of O’s spans the decade Miller has spent working as a self-procla ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Post-Grunge Paleontology

Art Alexakis’ Summerland tour excavates the fossils of ’90s alt-rock, but there are plenty more old bones for him to dig up.

Headout Since his career as a legitimate rock star came to an end, Art Alexakis has taken up a second career as a paleontologist, with a particular focus on the post-grunge epoch. For the past three years ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Golden Girl

After 20 years, burlesque legend Tiffany Carter dons the catsuit again.

Dance Back in 1965, a Corvallis native named Teresa Sandford took her first dancing gig. She was underage—only 17—and she’d been booked as a go-go dancer in Anaheim, Calif. She danced twice befo ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER
 

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