It’s the season to get drunk and talk about scary stuff. Here’s where to find boozy spirits in Portland.
ILLUSTRATION: Sabrina ElliottOld Town Pizza
Nina, dead hooker.
226 NW Davis St., 222-9999, oldtownpizza.com.
Rose, dead junkie hooker.
836 N Russell St., 282-6810, mcmenamins. ... More
WEDNESDAY OCT. 22
[BOOKS] Much like communism, running is a great idea in theory but often oppressive and cruel in practice. But The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman somehow managed to find j ... More
Editor’s note: Wm. Willard Greene, who continues to be
detained by authorities in rural California, asked his associate to fill
in again this week.
There’s more than one groan-inducing weed p ... More
HAUNTED FRONT YARDIMAGE: Misha Ashton Moore
You know how people on Peacock Lane
decorate their houses for Christmas? Well, in Milwaukie there is a house
that does that for Ha ... More
Rolling through Portland’s many barroom skee-ball lanes.
Portland is about to lose one of its best bar-game bars.
That’s Slabtown, the punk club and pinball haven also known for having
one of the city’s better barroom skee-ball tables, which is sl ... More
Bob Odenkirk’s A Load of Hooey (McSweeney’s,
112 pages, $20) begins with a warning from one of its many satirical
characters, a charm-school marm: Don’t read this book while you poop.
Wr ... More
Everybody’s waiting for their big break. But not everybody
is as honest about it as Bob. Born and abandoned in a restroom stall of
a White Castle in Louisville, Ky., Bob (Nathan Crosby) insists ... More
Allie Hankins channels one of the greatest dancers of the 20th Century.
By the time he was 29, legendary Russian ballet dancer
Vaslav Nijinsky was calling it quits. Allie Hankins, on the other hand,
didn’t start dancing until college. Now 30, the local
dancer-ch ... More
THE MAGIC’S GONE: Magic Garden is closing Dec. 31.
The iconic Old Town strip club was founded in the 1960s as a lesbian
club and evolved into a coed hangout, a place where nude dancing
coexist ... More
In many Portland restaurants, you order at the counter,
then get a number to take to your table. But some folks get a table
before they order—when I go to find a table, they’ve all been snak ... More
How Sega Genesis almost upset the mighty Super Nintendo—and what went wrong.
The 16-bit era was arguably the most competitive in the
history of console gaming, with everyone from Commodore computer to
arcade kingpin Neo Geo taking on Nintendo. Among the challengers, onl ... More
The Blazers’ non-basketball power rankings: Offseason Edition.
Following the NBA is, more than ever, a full-time
endeavor. For us basketball junkies, the once-sleepy offseason is now a
fever dream of free-agency speculation, Trade Machine playfulness, and
c ... More
It’s easy to sound like an idiot while talking to a bonsai expert—especially since you’re probably mispronouncing the word. Each
tiny tree has an infinite range of needs, which is why some har ... More
The Baffler editor says Portlanders should pack their bags.
Back in the ’90s, Thomas Frank’s Baffler magazine
was a cleansing hatebath lampooning both capitalist doublespeak and
squishy liberalism, the rare publication to be both smart and funny amid
Can you explain why, unlike every other bill I pay, my
city of Portland water bill can’t manage to come in once a month? I’m
going along, minding my own business, when, wham!, I’m blindsid ... More
Editor’s note: Wm. Willard Greene “got into some legal
shit” in rural California while returning from Humboldt County. He asked
an associate to fill in.
Washington and Colorado legalized ... More
Comedian Kate Berlant on academia, therapy and pope jokes.
Comedy and Variety
People trip over themselves trying to describe comedian
Kate Berlant. The 27-year-old takes the stage with discursive,
high-energy monologues dense with academic jargon. Her digressions about
Comedy and Variety
Phoebe Robinson, Kate Berlant and Friends
Kate Berlant has an inimitable,
digressive style that skews more toward performance art than straight
standup. Phoebe Robinson, meanwhile, has Broad City ... More
You are where you work, we’re told. Lawyers are
argumentative assholes, and nurses are either cold or caring. It’s a
trope common in fiction since Dickens. In The Typographer’s Dream,
writ ... More
ROCKS OFF: Another
hip-hop show in Portland was shut down early last weekend, though
police had nothing to do with it. Management at Alhambra Theatre pulled
the plug on Sir Michael Rocks on Oc ... More
We’re going to talk about Girls. It’s not like we
want to. But Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series, will be in
town Sunday to promote her new book, Not That Kind of Girl (Random Ho ... More
This Saturday is the 28th annual Great Onion Festival in
Sherwood. There’ll be onion-rolling contests, an onion queen and an
onion-eating contest. Competitors in the onion-eating contest are g ... More
With zombies invading everything from prime-time TV to Pride and Prejudice parodies, the genre’s bar for originality is pretty high. Post5 Theatre’s The Last Days
clears it with poise. Four pe ... More
When it comes to tales about sweet-faced children able to commune with ghosts, few are more chilling than Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
But that’s not ... More
GOLDEN ALE: Oregon
had another good year at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival, the
largest beer competition in the world. Oregon won 22 medals, including
seven golds, the biggest of whic ... More
From 1995 through 2002, photographer Carol Yarrow spent
long stretches of time in Chiapas, Mexico, living among Lacandon Mayan
villagers in a town called Nahá. There, deep within mahogany fores ... More
Thanks for the pronunciation info on “Glisan,” but
surely the real linguistic elephant in the room is the pronunciation of
“Willamette.” It’s always seemed wrong to me. Who dropped the ... More
Portland radio host Carl Wolfson owns one of the world’s top collections of campaign buttons.
You can buy a lot of things with $600,000. A house or two.
A Lamborghini Aventador. Four years at a fancy private college for your
three kids. Or the full contents of Carl Wolfson’s storage sp ... More
What needs to be redesigned at Design Week Portland.
Before the company moves here, we would like its logo to look a little less like testicles.
PORTLAND AIRPORT CARPET The old design is a classic and actually symbolized the
air ... More
MARTSCH MARCH: Indie-rock
stars, they’re just like us! They go to weddings, and sometimes even
play them, too! Boise legends Built to Spill came to Portland on Sept.
27 to headline the Crystal ... More
August Wilson used to talk about what he
called “blood’s memory,” the collective history of American blacks that
forever brings the past back into the present. In Wilson’s
Pulitzer-win ... More
The director’s note for Third Rail’s production of Middletown asserts that this play “is NOT a modern-day Our Town.”
You can understand Marcella Crowson’s vehemence: Will Eno’s 2010 play ... More
Erika T. Wurth is Apache, Chickasaw and
Cherokee, but she did not grow up on a reservation. She was raised in a
culturally mixed Denver suburb, where she witnessed both the stereotypes
and bea ... More
When a guy writes a love song that ends, “I hope you die, I
hope we both die,” and shoots a music video with blood dripping from a
bullet wound in his temple, you know his first novel isn’ ... More
My roommate and I got into a bar fight over the
pronunciation of “Glisan,” as in Glisan Street. My understanding is that
the street’s namesake pronounced it “Glisten.” Why must Portlan ... More
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
Why the new Kirk Reeves mural doesn’t have his famous hat.
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
A drag queen with hustle, humility and a fierce hair game.
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
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
How The Oregonian’s longtime political cartoonist discovered Portlandia.
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
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
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
Portland’s festival of bacchanalian extravagance is back. Here are budget alternatives to the marquee events.
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
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
Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pop’s ruling California Girl is coming to extend Portland’s summer. To know her means to know her hometown.
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
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
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
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
Chatting with Barry Friedman, the world’s foremost expert on Pendleton blankets.
There are a lot of semi-prominent people named Barry
Friedman—an NYU law professor, a juggler, an antiques dealer and a
Friedman of Phoenix is the world’s foremos ... More
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
A phone-sex veteran takes her x-rated calls to the stage.
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
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
A theatrical worldbuilder with equal tastes for the sinister and the fanciful.
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
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
After strict training in China, an Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer finds joy in the rigor.
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
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
A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.
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
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
A standup stalwart on losing competitions, performing for prisoners and why he won’t leave Portland.
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
He plac ... More
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
A composer pushes for less Beethoven and more experimentation—and stirs tension in the indie-classical scene.
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
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
The son of a local jazz legend brings his own fiery sound to the drums.
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
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
A duct-tape artist with southern swagger and punk-rock style.
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
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
A filmmaker explores the trauma of war while soaring high in a vintage combat airplane.
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
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
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
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
How to enjoy a most joyous Beaverton Celebration Day 2014.
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
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
A new opera explores the traumatic aftermath of combat.
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
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