80 Million Paige Views

How an Oregon girl, her mother and a struggling local director turned their YouTube series into a major Hollywood deal.

Cover Story It’s a cloudy summer morning in Oregon wine country, and Paige McKenzie is taking a selfie... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

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

Shakespeare and Stoppard go head to head.

Performance When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, he probably never imagined his protagonist as a woman.... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare is livin’ La Dolce Vita.

Performance Love’s Labour’s Lost has never been very popular. One of the more convoluted... 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... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO
 
 

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

Shakespeare and Stoppard go head to head.

Performance 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

Scoop: Gone Swimmin’.

Scoop SO LONG, SHANE: Comedian Shane Torres is decamping to New York City, as WW first reported last week. The Texas-born Torres—runner-up in WW’s Funniest 5 and last year’s winner of Portland’s F ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare is livin’ La Dolce Vita.

Performance 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

Portland's Top Events This Week

What to do the week of July 23-29

Headout Picks WEDNESDAY JULY 23 OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL [BEER] The state’s biggest kegger begins at noon. See preview here. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, oregonbrewfest.com. Through Sunday. Free admission, $7 t ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Scoop: “Kreuz” Is German For “William.”

Scoop SALT AND SCARE: North Williams Avenue’s What’s the Scoop? ice-cream shop was deluged with threatening phone calls and messages after holding a July 17 fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. “S ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture 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.

Performance 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.

Performance 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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