Sweet Releaf

It's legal!

Cover Story Eighty years after cannabis was banned in Oregon, it’s legal again this week. Countless... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Open-Source Warfare

When a Portland computer programmer’s ex-wife accused him of sexual assault, ­­he made a federal case out of it.

News Stories For years, the world of writing computer code has seemed hostile to women.  Female... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Paying by the Mile

A new Oregon program to replace the gas tax rewards Hummers over hybrids. Why did the state spend millions on this?

News Stories Drivers of hybrid and electric cars enjoy lots of benefits. They can feel good... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Crystal Ballers

The Trail Blazers are falling apart. Here’s why it’s not as bad as it looks.

Sports The next National Basketball Association season is still four months... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CORBIN SMITH

Battered and Fried

Batter Griddle & Drinkery is sloppy drunk food.

Food Reviews & Stories If Cheech and Chong opened a restaurant honoring their weed-humor... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:12 pm by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

First! The First Beers By Every Portland Brewery

Headout In honor of the first festival of beers made only... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 
 

Supporters of $337 Million Capitol Renovation "Appalled" That It's Not Happening

Veteran politicos angered at lawmakers' decision

News The Oregon State Capitol Foundation, a non-profit established to safeguard the building that houses the Legislature, governor, secretary of state and treasurer, is reacting angrily to news that lawmakers will not include money to begin a proposed $337 million seismic upgrade of the building. As WW reported in May, the price-tag on the project has risen, and critics say that many other public buildings, such as schools and courthouses deserve at least equal consideration for scarce state borrowin... More

Jul 3, 2015 12:42 pm by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

Bullying and Intimidation Blamed for PPS Board Member Mike Rosen's City Job Problems

The Oregonian reveals documents leading up to Rosen's resignation from city job Wednesday.

News Mike Rosen, newly elected to the Portland Public Schools board of education, begins his term this month with questions hanging over him.The Orego... More

Jul 2, 2015 11:10 pm by Beth Slovic
 

Gresham Bakery Must Pay $135,000 for Discriminating Against Lesbian Couple

"This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation."

Food & Drink Well, it's officially official.According to the final ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa ... More

Jul 2, 2015 02:02 pm by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

Isaac Brock On Portland: "What a collection of human turds."

The Modest Mouse frontman tells Poland about the dark side of weirdness.

Music Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse just played the Heineken-sponsored Open'er music festival in Gdynia, a little Baltic port town in Poland best known ... More

Jul 2, 2015 12:27 pm by MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

This Week In Beer: 99 Oregon Beers Walk Into a Bar

The Portland Craft Beer Festival, Loyal Legion sneak preview and more!

Food & Drink Thursday, July 2Gigantic SOLID! Release and Lardo PairingGigantic and Lardo pair up to release SOLID!, a hoppy American wheat beer. A 6-percent a... More

Jul 2, 2015 12:24 pm by PARKER HALL
 
 

Sweet Releaf

It's legal!

Cover Story Eighty years after cannabis was banned in Oregon, it’s legal again this week. Countless lives have been ruined in the meantime—very few by addiction and none by homicidal madmen driven loco by m ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Open-Source Warfare

When a Portland computer programmer’s ex-wife accused him of sexual assault, ­­he made a federal case out of it.

News Stories For years, the world of writing computer code has seemed hostile to women.  Female programmers complain about sexist presentations at tech conferences, harassment from fellow coders—and even ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Crystal Ballers

The Trail Blazers are falling apart. Here’s why it’s not as bad as it looks.

Sports The next National Basketball Association season is still four months away. But the Portland Trail Blazers as you know them right now seem moments from vanishing.  July 1 marks the beginning of ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CORBIN SMITH

Paying by the Mile

A new Oregon program to replace the gas tax rewards Hummers over hybrids. Why did the state spend millions on this?

News Stories Drivers of hybrid and electric cars enjoy lots of benefits. They can feel good that they’re churning out a lot less carbon. Their energy costs are lower. And they don’t have to pay as much as they ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by ANTHONY MACUK

Battered and Fried

Batter Griddle & Drinkery is sloppy drunk food.

Food Reviews & Stories If Cheech and Chong opened a restaurant honoring their weed-humor heyday, I’m certain it would bear an uncanny resemblance to Batter Griddle & Drinkery. Batter, which opened to much fanfare in M ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:12 pm by MICHAEL C. ZUSMAN

First! The First Beers By Every Portland Brewery

Headout In honor of the first festival of beers made only within Portland city limits, here are the first beers made by every brewery in the city:Hillsdale Brewery  (McMe ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Weed War II

Legal pot is sparking new battles in unlikely places.

Weed Justice? Sure. But no peace. Oregon’s long war against pot prohibition ends today. Voters legalized marijuana last November by voting for Measure 91, but we’re just starting the skirmishes over ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Dateline: Potland

Significant dates in Oregon weed history.

Weed Before ProhibitionDecember 1847 Oregon CityThe Legislature of the Territory of Oregon writes a letter to Congress announcing available rations for U.S. Navy ships looking to restock. The list inc ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Vintage Portland Head Shops

Celebrate marijuana legalization with a tour the classic head shops in Portland.

Weed Silver Spoon Smoke Shop8521 SW Barbur Blvd., 245-0489. silverspoonpdx.com. 10 am-7 pm Monday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday. In 1999, when Ben McEwan turned 18 and started working at his dad John’s ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AMY WOLFE

Party Like It’s 1934

A look back at the other ill-fated experiment in prohibition.

Weed People like to get high. Almost all humans seek to alter their reality in some way, be it with a few beers, a bong rip, or good, old-fashioned OxyContin overprescribed by a doctor. And yet, some peo ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Smoke House

How to grow bud at home.

Weed Gardening is no longer illegal. You can now grow up to four marijuana plants at home without going to jail. But growing smoke-grade weed is a hell of a lot more complicated than, say, that wilty stem ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by ALLIE DONAHUE

The Fame

Madeline Martinez is bringing back Portland's famous World Famous Cannabis Cafe.

Weed The name was supposed to be a joke. When Madeline Martinez opened Portland’s World Famous Cannabis Cafe in 2009, it was the first cafe in the United States where state-authorized medical marijuana ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

Know Your Terps

A basic primer on some of cannabis' terpenes.

Weed PepperCaryophyllene: Pungent, peppery and sweet. Found in pepper, clove and cotton. This is the terpene that police dogs are trained to detect, which is the sort of thing people in Oregon had to worry ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Blended Bud

Wait, you're still smoking single strains like a sucker?

Weed One of the advantages to having countless jars of wildly varied strain types is partakers no longer have to wait for underground growers to crossbreed the flighty head-spin of Green Crack with the bre ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WM. WILLARD GREENE

Mister Mister

Four loose-leaf vapes reviewed.

Weed You should buy a loose-leaf vaporizer. Maybe one of the four we review here, maybe something else. But you should experience the delights of these little electronic gadgets, which gently bake the into ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR, TYLER HURST

Portland-Area Dispensaries

A directory of Portland Area cannabis dispensaries.

Weed Alberta Green House 1313 NE Alberta St., 954-3900, thealbertagreenhousedispensary.com. A charming little bungalow in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, with plenty of flower and shatter, and an ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Testing, Testing

Will THC testing stop now that weed is legal?

Weed Drug tests are the worst kinds of test. You can’t study for them, there’s only one question, and if you fail you’re out of a job. Ever since our good pal Ronald Reagan helped implement Executi ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by TED JAMISON

The Pype Dream

The story behind Portland's oldest head shop.

Weed If you wanted to buy a bong in Des Moines back in the 1970s, you went shopping for a waterbed. “That was the fad back then,” says Patty Collins. “All the waterbed people seemed to be selling a f ... More

Jun 30, 2015 03:34 pm by AMY WOLFE

Mary Romano's Last Dance

Weed My name is Lauren Terry, and I’m one of the thousands of recent liberal arts college grads shocked to find themselves employed in the cannabis industry. I never would have guessed that two years a ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by LAUREN TERRY

Cougar Burleigh's Family Gets Justice

Murmurs More than eight months after Cougar Burleigh died from an assault on the Burnside Bridge, his family has seen justice. Robert Lewis Browne, 42, pleaded guilty June 29 to second-degree manslaughte ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WWeek News Staff

Culmination: Bar Review

Bar Reviews LAGERED BREWERY: The story of Culmination Brewing (2117 NE Oregon St., 353-6368, culminationbrewing.com) reads more like slow accumulation than capstone. When the taphouse opened three months ago, the ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Album Review: Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1

Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1 (Good Cheer)

Album Reviews [PORTLAND POP PRIDE] With a year in its rearview mirror, Portland’s Good Cheer Records formally introduces itself with Sounds Like…Good Cheer Vol. 1, which gives 16 bands a few minutes each to be ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

Night Uber: Ladies from Nebraska

“If we drive by a cop, one of you has to duck.”

Misc Editor’s note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie. In keeping with the times, we now present Night Uber. I was going to say I get more female t ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by JOHAN MATHIESEN

Album Review: Barna Howard

Quite a Feelin’ (Mama Bird)

Album Reviews [FOLK] At some point, Barna Howard must have become obsessed with the folk singers of the 1960s and just never let it go. Howard’s two albums replicate that world, right down to the aged-looking pho ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Flashback: Rabbits Playing Rotture’s Back Patio in Summer 2010

Music Stories "This is one of the two times we’ve played outside. At least this one was at night. The barbecue got started late, but our friends hung in there, as is their way—pretty much the same people that ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Album Review: Joel Magid

Pyramids (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [LYSERGIC LOVESICKNESS] Even psychedelic troubadours get the blues. On his second album, Joel Magid sounds heartsick and hung over, his head hanging heavy with shame, as he ponders the bodies left to ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

High Cinema

Pot’s legal! Grass explores a time when it wasn’t.

Movie Reviews & Stories It’s time! After years and years of abstaining, we finally get to see what happens when you mix the joy of going to the movies with what medical patients, assumed chronic masturbators and criminals ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

The Third Man: Movie Review

The shadows are alive in a restored noir classic.

Movie Reviews & Stories The past 66 years have been kind to Carol Reed’s The Third Man. It’s lauded as one of the finest examples of film noir and one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by AP KRYZA

Findings: Vol. 41, Issue 35.

What we learned from reading this week’s paper.

Findings A divorcing couple’s “final date together” ended badly. Not so long ago, Portland cops could not distinguish marihuana from Jerusalem artichokes.  Waterbeds and bongs have a long history ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Dirtybird BBQ Saturday, July 4

The San Francisco dance label heats up the grill and hits the road.

Music Stories The blueprint for success in the world of dance music is clear: Get a crew together, throw some parties, start a label. But for Barclay Crenshaw, Sean Williams and brothers Christian and Justin Martin ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Introducing Alia Zin

Music Stories Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar if he went straight into the studio after hearing Tupac for the first time. For fans of: Nas, Lauryn Hill, Digable Planets, Black Star, Joey Badass, Vinnie Dewayne. The ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Five Stoniest Artists at the Waterfront Blues Fest

Top 5 Harper & the Midwest Kind (3 pm Thursday) Harper writes six-minute songs that combine harmonica and didgeridoo, and his band has the word “kind” in its name. “Love equals peace equals ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by RUSTY FEATHERCAP

J.A.W.Z. The Musical—in 3D (The Saloon Ensemble): Theater Review

A shark satire that’s more shallow than sharp.

Theater Comedy sketches, much like sharks, endure as evolutionary marvels of brutal efficiency. They’re borne forward on sheer momentum, form-bound to a brutal functionality and devoid of shame. As audience ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana

Welcome to the new age of weed porn.

Potlander Sure, pot coffee-table book Green (Chronicle, 400 pages, $30) is subtitled A Field Guide to Marijuana, but that’s kind of like calling a Victoria’s Secret catalog a field guide to women. Green i ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Dr. Know: Someone Clean This Up

Dr. Know When I drive past the scene of an accident, I often see a lot of broken glass left behind. This could damage tires, or cause another collision when cars slow down to drive through it. Isn’t anyone r ... More

Jul 1, 2015 11:01 am by MARTY SMITH

High Fidelity

The stoniest Portland albums ever.

Music Stories Oregon wasn’t the first state to legalize marijuana, but maybe that’s because we were too busy making heavy, trippy, funky or otherwise mind-expanding music to remember to mail in our ballots. Som ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Drank: Apple and Cinnamon Vodka (Wild Roots)

Drank The world of “infused” vodkas is an awful place—a wasteland of rocket-fuel liquors spruced with car-freshener aromas. But Portland’s Wild Roots is one of the few liquor makers to use real frui ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Street: Looks We Like

Our favorite looks this week, found on East Burnside.

Street East Burnside was heating it up this week. All photos by Ronit Fahl.   ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Scoop: Naked Bible Fighting

Scoop BIBLE BASH: Christians and faux Christians are feuding in the ’burbs. It started when “Jake,” the increasingly beloved figure behind the satirical site SavePortlandFromHell.com, planned a protes ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Top Event Picks, July 1 - July 7

Headout Picks THURSDAY JULY 2 MELT BANANA [HAUTE NOISE] The spastically joyful, genre-mutilating Japanese noiseniks have been in a reflective mood of late, releasing a compilation highlighting the ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Hot Plates: Our Favorite Portland Restaurants This Week

Food Reviews & Stories A list of the five spots we're excited about right now—maybe taquerias we've loved forever, maybe seafood spots with special menus this week. It's designed to answer that age-old question: Where should we go out to dinner tonight?
... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

Food Reviews & Stories Our pick for the top brewpub, dive bar or wine lounge might change by the time you've finished reading this. But here are the spots, new and old, that we're most excited about right now. ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff
 

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