Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1360-1-.html Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Restaurant Guide 2013: Gluten-Free Dining - Where to eat wheat-free. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21388-restaurant_guide_2013_gluten_free_dining_where_to_eat_wheat_free.html Like most of Portland, I have wondered over the past two years whether I might be gluten-intolerant. At one point I went to a naturopath, who told me to eat nothing but amaranth, mung beans and ]]> 80 Million Paige Views - How an Oregon girl, her mother and a struggling local director turned their YouTube series into a major Hollywood deal. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22863-80_million_paige_views_how_an_oregon_girl_her_mother_and_a_struggling_local_director_turned_their_yo.html It’s a cloudy summer morning in Oregon wine country, and Paige McKenzie is taking a selfie that 18,000 people will see. With a FlipCam trained on herself, McKenzie—in red shorts, a gray zip-up]]> <i>Body Awareness</i> (Coho Productions) - Our bodies, our very complicated selves. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19802-body_awareness_%28coho_productions%29_our_bodies_our_very_complicated_selves.html People with Asperger’s syndrome are often said to lack empathy. But no matter how emphatically Jared, a character in the deft and funny Body Awareness, denies such a diagnosis, his social apti]]> The Fleecing of America - Normcore Made Portland the Center of the Fashion Universe. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22435-the_fleecing_of_america_normcore_made_portland_the_center_of_the_fashion_universe.html Not so long ago, Portland was a J.C. Penney in the grand plaza of high fashion, a place where mustachioed lumberjacks and yoga moms were the most stylish people in town. The city’s tiny cabal of]]> Urban Winery Tour - Our guide to getting mashed in your own neighborhood. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21416-urban_winery_tour_our_guide_to_getting_mashed_in_your_own_neighborhood.html Everything you need to know about your local wineries, including hours, directions and drink picks.1. Boedecker Cellars  2621 NW 30th Ave., 224-5778, boedeckercellars.com.  It’s not ca]]> Ava Gene's: Restaurant Guide 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23212-ava_genes_restaurant_guide_2014_.html 3377 SE Division St., 971-229-0571, avagenes.com [ITALIAN NOUVEAU] Duane Sorenson's Italian eatery looks like a cross between a third-wave coffee shop and a mafia hangout,]]> Summer Guide 2014: Park Life - A metaphorical blueprint of Portland parks as rooms. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22684-summer_guide_2014_park_life_a_metaphorical_blueprint_of_portland_parks_as_rooms.html Everybody knows Pioneer Courthouse Square is Portland’s living room. But this city’s  public space is a mansion, with dozens of rooms, extensive grounds and extravagant amenities. Here’]]> Keys To Survival - A St. Paddy’s Day option if you’re plowed at a bar and want to go home with your car. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17215-keys_to_survival_a_st_paddys_day_option_if_youre_plowed_at_a_bar_and_want_to_go_home_with_your_car.html It is nearly midnight on a clear Friday. We are parked on East Burnside Street outside Rontoms, our hazard lights flashing and our windows down. The moon is full. ]]> Summer Guide 2013: One Toe Over the Line - A <i>WW</i> staffer breaks the law and loses her balance. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20795-summer_guide_2013_one_toe_over_the_line_a_ww_staffer_breaks_the_law_and_loses_her_balance.html The park rangers must have been lying in wait. Out of the corner of my eye, I see them approaching. The man is tall with a shaved head and small spectacles. With him is a dark-haired woman.  ]]> Gus - Portland’s greatest filmmaker and his controversial new movie. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20059-gus_portlands_greatest_filmmaker_and_his_controversial_new_movie.html What would Portland look like without Gus Van Sant? The elk statue on Southwest Main Street would still be there, but would you see it the same way if Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix hadn’t hud]]> <i>Arabian Nights</i> (Post Five Theatre) - A whole new world, replete with fart jokes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20458-arabian_nights_%28post_five_theatre%29_a_whole_new_world_replete_with_fart_jokes.html Before Arabian Nights begins, Post Five’s performers move about the theater. Clad in harem pants and embroidered vests, they squeeze into black vinyl pews, wrapping an arm around an audience m]]> Shelved - The story of Powell’s layoffs, according to affected workers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16965-shelved_the_story_of_powells_layoffs_according_to_affected_workers.html Powell’s Books employee Sheila Ashdown said her heart started pounding when she got the email last week from her employer announcing plans to lay off 31 workers. “People were depressed, teary-]]> House United - What a worker-owned restaurant is doing about the housing crisis. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16893-house_united_what_a_worker_owned_restaurant_is_doing_about_the_housing_crisis.html In a city with an estimated shortage of 20,000 affordable housing units, every new project in Portland helps, even if it’s only a few units. “Affordable ]]> Natural Selection: Restaurant Guide 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23259-natural_selection_restaurant_guide_2014_.html 3033 NE Alberta St., 288-5883, naturalselectionpdx.com [STILL LIFE OF VEGETABLES] In a more perfect world, the approach to vegetarian cooking at Natural Selection would fil]]> Hotseat: Penelope Spheeris - The filmmaker talks about punk rock and losing her temper. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20339-hotseat_penelope_spheeris_the_filmmaker_talks_about_punk_rock_and_losing_her_temper.html Teenage angst has paid off well for Penelope Spheeris. Her breakout film, the remarkable]]> Winter Guide 2013: Stone Cold - A <i>WW</i> correspondent learns to keep her beer off the curling rink. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20166-winter_guide_2013_stone_cold_a_ww_correspondent_learns_to_keep_her_beer_off_the_curling_rink.html The Evergreen Curling Club posts three rules by the rink. First, shake hands. Second, if you win, clean the ice. And third, winners buy the first round of drinks. That final rule pretty well e]]> Le Pigeon: Restaurant Guide 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23249-le_pigeon_restaurant_guide_2014_.html 738 E Burnside St., 546-8796, lepigeon.com [ORIGINAL GANGSTA] When Gabriel Rucker opened his shoebox-sized, softly lit restaurant in 2006, this was a scruffy stretch of Eas]]> Hotseat: Aziz Ansari - The whip-smart comedian talks romance in the digital age. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22189-hotseat_aziz_ansari_the_whip_smart_comedian_talks_romance_in_the_digital_age.html Aziz Ansari has some of the sharpest standup out there right now. Unlike many other comics, the Parks and Recreation star doesn’t just stop at oddball observations, but puts in the necessary bra]]> Slick Gear - Stuff to help you enjoy riding your bike for the six wet months to come. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21265-slick_gear_stuff_to_help_you_enjoy_riding_your_bike_for_the_six_wet_months_to_come.html Photos by Misha Ashton mooreThere’s a lot to be said for biking in the rain. Sure, Portland’s winter skies are gray and leaky and the sun falls behind the West Hills so, so fast. On the othe]]> ’Couve Crawl - A night out in Portland’s northern neighbor. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19983-couve_crawl_a_night_out_in_portlands_northern_neighbor.html Vancouver’s nightlife is not bountiful, but it is comprehensive. Along downtown’s Main Street corridor, you’ll find an Irish bar, a sports bar, a martini bar, a wine bar, a discoteca, a br]]> Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 1, Sean Jordan - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23592-funniest_five_comics_2014_number_1_sean_jordan_.html Sean Jordan is the first to admit he’s somewhat forgettable. A tall, decent-looking white dude, perpetually clad in jeans and a hoodie, he looks like a skater bro who never grew up. Sometimes,]]> Gigantic Brewing: Giant’s Lair - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19249-gigantic_brewing_giants_lair_.html Unless you work at a powder-coating warehouse or metal fabricator, this industrial stretch of Southeast 26th Avenue is no destination. It’s a peculiar location for cheekily named Gigantic Brewin]]> Beast: Restaurant Guide 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23340-beast_restaurant_guide_2014_.html 5425 NE 30th Ave.,841-6968.[GOOSE TAMER] For years, the only way to experience chef Naomi Pomeroy’s remarkable culinary prowess was to throw down $75 and spend nearly three hours plowing through]]> Your First Overnighter - Everything you need to know before your first bikepacking trip. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20471-your_first_overnighter_everything_you_need_to_know_before_your_first_bikepacking_trip.html Rochelle Comeaux and Don Eaton remember their first overnighter as cyclists. It was the first day of their 70-day cross-country trip along the TransAmerica Trail, which winds 4,233 miles from As]]> <i>The People’s Republic of Portland</i> (Portland Center Stage) - Maybe she should have put a bird on it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20607-the_peoples_republic_of_portland_%28portland_center_stage%29_maybe_she_should_have_put_a_bird_on_it.html It would be easy to carp about Lauren Weedman’s mispronunciation and misnaming of this newspaper (on opening night, she referred to it as “Will-uh-met Weekly”). But that would be too simpl]]> Dar Salam: Restaurant Guide 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23229-dar_salam_restaurant_guide_2014_.html 2921 NE Alberta St., 206-6148, darsalamportland.com [BAGHDAD'S BEST] It's hard not to root for a restaurant with a story like Dar Salam's. Two grade-school friends from ]]> The Funniest Five 2014 - Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23586-the_funniest_five_2014_portlands_best_standup_comics_as_chosen_by_their_peers.html Where my ladies at? Not in this year’s Funniest 5. When votes started rolling in for the Funniest 5—our annual poll of Portland’s standup community to determine this city’s best come]]> <i>The Left Hand of Darkness</i> (Hand2Mouth Theatre/Portland Playhouse) - Androgynous aliens in a world of blue AstroTurf. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20608-the_left_hand_of_darkness_%28hand2mouth_theatre_portland_playhouse%29_androgynous_aliens_in_a_world_.html When Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness in 1969, she imagined it as a thought experiment. What would a world be like, she asked, where humans spent most of their liv]]> Tanuki: Restaurant Guide 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23289-tanuki_restaurant_guide_2014_.html 8029 SE Stark St., 477-6030. [BUT CAN MY KID GET SOME SUSHI?] Tanuki likes to build its identity on what it's not. Per a sign on the Montavilla izakaya's door: "THIS IS NOT A JAPANESE ]]> <i>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</i> (Portland Center Stage) - Staying warm with Shakespeare. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19927-a_midsummer_nights_dream_%28portland_center_stage%29_staying_warm_with_shakespeare.html November and December seem, at first, an odd time to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s not just the play’s title that contributes to its air of endless summer: Shakespeare stocked his fe]]>