Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-760-1-.html Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT+7 en hourly 1 Bar Guide 2013: Editor's Note - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20550-bar_guide_2013_editors_note_.html After long marches through Portland’s bars, pubs, lounges, taverns and brewpubs, we’ve come to believe that bars age a lot like the wine or whiskey served at them. Only a few are at their ve]]> <i>Lee Daniels’ The Butler</i> - A shallow pool of tears. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21021-lee_daniels%E2%80%99_the_butler_a_shallow_pool_of_tears.html Every time a character in The Butler goes on a trip, somebody offers him a ham sandwich. Director Lee Daniels does much the same for the viewer—in every single scene. It isn’t hard to see ]]> Bar of the Year 2013: Victory Bar - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20551-bar_of_the_year_2013_victory_bar_.html Rare that a name is as felicitous as Victory Bar’s. Willamette Week’s first-ever Bar of the Year isn’t shiny or new or even particularly fashionable. It’s just a goddamn winner. The bar came ]]> Restaurant Guide 2013: Roe, Restaurant of the Year - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21313-restaurant_guide_2013_roe_restaurant_of_the_year_.html It’s 11 in the morning, six hours before dinner service begins, and Trent Pierce is already three hours into his workday. In the open kitchen of his tiny avant-seafood restaurant, Roe, tucked ]]> Cheap Eats 2014 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21991-cheap_eats_2014_.html From the Editor Portland is a great place to be a cheapskate. Each year, we put out our Cheap Eats guide to the best restaurants in Portland with dinners under $15 and lunches under $10, and ea]]> 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, Vol. 2 - Nice Things for Naughty People http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20009-2012_holiday_gift_guide_vol_2_nice_things_for_naughty_people.html In our first Holiday Gift Guide, we directed you to some downright pleasant local stores, where you might putter around aimlessly and endlessly to find gifts for the various people in your life�]]> The Tooth of the Matter - A new call to put fluoride in the city’s water raises old fears. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19580-the_tooth_of_the_matter_a_new_call_to_put_fluoride_in_the_city%E2%80%99s_water_raises_old_fears.html After 54 years of opposition, the City of Portland is moving to put fluoride in your drinking water. Upstream Public Health, the group behind the fluoridation move, launched what amounted to a p]]> Mari-Wanna? - Oregon and two other states are huffing and puffing toward legalizing weed. But don’t buy that bong just yet. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19599-mari_wanna_oregon_and_two_other_states_are_huffing_and_puffing_toward_legalizing_weed_but_don%E2%80%.html Harking back to the days when everything that mattered in politics was decided in smoke-filled rooms, the Western states...]]> I’ll Have What She’s Having - This 82nd avenue joint is delicately Chinese and discreetly Korean. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17216-i%E2%80%99ll_have_what_she%E2%80%99s_having_this_82nd_avenue_joint_is_delicately_chinese_and_discree.html Chinese Delicacy restaurant, despite the name, is not exactly a Chinese place—at least, not in any simple way. Your first hint should be on the tiny]]> Restaurant Guide 2012: Off the Hook - The secrets of good sushi. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19811-restaurant_guide_2012_off_the_hook_the_secrets_of_good_sushi.html Discriminating sushi fans assert they would never eat Midwestern sushi, pronouncing it much too far from the dwindling seas of salmon and snapper. Portland diners, presumably, are a mere two-hou]]> Capture or Asylum - Chuck Palahniuk’s <i>Fugitives and Refugees</i> 10 Years Later. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20859-capture_or_asylum_chuck_palahniuk%E2%80%99s_fugitives_and_refugees_10_years_later.html In junior high, they give you To Kill a Mockingbird. In high school, it’s The Catcher in the Rye. In Texas, we presume, they give you a Bible and a gun. In Portland, sooner or later most new arr]]> High-5 North to Vansterdam - A primer for potential pot tourists. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19985-high_5_north_to_vansterdam_a_primer_for_potential_pot_tourists.html Vancouver is rarely touted for its progressive politics, but Portland’s sister city to the north now may now have one solid, um, high point. With passage of ballot initiative I-502, Washingt]]> A Fine Show - Tony Demes is back with Noisette. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18747-a_fine_show_tony_demes_is_back_with_noisette.html Chef Tony Demes’ new French-modern restaurant Noisette is good for both dinner and a show if you do it right. Couvron, his much-missed previous restaurant—which Demes moved from Portland to Ne]]> Drink 2012: High Culture, Low Places - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19046-drink_2012_high_culture_low_places_.html You don’t have to be a whorehouse Henry Miller or Dylan Thomas souse to know that literature and debauched penury often coincide. Tony’s Tavern and Joe’s Cellar—a pair of the diviest of Port]]> <i>Portland's Goose Hollow</i> Tracy J. Prince with Bud Clark - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17360-portlands_goose_hollow_tracy_j_prince_with_bud_clark_.html It is natural to assume that the topography of a city is fundamentally constant—that some half-distant ancestors found a promising patch of earth and proceeded to sow the seeds for what would ripen, as if inevitably, into the place we know well. But cities are things of tumult]]> Paul Collins <i>Murder of the Century</i> - Dying to be famous. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17623-paul_collins_murder_of_the_century_dying_to_be_famous.html It is a common thing, beneath the deafening noise of America’s Lohans and Kardashians, to hear tell that our culture—as a result of reality television, willful illiteracy, celebrity worship, the]]> Jonathan Bloom <i>American Wasteland</i> - Fine foodstuff is a terrible thing to waste. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17191-jonathan_bloom_american_wasteland_fine_foodstuff_is_a_terrible_thing_to_waste.html Until relatively recently—within the past 50 years, say—no one had to be told not to waste their food, and certainly not as an ecological or even public issue. It was simple common sense: Who th]]> Bollywood Theater - Indian street food that's pure Portland http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19279-bollywood_theater_indian_street_food_thats_pure_portland.html Chef Troy MacLarty may have walked the streets of Kolkata to research the food for his new Indian bistro Bollywood Theater, but in feeling his restaurant is pure Portland: upscale street food amid]]> Driving After the Influence - If Washington legalizes dope, driving there could become risky for tokers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19629-driving_after_the_influence_if_washington_legalizes_dope_driving_there%C2%A0could_become_risky_for_t.html Oregon medical marijuana patients might have reason to worry if the state of Washington’s dope legalization initiative passes in November—that is, if they ever plan on driving in Washington. ]]> How The Timbers Lose - The late collapses of last season return, dimming Portland’s hopes for a winning season. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19094-how_the_timbers_lose_the_late_collapses_of_last_season_return_dimming_portland%E2%80%99s_hopes_for_a.html After an optimistic start this season, the news is grim: The Portland Timbers have staked undisputed claim to Major League...]]> <i>The Campaign</i> - Pressing flesh, punching babies. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19532-the_campaign_pressing_flesh_punching_babies.html Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell have become the paunchy, awkward Wayans brothers of American comedic film, broad-stroked and choked up with cheap gags, sweaty and desperate for the audience’s]]> Cheap Eats 2013: Teatime for Tightwads - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20316-cheap_eats_2013_teatime_for_tightwads_.html Tea, like any comfort essential to being human, should always be offered freely. But hospitality at a restaurant rarely comes without cost, and in Portland it is mostly just Chinese and Vietnamese ]]> London Not Calling - Ann Romney’s horse is in the Summer Olympics. Why not these world-class athletes from Oregon? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19531-london_not_calling_ann_romney%E2%80%99s_horse_is_in_the_summer_olympics_why_not_these_world_class_at.html

Every two years, the Olympic Games noisily emerges as the pinnacle of bewildering human endeavor.  The Games’ most familiar events—skiing and...

Bar Guide 2013: Old Town Drag - Where nobody knows your name. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20554-bar_guide_2013_old_town_drag_where_nobody_knows_your_name.html “Best-looking women in Portland!” says the man in the street. He wasn’t talking about anyone nearby: He was making an offer. Promising immediate access to “40 of Portland’s hottest women,]]> Pre-Midnight Express - Secret Kebab will serve you anything (sometimes), so long as it’s kebab. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17370-pre_midnight_express_secret_kebab_will_serve_you_anything_%28sometimes%29_so_long_as_it%E2%80%99s_ke.html Secret Kebab, as the name might suggest, is a kebab-smuggling operation, steered by the unseen hand of a shadowy, mustachioed figure known as Alparslan the Turk, who is also suspected of being a li]]> All in the Family - Grandpa's is full of grandmas (who think you look a little skinny). http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17982-all_in_the_family_grandpas_is_full_of_grandmas_%28who_think_you_look_a_little_skinny%29.html Some of my fondest memories from my time in Chicago are of the Spartan, hole-in-the-wall, train-car Polish cafes in the northwest part of the city. These were Polish community gathering places cente]]> Tom Rachman <i>The Imperfectionists</i> - <i>The Times'</i> Roman holiday. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16369-tom_rachman_the_imperfectionists_the_times_roman_holiday.html On the cynical face of it, it is unsurprising that Tom Rachman’s debut novel, The Imperfectionists (The Dial, 288 pages, $15), has been a darling among the newspaper and magazine press over this ...]]> There’s a Bowl For That - Boke Bowl is a polished, pragmatic take on ramen. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19004-there%E2%80%99s_a_bowl_for_that_boke_bowl_is_a_polished_pragmatic_take_on_ramen.html With its clean lines, design-conscious self-branding and techy iconography, Boke Bowl’s interior looks more than anything like an Apple store.]]> Holy Mole - Oregon City's Loncheria Mitzil is a secret worth spilling. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16673-holy_mole_oregon_citys_loncheria_mitzil_is_a_secret_worth_spilling.html Smallpressapalooza, Thursday, March 20 - Micropresses are the new milkshake. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-8723-smallpressapalooza_thursday_march_20_micropresses_are_the_new_milkshake.html