Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-876-1-.html Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Cravings: Nachos - The delectable horror of chips and cheese. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12451-cravings_nachos_the_delectable_horror_of_chips_and_cheese.html Lonely Christopher <i>The Mechanics Of Homosexual Intercourse</i> - Love, hate and other fundamental procedures. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16846-lonely_christopher_the_mechanics_of_homosexual_intercourse_love_hate_and_other_fundamental_procedure.html

 Damn straight I judge books by their covers, and I judged the hell out of Lonely Christopher’s The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse

The Rise of the Know - While the rest of Alberta Street grows up, the Know has become Portland’s mecca for punk and hard rock. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18608-the_rise_of_the_know_while_the_rest_of_alberta_street_grows_up_the_know_has_become_portlands_mecca_f.html The Know’s barroom half is a ramshackle container for cheap beer. Its restrooms appear to idolize CBGB’s storied stalls. The adjoining show space might as well be a basement. The club’s ro]]> Exit Ghost Monkey - <i>Uncle Boonmee</i> is a Thai dish of death you have to taste. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17418-exit_ghost_monkey_uncle_boonmee_is_a_thai_dish_of_death_you_have_to_taste.html Until movies can cure acne and anxiety disorders, praising a film as “life-changing” will remain the sneakiest and saddest kind of critical grandstanding—look at me and my fibromyalgic aesthet]]> Greg Graffin <i>Anarchy Evolution</i> - We're here, it's weird, get used to it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16644-greg_graffin_anarchy_evolution_were_here_its_weird_get_used_to_it.html Patrick deWitt <i>Ablutions</i> - A local author writes what he knows—booze. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10283-patrick_dewitt_ablutions_a_local_author_writes_what_he_knowsmdashbooze.html Tao Lin <i>Richard Yates</i> - The NYC lit instigator on dollars and cents. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12479-tao_lin_richard_yates_the_nyc_lit_instigator_on_dollars_and_cents.html Pizza Ultimania - The American dream, with extra cheese. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16444-pizza_ultimania_the_american_dream_with_extra_cheese.html Justin Taylor <i>The Gospel Of Anarchy</i> Blake Butler <i>There Is No Year</i> - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17311-justin_taylor_the_gospel_of_anarchy_blake_butler_there_is_no_year_.html “They lived as if the fate of the very universe were perpetually at stake and in their hands,” muses an erstwhile member of the “Anarchristian” punk collective brought to begrimed life by Justin Taylor in his ambitious and flawed first novel, The Gospel of Anarchy. The same might be said about ]]> <i>21 Jump Street</i> - Cloudy with a chance of balls. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18944-21_jump_street_cloudy_with_a_chance_of_balls.html Having never seen the TV show this sophomoric comedy plunders, I can offer neither reassurances nor warnings to anyone who reveres the series that launched Johnny Depp. However, I’m betting th]]> <i>Dogtooth</i> - Every time you think about leaving home, Dad kills a kitten. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17202-dogtooth_every_time_you_think_about_leaving_home_dad_kills_a_kitten.html It managed to escape the attention of Portland’s film programmers last year, but Dogtooth, one of 2010’s best and strangest movies, is finally here. If you pay attention to those late-December e]]> <i>Of Gods And Men</i> - Agony in the garden. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17257-of_gods_and_men_agony_in_the_garden.html Like having sex with Cate Blanchett or killing a man with my bare hands, believing in God is something I’ve always wanted to do but probably never will.]]> Album Review: Anne - <i>Dream Punx</i> (A389 Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18173-album_review_anne_dream_punx_%28a389_records%29.html [SHOEGAZE DAZE] Don’t let the title of Anne’s debut album fool you—this Portland quartet’s sad-sack shoegazing is about as punk as Robert Smith’s mansion. But the bait-and-switch perpetrat]]> U-Licious Smokehouse and Grill - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16768-u_licious_smokehouse_and_grill_.html U-Licious Smokehouse and Grill has a problem. Manytiny problems, in fact: flies. A sunny December afternoon found this barbecuetrailer’s dingy dining room hosting a small orgy of the pests; by week,Eat Mobile]]> Top Down: Rooftop Cinema - Like a backyard movie night, if your backyard was a parking garage. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17760-top_down_rooftop_cinema_like_a_backyard_movie_night_if_your_backyard_was_a_parking_garage.html The NW Film Center goes middlebrow every Thursday for the rest of the summer, with evening outdoor screenings on Hotel deLuxe’s garage rooftop. As you can see, I’ve ditched our 0-to-100 scale fo]]> The 40-Year-Old Children - Step Brothers Ferrell and Reilly perfect the comedy of retardation. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9310-the_40_year_old_children_step_brothers_ferrell_and_reilly_perfect_the_comedy_of_retardation.html Retox: Thursday, Aug. 18 - Party at ground zero, baby, movie starring you...and some dead pigs. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17846-retox_thursday_aug_18_party_at_ground_zero_baby_movie_starring_youand_some_dead_pigs.html [APOCALYPSE PUNK] “We have no problems singing songs that are not nice at all.” That’s Retox lead screamer Justin Pearson approximately 15 seconds into the brutal 12-minute LP Ugly Animals, whi]]> Easy A’s - Brad Pitt goes yard in <i>Moneyball</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17993-easy_as_brad_pitt_goes_yard_in_moneyball.html As of this writing, the Oakland Athletics (full disclosure: my Oakland Athletics), who have not posted a winning season since 2006, are 18 games out of first place in the American League West, a div]]> Kalé - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12427-kaleacute_.html No Guts, No Glory Holes - The Portland Underground Film Festival cleans itself up. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19371-no_guts_no_glory_holes_the_portland_underground_film_festival_cleans_itself_up.html In the early 2000s, former Clinton Street Theater owner Seth Sonstein founded the Portland Underground Film Festival. His mission...]]> Taqueria Los Gorditos - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11648-taqueria_los_gorditos_.html Album Review: Tragedy - <i>Darker Days Ahead</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19221-album_review_tragedy_darker_days_ahead_%28self_released%29.html [CRUST PUNK] Tragedy is justly revered the world over for its dense and crepuscular take on crust punk, but an album-length masterpiece has eluded this staunchly DIY Portland quartet since its 2]]> Aged and Warped - What listening to 17 Warped Tour compilations in a row tells us about punk rock. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19497-aged_and_warped_what_listening_to_17_warped_tour_compilations_in_a_row_tells_us_about_punk_rock.html The Warped Tour—that musical ball pit of scrubbed and shiny punk sounds for teenagers—finally turns 18 this year. It is old enough to go to college. To vote. To move out of the house. To royal]]> Album Review: Youthbitch - <i>Don’t Fuck This Up!</i> (Jonny Cat) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19543-album_review_youthbitch_dont_fuck_this_up__%28jonny_cat%29.html [POP PUNK ’N’ ROLL] Until a few days ago, I’d felt a big brother’s pity for Youthbitch: A shame, I thought, that a band with so much potential would saddle itself with such an awful name. ]]> <i>Bruce Conner: In Memoriam</i> - He inspired YouTube. But you can't find him there. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10478-bruce_conner_in_memoriam_he_inspired_youtube_but_you_cant_find_him_there.html Soupy Sayles - Want to raise your historical awareness while napping? Watch <i>Amigo</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17917-soupy_sayles_want_to_raise_your_historical_awareness_while_napping_watch_amigo.html John Sayles’ career is a maddeningly prismatic thing. So varied is the ambidextrous writer-director’s list of accomplishments that James Franco, following an ill-advised perusal of Sayles’ Wi]]> The TriMet Trilogy - Portland filmmaker El Gato Negro wants hipsters to have a heart. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-25126-the_trimet_trilogy_portland_filmmaker_el_gato_negro_wants_hipsters_to_have_a_heart.html Howard Mitchell is old school. The Portland filmmaker behind the TriMet Trilogy showing at Mission Theater this Sunday cites such deadly earnest (and just plain dead) heavyweights as John Cassavetes, ]]> Mean Jeans: Friday, April 20 - Mean Jeans grow up a bit, but keep an ’80s teenager’s sense of humor. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19069-mean_jeans_friday_april_20_mean_jeans_grow_up_a_bit_but_keep_an_80s_teenagers_sense_of_humor.html [DUMB PUNK] When I arrive at Zach’s Shack to interview Portland’s pop-punk savants Mean Jeans, guitarist-singer Christian (aka Billy Jeans) is hunched over a sketch pad, his attention split be]]> <i>The Housemaid</i> - Scrub-a-dub dud. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17022-the_housemaid_scrub_a_dub_dud.html I’ll give director Im Sang-soo a pity A for audacity, because it takes some kind of punch-drunk courage to remake a twisted classic by discarding nearly everything that made the original so delig]]> <i>The Human Centipede (First Sequence)</i> - Don't shit where you eat. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11953-the_human_centipede_%28first_sequence%29_dont_shit_where_you_eat.html