Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 2: 10 Rules for Dating My Mom

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Movies & Television
The Peeves: Couples' therapy, stepparents, masculinity, GoPro culture, elaborate wedding proposals that go viral on YouTube.Put a Cap on It: The second episode of the season begins with an ad for Creative Jungle Digital Playground, a media production company—err, glorified wedding videography service. It then cuts to Nina (Fred) and Lance (Carrie)—perhaps best known from Season 1’s “cacao” ...   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 1: Power Lunch with Toni and Candace

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Movies & Television
The Peeves: Origin stories, corporate culture, cocaine, pantsuits, feminism, yachts.Put a Cap on It: Usually, the only characters who get backstories are those who’ll generate millions in revenue—your Wolverines, your Darth Vaders, etc. In this season's Portlandia premiere, it's Toni (Carrie) and Candace (Fred), the bespectacled, confrontational owners of feminist bookstore Women and Women First.A ...   More
 
Friday, January 9, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Feb. 15, 2003: Fred meets Carrie...


40th Anniversary
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have gone on some memorable dates. They’ve investigated the life history of a free-range chicken they were about to consume, fled zombie hordes of moonlighting   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Live Review: The Flaming Lips at Waterfront Park, 8/3

Plus: A bonus Q&A with Wayne Coyne. (Spoiler: No talk of Native American headdresses.)

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Music
Earlier this year, the Flaming Lips released a series of videos on Funny Or Die in which they “sold out,” licensing the band name for a Michael Bay-directed film, a tie-in chapstick and e-cigarettes. It was all a big April Fool’s prank, but as the Lips took the stage at Waterfront Park on Sunday, surrounded by banners emblazoned with the AT&T logo and ads for the MLS All-Star Game, the joke ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Portland's 2014 James Beard Award Winners: Naomi Pomeroy, Andy Ricker and... Fred Armisen

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Food & Drink
Three Portlanders are coming home with James Beard Awards, the lofty culinary prize named after Portland-born chef James Beard that held its awards ceremony last night.Naomi Pomeroy of Beast and Expatriate takes home the prize for Best Chef Northwest. Pomeroy, a four-time nominee, said upon accepting the Northwest chef prize, “I feel like I’m taking this award home for everybody in the ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Video Roundup: Red Fang! Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks! Wampire! Nick Jaina!

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Music
Put these videos in your eyes and…uh…see 'em! Red Fang, "Blood Like Cream"Good to know that no matter how big stoner-metal kings get Red Fang, they remain Portland as fuck. The video for the catchiest (head)banger off third album Whales & Leeches is another Whitey McConnaughy special, staging a Shaun of the Dead style throw-down between zombies and pub-dwelling miscreants (played ...   More
 
Thursday, December 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2013: Musicfest is Rubbish

The return of Britain’s angriest punk.


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In late-’70s England, there wasn’t a more fearsome creature prowling the streets of London than Ian Rubbish. The levels of bile pumping through his spleen made Johnny Rotten look like Mr. Bean   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Willamette Week's Office on Portlandia: An Annotated Guide to Our Junk

Hey, our stuff is on the teevee!

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Movies & Television
This week Portlandia aired a sketch set at the Portland Tribune, which was actually filmed inside  Willamette Week's office in Northwest Portland.So what’s all that crap scattered around? Don't worry, we know you're dying to know. We're stoked that our stuff is on national television, even if most of us were deemed unfit for camera. WW explains with this annotated catalog of every ...   More
 
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

Voices 2013: Fred Armisen

Why he loves living here, and why Portlandia plays it safe.


Featured Stories
When Fred Armisen became a Portland resident about a year ago, he chose a place to live not too different from the kind you’d expect for a New Yorker. Last spring, the actor and co-creator of th   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 MARY EMILY O'HARA

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 'President Barack Obama'

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News
Last night, in advance of his brief stopover in Portland for a fundraising event at the Oregon Convention Center at noon today, President Barack Obama did not get on the phone with Willamette Week.Instead, Portlandia star and SNL's resident Obama impersonator Fred Armisen granted WW a brief but wide-ranging interview on the President's behalf. The interview touches on lonely Republicans, the case against ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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