Festival Review: The Pickathon Superlatives

The best jazz workouts, face-melting guitar solos, soulful star turns and uber-obscure basketball jerseys we saw through the dust at Portland's best li'l music festival.


In many ways, Pickathon doesn’t deserve the slander of being called a “music festival.” Its ambitions are too humble, the setting too serene, the aftermath too non-apocalyptic. Even after 17 years, national press attention and gushing appraisals from multiple artists, it’s resisted the temptation to expand beyond sustainability nor give in to corporate sponsorship. The worst thing you can ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Haute-N-Ready: Blaze Pizza

LeBron James has a bright future in the pizza business if this whole basketball thing doesn’t work out.


Food & Drink
Welcome to Haute-N-Ready, in which John Locanthi, Willamette Week’s trencherman of leisure, tastes the hastily made, modestly priced food of the common man.Fast casual has long been a frustrating genre for pizza lovers. It takes too long to cook a pizza in an oven. Neapolitan-style pizza is fast, yet usually priced well out of the acceptable range. Let’s not get into the pale shadow that is pizza ...   More
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 JOHN LOCANTHI

The King's Court: Here's Your LeBron Sprite Mix Cocktail

Drink away the pain, Kevin Love lovers!


Food & Drink
Getting excited for the NBA Finals yet, Portland?Of course you are!This is a basketball town! And while you hate Californians—yes, you always say you do, so don't trying stopping now—hometown hero Kevin Love is a member of your soon-to-be-world-champion Cleveland Cavaliers.Yes, sure, OK, Love got hurt in the first round of the playoffs and the Cavs have looked much better without him running the ...   More
Thursday, June 4, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

A Black Keys/LeBron Reality Tour of Akron, Ohio

The greatest basketball player and blues duo of their generation come to the Moda center this week. Here's a map of their hometown.

Despite what Chrissie Hynde once sang, there is still a downtown in Akron, Ohio. I went to college there, in what turns out to have been something of a golden age. Most Fridays, we’d pay a $   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

From the Elbow #15: Welcome Back

Greg Oden is finally returning to the NBA. Portland should wish him well.

best oden

Many Portlanders with a 2007 vintage or older have Greg Oden stories. There was the time the 2007 No. 1 overall pick was spotted, photographed and recorded on video shopping at Haggen in Tualatin. There were sightings of G.O. walking a pair of small dogs in South West Portland just west of Portland State. Greg Oden, hard to miss in a crowd, became known for crazy parties at his ...   More
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Tonight's Trail Blazer Game: Who Needs Hankies? (UPDATED with Nate McMillan signing contract extension)

Crying Baby

 Many NBA fans (or maybe just me) are more curious than usual about tonight's Portland Trail Blazers game at Miami against the Heat.LeBron James' "Heatles" have lost four straight. A shocking development given the talent amassed in South Beach? Perhaps, though even good teams have some kind of losing streak during an 82-game season. But what's made tonight's game stand out from the usual regular-season ...   More
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 HANK STERN


Web Design for magazines