One Local's Burma Road

When we talked last fall in this piece to local Burmese people protesting conditions in their homeland, one of the demonstrators—a man named Athein— told us he planned this spring to walk across the country. His mission: to draw attention to his group's goals, which include highlighting human-rights abuses, from forced and child labor to brutal censorship in Myanmar, which until 1989 ...   More
Friday, June 13, 2008 HANK STERN

NYC One-Ups Portland As Place Where No Cars Go

Somehow, we missed this news yesterday, but it fits right in with our ongoing series on why Portland isn't as green or ambitious as it thinks it is: Which municipal decision is more bravely anti-automobile? Closing six miles of low-traffic streets in North Portland for six hours on one day this month (June 22)? Or, Closing seven miles of streets in Manhattan, including Park Avenue, for six hours ...   More
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 COREY PEIN

Summer Camp for Adults: It's Trouble Time!

OK, adults, it's time to be a kid again. Grass Hut, a Portland art cooperative headquartered on East Burnside Street, has organized the Grass Hut Camp Scout program for people to fine-tune their rabblerousing skills while the summer weather is perfect. In the words of one WW staffer, “The next three months are Portland's best kept secret,” and Grass Hut's activities will help you enjoy ...   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 WHITNEY HAWKE

Carpenter, farmer...or guitar hero? New professions cross the Oregon Trail

Anybody who has ever moved halfway across the country—and there are more than a few of you out here in PDX who've done just that—knows that it can be a hell of a lot of work. You've got to secure housing, find a job, figure out what's worth bringing, find a way to transport it, and then spend days driving or riding across often barren landscapes, alternating weight from one butt cheek ...   More
Monday, September 8, 2008 Matt Graham

This Is Not Going to End Well: Santacon Moving to Hillsboro

(2007 Santacon images taken by this Flickr photographer) Just as the Portland Police pledge to be better prepared to handle several thousand stinko paralytico Kris Kringles marching through downtown, the Portland Cacophony Society has apparently pulled the rug out from under them: WW and other local media outlets (or at least the Merc) have received notice that Santacon is moving to suburbia. You'd ...   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 AARON MESH

The Santacon Diaspora Continues: Splinter Group Sinks Its Claus into Kenton

Is no neighborhood safe from jolly, boozehound elves? Just as the Portland Cacophony Society announces Santacon 2008 is evading police notice of its public drunkenness by moving from downtown to Hillsboro, a group called Nopdxanticon has declared it will hold its own red-clad pub crawl on Dec. 6 in North Portland. The crawl will start in Kenton under the Paul Bunyan statue at 1 pm on Dec. ...   More
Friday, November 21, 2008 AARON MESH

Santacon Revolutions: Rebel Elves Lurch Back Downtown?

The Santacon-in-Hillsboro backlash continues: A heretical batch of Santas has already decamped to Kenton, and now we have word that a pack of anti-establishment Kris Kringles has defied the Portland Cacophony Society by announcing plans to march downtown on Saturday. Overzealous Portland cops may have red-suited drunks to Taser after all! This latest group, calling itself Downtown Santacon 2008, ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 AARON MESH

Share Your Snopocalypse 2008 Photos

Have you gotten any great photos during the big flakeout? Share them with the class in WW's Flickr group (! We'll post more as they come in. Broadway Bridge, Dec. 22 (cue theme to Taxi, muffled by a foot of snow) Backyard barometer, Dec. 22 Rose City Golf Course, Dec. 20 Wellington Park, Dec. 21: The tree falling across Northeast Mason Street missed the ...   More
Monday, December 22, 2008 Ian Gillingham

Nice Pecs, Portland: Men's Fitness Wolf-Whistles at Our Exceptionally Fit Bodies. Again.

Yes, yes: Portland has once again been ranked in the top ten fittest cities in America by Men's Fitness, an honor that is growing downright dull in its regularity. This year we're ranked number six, one spot worse than last year. This drop in stature doubtless will inspire some of you to put in an extra 15 minutes at the gym tonight. But what's most interesting about this announcement is seeing ...   More
Thursday, January 15, 2009 AARON MESH

Send a Secret, Not-Creepy-I-Swear Valentine Kiss at

So you're inspired by WW's "Kiss This!" cover story, and you want to declare your love/lust but aren't quite ready to declare your identity? Local interactive art director Will Markusen knows how harmful it is to keep those feelings bottled up, so he created as an outlet for your secret crush (as well as your secret peeve or your secret road rage). Just log in, create a Valentine ...   More
Friday, February 13, 2009 Ian Gillingham


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