The 13 Home-Run Lines from Bernie Sanders' Portland Speech

An estimated 28,000 people rallied at the Rose Quarter on Sunday night.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders threw a socialist social in the Rose Quarter on Sunday night—and so many people came, thousands didn’t get to see him speak. The insurgent Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont drew an estimated 28,000 people to his Portland event. The 19,000 supporters that managed to get into the Moda Center drank Widmer beer, chanted his name, and cheered a stump ...   More
 
Sunday, August 9, 2015 AARON MESH

How Symone Sanders Began Defusing Bernie Sanders' Race Problem in Portland

UPDATE: The candidate met with Don't Shoot Portland leaders after his rally.

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The appearance of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in Portland on Sunday night didn't just set campaign attendance records. It also marked the start of an urgent effort to fix the Democratic presidential candidate's foundering message on race.As WW reported Sunday, Sanders' visit to Seattle was interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters, who demanded he add a racial justice platform to his campaign. Sanders ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 AARON MESH

Live Review: Rush at Moda Center, 7/21

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Rush did an admirable job of teasing fans for well over a year about the prospect of a 40th anniversary tour. The Canadian trio has spent the last decade playing setlists either heavy on new material or focused on self-indulgent specialty eras. R40’s stop at Moda Center on July 21 was payback to anyone who ever liked Rush, as the evening began with material from 2012’s Clockwork Angels and ...   More
 
Thursday, July 23, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Live Review: Garth Brooks at Moda Center, 4/12

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Here's an old Garth Brooks story worth hearing: In 1993, at the height of his fame, with four straight albums topping the Billboard 200 and a Time magazine cover still on the rack at the dentist office, Brooks and his band were weary of playing arena shows. "I like what I've got but I miss what I had," he said.So a man who was arguably the biggest musician in the world had his manager book him ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Almost Live: Georgetown Vs. Eastern Wazzu, March Madness at the Rose Garden

Live from the Rose Garden, it's the NCAA tournament.

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Are you at the Rose Garden right now? No, huh. Damn. Well, gotta tell you, taking a Thursday off to watch six hours of live basketball played by kids from around the country is one of the best ways to spend an overcast spring day in Portland. Because we know that you want to know what you're missing, and because we don't want to miss it or pay for it, and because they even give us a buffet lunch, we're ...   More
 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

Portland Greets the Westboro Baptist Church at Moda Center

Video and photos from the Kansas hate group's protest (and the much larger counter-protest) on Saturday night.

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Last week, the Westboro Baptist Church—the small Kansas-based ministry infamous for protesting the funerals of anyone they believe has defied the rule of God, which, to them, seems to be basically everyone—announced its intent to picket outside Moda Center in opposition of the Trail Blazer organization's vocal support of gay marriage. Bad idea. Because if there's anything Portland loves more than ...   More
 
Saturday, January 10, 2015 LUCAS CHEMOTTI

"God Hates Portland Trail Blazers," According to Westboro Baptist Church

Kansas-based hate group plans to protest outside Moda Center this Saturday.

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Everyone's (least) favorite extremist Christian trolls, the Westboro Baptist Church, are coming to Portland this weekend, and have announced their intent to take in a Blazers game. Excuse me, that should read take on a Blazers game. According to a press release faxed to the WW office, the Topeka-based ministry—known for picketing everything from the Holocaust Museum to the funeral of Ronnie ...   More
 
Monday, January 5, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Fleetwood Mac at Moda Center, 11/22

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Growing up, I hated Fleetwood Mac. Maybe part of the problem was I usually lumped them in with the Eagles, a band that is truly terrible, or with my general distaste for classic rock dinosaurs, borne from a childhood spent listening to Phil Collins and Sting greatest hit tapes on every single family roadtrip. Nirvana and Pearl Jam and Hole hit right when I got my first Discman, and soon after, my older ...   More
 
Sunday, November 23, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Justin Timberlake at Moda Center, 11/20

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It’s easy to forget how long Justin Timberlake has been famous. Even though I’m well aware that he shed the boy-band image more than a decade ago, until last night part of me imagined his shows were still filled with a sea of teenage girls screaming themselves hoarse. There was plenty of screaming happening at the Moda Center, but the sources were varied. There was the scrawny 16-year-old ...   More
 
Friday, November 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: The Black Keys at Moda Center, Oct. 31

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The Black Keys new album, Turn Blue, is big.It's not the sort of exponential up-scaling from Magic Potion, the band's last record as a legit two-piece, to the Danger-Mousified Attack & Release. But from frontman Dan Auerbach's sticky jam on the opener, "Weight of Love," it's a deeper, lower, louder album than its immediate predecessor, El Camino.The Moda Center is also big. A little bigger than ...   More
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

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