Cheer Up, Drunky

Pro tips for surviving 77 beers and massive crowds at the annual Holiday Ale Fest at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Arrive early, but not too early: Portland's Holiday Ale Festival always gets packed—17,000-plus attendees will drop in over five days—which means you want to get there before sought-after    More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Headout: Pioneer John

As Portland’s living room celebrates 30 years, an underemployed writer tests its livability.

Melting into the thick cushion of my light-blue butterfly chair, I pick up a copy of The New Yorker from my mahogany TV tray. The dense, dry articles are a welcome companion on this lazy afternoon   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 JOHN LOCANTHI

Chappelle’s Non-Show

Remembering the night Dave Chappelle took over Portland—and didn’t even perform.

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Forget the Arab Spring: For me, the true power of social media emerged on July 14, 2009, the day Dave Chappelle shut down Portland. A rumor, spread via Twitter, that the elusive comic was planni   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Thousands of Redheads Will Converge on Pioneer Courthouse Square


Gingerphobes had best avoid Pioneer Courthouse Square on Aug. 17. They'll be outnumbered.It’s the Redhead Event, an attempt by Portland software engineer Rusty Weise and Sammamish, Wash., photographer Anne Lindsay to break the Guinness World Records’ mark for the most natural redheads gathered in one place. Lindsay organized a 2010 record-setting event with 890 carrottops. The group’s new goal: ...   More
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: Dark, Scary Attic

What the hell goes on in Pioneer Courthouse?

Dr. Know
If Pioneer Courthouse Square is “Portland’s living room,” the old Pioneer Courthouse itself seems more like the dark, scary attic that no one ever goes into. It’s a striking building, but what   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 MARTY SMITH

Occupiers Give Up Main Street; Chapman and Lownsdale Empty, Fenced and Lit


Occupy Portland protesters gave up their blockade of Southwest Main Street Sunday night, moving to Pioneer Courthouse Square and ending the movement's direct confrontation with Portland police and city officials.---Police had pushed Occupiers west to Main Street from Chapman and Lownsdale Squares in the early afternoon, blocking traffic on the street for most of the afternoon as they stared across ...   More
Sunday, November 13, 2011 by Martin Cizmar

Tax Day Protest Still On For Tea Party

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Supporters of the tea party in Oregon will be back in Pioneer Courthouse Square this Friday, April 15 for what's become their annual tax day protest. (U.S. taxpayers this year actually have until Monday, April 18 this year to file because of an unusual circumstance.)Organizers of this year’s tea party’s protest starting at 5:30 pm in Portland don’t know what to expect when it comes to turnout. ...   More
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 EVAN SERNOFFSKY

Anti-War Rally Planned For Pioneer Square This Saturday

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Supporters of more than 50 groups plan to turn out this Saturday, March 19 at Pioneer Courthouse Square to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The date marks the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Saturday’s rally of labor, faith-based, peace and environmental justice organizations will highlight the link between the economic downturn and the ongoing wars in the Middle East, ...   More
Monday, March 14, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Come Show Your Support For Protesters in Egypt

Egypt rally in Portland

As events continue to develop quickly in Egypt, the local Egyptian community is planning another rally this Saturday, Feb. 5 in Pioneer Courthouse Square.Organizer Ahmed Raslan, one of the people featured in this week's WW piece about Egyptians in the Portland metropolitan area, says the rally will run from 1 pm to 3 pm. More details can be found on this Facebook page titled Egypt: We Hear You!Last ...   More
Thursday, February 3, 2011 HANK STERN

Protest Planned at Pioneer Square to Support Protesters in Egypt

Egyptian security

There's a gathering planned for Pioneer Courthouse Square in support of the protesters in Egypt on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 29.The Egyptian Association for Change—a group of Egyptians and Egyptian Americans interested in the country's democratic, economic, political and social reform—is hosting a peaceful protest at the downtown Portland square from 2 pm to 5pm. For more information on the protest, ...   More
Friday, January 28, 2011 TIFFANY STUBBERT


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