Breaking: We've Officially Determined When Old Portland Died

RIP Old Portland: 1985 - 2011


Last week we asked the people of Portland: when was Old Portland born and when did it die?Hundreds made their voices heard through the democratic process (umm, our online poll) and the answer was clear.Old Portland was born on Jan. 2, 1985, the day legendary Mayor Bud Clark rode a bicycle to his inauguration. Oh Bud Clark. The Whooping Mayor. The "Expose Yourself to Art" Flasher Mayor. The Bar-Owning ...   More
Friday, August 21, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Dead and Gone

When was Old Portland born and when did it die?

Old Portland is dead. We know this for many reasons, including the fact that a local theater group is staging a funeral for it this weekend. What we don’t know is exactly when it w   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Portlandia To Film a Full Episode at Pickathon

Fred and Carrie to be joined on the main stage by "incredible special music guest."


Put a bird on Pickathon! Or something! Sorry, I haven't paid attention to Portlandia for a long time, so I'm not up to date on the catch phrases. Regardless, the apparently still-ongoing sketch-comedy show—which was just nominated for two Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series—has announced that it will be filming an entire episode at the annual not-quite-roots-music festival out in ...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Night Uber: Ladies from Nebraska

“If we drive by a cop, one of you has to duck.”

Editor’s note: Back in the mid-aughts, Willamette Week ran a column called Night Cabbie. In keeping with the times, we now present Night Uber. I was going to say I get more female t   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 JOHAN MATHIESEN

Carrie Brownstein's Memoir Has a Release Date

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl publishes Oct. 27.


Arts & Books
It's Carrie Brownstein's year. The rest of us are only living in it. You already can't escape her on television (Portlandia just wrapped its fifth season, and got renewed for two more), nor in the music press (Sleater-Kinney's first album in a decade, No Cities to Love, came out in January, to widespread acclaim) or the grocery store checkout aisle. And, coming this fall, the bookstore will offer ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Portlandia Season 5 Finale

Movies & Television
People are Strange: Portlandia Season 5 FinaleThe Peeves: taxidermy, weirdos, helicopter parents, arson, talking heads (the phenomenon, not the band), Pussy Riot (the band not the phenomenon), police, hostage situationsPut a Cap on It: Bryce Shivers and Lisa Eversman switched from putting birds on things to selling taxidermy animals. Now they’re back, advertising their Dead Pets store: “not sleeping, ...   More
Thursday, March 12, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Imperfect Pitch: Portlandia Tackles Karaoke and Consumer Electronics


Movies & Television
The Peeves: Overly competitive people, karaoke, working from home, home entertainment systems, the United States Postal Service, Paul SimonPut a Cap on It: What’s the point of seeing Paul Simon speak? Asking him the best question, of course! So say resident tightasses Kath and Dave, who ask him a lot of weird questions about “vocalization” in the process. Later, they’re invited to a karaoke ...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 8: Really Real

Movies & Television
The Peeves: real estate, micro-homes, landlords, home renovation, financial ignorance, S&MPut a Cap on It: Enough artifice—the twee shops, the stupid hobbies, the pet causes. This episode satirizes the stuff that actually makes a city: real estate.  The show opens with Fred and Carrie in an advertisement for one of those tiny, trendy homes. Fred and Carrie’s characters in it have everything: ...   More
Friday, February 27, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 7: The Man Show


Movies & Television
The Peeves: sexual orientation, stay-at-home-dads, feminism, male feminists, ridesharing programsPut a Cap on It: This episode isn’t based around a particular theme, it’s just a collection of sketches. Well, maybe it’s loosely themed around sexuality? You tell me.The show opens with a PSA about National Coming Out Day (which is actually October 11), that encourages people to come out as different ...   More
Friday, February 20, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH


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