"Are You Gonna Fucking Kill People?!"

Video of the Portland Spirit Confrontation with Red Bull Flugtag Observers


The story goes like this:1. Red Bull held an event where people-powered airplane-type contraptions flew off a big ramp into the Willamette. Thousands showed up to watch, including a few hundred people on small boats.2. The Portland Spirit, a boat that takes families on little cruises of the Willamette, tried to take its normal route back to the spot where it docks next to the Hawthorne Bridge. It could ...   More
Monday, August 3, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

Deadspin Interviews Snow Jogger Who Fell In "Perfect" Conditions

And she's not quite the cultural parable you wanted her to be.

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Movies & Television
Look, you've seen the video by now, in some form, while y'all cowered inside from the snow and manned your Facebook feed. A pair of runners in terribly expensive tracksuits were interviewed on KOIN news along a snow-blanketed North Mississippi Avenue. And they self-identified as Californians!"It's the perfect texture for running," says the woman, in rapturous tones. "Very low impact, and ...   More
Sunday, February 9, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Yes, We Went to the Stripper Dog Wash


We admit it—we had nothing to do this weekend.So on Saturday, we wandered down to famed Southeast Portland strip club Sassy’s Bar and Grill, to witness the fourth annual Dog and Car Wash event to raise money for the Oregon Humane Society. Attendees were served beers behind a gated fence where Bikini-clad women armed with shampoo scrubbed down pups. Outside, dancers hosed off cars and flagged down ...   More
Monday, August 5, 2013 CATALINA GAITAN

VIDEO: Jeff Cogen Presents Sonia Manhas the Chair's Excellence Award


Three months before Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen began an affair with Sonia Manhas, he presented her with one of the highest honors for a county employee: the Chair's Excellence Award.The county workers who packed the board chambers on May 4, 2011 couldn't have known how the relationship between Cogen and Manhas would shake county government. Today, Manhas resigned from the county health department, ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 AARON MESH

Son of Blazers' Analyst Mike Rice Fired From Rutgers for Violence, Anti-Gay Slurs


Trail Blazers television commentator Mike Rice says the darndest things during game broadcasts. His son, Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, Jr., screamed anti-gay slurs at his players during practice. So, as of today, the younger Rice is no longer Rutgers' basketball coach.The New Jersey university fired Rice this morning after ESPN aired videos showing the coach hurling basketballs and expletive-laden ...   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 AARON MESH

Avenue of the Roses

A documentary filmmaker collects portraits of change along 82nd Avenue.

News Stories
I used to sneer at Chinatowns. I considered them tourist attractions that I wanted nothing to do with. I grew up in Taiwan with Chinese food and Chinese culture—what’s new to see in any ci   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 IVY LIN

Live Video: Floater at Crystal Ballroom, 1/11


Floater is Portland's most polarizing band. Beloved and hated in equal measure—though, as this 2010 Willamette Week cover story backs up, I'd argue the group is loved enough outside the city that it fully eclipses the hate—the band's been around for damn near 20 years, and regardless of which side of that divide you fall on, you must admit that's mighty impressive. Longevity at that scale doesn't ...   More
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Video: Denver at Mississippi Studios, 1/18


Looking at Portland's Denver—yes, that's an odd construction, I know—you get an idea of what they might sound like: large mustaches, pearl snap-up shirts, cowboy boots, an ever-present bottle of Jim Beam. If you say, "alt-country," well, you'd be wrong. Denver, in fact, plays straight-up country—boot-scootin' honky-tonk that doesn't look back longingly at a dustier time in American history ...   More
Monday, January 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Video: Why Neil McFarlane Wants to Allow TriMet Bus Drivers to Strike


 TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane stopped by our office last Thursday for an interview before giving his "State of TriMet" report this morning. That report was more like a war council, with McFarlane offering his opening tactic in a contract battle with TriMet's employee union: Accept smaller healthcare benefits, or the transit agency will have to cut 70 percent of bus service by the ...   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 AARON MESH


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