Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette: On Bluesy Tides


On shore, the Waterfront Blues Festival is a mellow time. Last weekend's party celebrated the Blues, the city of Portland, and a warm summer weekend. The lazy summer sun hung overhead as much of the crowd sits back in their camping chairs and having a few beers. Inside Tom McCall Waterfront Park, seating areas are well-marked, the porta-johns immaculate, and the smoking section clearly designated. ...   More
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Hobo Pirates of the Willamette: At Preparation's End

Bluesfest is here and Finger the "Partial Pirate" is ready.


The Canada geese are being chased from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The plump migratory birds usually rule the roost on the scenic walkway along the riverfront. But it's now filled with workers setting up tents and stages. Meanwhile, the water is under blockade from a fleet of small boats. The few geese that remain fight a losing battle to hold onto their park. Shit-covered grass is all that remains ...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette

Yo, ho, ho and a can of PBR.


The morning sun slips through gaps in the patchwork drapes of the captain's quarters, landing an unwelcome blow on Finger's sleeping face.The hungover pirate rises from his untidy bed, grabbing a can of PBR as he walks past his drum set in the pilot's cabin.Finger hops from his boat onto his makeshift, free-floating dock near Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Five anchors hold his dock in place, leaving ...   More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

They Seem Pretty Satisfied to Me: Shine a Light Reviewed

The new Scorsese/Stones IMAX picture screened for critics last night, providing a definitive answer to the question of whether we will still need and feed Mick Jagger when he's 64: Shine a Light Martin Scorsese's Shine a Light opens with a fairly dispiriting montage of the director begging the Rolling Stones to give him their set list and allow him to place more cameras on their stage. It's ...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 AARON MESH

Get Your Fill of Kesey

IMAGE: george kelly Portland Center Stage has seized the opportunity of Aaron Posner's new adaptation of Ken Kesey's best novel opening on Friday to present a full weekend of education events about the work of the man who brought WW publisher Richard Meeker to Oregon. It sounds like a great lineup. Here's the press release: Saturday April 5 2 pm Never Give A Inch: Kesey on Stage, Screen, ...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

OFFICIAL UPDATE: Wes "The Collector" Rhodes Dodges Prison, For Now

Today was supposed to mark the start of a marathon three-day sentencing hearing for Wes Rhodes, an Oregon City investment adviser who pleaded guilty to mail fraud and money laundering. That hearing is postponed, but there are plenty of strange twists and shenanigans to report, including anonymous letters, the revelation of a hidden $38,000 stash, and Rhodes reporting to police that he was the ...   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Curtain Raiser: A Ship, a Sedan and a Streetcar

The shows just keep on coming. Two big openings this week: Oregon Children's Theatre revisits Treasure Island (again), this time with Cap'n Bogg and Salty in tow. It's got a huge set, a great cast lead by Jim Caputo, and just three performances. If your kids like pirates, catch this one. Also opening is Theatre Vertigo's production of The Long Christmas Ride Home, a "puppet play with actors" by ...   More
Friday, April 18, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Ralph Nader Wants Portland's Vote

He's lurking. The people love him. He's spoiling for another fight. And he's coming back to Portland. Ralph Nader's 2008 presidential campaign is descending on Stumptown in just under three weeks. He'll speak at Portland's Benson Polytechnic High School on May 13 at 7:30 pm. So far his 2008 run isn't affiliated with any party. But that never mattered to us mavericks in Oregon. And Portland, ...   More
Friday, April 25, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Accused Of Skullduggery, Adams Campaign Calls Dozono A 'Serial Deadbeat'

Mayoral candidate Sho Dozono tried to change the subject this afternoon after accusing his opponent—who WW endorsed today—of trying to change the subject. Check this out, at the bottom of the Dozono campaign's press release announcing he'll pay back the $18,000+ he owes the city in rent for his restaurant, Bush Garden: "It is interesting to note," campaign manager, Amie Abott [sic] ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 COREY PEIN

In the Desert of the Real: The Fall Reviewed

The Fall opened last Friday, but did so just as our critic was returning from vacation. It was worth the wait: The Fall Everything that marks The Fall as superior to the summer's other action spectacles—and that guarantees that it will find only a fraction of their audience—can be summed up in its approach to monkeys. Primates have already played an regrettably prominent role in this ...   More
Monday, June 2, 2008 AARON MESH


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