Greg Oden: To Believe Or Not To Believe

Dare us basketball-starved fans take this video of the USA Olympic select basketball practice as actual evidence that Greg Oden looks more mobile and capable of defending the pick-and-roll in what will be his second pro season? Or are we so deep in the summer sports doldrums that we're grasping at any evidence of Oden fulfilling his potential (was it really only two summers ago that he was on ...   More
Friday, July 24, 2009 HANK STERN

Crazy Enough: Storm's new 8-mile vagina video.

[youtube w5U-YT-mRmI] Storm Large's single "8 Miles Wide" from her one-woman show, Crazy Enough (playing through Aug. 16 at Portland Center Stage) is the year's best anthem, popping up in impromptu choruses wherever you find actors or Storm fans or Rick Emerson. Now the video, directed by Film Geek and The Auteur director James Westby, is out. It's a who's who of Portland pseudocelebrity—who's ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

It's Raining Service Animals

What state officials call a growing conflict over service animals in grocery stores is prompting them to take a stab at defusing the conflict. The Oregon Department of Agriculture this week announced the start of an "education campaign" that apparently will include a dog-shaped poster for all retail food establishments with information defining a service animal and giving tips to consumers upset ...   More
Thursday, August 13, 2009 HANK STERN

Why The Barney Frank Video Got An Insider's Chuckle From Portland City Hall

This video making the rounds today in which U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) tells some woman waving an Obama-as-Hitler sign that having a conversation with her would be like arguing with a "dining room table" got a huge laugh from a former Frank staffer in Portland. That ex-staffer is city Commissioner Nick Fish, who in the early 1980s both volunteered for Frank's campaign and worked as a paid ...   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Here's One Memory of Ted Kennedy. What's Yours?

Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last night, led a life obviously both accomplished and troubled. But beyond the obvious signposts of the highs as the "Lion of the Senate" and the lows of Chappaquidick (and of course now the way Democrats will use his death as an impetus to pass real health care reform), I first realized the depth of the connection he and his family's legacy had in 1980. That's when ...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 HANK STERN

Trail Blazers Sign Ime Udoka

Ex-Portland Trail Blazer Ime Udoka, whose local hoops roots also include Jefferson High and Portland State University, has been signed by the Blazers as they get ready for training camp next week. Again, not an earth-shattering offseason move by the Blazers heading into camp. But if Udoka ends up making the team, he has proven throughout his basketball odyssey to be a good defender and not the ...   More
Friday, September 25, 2009 HANK STERN

Lips naked video saga continues at Gus Van Sant's place on Sauvie Island.

We've just gotten word that the Flaming Lips naked bike video saga is continuing today on Sauvie Island. (Take a sec to read Matt Singer's amazing post on yesterday's video shoot and boob casting at Mt. Tabor Park while you're at it). Would-be fur vag emergers and naked bikers met this morning at Mt. Tabor Park only to caravan to Sauvie Island, where the band is shooting more excellent fleshy footage ...   More
Thursday, September 24, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

From The Fab Five To Portland: Blazers Sign Juwan Howard to One-Year Deal

It's been a long time since Juwan Howard was on Michigan's fabled Fab Five. So long that when Howard came into the NBA 15 years ago from Michigan, his first team was still known as the Bullets before that name was considered in poor taste for a franchise in Washington D.C. We tell you all this so you get a sense with today's news about the Trail Blazers signing the 36-year-old former All-Star ...   More
Thursday, September 17, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

TBA Diary: AMYO/tinyrage, Too

Amy O'Neal is rightly well known for her kinetic, inventive hip hop dance with locust (read WW's review of their TBA performance this week) and with performance artist Reggie Watts, but in her TBA Fest show with Ellie Sandstrom, Too, there are much different things at stake. The piece begins not with live dance but with film, with a David-Lynch creep up the steps to a house, and what follows ...   More
Friday, September 11, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

My Top Five Memorial Coliseum Memories

Since so many folks are all a-twitter today about the Blazers returning to the Memorial Coliseum for an exhibition game, here are my Top Five moments from events I actually attended as a lad in the building before it became an under-used eyesore. #5: The Blazers' Billy Ray Bates pulls off this incredible last-second shot with the help of a great pass from Kermit Washington: [youtube][/youtube] #4 ...   More
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 HANK STERN


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