Oregon Brewers Fest turns 21, lushes share birthday horrors

Some birthdays are undeniable milestones, rites-of-passage that bring back the fondest memories. • Leaving childhood by the wayside and entering adolescence at 13. Sorry, mommy, baby's gotta grow up. • Turning Sweet 16 and taking to the streets. Sorry, mommy, but the car insurance is going to go up. • Turning 18 and gaining the right to vote, a right that our forefathers died ...   More
Monday, July 28, 2008

CineMagic Discovers an Exciting New Way to Promote Batman

Earlier this month, I stood in line under the bright marquee of Hawthorne's CineMagic to catch a midnight screening of The Dark Knight. If only I'd known where that marquee had been. Major props to my colleague Shawn Levy, who discovered this photograph of CineMagic employees switching signs from Hancock to The Dark Knight, and forwarded it along to Hollywood Elsewhere uber-blogger Jeffrey Wells. ...   More
Thursday, July 31, 2008 AARON MESH

John McCain is Stealing My Jokes

"Jones, once a rake and a mercenary, is now an advertisement for clean living. He's quit the filthy whiskey, he's a decorated war hero, and he is apparently impervious to injury. Where the Indy of old had to dodge a Nazi strongman until a plane propeller finished the fight, the Indy of Crystal Skull takes matters into his own fists, pummeling the Soviets' largest soldier until he collapses into ...   More
Thursday, August 7, 2008 AARON MESH

Merkley: Rhymes With Barkley?

Following Jeff Merkley's condemnation of robocalls and subsequent embrace of them, we have this tangentially related robo-tidbit. Tipster Glen Carson alerted us to an exceptionally lame robo-call message, left on his answering machine, which paraphrases Merkley's Georgia gaffe and directs listeners to "hear the whole story" at a website called Freedom's Watch. The mocking voice declares that ...   More
Friday, August 29, 2008 Tony Piff

Nobody Works Anymore: Fall is in the air

Hey, all. How was the weekend? Are you feeling refreshed, excited and ready to go? Well it's a good thing you are, because the markets sure aren't . I t looks like stock prices are falling faster than the leaves on the trees. So does this mean we're officially fucked? Wait, what's that you say, Sean? [youtube QRvMU1K_AWU] Well, I'm glad we've got that cleared up. Though something tells me ...   More
Monday, October 6, 2008 Matt Graham

Fun and Freaks at Esozone

Photo by Fenris23 . This weekend all the freaks, witches, hippies and just plain ol' free spirits from throughout the Northwest are going to be making our weird Portland a little bit stranger than it already is. That's because it's time for the second annual Esozone festival . This year's theme: “The Other Tomorrow.” “It all started when a bunch of occultists who communicated ...   More
Friday, October 10, 2008 Matt Graham

Marijuana in Molalla: Return of the 'Gateway Drug'

As featured on the Oregon NORML website, a member of the pro-pot group recently photographed this incredible billboard on Highway 99E. And it appears that you paid for it. As revealed by NORML's research, the group named on the billboard — Molalla Coalition Against Drug Crime — receives federal money from the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Contacted this morning, the ...   More
Friday, December 5, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

God's Authorial Buddy Accused of Plagiarism

Neil Donald Walsch, author of the mega-selling "Conversations With God," has some 'splainin' to do. According to The New York Times, Walsch got nabbed repurposing a heart-warming holiday tale penned by another writer named Candy Chand. Walsch told the Times "he would never deliberately copy another writer's words without attributing them," a response that failed to impress Ms. Chand. “If ...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

I want your sex (writing), part II

Don't you publishers ever get sick of sex? Another month or two has gone by and once again, the Willamette Week office is filling up with review copies of new and soon to be published dirty books. Seriously, I trip on bare backing manuals and kinky niche erotica collections every time I leave my desk to get a cup of coffee. As I explained last time we did this, in February, we're just too tired ...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2009 KELLY CLARKE


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