Nobody Works Anymore: Saggin' and Thuggin'

It's all about the saggy pants. The ban on "droopy drawers" in Riviera Beach, Fla., has been ruled—surprise!—unconstitutional. While Florida fogeys pine for the return of suspenders, we dip into the alien-yet-mainstream world of hip-hop culture and thuggery. Sag with Japanese Precision: The Tightsag blog shows just how much the "ass-sag" has evolved. Thug WIFE: Ice T's beloved ...   More
Tuesday, September 16, 2008 Tony Piff

PDX Hooters Hottie Goes National, Makes 2009 Calendar

Adrean Butler, an appropriately-endowed server working at the Jantzen Beach Hooters restaurant, beat out 15,000 other aspirants (really!) for a spot in the 2009 company calendar. The calendar, now in its 23rd year, will be available for purchase online and in all Hooters restaurants for about $16.95. It is somewhat less creepy than the Naked Clown Calendar. Per tradition, the calendar is printed ...   More
Thursday, October 9, 2008 Tony Piff

This Is Not Going to End Well: Santacon Moving to Hillsboro

(2007 Santacon images taken by this Flickr photographer) Just as the Portland Police pledge to be better prepared to handle several thousand stinko paralytico Kris Kringles marching through downtown, the Portland Cacophony Society has apparently pulled the rug out from under them: WW and other local media outlets (or at least the Merc) have received notice that Santacon is moving to suburbia. You'd ...   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 AARON MESH

Chippendales Do Portland

New Year's Resolution: See more hot men in an intentional state of undress. In light of the fact that Chippendales will be gracing Portland's Refectory next week (Thursday, Jan. 15), it is time to discuss amongst ourselves the place of a male revue in our lives. And everyone has an opinion when it comes to Chippendales. Celebrities tend to have an inflated view of Chippendales' influence ...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2009 Samantha Herman

Live from the Chippendales: “My Hands Smell Like Baby Oil!”

Let me set the mood for you: The back room of the Refectory is filled with women, ages 30 to 70, sipping alcohol and listening to Michael Jackson's “Smooth Criminal” while fully clothed Chippendales dancers pose for photos. A male server in a vest with nothing underneath towel pops another server. The grandmas at the table in front of me ask their server for the price of every single ...   More
Monday, January 19, 2009 Samantha Herman

Beep, Bleep, Beep, Bleep, Wedding Bells Are Ringing

You know the intersection of Northwest 5th Avenue and Couch Street? The corner with Floating World Comics, Ground Kontrol, Backspace and Compound? I always call that spot Geektopia. Then again, given Portland's outsized pull on the the national comics community, maybe I should expand that term to cover the whole city. We've got another nationally-known independent comics company in the metro area now, ...   More
Monday, January 26, 2009 Brandon Seifert

Look Who Got Busted by the OLCC

The oldest strip club in Portland was singled out for a spanking at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's monthly meeting June 18-19. Mary's Club, the venerable strip club at 129 SW Broadway St., got busted for permitting employees to serve booze without a service permit. Mary's owner Vicki Keller was ordered to pay a $3,795 fine or take a 23-day liquor-license suspension. Other notables ...   More
Monday, June 29, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Stripper Loses Lawsuit for Hourly Wages

Exotic dancer Zipporah Foster has lost one of two lawsuits she filed last year against Portland strip clubs seeking hourly wages and back pay. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Kelly Skye ruled May 18 that Foster was an independent contractor, not an employee, when she worked at Exotica International Club for Men. Therefore, Skye ruled the Northeast Portland club does not owe Foster the money ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 JAMES PITKIN


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