Bookpocalypse 2009: Twenty-Third Avenue Books "In the Process" of Closing Shop


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The window sign now seems ironic on several levels. If the locked doors on a Friday lunch hour weren't signal enough, a manager of Twenty-Third Avenue Avenue Books confirmed this afternoon that the Northwest Portland independent bookstore is closing. "We're in the process," she said, removing several days' worth of FedEx missed-delivery stickers from the store's front door. I told her I was ...   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2009 AARON MESH

Live Review: Michael Pollan's Army


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Michael Pollan , one of the loudest, funniest voices calling for a change in the way Americans eat—or rather, gorge, charmed a sold out crowd of lit lovers and foodies at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall last night at his Portland Arts & Lecture Series appearance. The author, best known for his food road trip The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Obama's $wearing-in Ceremony


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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 HANK STERN

Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser Coming to Portland... To Fight Rare Diseases?


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Indiana Jones is meeting the Mummy in Portland. And they will fight autosomal recessive metabolic disorder. The Oregon Film and Video Office has confirmed reports that Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser will arrive in Portland this April to begin shooting Crowley, a medical drama about a father and a researcher who team up to find a cure for Pompe disease. The movie, directed by What Happens ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 AARON MESH

Y'Know That Recession Thing: It's Sticking Around Awhile


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Well, that was depressing. Just got back from City Club of Portland's weekly Friday Forum where state economist Tom Potiowsky (photo below) delivered a grim forecast for this year (hence the crash photo above). Potiowsky forecasts the most recent state unemployment numbers of 8.1 percent in November will go up when December's numbers come out in 10 days. And he adds that "before this ...   More
 
Friday, January 9, 2009 HANK STERN

The Art of (Costly and Lavish) Local Weddings


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As Portland continues to buckle under the weight of a downtrodden economy and increased joblessness, it's comforting to know that there are still small pockets of people forking over money for ritzy events and expensive receptions. The Art of Weddings, a conglomeration of florists, dress retailers, chefs, and wedding planners scheduled to descend upon Luxe Autohaus on Jan. 8, claims to be “a ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Samantha Herman

One Reason To Ring In The New Year


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Monday, December 29, 2008 HANK STERN

Restaurant Apocalypse 2008: Kinta


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Saturday, December 27, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 HANK STERN

Recession Therapy


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

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