Salmon: Tasty and Mysterious

It seems like Portlanders already know a fair bit about salmon, that fabulous, tasty-fleshed fish, friend of the cedar plank and worthy topper of bagels (when smoked and hopefully sprinkled with capers). Others know it better as a harbinger of commercial fishing and eco-disaster as well as a political wiffleball —this fish gets more headlines than Jaws . But, my friends, it turns out there is ...   More
Friday, November 14, 2008 KELLY CLARKE

Milk Premieres Tonight, Wendy and Lucy Tomorrow. Which One Should You See?

This is the weekend the Northwest Film and Video Festival officially turns into an embarrassment of riches: Gus Van Sant's Milk premieres tonight at the Albert Schnitzer Concert Hall, while Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy makes its local debut tomorrow night in the Portland Art Museum's Whitsell Auditorium. As a cinephile, and a citizen of this fine filmmaking capital, it is your duty to ...   More
Friday, November 14, 2008 AARON MESH

Thanksgiving for Lazy People (like us).

Sometimes the thought of dealing with all that raw poultry and pie crust just makes you wanna throw up. And for those times, here's a helpful list of some local restaurants serving a full Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 27. And we've also got a list of helpful local purveyors who can help you transform your home holiday table through the magic of takeout. We'll update this post as more ...   More
Monday, November 17, 2008 KELLY CLARKE

Pity the Poor Rooster: The Atlantic Monthly Examines Portland's Urban Chickens

About three months ago, my housemates purchased three chickens, and placed them in an elaborately constructed coop in our backyard. This has had absolutely no discernible effect on my life, because these chickens are lady chickens, and thus prone to clucking quietly and (as of this week) laying small, greenish eggs. If they had been dude chickens, it would have been a different story. If they ...   More
Thursday, December 4, 2008 AARON MESH

Just When You Might Be Respecting PETA...

...they go and do something like this. As a vegan, I feel I have ample room to consider what's fair —and unfair— criticism of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' tactics to spotlight animal abuses and atrocities. Naked chicks wearing lettuce, for example: who can argue that doesn't give eating salad a whole new meaning? But seriously, PETA, it's when you treat meat-eating ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 Sarah Jennings

Get Your Broke Ass to the Zoo!

Being broke sucks. However, it does give one more impetus for seeking out free stuff. Our most recent find for the financially challenged is free admission to the Oregon Zoo on Monday, Jan. 19, in honor of MLK Day. Just when you were wondering what to do with the kids on their day off, take ‘em to see the baby elephant and swear that you will throw them in the lion exhibit if they misbehave. ...   More
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Samantha Herman

PETA: Using Fake Blood to Make You Feel Awkward Since 1980

Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals descended upon Portland city streets today to demonstrate against wearing fur. Using PETA's trademark fake blood (keeping a gallon jug full of the stuff nearby) and other press grabbers from its arsenal, two ladies dressed in fur coats laid on top of other coats while keeping their high-heeled feet near a giant steel animal trap. (In ...   More
Friday, January 9, 2009 Sarah Jennings

As Bob Barker Would Say...

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Dan Green

Catching up with the fur fighters.

Passers-by can't help but slow down as they walk by the downtown Nordstrom entrance on Sundays. At the intersection of Yamhill and Broadway, a television seated on a little red wagon takes up residence 12 feet from Nordstrom's glass doors. With the screen depicting animals chewing off their own limbs and dying slow deaths from dehydration as the centerpiece, half a dozen people with leaflets and ...   More
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 Samantha Herman


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