Three Movies You Should See Before Portlandia

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Movies & Television
No, Portlandia is not actually a movie, and yes, we actually liked it fine, thanks. (We especially like how Carrie Brownstein got every single East Coast media outlet to run practically the same profile, even though they must have known they would be repeating a narrative she meticulously established and controlled, down to repeating exact quotes about her platonic life partnership with Fred Armisen. ...   More
 
Friday, January 6, 2012 AARON MESH

Self-Seriously Funny

Portlandia brings back pickling and other hobbies.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The second episode of the second season of Portlandia revolves around a duo, played by Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, engaged in the winter sport favored by most Portland couples   More
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 AARON MESH

Portlandia Live Reviewed

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein take the stage as Portland's ambassadors to itself

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Arts & Books
Image courtesy of IFC's Portlandia BlogThe premise is, I suppose, simple: Take Portland on a tour, not merely in the pages of magazines and dailies, but actually as a place. Who says one city can’t visit another? But then of course, it is not so much Portland that is touring in live form to Seattle and New York and Boston (and also at the tour’s kickoff at the Hollywood Theater this past Tuesday, ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Scoop: Gossip we expect to report in 2012…


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FOOD FOR FOUGHT: The Oregonian continues to troll for foodie outrage with A&E cover stories such as “The Top 10 Previously Frozen Corn Dogs in the Portland Area,” and “The Culinary Delight   More
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Mock Star

Carrie Brownstein is making fun of you.


Cover Story
In her 10 years as a Portlander, Carrie Brownstein has been many things: a guitarist, an actress, a blogger, an advertising writer, a dog trainer and, most recently, the creator of a TV series...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 AARON MESH

Scoop: PDX on the Tube, Not Quite Trek and Old Spice’s PBJ plug.

Gossip going fareless while it can.


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WE’RE ON TELEVISION (KIND OF)!: Two of Portland’s national TV shows are finding local talent in the obvious place: the pages of this august publication. On Friday, Grimm (which is performing   More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Scoop: James Franco Fanfic, Tanuki Returns and Portlandia LIVE

Gossip gobbling down tofurducken


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FUNDING JAMES FRANCO: We’re big fans of “crowd-funding” website Kickstarter, which allows people to follow through on brilliant and/or stupid project ideas through cash pledges from generous ’   More
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 WW Cultural Staff

How Portland Tastes...According to Seattle's 5 Spot

Sadly, there was no "Gus van Sandwich."

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Food & Drink
Longtime WW contributor Chris Stamm broke our hearts and moved to Seattle a few months ago. We asked him to give us his assessment of the Emerald City's version of PDX cuisine. Feel free to leave your own 5 Spot taste test notes in the comments. As Ruth Brown reported last month, Seattle comfort food institution 5 Spot, which apparently has a rotating gimmick menu, would be putting Portland on the ...   More
 
Friday, August 26, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

No Pita’s Like Your Pita.


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SO LONG AND THANKS FOR THE PITAS: Portland is set to lose one of its most beloved food carts: Ziba’s Pitas is up for sale on Craigslist. “After 5 years of serving Portland I have decided to retir   More
 
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 WW Culture Staff

Portlandia's Armisen to Give Oregon Episcopal School Commencement Address

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Movies & Television
Celebrity commencement speakers are a mainstay at college graduations, but not something you expect to get in high school—unless you go to Oregon Episcopal School. This year the seniors get to have comedian Fred Armisen bid them adieu. (For all you television-ignorers, Armisen is the co-star of IFC’s Stumptown satire, Portlandia, and is a Saturday Night Live regular, often impersonating President ...   More
 
Thursday, May 26, 2011 ASHLEY COLLMAN

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