Feeding Your Obsession With Pork, One Pig Roast At A Time

With the amount of pigs being slaughtered for consumption over the next few weeks, one might think that swine are falling from the sky. (Although, it is better than snow falling from the sky because then the city shuts down and electricity goes out.) Below are the events where everyone, except strict Jews and Muslims, can get their fill of the other white meat. Gracie's at Hotel deLuxe is ...   More
Thursday, February 19, 2009 Samantha Herman

Keep Your Chickens In A Row: Tour De Coop Call for Hosts

The cock has crowed: Growing Gardens has just sent out the call for hosts for the 2009 Tour de Coops, where you can let other excited Portlanders pick (ha!) your brain about urban chicken coop design and other fowl play (ha ha!). Terrible puns aside...given the DIY aesthetic of this town, I am excited to see whatever magnificent castles Portlanders have put up for their urban-friendly fowl. ...   More
Friday, February 20, 2009 Adrienne So

PETA's Got A Thought on Oregon's Beer Tax

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Monday, February 23, 2009 HANK STERN

Congress Goes Ape for Blumenauer's Monkey-Business Bill

Perhaps aping his many animal-loving constituents, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is leading the troop in Congress to throw a monkey wrench into the primate trade. Following last week's attack by a pet chimpanzee in Connecticut, the House today passed a bill sponsored by Blumenauer that prohibits transport of primates across state lines. The bill is aimed at stopping monkeys being used in ...   More
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

A Not-so-Ruff Run: Registration for 2009 Doggie Dash Now Open

Strengthen your dog-to-dog support network and sign yourself and your pup up for the Oregon Humane Society's 2009 Doggie Dash on Saturday, May 9. Neither you nor Poopsie has to be in top racing condition for the 1.5-mile course along Naito Parkway (cars will be blocked, of course). Waterfront Park will be transformed into a "barking lot" (their words, not mine!) for an estimated 5,000 people and ...   More
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Adrienne So

For Grandpa Only: PIFF Audience Awards Released, Taste Kind of Horrible

So I'm well aware that nothing annoys the NW Film Center more than the facile, tired accusation that its Portland International Film Festival caters to the elderly and middlebrow. Their frustration is valid: Every year PIFF screens provocative, violent films like The Chaser and Hunger, and my experience has been that the crowd at these showings is diverse and engaged. But the Film Center does ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 AARON MESH

Death By Pork at Cochon 555

Yesterday was National Pig Day. To celebrate, Georgia-based Taste Network held the Portland edition of Cochon 555, a national series of contests in which five chefs each get a pig and vie to prove their mastery of pork while five winemakers offer samples, at the Ecotrust building. The event, a fundraiser for the Raphael House, was preceded by a reception with a tasting of roasted shoulders from the ...   More
Monday, March 2, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Portland Farmers Market, now with 100 percent less dogs!

We can't say we blame 'em. The Portland Farmers Market sent out two missives this morning. The first blared the return of the city's beloved downtown Saturday farmers market. It's kicking off this year on March 21 (the other four Portland Farmers markets—they're launching a new "Sunday King Market" in Northeast Portland at NE 7th & Wygant between NE Alberta and Prescott, this year—will ...   More
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Live Review: The 2009 Yard, Garden & Patio Show

The 2009 Yard, Garden & Patio Show that took place at the Oregon Convention Center this past weekend was…enlightening. Who knew that half of a disco ball protruding from the soil could be the centerpiece of a garden? Or that people intentionally purchase packs of 200 praying mantis eggs to place in their yards? And then when there are too many bugs, one can start making jewelry out ...   More
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 Samantha Herman

Monkey See, Monkey Do: Legislature Apes Blumenauer's Primate Bill

Remember last week when U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) ushered his Captive Primate Safety Act through the House? It didn't take long for lawmakers in Oregon to get in on the act. The Humane Society of the United States announced today (PDF) a bill in the state Legislature that would prohibit possession of most wild animals as pets. State Sens. Mark Hass (D-Portland) and Brian Boquist ...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2009 JAMES PITKIN


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