Curtain Raiser: A Ship, a Sedan and a Streetcar

The shows just keep on coming. Two big openings this week: Oregon Children's Theatre revisits Treasure Island (again), this time with Cap'n Bogg and Salty in tow. It's got a huge set, a great cast lead by Jim Caputo, and just three performances. If your kids like pirates, catch this one. Also opening is Theatre Vertigo's production of The Long Christmas Ride Home, a "puppet play with actors" by ...   More
Friday, April 18, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Updated: "The Law" threatens to sue Elaine Franklin in a State House Race

Update: Here is candidate Phyllis Thiemann's response to Matt Lindland, her rival for the Republican nomination in House District 52,'s demand for an apology: From: "Phyllis Thiemann" Date: May 5, 2008 4:57:12 PM PDT To: "'Matt Lindland'" Subject: In Response to Your Letter May 5, 2008 Dear Matt, I too filed to run for State Representative in House ...   More
Monday, May 5, 2008 NIGEL JAQUISS

Accused Of Skullduggery, Adams Campaign Calls Dozono A 'Serial Deadbeat'

Mayoral candidate Sho Dozono tried to change the subject this afternoon after accusing his opponent—who WW endorsed today—of trying to change the subject. Check this out, at the bottom of the Dozono campaign's press release announcing he'll pay back the $18,000+ he owes the city in rent for his restaurant, Bush Garden: "It is interesting to note," campaign manager, Amie Abott [sic] ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 COREY PEIN

Ralph Nader Wants Portland's Vote

He's lurking. The people love him. He's spoiling for another fight. And he's coming back to Portland. Ralph Nader's 2008 presidential campaign is descending on Stumptown in just under three weeks. He'll speak at Portland's Benson Polytechnic High School on May 13 at 7:30 pm. So far his 2008 run isn't affiliated with any party. But that never mattered to us mavericks in Oregon. And Portland, ...   More
Friday, April 25, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Best of Portland Poll Update: One Week Left; Cort Crushes Emerson; Suzuki Maintains Lead

There are just nine days remaining to cast your ballot in WW's 2008 Best of Portland Poll and enter to win great stuff. Almost 2,000 people have already voted, over a third of whom live in Southeast. North Portland, it's time to step up. The citywide races continue to surprise. Last night, ballots from Cort and Fatboy's fans poured in, launching the KUFO twosome to a 40-point lead over early favorite ...   More
Friday, May 23, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

Hard Knocks: The Strangers Reviewed

Though its trailer certainly looked frightening enough to warrant an early screening, The Strangers was not released to critics before WW press deadlines. Chris Stamm reports that it was even scarier than it looked: The Strangers Like Michael Haneke's Funny Games, but without the condescending and scolding reminders that we should feel guilty for enjoying ourselves, The Strangers is an unrelenting ...   More
Friday, May 30, 2008 AARON MESH

Peace Not A-fart-theid: You Don't Mess With the Zohan Reviewed

Screened after WW press deadlines, this Judd Apatow-Adam Sandler collaboration marks the beginning of the apocalypse today. Andy Davis reviews: You Don't Mess With the Zohan The opposite of Adam Sandler's grating man-child persona, Zohan is a cocky Israeli counter-terrorist agent of superhuman skill who leaves it all behind for life as a hairdresser in New York. He's actually a pretty winning ...   More
Friday, June 6, 2008 AARON MESH

Updated: Legal Bills and Transparency in Portland Public Schools

A fist bump or a punch in the face? Last year, WW wrote about magically disappearing legal bills, ones that should have been listed on Portland Public Schools' Board of Education business agenda for School Board members' (and the public's) review. Poof. They're back. In the latest board book issued June 23, PPS officials list eight contracts with local law firms. They're all for one year ...   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

MFNW Logo Hostage Crisis, Day 1(a): The Escalation

Shit just got real.* The latest hipsterrorist video shows the letter N meeting an untimely demise. (It is possible the letter committed suicide because of the profoundly annoying song playing in the background, but this is mere conjecture.) WW debated a proportional response—the idea of bombing a microbrewery was floated, then dismissed as counterproductive—and we came up with this: [vimeo ...   More
Friday, August 8, 2008


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