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Life Size Urinals

by Anonymous Remember those? They still exist in some high schools or old warehouses. Someone thought they had the right...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-16-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

The Best Movies and TV Shows to Watch in Portland: Fri Jan 17-Thurs Jan 30

January’s usually a terrrrible month for movies, but January 2020 is slightly less terrible than usual! by Erik Henriksen ★...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-16-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Hey Lovebirds! It’s Time to Submit Your FREE Mercury Valentine!

by Wm. Steven Humphrey Because we love you more than life itself, every year the Mercury happily publishes YOUR VALENTINES...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-16-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Slog PM: Why Did Nancy Pelosi Use So Many Pens? Which Film Will Win Best Picture at the Oscars? Should We Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags?

by Chase Burns This seems silly. China Photos / StringerSnow whiplash: This morning was clean and clear in Seattle. Seattle...
The Stranger  |  01-15-2020  |  Slog

Buy Your Tickets to These 40 Newly Announced Seattle Events Before They Sell Out

by Stranger EverOut Staff The platinum-certified, perma-touring Zac Brown Band will come through Tacoma this fall. TicketmasterWe all know that...
The Stranger  |  01-15-2020  |  Slog

Parisalexa Is in Bloom and Deserves Our Attention

by Jenni Moore See Parisalexa perform on Saturday, January 25, at the Showbox. NIKO SERPANOSThe Pacific Northwest isn’t exactly known...
The Stranger  |  01-15-2020  |  Slog

I, Anonymous: Happy Birthday!

by Anonymous Hey, guess what? When you go out to eat on your birthday, unless you’re five years old, DON’T...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

“We Interrupt This Puzzle”: Behold, the Answers to This Issue’s Crossword!

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The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Matzoh Mania! Portland Triples Down on Its Jewish(ish) Deli Options

by Andrea Damewood While Portland may have cornered the market for the best barbecue outside of Texas, we’re still a...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Carmen Maria Machado Interview: Difficult Questions about In the Dream House

In a notebook Machado wrote “Gaslight the reader?” by Suzette Smith Carmen Maria Machado isn’t teaching this year. In the...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

The Northwest Film Center’s Reel Music Fest Is As Well-Balanced (and Loud) As Ever

Warning: This article mentions the Baha Men. by Robert Ham The 37th installment of Reel Music, the Northwest Film Center’s...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Portland’s New Police Chief Promises Stability and Status Quo Policing

by Alex Zielinski Portland ended the decade with an unsurprising—but abrupt—shakeup in police leadership. On December 26, then-chief Danielle Outlaw...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Weathering with You Review: A Promising Beginning, a Too-Familiar Ending

by Suzette Smith GKids Weathering with You, the new animated feature from Your Name director Makoto Shinkai, starts out with...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Wm. Steven Humphrey’s Adventures in Newspapering: The Gospel According to Salt-N-Pepa

by Wm. Steven Humphrey MICHAEL OCHS ARCHIVES / GETTY IMAGESWelcome to the January doldrums, buttholes! (And rest assured, “butthole” is...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Critic’s Pick: Seattle’s Parisalexa Is In Full Bloom and Deserves Our Attention

The always-impressive R&B/pop artist returns to Portland to open for Xavier Omär. by Jenni Moore The Pacific Northwest isn’t exactly...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Hall Monitor: Fish & the Free Press

by Alex Zielinski The news of Commissioner Nick Fish’s abrupt death on January 2 came as a gut punch to...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Savage Love

Sub Space by Dan Savage I’m a 26-year-old bisexual woman with a history of self-harm. It hasn’t been much of...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

A Tug-of-War Over Cap-and-Trade

by Blair Stenvick This February, one of Oregon Democrats’ key goals will be passing a new cap-and-trade policy aimed at...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Cannabuzz: 20/20 for 4/2020

by Josh Jardine There are no shortages of new year predictions for the cannabis industry. Having just wrapped up a...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Hail Mary: Women’s Tackle Football Is On the Rise In Portland

The Oregon Ravens and Portland Fighting Shockwave welcome women to the gridiron. by Robert Ham On a chilly Saturday last...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Critic’s Pick: Poppy’s Brand Has Reached a Genre Fluid, Cult-like Fervor

The YouTube curiosity-turned-sensation is touring in support of her forthcoming album I Disagree.  by Robert Ham If you seek to...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Rap Goddess Wynne Talks New Album, Rose City Loyalty, and Touring with EarthGang

Viral Portland-based rap star Wynne on why she’s pulling a Dame Lillard. by Jenni Moore Ever since she completed her...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

The 22 Best Concerts in Portland: January 16-29

EarthGang! Cursive! Amber Liu! Michael Kiwanuka! by The Mercury Music Experts Dream Team™ THURS JAN 16 Cold War Kids, Overcoats...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Former Mayor Sam Adams is Running Against Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

by Alex Zielinski Remember this guy? Mike DavisSam Adams, who served as Portland's mayor from 2009 to 2012, has filed...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

‘SF Wine School’ Comes to Enoteca La Storia

If you love wine and live in the South Bay, 2020 is shaping up to be a very good year...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  01-15-2020  |  Activate

In Weathering with You, Boy Meets Girl, Girl Crashes the Weather System

by Suzette Smith GKIDSWeathering with You, the new animated feature from Your Name director Makoto Shinkai, starts out with a...
The Stranger  |  01-15-2020  |  Slog

The Wailers at the Ritz

It’s hard to fathom, but the musicians who played alongside the legendary Bob Marley during his creative heyday in the...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  01-15-2020  |  Activate

In the End at the Ritz

This Los Angeles tribute band—made up of session musicians and veterans of the music industry—draws on its collective experience and...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  01-15-2020  |  Activate

He Wanted Out So He Was an Asshole Until She Dumped Him—And Isn't That Better For Her?

Savage Love Letter of the Day by Dan Savage I did one of the things you always say is bad,...
The Stranger  |  01-15-2020  |  Slog

Sprain at 3F Gallery

Melding indie rock and dream-pop influences, LA-based slowcore band Sprain pairs spacey, minimalist arrangements with emotionally compelling narratives. Their sonic...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  01-15-2020  |  Activate

The Rash of Restaurant Closures Shows Seattle Has Reached the Second and Terminal Stage of Gentrification

by Charles Mudede Smoked alligator in the twilight of Central Smoke, a Central District bar and smokery that closed eight...
The Stranger  |  01-15-2020  |  Slog

Kaki King at CSMA Tateuchi Hall

Eddie Vedder gets a lot of the credit for the absolutely sublime soundtrack to Sean Penn’s 2007 film Into the...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  01-15-2020  |  Activate

‘A Tribute to Murray Bowles’ at The Ritz

The Bay Area’s independent music community will remember the life and work of Murray Bowles. A longtime South Bay denizen,...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  01-15-2020  |  Activate

4B at Pure Nightclub

Bobby McKeon, better known by his stage name, 4B, has attracted the attention of some of the biggest names in...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  01-15-2020  |  Activate

Cannabis Decreasing Alcohol Sales as Alcohol Deaths Rise

by Josh Jardine Erik Wieder / EyeEmThere’s been a recent flurry of news stories regarding how establishing a regulated cannabis...
The Stranger  |  01-15-2020  |  Slog

Savage Love: Can She Have Sex Without Condoms to Protect Her New Girlfriend's Privacy?

by Dan Savage What are your thoughts on privacy between relationships? I recently started seeing someone and she let me...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

‘Further Confusion 2020′ at San Jose Convention Center

It’s that time of year again. “Furries” from all corners of the anthropomorphic world come together in San Jose to...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  01-15-2020  |  Activate

‘The Piantist at Willesden Lane’ at Mountain View CPA

Celebrated pianist Mona Golabek memorializes her mother, Lisa Jura, in this internationally acclaimed, one-woman show and musical performance. Created and...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  01-15-2020  |  Activate

Cannabis Decreasing Alcohol Sales as Alcohol Deaths Rise

by Josh Jardine Erik Wieder / EyeEmThere’s been a recent flurry of news stories regarding how establishing a regulated cannabis...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Commissioner Eudaly Applies for Public Financing for her Reelection Campaign

by Alex Zielinski Commissioner Chloe Eudaly PBOT City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly filed notice of intent to participate in Portland's Open...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

Voting Is Open for 2020 Flagpole Athens Favorites

Calling all opinionated Athenians! Voting is open for this year's Flagpole Athens Favorites contest. From now until Feb. 7, cast...
Flagpole Magazine  |  01-15-2020  |  Culture Briefs

CNN Lost Last Night's Debate

by Rich Smith Biden had a good night, thanks to CNN anchors going after his rivals. Spencer Platt / GETTY...
The Portland Mercury  |  01-15-2020  |  Blog Town, PDX

The Gospel According to Paul Dorr

A little-known political consultant from Iowa is beating back the menace of public education in Minnesota, one school referendum at a time.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Molly Priesmeyer  |  07-11-2005  |  Policy Issues

Access Denied

Systematic statewide abuse of Oregon public records laws thwarts the people's right to know.
Eugene Weekly  |  Alex V. Cipolle  |  05-31-2016  |  Civil Liberties

Holy Hustler: Miami Pastor Will Save City's Soul — If He Can Stay Out of Jail

Pastor Vincent Spann is one of Miami's most complex characters: He's a disgraced former drill sergeant who has gained national prominence for rescuing legions of addicts using military discipline, supernatural faith, and flimflam.
Miami New Times  |  Gus Garcia-Roberts  |  01-26-2009  |  Religion