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The Warped Tour: Is This the End?

The last best summer ever is nearly here. The 2018 edition of the Vans Warped Tour marks the final round for...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  12-13-2017  |  Activate

The Klezmatics at Bing Concert Hall

Lorin Sklamberg wasn’t too shocked when pop culture finally caught on to just how explosive Eastern European music could be—especially...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  12-13-2017  |  Activate

Chuck Ragan Plays The Ritz

Riding a recent hot streak, Chuck Ragan comes to San Jose for a night of smoldering acoustic folk at the...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  12-13-2017  |  Activate

A New Bill Could Help Protect the Open Internet in Washington State Even If Net Neutrality Gets Repealed

"You can guess that Verizon is not going to like it.” by Amber Cortes Net Neutrality: Pretty much something that...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

Seattle's #KOMONEWS Quizzes Its Facebook Audience and the Responses Are Priceless

"A handjob." by Leilani Polk Getty A public quiz from the KOMO News Facebook page: "In the last month, 1...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

About The Wildfire That Destroyed Mansions in Bel Air

by Dan Savage The Guardian: Authorities have revealed the wildfire that razed homes owned by LA’s wealthiest residents was started...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

You Don’t Have to Cross Lake Washington to Eat at Dough Zone Dumpling House Anymore

Dough Zone recently opened its first shop in Seattle proper, and it's definitely worth a visit. by Meg van Huygen...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

Santa’s Barrier

by Anonymous Why doesn’t this city have those protective barriers between Santa’s lap and my child? Every Santa photo place...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

I Saw You: Should I Break Up Random Fights?

Since daylight savings has cloaked my 5pm dog walks under a veil of darkness, the typically safe routes have been...
Metro Silicon Valley  |  12-13-2017  |  Activate

Scammers Are Targeting People with Latinx-Sounding Names and Pretending to Be the State Supreme Court

If you get one of these calls, do not send money. by Sydney Brownstone "Washington court clerks have never and...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

Year in Review: Loon Star State

The post Year in Review: Loon Star State appeared first on The Texas Observer...
The Texas Observer  |  12-13-2017  |  La Linea

Joke or Manifesto? Oakland Record Store Lists "Trends That Need to End in 2018"*

Oakland record-store owner and renowned rap critic Noz just published the most provocative year-end list of 2017. by Dave Segal...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

Look Up Tonight for the Best Meteor Shower of the Year

by Katie Herzog Ethan Miller/Getty Images Look up at the sky late tonight and if the weather cooperates, you may...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

Trenchant Commentary Seen Scrawled on the Back of a Wall Calendar Going Into Office Recycling Bin

by Christopher Frizzelle [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

Let's Play a Game

by Anonymous This game is called, "When is it okay to park in a disabled parking spot?" A) I'm only...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

House of Representatives and Logging Industry Poised to Make Eagle Creek Fire Damage Worse

by Katie Herzog The aftermath of the Eagle Creek Fire Trip Jennings/Balance Media Even before the Eagle Creek Fire was...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

UGA Employee Arrested for Bringing Gun Into Dorm

A University of Georgia bus driver was arrested last week after leaving his handgun in a residence hall restroom, according...
Flagpole Magazine  |  12-13-2017  |  In the Loop

GoFundMe Spotlight: Aquaman Needs Your Help!

by Aquaman Dear Readers: I need your help. While you may not realize it, superheroing costs money. I know, I...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

From Bangerz to “Burning House,” Cam Feels Pressure-Free of Industry Expectations

by Robert Ham CAM Combining Queen, Dolly Parton, and super soft fuzzy outerwear. RCA Records The singer/songwriter known simply as...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Two Reissues on the Jazz Dispensary Label Are a Blast from Jazz’s Past

by Ned Lannamann It’s probably dumb to say that jazz sounds better on vinyl, but it’s not dumb to suggest...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Accident Prone Records Celebrates a New Split Release

by Mark Lore When I meet Gary Bahen, owner of Portland’s Accident Prone Records, he’s clad in black, sitting behind...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Good Morning, News: Thank You, Black Voters of Alabama!

by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey Roy Moore: Racist, homophobic, accused pedophile... and now? LOOOOOSER! Scott Olson / Getty GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN!...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Things to Do Wednesday!

6 things to do for December 13 by Mercury Staff Hari Kondabolu I cannot say enough good things about comedic...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

As a Doctor, I’m Sick of All The Health Care Freeloaders

I used to believe that everyone deserved health care. Now, I work in a clinic where the vast majority of...
The Texas Observer  |  12-13-2017  |  La Linea

The Morning News: Oh My God Something Not Terrible Happened

Roy Moore lost. by Heidi Groover Goodbye. SCOTT OLSON / GETTY Holy Shit, Roy Moore Lost: Democrat Doug Jones beat...
The Stranger  |  12-13-2017  |  Slog

John Mulaney: Just a Humble Yarn Boy

Long-form stand-up is what the "Kid Gorgeous" comedian does best. by Suzette Smith Stand-up John Mulaney and I were born...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Letters to the Editor

“How do you answer for that, Mr. Editor-in-Chief?” YEP, “OSTRACIZED” SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT RE: “Two Prominent Members of the Oregon...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

This Week’s Featured I, Anonymous!

“Actually, YOU look lonely.” by Anonymous I am a veteran stripper at an inner Southeast club. The open shifts at...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Keytars, Gin, and LaCroix: a Portland Love Story

Reunited with an old friend. by D Martin Austin Fourteen years ago, I moved to Portland with my spouse, during...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Christmas Cheer in Your Beer

Try these Oregon brews this holiday season. by Ned Lannamann What, exactly, makes for a Christmas beer? I don’t really...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Critiquing Christmas: The Fourth Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

Or, pirates ruin everything. by Ciara Dolan In the winter, Pioneer Courthouse Square becomes an unholy vortex of bitter winds...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Critiquing Christmas: PIR’s Winter Wonderland

The Portland International Raceway has all of the lights. by Erik Henriksen One of the first sights you behold when...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Balanchine’s Nutcracker Will Never Be The Nutcracker Of My Childhood

Come for the amazing choreography! Leave because dancing candy should not be this racist! by Megan Burbank The Nutcracker is...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Kevin Young Goes Long on Cons

Why do Americans love bullshit? The new book Bunk gets to the bottom of it. by Rich Smith In Bunk,...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Critiquing Christmas: The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights

Lights, puppets, choirs, AND A BABY CAMEL. by Bri Brey If you’re looking to get Christmas AF, the shiniest, brightest,...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Critiquing Christmas: Benson Hotel’s Annual Gingerbread Masterpiece

Warning: Do not eat it. by Ned Lannamann Christmas fact: Gingerbread tastes disgusting. I remember learning and re-learning this countless...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

The 21 Best Movies to Watch in Portland This Week: December 15-21

Should you go see A Christmas Story, White Christmas, or the Star Wars Holiday Special? (OH GOD, DO NOT GO...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Drinks and Hugs at the Mercury Holiday Party

Have I ever attended this party sober? by Marissa Sullivan The Mercury’s annual holiday parties are the stuff of legend...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

One Day at a Time

Hey, neat! Our heart has been frozen into an ice-sharpened chunk of sadness and despair! by Ann Romano MONDAY, DECEMBER...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Send in the Clown

Nikki Brown Clown brings love and laughter to her people. by Santi Elijah Holley She steers her yellow Volkswagen Beetle...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

The 12 Best Ways to Make a Difference in Portland This Week: December 13-19

Resistance events for the week of December 13-19. by Emilly Prado WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13 Fourth Annual Winter Mixer for Emergency...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

The 19 Best Concerts to See in Portland This Week: December 13-19

Noteworthy shows for the week of December 13-19. SUPER PICK JAY-Z, VIC MENSA (Moda Center, 1 Center Court) There’s a...
The Portland Mercury  |  12-13-2017  |  Blog Town, PDX

Before the Cheesecake Factory, Arlington Was Home to Storied Punk Residences

Collin Crowe, 26, the guitarist for Buildings, was among the final tenants of Kansas House, a tiny single-family home on the corner of N. Kansas Street and Wilson Boulevard that was among Arlington’s last underground art spaces.
Washington City Paper  |  Aaron Leitko  |  12-17-2009  |  Music

Nick Cave's Demons Come Out to Play in 'Bunny Munro'

While Cave is better known for his music than his prose, it turns out that he's a surprisingly gifted, if slightly deranged, author.
New York Press  |  Jessica Loudis  |  09-03-2009  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

The 'Outlier' Elephant in the Room is Gender Imbalance

Malcolm Gladwell either ignores, dismisses or is utterly blind to the massive gender elephant in the room -- a shocking disregard for the success and failure rates of half the human race.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Ellen Snortland  |  07-13-2009  |  Nonfiction