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Watch Wieden+Kennedy's Portland Music Documentarynew

Anytime you make a documentary on the Portland music scene, a few common topics are brought up. Portland is cheap. Portland has lots of basements. Portland is creative. And, of course, the biggie: it rains ALL THE TIME. But there are a lot of stories that haven’t been told.
Willamette Week  |  Michael Mannheimer  |  12-09-2009  |  Music

Can Portland's Food Cart Boom Continue Through the Coming Winter?new

So far Portland eaters have been able to sustain the crowded mobile food community. But can it last? With winter on the way, the question remains if all 91 new carts opened this year will survive a saturated market and cold months.
The Portland Mercury  |  Patrick Alan Coleman  |  11-13-2009  |  Food+Drink

Natural Seletion: A Field Guide to Portland's Legal Pharmacopeianew

While DIY mushroom hunters are pulling on rain gear and heading outdoors in search of forbidden fruit, others are staying high and dry by sampling a crop of legal psychoactive plants found right here in the city limits.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  10-29-2009  |  Drugs

Upstart Portland Bike Builders Reinvent a Craft -- And Will Soon Race Their Old Heronew

When Mark DiNucci quit building in 1985, he and friends say he was the only person in Portland who built bikes one at a time by hand. Now there are at least 30 Portlanders crafting bikes like DiNucci did, almost all of them opening up shop in the last decade.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  10-02-2009  |  Sports

Can Portland Provide Fair Wages for Working Musicians?new

The concept of "fair trade" for music has been bandied about in Portland for a couple years, but the movement is now starting discussions with clubs in hopes of setting a fair wage for all performing musicians, whether they be union or non-union workers.
Willamette Week  |  Amanda Ingram  |  09-30-2009  |  Music

The Dead Freeway Society: The Strange History of Portland's Unbuilt Roadsnew

While other American cities have built, built, built, Portland's freeway history is boom and bust: massive road projects were planned, mapped, and sold as progress by one generation, then killed by another.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  09-25-2009  |  Transportation

Why is Modest Mouse Frontman Isaac Brock Starting from Scratch With Obscure Portland Bands?new

Brock, 34, acknowledges that his new role as an indie label kingpin is a departure, though he's quick to add that he's always been interested in the business side of music.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  09-16-2009  |  Music

Saving Shaolin: Portland Film Geek Unearths Grindhouse Goldminenew

Dan Halsted started Portland's Grindhouse Film Festival in 2004. Since then, he has developed the festival into a monthly showcase of genre cinema that pits the sordid pulp of films like The Toolbox Murders against the antiseptic blandness of contemporary multiplexes.
The Portland Mercury  |  Matt Davis  |  09-10-2009  |  Movies

It's Not My Fault: What People Will Say to Get Out of a Portland Parking Ticketnew

They pile up each week; the letters about dogs, diarrhea and dyslexia. Stories about autistic children and encounters with Sen. Ron Wyden. Diagrams, photographs, snide remarks and accusations. Pleas for mercy. And excuses, excuses, excuses. They're the things people say to get out of a Portland parking ticket.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  09-09-2009  |  Transportation

Should Portland Mayor Sam Adams Stay or Should He Go?new

Are any big-name Portlanders besides Tom Potter's wife signing the recall petition? We ask Beau Breedlove and many others.
Willamette Week  |  Henry Stern  |  08-12-2009  |  Politics

CouchSurfing International Offers Sofa Safe Havensnew is a networking forum that helps cushion the experience of finding places to stay for next to nothing. And Portland is one of the most active U.S. cities on the site, as members are drawn from all over the world to experience the friendly City of Roses.
Willamette Week  |  Caitlin McCarthy  |  08-05-2009  |  Travel

Mentally Ill are Most Likely to Get Tasered by Portland Policenew

A new Independent Police Review Division report finds that subjects with mental illness are now the most likely out of all groups to get Tasered by Portland cops -- even more than people who are actually armed or who assault an officer.
Willamette Week  |  James Pitkin  |  07-22-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Food Service! 24 Hours Inside an Industry That Never Sleepsnew

From the front of house, to the back of house, we've crammed ourselves into Portland's sharp, hot kitchens to get the stories of those who make it happen; the ones who "hate people a little less," the ones who keep Portland drunk and fed. We should have bought them all a beer. I bet they'd settle for a generous tip.
The Portland Mercury  |  Staff  |  07-02-2009  |  Food+Drink

Fourteen Fascinating Things from the Investigation of Portland's Mayornew

Behind the report Oregon Attorney General John Kroger released regarding the investigation of Portland Mayor Sam Adams' relationship with Beau Breedlove is an extraordinary amount of detail even the casual observer should find fascinating.
Willamette Week  |  Nigel Jaquiss, Beth Slovic and James Pitkin  |  06-24-2009  |  Politics

My Brief Encounter with Portland's Swinger Communitynew

I find myself at the front door of a modest-sized home on a unseasonably warm night in late May, notebook in hand, ready to attend my first swinger party. After a knock, a cordial middle-aged couple who host about one party a month, open the front door and greet me. She is wearing a green visor with the phrase "Penis-Centric" written across the brim.
The Portland Mercury  |  Matthew Vollono  |  06-19-2009  |  Culture

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