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Willamette Geek: Harry Potter Convention Coming to Portland

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Leaky Con, the annual U.S. convention for fans of all things Harry Potter, is coming to Portland in 2013.Laugh if you will, but this is no small thing: the 2012 Leaky Con, held in Chicago earlier this month, reportedly brought in over 3,800 attendees. That'...   More
 
Thursday, August 23, 2012 by RUTH BROWN

Om Nom Nom. Ugh.

A field guide to food bloggers.


Food Reviews & Stories
Portland’s food blogosphere is mercifully small. In bigger cities, thousands of self-proclaimed “foodies” wield an unhealthy amount of power over the culinary economy, tending to cutely titl   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Weird Willie Style

The many adaptable faces of Shakespeare.


Theater
Macbeth is better with beer. When Jonathan Owicki staged the well-worn Shakespearean tragedy in March, he decided to add a drinking game, which he says helped the audience—and actors—gain a    More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Willamette Geek: The Week in Geek

9 awesomely nerdy things to do in Portland, Aug 21-26

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WW's weekly round-up of the nerdy events happening around Portland over the next seven six (sorry, running late again this week; don't worry, nothing happened yesterday) days:

Tuesday, Aug 21

OMSI Science Pub: Are Dogs Really Just Designer Wolves?

[EDUTAINMENT] Yup, the mitochondrial DNA of your little puggle is just 0.2 percent different from that of a wolf. But w...   More
 
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by RUTH BROWN

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Aug 13-Aug 19

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Every Tuesday, we list the top selling albums from local record stores Music Millennium, Jackpot Records and Everyday Music, and the top streamed tracks in Portland on Rhapsody, for ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by RUTH BROWN

Buried Alive: Behind This Week's Cover Shoot

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We don't usually like to ruin the magic of our front covers, but we couldn't resist this week.Art director Ben Mollica and photographer James Rexroad were tasked with photographing filmmaker Don Gronquist being "buried alive." Here's how they did it: ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by RUTH BROWN

Playing With Power

Portland’s chiptune scene has grown up, but it still plays Game Boy.


Music Stories
My Game Boy sucks. Manufactured in 1992, it is a dirty, yellowing gray. The “select” button is clogged with a mysterious black goop, the batteries are held in with gaffer tape and only half of   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Mellow Mushroom: In a Mellow Mood


Bar Reviews
Mellow Mushroom (1411 NW Flanders St., 224-9019, mellowmushroom.com) does not make good pizza. This is no great revelation. More surprising is that the Pearl District outlet of this Georgia-based    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Cheese And Crack-Down


Food Cart Reviews
When news came that someone in Portland was raising money to open a cheese-and-cracker food cart, Willamette Week dedicated a whole paragraph of print space to mocking it as “artisan Lunchables,”    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Willamette Geek: The Week in Geek

9 awesomely nerdy things to do in Portland, Aug. 14-19

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WW's weekly round-up of the nerdy events happening around Portland over the next seven six (sorry, running late this week) days:
Tuesday, Aug 14Ready, Set, Game: The Mountain Witch and Ocean
[GAMING] Portland roleplaying group Ready, Set, Game hosts one-off RPGs (as opposed to that 15-year game you've ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by RUTH BROWN
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