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Religious Exemptions: How the World Would Look If Kim Davis Had Her Way

Imagine a future America where public officials can simply refuse to do their job because of a religious belief.


Down in Kentucky, county clerk Kim Davis has decided to take a stand against the laws she swore an oath to uphold by refusing to a few gay marriage licenses. Rather than resign—and honor both the oath that she swore and her deeply held religious convictions—she believes that society needs...   More
Thursday, September 3, 2015 by MARTIN CIZMAR

Jonathan Franzen Book Club

Web editor Lizzy Acker does not hate Jonathan Franzen, but dislikes him. Arts and Culture editor Martin Cizmar does not love Jonathan Franzen, but likes him. Both read his new Big Important Book, Puri   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR, LIZZY ACKER

Bad Libs

Every “Old Portland” story you’ve ever heard on a barstool.

Culture Features
  Download a copy of this Bad Lib, fill it out and share it with us! Download a copy of this Bad Lib, fill it out and share it with us!   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

No Pain, Little Gain

Attempting recreational use of CDB.

Ever know the kid who tried smoking a hemp bracelet? I’m from a little town in the Midwest, so I knew a few. And I’ll tell you now what they told me then: They didn’t get high. They coughed lot,   More
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Wobegon When?

Is there a nonlethal way to stop Garrison Keillor?

Garrison Keillor claims he’ll go quietly. The host of A Prairie Home Companion, which comes to the Oregon Zoo this week, has promised to retire from his show sometime next July. If   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Sun Made Cucumber Berliner Weisse (Oakshire)

The only thing I like better than a traditional Berliner Weisse—a mildly sour German wheat beer named for the city where it was born—is a traditional Berliner Weisse with a little woodruff or rasp   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: Splash Bar & Brewing

Bar Reviews
DOLLAR BEERS: Once, seven strangers were picked to live in a house in Portland to find out what happened when people stopped being nice and started being real. Mostly, they hung out at Splash Bar, whe   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Review: The Firefly

One of the few annoying things about most portable loose leaf vaporizers is the inability to tell when you need to reload. Since they gently bake the intoxicating oils out of the flower, even when you   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

It's just all a little too much for a two-and-a-half hour movie.


The D.O.C was a great MC.Had his larynx not been crushed in a freak car accident, there's a good chance the Texas-bred protege of Dr. Dre would be a household name today. As the original running buddy and muse of the greatest producer in hip-hop history, he would have fallen into the sideman role that eventually went to Snoop Doggy Dog, throwing down the first verse on Nuthin' but a 'G' ...   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by MARTIN CIZMAR

The Dayz of Wayback

Straight Outta Compton will be cool, but not exactly real.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Uh, no. Remember that phrase as you watch the long-awaited N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton this weekend. It will surely be an incredible film—but not nearly what it could have been were it no   More
Monday, August 10, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR
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