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TechfestNW Dispatches: Andy Merkin, Guillermo del Toro and the Future of Stories

The Future of Books. Maybe.


In the smaller of two stages at Techfest NW, Musicfest NW's little-sister technology festival in which smart people talk about what they do and love, an audience of mostly techies gathered to attend a discussion by Mirada Studios' Andy Merkin. 
Mirada Studios, if you didn't know, is the ...   More
Friday, September 6, 2013 by JOE DONOVAN

4th Dimension Sober Club: Parallel Dimension

Bar Reviews
“A sober club? Is that when they cut you off at two drinks?” It’s a question that was repeated in various forms by several bystanders outside 4th Dimension Sober Club (2410 N Mississippi Ave   More
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Headout: Snooperstyle

What’s next for everyone’s favorite Dogg/Lion?

The artist once known as Snoop Doggy Dogg is enjoying a period of reinvention. This year, after visiting Jamaica, he put out a reggae album under the moniker Snoop Lion. He also released a mixtape   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Rhye: Wednesday, Aug. 7

The ultra-sounds of Robin Hannibal.

Music Stories
[PRENATAL SOUL] Many artists build their careers from the face up. Robin Hannibal took the opposite route: He’s become an in-demand producer while remaining deliberately faceless. In the past    More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Peter Hoffmeister, Graphic the Valley

Burning bulldozers and choking mountain lions.

Tenaya, the protagonist of Graphic the Valley (Tyrus, 265 pages, $24.95), was born in the back of an old Plymouth just west of the iconic El Capitan peak in Yosemite National Park. Midway thro   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Headout: A Faire Fight

A joust between this weekend’s Renaissance Faire and Renaissance-era London.

Restrooms 16th-Century London: Pilgrims to London would simply defecate into the Thames’ sewer drainage. 21st-Century Silverton: 16 public port-a-potties.Food London: Meat pies made of carrots, s   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Cut of the Day: "Vestal," Swahili


Portland quintet Swahili has spent the past several years making psychedelic trance music, but their newest single, “Vestal,”  is not so straightforward: It's a vaguely bluesy, shoegazing track that permeates layers of driving percussion and entrancing guitar riffs. Frontwoman Van Pham’s first lines are notably a quotation from ...   More
Thursday, July 18, 2013 by JOE DONOVAN

Matthew Specktor, American Dream Machine

Talent is in the blood.

Beau Rosenwald is not a Hollywood pretty boy. He will never be handsome.  He’s 5-foot-8, 275 pounds. But as the narrator of American Dream Machine (Tin House, 460 pages, $25.95) explains, if    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Lightbar: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Bar Reviews
A few months ago, when clouds layered Portland, we could have used a Lightbar (1401 SE Morrison St., 971-279-2169, lightbarpdx.com). The first Portland bar to offer “therapeutic lighting with a    More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

Asylum Lounge: Free Cookies

Bar Reviews
Vancouver’s just-opened Asylum Lounge (606 Broadway St., Vancouver, 360-433-2205, theasylumlounge.com) wants to bring “chic” nightlife north of the border. In an effort to reupholster Vancou   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 JOE DONOVAN
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