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William L. Sullivan, The Oregon Variations

Lost on a strange trail.


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William L. Sullivan is an essential member of the Oregon literati, author of the most successful series of hiking guides in a state that loves to hike. Ask your friend with a bandanna-wearing yell   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Taking Pride

80-year-old Dennis Creamer is finally finding a place in the LGBTQ community.


Movie Reviews & Stories
For decades, Dennis Creamer lived in the closet. A retired Air Force serviceman in north Florida, he was married to a woman he met while serving in Germany, worked as a fish and wildlife biologist   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Portland Comedy Community Prepares to Roast the Mustard Man

Comedian Mark Kikel, who once drank a bottle of mustard on The Tonight Show, is getting razzed tonight.

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Do you know the Mustard Man? If you count yourself a member of the Portland comedy community, you probably do. For the last 30 years, Mark Kikel has hosted open mics and booked shows for Portland comedians, even at times when the going was slow and comics couldn’t find places to practice and perform their craft. “It sounds like I’m waxing philosophical,” says Portland comic Kristine ...   More
 
Thursday, June 5, 2014 by LAURA HANSON

Buy Local: Home Slice

Kitchen gear from local companies, including high-end cast iron and American-made china.


Culture Features
Luau Wraps sandwich bag luauwraps.com, $7 Created by two Portland moms who wanted to take reusable cotton lunch bags to the next level, Luau Wraps are a simple, cheap and effective way to haul a sammie to work.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 LAURA HANSON

List: No Such Thing as “Out of E-Print”

Three things you should know about out-of-print books.


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This week, Portland authors Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch and Ursula K. Le Guin, plus Bitch Media Editor Kjerstin Johnson, will gather at the Powell’s in Beaverton to discuss their favorite   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Hotseat: Don Horn

The founder of Triangle Productions discusses his new play about Oregon-born Native American jazz musician Jim Pepper.

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Jim Pepper was a Native American saxophonist who grew up in Oregon, producing music that fused jazz, pop and traditional Native music. Some of his songs found mainstream success—1969’s “Witchi Tai To” is the only song in the history of the Billboard charts to feature a Native chant—but Pepper died from cancer in 1992 at the age of 40.Don Horn, who founded    More
 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 by LAURA HANSON

Peter McGraw & Joel Warner, The Humor Code

Spoiler alert: Comedy is funnier when you’re drunk!


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A Venn diagram halfway through The Humor Code (Simon & Schuster, 212 pages, $26) merges a circle labeled “Time” and another labeled “$1,272.96 Bar Tab” with the label “Funny.” This   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Market Guide 2014: Local Sauces and Spices


Market Guide
Nong’s Khao Man Gai Sauce AVAILABLE AT: New Seasons, Tarad Thai, Kruger’s, P’s & Q’s.MAKER: Nong Poonsukwattana. (Interviewee: Sam Waxman.) How do you make it? The secret is love. We    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 LAURA HANSON

Just Opened: Maple and Vine

A review of CoHo Productions' season closer.

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Maple and Vine is a disturbingly realistic portrayal of what might happen if you could abandon your iPhone, daily latte and personal vibrator and retreat to a gated community where everyone lives as if it’s 1955. That’s just what happens in Jordan Harrison’s 2011 play, presented by CoHo in an uneven but provocative produc...   More
 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by LAURA HANSON

Beyond the Badger

YouTube legend Randall made a career for himself post-Honey Badger fame. Now he plays guidance counselor for other memes.


Comedy and Variety
In early 2011, a mysterious man, identifying himself only as “Randall,” posted a video to YouTube. A dubbed-over National Geographic segment on honey badgers, The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger fea   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 LAURA HANSON
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