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SAY UNKL

Local toy designers make art for grownup playtime.


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From the center of a spherical head, just above a gasmask respirator, a single glossy, black eye stares out. The eye of a hazardous cleanup specialist. A trained assassin. A 12-inch-tall vinyl toy. De ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 Ethan Smith

The Littlest Hitler

Seattle author takes a hilarious bite outta Left Coast suburbia.


Books
Ryan Boudinot's The Littlest Hitler (Counterpoint Press, $22, 215 pages) tackles America's rampant banalities—the sanctity of selling, political correctness, yuppie consumerism, and so on. With ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Ethan Smith

The Traveling Death And Resurrection Show

Portlander's debut novel shows promise, talent but falters.


Books
Despite the success of her parenting zine, Hip Mama, and memoir, Atlas of the Human Heart, local author Ariel Gore still needs to practice her fiction. Gore's uneven first novel, The Traveling Death a ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 Ethan Smith

Drink 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
In winter, this cozy—OK, tiny—Alberta Street bar packs in loyal patrons with a roaring fireplace. Come spring, tables and chairs sprout like crocuses on the sidewalk, and Binks’ glass-paned garage door slides open, shedding sunlight on the pool table. The bar is transformed into an   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ethan Smith


Food Reviews & Stories
High ceilings and snug booths wrap this Sellwood joint, which offers something rare in Portland: good, old-fashioned Eye-talian-American food that’s deserving of the entire family but doesn’t lower itself to “factory” levels to make it happen. Gino’s is pasta and hearty   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ethan Smith

Drink 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
In a space that once housed the meatballs and musicals of Sylvia’s Class Act dinner theater, Laurelwood’s sprawling brewpub is awash in squealing children and award-winning ales. At its best, the brewery’s fourth outpost is a rowdy, family-friendly destination, with pitchers of pit   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ethan Smith

Drink 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
This low-slung bar on North Williams Avenue is thoughtfully designed and even a little sexy, but doesn’t feel pretentious—maybe thanks to the shuffleboard table along one wall, presided over by a mural of stylized, multicolored wasps. In the gray months, pull up a black leather bar stool   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
With enchilada casserole ($9.95) and a tarted-up take on jalapeño poppers ($7.95) filling out the menu, Aqui isn’t exactly Puebla-authentic. But the ingredients are fresh, the chips and salsa ($1.95) are housemade, and the grub is tasty in a cheesy, saucy, all-American kind of way. Plus   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ethan Smith

Cheap Eats 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Portland has good, cheap ethnic food, and we have well-designed restaurants, but it’s rare that the two come in the same package. Enter Mekong Grill. This Sellwood eatery combines clean lines and casual elegance with food (and prices) fit for a Sandy Boulevard pho joint. Mekong’s menu pl   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ethan Smith

Drink 2009


Food Reviews & Stories
When Portland bars went smoke-free on Jan. 1, 2009, we worried it would spell the end of Southeast Portland’s venerable Brit pub, the Horse Brass. Not because the 33-year-old bar—incubator of Portland’s craft-brewing explosion—wouldn’t retain its loyal patrons, but beca   More
 
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Ethan Smith
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