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The Winning Party

24 Hours of pre-inauguration revels with one giddy Obama campaign worker.


News Stories
Washington, D.C.—Around noon on Sunday, Jan. 18, still hungover and sore from dancing at an Afro-punk inaugural ball afterparty until 3 am, I roll off the couch at my friend’s house in D.C ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 Lance Kramer

Inaugural Bender, Day One: Getting Situated




SATURDAY MORNING, JAN. 17, 2009 in Washington, D.C.

(Disclaimer: The following are thoughts on the Presidential Inauguration in DC, from a very unbiased observer. Lance is a DC-area native, Portland-transplant, WW-freelancer over the past coupla years...and ...   More
 
Sunday, January 18, 2009 by Lance Kramer

At The Ride-In

Build the perfect home theater for one week’s wages.


Special Section Stories
In ’95, my folks took me to my first drive-in in the small town of Bridgton, Maine. We caught a double feature: Operation Dumbo Drop followed by Conspiracy Theory (starring a frantic Mel Gibson, ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 Lance Kramer

The Cave


Bar Reviews
SUBTERRANEAN BLISS: With the hominess of a house show, the covert charm of a speakeasy, a menu filled with delicious-sounding cheap Persian vegetarian specialties and bric-a-brac décor recallin ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 Lance Kramer

Anomalous Quintet, Saturday June 7


[ELEMENTARY FUNK] Guitarist Jason Newsom doesn’t mind if you call his music simple. Hell, he might even take it as a compliment. Wielding a doctorate in social psychology as an associate professor at Portland State University, Newsom spends his 9-to-5 existence educating students on decidedly non-simplistic to...   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 by Lance Kramer

Anomalous Quintet, Saturday June 7

Local jazz-funk outfit executes a simple plan.


Music Stories
[ELEMENTARY FUNK] Guitarist Jason Newsom doesn’t mind if you call his music simple. Hell, he might even take it as a compliment. Wielding a doctorate in social psychology as an associate profess ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 Lance Kramer

Blue Cranes, Monday May 26




[INDIE PIG JAZZ] For a few long days last December, Blue Cranes alto saxophonist Reed Wallsmith was vomiting pretty heavily. Crappy timing, considering he was in the midst of recording the band's latest album, Homing Patterns. Keyboardist Rebecca Sanborn then came down with the stomach flu. Meanwhile,...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 by Lance Kramer

Blue Cranes, Monday May 26


Music Stories
[INDIE PIG JAZZ] For a few long days last December, Blue Cranes alto saxophonist Reed Wallsmith was vomiting pretty heavily. Crappy timing, considering he was in the midst of recording the band’ ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Lance Kramer

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
The best reason to stumble into Crush is for its late-night DJs and dance parties running Tuesdays through Sundays, like "Queer Bait" Thursdays with Splendora & King Fader. Wild art, long, curvy bars, suede couches and the wackiest chandeliers in town give the place a modern but still-comfortabl   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Lance Kramer

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
If Vincent Vega took a nice-lookin' gal out for a night on the town in Portland, he'd probably make a stop at Duff's. Housed in a repurposed garage with more road signs on the walls than you'd ever care to count, Duff's is a small sanctuary for anything and everything Americana. The Garage's almost    More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Lance Kramer
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