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Budget Bud

Why Oregon has America’s cheapest weed.


News Stories
In Oregon, we have high precipitation, high unemployment and very high standards for coffee. But the cost of getting high? That’s low. The price of marijuana is lower in Oregon than in any o   More
 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Ben Darwish and Shook Twins: Thursday, Jan. 19

Jazz meets rock meets folk meets...dubstep?


Music Stories
 [FOLK-STEP] It’s an unseasonably bright January day; sunlight pours through the windows of Caffe Vita and backlights Ben Darwish’s ’fro. The local keyboardist-composer, 27, has a cerebral...   More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Behind the Buzz

Blouse is a real band.


Music Stories
At the North Portland warehouse where Blouse rehearses and records—a local ad firm’s outpost occupied by commercial props and a half-pipe—singer-guitarist Charlie Hilton, bassist Patrick Ada   More
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Home for the Holidays

Staying in town this Christmas? Here are six shows for you.


Music Stories
It can be a thankless job playing shows on the holidays: A lot of your potential audience is home with family, and those who brave the clubs are often massively drunk. So why do it? That’s what    More
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG, CASEY JARMAN

The Wizard of Oz (Pixie Dust Productions)

Hello again, Yellow Brick Road.


Theater
It probably isn’t fair to fault Pixie Dust Productions’ staging of The Wizard of Oz for not doing something it’s not even trying to do. Nonetheless, in a world with, at minimum, one Wizard boo   More
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: My Autumn’s Done Come

Paper Flowers (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[NOT FALL YET] On the song that gave My Autumn’s Done Come its name, country singer Lee Hazlewood croons, “Let those I-don’t-care days begin/ I’m tired of holding my stomach in.” The loc   More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Proof: Burden of Proof


Bar Reviews
Soft-opened some four months ago in a space previously occupied by half of Cup and Saucer, Proof (3564 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-6001) is a welcome addition to Hawthorne’s relatively nightlife-light   More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Gift Guide 2011: Hollywood


Gift Guide
Ed’s House of Gems 7712 NE Sandy Blvd., 284-8990, edshouseofgems.com.Somebody on your Christmas list just getting coal this year—because that’s what they wanted? Ed’s, a diamond in the ro   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Gift Guide 2011: Multnomah Village


Gift Guide
Everything Jewish 6684 SW Capitol Highway, 246-5437, everythingjewish.biz.Because the Jewish calendar is based on the lunar cycle, Hanukkah hops around year to year, sometimes falling closer to T   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Top Five Into the Woods Videos


Top 5
Our favorite Pacific Northwest "music media" site Into the Woods:Feels LIke Home #40, Guidance Counselor The sadly defunct dance-punk group’s Ian Anderson belts the Bushwick-hipster-skewering “   More
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG
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