Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1360-1-.html Fri, 28 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 <i>Body Awareness</i> (Coho Productions) - Our bodies, our very complicated selves. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19802-body_awareness_%28coho_productions%29_our_bodies_our_very_complicated_selves.html People with Asperger’s syndrome are often said to lack empathy. But no matter how emphatically Jared, a character in the deft and funny Body Awareness, denies such a diagnosis, his social apti]]> Restaurant Guide 2013: Gluten-Free Dining - Where to eat wheat-free. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21388-restaurant_guide_2013_gluten_free_dining_where_to_eat_wheat_free.html Like most of Portland, I have wondered over the past two years whether I might be gluten-intolerant. At one point I went to a naturopath, who told me to eat nothing but amaranth, mung beans and ]]> Keys To Survival - A St. Paddy’s Day option if you’re plowed at a bar and want to go home with your car. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17215-keys_to_survival_a_st_paddys_day_option_if_youre_plowed_at_a_bar_and_want_to_go_home_with_your_car.html It is nearly midnight on a clear Friday. We are parked on East Burnside Street outside Rontoms, our hazard lights flashing and our windows down. The moon is full. ]]> Shelved - The story of Powell’s layoffs, according to affected workers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16965-shelved_the_story_of_powells_layoffs_according_to_affected_workers.html Powell’s Books employee Sheila Ashdown said her heart started pounding when she got the email last week from her employer announcing plans to lay off 31 workers. “People were depressed, teary-]]> Summer Guide 2013: One Toe Over the Line - A <i>WW</i> staffer breaks the law and loses her balance. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20795-summer_guide_2013_one_toe_over_the_line_a_ww_staffer_breaks_the_law_and_loses_her_balance.html The park rangers must have been lying in wait. Out of the corner of my eye, I see them approaching. The man is tall with a shaved head and small spectacles. With him is a dark-haired woman.  ]]> Urban Winery Tour - Our guide to getting mashed in your own neighborhood. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21416-urban_winery_tour_our_guide_to_getting_mashed_in_your_own_neighborhood.html Everything you need to know about your local wineries, including hours, directions and drink picks.1. Boedecker Cellars  2621 NW 30th Ave., 224-5778, boedeckercellars.com.  It’s not ca]]> The Fleecing of America - Normcore Made Portland the Center of the Fashion Universe. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22435-the_fleecing_of_america_normcore_made_portland_the_center_of_the_fashion_universe.html Not so long ago, Portland was a J.C. Penney in the grand plaza of high fashion, a place where mustachioed lumberjacks and yoga moms were the most stylish people in town. The city’s tiny cabal of]]> Gus - Portland’s greatest filmmaker and his controversial new movie. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20059-gus_portlands_greatest_filmmaker_and_his_controversial_new_movie.html What would Portland look like without Gus Van Sant? The elk statue on Southwest Main Street would still be there, but would you see it the same way if Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix hadn’t hud]]> House United - What a worker-owned restaurant is doing about the housing crisis. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16893-house_united_what_a_worker_owned_restaurant_is_doing_about_the_housing_crisis.html In a city with an estimated shortage of 20,000 affordable housing units, every new project in Portland helps, even if it’s only a few units. “Affordable ]]> Winter Guide 2013: Stone Cold - A <i>WW</i> correspondent learns to keep her beer off the curling rink. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20166-winter_guide_2013_stone_cold_a_ww_correspondent_learns_to_keep_her_beer_off_the_curling_rink.html The Evergreen Curling Club posts three rules by the rink. First, shake hands. Second, if you win, clean the ice. And third, winners buy the first round of drinks. That final rule pretty well e]]> Gigantic Brewing: Giant’s Lair - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19249-gigantic_brewing_giants_lair_.html Unless you work at a powder-coating warehouse or metal fabricator, this industrial stretch of Southeast 26th Avenue is no destination. It’s a peculiar location for cheekily named Gigantic Brewin]]> 80 Million Paige Views - How an Oregon girl, her mother and a struggling local director turned their YouTube series into a major Hollywood deal. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22863-80_million_paige_views_how_an_oregon_girl_her_mother_and_a_struggling_local_director_turned_their_yo.html It’s a cloudy summer morning in Oregon wine country, and Paige McKenzie is taking a selfie that 18,000 people will see. With a FlipCam trained on herself, McKenzie—in red shorts, a gray zip-up]]> ’Couve Crawl - A night out in Portland’s northern neighbor. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19983-couve_crawl_a_night_out_in_portlands_northern_neighbor.html Vancouver’s nightlife is not bountiful, but it is comprehensive. Along downtown’s Main Street corridor, you’ll find an Irish bar, a sports bar, a martini bar, a wine bar, a discoteca, a br]]> Slick Gear - Stuff to help you enjoy riding your bike for the six wet months to come. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21265-slick_gear_stuff_to_help_you_enjoy_riding_your_bike_for_the_six_wet_months_to_come.html Photos by Misha Ashton mooreThere’s a lot to be said for biking in the rain. Sure, Portland’s winter skies are gray and leaky and the sun falls behind the West Hills so, so fast. On the othe]]> Your First Overnighter - Everything you need to know before your first bikepacking trip. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20471-your_first_overnighter_everything_you_need_to_know_before_your_first_bikepacking_trip.html Rochelle Comeaux and Don Eaton remember their first overnighter as cyclists. It was the first day of their 70-day cross-country trip along the TransAmerica Trail, which winds 4,233 miles from As]]> Trek in the Park (Atomic Arts) - Set phasers to “mildly entertaining.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19527-trek_in_the_park_%28atomic_arts%29_set_phasers_to_%E2%80%9Cmildly_entertaining%E2%80%9D.html The audience at Cathedral Park looked so normal. They licked Popsicles, fanned themselves with their programs and drank bottles of craft brew. There were kids. And dogs! There were surely other ]]> <i>Arabian Nights</i> (Post Five Theatre) - A whole new world, replete with fart jokes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20458-arabian_nights_%28post_five_theatre%29_a_whole_new_world_replete_with_fart_jokes.html Before Arabian Nights begins, Post Five’s performers move about the theater. Clad in harem pants and embroidered vests, they squeeze into black vinyl pews, wrapping an arm around an audience m]]> Restaurant Guide 2013: Oven and Shaker - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21332-restaurant_guide_2013_oven_and_shaker_.html <i>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</i> (Portland Center Stage) - Staying warm with Shakespeare. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19927-a_midsummer_nights_dream_%28portland_center_stage%29_staying_warm_with_shakespeare.html November and December seem, at first, an odd time to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s not just the play’s title that contributes to its air of endless summer: Shakespeare stocked his fe]]> Streetcar Bistro and Taproom: Train in Vain - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20079-streetcar_bistro_and_taproom_train_in_vain_.html In attempting to summon cool, Streetcar Bistro and Taproom (1101 NW Northrup St., 227-2988, streetcarbistro.com) might have looked a bit farther than our city’s much-loathed covered moving sidew]]> That’s A Wrap - 2013 was a good year at the cinema. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21687-thats_a_wrap_2013_was_a_good_year_at_the_cinema.html We live in a time of tyranny. Our oppressor? Choice. You think all those Netflix options are improving your quality of life? Think again. That’s why our brains love lists. Not only are they easi]]> Hotseat: Penelope Spheeris - The filmmaker talks about punk rock and losing her temper. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20339-hotseat_penelope_spheeris_the_filmmaker_talks_about_punk_rock_and_losing_her_temper.html Teenage angst has paid off well for Penelope Spheeris. Her breakout film, the remarkable]]> <i>The People’s Republic of Portland</i> (Portland Center Stage) - Maybe she should have put a bird on it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20607-the_peoples_republic_of_portland_%28portland_center_stage%29_maybe_she_should_have_put_a_bird_on_it.html It would be easy to carp about Lauren Weedman’s mispronunciation and misnaming of this newspaper (on opening night, she referred to it as “Will-uh-met Weekly”). But that would be too simpl]]> <i>Venus in Fur</i> (Portland Center Stage) - No one gets away until they whip it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20221-venus_in_fur_%28portland_center_stage%29_no_one_gets_away_until_they_whip_it.html Fifty Shades of Grey reduced sadomasochism to handcuffs and spanking. Venus in Fur—while not devoid of dog collars and riding crops—throws into question such simple ideas of control and compli]]> Restaurant Guide 2013: St. Jack - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21366-restaurant_guide_2013_st_jack_.html <i>The Left Hand of Darkness</i> (Hand2Mouth Theatre/Portland Playhouse) - Androgynous aliens in a world of blue AstroTurf. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20608-the_left_hand_of_darkness_%28hand2mouth_theatre_portland_playhouse%29_androgynous_aliens_in_a_world_.html When Portland author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote The Left Hand of Darkness in 1969, she imagined it as a thought experiment. What would a world be like, she asked, where humans spent most of their liv]]> Cheap Eats 2011: Pupuseria El Buen Gusto - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17147-cheap_eats_2011_pupuseria_el_buen_gusto_.html Hotseat: Mike Daisey - The controversy-courting monologuist professes love for an industry that has savaged him. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20639-hotseat_mike_daisey_the_controversy_courting_monologuist_professes_love_for_an_industry_that_has_sav.html Mike Daisey is sucking up to the industry that pilloried him. After it emerged that he’d lied in an episode of This American Life about Apple’s factories in China, journalists raked Daisey over th]]> Hotseat: Aziz Ansari - The whip-smart comedian talks romance in the digital age. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22189-hotseat_aziz_ansari_the_whip_smart_comedian_talks_romance_in_the_digital_age.html Aziz Ansari has some of the sharpest standup out there right now. Unlike many other comics, the Parks and Recreation star doesn’t just stop at oddball observations, but puts in the necessary bra]]> <i>Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street</i> (Portland Center Stage) - Shave and a haircut…and <i>murder</i>! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19703-sweeney_todd_the_demon_barber_of_fleet_street_%28portland_center_stage%29_shave_and_a_haircut%E2%80%.html House lights still on, a rags-clad crowd shuffles about the stage, looking forlorn and doing little. Suddenly, two actors dressed as riot police storm the stage and haul off one of the men, exit]]>