Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1450-1-.html Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Chip Kelly’s Secret Offense - Why boosters are annoyed by the most successful football coach in Oregon’s history. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20040-chip_kellys_secret_offense_why_boosters_are_annoyed_by_the_most_successful_football_coach_in_oregons.html When the Oregon Ducks plucked a little-known offensive coordinator named Chip Kelly out of the University of New Hampshire in]]> The President of Beers - We bootlegged beer from all 50 states for the ultimate American taste-off. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19731-the_president_of_beers_we_bootlegged_beer_from_all_50_states_for_the_ultimate_american_taste_off.html

Beer is made from barley, hops, yeast and statute. We tend to forget, but the bearded men with sweaty brows who toil over copper...

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Some find it offensive because little girls are obsessed with pink and princesse]]> Rooster’s Pub: Hiding In the Barn - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19613-roosters_pub_hiding_in_the_barn_.html Hidden away in a red shanty in the wasteland of far North Portland, Rooster’s Pub (605 N Columbia Blvd., 289-1351) feels like a place that doesn’t want to be found. The two staircases visible ]]> Headout: Letter to Eric - Kurt Cobain writes back to Eric Erlandson. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19595-headout_letter_to_eric_kurt_cobain_writes_back_to_eric_erlandson.html  Click on letter below for larger version.WW Photo Illustration SEE IT: Eric Erlandson will speak at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., on Tuesday, Sept. 4. 7:30 pm. Free. He]]> Headout: Paris in Portland - Zee perfect way to celebrate Bastille Day. Waw-haw-haw! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19421-headout_paris_in_portland_zee_perfect_way_to_celebrate_bastille_day_waw_haw_haw_.html Portland celebrates Bastille Day. We can’t tell you why—there hasn’t historically been any significant French presence here—but we do. Paris had a Portland festival recently, so it seems]]> Restaurant Guide 2013: The Parish - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21335-restaurant_guide_2013_the_parish_.html Gift Guide 2012: The White-Collar Hipster - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19950-gift_guide_2012_the_white_collar_hipster_.html Some people call your friend a yupster. Others, simply a douchebag. But it’s only because they’ve accomplished what others could not: hold down a white-collar job while still being cool. 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The statement isn’t far]]> Restaurant Guide 2013: Laurelhurst Market - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21309-restaurant_guide_2013_laurelhurst_market_.html Yoga Issue 2014: This Is Why I’m Hot - A toxin-filled writer sweats it out during 30 days of Bikram yoga. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22134-yoga_issue_2014_this_is_why_im_hot_a_toxin_filled_writer_sweats_it_out_during_30_days_of_bikram_yoga.html Wiping the sweat from my brow, I bend forward, fingers interlocked, and kick my right leg back. I’m ostensibly trying to form a “T” but I’ve managed only a cursive “J.” This is not goi]]> The Perfect Poop - What to know about your excrement. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23774-the_perfect_poop_what_to_know_about_your_excrement.html Everyone poops Different animals make different kinds of poop Different shapes Different colors Even different smells —From Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi Everyone poops. While the children��]]> Headout: Pioneer John - As Portland’s living room celebrates 30 years, an underemployed writer tests its livability. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22202-headout_pioneer_john_as_portlands_living_room_celebrates_30_years_an_underemployed_writer_tests_its_.html Melting into the thick cushion of my light-blue butterfly chair, I pick up a copy of The New Yorker from my mahogany TV tray. The dense, dry articles are a welcome companion on this lazy afternoon]]> World Cup 2014: Soccer-Stat City - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22665-world_cup_2014_soccer_stat_city_.html Sports cities are an interesting, albeit neurotic, lot. With one swish of the net as the buzzer sounds, the streets are filled with strangers hugging strangers. A blown lead can leave a pall over ]]> Beer Bunker: Bunk Mates - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19673-beer_bunker_bunk_mates_.html Tucked away in a nondescript storefront in Montavilla, Beer Bunker (7918 SE Stark St., 254-8200) is a neighborhood hangout as much as it’s a bottle shop. Antique beer cans sit on the shelves and]]> Tavin’s Pub: Opening Act - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19642-tavins_pub_opening_act_.html Just a stone’s throw from Wonder Ballroom, Tavin’s Pub (102 NE Russell St., 719-4890, tavinspub.com) is your classic pre-game bar. The interior is clean. TV sets, including a big projector, ar]]> Rip City vs. No Pity: Wrong! It’s the Ducks - Uncle Phil has the killer quack. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21263-rip_city_vs_no_pity_wrong__its_the_ducks_uncle_phil_has_the_killer_quack.html With all due respect to the Fail Blazers and the Fightin’ Alaska Airlines, the contest isn’t even close. There’s only one sports team that provides a distinctively Portland experience. It’]]> Winter Guide 2013: Slippery Slope - A brandy-fueled test slide on the newfangled sleds. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20168-winter_guide_2013_slippery_slope_a_brandy_fueled_test_slide_on_the_newfangled_sleds.html As a young lad coming of age in my Fortress of Solitude on the steep slopes of Cooper Mountain, there was no thrill greater than snowfall. The streets and the hilly local vacant lot were instant]]> Beer Review: Kick Axe (Lompoc Brewing) - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19498-beer_review_kick_axe_%28lompoc_brewing%29_.html Dry-hopping is an increasingly popular brewing technique with pale ales and IPAs. Hops—usually milder varieties—are added during fermentation to enhance aroma and taste without bludgeoning the]]> Softer Than Prozac - Despite celebrity status, a local therapy llama continues his charitable work. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20572-softer_than_prozac_despite_celebrity_status_a_local_therapy_llama_continues_his_charitable_work.html Animal therapy is big and getting bigger. Veterans returning from the Bush Wars are raising dogs to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder, and recent studies show that animals reduce anxiety ]]> Dean Marriott’s Sewer Palace - Sure, the city’s $11.5 million office building for sewage engineers is unnecessarily decadent. But it’s also quite tasteful. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24239-dean_marriotts_sewer_palace_sure_the_citys_%24115_million_office_building_for_sewage_engineers_is_un.html Mallard-hen couples rest on concrete beds in a pond off to the side of the patio. The sun, strong but not overbearing, gleams down on this abnormally idyllic March afternoon. I rest my arm on the ]]> MOD Pizza: Fast Food Review - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23053-mod_pizza_fast_food_review_.html Given that it only takes a few minutes to cook a pizza with the right equipment, it’s odd that burgers, burritos and the like have a stranglehold on fast food. Sure, there was the short-lived ]]> <i>Jack the Giant Slayer</i> - An English folktale, with extra potty humor. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20321-jack_the_giant_slayer_an_english_folktale_with_extra_potty_humor.html Jack and the Beanstalk is one of the few English folktales Americans know by heart. A peasant boy sells his abusive guardian’s livestock for some beans, the beans get wet, a beanstalk grows, a]]> Headout: Computer Class - What can you learn playing educational video games? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19670-headout_computer_class_what_can_you_learn_playing_educational_video_games.html Education is the measuring stick of civilization. But not everyone can sit through a lecture about Teddy Roosevelt’s later years without getting distracted by squirrels frolicking outside. Some ]]> Bar Review: Bootleggers Whiskey Bar - Fauxhibition http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23012-bar_review_bootleggers_whiskey_bar_fauxhibition.html Strolling down Broadway Street in ye olde Beaverton, you’ll notice some large barrels with tabletops standing outside a dark, nondescript storefront. Bootleggers Whiskey Bar (12424 SW Broadway]]> Of Mouse and Man - Why the new Kirk Reeves mural doesn’t have his famous hat. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23121-of_mouse_and_man_why_the_new_kirk_reeves_mural_doesnt_have_his_famous_hat.html In August, the city unveiled a mural in honor of the late Kirk Reeves. The painting is a touching tribute to the smiling street musician, famous for his trumpet and white dinner jacket, complete]]>