Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-620-1-.html Wed, 22 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Ween: An Abbreviated History - Tracing the ascent of music’s most gleefully unclassifiable psychopaths. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16763-ween_an_abbreviated_history_tracing_the_ascent_of_musics_most_gleefully_unclassifiable_psychopaths.html

Those not in the cult of Ween cannot name any Ween songs. But you like Ween. You just don’t know it.

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Cash Crop - Oregonians seek fun and fortune in the marijuana fields of Mendocino County. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18725-cash_crop_oregonians_seek_fun_and_fortune_in_the_marijuana_fields_of_mendocino_county.html Big Head Buck’s story is a familiar one in this economy: A 27-year-old special-education teacher for Portland Public Schools, Buck—who declined to give his real name and provided his own alias]]> Strangled Darlings Friday, March 5 - The deranged duo goes epic with <i>The Devil in Outer Space</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17002-strangled_darlings_friday_march_5_the_deranged_duo_goes_epic_with_the_devil_in_outer_space.html [MELODIC MALADIES] Portland duo Strangled Darlings resides at a bizarre crossroad of styles]]> Great Scots - If it’s not Scottish, it’s...you know. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16761-great_scots_if_its_not_scottish_itsyou_know.html

 Oy, Portland! Ya call yerself Beervana? Ya might as well drink yer grandmother’s piss. India pale ales an’ high-’n’-mighty organic ales? More like fock-off ales. Ef it’s not Scottish, it’s piss.

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Scott Pemberton: Friday, March 16 - A near-death experience led to Scott Pemberton’s rock rebirth. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18926-scott_pemberton_friday_march_16_a_near_death_experience_led_to_scott_pembertons_rock_rebirth.html [FUNKY BAR ROCK] In one alternate universe, Scott Pemberton is dead. In another, he’s a vegetable, with his wife keeping careful vigil, looking for a sign of life in his steely blue eyes.  ]]> Summer Guide 2011: Patio Pointers - Outdoor drinking for every occasion. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17605-summer_guide_2011_patio_pointers_outdoor_drinking_for_every_occasion.html There’s no greater pleasure on a hot day than plopping down on your favorite bar’s patio and combating the heat while encouraging dehydration with round after round of cold beers and frosty coc]]> <i>Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse</i> - The human soul behind the monster’s mask. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20261-alien_boy_the_life_and_death_of_james_chasse_the_human_soul_behind_the_monsters_mask.html Infuriating, tragic, heartbreaking and incendiary in equal measures, Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom’s Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse is a documentary that plays out like a horro]]> Brandon Seifert & Lukas Ketner <i>Witch Doctor</i> - The doctor of supernaturopathic medicine is in. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17667-brandon_seifert_lukas_ketner_witch_doctor_the_doctor_of_supernaturopathic_medicine_is_in.html In the wake of the runaway success of Robert Kirkman’s nearly decade-running The Walking Dead (and the critical and ratings success of its bar-raising AMC TV adaptation)]]> Goodyear Hunting - <i>Rubber</i> introduces the little tire that could...blow your head off. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17353-goodyear_hunting_rubber_introduces_the_little_tire_that_couldblow_your_head_off.html If you’re going to base an entire film around a ridiculous practical joke on audience expectations, it’s simple courtesy to let viewers in on the gag. Director Quentin Dupieux does us one better]]> Rick Emerson - <i>Zombie Economics</i>’ Dawn of the Debt. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17541-rick_emerson_zombie_economics_dawn_of_the_debt.html They’re out there. Clawing at your mailbox. Gnawing at your mind as you sleep. Ready to devour you and your family. They have no souls. They have no conscience. The only thing driving them is the]]> Ghosts in the Darkness - A Portland paranormal detective searches for gold on SyFy’s <i>Ghost Mine</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20150-ghosts_in_the_darkness_a_portland_paranormal_detective_searches_for_gold_on_syfys_ghost_mine.html We believe what we want to believe, especially in the world of the paranormal. Some will argue that something that goes bump in the night is a restless spirit. Others, like your carpenter, insist ]]> <i>Ip Man 2</i> - Ip, Ip, hooray! Ip, Ip, hooray! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16855-ip_man_2_ip_ip_hooray__ip_ip_hooray_.html

 In his fourth screen outing, Rocky Balboa double-fistedly defeated communism by conquering a gigantic Russian super boxer in the name of the U.S. of Fuckin’ A. In Ip Man 2, the titular

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<i>The Interrupters</i> - Stopping gang violence, one banger at a time. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17891-the_interrupters_stopping_gang_violence_one_banger_at_a_time.html Chicago epidemiologist Gary Slutkin likens societal violence to bubonic plague in its capacity to spread uncontrollably through a cycle of retribution and domination. His urban organization, CeaseF]]> Gift Guide 2011: Fremont - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18277-gift_guide_2011_fremont_.html ReRun 707 NE Fremont St., 517-3786, portlandrerun.com.Neighborhood consignment shop ReRun is the coolest garage and yard sale around. Outside, a sea of used furniture—both immaculate and questi]]> <i>Armadillo</i> - In war reporting, courage means scaring others. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17419-armadillo_in_war_reporting_courage_means_scaring_others.html Midway through a battle in the searing Danish documentary Armadillo, the camera suddenly becomes shaky, then virtually still, as if moving underwater. Bullets and debris flash across the screen to a]]> Commentary: On Bob Seger - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20424-commentary_on_bob_seger_.html I am on a long and lonesome highway west of Saginaw, Mich., when a voice comes wafting through the speakers: “On a long and lonesome highway/ East of Omaha.” The voice is raspy and deep. It’]]> Domo Arigato, Mr. Bay - <i>Transformers: Dark of the Moon</i> is better, longer robot junk. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17673-domo_arigato_mr_bay_transformers_dark_of_the_moon_is_better_longer_robot_junk.html Watching Transformers movies, you can imagine a preadolescent, mulleted Michael Bay lording over other kids’ imaginations, demanding his classmates play the way he wants them to. But he has the c]]> Butcher Boys - <i>I Saw the Devil</i>—and he whomped me in the nuts. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17227-butcher_boys_i_saw_the_devil%E2%80%94and_he_whomped_me_in_the_nuts.html Soaked in blood and boasting a penchant for reworking old tropes into dazzling interpretations of human experience, the South Korean cinematic landscape is changing at a pace akin to the American i]]> <i>The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle</i> (Bag&Baggage) - Into the Bard’s velvet goldmine. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17833-the_tempest_or_the_enchanted_isle_%28bagbaggage%29_into_the_bards_velvet_goldmine.html Some Shakespearean purists scoff when modern scholars mess with their beloved Bard. They turn pointed noses skyward at deleted lines, and sigh dramatically at contemporary adaptations’ tendencies]]> Middle Earth Gets a Makeover - <i>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</i> is a breathless, crackling adventure. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20016-middle_earth_gets_a_makeover_the_hobbit_an_unexpected_journey_is_a_breathless_crackling_adventure.html By the time Peter Jackson wrapped his sterling Lord of the Rings trilogy, audiences had spent nearly 12 hours in Middle Earth, marveling at the...]]> <i>Step Up Revolution</i> - Occupy <i>Daaaammnnnn!</i> http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19486-step_up_revolution_occupy_daaaammnnnn_.html

 Occupiers: Step it up. Your campouts are for Cub Scouts. Y’all need to...

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<i>Cats</i> (Broadway Rose Theatre Company) - A journey to the heart of the Heaviside Layer. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20853-cats_%28broadway_rose_theatre_company%29_a_journey_to_the_heart_of_the_heaviside_layer.html “What’s a Jellicle cat?” It’s a phrase repeated throughout the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s seminal oddity Cats, which somehow became an instant smash upon its 1981 release, and then]]> <i>Vengeance</i> - Johnny Hallyday got his gun. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16996-vengeance_johnny_hallyday_got_his_gun.html About halfway through Vengeance, we find ourselves in an empty field. Via an overhead shot we see a dozen or so gigantic, cubical blocks being shoved forward like chess pieces. These blocks are act]]> Stagged in the Back - Portland’s pro Ultimate Frisbee team struggles with credibility and the defection of a local star to rival Seattle. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20697-stagged_in_the_back_portlands_pro_ultimate_frisbee_team_struggles_with_credibility_and_the_defection.html There’s a roar from the stands at the Roosevelt High School football field—the kind usually heard only on those brisk fall nights when the Roughriders take the turf. A player dives, arms out]]> Just the Twos and Us - Will Smith sequels more necessary than <i>Men in Black III</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19237-just_the_twos_and_us_will_smith_sequels_more_necessary_than_men_in_black_iii.html Something is terribly wrong with the world when we’re getting a third Men in Black movie and still don’t know what happened after...]]> <i>Reggie Watts</i> (Helium Comedy Club) - The art of eccentric improv. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17855-reggie_watts_%28helium_comedy_club%29_the_art_of_eccentric_improv.html Reggie Watts has no idea what he’ll say when he takes the stage at Helium Comedy Club this weekend. In fact, he won’t until the moment he actually grabs his mics—one plugged into the speaker, ]]> The Best of Everything Else 2012 - We didn’t just sit around listening to records all year. Some of us actually left the house. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20053-the_best_of_everything_else_2012_we_didnt_just_sit_around_listening_to_records_all_year_some_of_us_a.html Best Show Almost No One Saw: Matthew Shipp Trio It was quite a surprise to find Jimmy Mak’s not even one-third full for a rare Portland appearance by powerhouse pianist Matthew Shipp and his t]]> Movie House of the Dead - Classic horror and the horrors (and horribleness) they wrought. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19822-movie_house_of_the_dead_classic_horror_and_the_horrors_%28and_horribleness%29_they_wrought.html Every Halloween, Hollywood inundates us with the same candy that rots our teeth year after year, and this round there were several...]]> <i>TrollHunter</i> - Fe-fi-fo-fun. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17675-trollhunter_fe_fi_fo_fun.html Norwegian creature feature TrollHunter is at once a clever parody of the increasingly tired “found footage” trope popularized by The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield and [REC], and a slick thrill]]> Making Old Tricks Feel New - With Skyfall, the Bond franchise marks its 50th birthday. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19875-making_old_tricks_feel_new_with_skyfall_the_bond_franchise_marks_its_50th_birthday.html James Bond should be forgiven a little creakiness. Ian Fleming’s super-spy has spent 22 films and 50 years getting punched and shot. His jet lag has to be excruciating. Let’s not even think of]]>