Portland: Where spaced-out psych-rockers go to retire.
Moving to Portland made Wooden Shjips drummer Omar
Ahsanuddin feel like a kid again. It’s made him live like one, anyway.
“I have a drum set in my basement for the first time since I lived at
I was, of course, too young to understand nostalgia as a neophyte punk know-it-all and hate-it-all-or-most-of-it-anyway, too green (sometimes literally) to get why anyone would pay to see punk legends of yore. We’re talking 1995-98 here. I remember Agent Orange and Angry Samoans seemed to play in the Bay Area monthly, and I liked “Bloodstains” and Inside My Brain as much as the next geeky, just-barely-not-a-midget ...
Arts & Books
The creator of innovative San Francisco plant nursery Flora Grubb Gardens came to Portland last weekend to share tales from the frontier of micro-gardening, vertical gardening and even gardening (albeit unintentional) for the urban nudist community.The foliage fashionista's city gardens must contend--or let's say co-exist--with bikes, beer bottles and all the bacchanalia San Francisco can throw at ...
After Margie's, the drive today feels like it takes no time at all. Either that or we go through some kind of time warp by the Winchester Mystery House and the drive literally takes no time at all. Oh San Francisco, oh you city of swells and smells. Everything is on top of itself here, buildings and freeways and people all piled up into incredible piles, and my memories seem to pile up the same ...
Food & Drink
Oh yes, somebody did. One of your fellow Portlanders (I'm assuming) has taken the initiative to create memorabilia for the Greatest Pig-Related Fight This Town Has Ever Seen. Now you can wear a T-shirt emblazoned with Eric Bechard's infamous pig fight battle cry. Here's a close up for ya: And there's more, from clocks to bags and water bottles. So now you can tote around your 100-fucking-percent ...
As Portland Mayor Sam Adams put it during a pre-show presentation, “What a difference a year makes.” He was referring to the 12 months between the 2009 Dance United concert, a fundraiser for the financially struggling, internally fractious Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the 2010 edition, which marked the company's 20th anniversary and a seasonal balance inching toward the black. Bank of ...