Pillars of Portlandia

How a proto-Portlandia based on a WW column turned into the biggest debacle in local TV history.


DVD & TV
On Dec. 14, 1983, Portland was poised for TV greatness: America’s first regional soap opera. Portland station KOIN pre-empted regular CBS programming for a locally produced original movie, Pillars   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 JAY HORTON

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 2: 10 Rules for Dating My Mom

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Movies & Television
The Peeves: Couples' therapy, stepparents, masculinity, GoPro culture, elaborate wedding proposals that go viral on YouTube.Put a Cap on It: The second episode of the season begins with an ad for Creative Jungle Digital Playground, a media production company—err, glorified wedding videography service. It then cuts to Nina (Fred) and Lance (Carrie)—perhaps best known from Season 1’s “cacao” ...   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Watch a Bunch of Famous People Sing a New Sleater-Kinney Song

Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne, Andy Samberg, Daryl from The Walking Dead and others lend their celebrity (and voices) to "No Cities to Love."

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Music
Sleater-Kinney were a fairly well-known band when it went on hiatus in 2006. Thanks in no small part to Carrie Brownstein transforming into a bonafide mainstream celebrity, though, the reunited group's profile is arguably higher now than it ever was during its initial 11-year run.  Case in point: This promo video for new album No Cities To Love, featuring a gaggle of famous folks—including Ellen ...   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 1: Power Lunch with Toni and Candace

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Movies & Television
The Peeves: Origin stories, corporate culture, cocaine, pantsuits, feminism, yachts.Put a Cap on It: Usually, the only characters who get backstories are those who’ll generate millions in revenue—your Wolverines, your Darth Vaders, etc. In this season's Portlandia premiere, it's Toni (Carrie) and Candace (Fred), the bespectacled, confrontational owners of feminist bookstore Women and Women First.A ...   More
 
Friday, January 9, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Feb. 15, 2003: Fred meets Carrie...


40th Anniversary
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have gone on some memorable dates. They’ve investigated the life history of a free-range chicken they were about to consume, fled zombie hordes of moonlighting   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Faceoff: Girls vs. Portlandia

Another article about Girls. Sorry.


Books
We’re going to talk about Girls. It’s not like we want to. But Lena Dunham, creator and star of the HBO series, will be in town Sunday to promote her new book, Not That Kind of Girl (Random Ho   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

So Sue Us

Why the Portlandia statue failed to become an icon.


Cover Story
The Statue of Liberty is a defining symbol of the United States. Her likeness appears on everything from quarters to tacky bobbleheads. She’s had a cameo role in countless films. This story    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 JOHN LOCANTHI

At TechFestNW, Startup Founders Charlie Brown and Sam Blackman Talk About "Selling the City Without Selling Out"

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News
Portland's new wave of businessmen are ready to take on the challenge of "keeping Portland weird."That was the message at a Friday TechFestNW panel featuring Charlie Brown of Context Partners and Sam Blackman of Elemental Technologies. “Portland is offering us an incredibly unique opportunity to take the torch from the Knights and the Wiedens and maintain Portland as our competitive advantage,” ...   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 SAMI EDGE

Has Portlandia doomed us to be overrun by annoying sightseers?


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I work downtown, and I’m getting tired of tourists asking me, “When do the Zoobombers go by?” or “Where are the famous food carts?” It seems to gets worse every day. Has Portlandia doome   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MARTY SMITH

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