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Friday, August 29, 2014

Tonight in Music

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 10:44 AM

The Chanterelles (Via)
  • The Chanterelles (Via)

Katie O'Brien's–Bubble Cats, Dinosaur Heart, The Chanterelles, 9 pm, $3-5
Aladdin Theater–The Both, Telekinesis, 8 pm, $25
Al's Den–St. Even, Nick Jaina, 7 pm, free
Beulahland–Northern Draw, DJ Deena Bee, 9 pm, free
Bunk Bar–Naomi Punk, Broken Water, 9:30 pm, $8
Club 21–Drunk Dad, Honduran, Same Sex Dictator, 9 pm
Crystal Ballroom–Negativland, Daniel Menche, Cascadian Knights, 8 pm, $15-20, all ages
Dante's–Federale, 1939 Ensemble, Donovan Breakwater, 9 pm, $10
Doug Fir–Dream Syndicate, The Minus 5, Eyelids, 9 pm, $25
Duff's Garage–The Hamdogs, 6 pm, $2; The 44's, 9 pm
Hawthorne Theatre–PDX Vol. 1 Mixtape Release: Futro Fam, EPP, Mic Capes, Maze Koroma, Jon Belz, D. Worthy, Yung Rob, Soar Losers, 7 pm, $8-10
Holocene–Snap: Doc Adam, Colin Jones, DJ Freaky Outty, 9 pm, $5
The Know–Cold Waste, Wow & Flutter, Otis, 8 pm
Landmark Saloon–The Bellfuries, 8 pm
Mississippi Pizza Pub–Dismal Niche Orchestra, 6 pm; The Zags, Wild Bells, Full Moon Radio, 9 pm
Mississippi Studios–Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Charts, 10 pm, $8-10
Slabtown–The Members, No Problem, Chemicals, Lunch, 9 pm, $10-12
Sleep Country Amphitheater–Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Cold Cave, 7 pm, $37.70-116.85, all ages
Wonder Ballroom–The English Beat, DJ Dubmatix, 9 pm, $20-23

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Win Tickets to Tonight's Back Fence PDX: Reel Stories

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Got plans tonight? Now ya do!

"Our newest live storytelling format features behind-the-scenes stories combined with film/TV clips from the storytellers’ own work—including outtakes and never-before-seen footage," says Back Fence PDX's B. Frayn Masters. They've assembled some of the city's most interesting filmmaking types for the task: James Westby (Rid of Me, The Auteur), Beth Harrington (The Winding Stream), October Moore (Portlandia, Grimm, City Baby), Jason Rouse/Ian Berry (Make Mine Country, More Porkchop), and Casey Parks (Diary of a Misfit).

If you've—gasp!—never been to a Back Fence night of storytelling, you need to correct that, STAT! And if you have you don't need me to tell you how hilarious and touching a night like this can be. Wanna go? Email me before 4:30 with "REEL STORIES" in the subject line and be entered to win one of two pairs of tickets to tonight's show at the Hollywood Theater.


This Week's Style Events: Labor Day Edition

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Yes, there are sales—including a few late-breaking Labor Day deals that didn't make print—but there's also a destination dining experience. Who knew?!

• The small but mighty Demimonde is throwing open its newly spruced-up doors to welcome ceramicist Martina Thornhill (originally a Portlander, she now lives in North Carolina) for a one-evening trunk show of her earthy, geometric designs. Demimonde, 2428 NE Broadway, Thurs Aug 28, 6-9 pm

•┬áIt's deal time in the swimwear world. Popina is taking 30 percent off all prints, and all brands, from now through Monday. it's not too late to book that resort vacation in January, so. Popina Swimwear, 2030 NE 42nd & 318 NW 11th, Thurs Aug 28-Mon Sept 1

• On your marks: Vintalier plays host to another killer pop-up sale, having recently acquired stock "from a reputable Portland store closeout" (Reveille?). They're promising "hundreds" of items of clothing, including selvage denim and shoes, from lines like Opening Ceremony, Samantha Pleet, and Sass & Bide at up to 70 percent off, with summer and fall seasons both represented. Vintalier, 412 NW 13th, Fri Aug 29-Sun Sept 7, for store hours

Lizard Lounge is jumping on that Labor Day thang, too, with 10 percent off new fall merch and up to 80 percent off sale items. Lizard Lounge, 1323 NW Irving, Fri, Aug 29-Mon Sept 1

Poler is ready to reveal it new flagship store, with nearly 3,000 sf of #campvibes, including collaborative products with Raen, Stance, and Nike SB, as well as representations from like-minded brands such as Juniper Ridge, Pendleton, Leatherman Multi Tools, and Airblaster. Come by to admire the mural by Lori D and a motorcycle built by See See Motorcycles at the opening party, featuring Foster Huntington signing copies of his new book Home is Where You Park It, as well as drinks and snacks by Art in the Ages Liquor. Poler, 413 SW 10th, Fri Aug 29, 5-9 pm

Frances May is celebrating summer's close too, with 70 percent of sales items to make room for fall goods from shop favorites like Robert Geller, Acne, Rachel Comey, and Jesse Kamm. Frances May, 1013 SW Washington, Fri Aug 29-Mon Sept 1

• The shops of NE Fremont (including Adorn and Silhouette) are teaming up for a three-day sidewalk sale with deals at each locale. NE Fremont between 42nd and 48th, Fri Aug 29-Mon Sept 1

Halo Shoes is doing and extra 20 percent off lowest marked sales prices in their always-worth-checking sale section. Plus, 10 percent off new fall shoes, too. Halo Shoes, 938 NW Everett, Fri Aug 29-Mon Sept 1

• Whether or not you've already been lucky enough to attend one of the crafting workshops at the WildCraft Studio School, here's another reason to make the trip: They're hosting a WildSupper with SaltRose Kitchen featuring ingredients from area foragers, fisherfolk, and farmers, plus two new wines on pour from Underwood, Washington's Willow Wine Cellars. WildCraft Studio School, 27 Bates, White Salmon, WA, Sat Aug 30, 6 pm, $70 (wine included)

  • WildCraft

Sellwood/Westmoreland is undeniably adorable, but sometimes you need a reason to go. Enter the Passport Sidewalk Sale, which makes a (rewarding) game of hitting favorite neighborhood shops and other spots. Sellwood/Westmoreland, Sat Aug 30, 11 am-6 pm, for more info

• Both locations of Animal Traffic are marking down their new and vintage merchandise for the long weekend. Head downtown for deals on new merch, and up to N Mississippi to pig out on reduced prices for clothing, shoes, and other accessories. Animal Traffic, 4000 N Mississippi and 429 SW 10th, Sat Aug 30-Mon Sept 1

• N Portland's new addition, Associated, continues its new tradition of a weekly Marché aux Puces flea market, with DJs, live jazz, and other treats. Do check it out if you haven't yet been! Associated, 4212 N Interstate, Sat Aug 30, noon-dusk

• The monthly Rejuvenation/Portland Flea collaboration Sunday Emporium returns with some of the city's primo vendors of vintage and locally made delights, with a particular eye toward goods for the home. Nesting season is right around the corner, so.... Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, Sun Aug 31, 11 am-5 pm

• The vintage goddesses of Jahdess Bless are expanding their operation with a second home base in Los Angeles. To help facilitate the travel load, they're having a one-day-only $5 item blowout. House of Vintage, 3315 SE Hawthorne, space #33-K, Sun Aug 31, 11 am-7 pm

• Attention stay-at-home moms of school-aged children: Twill's got an event aimed straight at you, with mimosas and a 20 percent apparel discount during hours most of the rest of us are at work, scholastic and otherwise. Twill, 3352 SE Belmont, Tues Sept 2, 9 am-noon

Tonight in Music

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Watercolor Paintings (Via)
  • Watercolor Paintings (Via)

Laughing Horse Books–Golden Hour, Watercolor Paintings, Void Boys, Half Shadow, 8 pm, $3-5, all ages
Aladdin Theater–Southern Culture on the Skids, Johnny 7 & The Black Crabs, 8 pm, $20
Al's Den–St. Even, Ezza Rose, 7 pm, free
Black Book–Modern(-ist): DJ Troubled Youth, Ryan Biornstad, 10 pm, free
Bunk Bar–Sama Dams, Zula, Hands In, 9:30 pm, $6-8
Crystal Ballroom–Slint, Tropical Trash, 9 pm, $29-35, all ages
Disjecta–Black Spirituals, Jessika Kenney, Mamiffer, 8 pm, $8
Doug Fir–Strand of Oaks, Christopher Denny, 9 pm, $12
Holocene–Laid Out: Gossip Cat, Pocket Rock-it, Misti Miller, 9 pm, $5
Hotel deLuxe–Top Down Rooftop Cinema: The King of Comedy: DJ Ghost Capital, 8 pm, $9
Mississippi Studios–The Entrance Band, Jacco Gardner, Grandparents, DJ Hwy 7, 9 pm, $12
Sandy Hut–Still Caves, Is/Is, Fine Pets, Lubec, 9 pm, $3-5
Tom McCall Waterfront Park–Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert: Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Bravo Youth Symphony, Portland Taiko, 234th Army Band, 2:30 pm, free, all ages
Turn! Turn! Turn!–Hearts & Tigers, Cotton, Raymond Anderson, 8 pm, $5


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:29 AM

MUSIC—It is empirically impossible for the reunited Afghan Whigs to put out too much music, come through town too often, or sing the word "baby" too many sexually charged times. That's what's called science. Greg Dulli and the boys are back for a two-night run at the Doug Fir, after blowing the roof off the joint in April. Get fucking stoked, baby. CF
w/Joseph Arthur; Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside, Tues & Wed 9 pm, $30

BOOKS—Portland-based Paul Collins is a brilliantly inquisitive nonfiction writer whose work animates dusty historical subjects—like Shakespeare's folios and Thomas Paine's remains—with curiosity, liveliness, and wit. His newest, Edgar Allan Poe: The Fever Called Living, digs into the professional and personal life behind the famously tortured legend. AH
Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside, 7:30 pm, FREE, all ages

Lookbook of the Day: Lyon Falls

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 10:59 AM

You can't hardly turn around in this city anymore without bumping into some sort of flea/open air/maker market. So who are all these vendor people, anyway? Well, here's one, our submission for lookbook of the day: Lyon Falls, AKA "treasure hunting power couple" Jessica Comfort and Jevon LaBar. Find them at the Grand Marketplace Flea (next one: September 13), Insta, and in these photos featuring jewelry by Hazel Cox.

  • Lyon Falls

Head to MOD for a few more from the set.

Meet the Wieners of the First Ever Wiener Takes All!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Hang on to your wieners, it looks like we've got a hit! The Mercury's first-ever Wiener Takes All wiener dog race on Sunday at Lucky Lab was sneaker of a hit, with an astounding 600-person turnout and 78 racing wieners! Winner came away with prizes packages from folks like Bean Goods and a portion of the proceeds went to Oregon Dachshund Rescue, Inc!

Now, meet our adorable, racy Year-1 Wiener Winners!:


First place and the wiener that takes it all... BLAZER!! (pictured center). Second place goes to Blaze (left) and our third place finisher is Pancakes (right).

See you next year!

Monday, August 25, 2014

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 3:29 PM


MUSIC—As How to Dress Well, Tom Krell makes melted-sundae R&B and broken-jack-in-the-box pop that's uncommon and exhilarating. How to Dress Well's latest, "What Is This Heart?" is an assured, polished effort that doesn't underplay Krell's avant approach, but solidifies and consolidates it into something that's melancholy, moving, and hard to shake. NL
w/DJ Portia; Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $15-17

FILM—Do you even remember how good Rain Man is? It is such a good movie. These days, sure, Tom Cruise is sort of a creep, but in 1988? Alongside in-his-prime Dustin Hoffman? With instantaneous toothpick math and plenty of Alex Trebek thrown in, and the song of the open road in his ears? Cruise was amazing. Rain Man is amazing. DVH
Laurelhurst Theater, 2735 E Burnside, see, $3-4

Inside the New Jade Night Market

Posted by Andrea Damewood on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 9:59 AM


The first of several planned Jade Night Markets, in the Southeast 82nd parking lot of Fubonn Shopping Center parking lot.

Clearly, there's a hunger for this type of event in the area that has become the city's real Chinatown, because the small section of the lot they set aside for this event (a joint venture between The Jade District and the Asian Pacific Network of Oregon) was not nearly enough to handle the estimated 5,000 people organizers said showed up for the market, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

We showed up at 8 pm, just as it was getting dark, and were stuck fighting intense traffic, and, once we made our way in, a glut of people and very little to actually do. I know there were Chinese dragons and other more relevant performers, but while we were there, it was a band of white girls with ukuleles and washboards. Not so night market, but so *very* Portland.

Many of the six or so food booths were also sold out by then, although my friend managed to get her mitts on some killer scotch quail eggs with dipping sauces before they went sayonara.


This was the first one, and there's always going to be hiccups. Organizers should seriously consider taking more of the parking lot for the event itself, and actively recruiting more food vendors and some better quality merchandise. No reason Fubonn shouldn't stay open either. There's a lot of potential, and it would be so good to see a solid, organized Jade Market become a unifying staple of an area that could really use it.

The next ones are set for Aug. 30; Sept. 6 and Sept. 13. They're planning to do more Jade Markets if they stay popular. Hopefully, with some adjustments, that will be the case.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM


MUSIC—When Beck's music first shuffled into your '90s-era life, I bet you didn't realize how excited you'd still be to see him two decades later. The shaggy-haired weirdo turned out to be capable of a surprisingly eclectic and consistently pleasing career, and that Jenny Lewis gal ain't so bad either. MS
Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, 6:30 pm, sold out (get creative), all ages

COMEDY—Dave Foley is best known for his work with the legendary Canadian sketch group The Kids in the Hall. (He was the cute one.) And that is right and good. And then there was NewsRadio—also good. And then Foley needed to raise money fast to pay child support, so he started touring as a stand-up. And that is... also a thing that is happening. AH
Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th, Thurs 8 pm, Fri & Sat, 7:30 & 10 pm, $15-32

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Your Visual Reminder of Tonight's Fade to Light

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM

The universally adored Fade to Light fashion show is happening tonight. Distinguishing itself as a runway event that not only debuts new apparel collections, it also features short films and other impromptu surprises devised by the designers to engage the audience. Fashion shows are a ton of work, so it really says something that designers don't shy away from the added work. In fact, Fade to Light—now in its second year as a semi-annual event—has some of the best designer retention in town. As in the case of Bryce Black, who's become a steady fixture on F2L lineups and has been responsible for some of the most unforgettable moments in the show's history.

So, since the Sold Out column I wrote up for the show won't hit the 'nets for another couple hours, here's a visual reminder in the form of a recent editorial shot by Jaycob Desrosiers featuring Black's latest S/S '14 collection. Head over to MOD for more.

  • Jaycob Desrosiers

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wild About Game: ON

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Nicky USA's annual, orgiastic Wild About Game event rears its meaty head just over the horizon on Sunday, Sept 7 at the Timberline Lodge in Government Camp. The legendary bacchanal is centered around a competition between four match-ups of Portland vs Seattle chefs, each trying to create the better dish centered around a Nicky protein. (This year's judges: Jessica Colley (national food writer), Leslie Kelly (Zagat, Seattle Times), and Samantha Bakall (The Oregonian). Attendees, of course, are able to sample each competing dish, as well as to graze the "Artisan Marketplace" of regional food and drink companies (peep the amazing-looking list). This year's competitions:

Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s, Portland V Shane Ryan of Matt’s in the Market, Seattle

Josh Scofield of Toro Bravo, Portland V Rob Sevcik of Loulay, Seattle

Jin Soo Yang of Bamboo Sushi, Portland V Jason Stoneburner of Bastille, Seattle

Jason French of Ned Ludd, Portland V Mike Easton of Il Corvo, Seattle

Diehards have already booked their rooms in order to pass out in gorged exhaustion (the last few rooms for the night of the 7th at the Timberline are going for $240), but if you can yourself a desi (or some goddamn self-control) it's quite the excursion, and there's little doubt you'll be able to recoup the $65 ticket price ($75 at the door!) by stuffing your gullet to the maximum. Get your tickets here, and leave your vegetarians at home!

A winning dish from 2013 by Aaron Barnett of St. Jack
  • Nicky USA
  • A winning dish from 2013 by Aaron Barnett of St. Jack

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Textile Hive Base

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

A while back I wrote about Blue Rider Design, the astonishing textile library stashed quietly in downtown Portland. Caleb Sayan, the caretaker of the collection (most of which was first established by his mother Andrea Aranow in New York during the late '80s) has been busy digitizing each piece—there are over 40,000—and once complete it will most likely be the largest single textile collection to exist in digital form.

Sayan is driven to have the collection be made not only useful to designers, but to be used in an educational context as well (they're launching a pilot program with local colleges this fall). One piece of that, the Textile Hive base, went live earlier this month, and you can hop on to learn about, say, American woven coverlets from the 18th and 19th centuries through text and video featuring textile scholar Annin Barrett (videos were made by Andy Chandler). There will eventually be a ton more information online in connection to the collection (some of which will be by membership, launching Sept 2), so if this is the type of thing you love to nerd out on, consider it an appetizer.

It's also a good wind-up to this year's Design Week (Oct 4-11), which will feature Past Future Textile Design, an exhibit of select materials from the collection at the Steven Goldman Gallery at The Art Institute of Portland, opening Oct 9.

Examples of Shibori from the collection.
  • Textile Hive
  • Examples of Shibori from the collection.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tonight in Music

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Sweater Funk (Via)
  • Sweater Funk (Via)

Dig a Pony–DJ The Beatles, 5 pm; Sex Life DJs, Sweater Funk, 9 pm
Alberta Street Pub–Robin Jackson Band, Annalisa Tornfelt, 9 pm, $12
Alhambra Theatre–Festicide: Vice Device, XDS, Slow Screams, Draft Dodgers, DJ Maxamillion, DJ H.R. Goth 'n' Stuff, 9 pm, $5
Bunk Bar–MusicfestNW: Bobby Bare Jr., Matt Brown, 9 pm, $12
Doug Fir–Hook & Anchor, Hearts of Oak, Water Tower, 9 pm, $10-12
Dr. Martens Airwair USA–MusicfestNW Opening Party: Killer Mike, Ural Thomas & the Pain, 5 pm
Firkin Tavern–PALS Fest: Aan, Grandparents, Mascaras, 7 pm, free
Kelly's Olympian–KPSU at Kelly's Kickoff Party: Levon's Helmet, Mr. Bones, The Vandies, 9 pm, $5
Kenton Club–Audios Amigos, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., Pushy, 9 pm
The Know–Festicide: Stoneburner, Hungers, Sol, 8 pm, $5
Mississippi Studios–Mimicking Birds, The Verner Pantons, Thanks, 9 pm, $10
Slabtown–Zirakzigil, Murse, Die Like Gentlemen, Old Hand, 8 pm, $7, all ages
Star Theater–Red Bull Sound Select: Flatbush Zombies, Porter Ray, Ricky & Mark, 9 pm, $3-12
White Owl Social Club–Going Hoff: Kool Stuff Katie, My Goodness, 7 pm


Thursday, August 14, 2014

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

FILM—Taking place on top of the parking lot at downtown's Hotel deLuxe, NW Film Center's "Top Down: Rooftop Cinema" series hits a high point tonight with the fantastic Vanishing Point, the rubber-burning car-chase flick from 1971. Kowalski (Barry Newman) has to get a supercharged Dodge Challenger from Denver to San Francisco—and the cops who're chasing him only make him drive faster. EH
w/Strange Babes; Hotel deLuxe, 729 SW 15th, 8 pm, $9-11, all ages

INFOTAINMENT—You're busy—interested, but busy. That's why the Japanese invented Pecha Kucha, a night that brings together a range of interesting people (WildCraft's Chelsea Heffner, Salt & Straw's Tyler Malek, Poler's Benji Wagner) giving presentations with only 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. Knowledge, humor, party, go! MS
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 6 pm, FREE

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM


MUSIC—Formerly the star trombonist for New Orleans' famed Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Big Sam Williams struck out on his own to form Big Sam's Funky Nation—a freaking POWERHOUSE of horn-driven funk who owe as much to Parliament-Funkadelic as they do to classic Orleans jazz. Don't come near unless you're ready to shake it and sweat it. WSH
w/Farnell Newton's Rose City Horns; Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, 9 pm, $15-18

FILM—David Lynch's Blue Velvet is some dark shit. It's beautiful, yet deeply, deeply disturbing. Some have called it "dangerous." At the Mercury, we like to call it "wonderful." If you've never seen it, get yourself to the Hollywood to watch Dennis Hopper play the creepiest scumbag to ever flicker on a movie screen. You'll get to hear him scream the word "fuck" exactly one billion times. CF
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy, Wed & Thurs 9:30 pm, $6-8

Tonight in Music

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Ark Life (Via)

Doug Fir–Quiet Life, Ark Life, Lost Cities, 9 pm, $10-12
Bunk Bar–PALS Fest: The Lower 48, Tango Alpha Tango, Autonomics, 9:30 pm, free
Gold Dust Meridian–Whiskey Wednesdays: Pete Krebs, Brent Martens, 8 pm
Holocene–DoublePlusGood, Gold Casio, Small Skies, 8:30 pm, $6
The Know–Zig Zags, Ex-Cult, Eternal Tapestry, 8 pm
Mississippi Studios–Big Sam's Funky Nation, Farnell Newton's Rose City Horns, 9 pm, $15-18
The Old Church–Phoebe Gildea, noon, free, all ages; Stelth Ulvang, Spirits of the Red City, Nick Jaina, 8 pm, $8-10, all ages
Oregon Zoo–Huey Lewis & The News, Box Set, 7 pm, $44.50-74.50, all ages
Rotture–Sons of Huns, Arctic, R.A.W., 9 pm, $8
Slabtown–Usnea, Forn, Chasma, Blackwitch Pudding, 8 pm, $7

Wiener Takes All!

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 11:14 AM

As you are probably not aware, the Mercury's second annual Pet Issue is coming right up on Wed Aug 20, so we thought: Why not host a motherfucking wiener dog race? Now, we looooove wiener dogs here at the Merc (except for Wm Steven Humphrey, who is inexplicably afraid of them, but whatever, he's out of town) so we are not talking about physically taxing the little wiener bodies of career racers—just some casual sprints for fun and to raise a few dollars for a pet charity (which one is TBD... this is kind of last minute, and we're still deciding!).

We're calling it: Wiener Takes All! And here is the fine print:

Come celebrate the launch of the Portland Mercury's Pet Issue! We've teamed up with Lucky Labrador Brewing for a family friendly Wiener Dog race, where the top Wiener takes it ALL. This 30 meter Dachshund Sprint is open to all dogs 10 inches or shorter that are at least 16 inches long. Spectators FREE | $12 for pre-race contestant registration | $15 day-of | This is a not for profit event. Race proceeds will be donated to a yet to be determined pet charity. Competition will feature multiple race heats to determine which wiener will best the rest. Fabulous prize packs will be presented to the winners!

As you can see we are not breed snobs; any long 'n' shorty is eligible to play. You can register your pooch here for this fine event, which you can is fine indeed by the dignified logo:


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 3:01 PM


MUSIC—Last time I saw Tom Petty he was about half-an-inch tall... because I was so far away from the stage. But Petty and his Heartbreakers sounded fan-fucking-tastic. I suspect he's still going to look teensy-tiny at the Moda Center, and he'll probably still sound as good as ever. Hell, the man's a living legend. And I'm sure all the back-catalog faves will come out to play tonight. CF
w/Steve Winwood; Moda Center, 1 Center Court, 7:30 pm, $41.50-127, all ages

FILM—Let us guess: You're still young, but old enough that you should be making concrete, deliberate progress in your life, right? But instead you're bunking with a family member, getting trashed, and wondering what it all means? Anna Kendrick feels your pain, and her mumbly journey in Joe Swanberg's film Happy Christmas may well prove cathartic. DVH
Cinema 21, see Movie Times, also available via On Demand, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes


Monday, August 11, 2014

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 1:58 PM

BURGER WEEK—Following last year's smashing success, the Portland Mercury (along with Nicky USA, Widmer Brothers Brewing, and Jim Beam) hosts the return of your tummy's favorite seven days of the year: Portland Burger Week! This year, a whopping 20 awesome restaurants will be serving specialty, one-of-a-kind, delicious hamburgers for only FIVE MEASLEY BUCKS. WSH
Various locations, Portland Burger Week on Facebook, Mon Aug 11-Sun Aug 17, $5 each

MUSIC—Your summer loses a couple of points if you don't take in at least one show on the lawn at Edgefield, and Portugal. The Man's gently psychedelic pop neo-classics are a fine complement to the gently psychedelic aesthetics of all finer McMenamins establishments. MS
w/Grouplove, Tokyo Police Club; Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, 6 pm, $39-43, all ages

Tonight in Music

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Broken Bells (Via)
  • Broken Bells (Via)

Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallBroken Bells, Cayucas, 8 pm, $51.38, all ages
Double Dragon–Banana Stand Secret Show, 8 pm, free
Edgefield–Grouplove, Portugal. The Man, Tokyo Police Club, 6 pm, $39-43, all ages
Lola's Room–King Ghidora, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, 8 pm, $2, all ages
Washington Park–Ural Thomas & the Pain, 6 pm, free, all ages

Friday, August 8, 2014

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 2:59 PM


MUSIC—If this lineup—Panther, Copy, E*Rock—makes you feel nostalgic, congratulations. You've scored another point in the "I'm so Portland..." game. On the other hand, these are some of the acts that built the reputation this city thrives on today, so come party like it's 2004... in a good way. MS
Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water, 9:30 pm, $8

FILM—As part of their great "Wes' World: Wes Anderson and His Influences" series—the NW Film Center is screening The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou! Bill Murray! Jeff Goldblum! Cate Blanchett! A murderous jaguar shark! David Bowie in Portuguese! This movie is fantastic and great and funny and sad, and it'll be introduced by Oregonian film critic Marc Mohan on Friday night. EH
Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park, Fri 8:30 pm, Sat 5 pm, $9

Thursday, August 7, 2014

This Week's Style Events

Posted by Marjorie Skinner on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Art, fashion, and commerce all hang out, so a First Thursday week means a busy week in the world of local style. Here's all the shindigs fit to print, plus a couple o' sneakers that came in after deadline:

• It's testament to the eyes behind Maven Collective—Kim Ludy and Jacklyn Arvin—that I followed them on Instagram before figuring out that theirs is the brick 'n' mortar at 7819 SE Stark. Their emphasis on housewares jives with thirtysomething Portland shoppers who grew up thrifting clothing and have recently become homeowners. This week Maven sets up with Vintalier to debut a fresh crop of merch; check 'em out. Vintalier, 412 NW 13th, Thurs Aug 7, 6-9 pm, through Fri Aug 15

• If you've never been to a hair show, you're in for a treat: Hair M|W is presenting "Hair Is Art," a party that showcases stylists when they aren't tied down by the practicalities of their clients' lives, which is to say there will be loads of sculptural talent on display. Models will also show off Danielle Grasseth clothing and Alchemy Jewelers accessories, plus DJ Avalanche and cocktails courtesy of New Deal. Hair M|W, 1015 NW Lovejoy, Thurs Aug 7, 6-10 pm

• Artist/designer Haley Ann is kicking off a month-long residency at Yo Vintage!, along with jewelry from Portland hotshots BLTN and RillRill. Yo Vintage!, 413 SW 13th, Thurs Aug 7, 6-9 pm

Caravan Pacific is relieving your hair-tie frustration (cheap-looking elastic, the challenge of using your ends to cover them up tidily—ugh!). They've developed Modern Metal Hair Ties, which are exactly what they sound like, and come in simple brass and copper styles. They're hosting a release party for 'em too, with refreshments and styling tips. Betsy + Iya, 2403 NW Thurman, Thurs Aug 7, 6-9 pm

Upswept Creative is hosting an open studio featuring a trunk show of Hubris Apparel along with sculptures by Dwight Evalt Art, and Megalith beer to entice a stop on your First Thursday cruising. Upswept Creative, 217 NW Couch, Thurs Aug 7, 6-8 pm

• Lizard Lounge is launching a show for artist Zane Spang with a party that includes live music, beer, and 20 percent off all full-priced merch. Lizard Lounge, 1323 NW Irving, Thurs Aug 7, 7-10 pm

Orox Leather Company celebrates the completion of its first year in Old Town, with a party that features snacks 'n' boozes plus hourly raffles of their signature handmade sandals and 25 percent off. Orox Leather Co., 450 NW Couch, Thurs Aug 7, 5:30-9 pm

• This city has come down with a serious case of the fleas, and it's worth mentioning the one being held every second Friday and Saturday of the month at Grand Marketplace, which is a goldmine for antique furniture, as well as smaller vintage goodies. Grand Marketplace, 1005 SE Grand, Fri Aug 8, 4-7 pm, Sat Aug 9, 10 am-4 pm

Renegade Craft Fair partners with Rejuvenation for the first-ever Portland Mini Market, with over 60 independent designers from Portland and beyond, plus art installations, music, and food vendors. Look for Portland favorites like Pigeon Toe ceramics, Make It Good clothing, and Portland Apothecary, as well as introductions to work from beyond the local circuit. Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand, Sat Aug 9-Sun Aug 10, noon-6 pm

• Northwest jewelry shop TWIST is playing host to Pippa Small, who won a Members of the Order of the British Empire Award last year for her work, which focuses on indigenous craftspeople and ethical production practices. For one day only she'll be showcasing the complete collection of her new work in addition to a number of one-of-a-kinds. TWIST, 30 NW 23rd Pl, Sat Aug 9, noon-5 pm

Adam Arnold dropped the news via FB/Instagram that he's having one of his rare studio sales: "One can expect many men's and women's iconic and experimental pieces. Really everything from suit jackets to swimsuits. And snooks!" Adam Arnold Studio, 338 SE MLK, Sat Aug 9, 10 am-6 pm

  • Adam Arnold via Instagram

• This happens so rarely, it really shouldn't be missed: Odessa is hosting one of its backroom sales, with past seasons' merchandise at $10-100. Empty your bank account before you go; it's cash only. Odessa, 717 SW Ankeny, Sun Aug 10, noon-4 pm

• Destiny's Style vintage market pops up every Sunday in front of Valentines, representing a coalition of vendors (Milk Money, Drank Sinatra, World Clique, Zero Wave, Moonfossil, Thread and Roses). They specialize in '80s and '90s gear, plus there are a smattering of new wares, such as jewelry by 3 caves. Valentines, 232 SW Ankeny, (every) Sun Aug 10, 2-6:30 pm

It's Happening Tonight!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 11:59 AM

HIKING—Paul Gerald's welcoming, knowledgeable guidebook 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland is your best bet for enjoying the summer away from the city—and tonight, he's appearing at Powell's Books on Hawthorne to celebrate the book's latest edition. Here's your chance to pry open his brain for secret tips and overlooked trails. EH
Powell's Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne, 7:30 pm, FREE

PUPPETS—Many people are naturally skeptical of puppets; I sympathize. But Katie McClenahan has been throwing clever and delightful grownup-oriented puppet shows in Portland for years now—so we trust that her new show, Pop + Puppetry, which features collaborations between puppeteers and pop bands PWRHAUS, Sara Jackson-Holman, and Mojave Bird, will be something special. AH
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, 8:30 pm, $8

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tonight in Music

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Morning Ritual (Via)
  • Morning Ritual (Via)

Main St. (Between SW Broadway & Park)–Music on Main Street: Morning Ritual, 5 pm, free, all ages
Bunk Bar–Crocodiles, Tweens, Appendixes, 10 pm, $10
Doug Fir–Jay Farrar, 9 pm, $17-20
Gold Dust Meridian–Whiskey Wednesdays: Pete Krebs, Brent Martens, 8 pm
Holocene–Lilacs & Champagne, Hosannas, Philip Grass, 8:30 pm, $8
The Know–Prom Body, Feel Young, Sad Horse, DJ Same DNA, 8 pm
Mississippi Studios–Ear Candy: Deep Fried Boogie Band, Audios Amigos, Spectrum Control, 9 pm, free
Slabtown–The Sidekicks, Sundials, Dowsing, The Oddly Hot, 7 pm, $10, all ages
Valentine's–Hearts & Tigers, Memory Boys, Exploding Teeth, 9 pm, free

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