December 2013
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Our spin through Portland’s raucous 170 years reveals a city molded by punks and power brokers, by brilliant breakthroughs and a few heinous mistakes.
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Why the California Vowel Shift may have us all by the tongue
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Oregon's answer to the Iditarod drives two- and four-legged racers to the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains for 4 unforgettable days each January.
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Frantic about your growing holiday shopping list? Take a deep breath and consult our handy guide. The perfect gift is out there.
How feasts, Beats, and barbecues shaped Portland's history
Throw on a scarf and get ready for holiday celebrations of the brewed variety—these winter beer events will keep your cheeks rosy all season long.
The ultimate holiday dessert in disguise? Chocolate salami. We share the recipe from Olympic Provisions, the sausage kings of Portland.
From books revealing the secret recipes of Portland's top chefs to essential DIY guides from local cooks, editors from New York to San Francisco are working the 503 area code.
Barcelona-born chef Jose Chesa brings the cuisine of Iberia to Northwest Portland
Arepas, grilled meats, and mezcal form a new haven of vibrant Latin American flavors
Diners and scientists unite to revive the Olympia, the North Pacific Coast's only native oyster species
Hark! This holiday season, four local theater companies are taking risks to cut through the seasonal show treacle.
Remembering Drake's Degrassi roots, Oregon Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker by the numbers, and the rest of the month's best bets for things to see or do
We look back on a year of Portland theater, books, music, and comedy—plus a naked bike ride to remember.
The founders of XRAY.fm—a new low-power radio station—on the past, present, and future of local radio.
Mapping 20 seconds of craziness from a famous farce
Portland's global crossword puzzle star is deeply tied to the world of wordcraft.
What's going on this month, from the 23rd annual Tuba Christmas Concert to the 26th annual SantaCon
As the landmark dance and concert hall celebrates 100 years, we look back on a century of sin and psychedelia.
Frantic about your growing holiday shopping list? Take a deep breath and consult our handy guide. The perfect gift is out there.
This month's winning finds, from Genki-Su drinking vinegar to community-supported soap
Venture through some of Oregon’s newest designated wilderness on Mount Hood’s remote northern flanks on cross-country skis or snowshoes.
Our spin through Portland’s raucous 170 years reveals a city molded by punks and power brokers, by brilliant breakthroughs and a few heinous mistakes.
Why the California Vowel Shift may have us all by the tongue
Oregon's answer to the Iditarod drives two- and four-legged racers to the snow-capped Wallowa Mountains for 4 unforgettable days each January.
Soon, Portland International Airport will begin replacing the 14 acres of beloved blue-green carpet covering its terminals, a surface that has welcomed travelers since the early 1990s.
When a jetliner plummeted into East Portland, an industry changed.
A made-up mash-up of the month's most fascinating people, from Ronald McDonald to a venerated Portland-born photographer
How Michelle Rowley's Code Scouts is launching women into programing careers
Our by-the-numbers look at 2013, from the Dalai Lama's Trail Blazers gear to the perpetually in-the-works Columbia River Crossing
Our town hooks up with Utrecht in a city-to-city knowledge share
Tattoos? Single ladies? Cigarettes? How our place on official and unofficial lists paint a bizarre portrait of the city.
What Portlanders are saying—or should be.
Vinn Distillery brings Chinese rice-based spirits to Portland
Hark! A six-pack of local brews delivering cold comfort this holiday season.
PSU architechs turn a Haitian orphanage into an eco-design case study.
Opt out of the season's shopping rush with this tasty gift for everyone on your list—cardamom shortbread cookies tied up with a Made in Portland gift tags!
Wilsonville's own Chinese spirits company shares serving suggestions for their subtle, elegant brown rice-based beverage.
What do you get for the Oregonian with everything? Think outside of the perfectly wrapped box with these one-of-a-kind gifts straight out of Portlandia.
From new holiday plays and the Tony Starlight Christmas Show to Handel’s Messiah and the Christmas Ship Parade, Portland's putting on plenty of festivities this season.
Portland's global crossword puzzle star Brian Greer made this grid just for us—but we're happy to share.