May 2012
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*OUR LATEST BEST-OF EDITION* comes jam-packed with 100 reasons to cheer our fair town. among our raves: crêpes that’ll make your toes curl, a cobbler who picks up and delivers, and the one place that makes karaoke cool again. our readers also
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Thumbnail for - A Guide to Oregon’s Extraterrestrial Past and Present!
To celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the state’s most famous UFO sighting, we probed experts and skeptics for a guide to our otherworldly history.
Thumbnail for - The Arlene Effect
Arlene Schnitzer first took an art class because it fit her schedule. What she learned would shape Portland’s visual arts scene for decades.
Thumbnail for - A Guide to Portland’s Vintage Shops
We tour Portland’s local vintage stores to help you determine where to shop for that perfect old-school party dress, kitchen set, coffee table, and more.
Thumbnail for - Spring-Fresh Recipes
With the farmers markets back in full swing, we offer five recipes from local chefs and farmers for making magic out of seasonal bounty.
WITH THIS MONTH’s ISSUE, we present our first “best of the city” feature in almost four years. As a preface to the many great places and things to do discovered by our readers, chosen experts, and the Portland Monthly staff, what better moment...
Robo Taco's kitschy decor and rock 'n' roll lifestyle belies the amazing flavors found in their $2 tacos.
Greg Denton’s halibut with mint chimichurri would be a welcome addition to any spring grilling get-together.
Learn the secrets of Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s bottled, carbonated cocktails.
Portland bartender Jacob Grier invents an outlandish and meaty method of blasting booze down the throat.
*OUR LATEST BEST-OF EDITION* comes jam-packed with 100 reasons to cheer our fair town. among our raves: crêpes that’ll make your toes curl, a cobbler who picks up and delivers, and the one place that makes karaoke cool again. our readers also
NOODLE BOWL Boke Bowl Japanese ramen, once relegated to obscure izakayas on the city’s outskirts, is now Stumptown’s addiction du jour, with more than a dozen places serving steaming portions of noodles and broth. But one masterpiece rises to...
With the farmers markets back in full swing, we offer five recipes from local chefs and farmers for making magic out of seasonal bounty.
Double Dragon adds Vietnamese flair to Portland's bourgeoning sandwich society.
Tu Fawning returns with a darkly seductive wintry pop album that our reviewer calls a "a decadent carnival ride."
A vivid novel explores childhood and death in new ways.
The Blazers interim coach, the Republican nominee for president, and a really, really good speller are cordially invited.
Let's check out the decimal points being made at the library.
Former Spinanes singer Rebecca Gates calls it a comeback.
TWO WILDLY DIFFERENT events address May’s hedonistic possibilities for distinct (but perhaps overlapping) crowds. Oregon NORML’s Global Cannabis March (May 5) promises to bring marijuana activists—and, you know, interested parties—to downtown’s...
It's time for a change of hobby and we've got plenty of options, from hipster sports to sewing circles.
Keeping kiddies occupied (and adults awake) is a breeze with proper stimulation for the whole family.
Arlene Schnitzer first took an art class because it fit her schedule. What she learned would shape Portland’s visual arts scene for decades.
Jon Raymond navigates wrong turns and dead ends in _Rain Dragon_.
The Rose Festival parade is due for some updates—our special floats should keep the show going strong another 100 years.
The latest invention in inconvenient beer drinking.
OK, so we put a bird on it. What member of the animal kingdom do we celebrate now?
The Rose City is loaded with adorable boutiques and sassy shops that are ideal for a little retail therapy.
Even the most devoted disciple of DIY culture needs a helping hand occasionally. And we've got a list of the handiest help in town.
We tour Portland’s local vintage stores to help you determine where to shop for that perfect old-school party dress, kitchen set, coffee table, and more.
Cloche Hat GET IT HERE:Lulu’s Vintage916 W Burnside Ststore.lulusvintage.com   Bias-Cut Gown GET IT HERE:Xtabay Bridal Salon 2515 SE Clinton St; 503-234-7568 xtabayvintage.blogspot.com   High-Waisted, Wide-Leg Trouser GET IT...
Discount airfare could become a burning sensation.
Day trippers will definitely fall for the visual stimuli on this captivating Mt. Hood National Forest hike.
Kickstarter’s industrious Portland future takes crowdfunding beyond the demo tape.
He speaks for the trees.
A local tech start-up’s innovative way to filter the news so we only get the "juicy stuff."
The "doctrine of discovery" comes under careful scrutiny by a legal scholar from (where else?) Lewis & Clark College.
Is a gesture worth a thousand words? The Language Hunters hope their hands will speak volumes.
At the end of this year, Portland’s famously ornery city councilman and former fire lieutenant will retire. So...what’s next for Randy Leonard?
Drinks, dancing, dive bars, drag queens, and karaoke without judges: Portland's nightlife nook is full to bursting.
Our critic’s picks for the best syrahs of the season.
Sam Adams pulls up his deepest roots in his latest beautification project.
Our plant expert explains that spring is "go time" in the garden.
Modern conveniences remain tastefully hidden among the artifacts in a magnificent Southeast Queen Anne Victorian.
Believe it or not, it's possible to get vintage style without the accompanying price tag.
To celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the state’s most famous UFO sighting, we probed experts and skeptics for a guide to our otherworldly history.