March 2008
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Cover Story
We Portlanders are lucky to live less than an hour from hundreds of top-notch wineries in the Willamette Valley—and it’s only a few more hours to Southern Oregon’s winemaking region.
Features
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The minute Katie Alto, 13, lowers her drumsticks, becomes—well, a kid. “This one’s called ‘Global Warming,’ she says. "And it’s an original? It’s gotten a lot of controversy lately, like on talk shows? But we wrote it, and it’s what we believe....
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Sean Cruz, candidate for state senate, has been homeless, jobless, and clincially depressed. In other words, he's perfect for public office. And he'd really like your vote.
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That Georgia O'Keeffe poster in your foyer, the one you bought in 1989 to cheer up your college dorm room? That's so not grown-up décor.
Late last September (or thereabouts), not long before the Willamette Valley grape harvest usually begins, local meteorologists delivered some unwelcome news: A deluge was coming, one that would last up to two terrible weeks. At this crucial...
When a good restaurant closes, it’s a bit like having your favorite TV show cancelled. But some eateries deserve their fate. And by “some eateries,” we mean Terroir. Call it karmic comeuppance, but when the restaurant shut its doors in January,...
There are few things I miss about New York: not the $7 beers, not the gruff waitstaffs and definitely not those humid, skin-pruning subway rides. But I do miss knowing that no matter which pizzeria I walked into, I was practically guaranteed a...
What do cheese and Beckett have in common? More than you might think, say performing arts veterans Luan Schooler and Tim Wilson, who opened the artisan food shop Foster & Dobbs two years ago in the Irvington neighborhood. “The curating...
Autumn Comfort Mac: Our fearless food correspondent attends a local recipe contest in search of transcendent mac ’n’ cheese.
HOW MANY NIGHTS have you arrived on a friend’s doorstep, six-pack in hand, hoping to kick back with a few beers, only to return days later and find four of those bottles still rolling around in the veggie crisper? A sad reminder indeed of an...
IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN mere coincidence that, on the first few nights I dined at A Cena, it seemed as though at least half of the customers knew one another. On the first evening, some 15 gentlemen and ladies who looked to be well into their 70s,...
We Portlanders are lucky to live less than an hour from hundreds of top-notch wineries in the Willamette Valley—and it’s only a few more hours to Southern Oregon’s winemaking region.
When the Whitney Museum of American Art announced the 81 artists selected for its prestigious biennial, opening in New York this month, one had to wonder if the curators ran out of frequent flyer miles before they finished searching for...
Last March, we sat in packs, glued to the TV, as the Oregon Ducks made a run at the NCAA basketball tournament’s Elite 8. That spunky blur of green and yellow was fun to watch while it lasted, but when Florida sank our Ducks in the fourth round...
Rocker and literate lyricist Stephen Malkmus talks about yogic singing, fatherhood, and his impending death.
MY MOM MUST resent what my older sister and I did to her figure. Until we came along, she had a smoking body—I’ve seen the pictures. Long shapely legs, tiny waist, buns the shape of two perfect French batards. But 18 months of pregnancy left my...
IT’S A FAMILIAR scenario for millions of women. I was lying in a hospital bed. My feet were hoisted in the stirrups and my husband was squeezing my hand bloodless. There was intense physical pain. And screaming. And an urgent need for drugs. But...
The minute Katie Alto, 13, lowers her drumsticks, becomes—well, a kid. “This one’s called ‘Global Warming,’ she says. "And it’s an original? It’s gotten a lot of controversy lately, like on talk shows? But we wrote it, and it’s what we believe....
"I LOVE GARDENING,” says Chris Pichler, peering at an exotic stand of bamboo from a window in his office—a converted, second-floor bedroom in a historic Alameda house. One of the species he’s planted in his backyard has stems as black as ink,...
That Georgia O'Keeffe poster in your foyer, the one you bought in 1989 to cheer up your college dorm room? That's so not grown-up décor.
There are shoe fetishes of the Carrie Bradshaw ilk, and then there’s whatever 24-year-olds Keith “Hokum” Kunis and Ira “Steep” LaFontaine are afflicted with. Every inch of closet space in the longtime friends’ two-bedroom duplex is tied up in...
When the Port of Portland revealed its newest bike trail, a nearly half-mile stretch of blacktop connecting the Marine Drive trail to the airport bike path, we were ready to don spandex and helmet, brave blustery December weather and crank out a...
Activity: Snowshoeing Why it’s great: You may accumulate a few icicles in your beard on the trek to Frog Lake Buttes, a windy 5,294-foot peak near Government Camp. But with the state’s snowpack hovering at near-record levels, it’s worth the...
Six hundred miles seems like a helluva long way to drive to buy a dog. Especially when it’s the uninspiring 600 miles of Interstate 5 between Colfax, California (near Sacramento), and Lake Oswego. But when that dog promises to change your...
IN ORDER TO ensure that Beijing’s skies are clear for the 2008 Olympics this August, China’s central government will resort to radical acts. Cars with even- and odd-numbered license plates might have to drive on alternate days to reduce...
Sean Cruz, candidate for state senate, has been homeless, jobless, and clincially depressed. In other words, he's perfect for public office. And he'd really like your vote.
A 10-foot-high concrete base keeps Paul McKean and Amy Donohue’s cabin safely above the flood line of nearby Neal Creek. Image: Jon Jensen FOR MOST PEOPLE, Hood River is the ideal launchpad for outdoor adventures in the...
Admit it: You’ve tried your girlfriend’s sea salt facial scrub. When no one was around. Once. And you liked it. In this bearded burg, it may not be hip to dote on your dermis, but we’re convinced that behind every Portland dude’s rugged visage...
A tomboy takes her tough act to a new level with the martial art of poekoelan—don’t even think of tangling with her now.