September 2008
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Cover Story
Go ahead, tell your boss you're headed out a little early next Friday--and the Friday after that. (We've even mapped out your itinerary so you don't have to plan a thing.) These destinations will make your fall the best prelude to winter you've ever had.
Features
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The members of our favorite local rock band, Blitzen Trapper. Meet the newest stars of stage, screen, and sculpture.
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Jim Lommasson's photographs of returning Iraq war veterans attempting to re-establish a domestic life after combat are on view this month. Get details for the Exit Wounds show on our "*Events...
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"All I know is that I got fired from the laundry," says Amy Swanson. Swanson, or Mommy Amy as her youngest daughter calls her, laughs between sips of white wine. Sitting next to her on a leather couch in the living room of their 1911...
AMONG MY CIRCLE of friends are several native Portlanders who have traveled to places like Costa Rica or Tuscany, but who have never managed to visit that most exotic of Oregon destinations, Crater Lake. Of course, we Americans are a...
Understanding restaurant menus shouldn’t be this hard.
Everyone who dines at Gino’s Restaurant in Sellwood gets the royal treatment. That’s because 40-year-old Wesley Berger, the chef at the traditional Italian eatery, is the great-great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria (who was the United Kingdom’s...
No longer an exotic ingredient, tomatillos can brighten guacamole, salsa, and just about any other dish you can think of.
The latest vintage of Oregon’s signature wine has finally hit shelves. ?Our wine critic tells you which superior bottles to buy now.
One of Portland’s most eclectic oenophiles opens up *Kir*, a tiny, unpretentious East Side wine bar that passes with flying colors.
SOME 70 YEARS AGO, when the bright-red firehouse at NE Dekum Street and Seventh Avenue was still operational, the smell of burning wood set off alarm bells. Literally. But today the scent of burning oak is a welcome one: It’s coming from the...
CALLING ALL DAWDLING diners and languorous drinkers: There are few estimable places in this town willing to welcome our kind with open arms. We take forever to order because we talk too much. We finally order a couple of Campari and sodas, then...
RIGHT AROUND LUNCHTIME, pastry chef Kir Jensen pulls a tray or two of sweet, golden chocolate chip cookies from the oven in her 8-foot-by-12-foot mobile bakery cart. Yes, these are the kind Mom used to make: a little thin, but perfectly chewy,...
Take a tour of Portland’s indie-rock landmarks.
The hurly-burly of election season is upon us, so it’s a smart idea to stock up on ammunition for your next incendiary political debate.
Teenage angst and hormonal confessions take center stage at Portland’s latest literary showcase, Mortified.
Does the man really need an introduction? Over the course of his 42-year career, Neil Diamond has sold some 120 million records, contributed more than his fair share of hits to the American songbook (“Sweet Caroline” and “Cracklin’ Rosie” among...
With his first foray into young-adult fiction, Beaverton middle-school teacher David Michael Slater demonstrates genuine flair for the genre, and manages to avoid enough familiar YA fantasy tropes in *THE BOOK OF NONSENSE*.
The members of our favorite local rock band, Blitzen Trapper. Meet the newest stars of stage, screen, and sculpture.
Jim Lommasson's photographs of returning Iraq war veterans attempting to re-establish a domestic life after combat are on view this month. Get details for the Exit Wounds show on our "*Events...
"All I know is that I got fired from the laundry," says Amy Swanson. Swanson, or Mommy Amy as her youngest daughter calls her, laughs between sips of white wine. Sitting next to her on a leather couch in the living room of their 1911...
Why is this dog smiling? Because she knows she lives in an urban dog-park paradise.
LANCE ARMSTRONG DISCIPLES, beware: Clever Cycles does not carry the blade-thin tires, carbon-fiber forks, or spandex shorts coveted by hardcore road warriors. Instead, this SE Hawthorne Boulevard shop caters to a different, though equally...
My friend Jeremy and I are baby-stepping down a path—gingerly, oh so gingerly, because by “path,” I mean a jagged scar through a vertiginous deathscape of blackberry brambles, undoubtedly forged by a secretive and murderous cult—into a narrow
The sport of geocaching puts space-age technology in the palm of your hand and transforms a simple hike into a quest for treasure.
Go ahead, tell your boss you're headed out a little early next Friday--and the Friday after that. (We've even mapped out your itinerary so you don't have to plan a thing.) These destinations will make your fall the best prelude to winter you've...
Since 1969, the beaver has reigned as Oregon’s state animal. And it’s been a good run for 40 years: The bucktoothed little mammal has had a baseball team and an entire suburb named after it. But as we near our state’s 150th birthday, we want a...
On Portland’s car lots, the inventory shrinks (literally) as consumers say no to the SUV.
On September 19, Portland will trade parking spots for parks.
Afternoon sun flows through French doors into MK Guth and Greg Landry’s dining room, splashing bright squares of light across the Persian rug. Sparingly appointed with contemporary prints, a teak dining table, and a white-paper George Nelson...
You were diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in 2005. What was your prognosis? It’s a terminal, incurable, but manageable disease. You live with it; then you die with it. At the time there was also the potential that I could take...