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September 23rd, 2014

We met her nineteen years ago, the runt of the litter, with giant ears and ever so much fluff. Smitten, we were, and instantly. Loving and cuddly one moment, wild and willful the next, she brought us much joy and many surprises. Like the time she caught a tiny mouse and held it in her […]

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September 22nd, 2014

That would be a shocker, to say the least. A tweet from today's Royal Society of London conference on the Arctic:@GregBarkerMP How much confidence sh

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For those of you following the money over at Portland City Hall—which could always use a little more, for top priorities including ramped-up street maintenance, parks fixes, an arts tax bailout, housing construction, investing in em

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Feast, the city's fanciest schmanciest food fest, has come and gone. There were some familiar national faces—food critic Ruth Reichl and more Top Chef alumni than you can shake your ton

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Today marks a huge milestone for XRAY.fm, having officially taken over the dial at 107.10, getting a huge boost in broadcast ra

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Today feels like the first actual shift into fall weather (and right on time since it's the first official day of autumn), so it's doubly appropriate to feature the latest images from Cobra Cult, who enlisted Amanda Leigh Smith to shoot "Su

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Today was the official, final day of this year’s TBA Festival (phew!). Last night ushered it in with a big celebration: Chanticleer Trü’s Evelyn. Folks made figure eights on roller skates, circling a giant disco ball wrapped in a pink tulle bow in the middle of the room. Balloons hovered a few feet

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Saturday night at PSU's Lincoln Hall, vocalist and musician Liz Harris (aka Grouper) and experimental filmmaker Paul Clipson performed Hypnosis Display for the first time on US soil. The 75-min

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Here's an update on comparing this year's El Nino -- such as it is -- to 1997-98's:

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I am madly in love with my boyfriend. We have been together two really amazing years (so far!) but the only problem is.... the sex lacks spark, passion and orgasms (for me). When I met him I wasn't a virgin but he was. I've tried so hard to "train" him in order to not only get myself off but to make sex bette

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HEY MERCURY EMPLOYEES! Here you come, dragging into the office after another long weekend—hung over (maybe still a little bit drunk) and "success" is the last thing on your mind. That's why you (and everyone else in the world) is required to take two minutes and listen to the MOST INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH ever del

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McMenamins has been on THEATER-RENOVATING TEAR lately: Last year they

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Picture deleted - (It should be noted that this is not, in fact, a picture of me or my hooters.) It must be the new bras.I'm telling you, I have been flirt central the last couple of weeks. Guys have been coming out the woodwork all over the place, smiling and joking with me. And I've been particularly flirtatious in ret

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GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! Too hot to handle, too cold to hold. They're called the Ghostbusters and they're in control. Had 'em throwin' a party for a bunch of children, while all the while the slime was under the building. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

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This cute cat was sitting on the sidewalk near my house the other day. I think it was waiting to have its picture taken. Maybe it had seen me around town with my camera. I have a bit of a reputation for that, I think. In site news… I’ve added a few more things to […] The post

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Here we are hanging on to the last days of this long hot summer. Portland based jewelry designer Cobra Cult has a new collection of handmade pieces for this

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This is part two of my virgin vices series. For part one, take a look at virgin cocktails. I am not a smoker — which is not to say I don’t know how to smoke. I just never got fully hooked. I’m one of the “social smokers” that the hardcore smokers have grown to hate. […]

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You don’t need a degree to be scientist. For more than 30 years, the number of citizen scientists has been steadily increasing along the Oregon Coast as part of an effort to engage people of all ages in scientific activities. These diligent volunteers work on projects stretching from one-time learning events like a sch

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September 21st, 2014

So, you’re proud as punch that you supported the Climate Change demonstrations. So, how come I saw you in your car afterward with the motor idling while you no doubt texted all your friends and LIKED the United Nations Climate Summit. HEY! Try turning off your damn engine! All that CO2 you’re belching out there w

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was out fairly late last night, drank quite a bit of beer, esp. for having to be up at 5am. I knew I would be late to work cause I sort of arranged it with a co-worker. was the only good thing, although it really is not a good thing. I never do what I should, never. You like to talk about yourself incessantly. I like to

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I see you staring at me, rolling down the road with your fancy tires and rims. Brush polish finish so only your friends know the year make and model. Yeah I get, you own the road, steering this way and that, not using any mirrors, and without regard to any traffic laws. Coming home from your fancy job, with your fancy ou

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Watching couples shop on a Sunday( do we need eggs etc.) that kind of shit. Here's a tip: inventory your fridge before you head out for the big shopping trip. Also, just because a said item is out or low doesn't mean it is more desirable, pul your head outta your ass! I could sell my own feces if i made it almost u

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This week's TV choices include new shows including "Gotham," "Madam Secretary," and "How to Get Away with Murder," along with new season premieres of "Sleepy Hollow," "The Good Wife," "The Voice," "NCIS," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "

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MUSIC—It's time for another edition of Ear Candy: a FREE gift from the Portland Mercury and Mississippi Studios to you! Tonight's slam-bang show features the shoegaze-y, fuzzy fun of Lubec (releasing their new CD tonight!), the new wavey, hard-edged pop of Night Mechanic (also releasing their new CD!), an

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Get a first look at the Tillamook Brunch Village, a new event, at Feast Portland 2014.

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Toshiki Okada, who founded Chelfitsch Theater Company in 1997, has been called the voice of Japan's lost generation, young people who not unlike America's Millenials came of age in a startling time of economic uncertainty, and whose elders persist in seeing as illiterate and devoid of respect for tradition rather than artfu

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There was once a time when you passed someone in public you would at least get a glance and a smile, if not a friendly "Hi". Not so much today. Today people seem as if looking you in the eye is a major issue. Which leads me to a situation that happened at the Plaid Pantry at 60th and NE Halsey on 9-20. After passing a fr

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Nineteen chefs from across the country convened Saturday night for the Feast Portland High Comfort at the Nines event at the Nines Hotel, slinging "cheffed-up" takes on classic dishes like fried chicken and ice cream sandwiches. We tried it all and have the photos to prove it.

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Chefs representing a combined seven Michelin stars gathered Friday night for Feast Portland's State of the Art dinner, a meal billed as "a super group of the country's leading edge chefs."

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Portland's Pittock Mansion marked its 100th anniversary this year. Over the next year, enjoy a special behind-the-ropes visual tour of this historic residence, inspecting, one at a time, each of the 23 public rooms (and maybe even some not-so-public spaces)....

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A few weeks ago, based on a Boing-Boing review, I picked up a book called Kiddie Cocktails. This is a book of cocktail recipes containing exclusively virgin cocktails. I got it because I sometimes get a little tired of fizzy water from the Soda Stream, even if I have five different kinds of bitters to […]

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This photo is nowhere near as dramatic or cool as one I posted the other day from guest photographer Maryann Nielson, but it’s still a slice of life here in the valley. I know pretty much nothing about such things, but it looked like the guy on the tractor was using the attachment on the […] The post

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After a long summer sprinting through parks, chasing squirrels and scarfing lord knows what, every dog in Portland could probably use a bath come September.

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The final day of the 2014 Oregon International Air Show, Sept. 19-21, is forecast to be a sunny 88 degrees. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds will conclude the day with their signature tight formations and roaring engines.

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Kiss raise over $1 million, Guided by Voices break up, Lubec debuts its new album and other top music stories.

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September 20th, 2014

Portland's biggest local comic convention has only been around for three years, but already it's becoming one of the biggest comic cons in the country.

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You are a 'breakfast-to-supper' southern comfort food spot that replaced my favorite bar in NE Portland. You probably never had any DIRECT involvement in the closing (it was the landlords that tripled the rent) but you did step in quickly to say that you would pay that tripled rent. Now you have the gall to run an

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To a woman who made a comment about "men without cars that still want to date you" - first off; f**k off; letting women out of the kitchen and into the workforce turned us from a production economy (where a man can be a man ) into a d**k sucking customer service economy where women take our jobs. Besides, i prefer to use

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Saturday at the Oregon International Air Show saw large crowds of people on their feet and clapping for the finale of the day, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

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Veggies and boys getting some gaming in after the heat outside. #boysvisit #dadtime #relax

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Japanese playwright and director Toshiki Okada's theater group chelfitsch specialize in a certain kind of discomfort. In Enjoy, which saw it's Portland premiere earlier this year at CoHo, that discomfort manifested in the way characters addressed the audience. His characters, members of Japan's "lost gen

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TBA performances are winding down this week, so it seems safe to say: GERMINAL has to be one of the best performances of the festival this year. GERMINAL is a piece of theater, created by Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort, that p

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Come check out two very lovely and affordable 2012 Pinot Noirs! This is the inaugural release for our new brand Wildstock Wines.  At $25 and only 50 cases to sell, the 2012 Pinot Noir should go quickly. Scott Paul Club Members: We’ll have your fall wines ready for Pickup and, as always, this tasting is compliment

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SPORTS—Sure, you've been complaining all summer about the awful heat. But once the rain comes, you'll be sad about that, too—secretly wishing you'd had just a little bit more fun in the sun. Head off those regrets while you still can! Come play and drink (and win cash-money prizes) at Kicktoberfest, the

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To help cleanse your mental palate, we have video of a kitten playing with a Dalmatian.

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Check out all the food and the new digs of Feast Portland's 2014 Night Market.

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Literary Arts will take over the festival, which was founded in 2005 by Portland author Larry Colton.

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Feast Portland  moves into day three on Saturday with lots of hands-on classes, tasting panels, two main events and two dinner series events. The weather will be just about perfect -- mostly sunny with a high of 88 degrees. Stay hydrated!...

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Yesterday afternoon, a lot of sirens could be heard around town, and I was curious as to what was going on, as were other Stayton residents, I bet. The sirens went on for quite a while. Guest photographer Denny Barnes brings us the answer. We had a little excitement up Fern Ridge today. It appeared […]

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