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Tonight Cate Le Bon's Bringing Surreal Guitar Pop to Portland

by Ciara Dolan CATE LE BON Peekaboo! IVANA KLIČKOVIĆ

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The Trump Resistance Playbook: A Guide to Thwarting the GOP Agenda

by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey Kathleen Marie It’s easy to be disheartened—to think that Trump and

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Things to Do Tonight!

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by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! Used to have a little, now I have a lot. No matter where I go, I know where I came from (the Bronx!) LET'S GO TO PRESS. In advance of thi

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Put my 40 in the freezer ‘cause I wanna get bent “Tonite.” by Hutch Harris This week I’m doing something every good Portlander does once or twice a year: I’m leaving Portland to visit my hometown in California. I’m in San Jose, just 50 mi

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Here’s How to Do It the Smart Way. by Chris O’Connor SO YOU'RE GOING to protest. Maybe the risk of a collapse of the Republic and nuclear weapons in the hands of a narcissistic, rapey reality TV host have you itching to make your voice hea

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Where to march, demonstrate and learn during and after Inauguration Day. by Mercury Resistance and Solidarity Squad Portland will explode in events, demonstrations, and educational opportunities in the next few days. Here are a few that deserve sp

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How will the new mayor handle his biggest test yet? by Dirk VanderHart FOR PORTLAND’S brand new mayor, the tests have come early and often. No sooner had Ted Wheeler assumed office on January 1 than the city saw the first of at le

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Fight back with birth control preparedness. by Megan Burbank From the late-night Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act to attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions’ demonstrated inability to disavow anti-abortion domestic terrorist groups, the inc

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Finicky Seas At Paley’s New Downtown Seafood-Forward Restaurant by Andrea Damewood THE SEA be a rough mistress: she giveth great bounty, but turn ye back on her and she’s liable to suck yer whole crew out past the breakers with a well-time

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Five ways to resist when you’re broke. by Ciara Dolan If you’re tight on funds, resisting the looming Trump presidency isn’t necessarily as simple as writing a check to Planned Parenthood or the ACLU in Mike Pence’s name. Though it’s crucia

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Don’t let elected officials get complacent in opposing Trump—let 'em know how you feel. by Doug Brown I interned for a high-level politician back in college, and was responsible for logging and responding to complaints and concerns about a ce

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Favorite Presidential moments from the last eight years. by Jenni Moore I'VE BEEN an Obama fan ever since his speech at the Democratic Nation Convention in 2004, where he won me over with his willingness to embrace change, and his resounding empha

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There's a a slew of vermouths at Locale on N. Mississippi by MJ Skegg DO YOU need to expand your drinking repertoire, up your booze game, or get yourself out of a libation rut? Then aromatized wines and spirits could be for you. Recently sommelier

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Noteworthy shows for the week of January 18-24. SUPER PICK CATE LE BON, TIM PRESLEY (Missisippi Studios, 3939 N Mississipi) Last year Welsh musician Cate Le Bon release

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Hulk Mad! So Hulk MARCH! by The Incredible Hulk Hulk MAD about election! But Hulk REALLY mad about puny Donald Trump! Have puny humans read Trump tweets? They super offensive! Here example of Trump tweet: “I win an election easily, a grea

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When the snow falls, the cute come out to play. by Marissa Sullivan In case you haven’t noticed, Portland has seen its share of getting snowed in—and overall I think it’s fun. I call ’em “adult snow days”: You can’t get to work, you can’t

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The Creative Music Guild’s Extradition Series curator Matt Hannafin makes room for experimental classical works that would otherwise go unheard. MUSIC SCENES exist as a series of concentric circles. To use rock and punk as an example, small house and basement show

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The Weakerthans frontman's new album revisits Neil Young's On the Beach. by Ben Salmon NEIL YOUNG has always hovered in and around the works of singer/songwriter John K. Samson. Young grew up in the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Sams

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Wow! Finally, women can smoke weed too! by Josh Jardine’s Girlfriend HELLO, READER! It’s me, Josh’s girlfriend. He’s taking the week off, because this gal-centric column is all about a product that’s Just for Ladies. Dudes and non-binary

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The latest in Portland hip-hop. by Jenni Moore TREND ALERT: Portland’s collection of hip-hop and (sometimes) soul-focused monthlies is having a domino effect! First there was the Thesis at Kelly’s Olympian, now there’s Mic Check at White Eag

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This week: 1984, a 50-foot-tall woman, and Mormons in space. by Mercury Staff 1984

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Michael Keaton plays The Founder of McDonald's. by Ned Lannamann THE STORY of McDonald’s is as American as that fast-food restaurant’s version of apple pie—a dubious, deep-fried log of chemically sweetened goo. The business was star

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Featuring drugs, cults, and space suits. by Suzette Smith THEY’RE ALL BAD PEOPLE. I’d like to say that the characters in Portland-based director Vu Pham’s short films are “morally complex”—but really, just about every single one of the

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The perpetually mustachioed comedian stops in on his way out. by Robert Ham FOLLOW THE LOCAL comedy scene long enough and you’ll pick up on this simple pattern: A young stand-up rises through the ranks of his/her peers to win Helium Comedy Club’s ann

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Risky Business by Dan Savage About a year ago, I was pretending to read my boyfriend's mind and jokingly said, "You want to put it in my ear." Since then, I have seen references to ear sex (aural sex?) everywhere! There's even a holiday

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Check the temperature of Portland theater with the annual festival. by Megan Burbank THE FERTILE GROUND festival of new theater arrives this week, and with it one of the lone, weird blooms amid theater’s post-holiday stupor. In case you need a refreshe

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FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE—Sorry, Dears. Something’s in Our Eye. by Ann Romano MONDAY, JANUARY 9 Welcome back to One Day at a Time, dears—where, as ever, we’re happy to be your chatt

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“This guy is obviously petty, unhinged, and off his rocker.” DEAR DAN RE: “Savage Love” [Savage Love, Jan 11]. “I recently stopped readi

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A note to the distinguished elder gentlemen of Portland. by Anonymous WHAT IS IT with the 60-year-old men in this city? You all have gray facial hair and a potbelly. You all wear hats. You all smell like an ashtray. And you all seem to think you n

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