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Portland's Most Awesome Weekly Newspaper. Covering Portland news, politics, music, film, and arts; plus movie times, club calendars, restaurant listings, forums, blogs, and all your Portland questions answered in Questionland PDX.

Next Monday my Mercury-sponsored talk show is returning for its 5th season (!) in an amazing new venue, Mississippi Studios. For our s

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Picture it, Portland 2014: I'm walking down the sidewalk on a slightly rainy day when I happen to make eye contact with an ardent lunchtime power walker, umbrella in hand, headphones in ears, sneakers and business casual get up, the whole nine... Being a polite human, I move to the side a bit, however... twas not enough,

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We've done extensive research, and have come to the conclusion that Mercury readers enjoy 1) Food and 2) Music. Which is why we're bringing back

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... And it's going to be pretty close. Even with that

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[Guys! Our sister paper to the north, The Stranger, is currently looking for a news reporter. Are you it? Do you know who "it" may be? Read below and spread the word!—eds.]

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I had a dream last night. The setting was one of my childhood friend's houses up the street. It seemed to be some sort of reunion and there were some vague images of faces I hadn't seen for years. But instead of someone I actually know or knew coming to the fore of this dreamscape, I found myself engaged in what seeme

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Project Pabst arrives this weekend with two nights and two days jam packed with music all over town—the main event takes place at Zidell Yards near the Ross Island Bridge, with spinoffs shows at five different venues. For the full lowdown, check out our Project Pabst festival guide that comes out in to

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Project Pabst arrives this weekend with two nights and two days jam packed with music all over town—the main event takes place at Zidell Yards near the Ross Island Bridge, with spin

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I'm a longtime reader, and I need a gut check. I'm a straight gal in my mid-40's, in an open 20-year marriage that's been open for nearly a decade. The sexual aspect of my marriage is just not there these days, but we are very compatible as friends and co-parents and life mates, so, whatever, this works for u

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Hey geeks and freaks! Who watched the debut of Gotham (or as I like to call it, Batman Babies!) last night? YOU DID?!? Woot, woot, then let'

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PICA's Time-Based Art Festival is over, and with it our 10:30 commitments to the Works, waiting in line to see sold out shows (some featuring old folks talking about sex), eavesdropping on art conversations, and hanging out in a warehouse that once held window blinds. Here's what we saw over the past couple days as TBA d

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SE Division has undergone a major transformation over the last couple of years, with lots of new businesses sprouting up and changing the landscape of the entire street and the neighborhoods that surround it. However the additions have been mostly food based, (not that I am complaining.) When

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So, we're this group of friends. Some closer than others.And we are pretty evenly split, racially. 3 black friends, 2 white. I really appreciate the openness, depth & humor that we have all had, up to this point. We are all part of a sub-culture that is made up of people who do not fit in anywhere, but who care fuc

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It's... It's not going great this Tuesday. The US and five arab nations finally struck at ISIS in Syria early this morning, a

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Today I got on my bus, nodded, said hello, went to my seat, heard you say something like "really." I didn't bother. In curious boredom, I watched you closer today. I noticed you saying these words to every passenger. My mind deduced you were saying "really?" because no one was really saying hello or thanking you. Then ca

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"(I'm) Lookin' For a Heart" b/w "She Loves Him" 7" by Terry & LouieYou'd expect the new tune from Terry Six and King Louie Bankston to sound like a sweet, sweet slice of bubblegum glam garage. After all, those two were part

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"(I'm) Lookin' For a Heart" b/w "She Loves Him" 7" by Terry & LouieYou'd expect the new tune from Terry Six and King Louie Bankston to sound like a sweet, sweet slice of bubblegum glam garage. After all, those two were part

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Ummmm.... only the most anticipated new series of the year debuts tonight: BATMAN BABIES! (Fox, 8 pm) (I'm going to keep repeating that title until it sticks.) Also...

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[UPDATE: This contest is closed and the winner has been notified.] Orenda Fink, of Azure Ray, hits the Doug Fir tomorrow night in support of her new album Blue Dream, which she wrote after her 16-year-old dog Wilson passed away. I hear you snicker, jerk, but t

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Joan Walsh says the condescension is stunning: In the 60-second spot, which ran on the Sunday shows as well as reportedly in Colorado and North Carolina, a lov

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MUSIC—It's a K Records artist showdown tonight at Holocene, headlined by Portland's the Shivas—fine purveyors of badass jangle pop. Also along for the ride, the long-awaited return of the musically varied Adrian Orange, and the Twin Peaks-esque solo guitar work of r.ariel. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

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Being raised in Portland, it took a lot of seeing other places for me to realize that yes, we are kinda weird. I realize though it has it's flaws, it really is a wonderful place. And though I've always loved the melting pot aspect of Portland, I have to admit that our recent jump in popularity, the spike in rent, even th

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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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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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