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Pouring (Unique) Oregon Wine

by MJ Skegg With Oregon Wine Month almost upon us there’s a host of wine events coming up. On Sunday it’s Pour Oregon, a one-day festival featuring some of the regions more interesting winemakers. Created by Cellar 503, a wine club that promotes Oregon’s small-batch wine

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Remember: Trump's Tax Plan Would Kill Affordable Housing

by Dirk VanderHart Leo Zarosinski When the Mercury

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The Handmaid's Tale Starts Today on Hulu. You Should Watch It.

by Megan Burbank Margaret Atwood once said she based everything in The Handmaid’s Tale on something

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This Weekend on Mt. Hood, the Overlook Film Fest Offers Horror, Games, and Cannibals

by Ben Coleman The Overlook Film Festival is four days of contemporary horror cinema contained entirely in the frosty con

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Portland Timbers Unveil Providence Park Expansion Plan

by Abe Asher Brooklyn Digital Foundry/Portland Timbers One of the great soccer stadiums in North America is about to get

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Tonight Los Angeles Rapper/Singer KYLE Brings His Summer-Vibed Songs to Portland

by Jenni Moore KYLE Wed 4/26 Crystal Ballroom

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by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! Heaven's holding a half moon, shining just for us. Let's slip off to a sand dune, real soon, and kick up a little dust. LET'S GO TO PRESS. The an

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by Anonymous So I read a post on FB by a woman who we'll call Alex who lives in the Pearl. She wrote about a man she saw at a bus stop "in distress" "slumped" "didn't appear to be breathing" you "wanted to shake him but keep my distance until help arrived" because why? "he see

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Resistance events for the week of April 26–May 2. by Emilly Prado WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 SMASH the Patriarchy! Burlesque Benefit for NRO As law makers seek to strip women’s access to health care, the activ

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This week: Chasing Trane, Graduation, and *grimaces* Escape from L.A. by Mercury Staff

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Danwei Canting is off to a decent (if not amazing) start. by Andrea Damewood You can have far worse Chinese food in Portland than at Danwei Canting, but you can also do far better. Danwei Canting opened this winter with the promise of reflecting

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Essential songs by the Oakland-raised R&B singer. by Jenni Moore In 2013, Kehlani Ashley Parrish was houseless. It’d been a year since she’d left her post as the lead singer of the girl group Poplyfe, citing managerial and contractual issues. Fou

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Here’s how it might happen—and why the improbable beauty of Republican incompetence should give you hope. by Megan Burbank I still remember the first time a friend of mine reported back about getting an IUD after the passage of the Affor

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Seattle musician Whitney Ballen’s new EP is all about leaving. by Ciara Dolan The title of Whitney Ballen’s new EP Being Here Is Hard was inspired by a simple thought that struck the Seattle musician one day on her way to work: Sometimes j

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Charting genocide, diaspora, and family histories in Berlin Diary. by Megan Burbank When the AP releases an interview with the “president” that’s so incoherent it makes you feel more confident in a toddler’s ability to verbalize thought, w

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Time to enroll in Race 101. by Jenni Moore Justin Simien’s 2014 movie Dear White People was about the politics, activism, and social scene at Winchester, a racially divided Ivy League college. In the movie version of DWP, everything was r

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Spiritrials explores racism in a time of mass incarceration. by Katie Pelletier Jeff Sessions wants to bring back the War on Drugs. If you’ve forgotten about the racist legacy of these “get tough” laws, I recommend you see Spiritrials

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And Q-tips. by Suzette Smith I saw Dash Shaw’s animated feature film My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea at last year’s Portland International Film Festival, where I was pleased to see the personable humor and torsion of reality that I

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Imago brings the classic play to its famous “floating” stage. by Thomas Ross Imago Theatre’s stage from its production of No Exit is back in action this season, but not for No Exit. Instead, Imago is producing Medea on

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You realize it’s only a matter of time until Vin Diesel punches the Easter Bunny, right? by Ann Romano MONDAY, APRIL 17 Happy Easter, everybody—that lovely time when Christians celebrate their favorite bedtime st

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“A group of fellow veterans are searching for you. If they find you, it will not be pretty.” by Anonymous Well, I hope you feel proud of yourself, asshole. I am a U.S. Navy veteran, which is likely something you cannot comprehend. Furthermore, I am a

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We gathered to watch the rich be awarded. by D. Martin Austin “I got water in my phone because I dropped it in a toilet, right after the shrooms kicked in.” These are the words of people who refer to unpaid art projects as “careers” (e.g. my frie

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Why you should get some air into your wine. by MJ Skegg You’re not supposed to put wine in a blender. But that’s what I’m doing. Pouring in half a bottle of a good Lagrein and hitting the button to zap it. It froths energetically, with an odd purpl

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“In another couple of years we’ll have to tear down all those four-story apartment buildings and replace them with 10-story buildings.” GOATRIFICATION RE: “

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The legendary 75-year-old songwriter found Twitter (and we are all in his crosshairs). by Morgan Troper David Crosby has one of the best voices in rock ’n’ roll. Along with Roger McGuinn’s jangling Rickenbacker 12-string, Crosby’s rich tenor and

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They tried to make a movie. Then they got arrested. by Emilly Prado Transforming the world’s outlook on climate change is a daunting task, but activist Ken Ward lives to do exactly that. For Ward, no action is too small—from anchoring tiny lobster bo

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Gaiman, gods, and gay genies. by Ned Lannamann You are correct to be tingling with excitement for American Gods. The Starz TV series is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman about ancient old-world deities fighting young American ones, and its cast in

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Here’s what that means. by Dirk VanderHart COMMISSIONER CHLOE EUDALY'S first order of business when taking office was to push the

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Here’s how to vote on Portland’s hottest ballot measures. by the Mercury Endorsement Strike Force IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT if you have a panic attack anytime you get near a ballot these days. Last November, despite the valian

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Noteworthy shows for the week of April 26-May 2. SUPER PICKS KYLE, CUSIN STIZZ (Wed 4/26 at Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) KYLE, a 23-year-old rapper/singer from Los Angeles

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