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September 27th, 2014

Last week I drove my Viper to Automattic‘s annual grand meetup in Park City, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. On the way home I was apparently unlucky enough to puncture my tire but thankfully it wasn’t bad enough to quickly deflate because I made it home safe. It was only a few days […]

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September 26th, 2014

About a decade ago, before smartphones and tablets, when Flash games were a big thing, there was a genre of Flash games known as “Escape the Room.” One of the first popular such games was The Crimson Room. I simultaneously love and hate the genre. I like the aspect of puzzling your way out of […]

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September 25th, 2014

Mixing full-throttle rock with dollops of blue-eyed soul, vintage R&B and melodic pop radio anthems in-the-making, Parachute has arrived.

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Saturday from 10 - 5 in conjunction with Fun on Foster, we will be celebrating Cartoberfest with a special beer menu, special price menu from all the carts, and great music. If you ever wanted to sample them all, this is the time to do it.

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The weekend has arrived and so has fall! Mcmenamins is hosting Oktoberfest this weekend and the Handmade Bike & Beer Festival returns to Hopworks! Help animals at Animal Aid Casino Night at Northwest Forestry Center or take in a free museum on Saturday's Free Museum Day. This is your last weekend to enjoy Dr. Horrible

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There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief. . . and unspeakable love. Washington Irving

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September 24th, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page. Friday, September 26th Open Studio at the Portland Child Art...

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Pipeline is once again giving away many Portland event tickets this weekend including to the Bridgetown Comedy, H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, The MAiZE & more.

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Don't miss Museum Day Live on Saturday, when several museums across the region will open their doors for FREE. Visitors must have a valid ticket, so see smithsonianmag.com and reserve your ticket today!

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The largest tattoo expo in the Northwest, The Portland, Oregon, Tattoo Expo is the show that opened the doors to out of state artists looking to tattoo in the state of Oregon. After months of work with the state legislators, the laws were changed to allow artists from outside of the state to tattoo legally in Oregon. Now in

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In honor of its 150th anniversary, Multnomah County Library will host a free outdoor community celebration at Central Library on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 am to 5 pm. The event will feature music, dance, tours and library programs for people of all ages.

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To see the Summer Sky. Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie, True Poems flee. Emily Dickinson Filed under: Landscape, Nature, Oregon, Photography Tagged: clouds, horizon, Nature, Oregon, Outdoors, peaceful, Photography, Sky, SwittersB

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TAKIMBA (formerly Melting Pot) and SPINOZZA will be at the controls and keeping it funky all night long. Blending hip hop, soul, funk, breaks & house. There's sure to be something for everybody and a night of dancing and fun for all. They'll be switching off sets throughout the night and may be rocking all 4 decks at o

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The Wedge! will feature artisan, specialty and farmstead cheesemakers as well as accoutrement vendors from throughout the Northwest. The farmer's market-style event will appeal to the cheese lover looking to taste and try new flavors and styles. Classes will cover pairing with beer as well as spirits.

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Call it a biergarten, drink a bier, and Prost! One and all are welcome to participate in the German celebration that is Oktoberfest. Begun as a wedding party for Germany's Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810, today Oktoberfest is celebrated all over the world with singing, beer, food and revelry – including h

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I just noticed, as I last posted, that SwittersB & Exploring (Fly Fishing) now has 1900 followers. Now I know many came long ago and have since left. I know some left when I broadened the vision of SwittersB to not just be focused upon fly fishing. However, may I just say, I have an […]

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‘…Here, hot and cold, fingers thick with thinking, I try to tie the fly and look for the net, loosening the philosophical knot of why I came here today…’ Kathryn Starbuck, Trout Filed under: Fishing, Fly Fishing, Oregon, Photography Tagged: fly fishing, Oregon, Photography, poetry, rainbow trout,

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A calculated encounter that  was more than I could have hoped for. We finally meet…you are hesitant then finally adamant you must leave. You slip through my grasp…a fleeting memory of what could have been…a darn nice fish pic! Filed under: Beauty, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Oregon, Photography Tagged: Central

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Simply glorious…how blessed was I. Filed under: Landscape, Nature, Oregon, Photography, Sun & Moon Tagged: Central Oregon, lake, landscape, morning, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, red sky, sun rays, sunrise, SwittersB

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September 23rd, 2014

My (fractured?) left hand being bombarded with high-energy photons. (I was left-hooked by a bike ninja l

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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 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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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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September 22nd, 2014

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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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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