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September 23rd, 2014

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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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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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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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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