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Add the time the trash trucks come to the long list of Portland NIMBY complaints. 4

Portland’s most anticipated new restaurant looks great on Instagram, at least. 34

The most impressive political newcomer in Portland comes from a California family of seaweed farmers. 12

The great-great-great grandson of Queen Victoria will make you brisket in North Portland. 47 Portland has been celebrated as a

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek is a RuPaul fan. 19

place where people can fail gently. 53

Oregon may be a supply hub for lion genitals. 25

This newspaper is responsible for what one of our former writers calls “the worst-run project in

Gresham’s famous anti-gay bakery has finally closed. 30



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Myths about the state ballot measure to raise corporate taxes.








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With many Portlanders keenly interested in the WW left out the biggest myth of all about Meastate of affordable housing in the area, Nigel sure 97—that corporations will easily pass the Jaquiss’ article was well-timed [“Roofless,” WW, new taxes to their customers [“Measuring 97,” Sept. 28, 2016]. However, he missed the mark on WW, Oct. 5, 2016]. The competing economic how affordable housing ends homelessness for arguments—will they or won’t they pass the tax people by merely counting units. through?—may leave many votThe article claims that the ers confused and uncertain. That remodel and seismic upgrade of the leaves the common-sense test. Henry Building will run $1,000 per Large corporations have already square foot. The calculation is made donated $17 million to the No on solely on the square footage of the 97 campaign, and more is likely to residential units and eliminates the come. History shows that Oregon rest of the building—foundation, corporations support sales taxes. basement, hallways, etc. The actual If 97 were a real sales tax, they’d be roofless per-square-foot price of renovating donating those millions to the Yes the 62,782-square-foot building is on 97 campaign. $357; the Portland Housing Bureau “We need But they’re donating to the No is investing $85,000 per unit, wise on 97 campaign. Why is that? Comroughly $255 per square foot in the mon sense tells you they must have investment building’s residential portion. decided they’ll have to pay all or Last year, the Henry’s 150 units decisions that almost all of it. What do you think? served 370 people who were home- deliver —David Roth less or at risk; 230 resolved their affordability.” Tax Fairness Oregon homelessness and moved into permanent housing. Over 20 years, that translates to Corporations helped create America’s wealth helping 4,600 people resolve their homelessness, and its middle class. Whether or not we like it, with services to an additional 2,800. The build- the financial health of corporations, communiing’s downtown location is vital to that success. ties and individuals are interconnected. Does Portland need more affordable housing? The things that are easy to hate about corpoYes. Can some costs be reduced? Likely. Is every rations—CEO pay, for example—need to change, unit of affordable housing the same? No. Simply but that isn’t what Measure 97 targets. stating that a unit could be done cheaper on 171st To pretend that Measure 97 won’t hurt Avenue misses the point. smaller businesses is ignoring how interrelated Taken as a whole and over time, we need wise our economic system is. investment decisions that deliver affordability— —Pamela Fitzsimmons geographically and demographically—across populations. When looking at an issue this LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. important and complex, determining value takes Letters must be 250 or fewer words. more than just a calculator. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: —Ed Blackburn, executive director Central City Concern by nigel jaquiss


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Since last summer, I’ve noticed trash trucks running in my Northeast neighborhood as early as 3:45 am. I’ve complained to the city, but was merely given a vague response, so I’ll ask Dr. Know: Is it legal for trash trucks to run that early? —Kane Citizen I have gotten this question so frequently over the years that I had to look through seven years of “Dr. Know” to make sure I hadn’t answered it before. (Then, of course, I had to spend several more hours sobbing over my wasted life.) The simple answer is yes: Night garbage pickup for businesses is 100 percent legal. The children of war-torn Syria would probably tell us to count our blessings, but in denser neighborhoods it can be pretty brutal, with some residents being awakened several times a night. Unfortunately, the obvious fix—picking up the trash of businesses during the day—would mean huge, lane-filling trucks stopping daytime traffic for three minutes every 100 yards or so. People have complained about commercial garbage-truck noise for as long as anyone can remember. In 2001, then-Mayor Vera Katz even commissioned a report on possible solutions. That report recommended a plan called franchising, which would have carved the city’s

commercial sector into zones in such a way that fewer trucks would operate in any given area. Unfortunately, the report didn’t come out till late 2004. By then, apparently, all the original complainants had died of insomnia, and the plan was never adopted for nighttime trash pickup. But you could revive it! Call the City Council Clerk’s Office at 503-823-4086 and get yourself added to the agenda. Then, just show up and bitch. (Trust me, crazier people than you do this all the time.) They have to listen to you, because democracy. If you can bring 20 or 30 like-minded friends, you’re a legitimate pain in the ass, and they might do something just to shut you up. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The future belongs to those who have nothing better to do than hang around at stultifyingly dull public meetings. QUESTIONS? Send them to

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation isn’t living up to its commitment to monitor taxis and ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, according to an Oct. 12 city audit. That means, for example, that the city has no idea about comparative wait times, whether disabled passengers are getting needed service, or whether drivers are adequately responding to calls from underserved areas of Portland. But that’s not the most interesting part of the audit. Owing to confidentiality agreements with Uber and Lyft, portions of the audit are redacted, putting the public in the dark even about how many rides the companies have given. (Uber and Lyft have cases pending in Multnomah County Circuit Court to keep that information secret.) City Commissioner Steve Novick—who oversees the transportation bureau— declined to comment.

Health Nonprofit Is Fighting Measure 97

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Four tenants went on a rent strike at the East Portland apartment building where a new landlord hiked rents up to 45 percent. Tenants at the Southeast Ash Street building say the rent strike is less political theater than necessity. “If I had to pay October’s rent, I would be shit out of luck,” says Cassandra Brown, 23. Brown and two other tenants have also asked the landlord for free rent through November to save money to move, according to Margot Black of Portland Tenants United, which helped residents form a tenants’ association. “We are working really hard to accommodate the tenants’ transition,” says Erlin Taylor of A&G Rental Management, which runs the building and allowed tenants to use security deposits for October rent.

Mike Marshall Leaves Portland City Club

Mike Marshall, executive director of the City Club of Portland, resigned Oct. 11 after less than two years in the job. Marshall previously ran Gov. John Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign, but his tenure running City Club, a nonpartisan civic organization best known for its Friday forums, was choppy. Marshall says recent events were unrelated to his decision. “Nothing nefarious,” Marshall said in an email. “My partner, Rob, and I are looking to make some quality-of-life changes, and this is the first step in that direction.”





Jo Ann Hardesty Jo Ann Hardesty, 59, is a central figure in Portland’s ongoing struggle to enact meaningful police reforms. So when Mayor Charlie Hales announced last month that he had reached a deal with the Portland Police Association for a new union contract, the former state representative offered a piercing critique. Here are five things you may not know about Hardesty, president of the Portland branch of the NAACP. BETH SLOVIC.

Black and Blue

As Portland Mayor Charlie Hales seeks ratification of a controversial new contract with the Portland Police Association, tensions between police and the policed are high here and across the country. Police critics say part of the problem is the racial and cultural divide between cops and regular citizens. Here in the nation’s whitest big city, and its even

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whiter suburbs, that’s also an issue. In the metro area’s four largest law enforcement agencies, the numbers are mixed: In the Multnomah and Clackamas county sheriff’s offices, the percentage of African-American officers is higher than the percentage of African-Americans in the counties they serve. Latino officers, however, are in short supply everywhere.

In Portland, Hales has an opportunity to address the makup of the force—the bureau has 65 open positions, and he’s pushing to raise pay to make filling those jobs easier. The chart below shows the number of black and Hispanic officers in each agency and compares it to the percentage of those minorities in each county. JOHANNA BERNHARD.






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What’s Wrong With the New Police Contract? Portland’s proposed contract with the Portland Police Bureau’s union has sparked public opposition at a level rarely seen at City Hall: rallies, a camp-out and even a lockout. Here’s why activists are alarmed. RACHEL MONAHAN. Why is Mayor Charlie Hales eager to pass this contract? Hales appears to have the votes to make good on a campaign promise to end the 48-hour rule: the provision of the police contract that gives officers who kill someone two full days to consult with an attorney before an investigative interview. Hales also has offered

police a sizable raise, at least in part because he wants to fill 65 vacancies at the Police Bureau. Why are protesters opposing the contract? The flash point is a draft policy on the use of police body cameras. Putting body cameras on police officers is supposed to offer a measure of oversight of their actions. Civilian footage has sparked nationwide calls for police reform. Yet the draft policy wouldn’t allow supervisors to randomly review the footage for oversight of police practices. “It ties the city’s hands on using the body-camera footage to the

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best of our ability,” says Constantin Severe, director of the Independent Police Review, the city’s civilian review board. But here’s the bigger sticking point: The contract would allow officers to review footage from cameras in all but officer-involved shootings and death-in-custody cases before they write reports. What’s wrong with letting police see video? Critics say the cameras, instead of providing oversight, would function only as a way to make officers’ testimony more credible, effectively undermining other witnesses.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” says Don’t Shoot Portland spokesman Gregory McKelvey. Portland would not be alone in allowing officers to review footage, depending on how the policy is written. Severe says 90 percent of the cities he’s reviewed have a similar policy. Isn’t getting rid of the 48-hour rule a big enough victory? Some activists think the 48-hour rule, long a target of police watchdogs, was doomed—and Hales gave away too much in return. “It’s kind of a Trojan horse,” McKelvey says. “[Hales] gets no accountability on the part of the public.”

was a beneficiary of Ore3. Hardesty gon’s short-lived limits on campaign contributions. Oregon voters in 1994 approved putting $100 limits on campaign contributions to state lawmakers. Those rules were in effect for the 1996 election, when Hardesty beat Bill Stewart, a white small-business owner. contemplating running for 4. She’s the Portland City Council. Hardesty was elected three times to the Oregon House, but left in 2001 to run unsuccessfully for the job of Multnomah County chair. She says she would be “very tempted to run” for Portland City Council in the next cycle. consider working for Mayor5. She’d elect Ted Wheeler. Hardesty says she believes change comes from the outside and the inside, and would welcome the opportunity if he signaled he was interested in fundamental reforms. “I think that would be a brilliant move on his part,” she says, “but he has not had the conversation with me.” Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016





How Stella found her forever home.

Two years ago, Stella and 118 of her friends lived in terrible conditions. Their caretaker didn’t adequately care for all of the animals on the property. Fortunately, a concerned citizen alerted the authorities. The Oregon Humane Society jumped into action. Sharon Harmon and her team found a donated warehouse, assembled temporary pens, and got to work on cleaning, feeding, and vaccinating the poorly treated pets. Before long, all the dogs were healthy and found a happy home in which to snuggle.

Stella and OHS Executive Director Sharon Harmon

Sharon and her team work closely with the legislature and law enforcement officials to ensure animals are protected by law from cruel conditions. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Oregon Humane Society, Stella and others like her get placed in homes where they get the love and compassion they deserve.


Volunteers are the lifeblood of OHS. Every day they help our furry friends in a variety of ways. From walking dogs to managing databases. They do it with love. And what they get back is immeasurable. Take Santos, a cat that was staying a little longer than some of the other animals in our care. But volunteer Tim Hurtley befriended Santos because, as he says, “I like an animal with personality.” Together they spent many days playing with toys and giving head bumps. Santos found his Forever Home. But not without filling a special place in Tim’s heart.


OHS partners with Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where students learn about the physiology of animals and the relationship between a pet and its owner. They learn the unique needs of low-income pet owners, the factors that cause people to give their pets up, and how to spot abuse and neglect. They care for the animals and their companions. Take the case of


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Milagro the Miracle Kitty, who was found cold, starving, and seemingly dead in a storage unit. Dr. Kris Otteman, however, saw the life in him and spent months nursing and loving him back to health. After his rescue, Milagro spent his evenings snuggled in the lap of his owner Joanne, safe and warm in his Forever Home.

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When you get right down to it, the reason that Oregon is the best place for pets is that Oregonians love and honor animals. It’s working with state legislators to pass laws that reflect that belief. It’s teaching veterinarians who can bring that to every animal — and person — they encounter. It’s the person who cares enough to notice that a dog down the street looks a little too thin, a little too sick — and picks up the phone to call the OHS Investigations hotline. They all form an interconnecting web of love, each one of them, and you do, too. Thank you, Oregonians, from the pets and people of the Oregon Humane Society. Saving lives requires the dedication of volunteers, the vigilance of cruelty investigators, the compassion of our veterinary and behavior staff, and the kind hearts of folks like you. Join us.

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AMERICA! Mute the television. Stop checking FiveThirtyEight. Log off Twitter. It’s all over but the voting. The 2016 presidential race has been one of the most exhausting shouting matches in recent memory. The ruckus appears to be obscuring what elections are about: creating a marketplace of ideas so voters can choose among those candidates and proposals that offer the best hope for the future. In some ways, this year’s marketplace looks more like a half-stocked convenience store. It offers, in Donald Trump, the least-qualified, least civil presidential candidate we hope we’ll ever see, and a candidate of extraordinary qualifications (and considerable flaws) in Hillary Rodham Clinton. At the state and local level, there’s more reason for cheer. Oregon’s economy is booming, and for newcomers arriving every day from across the country, Portland looks like a paradise. But there’s trouble here, too. Elected officials at the state level have for decades failed to reform a tax structure that hits individuals hard and corporations barely at all. At the local level, city officials dither while our streets fill with homeless families. Potential solutions have made their way to the ballot. In 2016’s convenience store of ideas, the two biggest items on offer are tax measures. At the state level, a public employee-backed group is ask-

ing Oregonians to approve a $3 billion tax increase. Its passage would mean a 33 percent hike in the state’s budget. The measure will require voters to consider carefully whether the current level of services is adequate and how much faith they have in lawmakers’ fiscal discipline. At the local level, city officials are seeking an unprecedented investment in subsidized housing to address an affordability and homelessness crisis. Those measures are perhaps the most crucial choices you’ll have to make by Nov. 8. But you’ll have a long ballot to fill out. WW doesn’t endorse in uncontested races, and we also refrain from endorsing in the Oregon attorney general contest, because the incumbent, Ellen Rosenblum, is married to the co-owner of WW’s parent company. But in every other contested race and on even the most obscure measure, we’ve invited all sides to WW to ask them tough questions, on camera. (You can watch the full videos on In honor of an apprentice presidential candidate we’ll never forget—no matter how much we may want to—we asked all candidates to tell us what reality show they’d compete in, if compelled. This election sometimes feels like an episode of Duck Dynasty. But it’s also important. And in the following pages, we offer reasons to hope it will make America—and Oregon—even better.

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State Measures P. 23

Statewide P. 13

Portland P. 20

Local Measures P. 25

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We come not to bury Donald Trump, but to praise Hillary Clinton. The Donald has already delivered his own eulogy, on tape. Remarks uncovered last week, in which he brags about committing sexual assault, confirm for the willfully ignorant (and some in the Republican Party, including Oregon Rep. Greg Walden) what anyone paying attention has known for a year: Trump is a bully, a predator, and a silver-spoon racist who asks his supporters to join him in the sewer. What’s most frightening about his candidacy is how many people are willing to sink to his level. Trump is a pestilence and not even the secondbest candidate running for president. Despite his gaffes, Libertarian Gary Johnson would be better. For all her arrogance and pseudo-scientific drivel, Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein also makes Trump look like an apprentice. Yet there is reason for measured optimism that America can recover from this repulsive election. That’s because Hillary Rodham Clinton ranks among the steadiest, most experienced and capable people ever to seek the White House.

From her earliest years in public life, Clinton has forged partnerships and exercised diplomacy, even while her detractors unleashed toxic, sexually charged attacks against a woman in power. She may lack her husband’s folksy charm, but she is equally substantive and far better behaved. Her work as first lady on health care reform was decades ahead of its time. Her rise as a member of the U.S. Senate from New York showed her policy chops, especially fighting for equal pay and new access to lifesaving drugs. She excelled at working across the aisle with Republicans. Her record as secretary of state was decidedly mixed—hawkishness on Syria was a terrible misstep, and the email scandal an unforced error— but was also marked by restoring America’s reputation for thoughtfulness after it was sabotaged by the Bush-Cheney wars. Keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, normalizing relations with Cuba and helping coordinate the raid that killed Osama bin Laden are no mean feats. In the Democratic primary, we endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and we recognize

that for many of Sanders’ most fervent supporters, Clinton’s coziness with the D.C. establishment feels like a sellout of progressive principles to Wall Street insiders. To them we say: This election is a binary choice. Her or Donald. Clinton’s flaws are real. She has compromised with big banks, fought unwise wars and conflated her own success with social good. Yet she has also made the nation safer and more equal, and has shown viable judgment and poise in the midst of circumstances that would reduce most humans to quivering Jell-O. The world changes for the better with incremental victories—except, of course, when it falls drastically backward into fascism. That threat is real in this election. Trump is a poison who could destroy America’s self-respect and our standing in the world. The antidote is a practiced, proficient leader of unusual tenacity and calm. It’s an easy decision. Hillary Clinton must be our next president.

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Despite his annual barnstorming of every county in Oregon, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden can seem a distant and patrician figure, especially compared to his salt-of-the-earth junior colleague, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). Yet Wyden’s 20-year Senate record shows an eagerness to plunge into the gritty details of policy, from loosening libel laws to keep speech free on social media to preserving the state’s pioneering Death With Dignity Act from Republican right-to-life ghouls. Wyden, 67, also ranks among the nation’s half-dozen loudest voices demanding accountability from the federal government’s surveillance apparatus. That’s a battle that pitted him against President Barack Obama and the National Security Agency—formidable foes he’s been willing to challenge over and over again, demanding American citizens’ right to live without their own g overnment tapping their phones and reading their call histories. Wyden is fighting a lonely fight, and an important one. He would disagree, but this is the closest you can get to voting for Edward Snowden. For Wyden’s two challengers on the left, this election is a referendum on free trade, especially the much-reviled TransPacific Partnership deal Wyden supported. One of these candidates is among the most impressive newcomers to this election cycle: Shanti Lewallen, 36, a Portland longshoreman moonlighting as an employment lawyer and running as the Working Families Party nominee. Lewallen, who hails from a California family of seaweed harvesters, admits he’s running mostly to keep the small party on future ballots, but he also offers a cogent critique of Wyden’s trade votes—we don’t agree with the whole of his analysis, but we admire the measured passion with which he makes it. We hope to see Lewallen back on the ballot soon in a more modestly scaled race. Ashland organic farmer Eric Navickas, the Pacific Green and Progressive parties’ nominee, is running on the platform that “capitalism has failed.” He also hates the TPP, but his rhetoric feels overblown. Independent Stephen Reynolds is running with a grab bag of ideas, and the Republican, Mark Callahan, who has previously disrupted interviews and demonstrated an arrogance that is exceeded only by his ignorance, deserves no one’s support. The jury is still out on whether Wyden’s votes on trade were wise. He responds with some good arguments about Oregon ultimately benefiting from the TPP; we hope to have results to judge when he returns in 2022. Meanwhile, he remains far above any of his challengers. Send him back to D.C. for another round of fights with the NSA.


What reality show would Wyden compete on? Real Training Camp on NBA TV. “I very much wanted to play in the NBA.”


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District 3

Suzanne Bonamici—Democrat

Earl Blumenauer—Democrat

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, 61, has brought welcome stability to a district that was reeling from the public implosion of then-Rep. David Wu in 2011. Her work on Capitol Hill in the five years since replacing Wu has often been unglamorous but necessary. She retooled No Child Left Behind to make testing less prescriptive, sent federal dollars to the Oregon Coast for new tsunami-warning systems, and brokered a compromise with Republicans in the House to keep climate-change research funded.

Oregon’s political marriage to U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is entering its 21st year (and that’s if you’re not counting his earlier stints as a Portland city commissioner and state legislator). Adding those elected terms to the tally brings the duration of this relationship to 44 years. As in any marriage, we feel the weight of the accumulated decades. At times, Blumenauer, 68, can grate. He represents one of the safest seats in America for a Democrat and in 2016 has zero credible opponents. Yet in this cycle, he’s sitting on more than $1 million in campaign contributions, including hefty checks from corporate bigwigs whose values aren’t exactly in line with those of Little Beirut. Trouble is, our wandering eye sees nothing better in the field. Opponent David Delk of the Progressive Party is a single-issue candidate who opposes free trade agreements. That’s a common theme this election cycle—something we’re hearing lots about on the national slate. On this topic, though, Oregon isn’t like the rest of the nation. It’s a trade-rich state that benefits more than others from the terms of international trade deals. We wouldn’t trade Blumenauer for Delk. His second opponent, David Walker of the Independent Party, is a family nurse practitioner with sharp words for Blumenauer on the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act—and Blumenauer’s record of taking campaign cash from the health care industry. We don’t doubt Walker’s sincerity or his criticisms about Obamacare. We just don’t think he has the political chops to make any meaningful change in Washington. Blumenauer may not bring us roses anymore. But he’s the best-qualified candidate to help fix the flaws of the Affordable Care Act and fight the effects of global warming. He’s also shown an unmatched devotion to ending America’s war on cannabis—including sticking up for Devontre Thomas, the Native American teenager prosecuted for possessing a gram of marijuana by the U.S. attorney for Oregon. Blumenauer’s advocacy helped pressure prosecutors into dropping the ridiculous case. This is no time to say goodbye, Earl. Stick with Blumenauer. W W S TA F F

Ron Wyden—Democrat


Suzanne Bonamici has steadied a reeling district. We’d like to see Bonamici take tougher stances. Her support for legal cannabis, for example, is squishy. But as a junior member of a badly outnumbered Democratic Party in D.C., she’s picking up wins where she can. Her Republican challenger, Brian Heinrich, 40, is a truck salesman from Dundee with a less nuanced approach to federal government: He wants to make it disappear. Heinrich’s a nice guy, but his only substantive proposal is a balanced-budget amendment. Bonamici’s a better thinker, and the right choice. What reality show would Bonamici compete on? “No question, I would be on Chopped. I love to cook. I don’t use recipes.”


What reality show would Blumenauer compete on? “My daily experience with C-SPAN is more bizarre than any reality TV show.”

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Kurt Schrader— Democrat When Kurt Schrader, a veterinarian, served in the Oregon Senate, he cochaired the Joint Ways and Means Committee and had an uneasy relationship with Democratic Party interest groups, including trial lawyers and unions. He’s continued that independence in four terms in Congress, representing a district that stretches from the central coast to Salem and Portland. He’s established a reputation as moderate and, according to a 2015 Washington Post ranking, is one of the 10 most effective members of the House, as measured by their ability to move substantive bills through Congress. He’s bucked unions to support the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and helped pass ag and transportation funding bills that send cash to Oregon. As chairman of a House small-business subcommittee, Schrader, 65, wrote and passed a bill that generated billions in new loans, and he helped site the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific fleet in Newport. His Republican challenger, Colm Willis, is a newly minted lawyer from Stayton. He lacks political experience—and what experience he does offer as a former political director of Oregon Right to Life makes us say prayers of thanks for Schrader’s drab moderation. Marvin Sandnes of the Pacific Green Party is also running.


What reality show would Schrader compete on? He says he’d like to give Donald Trump a piece of his mind on The Apprentice.

STATEWIDE Secretary of State

Dennis Richardson— Republican We hate this race. Let’s make that clear from the start. Voters face an unpalatable choice: A candidate who’s said unacceptable things against an opponent who frightens us. We’re endorsing Dennis Richardson. That’s a difficult decision for a newspaper that believes in civil rights and reproductive choice. In the past, Richardson, 67, has expressed ideas about both topics in newsletters, legislation and speeches that we find abhorrent: He once compared same-sex marriage to a mass shooting, voted against public funding for emergency contraception, and even opposed sex ed in schools. We declined to endorse him in 2014, when he was the Republican nominee for governor—even though he was challenging incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber, whose scruples were in question. But Richardson’s not running for a policymaking position this time. The secretary of state is an administrator, who oversees elections, audits, the corporation division (which registers businesses) and the state archives. The secretary of state does not make or enforce laws and has nothing to do with civil rights. The office calls for integrity, attention to detail and a desire to focus the state auditor on improving government. Those attributes are in Richardson’s wheelhouse. In six terms in the House, Richardson earned a reputation for diligence, skepticism and detail—he was co-


On Feb. 18, 2015, Kate Brown, then Oregon secretary of state, abruptly took over from the longest-serving governor in Oregon’s history, John Kitzhaber. No one expected Kitzhaber to quit— especially not in the swirl of disgrace he brought on himself by failing to check the actions of his first lady, Cylvia Hayes. But that influencepeddling scandal brought him low in just five months following WW’s first report on Hayes’ consulting contracts. Although Brown, 56, had served in the Legislature for 17 years and been the state’s secondhighest-ranking official for another six, it’s difficult to overstate what a quantum expansion in responsibility the governor’s job meant for her. She took office with a legislative session already in progress and had to move forward with Kitzhaber’s budget, his staff and his legacy: bruising litigation with Oracle Inc. over the failed insurance exchange Cover Oregon, a cold war heating up between business and labor, and a state skeptical of Democrats’ commitment to ethical governance. Brown stumbled in that first session, botching a transportation funding package. She fared far better in 2016’s short session, helping lawmakers pass ambitious legislation that raised Oregon’s minimum wage and expanded its commitment to clean energy. Former Gov. Kulongoski once said the difference between him and Kitzhaber, whom he succeeded in 2003, was that Kulongoski liked people. Brown could point to the same distinction between her and the man she succeeded. She is sunny—perhaps to a fault. In less than two years, she’s managed to thaw a state Capitol frozen in hostilities and disgrace. Her humanity has extended to the populist causes she’s championed: She’s expanded the state’s voter rolls with automatic registration, and brokered a tiered minimum wage that is likely to be a boon for working Oregonians. And there’s no denying the meaning that the nation’s first bisexual governor carries for the state’s LGBTQ people. But her positivity has often meant refusing to face unpleasant facts. Her reluctance to tell people what they don’t want to hear explains her tardiness in taking a position on Measure 97, the $3 billion corporate tax hike that unions launched against big business. (She waffled for two months, then issued a tepid endorsement.)


GOVERNOR KATE BROWN Brown either lacks a sweeping agenda or is afraid to tell Oregon what it is, beyond platitudes about raising graduation rates, increasing transportation funding and helping small business. That’s small beer, not the markings of vision and true leadership. Fortunately for Brown, her only competition comes from Dr. Bud Pierce, 59, an earnest Salem oncologist, who, like other neophyte candidates who’ve succeeded financially (he owns three clinics), assumes that politics, unlike any other profession, requires no experience. As head of the Oregon Medical Association, he did forge a compromise with trial lawyers over liability limits. He’s unquestionably smart, accomplished and in the race because he wants to help Oregon. But he’s an uninspiring speaker, lacks connection to the GOP donor base and appears to have been largely written off by what passes for the Republican Party of Oregon these days. He struggles to connect basic dots: Although running as a moderate, he stuck to his endorsement of Donald Trump until mid- September, and only belatedly realized the disconnect. He made the astonishing gaffe of declaring this month in a public debate that educated women are rarely victims of domestic violence—a claim that manages to be offensive, untrue and harmful. Cliff Thomason, a hemp farmer from Josephine County, is running on the Independent ticket. He’s the candidate we’d most like to smoke a joint with, but like Libertarian James Foster and Aaron Auer of the Constitution Party, he’d be better off running for local office. Brown wins this race by default. But sooner or later, she’s going to need to prove herself ready for something more. What reality show would Brown compete on? So You Think You Can Dance.

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chairman of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, which writes the state’s budget. He was among the first to sound the alarm about Cover Oregon, the failed $300 million health care exchange. A practicing Mormon and former trial lawyer who is the father of eight daughters and flew helicopters in the Vietnam War, Richardson comes from a background different from the Democrats, who hold every statewide office, and he’s beholden to none of the special interests that rule the state. The race features several other candidates, but none makes a strong case. Sharon Durbin, a retired lawyer, is running on the Libertarian Party ticket, while Paul Damian Wells represents the Independent Party. Pacific Green Party nominee Alan Zundel, a counselor and former political science professor, makes a compelling argument for why the current partisan primary system contributes to polarization, but his advocacy for ranked-choice voting will be a tough sell in Oregon. An end to Democrats’ monopoly on statewide offices could serve voters well, particularly in the case of the Democratic nominee, current Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. A former lawmaker from Washington County, Avakian, 55, was appointed to his current post in 2009. When he sought an open congressional seat in 2011, WW revealed he’d failed in the past to pay property and income taxes and his bills, including his Oregon State Bar dues. Those lapses bother us less today than the impression that, perhaps more than any candidate in Oregon, he will do or say anything to advance his political career. In this race, he’s promised to use the Secretary of State’s Office to defend access to abortions, create green jobs, promote sustainable energy, audit private corporations and bring civics education back to public schools. Every one of those aims is laudable. None of them has much to do with the job Avakian’s seeking. That leaves two possibilities: Avakian doesn’t respect the parameters of the office, or his mouth is cynically writing checks he knows he can’t cash in order to win endorsements and votes. Many longtime WW readers may blanch at our choice in this race. Our rationale: Integrity matters. Based on that criterion, there’s no contest. What reality show would Richardson compete on? Survivor, because he enjoys building alliances. 14


TAYLOR Treasurer

Tobias Read—Democrat The State Treasurer’s Office is a little bit like the innards of your cellphone: It does important, complicated work that’s largely invisible and difficult to understand. The treasurer—currently Ted Wheeler, who’s moving on to become Portland mayor—is the state’s banker, overseeing its borrowing needs, guarding its credit rating and serving as one of five members of the Oregon Investment Council, which oversees $90 billion in pension and other funds. Oregon enjoys a strong credit rating—AA+, nearly the highest—which means our borrowing costs are low. The OIC’s investment results also compare favorably to other states’. That speaks well of Wheeler’s management. But the place Wheeler has fallen short—pushing a cost-cutting agenda through the Legislature—is the area in which state Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) shines. Lawmakers took pleasure in regularly defeating the ambitions of Wheeler, a wealthy and politically awkward Portlander who never served as one of them. Read, in contrast, is a Labrador retriever of a lawmaker (he’s served five terms) who loves Salem so much he gave up his job at Nike to focus on caucus leadership positions and interim session work groups. Read, 41, worked briefly for a U.S. Treasury secretary and has an MBA, but his strongest credential is his legislative experience. He’s an easy pick in this race. Jeff Gudman, an investor and Lake Oswego city councilor, is the Republican nominee. He brings neither big-time investment experience nor the political chops that could elevate him over Read. Former state Sen. Chris Telfer (R-Bend) is running as an Independent. She’s nobody’s fool, but she lacks Read’s political skills. What reality show would Read compete on? Running Wild With Bear Grylls.

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Senate District 21

(Southeast Portland and Milwaukie)

Kathleen Taylor—Democrat With the retirement of Sen. Diane Rosenbaum, state Rep. Kathleen Taylor (D-Portland), 49, who served one term in the House, faced virtually no opposition in the primary and is in the unusual position of having the nomination of all three of Oregon’s major parties: Democrats, Republicans and Independents. She also got the nod from the Working Families Party. She was a write-in candidate for the Republicans and Independents, and it’s clear evidence how this district (and much of Portland) lacks real competition between the major parties. She faces token opposition from the right from a Libertarian candidate, Josh Howard, 29, a financial analyst, who favors abandoning the minimum wage. Her challenge from the left—James Ofsink, 34, an IT professional at Oregon Health & Science University, nominated by the Progressive and Pacific Green parties—is more formidable. He’s raised $20,000, and has a bolder vision for the district, persuasively arguing Oregon needs campaign finance caps. But Taylor, a former auditor, brings expertise to the key legislative job overseeing slack state agencies, including the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and is spending much of her energy making government more efficient by collecting the revenue owed to the state by tax dodgers and deadbeat dads. What reality show would Taylor compete on? Chopped. She’s watched at least part of it with her daughter and, as a mom, cooks all the time.

Senate District 22

(Northeast and North Portland)

Lew Frederick—Democrat Sen. Chip Shields announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election to the seat he’s held since 2009. State Rep. Lew Frederick, 64, a former TV reporter and Portland Public Schools spokesman, is seeking a promotion after four terms in the Oregon House. Frederick is the only black member of the House, and would become the second African-American in the Senate. He’s been vocal about his experience with racial profiling. Frederick says that about once a year, though less often now that he has gray hair, he gets pulled over by police for the offense of driving while black in his neighborhood of Irvington.

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OREGON LEGISLATURE And he’s championed legislation to address it, including a bill passed last year that sets up a statewide system for tracking similar complaints. He passed legislation to expunge marijuana convictions, which disproportionately affect African-Americans. Eugene Newell, 48, the Independent Party candidate, is self-employed. He suggested priorities for the Legislature, including sentencing reform, that Frederick is handling more ably. What reality should would Frederick compete on? America’s Got Talent. He’d choose a song by Sam Cooke or Nat King Cole.

Senate District 25

(Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview and Hood River)

Laurie Monnes Anderson— Democrat With the death of Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) in August, Laurie Monnes Anderson, 70, a retired nurse, says she’s needed to carry on the work of health care reform in Oregon. That may not be a good sign for health care. Anderson, who is serving her sixth term in the Senate, hasn’t won much respect from observers, who labeled her “totally clueless” last year in the WW biennial survey on legislators. Then again, her opponents don’t offer a credible alternative. GOP nominee Tamie Tlustos-Arnold, 47, also a nurse, is a Fairview city commissioner. She proved politically confused by declaring herself a social moderate, then in the next breath proclaiming that life begins at conception. The Libertarian challenger, Jeff Ricks, 29, owns a hobbies and games shop, and his answers to our questions were anecdotal and bordered on incoherent. What reality show would Monnes Anderson compete on? The Amazing Race. And she would appear with her office manager.

House District 26

(Wilsonville, Sherwood, parts of Tualatin and Hillsboro)

Richard Vial—Republican Republican Richard Vial faces Democrat Ray Lister in the race for an open seat, which was held by Republican John Davis for two terms. Vial, 62, is a semi-retired real estate lawyer and tablegrapes farmer, whose priorities include land use and transportation. In two rounds of interviews, he’s displayed a firm grasp of the issues that face his district and the state. He also demonstrates a willingness to think independently of party dogma—he’s against a cap on tort claims, for example, and sees a need for new tax dollars for the state (though not Measure 97). The lone knock against him: Vial says he’s voting for neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump, though he wouldn’t specify whom. Lister, 41, an electrician and employee of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 148, appears wellintentioned but is short on specifics. In a coy dodge used often in contested districts this cycle, he refused to say whether he’d vote for Measure 97, even though he argued funding for schools was the most important issue facing the state. The Democrats were so desperate in this race they tried unsuccessfully to challenge Vial’s residency. They failed. And he’s the better choice. What reality show would Vial compete on? The Amazing Race. As an avid birdwatcher, he likes travel.

House District 28

(Aloha and portions of Beaverton)

Jeff Barker—Democrat Jeff Barker likes to describe himself as a Democrat, but “not a Portland Democrat.” We’ll overlook that rejection—Barker, 73, is one of our favorite members of the majority caucus. A former Portland police detective, Barker now stumps for smart reforms as chairman of the House Judiciary Com-

mittee, including changing drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor and adding gradations to the sex-offender registry. He’s also one of the Legislature’s most independent votes, serving as a watchdog on his own party by not much caring if colleagues approve of him. (“I could go back to being retired real quick,” he says.) Among our favorite of his causes: He wants to rein in the Legislature’s sprawling even-year short session by requiring that any bill introduced in an off year have 31 signatures. Republican challenger Gary Carlson, 76, has a long and varied résumé, including serving as a defense attorney on death-penalty cases—which makes it all the more puzzling that he resorts to threadbare GOP talking points about cutting the size of government. Bring back Barker. What reality show would Barker compete on? He asked if The Price Is Right would count. We allowed it.

House District 29

(Hillsboro, Cornelius and Forest Grove)

Susan McLain—Democrat Susan McLain, 67, a former teacher and four-term Metro councilor, won election two years ago to a first term in the House. McLain’s first term didn’t exactly wow us—she was all but invisible in Salem. She pledges to improve Hillsboro schools, and we look forward to her showing voters she can. McClain presents an easy target for a spirited challenger. Instead, the GOP found Juanita Lint. The owner of a vineyard, Lint, 58, wants to reduce government red tape on business—especially her business. She wasn’t able to identify meaningful steps she’d take, except stopping the state’s minimum-wage increase in its tracks. McLain needs to step up her game. It would help if she had some competition. For now, send her back to Salem and hope for the best. What reality show would McLain compete on? Two years ago, she told us her guilty pleasure was watching The Voice. It still is, she says, so she’d choose to go on it. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016






House District 30

(Hillsboro and North Plains)

Janeen Sollman—Democrat There are no thoroughbreds in the race to replace state Rep. Joe Gallegos (D-Hillsboro). Janeen Sollman, 46, an administrator for a software company, gets the nod because of her service on the Hillsboro School Board. She’d like to push for an expanded focus on career technical education (formerly known as shop class) and dual credit courses, which allow students to get a cost-effective jump on college. That experience gives her a leg up on Republican Dan Mason, a property manager who’s run for the seat twice without offering a serious idea. So has Libertarian Kyle Markley, who, despite working for Intel, a large recipient of corporate tax breaks in the state, would like to drown government in a bathtub and opined, “Taxation is theft.” What reality show would Sollman compete on? She’s tried out twice for The Amazing Race.

House District 33

(Northwest Portland and Cedar Mill)

Mitch Greenlick—Democrat Mitch Greenlick is the other oracle of Oregon health care. A former Kaiser Permanente research director and Oregon Health & Science University professor, this 81-year-old policy whiz has played a key role in the state’s success delivering health care through coordinated care organizations. He’s now focused on bringing modern public health to the Oregon Coast—where former timber counties are too broke to prepare for the injuries and disease that would follow a tsunami—and forcing nonprofit hospital chains 16

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GREENLICK to invest their windfalls from Obamacare back into their hometowns. (He took a timeout from his endorsement pitch to plug his book about his years in the Legislature, with drawings by former Oregonian cartoonist Jack Ohman.) Greenlick’s Republican challenger is John Verbeek, 60, an immigrant from the Netherlands who worked as a risk analyst in the life-insurance business. His agenda if elected doesn’t extend far beyond voting against the Democrats’ proposals. Greenlick did a better job of describing the positive role the minority party could play in Salem. What reality show would Greenlick compete on? “The closest I get to a reality TV show is Bill Maher, and that’s much more reality than I want.”

House District 34

(Washington County, including Cedar Hills, Tanasbourne and Rock Creek)

Ken Helm—Democrat Incumbent Ken Helm, 51, is running for his second term in the House. A land-use lawyer by trade (who previously worked as a hearings officer, represented developers and worked on staff at Metro), Helm has put his knowledge to good use in the Legislature, taking on committee assignments that play to his knowledge—including the committee for rural communities, land use and water. He has a reputation for calm and balance even in the midst of divisive issues. One knock against him: Like many of his colleagues in swing districts, he won’t say where he stands on Measure 97. In a more competitive race, that might be a problem for us. But Helm’s opponent, Independent candidate Donald Hershiser, 62, is a Lowes sales associate who has never run for office before. Helm is the pick. Helm’s reality TV show: Oregon Field Guide. An outdoorsman, he’d actually like to be on that show, even if he wasn’t compelled.



House District 35

(Tigard, Metzger and Garden Home)

Margaret Doherty—Democrat Margaret Doherty, a former Oregon Education Association official and retired Milwaukie High School teacher, has already served four terms, and will in all likelihood serve another. Doherty, 65, was affectionately described as “not ashamed to be a labor goon,” in WW’s biennial survey on legislators. She may not be an independent spirit, but she faces no credible opposition. Jessica Cousineau, 39, a lawyer and Independent Party candidate, is running on a platform that includes supporting charter schools. But her campaign platform was very narrow in scope. Doherty remains the sensible choice. What reality show would Doherty compete on? She wants to produce her own reality TV show: Senior Citizen Bachelorette. “They can’t take their shirts off,” she says.

House, District 36

(Multnomah Village and Southwest Portland)

Jennifer Williamson—Democrat Incumbent Jennifer Williamson, 42, has risen through the Democratic ranks to become majority leader in just her second term. She’s a former lobbyist and a lawyer, though she no longer practices. She’s already proven herself knowledgeable and effective in Salem—passing, for example, a bill to distribute the unclaimed proceeds of class action lawsuits to legal aid rather than letting defendants keep them. She finished at the top of her class in WW’s

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biennial “The Good, the Bad and the Awful” ranking of Portland-area lawmakers. She’s running against Libertarian Amanda Burnham, an accountant with a background in real estate. There’s no Republican even trying for Williamson’s safely blue seat. What reality show would Williamson compete on? Top Chef. She makes a “mean imitation” of Pok Pok’s fish-sauce chicken wings.

House District 37

(West Linn and parts of Tualatin)

Julie Parrish—Republican Julie Parrish, 42, who runs a small marketing and communications business, generates more ideas in a week than many lawmakers do in a career. She’d replace wooden pallets with recycled cardboard, harvest wood from urban parks, and offer dozens of ways to make government more transparent. She’s passed bills promoting school choice, funding for shop classes and improving veterans’ benefits. And she’s introduced far more. A three-term incumbent, she irritates Democrats because she zealously pursues ethics reform and transparency. She irritates Republicans because she won’t toe the party line—she lost her leadership position in part because of her support for same-sex marriage. Her opponent, business lawyer Paul Southwick, 32, is also an iconoclast: a home-schooled former Republican. He’s smart and thoughtful but cautious to a fault—he treats his position on Measure 97 like a state secret. Parrish is a rare breed: a pro-choice Republican woman in a close-in suburban district. She should be celebrated—and re-elected.


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House District 39

(Parts of Southwest Portland and Lake Oswego)

(Canby, Clackamas and Boring)

Ann Lininger—Democrat

Charles Gallia—Democrat

Ann Lininger, a former Clackamas County commissioner, was appointed to this seat representing Lake Oswego and parts of Southwest Portland in 2014 after then-state Rep. Chris Garrett resigned to become a judge. In just two years, the Democrat has already played an outsized role in shaping the state’s growing cannabis industry as co-chairwoman of the joint House-Senate committee on marijuana legalization. (It’s known around the Capitol as the “joint joint” committee, which by Salem standards is a pretty good dad joke.) Lininger, 48, is smart and well-versed in the problems facing Oregon. A lawyer, she’s a clear communicator. Her progressive values are in line with the voters in her district. One of her goals, she says, is to return to Salem to “streamline and simplify” regulation of marijuana businesses. Patrick De Klotz, also a Lake Oswego lawyer, strikes us as a fairly moderate Republican. De Klotz, 32, says he thinks climate change is a serious threat, and he doesn’t support the death penalty. (He’s also not a fan of Trump.) But there’s a fundamental inconsistency in his political philosophy on at least one point. “I prefer government not to be the solution,” he says. Yet he’s pro-life and thinks government intervention is the right answer in that case. Lininger deserves another term.

It takes a strong argument to oust an incumbent legislator—especially a veteran politician like Dr. Bill Kennemer, a retired family psychologist who’s held this rural Clackamas County seat since 2009. In the last voting cycle, no Democrat bothered trying to unseat Kennemer, who is affable and described by Salem insiders as a centrist voice in his caucus. But his challenger, Charles Gallia, made an incisive case. Gallia is a policy adviser to the Oregon Health Authority with a varied biography that includes handbuilding his own house on the Clackamas River. He’s soft-spoken and courteous—and in our interview, delivered a systematic critique of Kennemer’s votes on civil and reproductive rights. Most damaging: Gallia pointed out Kennemer’s 2015 vote against a bill banning “conversion therapies” that try to cure people from being gay. Kennemer couldn’t explain his vote. That’s especially troubling because Kennemer, as a family psychologist, should know better. Gallia has mettle, along with values that point a way forward for his district. That may not be enough to topple Kennemer, but it wins our endorsement.

What reality show would Lininger compete on? Top Chef. “I love to cook,” she says. “I love to deviate from recipes.”

What reality show would Gallia compete on? He picked Survivor—the only title he could remember. CONT. on page 19

What reality show would Parrish compete on? Alaska: The Final Frontier. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016




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(Oregon City and Gladstone)

Evon Tekorius—Republican This race comes down to a simple principle: If you want a seat in the Legislature, tell us where you stand. Evon Tekorius, 54, is the co-owner of a fire investigation firm and an Oregon City School Board member. She and Mark Meek, 52, her Democratic opponent, are pretty comparable candidates: involved in their communities, small-business owners (Meek runs a real estate firm) and reasonably intelligent. Meek, however, has refused both in the primary and in the general election to state his position on Measure 97, the corporate tax increase that is the biggest issue on the November ballot. Lawmakers make tough votes all the time—no ducking allowed. Add Meek’s refusal to state his position to the school board experience Tekorious would bring to a caucus thin on education knowledge and this becomes an easy choice. What reality show would Tekorius compete on? American Idol.

House District 41

(Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Sellwood and Eastmoreland)

Karin Power—Democrat Karin Power displays the inroads the Democratic Party is making in deep-red Clackamas County. Power, 33, is a lawyer who graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School, moved to Milwaukie with her wife, and won election to the city council there. She is one of only a handful of city councilors under 40 in the Portland metro area (on the Portland City Council, none are under 50). Power told WW last year that serving at the local level in the suburbs was a good way for young people to make an impact. Now she aspires to go to Salem, with an aim to bring funding home to her district. She readily acknowledges she has lots to learn, though she starts with an expertise in environmental law from her work at the Freshwater Trust. Power, a new mom, showed up to the endorsement interview with her 11-week-old son, Grady. That’s a feat in itself. The baby provided Power’s only company in the inter-

view, since her Republican opponent, Timothy McMenamin, 58, declined to attend. McMenamin is a pharmacist and a retread: This is his third run for the Legislature in three election cycles. His past two shots failed, and Power’s the better choice this time. What reality show would Power compete on? The Great British Bake Off.

House District 42 (Southeast Portland)

Rob Nosse—Democrat Rob Nosse, 49, is seeking his second term in the Oregon House. We see plenty of reasons to send this representative for the nurses’ union back to Salem. Praised as “likable and a quick study” in our biennial survey of Oregon lawmakers, Nosse also earned the title of “Rookie of the Year” for his brains and integrity. If re-elected, Nosse has several priorities—all of them good matches for a Portland district filled with backyard chickens and blue votes. He wants to hold down the cost of prescription drugs, get dirty diesel out of Oregon and address environmental hazards in our industries and schools. He’s already had success, banning conversion therapy and phasing out Styrofoam trays from kids’ lunchrooms. His opponents are James Stubbs, a 46-year-old marketing and sales consultant who’s running as an Independent, and Jeremy Wilson, a Libertarian food and beverage supervisor. Neither offers a credible reason for throwing Nosse out. What reality show would Nosse compete on? The Amazing Race. “It looks like fun,” he says.

House District 44

(North and Northeast Portland)

Tina Kotek—Democrat Tina Kotek, 50, a former advocate for low-income families, rose to become House speaker after just three terms. She’s held the post for two more sessions without serious challenge. In a caucus that previously alternated between wild-eyed back-stabbery and circular firing squads,

Kotek’s steely discipline has meant less drama and more production. Although some complain that Kotek steamrolled major legislation in this year’s short session, the speaker delivered major victories on the minimum wage and expanding Oregon’s investment in renewable energy, as well as inclusionary zoning. Those are top Democratic priorities, and she can claim credit for them. It’s no secret that Kotek has ambitions to be governor. Her opponent, Green Party candidate Joe Rowe, a high school teacher, wants Kotek to stop accepting corporate contributions and push harder for tenant protections. He’s an activist using the race to make some noise but offers no viable alternative to Kotek. What reality show would Kotek compete on? Kotek would be a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

House District 47

(Parkrose and outer Northeast Portland)

Diego Hernandez—Democrat Diego Hernandez, 29, could become the youngest state representative if elected to the seat vacated by Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson (D-Portland), who served two terms and is now Multnomah County commissioner-elect. Hernandez, who sits on the Reynolds School Board and is the executive director of a small nonprofit that trains up-and-coming social justice leaders, brings with him life experiences rare in Salem. He grew up the child of a single mother, who raised him and three brothers while working fast-food jobs and cleaning houses. He has a master’s degree in social work and has worked for OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon—the bus riders’ union—and the Community Alliance of Tenants. Those are two constituencies underrepresented in Salem, where dozens of lawmakers are landlords. He faces Michael Langley, 62, the Independent Party nominee, who works as a golf-gear consultant. He’s a self-described “free market” guy with little in the way of qualifications. What reality show would Hernandez compete on? The Apprentice. “Just so I could get fired right away and call [Trump] out.” CONT. on page 20 Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016




ENDORSEM House District 52

(Hood River, Sandy and Cascade Locks)

Mark Johnson—Republican



House District 48

(Outer Southeast Portland)

Jeff Reardon—Democrat Jeff Reardon, 69, won’t get much credit for the groundbreaking minimum-wage hike Oregon passed earlier this year. But the moderate Democrat representing East Portland oversaw the shuttle diplomacy that created three tiers of wage increases: one for Portland, a lower wage for the Willamette Valley, and an even lower one for the rural parts of the state that compete for jobs with Idaho. The mild-mannered Reardon worked for 21 years as a Tektronix engineer before retiring to the state Capitol. He’s had other accomplishments in Salem: He doubled the state funding for career and technical education to $35 million a biennium, and legalized the use of unmanned photo radar to catch speeding drivers. (That’s a meaningful reform for his district, where traffic deaths remain a scourge.) But his key role is as a compromise broker in an often bitterly partisan building. Reardon faces a crowded field of challengers, none presenting much of a threat. Republican George “Sonny” Yellott is a paralegal who serves on the Mt. Hood Community College board, which he has disrupted with bizarre rants. (He told us the cause of Portland’s housing crisis is undocumented immigrants taking up apartments.) Libertarian Jeff Dye, a chemical engineer, doesn’t think Oregon should have a minimum wage at all. Tim Crawley, an intellectual property lawyer, is on the ballot without a party backing him. He’d like to fund new roads in East Portland, but doesn’t make much of a case that he’d be more effective than Reardon. What reality show would Reardon compete on? Dancing With the Stars.

House District 50 (Gresham)

Carla Piluso—Democrat Former Gresham Police Chief Carla Piluso won this legislative seat in 2014, pledging to crack down on the perpetrators of domestic violence. She’s had limited success on that front: Her flagship bill keeps DV offenders from owning any kind of weapon. She’s frank, if not impressively informed. We liked that she had the courage to say she’s voting against Measure 97, but wish she had a better understanding of the public-employee pensions that 20

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should be in her wheelhouse as a moderate Democrat. The Republican challenger, Stella Armstrong, directs a program at Mt. Hood Community College to help students struggling to prepare for higher education. Her platform is mostly platitudes. More impressive is the Independent candidate, Michael Calcagno. A former Fox 12 reporter now producing fundraising videos, Calcagno helped lower tuition as a board member at Mt. Hood Community College, and is now pushing for transportation investments in his congested district. At 28, he’s still a little green, but we hope he’ll run again. What reality show would Piluso compete on? American Ninja Warrior. “But I would add princess to it,” a la Xena: Warrior Princess.

House District 51

(Clackamas, Happy Valley, Damascus and portions of Southeast Portland)

Janelle Bynum—Democrat It’s Happy Meals vs. Happy Valley. Two distinctive candidates are battling to replace Rep. Shemia Fagan, a two-term Democrat stepping down to raise her young children. Her possible Democratic successor, Janelle Bynum, 41, has one of the most interesting résumés in this election cycle: She and her husband own and operate two McDonald’s franchises on Portland’s Southeast 82nd Avenue. Selling Big Macs gives Bynum a close-up view of the missing sidewalks in East Portland, and a smallbusiness background lacking in the Democratic caucus. She offers nuanced opinions on how Oregon should implement workplace reforms like flexible scheduling. Her Republican opponent, Lori Chavez-DeRemer, is mayor of Happy Valley, with an impressive record of her own—including support for a six-cent gas tax in hostile territory. The co-founder and business manager of an anesthesiology practice, Chavez-DeRemer, 48, also speaks authoritatively on infrastructure needs—though she concentrates more on streets than sidewalks. It’s an unusual race, flipping the typical script, with a Democrat representing the business lobby and a Republican touting government experience. It’s also a close call. We’ll give the edge to Bynum, whose values—including a thriving composting program at a McDonald’s—more closely match ours. What reality show would Bynum compete on? So You Think You Can Dance. “My husband and I love to dance.”

There were few easier choices than this contest, which pits Mark Johnson, 59, a building contractor and chairman of the Hood River County School Board, against Mark Reynolds, 60, a recently retired schoolteacher. During his three terms in the House, Johnson has consistently formed partnerships with Democratic lawmakers to push for moderate solutions to some of the Legislature’s enduring problems. He worked with former Rep. Chris Harker (D -Beaverton) and former Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, to try to align school budgeting, which is done by 197 local districts with revenue from the state. He teamed up with state Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) to pass (almost) free community college and has, with Hass, proposed a compromise bill for a more modest tax increase than Measure 97. Reynolds is a nice guy, but he’s a rubber stamp for public employee unions that have plenty of those already. What reality show would Johnson compete on? Survivor, because he’s an outdoorsman and contractor who could put his skills to use.

PORTLAND Multnomah County Commission District 1

Sharon Meieran If this contest came down to polish alone, our pick would be Eric Zimmerman. On the challenges the county tackles—homelessness, lack of affordable housing, inadequate mental health treatment—Zimmerman, 31, talks a better game. An Iraq War veteran and Oregon Army National Guard captain, Zimmerman can fluidly explain county issues—policies he’s come to know well as chief of staff to departing County Commissioner Diane McKeel. Dr. Sharon Meieran, 52, an emergency room physician, lacks Zimmerman’s smoothness. At times, she struggles to express in plain terms her ideas for transforming the county’s outdated health care systems. But this race, a nonpartisan contest for a swath of Multnomah County, including most of inner Southeast Portland and



the westside, isn’t about who is more suave. On the qualities that truly count—experience, commitment, heart—Meieran is by far the better candidate. We trust her more, and agree with her on some key issues. Take the most glaring example: the county’s mothballed Wapato Jail. Zimmerman, who expressed little interest in addressing homelessness during the seven-way May primary, has made reopening the $58 million facility as a homeless shelter a campaign rallying cry. His solution has turned into a direct attack on County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury, and cost him the endorsement of the man he seeks to replace, departing Commissioner Jules Bailey. It also puts Zimmerman at odds with good sense. The neveropened Wapato facility in outer North Portland is 15 minutes on foot from the nearest bus stop on a TriMet line that doesn’t run on weekends. It’s too expensive and too far from key social-service agencies to operate as a shelter. (Meieran has mostly sided with Kafoury, while leaving open the possibility of revisiting the issue.) Kafoury, who endorsed Meieran, has rightly called out Zimmerman for using the issue to score political points. We’ll go further: He flirts dangerously with the idea of rousting homeless people from doorsteps and banishing them to a compulsory camp. That’s a dog whistle Portlanders should reject. Our previous reporting and May endorsement of Meieran both pointed out that Zimmerman has at times displayed a willingness to push ethical boundaries, by interfering in a land-use issue to benefit his boss, for example, and seeking county money for an anti-HIV drug from a manufacturer that employed McKeel’s son. Meieran is a better pick. Her 14 years as an emergency room doctor (she was a lawyer before she went to medical school) give her much-needed insight into how the county could better treat its mentally ill and drugaddicted clients. She persuasively advocates better aligning the health care records of county inmates with those in hospitals so people getting mental health treatment in jail can continue their care elsewhere. Meieran was among the first Oregon doctors to sound the alarm about the opioid epidemic. She turned her concern into action, helping establish the forthcoming Unity Center for Behavioral Health, a psychiatric emergency facility slated to open in a year. With time, we expect Meieran to become a better communicator. She’s already an effective leader. And the county, which counts health care as one of its core services, doesn’t have a single elected official with practical experience in medicine. Meieran is our prescribed remedy. What reality show would Meieran compete on? Finding Bigfoot.

Multnomah County Commission District 4

Lori Stegmann We endorsed Lori Stegmann, 56, in the May primary against Amanda Schroeder, 40, and a third minor candidate. But Stegmann didn’t cross the 50 percent threshold needed to win outright, drawing 46 percent of the vote compared with Schroeder’s 39 percent. That means they’re facing off again in the November general election. We still think Stegmann, a Gresham city councilor since 2010 and a Farmers Insurance agent, is the better choice because of her experience in elected office and her strong ties to the East Multnomah County communities this seat represents. Schroeder, a veterans’ services representative and former president of her U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs union, takes a tougher stance that Wapato Jail is not a suitable place for a homeless shelter. (Stegmann says she’s still weighing the facts.) We like Schroeder’s straight talk on the rental-housing crunch, too—she’s eager to squash bad landlords. But Stegmann strikes us as the more prepared replacement for departing Commissioner Diane McKeel. She’s served on the Gresham planning and redevelopment commissions; as a city councilor, she’s helped revitalize Rockwood and fund crucial public safety measures. If elected, she would be Multnomah County’s first Asian-American commissioner and only the sixth person of color elected to the board. What reality show would Stegmann compete on? Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “They’re just living the dream.”


MENTS 2016!


We endorsed City Commissioner Steve Novick, 53, in the May primary even while admitting that he had been a major letdown since winning election in 2012. He’d irked Portlanders with his ill-fated “street fee,” weaving in and out of his lane over the course of several months while claiming to still have control of the wheel. He embraced Uber after initially opposing the ride-hailing company’s expansion in Portland—a reversal that looked worse when WW revealed his former political consultant was on the Uber payroll. He oversaw a 911 system that has left Portlanders on hold in their most desperate hours. He seemed by turns irritated and distracted—so busy thinking globally that he snapped at anyone who asked him to act locally. Voters wondered what had happened to the progressive firebrand who had so enamored Portland during his failed 2008 U.S. Senate race. So did we. But we also believed then that Novick faced no credible challenger. We’ve changed our minds. Since May, we’ve seen tremendous political maturation in Novick’s opponent, Chloe Eudaly, owner of the independent bookstore Reading Frenzy. In our joint interview with Eudaly and Novick, she displayed the kind of confidence and knowledge of city issues that comes only from having done lots of homework. She remains laser-focused on what we and many others consider the most pressing issue facing Portland today—its threatened supply of affordable homes. For Eudaly, 46, this issue is personal. As the single mother of a physically disabled teenage son who uses a wheelchair, Eudaly has long grappled with a limited stock of suitable housing for her family. Eudaly says her own rent in the Woodlawn neighborhood has increased 60 percent in four years. She’s not alone. The rapid spike in rents across the city has alarmed residents and policymakers alike, for good reason. There is now a significant threat that without immediate and strong action, our city could turn into San Francisco North—a playground for life’s lottery winners where the only people who can afford to live within five miles of Big Pink are cushioned by tech money. We’re not persuaded by Eudaly’s argument that the answer to Portland’s housing frenzy is an immediate rent freeze leading to rent control.

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Economists have long contended that rent control keeps prices low for only a small subset of the population. Everywhere else rents rise. Rent control also constrains the people it purports to help, by discouraging them from moving when they change jobs or when their families grow. That said, Eudaly is not so myopic to believe that a rent freeze alone is enough to solve Portland’s problems. She acknowledges that increasing Portland’s supply of housing is crucial, too. More than Novick, however, Eudaly is intent on keeping roofs over the heads of Portland’s most vulnerable residents. And that means interventions that don’t rely solely on market forces, she says. “We need to treat affordable housing as a part of our essential infrastructure,” she says. We agree. And if we aren’t yet on board with a rent freeze, we’re ready to consider government limits on the rental market—especially if paired with incentives to build more units for less money. There are other compelling reasons to support Eudaly. If elected, Eudaly would be the only member of the city’s five-seat council to live east of the Willamette River. She would be the only small-business owner. She also would be only the eighth woman to serve on the council in the history of the city. If Portland voters want the city to act on its stated intentions of better serving East Portland, it needs representation attuned to the needs of eastsiders. Novick says repeatedly he’s helped the eastside by investing in improvements along 122nd Avenue and persuading TriMet to bring a rapid bus line to the thoroughfare. His achievements are real. We simply think Eudaly can and will do more. The knock against Eudaly is that the bookseller lacks experience managing complex bureaucracies, which is perhaps the biggest task facing a city commissioner. But the same could be said four years ago of Novick. We trust Eudaly will be a quick study—the degree of improvement she’s shown this year alone is remarkable. For progressive leadership with heart, Eudaly is our pick for city commissioneer. What reality show would Eudaly compete on? Project Runway or The Voice, she says—“if they had The Voice for old people.” Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016



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No mandatory retirement age for judges

Public university investments



Lottery funding for veterans

Don’t trust anyone over 75. That’s the motto of the Oregon Constitution, thanks to a peculiar and arbitrary rule that state judges must retire after their 75th birthday. State lawmakers want the clause stricken from the constitution, and they’re right. Wisdom doesn’t have an expiration date. We don’t like term limits—and we sure don’t like age discrimination. Let’s put this antiquated requirement out to pasture.

This measure asks voters to make a technical fix to legislation passed three years ago. In 2013, the Oregon Legislature broke up the state’s centralized university system, giving each of the seven public universities control over its own governance and finances, including investing. Lawmakers wanted universities to be able to invest in the stock market. But it’s unclear whether the Oregon Constitution prohibits that. This limited fix would end the confusion and allow universities to manage their finances responsibly.

This measure, championed by state Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn), would amend the Oregon Constitution to direct 1.5 percent of Oregon Lottery revenues to veterans’ services. The Legislature unanimously voted to refer this measure to voters for a couple of reasons: First, more than two-thirds of the state’s 350,000 veterans are not receiving the federal services to which they are entitled. Second, it can take up to three years for them to connect to such services. Although we are reluctant to amend the state constitution, there are already constitutional lottery set-asides for schools, parks and salmon. The measure would shift about $9 million a year away from discretionary lottery expenditures such as economic development and college athletics. That’s about twice what the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs gets annually now. Veterans deserve more than a hollow “Thank you for your service.”



Corporate tax increase


We’re convinced of a few things. First, state government could use more money. Education, social services and managing Oregon’s rapid growth will require substantial new revenue. Second, there is indeed a basket of corporate deplorables who unfairly avoid paying their fair share of taxes. And yet Measure 97 is about as ham-fisted a solution as proponents could have devised. That may be because it was designed by pollsters and campaign strategists rather than economists. Crafting policy this way is hardly good governance, though we certainly understand the emotional appeal of demonizing Walmart, Comcast and Wells Fargo, all likely payers of the tax. If Measure 97 passes, it would be the single largest tax hike in modern Oregon history. It would take the state’s current annual budget of $9.5 billion and increase it by nearly a third, raising $3 billion a year. It would do so by adding a new tax on C corporations—2.5 percent of their Oregon sales over $25 million.

The state estimates that fewer than 1,000 of the 400,000 businesses in Oregon would pay the tax, and many of those companies are headquartered in other states. (Disclosure: WW’s revenues are far too small to be affected by 97.) On its face, Measure 97 is elegantly designed: Somebody else pays it, and many of those somebodies are large, unloved corporations. But like a fake Rolex, the moving parts underneath the surface are less elegant. That’s the reason why Gov. Kate Brown waffled for two months on whether to support the measure (she eventually did). It’s the reason why moderate Democrats like state Sen. Mark Haas (D-Beaverton), who chairs the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee, and Rep. Jeff Reardon (D-East Portland) don’t support the measure. And it’s the reason why WW—which supported Measures 66 and 67, the 2010 income tax increases, and earlier this year supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary—cannot get behind Measure 97. There are a host of reasons why the new tax would be bad for Oregon. Independent analysts say companies will pass a big


chunk of the tax on to consumers, so it is, in effect, a sales tax. And unlike the conventional sales tax that nearly every other state levies, Measure 97 grants no exemptions for food, medicine or other essential goods. That’s a double hit for low-income Oregonians. While market forces would keep some companies from jacking up their prices, others—like utilities—would be able to make customers, no matter how needy, swallow all the costs. And they will. There’s also an issue of fairness. Because the initiative affects only C corps, other companies that are structured differently but have more than $25 million in Oregon sales would not pay one dollar more. Finally, Measure 97 penalizes service businesses, such as the state’s thriving software industry. (Because of arcane rules about how companies’ revenues are accounted for, service companies are taxed more heavily than manufacturing companies.) Then consider this: Even some supporters privately concede that the state has no plan for how to spend—or save—such an extraordinary increase in state revenues. That gives the special interests that sponsored the measure—public employee unions—and the special interests that opposed it and would be seeking exemptions—the business lobby—a tremendous advantage over lawmakers. Putting pollsters and political strategists in charge of Oregon’s tax policy is a bad idea. It is our hope that the Legislature, which will probably continue under Democratic control, can craft something better. Tax policy shouldn’t fit onto a bumper sticker. Oregon can do better than this slice of populist fantasy. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016


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Career and tech education in high school


Most people agree career and technical education programs are wonderful things. The dismantling of Oregon high schools’ automotive shops, metalworking studios and home economics courses, to name a few examples, is a travesty. Their absence leaves countless students without meaningful opportunities for hands-on learning and, for some of those students, without reasons to come to school. If approved, Measure 98 would direct the state to earmark $800 per public high school student from the general fund, then distribute the cash to high schools that apply for grants to add or expand CTE programs. This money—an estimated $150 million per year—would be on top of what the state already allocates to schools from the general fund. (Portland Public Schools’ slice of the pie alone could be as much as $10 million a year.) Measure 98 seems like a great solution. But it has fundamental flaws, and voters should reject it. Backers from Stand for Children, a pro-education nonprofit that is often at odds with the statewide teachers’ union, say Measure 98 is not dependent on new tax revenue. Instead, backers say, the stream of new funding would come from already projected growth in the state’s general fund budget. This assumption ignores one key fact. Even with the projected revenue growth, Oregon faces a $1.4 billion budget deficit in 2017-19 because spending is also increasing. (Measure 98 has no organized opposition. The Oregon Education Association has remained neutral on the subject.) We know research shows many positive benefits of CTE programs. What we don’t know is whether voters will approve Measure 97’s $3 billion-a-year cash infusion. It seems foolish to commit Oregon to spending an additional $150 million a year before knowing whether the state can afford it. In other words, Measure 98 would be an unfunded mandate, taking away from existing priorities. Until Oregon can reach a reasonable compromise on how to raise tax revenue, we’re not going to recommend strict rules about how to slice up the pie. We learned that in home economics.





Lottery funding for Outdoor School


Unlike Measure 98, which rests on the shaky assumption there’s enough money to pay for its worthwhile ambitions, Measure 99 comes with more stable funding attached—the Oregon Lottery. Measure 99 would dedicate $22 million a year in lottery money—about 4 percent of the $550 million the lottery contributes to the state budget annually—to a fund that school districts could tap to pay for a whole week of Outdoor School. It’s not just a nice camp. Outdoor School teaches children lifelong lessons about the natural resources that powered Oregon’s growth as a state and are crucial to its well-being now. Oregon voters approved the lottery in 1984 for the sole purpose of funding economic development projects and creating jobs. Over the years, voters have approved changes that have carved up lottery funds and redirected them to schools and the environment. Opponents of the measure say it would further erode funding for economic development, cutting into the 27 percent set-aside for business ventures. But we think Outdoor School is an Oregon treasure that ought to be available to all schoolchildren for free for a full week. And right now in Oregon, many children aren’t getting that, either because their school districts can’t afford to send children for a full week or because their schools charge hefty fees. “These are things that should be part of our basic knowledge, our DNA as Oregonians,” says Rex Burkholder, a former Metro councilor. “Everyone needs this.” We agree. Vote yes.



Endangered animal protections


Oregon isn’t the first place that leaps to mind in a discussion of animal poaching. But the backers of this measure make a persuasive if anecdotal case that the state is becoming a supply hub for elephant ivory, rhinoceros horns and lion genitals. That’s partly because of our location—a port on the Pacific Rim positions traffickers to fill Asian demand for folk cures—but it’s also because Oregon has no laws against selling products made from endangered or threatened wildlife. California and Washington both passed laws banning such sales in the past two years, but an Oregon bill was stymied by opposition from the National Rifle Association. And so to the ballot, with a measure that would create state fines for anyone who gets caught selling the parts of 12 species, including sea turtles, cheetahs and the spiny anteater. Penalties go up to $6,500 or twice the value of the product. The “getting caught” part is the sticky bit: The measure includes no funding for criminal investigators, so it’s hard to imagine it taking a significant bite out of the ivory trade. But at worst, this is a measure that would make sport hunters think twice before trying to sell their big-game trophies. (It doesn’t ban possession, so you won’t have to worry about your ivory key chain.) At best, it could discourage international traffickers from making a home base here. Score one for Cecil the Lion, and vote yes.

– LOCAL MEASURES – Portland housing bond


It gives us no satisfaction to urge a no vote on this measure. Portland rents keep rising faster than almost anywhere else in the country. By year’s end, real estate experts predict rents will be up another 8 percent. Housing costs have spiraled upward far faster than wages, displacing thousands of families from close-in neighborhoods. The problem is simple: More people want to live here than there are places where they can afford to live. City officials say there’s a 24,000-unit shortfall in affordable homes in Portland. The solution is more housing, and more of it subsidized by the government.

To be sure, the city of Portland already has an agency and lots of money to address affordable housing. The Portland Housing Bureau spends, on average, $70 million a year to build or renovate housing that has a cap on rents and is made available to low-income residents. The agency will more than double that average level of spending this year. But it still won’t be enough. This bond, the first of its kind in Portland, would raise a quarter billion more dollars for affordable housing. Our objection is not that the additional funds are unnecessary. It is that the Housing Bureau, which would be responsible for spending the money, has a history of investing in gold-plated projects that cost double or triple the projects built by unsubsidized developers. CONT. on page 26

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Measure 26-179 proposes to take the $258 million it would raise and build or preserve approximately 1,300 units, many of them for people making less than 30 percent of median family income, which includes minimum-wage earners and seniors but also the mentally ill and disabled. That’s nearly $200,000 a unit. The city of Denver, which is experiencing a similarly tight housing market, approved an affordable-housing funding package this year that it says will produce or preserve 6,000 apartments for $150 million— just $25,000 a unit. Seattle’s housing bond is also far more penny-wise than Portland’s. Even the Oregon Legislature is convinced it can produce subsidized housing way more cheaply than Portland. It is also issuing bonds and expects to produce new units for $38,000 of subsidy each. The city is taking a more conservative approach, saying it will not push developers to leverage public dollars. Instead, the city would own the new units outright. That’s a very inefficient use of scarce public dollars. The measure’s backers will argue that we’re making the perfect the enemy of the good— Portland needs new, affordable apartments to stave off a crisis. But there’s a larger danger here: If City Hall spends these bond revenues as unwisely as it has previous dollars—and there’s no reason to expect otherwise—it will poison the well with voters. All for 1,300 units, a number that would not stop the bleeding anyway. We want a more ambitious and responsible proposal, one that won’t leave voters feeling betrayed and one that would leverage public dollars. If that requires some legal maneuvering, that’s OK, because the city already has nearly 1,000 new subsidized units in the pipeline, so there’s time. As Portland becomes a city that is increasingly affordable only for the rich, the stakes are too high for a measure this half-baked. Build something with a foundation, please.


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26-180 Portland cannabis tax


Our thumbs-up should not be taken as an endorsement of Portland’s policing of marijuana dispensaries. The city’s regulatory system, as operated by Commissioner Amanda Fritz, is duplicative of the state’s bureaucracy and unduly burdensome on small businesses. But a 3 percent sales tax on recreational cannabis is fair and reasonable. Backers conservatively estimate the tax—which exempts medical marijuana—would generate $3 million a year. Fritz conducting polling to see what voters would favor doing with the money. She declined to make those poll results public. But it’s a safe bet the items targeted for support—drug and alcohol treatment, training for police officers to detect marijuana impairment, and support for small and minority-owned businesses—are both popular and practical uses. Fritz says the revenue could also go to a grant fund that would help expunge the records of people convicted of marijuana crimes before Oregon voters legalized recreational weed. It’s hard to argue that marijuana is overtaxed. The 2015 Legislature authorized lowering the sales tax on recreational pot from 25 percent to 17 percent. That goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017. Even with the additional 3 percent Portland pot tax, consumers will pay less than they do now—and less than they expected to when they voted for legal pot. They’ll also pay less tax than residents of Washington and Colorado do. Portland weed would still be cheap—and it might be a little more just. Vote yes.


26-181 Extends Multnomah County term limits


Right now, Multnomah County commissioners and the county chair may run for only two terms. This measure would allow elected officials to serve for 12 years instead of eight. Philosophically, we’re opposed to term limits. We think elections—not arbitrary deadlines—should serve the purpose of ousting unpopular politicians. But this measure strikes us as a job-preservation effort conducted piecemeal on behalf of commissioners, and we see no signs the current system is hampering the county.


Allows Multnomah County commissioners to run for chair

26-182 YES

Under current rules, a Multnomah County commissioner who wants to run for the county chairmanship midterm must first resign his or her post on the commission. Other local government agencies don’t have this rule. A Portland city commissioner who wants to run for mayor, for example, is free to campaign while keeping his or her seat. (That’s what former Mayor Sam Adams did in 2008 when he was a city commissioner.) This measure would abolish the prohibition, allowing county commissioners to keep their seats while seeking the chair’s job. The rule change wouldn’t apply to commissioners who want to run for elected office in other jurisdictions, meaning a county commissioner who wants to run for the Portland City Council would still have to resign. It seems a fair and level-headed change—one that would free the county of unnecessary turnover and turmoil.


26-183 Makes Multnomah County sheriff appointed


The ignoble end of Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton— retiring amid questions about injustice in his jails and his purchase of a flashy Dodge Charger with taxpayer dollars—was not an anomaly. His two predecessors as sheriff also resigned before their terms ended, making a once-proud agency look like a dude ranch for screw-ups and unemployables. Which could be a reason to let the county chair, who is ultimately responsible for setting the sheriff’s budget, just appoint somebody who won’t embarrass the county. But the truth is just the opposite. Granted, most voters may not know who the sheriff is, and there’s rarely a seriously contested race for the position. But the forced resignation of the last three men to hold the job shows that public disapproval provides a level of accountability in an elected office that simply does not exist for appointed agency heads and bureau directors. As new Sheriff Mike Reese correctly argues, Multnomah County needs more democracy, not less.





Multnomah County campaign finance limits

Renews Metro natural areas levy



Oregon is one of only six states with no campaign finance limits, which means each election cycle is a bigger dollar chase than the one before. Individuals or groups who want to sway candidates and elected officials can buy as much access and influence as they want. It’s a major reason Oregon gets failing grades on national surveys of ethics and clean government. Lawmakers and state and local elected officials claim they’d like to reduce the influence of money in politics—but do nothing. This measure would enact limits only in Multnomah County races. It would limit direct contributions from any individual or group to $500, it would limit independent expenditures to $5,000 per individual and $10,000 per group, and it would require ads to list the five biggest sources of funding. It also probably commits Multnomah County to a court battle. The Oregon courts struck down campaign finance limits in 1997, on the grounds they violated constitutional protections of free speech. But proponent Dan Meek, who is one of Oregon’s leading experts on campaign finance law, thinks the court has moved away from its previous position. We’d like to find out if he’s right. If this measure passes and holds up in court, it will set a precedent for statewide reforms. Make no mistake: This measure is a stalking horse for the creation of campaign finance limits on a larger scale. We think that’s a good idea.



The bounty of wild places within a bus ride from downtown is one of the best parts of living in Portland. In 2013, it also presented a dilemma for regional planning agency Metro, which had bought 12,000 acres of parklands without having the money to improve them. Metro asked voters for a new property-tax levy to maintain and upgrade its natural areas: places like Oxbow Regional Park, at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, and sprawling meadows of wildflowers stretching north of St. Johns. Three years later, Metro is asking voters to renew the $80.5 million levy for five years, which would cost the owner of a $200,000 house about $20 a year. The agency can point to a long list of what hikers and kayakers got from the last round of tax dollars. It restored oak habitat near West Linn, built new Columbia River docks in Fairview, and added much-needed public facilities in Oxbow Regional Park. Perhaps most impressively, planners managed to forge a peace accord between mountain bikers and local residents, resulting in bike trails in the North Tualatin Mountains near Forest Park. Metro now has plans for trails and viewing stations at two birdwatching meccas: Killin Wetlands near Hillsboro and Smith and Bybee lakes at the northernmost edge of Portland. In 2013, WW endorsed this levy because it promised to fulfill Metro’s core mission as stewards of the outdoors. Now we have evidence Metro is keeping that promise, in ways you can enjoy each weekend. Vote yes.

Charter review committee reforms


This is basically a housekeeping matter. Currently, the Multnomah County chair is responsible for working with the state Legislature to appoint members to the county’s charter review committee, which meets every six years to discuss reforms to the county’s charter. The chair’s office also convenes the committee. This change would move that responsibility to the county’s Office of Citizen Involvement, in hopes the office could better promote the committee and draw more diverse applicants. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016











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“I live in Shanghai, but I’m from Australia. Being from Shanghai, I would say the air is my favorite thing about Portland.”

“I’m from Tokyo. My favorite thing about Portland is the music and organic food. It’s so natural here, and the people are so kind.”

“I’m visiting from Manila, Philippines. I love the food scene—the infusion of different things—and it’s pretty laid-back here.”


Left: “I’m from San Francisco. My favorite thing about Portland is everyone is diverse and nice. As far as cities go, everyone is pretty polite.” Right: “I’m from Vancouver. My favorite thing about Portland is that it’s very accessible. Everything is easy to get to—public transportation is good.”


“I’m from Bend, and my favorite thing about Portland is the food and the tats.”

“I’m from California. My favorite thing is that the trees run up against the city.” “I’m from Milan, Italy. My favorite thing is surely not shopping—my favorite thing is the beards.”

“I’m from Montana, and my favorite thing about Portland is the weather.”

“I’m from the Bay Area. I’d say my favorite thing about Portland is the food culture.” Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016


World Premiere

Photo: Russell J. Young



The 21st Annual Day of the Dead Celebration!

October 13 – November 6, 2016 Conceived & Directed by Georgina Escobar

Showtimes and tickets at

ROTH-WHOA! The Portland Art Museum has announced a major expansion in the form of the Mark Rothko Pavilion. The three-story structure will connect the museum’s freestanding buildings and will be named after the abstract expressionist artist most famous for his Color Field paintings. After immigrating from Latvia, Rothko spent his youth in Portland. The museum also announced a new partnership with Rothko’s children, Christopher Rothko and Kate Rothko Prizel, who will lend the museum their father’s paintings over the next 20 years. The wing won’t be exclusively devoted to Rothko paintings, but will include 9,840 square feet of gallery space, an education and design lab, and space for the museum’s library. There will also be a third-floor sculpture garden. The project is set to break ground in 2018 and be completed by 2020 or 2021. FINALLY: Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Gresham anti-gay bakery that refused to sell a cake to a lesbian couple in January 2013, has finally closed, according to the bakery’s Facebook page. In July 2015, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that bakery co-owners Aaron and Melissa Klein had discriminated against the couple by refusing the bake the cake. Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian then ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for emotional and physical suffering. The Kleins paid the damages last year, but appealed the order to the Oregon Court of Appeals in April. Right-wing news sites are blaming the “Gay Mafia thugs” and the “Homofascist Mob” for the bakery’s closure. BEER BEATDOWN: On Oct. 8, the state of Washington buried Oregon worse than when Mount St. Helens blew its top. Right before the University of Washington handed the Ducks a 70-21 drubbing in football, Washington beer beat down Oregon beer at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival, the largest and most important beer competition in the country. Seattle brewery Georgetown won gold medals in two of the five most competitive categories, coffee beer and IPA—the latter a category once dominated by Oregon brewers. Despite having only 18 breweries entered compared to Oregon’s 45, Washington had seven gold-medal beers to Oregon’s five. Oregon nonetheless made a strong showing with 21 total medals, including three for Breakside and two for the Commons. Oregon’s gold-medal winners were Breakside (rye), 10 Barrel (stout), Ground Breaker (gluten-free), Alesong (brett) and Three Creeks (brown porter). SHOW SHOOTING: At least one shot was fired during a concert Oct. 6 at Old Town’s Roseland Theater, where rapper the Game was playing a show. Portland police say the shooting occurred just after 10:30 pm and concert attendees were evacuated. No gunshot victims have been identified, but there were reports that a victim left before police arrived. According to the venue’s owner, the shot was fired backstage after a fight broke out, as first reported by The Oregonian. He says someone fired a gun in the bottom of the backstage stairwell but didn’t appear to be aiming at anyone. Police are still investigating the incident.


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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12 TACOCAT Seattle’s feminist punk scene is flourishing. On Lost Time, Tacocat gives the riot grrrl tradition a dose of artificial sweetening, playing upbeat garage-pop with sticky choruses and lyrics goofing on life’s everyday annoyances. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., revolutionhall. com. 9 pm. $15. All ages.


OTHERWORLDLY PORTLAND TALES City of Weird is a collection of 30 strange stories by local authors about creepy Portland, including death, darkness, ghosts, aliens and blood drinkers. But does it include tales of creepy clowns? You'll have to read it to find out; but in the meantime, hear from contributors Rene Denfled, Dan DeWeese, Mark Russell and Brigitte Winter. Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 7:30 pm. Free.

LOCAL CUT LIVE Willamette Week’s emerging local music series presents the album-release show from Phone Call, whose playful electro-R&B bump ’n’ grinds at the intersection of Chromeo and Midnite Vultures-era Beck. Fringe Class and Rasheed Jamal join in. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., 8:30 pm. Free. 21+.

TWIN PEAKS FIRE WALK WITH ME In 1992, David Lynch directed this prequel/ sequel to the cult TV show, chronicling the seven days leading up to the death of Laura Palmer. The film features the return of fictional Oregon town Deer Meadow’s favorite characters, and for some reason David Bowie is in it. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., hollywoodtheatre. org. 7:30 pm. $9.

FRIDAY, OCT. 14 TRANS & QUEER HIP-HOP PARTY Creepy clowns got you down? Sweat it out at the Cake dance party while DJs spin hip-hop, rap, R&B and the throwbacks. The event is LGBTQ-inclusive, body-positive and anti-racist, and costumes are encouraged—just maybe not clown costumes. Killingsworth Dynasty, 832 N Killingsworth St., 9 pm. $5.

PILLARS OF PORTLAND Last year, we brought 1983’s Pillars of Portland, a locally produced TV pilot based on a WW column, to the Clinton Street Theater for the first time since its original airing. The NW Film Center is bringing it back. Director Tom Chamberlin and members of PoP’s crew will be in attendance. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park Ave., 9 pm. $9.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15 TRILLBLAZIN X INDEX TRAIL BLAZERS SEASON KICKOFF PARTY Kick off the Blazers’ 2016-17 season—and the 40th anniversary of the team's lone NBA championship—at Old Town sneaker den IndexPDX. There will be free drinks from Montucky and sneakerhead coffee spot Deadstock, giveaways and live music. And we wouldn’t be surprised if some Blazers showed up. IndexPDX, 114 NW 3rd Ave., 7 pm.

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PORTLAND BEER PRO/AM For the fourth year, 30 pro brewers—including Breakside, Fat Head's and Great Notion—team up with homebrewers to create some seriously ambitious one-off beers like a brett Burton Old Ale, a jalapeño cream ale, and…CBD-infused beer (page 58). It’s our favorite time of year. The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St. Noon-6:30 pm. $25. Tickets at


SUNDAY, OCT. 16 EXPLODE INTO COLORS Back when the prevailing image of the Portland music scene was a bunch of sad dudes crying into their banjos, three women playing dubbed-out funk-punk took the city’s basements by storm—then promptly broke up. Six years later, they’re getting back together to support all-ages music. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 6 and 9 pm. Check website for ticket prices. Early show all ages, late show 21+.

BILL PLYMPTON AND HIS PLYMPTOONS The Oscar-nominated Portland animator will introduce his new short fi lm, and everyone gets an original Plymptoon sketch with admission. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 503-223-4527. 8 pm. $10. Minors permitted with guardian.

MONDAY, OCT. 17 CLOUDY IPAs AT N.W.I.P.A. Hazy, juicy, wonderful Vermont-style IPAs take over at the hall of #donthazemebro. Get cloudy goodness from Great Notion, Noble Ale Works, Block 15, Claim 52, and Brooklyn’s Other Half. N.W.I.P.A., 6350 SE Foster Road, 2 pm. $14 ticket includes burger.

SCREAM 20TH ANNIVERSARY AT MCMENAMINS Now you feel old. Scream-inspired cocktails will remind you that the last time you saw Neve Campbell in theaters, you didn’t have a cellphone. Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 503-223-4527. 5:30 pm. $4. Minors permitted with guardian.

TUESDAY, OCT. 18 GERALDINE BROOKS The Bible’s King David fucked up a giant, had tons of wives, played harp like a boss and wrote dark, sexy poetry. He’ll get an update in The Secret Chord, the new novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 7:30 pm. Free.

PORTLAND IN PLAY Staged readings of 10 10-minute plays written by 10 playwrights inspired by different Portland locations. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St. 7:30 pm. Free. Tickets at reserve@linestormplaywrights. com. Also Oct. 17. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016



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Porn shops. Dumpy Chinese restaurants. Jake’s Crawfish. Yeah, downtown Portland used to be a real hellhole. Released in 1991, Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho painted a bleak picture of a Portland of street prostitutes and violence. This weekend, NW Film Center screens My Own Private Idaho with Van Sant in attendance to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary. To help get you in the mood, WW has created a handy walking tour of select Portland locations featured in the film, guiding you through Mike (River Phoenix) and Scott’s (Keanu Reeves) journey to find Mike’s mother. Map of Italy not included. WALKER MACMURDO.


Oregon Route 216, halfway between Maupin and Grass Valley Make your way to the middle of highdesert nowhere, have a narcoleptic episode (or eat a couple of Xanax) and somehow get back to downtown Portland.


915 SW 3rd Ave. Do you like this beautiful, vinecovered courtyard? Well, it used to be an unnamed porn shop with bars on the windows. Gentrification has ruined this city.


Elk (David P. Thompson Fountain), Southwest Main Street between 3rd and 4th avenues In MOPI, Van Sant painted one of his

production assistants green and had him climb atop downtown’s secondmost prominent sculpture.


Bailey’s Taproom (213 SW Broadway) You can’t get Chinese food here anymore, but you can down a frothy pint at the westside’s best beer bar and chase it with a big ol’ burrito from Santeria across the street.


Outside the Union Pacific Railroad office (301 NE 2nd Ave.) You could hang out under I-5 then. You can hang out under I-5 now.


Empty lot (1401 N Hayden Island Drive) The former Thunderbird on

the River Hotel, closed in 2005 and burned down in 2012. Mourn the loss at nearby Boomers (1335 N Hayden Island Drive) with some baby back ribs.


Cathedral Park, under the St. Johns Bridge At some point in the late ’90s, most of Portland’s parks changed from terrifying wildernesses rife with knifings to pleasant spots to walk your dogs. Mike and Scott got robbed under the St. Johns Bridge. Pet a dog instead.


Hotel Lucia (400 SW Broadway) The former Imperial Hotel is looking a lot better now that it’s one of the fanciest boutique hotels in

the city. Enjoy some fried chicken at Imperial, WW’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year.


Sentinel Hotel (614 SW 10th Ave.) Mike and Scott squatted in the now very nice Sentinel Hotel back when it was the Governor Hotel.


Jake’s Crawfish (401 SW 12th Ave.) and Huber’s (411 SW 3rd Ave.) Plot twist: When Scott enters Jake’s with a client’s wife, the interior of the restaurant is Huber’s. Finish your tour with some lobster tails at Jake’s and a Spanish coffee a t H u b e r ’s, Po r t l a n d ’s o l d e st restaurant.

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HO, HUMMUS: Tusk is a beautiful space with beautiful but unsatisfying food.

What Makes You Think You’re the One? TUSK DOESN’T LIVE UP TO THE HYPE. BY M IC HA E L C . Z U SM A N

Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Golda Meir, all came together in Philadelphia in 2008. The opening of Zahav spurred stodgy Middle Eastern food forward into the new millennium, morphed into the now-settled niche termed “modern Israeli” cuisine. Zahav chef Michael Solomonov’s cooking made eating vegetables cool even for carnivores, especially with his “salatim” of many small, exuberantly seasoned vegetable dishes among other meat-free offerings. It’s proved enduring; Solomonov’s book Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking received the 2016 James Beard Award. Naturally, Zahav has spawned all sorts of imitators. Which takes us to Tusk, the bright-white, stylish spot on East Burnside Street that opened in August. The advance press on Tusk—which seemed to take forever to open—christened it the “most anticipated” restau-

rant of 2016. Nominally helmed by former Ava Gene’s chef Joshua McFadden, Tusk has been touted as Portland’s answer to Zahav, and no one in the Tusk camp has resisted that comparison. In fact, two of the key kitchen hands at Tusk, chefs Sam Smith and Wesley Johnson, spent years working with Solomonov. Comparisons were inevitable, high expectations understandable. Why, then, has Tusk been such a disappointment so far? It’s not for lack of good looks, even if the outsized photograph of Keith Richards floating on his back in a swimming pool is a design flourish we could all do without. Neither is it the service, which has proved to be polished and professional. No, the problems here rest squarely on bad execution and an unambitious menu, which is, in the main, a senselessly homogenous list of uninspired but pretty salads. I thought this might be limited to Tusk’s opening few weeks, but the menu’s fundamental structure and contents have remained the same. Among the “small” items, the feta and haloumi starters ($8 and $10, respectively) feature small, though flavorful,

Authentic regional Italian cuisine.

chunks of cheese gratuitously buried under a shower of verdure and flower petals. The main section of the menu (“fruits, vegetables, grains”) is nothing but salads. Over the course of multiple visits, I’ve tried them all, most more than once. There was nothing offensive here, but nothing revelatory either. The underlying problem is that the kitchen has chosen to eschew the benefits of fire and assertive seasonings. With no cooking, components such as corn kernels are more starchy and less sweet, and the abundant raw vegetables are singularly crunchy without any contrasting textures for balance. The “herb” dish combined a lot of leaves on a plate without much more. Barely softened “green wheat” can’t escape jaw-wearying monotony even with a changing cast of “aggressively seasonal” supporting ingredients. The Middle East offers more than its fair share of pungent flavors, some of which are even mentioned on the menu. I can’t figure out why the Tusk crew won’t let them out to play. As part of a more comprehensive menu, a list of six or seven salads in two sizes ($9/$14) might be a pretty good idea, as it is at Zahav. But there is virtually nothing else of substance to order at Tusk. There are four skewers of meat and fish, but they are portioned parsimoniously and feel like an afterthought. Early offerings included a chicken skewer ($6) overcooked to bone-dry stringiness, and an albacore iteration ($7) likewise cooked to Chicken of the Sea doneness. Quality has improved over time. More recently, a ground beef and lamb skewer arrived well-browned outside, a beautiful reddish midrare within, and fully flavored from a paste of cumin, garlic and chili. Portents, perhaps, of good things to come. Besides the skewers, the lamb tartare ($14) is a misrepresentation of a meat dish. The lamb—measurable in grams—is dwarfed by a relative abundance of diced root vegetable (kohlrabi on one visit, trendy celtuce on another), a spill of yogurt, vegetable chips and three tiny lettuce leaf cups that fill out the small serving bowl in which the dish arrives. It’s photogenic, if nothing else. Lauded pastry chef Nora Antene’s desserts also have yet to find their footing, perhaps due a lack of familiarity with Middle Eastern ingredients. Pistachio pudding has been bland, and cakes relying on vegetables (initially eggplant, currently delicata squash) unremarkable. Antene has also had difficulty mastering the quirks of finicky phyllo dough. In short, Tusk has been a disappointment because it’s no Zahav. Not hardly. If Zahav is a boisterous playground of vegetarian tastes and textures, Tusk has gone straight back to study hall. Where Zahav is worthy of unstinting praise for offering an innovative take on an ancient cuisine, Tusk is superficial modernity, food built to look pretty on Instagram. EAT: Tusk, 2448 E Burnside St., 503-894-8082, tuskpdx. com. 5 pm-midnight Monday-Saturday, 5-10 pm Sunday, 10 am-2 pm Saturday-Sunday.

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’Win the Winner: Burnside Brewing’s natalie Baldwin.

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One of the best beers that’s ever appeared at the annual Portland Pro/Am beer festival was headed for a drain pour. It was 2014, and Natalie Baldwin, then recently hired as an assistant at Burnside Brewing, paired up with longtime pro brewer Dave Flemming of Kells. She was 24 and got to know Fleming while tending bar at Pints in Old Town. Baldwin and Fleming teamed up for the Pro/Am—the event, which pairs amateur and pro brewers, returns Saturday—to brew a milk stout. It was intended to be a roasty and slightly sweet homage to Great Divide’s Chocolate Yeti, a classic beer from Baldwin’s native Colorado she credits as her gateway drug. On the day they brewed, Baldwin and Fleming gave their beer a heavy dose of lactose, an unfermentable milk sugar that is often used to back-sweeten a beer. The “milk” in milk stouts lends thick, creamy mouthfeel with its sweetness, providing a round, quaffable quality to sharp-edged dark malts. “I had never brewed with lactose before and Dave had, but not super consistently,” she says. “He’d done it once and didn’t think it was enough, so this time he added more.” More was too much. “It was a shit load of lactose,” Baldwin says, “It was way— way, way—too sweet.” With the competition coming up, the pair met up over coffee to discuss their tank full of Frankenstein. As they spoke of what to do with the many gallons of thick, sweet, ale at their disposal, Baldwin dumped some of it into her coffee cup as a joke. “‘Oh, it’s a sweetener,’” she recalls joking, before stealing a taste. That sample, and the beer that would emerge from it, were a delightful accident. The acidity from the coffee perfectly balanced the overly sweet character of the dark ale beneath it, a utopian

blend of chocolate roast and fluffy-sweet malt. Their coffee milk stout went on to win both people’s and judge’s choice at our 2014 competition, and helped Baldwin climb the ranks at Burnside. Part of what makes Baldwin so good—we’ve seen a renaissance at the brewery since she took over the tanks—is that she’s able to work on the fly. Over a shift-ending pint at Burnside, she tells the story of a late-night brewing session when she ran out of ice for the bath she was using to chill her beer. “I ended up using Otter Pops from the freezer as the ice for the ice bath,” she laughs, “The beer actually turned out pretty well.” Part of what makes the Pro/Am so special is that the brewing teams man their own tables, unlike other festivals where volunteers do the pouring. They not only talk about their beer, but see who loved it as they collect marbles from the voters. Those marbles are the ballots and crown the winner. After the voting boxes had been taken from the 2014 competition, three people came up late to give Baldwin their marbles. Two years later, she dug them out of her purse to show me. “I almost always have them on me,” she says. Last year, Baldwin judged the competition, which was won by a 19th-century stout made by 13 Virtues and Bill Schneller. This year, Baldwin will compete as the pro half of the Burnside team, having aided homebrewing couple Jen and Jeremy Landers in the creation of a lavender and vanilla cream ale. Though her humble beginnings are now thousands of batches behind her, Baldwin still feels some anticipation when it comes to helping birth her latest creation—especially given her history. “It’s kind of cool to be on literally all sides of the competition,” she says, “It’s definitely nerve-wracking.” see it: The Portland Pro/Am beer festival is at the North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., on Saturday, Oct. 15. Noon6:30 pm. $25. Tickets at

The Five

Pro/Am Beers I’ll Drink First

The annual Portland Pro/Am is not just a festival with some of the most creative brews you’ll find anywhere all year, but a vicious competition in which reputations and careers are made while others have their egos bruised. Our beer writers Martin Cizmar and Parker Hall each told me their beers would be victorious—before they were even brewed. I’m sure I’ll end up trying them both and saying something polite. But here are the beers I’m stoked to try first. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.

the trumpet Major, from Culmination and Bill Schneller This one’s for serious geeks. Old Burton Ale is like the chimpanzee relative of IPA, an alternate evolutionary path for bitter beer. Schneller is both a previous Pro/Am winner and an old-guard homebrewer who’s been a mentor to a generation of them.

sorcerer’s Apprentice, from McMenamins edgefield and Mike Marsh

Edgefield is my favorite McMenamins brewery, and this is the other nectarine brett—the one not brewed with the help of a WW writer. So it’ll probably be great.

it Burns When iPA, from ex Novo and Jack Hall This cheerfully obscene jalapeño cream ale is basically going to be a tropical-hopped jalapeño popper in beer form. Jalapeño hopper?

Munchensteiner spezial, from Widmer and Steve Munch

Portland went from zero to two solid Bavarian-inspired helles lagers in a single year, thanks to Zoiglhaus and Rosenstadt. This one is apparently a Frankenstein helles with high alcohol content, the prize recipe of a homebrewer who’s been brewing for 20 years and a brewer who’s now heading up Widmer’s pilot brewery.

Amprosia, from Great Notion and Chad Graham

Because what the living hell? This is a saison fermented with cultures of lacto, pedio and brett, then aged with two different kinds of wine grape for two months. This could, fundamentally, be anything in the world—succeed wonderfully, fail horribly. Beers like this are exactly why I like this festival.

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= WW Pick. Highly recommended.


Prices listed are sometimes for advance ticket sales. At-the-door increases and socalled convenience charges may apply. Event lineups are subject to change after WW’s press deadlines. Editor: MATTHEW SINGER. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, go to submitevents and follow submission directions. All shows should be submitted two weeks or more in advance of event. Press kits, CDs and especially vinyl can be sent to Music Desk, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Please include show or release date information with all physical mailings. Email: Fax: 243-1115.

Helado Negro, Like a Villain, Coast2C

[ELECTRONIC ASTROLOGY] On his new album under the Helado Negro alias, Private Energy, singer-producer Roberto Carlos Lange comes across like a Spanish-speaking, electronic-age Leonard Cohen. His voice isn’t quite as sonorous, but it is warm enough to melt everything around him. Set against a star map of digital bleeps and whooshes, it indeed gives the impression of the physical world having evaporated and left us floating in space. And given the lyrics—occasionally sung in English—concern the search for identity and connection, the sense is that the idea of untethering from the Earth as it is today might be more tranquil than terrifying. MATTHEW SINGER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Tacocat, Cockeye, the Bedrooms

[POP-PUNK] Seattle’s Tacocat carries on the riot grrrl tradition with ebullient, sticky choruses in the vein of Go Sailor, the Donnas or regional predecessors the Sonics, if fronted by Heavenly’s Amelia Fletcher. On this year’s Lost Time, the Emerald City’s most prized palindrome perfected a garageinflected brand of upbeat punk that has the femmes felines goofing on some quotidian annoyances and paying homage to their hometown,



where the local feminist punk scene is currently flourishing as vibrantly as the dope-and-flannel bro-down that preceded it two decades prior. CRIS LANKENAU. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., No. 110. 9 pm. $15. All ages.

THURSDAY, OCT. 13 Glass Animals, Sam Gellaitry

[GOOEY VIBES] Oxford band Glass Animals’ 2014 debut, Zaba, showed off singer Dave Bayley’s knack for oozing out playful, assonant and downright weird lyrics—including the fan-favorite phrase “peanut butter vibes”—over hip-hop-inspired percussive beats on hits like “Black Mambo” and “Gooey.” Recently released follow-up How to Be a Human Being considers “the strangeness of human beings.” Each song tells the story of a specific person, inspired by people the Animals met while touring. The four-piece introduces a less melodic and more percussionheavy sound, with Bayley’s soft-toned voice again acting together with a large variety of synthetic sounds, like the

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“Believe it or not, George isn’t at home/ Leave a messaaaaaaaaaage at the beep!”

2 “Show Me Your Soul” by Red Hot Chili Peppers In Pretty Woman, Alexander plays a jerky lawyer who attempts to sexually assault Julia Roberts, and while this Chili Peppers deep cut isn’t playing during that particular scene, skeeviness and Anthony Kiedis go together like peanut butter and roofies. 3 The theme from Duckman Only ’90s kids whose parents were too exhausted to care that their children were up late watching a USA Network cartoon show about an angry, sex-crazed duck will remember this one. 4 “Trying Not to Love You” by Nickelback You’d think portraying a talking smoke alarm in something called Let’s Rap Fire Safety would be the most embarrassing credit on Alexander’s IMDb page, but then you scroll a little further and see the words “Nickelback” and “video short.” 5 “Out of the Zoo and Into My Heart (The Love Theme

from Dunston Checks In)”

This doesn’t actually exist, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. MATTHEW SINGER. SEE IT: Jason Alexander Sings Broadway is at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16. 7:30 pm. $23 and up. All ages.



Explode Into Colors led an existence worthy of its name. At a time when the prevailing image of Portland music was of sad dudes crying into their banjos, three women playing dubbed-out punk funk took the city’s basements by ecstatic force. Formed in 2008, the trio—two-thirds percussion, one-part baritone guitar, with occasional ghostly melodica and vocals consisting mostly of heavily reverbed whoops and yelps—neither looked nor sounded like any other band in town. The group grabbed the scene’s attention immediately. In 2009, it upset NPR darlings Blind Pilot to top Willamette Week’s annual Best New Band poll, and signed to Kill Rock Stars for an anticipated full-length debut. But after about two years, the band just sort of fizzled out, without ever recording a proper album. “We just had different interests at the time,” says drummer Lisa Schonberg, “and we were just like, ‘We don’t want to do this right now.’” Six years later, Explode Into Colors is suddenly bursting back to life. It’s not to settle unfinished business, or cash in on whatever reunion money exists for local heroes who thrived for the briefest of moments, but to support all-ages music. The first of its two shows this week is a fundraiser for Portland all-ages advocacy group Friends of Noise, while the second is a benefit for embattled Los Angeles DIY space the Smell. At this point, the band is coy on whether the reformation will continue beyond these upcoming concerts, or if we’ll ever get that long-promised album. But perhaps it’s just as well—really, the best way to experience Explode Into Colors is its wall-rattling live shows. So we asked the trio— Schonberg, singer-guitarist Claudia Meza and percussionist Heather Treadway—to revisit their most memorable performances preserved on YouTube.

Into the Woods

For the second episode of the Portland web series, the band traveled to a cabin near Mount Hood to play a show for their friends. Lisa Schonberg: This was epic fun. We cooked huge meals, played a magical porch show with fireworks and were led in group dance games with Janet Pants. Picture all that, plus a little bit of the

creepy, reality-show, “you’re being watched” vibe. Heather Treadway: The fireworks were very scary, however. At some point, someone let them off and Claudia and I were like, “WTF!” during the show. It was surprising.

The Lost Gospel

Part of a series of “guerrilla shows” put on by former WW photographer and writer Nilina Mason-Campbell, held in an empty lot with a crowd literally “exploding into color” and flinging paint at each other. Claudia Meza: One thing I distinctly remember is that this kid had come to the show who had just recently recovered from a terrible bike accident, and he was all bandaged up. But there were still some visible blood stains and half his face was covered up in a leather mask, a la Hannibal Lecter. As I was about to start “Offering,” I caught a glimpse of him and instinctively yelled into the mic, without thinking, “Oh fuck, are you OK?!” I gave him all the merch he could carry after apologizing profusely for blowing up his spot like that.

Pehrspace, March 2009

While Explode Into Colors never played the Smell, it did perform at Pehrspace, another volunteerrun, all-ages venue in L.A. that was also served with an eviction notice this year. Meza: This really great band called Mi Ami took us on our first proper tour out of Oregon, all the way down to SXSW. I accidentally drank nighttime medicine and then had to counteract it with like a gallon of coffee to play this show. I just remember I was sweating profusely and could sense that all my organs were very confused.

Dekum Manor, May 2009

Dekum Manor was Portland’s most celebrated house venue, and Explode Into Colors was practically the de facto house band. Schonberg: Those shows were a dream. So much chaos and energy from friends all packed so close up in front of you while you are sweating, playing so hard. Treadway: Since I was the newest member of the band, and had the least experience playing out, it took me a while to feel comfortable. This was one of the first times I felt like I belonged, playing in front of people. Meza: I cried a little when I heard Dekum Manor had burned down. But how else was it going to end? It’s the perfect funeral.

SEE IT: Explode Into Colors plays Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., on Sunday, Oct. 16. 6 and 9 pm. $12 advance, $15-$20 sliding scale day of show. Early show is allages, late show is 21+. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016



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MUSIC video game bleeps on “Season 2 Episode 3,” to vividly illustrate the true-life narratives. MAYA MCOMIE. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 8 pm. $32. All ages.

The Felice Brothers, Aaron Lee Tasjan

[ROOTS ROCK DUN RITE] Even once Ian, Simone and James Felice moved to New York City, hauling accordion and guitars down to play on the subway each day, they preferred practicing after Sunday cookouts at their dad’s place in the Catskill Mountains—the same landscape Bob Dylan holed up in during the mid-’70s. The Felices’ newest, Life in the Dark, bears a similar notion to The Basement Tapes, embracing laconic humor and trading premeditated complexity for the untethered amusement of strumming hard and singing loud. The result is a tossedoff masterpiece, both guileless and literate—the unhinged rasp of good ol’ American music. ISABEL ZACHARIAS. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 9 pm. $16. 21+.

Brujeria, Cattle Decapitation, Piñata Protest, Why Won’t You Die, Chronological Injustice

[DEATHGRIND] After a 16-year lull, Brujeria has finally returned when we need it most, at a time when America really is stuck between choosing a giant douche or a turd sandwich to blindly guide us deeper into ninth circle of hell. Brujeria’s anti-government, antiChristian, pro-immigration and anti-“whitey” message, delivered through the personas of masked Satanic Mexican drug overlords and a spastic cocktail of grind, punk and death metal speaks to minorities struggling to exist in America. September’s Pocho Aztlan joins the ranks of Brujeria’s past albums,

offering solace to those with brewing discontent for this country’s institutions—especially those who can understand the growled Spanish lyrics. CERVANTE POPE. Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. 6:30 pm. $20 advance, $25 day of show. All ages.

FRIDAY, OCT. 14 Aan, J&L Defer

[INDIE SHUFFLE] The best bands remain restless and hungry, and Portland favorite Aan is doing just that. A few membership shakeups since 2014’s brilliant Amor Ad Nauseum have brought a few new faces into the fold, but Bud Wilson remains at the helm. Similarly, newest effort Dada Distractions offers some new flavors without jettisoning the clever indie-rock elements that launched Aan into the fore years ago. Wilson’s crafty guitar work continues to be quite talkative, pivoting from brooding to jumpy in swift motion. It lacks the mythical proportions of the previous record but stands as a strong example of explosive, ever-evolving pop, sometimes angular and always compelling. MARK STOCK. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave. 9:30 pm. $10. 21+.

James Blake, Moses Sumney

[BLUE-EYED DUB] Trunk-rattling trap beats and grimy bass lines seem like odd bedrocks for sophisticated, soulful crooning, but the juxtaposition of disparate styles is precisely what propelled James Blake to the top of the SoundCloud heap in less than a decade. This year’s The Colour in Anything finds the U.K. producer and vocalist shying away from the pulverizing dance-tent crescendos that

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Margo Price, William Tyler [CLASSIC COUNTRY] Margo Price’s getup at her South by Southwest coming-out this year was a good distillation of her character: an exaggerated bouffant, an off-shoulder blouse with lace and embroidery that exposed a black tattoo, a denim skirt, cowboy boots, and a guitar strap custom-stitched with “MARGO” in Western block letters. As you might imagine from that description, Price’s songwriting also draws heavily on the aesthetics of country music as it was 50 years ago—though her midtempo narratives of booze and hard times have more in common with Townes Van Zandt’s brooding manliness than the wispy tearjerkers of Tammy Wynette or Loretta Lynn. Where Price is most influenced by classic female country singers is her vocal style. She yelps and cracks between high notes, sometimes sustaining them with the full-volume and thin, effervescent vibrato that has set apart great country singers from the merely decent ones for decades. A contained fixture, until recently, of East Nashville, Price found a fortuitous fan in Jack White, who signed her to his Third Man Records label earlier this year and infused her debut LP, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, with just enough distortion, fuzz and weirdness to take the act from pure nostalgia to something brilliantly different. ISABEL ZACHARIAS. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 9 pm Monday, Oct. 17. Sold out. 21+. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016


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Friday, October 14th at 6pm Through eleven ambitious tracks on their latest release, Divorce, JPNSGRLS sidewind their way through a range of instrumental intensities and lyrical contexts, the group cement their position as one of Canada’s most original, exciting and thought-provoking young bands.


Sunday, October 16th at 3pm For more than 12 years, Marissa Nadler has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American songform. On her seventh full-length, Strangers, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.


Sunday, October 16th at 5pm Having just released her first EP ‘What Are You Waiting For ?’ at age 16, Niamh (pronounced neev) is an exciting talent emerging on the Portland music scene. Niamh’s guitar based sound is full, rich, and aggressive and her voice and lyrics are mature beyond her years.


Monday, October 17th at 6pm Kate Brown’s mesmerizing narratives and charismatic command of the stage are essential facets during every show. Her envisioning lyrics reflect a life full of music, touring and acting and all of these touchstones crystallize into her compelling country-rock songs.


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awarded Blake royalty status on the U.S. festival circuit, but the record’s attention to subtle textures and infectious earworms demand headphone listening and serve as strong assurance that Blake’s ambition is still a force to be reckoned with. PEtE cottELL. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. Sold out. All ages.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15 JAM’N 107.5 Boo Bomb

[tHRoWBAcK HIP-HoP AnD R&B] Since 2014, JAM’n 107.5’s Boo Bomb—a show dedicated to throwback acts from the mid-’80s to early ’00s—has carved a niche for fans of a good nostalgia trip. coming off last year’s installment, which featured rap innovators like Grandmaster Flash and Salt-n-Pepa, the stakes were higher for Boo Bomb 3 to carry on tradition. Ludacris headlines, taking a break from acting to relive his hip-hop glory days and platinum discography. What child of the early aughts doesn’t want to get raunchy to “What’s Your Fantasy” or start a mosh pit to “Southern Hospitality”? It’s not all so boisterous: You can slow it down to the timeless sounds of Blackstreet, En Vogue and color Me Badd (of “I Wanna Sex You Up” fame), whose radiant sexual anthems will certainly inspire loud sing-alongs. ERIc DIEP. Moda Center, 1 N Center Court St. 7 pm. $89.50. All ages.

SUNDAY, OCT. 16 No On 9 Documentary Fundraiser: Calamity Jane, the Prids, DJ HWY 7 [PoRtLAnD GRUnGE-PUnK] one of Portland’s fiercest punk bands of the ‘90s, calamity Jane made a lot of influential friends in its heyday, none bigger than nirvana. In 1992, the two northwest powers united at Portland Meadows to oppose the appalling oregon Ballot Measure 9, which would’ve amended the state constitution to formally recognize homosexuality as “abnormal, wrong, unnatural and perverse.” calamity Jane would break up later that year— following a disastrous gig opening for nirvana in South America, ironically—but the no on 9 concert is now the subject of a planned documentary, which is bringing them out of retirement for the first time since 2010 for this special all-ages fundraiser. MAttHEW SInGER. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 4 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. All ages.

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Q&A: Starchile

On Hip-Hop Day As a professional MC, in both the literal and artistic sense, Idris “StarChile” Oferrall has never lacked confidence. Still, the hiphop concert promoter and former radio personality admits that, 15 years ago, he couldn’t have imagined the things he’s managed to pull off recently. In the past year, he’s helped bring rap to places that previously seemed impossibly off-limits, such as McMenamins-run folk den the White Eagle Saloon, for his monthly Mic Check series, and to the steps of City Hall for the first-ever Hip-Hop Day. With the second annual Hip-Hop Day approaching, we asked StarChile about the impact of the inaugural event on the rap scene, his plans for its future and which local rap vets deserve a second look. Read the full Q&A at MATTHEW SINGER. The longtime Portland rap promoter on bringing hip-hop back to City Hall.

WW: Do you feel the first Hip-Hop Day have any tangible effect on the hip-hop scene here? StarChile: I can’t really say Hip-Hop Day transformed Portland, because things were already changing slowly when Hip-Hop Day came around. I think it was just a situation where people didn’t think it was genuine and it was real. They thought there was an ulterior motive behind it, which rubbed me the wrong way. Have you heard the same skepticism this year? I haven’t heard any complaints, but at this point, what could you complain about? [Charlie Hales] isn’t running for mayor, he doesn’t have anything to do with the event, and he didn’t have anything to do with the first one. There’s nothing you could say except, “Maybe I was wrong,” which some people just can’t say.

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Do you still have big aspirations for Hip-Hop Day? I never stop having big ideas. I’d like it to be in a space where I could do a block party. I’d like to be able to mix and match national acts with local acts. I’ll never do an event as far as hip-hop goes where there aren’t any local acts on there if I can help it.

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OCT fISTS of fury: Vinnie Dewayne performs at City Hall for the first Hip-Hop Day in october 2015.

[PIAno-DRIVEn PoP RocK] Get ready to feel old: “How to Save a Life,” the depressive ear candy that topped international charts and wracked petulant teens everywhere with Fraybies, was released 11 years ago. the equally moody “over My Head (cable car)” followed shortly, completing a one-two punch that put these Midwestern christian boys suddenly on the world stage. It’s difficult to pin down the Fray’s target audience in 2016, but if its failed attempts at synthy maturity, forthcoming greatest-hits LP Through the Years: The Best of the Fray, or $200 meetand-greet tickets are indicators, then it’s ready to cash in on nostalgia, which, admittedly, is just what we all wanted. ISABEL ZAcHARIAS. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St. 8 pm. $41.50-$195. All ages.

[cELLo FoLK] Portland cello Project co-founder Anna Fritz has played on albums by My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, the Decemberists, Dirty Projectors, and case/Lang/Veirs. But the third album under her own name is a true solo effort. Her versatile cello serves variously as a percussion, accompanying, counterpoint, rhythm and lead instrument, leaving plenty of space for Fritz’s plainspoken voice and heartfelt sentiments. Summoning the spirit of the social protest music of the 1950s and early-’60s folk revival, the topical anthems on Fritz’s new release, On a High Hill, address contemporary

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This year’s lineup is more focused on an older generation of Portland rappers. Was that intentional? A lot of people questioned the lineup last year and were like, “Why are you doing this? Why are these young dudes on?” And I told everybody, “This is how it’s going to go. This is a brand-new situation. We have a lot of young cats that are really starting to bubble. For the second one, we’ll come back and pay homage to the veterans.”

What veteran Portland MCs do you feel deserve a reappraisal? I’d say Vursatyl. That’s why I dragged him out of retirement. [Laughs] He’s arguably the dopest MC to ever come out of Portland, and I think people need to hear him. SEE IT: Portland Hip-Hop Day is at city Hall, 1221 SW 5th Ave., with Mic crenshaw, Vursatyl, Libretto, DJ and DJ chill, on Saturday, oct. 15. 3 pm. Free. All ages.


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ICE CREAM MAN: Helado Negro plays Doug Fir Lounge on Wednesday, Oct. 12. concerns like climate change, racial injustice and resistance to coal and oil “bomb” trains, along with more personal concerns. Southern Oregon musicians Hollis Peach, featuring members of Patchy Sanders, and King Roy Wing also perform. BRETT CAMPBELL. The Secret Society, 116 NE Russell St. 7 pm Sunday, Oct. 16. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Deerhunter, Aldous Harding, Jock Gang

[GARAGE] Like a Kafka character toiling in the modern indie-rock scene, Bradford Cox is the self-proclaimed antithesis of the traditional rock icon. Outspokenly asexual, Cox is a well-read, eloquent alternative to other mumbling stereotypes of alternative cool. Last year’s Fading Frontier juxtaposed angular, funky guitars with loose, ambient textures that saw Deerhunter mellow with age to produce a dense, futuristic masterpiece that featured the band’s first legitimate hit single with “Snakeskin,” the best psychedelic disco song Beck never wrote. CRIS LANKENAU. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St. 7:30 pm. Sold out. All ages.





True Widow, Low Lands

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[STONEGAZE] The musicians of True Widow have steadily become the masters of “stonegaze,” a genre they basically invented to describe their mellow mix of stoner metal and shoegaze. Their fourth studio full-length, Avvolgere, was released over the summer and shows their further progression into the Codeine-meets-Sourvein black hole they’ve amassed. With a hint of elements likened to those of fellow Texans Ringo Deathstarr, they’ve made themselves out to be both the perfect “starter pack” band for those interested in getting into heavier feels, as well as a welcome break for the exhausted ears of those with music libraries filled with gruesome metal. CERVANTE POPE. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.

Temples, Triptides

[LATE BEATLESQUE] British act Temples evoke the later, drugfueled days of Beatlemania. Bright, communal vocals are given the psychedelic treatment thanks to fuzzy guitar strikes, busy basslines and blown-out percussion. It’s decidedly ’60s, with classic rock-’n’-roll elements twisted just enough to keep you guessing. Temples is at work on new material but will probably cull mostly from its 2014 debut record Sun Structures, an impressive collection that not only pays homage to the Fab Four but trippier throwbacks such as Roky Erickson and the Zombies. MARK STOCK. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $16$18. Under 21 permitted with legal guardian.

TUESDAY, OCT. 18 Andy Shauf, Scattered Clouds

[WATCH THE THRONE] Andy Shauf should be at the top of everybody’s “Why Isn’t This Guy Huge Yet?” list. His latest effort, The Party, is a collection of 10 wistfully melancholic pop songs perfectly captured by the sort of studio wizardry and delicate arrangements that have become all too rare in an era of surprise releases recorded with GarageBand. In a live setting, Shauf’s songs are stripped of their lush accompaniments, and as a result his unique vocals and indelible melodies are placed front and center. It’s the sort of acoustic act that can quiet an entire room, even back at the bar. Shauf hails from Saskatchewan, but his story has an important Portland chapter, as his breakout release, The Bearer of Bad News, was released by Portland institutions Tender Loving Empire and Party Damage Records last year. BLAKE HICKMAN. Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside St. 8:30 pm. $12. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+.

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

[BRITISH INFARCTION] As each successive Paul McCartney tour breeds an ever-fiercer devotional response to the last of the chosen, regular reappearances of his old drummer feels more and more awkward. Still rocking a perma-blackened ponytail and stoner couture at age 76, Ringo Starr less resembles a former bandmate of Sir Macca than the sort of Uzbekistani oligarch who might actually live inside a gold-plated submarine. Since entering the public consciousness fully formed half a century ago, he has, perhaps uniquely for pop-rock household names, negated all efforts at cultural reappraisal on an endless victory lap littered with harmless solo albums (like 2015’s Postcards From Paradise) and these All-Starr cavalcades featuring veterans of Toto, Santana, and Mr. Mister playing the songs of Toto, Santana,and Mr. Mister. If you plan to get by with a little help from your friends, maybe check their credentials first? JAY HORTON. Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay St. 8 pm. $55-$225. All ages.

LVL UP, Blowout, Sleeping Blood

[BROOKLYN BUMMERS] LVL UP sounds like the second coming of the ’90s, though the rambunctious quartet might deny the affiliation. The recent Sub Pop signees have been punching out no-frills rock records since 2011, the kind laced with lethal solos and existential questions that would give Pavement’s Wowee Zowee a run for its money. Return to Love, the group’s third effort, ponders life’s biggest head-scratchers—love, God, our minuscule place in the universe— amid deadpan drawls and a heavy dose of guitar-steeped catharsis. It’s a fitting soundtrack to the roller coaster of the human psyche, one poised to unfurl at any moment. BRANDON WIDDER. The Analog Cafe, 720 SE Hawthorne Blvd.. 6 pm. $10. All ages.


RY X, Billie Eilish

[BEATY FOLK] Songwriter and producer Ry Cuming has a gift. The young Aussie—who performs primarily under the stage handle RY X—knows how to make music for these modern times without losing sight of the traditional structures that have defined his brand of folk music for generations. The beat-driven arrangements on his exemplary 2016 release, Dawn, are sweet-tempered, spare and slow-moving, like Bon Iver’s before Justin Vernon began funneling his voice through various effects. Instead of Auto-Tune, Cuming relies on a medley of Disney strings and hypnotic guitar, which, when paired with his androgynous tenor, help him stretch the parameters of what it means to be a folk musician in the 21st century. BRANDON WIDDER. The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. 8 pm. $17 advance, $20 day of show. All ages.

CLASSICAL, JAZZ & WORLD Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

[BIGGEST BAND] Famed New Orleans trumpeter Wynton Marsalis first rose to fame in the ’80s as the king of the Young Lions, a group of virtuosic conservatory musicians who veered away from smoother jazz sounds in favor of the music’s more historic Duke Ellington influence. Marsalis has kept closely to that path, going on to lead the most important modern large ensemble in the music, a certifiably terrific group of musicians who personify the history of the genre in song. On tour from its native Lincoln Center, Marsalis’ band will take classical listeners inside jazz’s past, offering its audience a journey to the root of America’s classical music, courtesy of some of the jazz world’s finest (and best-dressed) living performers. PARKER HALL. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 12. $40-$120. All ages.

Amendola vs Blades

[ORGAN AND DRUMS] Those who aren’t instantly mesmerized by the many-limbed musical partnership forged by acclaimed organist Wil Blades and drummer Scott Amendola are encouraged to close their eyes and explain how all that sound can be coming from just two cerebellums. A pair whose heavily layered swing resembles classic large-band efforts from guitarladen organ trios, Amendola and Blades have discovered how to drop a member, simultaneously providing a new sonic definition to the word “multitasking.” This circus of sights and sounds is well-exhibited on their latest record, Greatest Hits, but you’ll still have to see it to believe. PARKER HALL. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave. 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 13. $17 advance, $20 day of show. 21+.

McCoy Tyner

[POST POST-BOP] The time McCoy Tyner spent in John Coltrane’s rhythm section during the ’60s accounts for a brief slice of the pianist’s career. And while that stint was an influential period in Tyner’s development, the following decade proved to be among the bandleader’s most prolific, releasing up to three albums a year. Now, edging toward 80, his output’s slowed, but 2008’s Guitars, his last studio work, finds a pair of Miles Davis sidemen, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Jack DeJohnette, accompanying the pianist, who also saw fit to include Béla Fleck’s banjo in the proceedings. It’s not quite astral exploration, but still a pretty solid idea for a player who’s traveled along with the genre’s evolution. DAVE CANTOR. Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., No. 110. 7:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 18. $29-$59. All ages.

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Phone Call HANG-UPS

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[RHYTHM & RUSE] On the space-time continuum between Zapp & Roger and Fatboy Slim, between Hall & Oates and Junior Boys, squats the duo known as Phone Call, staking out everything that could be described as rhythmic or bluesy in the past 3½ decades of pop music. On their debut, Hang-Ups, Bailey Winters and John Zeigler—formerly of beloved Portland disco revivalists Strength— dial in their take on PBR&B, swaggering through sanded-down, crooned-up mid-2000s electro-soul as seductively as talkboxed’til-death goth-funk, sounding in equal measure like Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes, George Michael and the leather-daddy skeezes behind Justice. Produced by Jeremy Sherrer, the record is a deep, tactile listen, but there’s something distancing about it. Namely, it’s hard to tell whether these guys are being ironic and playing a part, or whether they believe that paying homage to Prince’s genre-breaking soul-funk is just a matter of being frank about “the way that she fucks” rather than decimating gender politics and breaking Top 40 pop in a truly subversive way. Regardless, played for jokes or not, little here is funny—which works when you’re dancing, but otherwise, it’s a missed call. DOM SINACOLA.






SEE IT: Phone Call plays Local Cut at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St., with Fringe Class, Rasheed Jamal and DJ Lamar Leroy, on Thursday, Oct. 13. 8:30 pm. Free. 21+.


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[DOOM FOLK] A week after losing her father, Monica Metzler received several text messages from his cellphone. The cryptic, single-word message, conveyed repeatedly, was “Zoolights.” Metzler interpreted this as guidance from the spirit world, and traveled to places like South Korea and Oaxaca, Mexico, on a “death ritual,” wherein she gathered stories from strangers about their own experiences with losing a loved one. Zoolights is a moody, ethereal culmination of these transcendent experiences, and Metzler—aka Forest Veil, formerly Moniker—does her best to take the listener along. The tracks are a juxtaposition of found-sound recordings and soft, meditative songs that serve as a catharsis from the crushing void that comes after a parent dies. “Footnotes” sets a somber tone for a record whose themes never muddy the beauty of Metzler’s smoky voice and dexterous finger-picking. “Bitter Root,” another highlight, could pass for Chan Marshall giving a loose, inventive reinterpretation to Radiohead’s “Street Spirit (Fade Out).” Luke Hall produces and keeps a vibrant backbeat that uplifts but never shifts focus from the album’s author. Johanna Warren—whose Spirit House Records is releasing Zoolights—adds flourishes of flute and vocals to the album’s centerpiece, “Sunrise/Sunset,” where a strained lullaby of soothing voices builds to a compact climax of distorted guitar phrases. It’s the moment where Metzler moves on from despair and accepts the inevitability of passing time, and all the loss and change it enforces. CRIS LANKENAU. SEE IT: Forest Veil plays Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St., with Johanna Warren, on Sunday, Oct. 16. 8 pm. Free. 21+.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

First Congregational Church 1126 SW Park Avenue, Portland, 97205

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3000 NE Alberta St Richard Shindell • Suzzy Roche & Lucy WainwrightRoche

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis


350 West Burnside The 4onthefloor & the Yawpers

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Helado Negro, Like a Villain, Coast2C

High Water Mark Lounge

6800 NE MLK Ave Black Breath, Hellshock

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown Quartet; The Christopher Brown Quartet

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Kory Quinn & the Quinntessentials; Lucas Bespeil & the Dangerous Gentlemen, Drew Martin, Blake Austin

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Erika Wennerstrom, Petter Ericson Stakee

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 Tacocat, Cockeye, the Bedrooms

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Take Warning; Garrett Klahn; PROJECT 86: 20 Year Anniversary Tour

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Street Sects, Sky Symbol Rituals

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave Wickedly Delicious Journey; David Rothman, classical pianist

Twilight Cafe and Bar

1420 SE Powell Moovalya (PHX), Raw Dog and the Close Calls, The Living Skins


232 SW Ankeny St Daughter Talk, Saroon, Wild Body

THURS. OCT. 13 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Al Stewart & Gary Wright w/ The Empty Pockets

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Glass Animals, Sam Gellaitry

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Chook Race

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Devin Townsend Project, Between The Buried And Me


Duff’s Garage


2530 NE 82nd Ave Zack Bryson/MeatRack

Hawthorne Theatre

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Brujeria, Cattle Decapitation, Piñata Protest, Why Won’t You Die, Chronological Injustice

Ice Queens, Sunbathe, Jo Passed

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Anna Fritz, Hollis Peach, King Roy Wing


232 SW Ankeny St Dowager, Friends In Love, Somber, Clover

Wonder Ballroom


128 NE Russell St. Deerhunter, Aldous Harding, Jock Gang

1001 SE Morrison St. Local Cut: Phone Call, Fringe Class, Rasheed Jamal, DJ Lamar Leroy

Jimmy Mak’s

MON. OCT. 17

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown B3 Organ Group

Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Jon McLaughlin

LaurelThirst Public House


2958 NE Glisan St Ridgerunners; Lewi Longmire & the Left Coast Roasters

350 West Burnside Karaoke from Hell


1001 SE Morrison St. True Widow, Lowlands

Mississippi Pizza

3552 N Mississippi Ave Mo Phillips, Johnny & Jason, Red Yarn

Jimmy Mak’s

Mississippi Studios

221 NW 10th Ave. Dan Balmer Trio

Moda Center

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Margo Price, William Tyler

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Amendola vs Blades 1 N Center Court St Maroon 5

Mother Foucault’s

523 SE Morrison St Kikagaku Moyo, Abronia, Sanae Yamada

Portland State University

1825 SW Broadway Portland State of Mind: !!!, EASTGHOST, Force Publique

Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave Grouplove

The Analog Cafe

Mississippi Studios

I KNOW THERE’S AN ANSWER: Why is Brian Wilson—74 years old, his voice so frail he couldn’t quite push through certain lines without pausing for breath—touring to mark the anniversary of Pet Sounds? Didn’t he hate touring even when he was a younger, healthier man? Did anyone else at the Schnitz on Oct. 7 notice he was miserable, scowling, so happy to get off the stage that he walked gingerly from behind his prop piano as soon as he’d finished his part of the set’s final song? Can Brian, after everything his once perfectly tuned ears have been through, tell how hard it is for Al Jardine’s middle-aged son and the rest of his backing band to approximate those delicate harmonies from Pet Sounds? Or was this band intentionally optimized for the surf rock-era songs, without regard for how bad they’d sound on “God Only Knows”? Did anyone want to hear an extended, jammed-out version of “Wild Honey” except for hammy ’70s session guitarist Blondie Chaplin, who played it? Whatever happened to the dream of continuing the proper Beach Boys reunion with Mike Love? Could we ever bring it back once it has gone? MARTIN CIZMAR. Duff’s Garage

The Firkin Tavern

221 NW 10th Ave. Tamara Stephens

1937 SE 11th Ave Red Letter

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St Naive Melodies (Talking Heads Tribute)

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Landlines, Fox Face, the Fur Coats, Mr. Wrong

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Anthonie Tonnon, Valley Maker, Melaena Cadiz

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave Andre Feriante and the Bohemian Entourage

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St Thursday Swing! Featuring Hot Club Time Machine, 12th Avenue Hot Club

FRI. OCT. 14 Aladdin Theater

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave The Proclaimers, Jenny O.

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Aan, J&L Defer

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Nahko and Medicine for the People


Doug Fir Lounge

Doug Fir Lounge

350 West Burnside CJ Ramone, toyGuitar, Mean Jeans 830 E Burnside St. Poster Children

Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave RUSS

Star Theater 13 NW 6th Ave. Temples, Triptides

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The Lulls

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Vietrahm, Bombay Beach, Muscle Dungeon, Strugglers

The Liquor Store

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The Interrupters, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, The Bandulus

350 West Burnside Discharge, Eyehategod, Toxic Holocaust, Old Lines and Humanmania 830 E Burnside St. The Felice Brothers, Aaron Lee Tasjan

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2530 NE 82nd Ave 5 Grand

Jimmy Mak’s

Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St, Hank Sinatra and his band

LaurelThirst Public House 2958 NE Glisan St Woodbrain

Lombard Pub (formerly the Foggy Notion) 3416 N Lombard St Rat Heaven, DDS

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Matt Chamberlain and Brian Haas

Moda Center

1 N Center Court St Chris Young

Ponderosa Lounge

10350 N Vancouver Way, Haywire

Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Ave James Blake, Moses Sumney

Skyline Tavern

8031 NW Skyline Blvd Wanderlodge

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Counting Crows Tribute Show (Feat. Tyler Stenson)

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Westward, Holy Tentacle; Veio

The Firkin Tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave Lord Becky, Thicket, Volturz

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St

Sloths, Rambush, U SCO

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave Flute and Guitar Duo, The Cavatina Duo

The Raven

3100 NE Sandy Blvd Skeletonwitch, Iron Reagan, Oathbreaker, Gatecreeper, Order of the Gash

The Secret Society

Supersuckers with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and Jesse Dayton

Rod, Drowse, Gillian Frances (EP Release), Floating Room

Aladdin Theater

Doug Fir Lounge

Skyline Tavern

8031 NW Skyline Blvd The Whiskey Achievers

Alberta Rose

830 E Burnside St. Stone In Love (Journey Tribute)

Duff’s Garage

2530 NE 82nd Ave Pin & Horn-its; Warthog Stew

116 NE Russell St Pink Lady Presents The Cat’s Meow feat. Johnny Nuriel, Dee Dee Pepper, Portland Rhythm Shakers; Pete Krebs and his Portland Playboys

Hawthorne Theatre

Twilight Cafe and Bar

2958 NE Glisan St Redray Frazier; Nick Peets/Amanda Breese; Jawbone Flats

1420 SE Powell Peter Cornett(Floater), Xolie Morra, Rachelle DeBelle/Linden Wood


232 SW Ankeny St Rambush, North By North, Human Ottoman, DJ Arya Imig

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St. TroyBoi

SAT. OCT. 15 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Jason Alexander Sings Broadway

Bunk Bar

1028 SE Water Ave. Moon Honey, Animal Eyes, And And And

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St Cold War Kids, the Strumbellas


350 West Burnside

1507 SE César E. Chávez Blvd. Rock For A Reason: A Benefit For Sarah Albert

LaurelThirst Public House

Lincoln Performance Hall

1620 SW Park Ave. Cascadia Composers: A Cuba Con Amor

Lombard Pub (formerly the Foggy Notion) 3416 N Lombard St Edgar Allen Posers, Jagula, The Fucking Fucks, DJ Dairy

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Califone, Slow Moses

Moda Center

1 N Center Court St JAM’N 107.5 Boo Bomb

Portland City Hall

1221 SW 4th Ave Portland Hip-Hop Day: Mic Crenshaw, Vursatyl, Libretto, DJ OG One, DJ Chill

Reed College Performing Arts Building

5750 SE 28th Avenue

Star Theater

13 NW 6th Ave. Twiddle

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. The Blondies, The Groove Birds, Green Carts; Garcia Birthday Band

The Firkin Tavern

1937 SE 11th Ave JPNSGRLS, Butter, Arrows

The Goodfoot

2845 SE Stark St McTuff, Will Bernard Trio

The Know

2026 NE Alberta St Top Parts, Coordination, Xo/p

The Old Church

1422 SW 11th Ave Mississippi Studios presents BOX SET DUO TRIO

The Secret Society

116 NE Russell St No Spill Blood (Oingo Boingo tribute)

The Secret Society 116 NE Russell St The Libertine Belles

Twilight Cafe and Bar 1420 SE Powell Manx, When We Met, Voice Of Addiction, The Late Great

3017 SE Milwaukie Ave Marc Broussard 3000 NE Alberta St Kandace Springs

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Jason Alexander Sings Broadway

Cabell Center Theater

8825 SW Barnes Road Sound in Motion: TaikoProject and Portland Taiko

Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St The Fray, American Authors

Doug Fir Lounge

830 E Burnside St. Calamity Jane, the Prids, DJ HWY 7

LaurelThirst Public House

2958 NE Glisan St Freak Mountain Ramblers; Skybound Blue

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. Explode Into Colors (two shows)

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 Steve Vai


600 E Burnside St Forest Veil, Johanna Warren

3341 SE Belmont St KODEK / Koolbrain / Lazercrotch

TUES. OCT. 18 Alberta Rose

3000 NE Alberta St Led Kaapana and Da Ukulele Boyz

Alberta Street Pub

1036 NE Alberta St Hannah Jane Kile, Margaret Wehr, Jessa Campbell

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

1037 SW Broadway Itzhak Perlman

Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St. Andy Shauf, Scattered Clouds

Jimmy Mak’s

221 NW 10th Ave. Mel Brown Septet; Suzi Stern

Keller Auditorium

222 SW Clay St Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave. How To Dress Well, Ex Reyes

Revolution Hall

1300 SE Stark St #110 McCoy Tyner

The Analog Cafe

720 SE Hawthorne Blvd. LVL UP, Blowout, Sleeping Blood

Wonder Ballroom

Roseland Theater

Wonder Ballroom

Star Theater

3341 SE Belmont St, Sloppy Kisses / Creature Creature

The Liquor Store

1422 SW 11th Ave RY X, Billie Eilish

128 NE Russell St. Penny & Sparrow 128 NE Russell St. Johnnyswim

SUN. OCT. 16

8 NW 6th Ave Ghost

13 NW 6th Ave. Saint Vitus, The Skull & Witch Mountain 3341 SE Belmont St,

The Liquor Store

The Old Church

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Where you can catch me regularly: I tend to play fairly regular dates in Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco. For Portland, we’re kicking off Slyd Society Live at the Liquor Store on Oct. 22. Craziest gig: I performed at a mountaintop pool party in the Central American jungle overlooking the Pacific Coast during sunset last year for a few hundred people. It got pretty wild. People were climbing up the elevated DJ booth, all the way up the speaker scaffolding, to dance above the sides of the stage. That was a riotous party. Also, for this recent 2016 NYE, I played a house party here in Portland, and the living room dance floor almost caved in from all the people going crazy during my set. Apparently, the ceiling below began to collapse and the landlord cut the power. My go-to records: I’ve been diggin’ Soul Clap’s brand-new album. I have a few uncirculated edits I like to play a bunch; Gene Siewing’s edit of Aurra’s “Such a Feeling” is one of them. Don’t ever ask me to play…: I’m not like that. If people aren’t rude, I appreciate hearing requests from fans. That doesn’t mean I’ll play it, but it’s always interesting to hear what people come up with. They usually run the gamut, and I’ve heard plenty of incredibly nonsensical requests. On the other hand, sometimes people request amazing songs and have incredible ideas. NEXT GIG: Nutritious spins at Slyd Society at the Liquor Store, 3341 SE Belmont St., with Cee White and VJ JumpWire, on Saturday, Oct. 22. 9 pm. 21+.

FRI. OCT. 14 45 East

315 SE 3rd Ave MT. Eden

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45 East

20 NW 3rd Ave The Cave (rap)

Dig A Pony

Dig A Pony

1332 W Burnside St 80s Video Dance Attack


736 SE Grand Ave. Maxx Bass (funk, boogie, rap, r&b)

412 NE Beech Street Carlton Jackson 736 SE Grand Ave. Marti

Ground Kontrol

511 NW Couch St. TRONix 1001 SE Morrison St. Audion, Nathan Detroit, Ben Tactic

Killingsworth Dynasty

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832 N Killingsworth St Free form Radio DJs

The Embers Avenue 100 NW Broadway Knochen Tanz

The Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand Ave Event Horizon (darkwave, industrial, synthpop)


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Beech Street Parlor


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THURS. OCT. 13 315 SE 3rd Ave LTJ Bukem 736 SE Grand Ave. A Train and Eagle Sun King (vintage cumbia)

Crystal Ballroom

Dig A Pony

3967 N. Mississippi Ave. NorthernDraw (funk, hiphop, soul)

Gold Dust Meridian

The Embers Avenue


The Lovecraft Bar

Killingsworth Dynasty

100 NW Broadway Thursday Electronic 421 SE Grand Ave Shadowplay (goth, industrial, EBM)


232 SW Ankeny St DJ Bourbon Biscuit with Rosy Crucial

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd. DJ Tiger Stripes 1001 SE Morrison St. Dance Yourself Clean 832 N Killingsworth St Cake (hip hop, rap, r&b)


3967 N. Mississippi Ave. King Tim 33 1/3 (aqua boogie & underwater rhymes)

Where to drink this week. 1.

Breakside Brewery

5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie, 503342-6309, Oregon got 21 medals at the Great American Beer Festival—and three of those were Breakside brews, including a gold medalwinning rye. What better excuse to hop the expressway down to Milwaukie and see what you can pick up on the many taps?






5716 SE 92nd Ave., 971-339-2374, Zoiglhaus has its inhouse brewery in full effect these days—with a terrific Bavarian-style hefeweizen and the city’s best helles lager.



2930 NE Killingsworth St., 503-227-2669, The wine list at Dame, which opened recently, already makes it Portland’s most interesting wine destination, home to the finest naturalwine list within 500 miles.


Backyard Social

1914 N Killingsworth St., 503-719-4316, Former staff of the Hop & Vine reopened the onetime eccentric back-patio beer bar as an eccentric back-patio beer bar. But check out the fall menu on that baby, including lobster mushroom crepes and fennel-stuffed calamari.


Rae’s Lakeview Lounge

1900 NW 27th Ave., 503-719-6494, Rae’s offers $1 mimosas Saturday and Sunday mornings, $1 Rainiers after 9 pm weekdays, and $1 High Life till 6 pm daily. If you can’t see the lake from the patio, just wait until the lake is in your mind.

No Fun

1709 SE Hawthorne Blvd Alright! To The End... (britpop, shoegaze)


SMOKED AND DRUNK: I used to have a drink I’d order as a joke: “I’ll have a milk and Coke.” Well, at Patton Maryland (5101 N Interstate Ave., 503-8416176, a milk and Coke is fucking delicious. At least, it is when those two ingredients are mixed with bourbon and coffee liqueur and an assload of cinnamon. The resulting flavor bomb is called Johnny in Black, and it’s the mixological equivalent of a girl from South Jersey. But despite having no interest whatsoever in being classy, it’s still pretty awesome. The bar’s sort of the same way—a wood-grained box unadorned except for a map of ancient Portland and a giant light-up crown that looks as if it fell off a fast-food sign. From the same people who made Circa 33 and took over Produce Row, the bar in the former Pause space—complete with that same spacious rear patio— mostly acts as a Southern-tinged diner that, like a lot of things in the South, gets drunker and drunker as the day goes on, with a lot of $3 tallboys next to those $5.50 taps. The food menu is Southern via Maryland, with smoked brisket and pimiento cheeseburgers prepared—we shit you not—by the greatgreat-great-grandson of Queen Victoria. Aside from being about 300th in line to the throne of England, chef Wesley Berger has cooked at Laurelhurst Market, Podnah’s Pit and Gino’s. And so while the food doesn’t knock you out of your shoes, it’s a solid two steps above most pub fare, even though the pimiento cheeseburger is a little tame on flavor—trapped cold between lettuce and bun—and the deliciously fatty brisket could use a bit more in the way of smoke and bark. Still, where you’ll find me on a sunny day is on the yuuuge back patio with trashy, spicy housemade pork rinds and a whiskey drink with bacon in it. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street Champagne Jam

Crystal Ballroom


232 SW Ankeny St Signal 20: Tetrad B2B Subtle Mind

4811 SE Hawthorne Blvd Quarter Flashback (80s)

1332 W Burnside St 80s Video Dance Attack: New Wave Edition

Sandy Hut

Dig A Pony

Beech Street Parlor


Gold Dust Meridian

Dig A Pony

The Goodfoot


Gold Dust Meridian

The Liquor Store


The Embers Avenue

The Lovecraft Bar

Sandy Hut

The Lovecraft Bar

1430 NE Sandy Blvd. DJ Sean Rock & Rule 214 N Broadway St Chelsea Starr 2845 SE Stark St Soul Stew: Trinity of Soul 3341 SE Belmont St, Believe You Me 421 SE Grand Ave NecroNancy featuring Tiffany “New York” Pollard

SAT. OCT. 15 45 East

315 SE 3rd Ave Shaun Frank: The Get Away Tour

736 SE Grand Ave. Dirty Red (boogie & bangers) 3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd. DJ Major Sean 1001 SE Morrison St. Drake and Cake 3967 N. Mississippi Ave. Montel Spinozza 1430 NE Sandy Blvd. DJ Marty King

The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St, Booms and Claps

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Sabbath (darkside of rock, electronic)

SUN. OCT. 16 412 NE Beech Street DJ Troubled Youth

736 SE Grand Ave. Emerson (hip hop, r&b) 3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd. DJ Joey Prude 100 NW Broadway Latino Night (cubono, salsa) 421 SE Grand Ave Super Fun Happy Kawaii Party (Jpop, Kpop, cosplay)

MON. OCT. 17 Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St. DJ Mod Fodder

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave.

Lamar (boogie, modern dance)

Ground Kontrol

511 NW Couch St. Reagan-o-mix (80s)

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Black Mass (goth, new wave)

TUES. OCT. 18 Beech Street Parlor 412 NE Beech Street DJ Ramophone

Club 21

2035 NE Glisan St. DJ Over Cöl

Dig A Pony

736 SE Grand Ave. Noches Latinas (salsa, merengue, cumbia)

The Embers Avenue 100 NW Broadway Recycle (dark dance)

The Lovecraft Bar

421 SE Grand Ave Mood Ring (electronic, dance)


18 NW 3rd Ave. Tubesdays

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As unpaid internships become more and more obligatory (waddup humanities majors), there’s a growing population that can relate to Leslye Headland’s play Assistance. The play chronicles the office lives of Manhattan office assistants (not interns), but it’s still a similar setup: drudging through bitch work to get to where you want to be in life. Shoebox Theatre, 2110 SE 10th Ave., 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday, 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 14-Nov. 12. Additional performances 7:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6. $10$19.99.


Campy company StageWorks Ink plays tribute to Cry-Baby, the 1990 John Waters film that’s kind of like Grease except that it doesn’t suck. Set in 1950s Baltimore, the musical comedy is about a biker dude named Wade Walker and a vanilla chick named Allison who get together despite the fact that their social circles are at odds. With just as much awesomely trashy camp as everything else the Pope of Filth touches, Cry-Baby is right up StageWorks Ink’s alley, who’ve made their unashamed love of camp very well known. Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton St., 7:30 pm Friday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 14-16. $12-$18.

The Drowning Girls

Women aren’t the only gender with enough ingenuity to kill their spouses for their money. Between 1912 and 1914, George Joseph Smith made a habit of it. He killed each of his three wives by drowning them in a bathtub, chalked up the murders to accidents caused by seizures, and claimed life insurance money and their estate afterwards. Drowning Girls resurrects those three women: they tell their stories as they stand in the bathtubs where their mutual husband murdered them. But the real villain here? The patriarchy. The play uses the draw of turn-of-the-century serial killers to critique the institution of marriage. The Venetian Theatre, 253 E Main St., Hillsboro, 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 14-31. Additional show 7:30 pm Monday, Oct. 31. $20-$30, pay what you will Thursday, Oct. 13.

Portland in Play

Portland in Play is a spitfire of new material: it’s 10 new plays by Portland playwrights that are each 10 minutes long. The subject matter is super varied—they all deal with different locations in Portland, but other than that, the playwrights can do what they please. It’ll feature veteran playwrights of the local scene like E. M. Lewis and Sara Jean Accuardi, alongside relative newcomers like Audrey Block, whose first play just debuted at this year’s Fertile Ground. It’s a bit of a creative wild card, but chances are it will be pretty awesome. Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 SW Alder St., 7:30 pm Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 17-18. Free, donations accepted.

American Hero

Artists Rep wants you to look differently at the people who serve you sandwiches. Or at least that’s one of the hopeful takeaways from American Hero. The existential comedy sets its three main characters in a post-recession sandwich shop chain after the chain’s owner has mysteriously disappeared. The play sardonically pokes at the American Dream, while still taking a compassionate view of those chasing it. It’s directed by Shawn Lee, who’s new to Artists Rep but fresh off of CoHo’s compelling production of The Gun Show. Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison St., 7:30 pm Thursday-Sunday, 2 pm Sunday, with additional shows noon Wednesday, Oct. 19, and 7:30 Tuesday, Oct. 25. Through Oct. 30. $25-$50.

Hold These Truths

As a Quaker pacifist and Japanese American during WWII, Gordon Hirabayashi had a lot of good reasons to question his patriotism. Instead, his belief in the constitution inspired his civil disobedience against Japanese internment camps. Hold These Truths is based on the true story of Hirabayashi’s protests against a part of FDR’s legacy that most public school history classes would rather pretend didn’t happen. The one man show requires the actor to play not only Hirabayashi, but also around 30 other people who were apart of his story. Ryun Yu, who will play the part, knows how to rise to the challenge, though: he started in it last year at Seattle’s ACT. The Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave., 7:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday, 12 pm Thursdays, 2 pm Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 13. $30-$55.

How I Learned What I Learned

Out of all August Wilson’s plays, How I Learned What I Learned is Wilson at his most personal. The monologue recounts Wilson’s own life growing up in Pittsburgh, and shows through his personal experience not only the deeply rooted racial issue of our country, but also how it inspired him to create the body of work he is so esteemed for. The play is in good hands: Victor Mack, the sole actor in the play, has already acted in all but one of Wilson’s other plays. Director Kevin Jones (and founder of The August Wilson Red Door Project) has dealt with his fair share of Wilson’s works, too, and is one of the strongest artistic voices in the effort to make Portland’s theater scene more inclusive. Portland Playhouse, 602 NE Prescott St., 7:30 pm Wednesday-Sunday Sept. 21-Oct. 23, 2 pm Sunday Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. $5-$34.

The Nether

In a twisted take on the dystopian play, The Nether follows Morris’s investigation of The Hideaway, a lush, secretgarden-like virtual reality that’s meant for some seriously fucked-up stuff. With a plot that’s like a technology-age Bend Sinister, The Nether tests the boundaries of moral pragmatism, as well as our ideas about deviancy. Jennifer Haley’s dark, weird, and thoroughly disturbing play is one moral mind-fuck of a show. With dual sets and the kind of character portrayal that doesn’t allow you to arrive at brash judgements, Third Rail’s production is definitely a worthwhile adaptation. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday. Through Oct. 22. $25-$42.50.


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WHAT A DUMP: A scene from Defunkt Theatre’s Hir.

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Then there’s the wretched shock of seeing Albert (Tony Green)—patriarch, king of the armHir’s set looks like the aftermath of an exploded chair, the real wife beater—now reduced by a stroke American dream. The trashed starter house built to a slow-motion sad clown, an actual man-child. Paige is liberated by the emasculation of her on a suburban landfill is a character unto itself. The floor hides under mounds of dirty laundry. formerly abusive husband, the absence of her Mismatched frames of art hang in uncanny plac- militaristic son, the rise of her radical queer es. The kitchen counter looks like dishes have child and a Googled progressive education. She’s been ignored for a month. The fridge is plastered ready for the new world, envisions it through with rainbow alphabet magnets, arranged to Max’s eyes, and even starts a nonprofit to make spell “LGBTTSQQIAA” and other keywords like everywhere a safe space. She refuses to care for “louvre,” “normative” and “hir.” The theater’s the broken house or her cruel, babyish huslow ceiling only makes the set feel more band according to the rules of the Old World. The question is asked: “How claustrophobic. Hir (pronounced heer) is are we supposed to care about the things that have become the chosen pronoun of Max (Ruth Nardecchia), a teenburdens?” Paige may be lib“HOW ARE ager in transition. Max ’s erated from her burdens, WE SUPPOSED mom, Paige (Paige McKinbut the youth inherit their parents’ mess—landmines, ney), must explain the TO CARE ABOUT dramatic changes in the dirty laundry and all. THE THINGS THAT This play is not trying house to her eldest son, Isaac (Jim Vadala), upon to pass as normative livingHAVE BECOME returning from war with a room realism. At one point, dishonorable discharge for it uses shadow puppets to play BURDENS?” out past family trauma after a a drug-related offense. Isaac secret drag closet is revealed. But has PTSD from three years of picking up exploded body parts, the conflicts between the different and pukes in the sink whenever Paige expressions of masculinity embodied turns on the blender. in each character are as nauseatingly messy to The absurdist bent to this dark comedy means navigate as the house itself. Queers should see Mom pulses the blender off and on to test her this play for the radical in-jokes; muggles may theory that it’s what’s making her son puke again watch and learn because it’s exhausting to teach and again. It would be funny if it wasn’t so real. Sex and Gender 101 one by one. He also heaves when he first sees Max with tense muscles and sparse but proud facial hair, ner- SEE IT: Hir plays at Defunkt Theatre, 4319 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 7:30 pm vously defiant in a wifebeater tank. Thursday-Sunday. Through Nov. 12. $10-$25. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016



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DANCE Black Girl: A Linguistic Play

Choreographer Camille A. Brown’s latest work is not meant to be political. It’s about her and her childhood, but oddly enough, that’s political. As a black woman, it ends up being a statement about representation presented in an overly white city. Her company has gained a national reputation for its award-winning storytelling abilities. Black Girl: A Linguistic Play uses movements inspired by childhood games: double dutch, drawing with chalk, basketball footwork and hand-clapping games. Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday, Oct. 13-15. $26-$68.

Apparently, when you’re an Asian person traveling through Africa, you’re as bad as a white person adopting a local infant in the name of a lucrative People magazine photoshoot. Just ask Kristina Wong, who provides this comedic, political solo show as an opening taste of Boom Arts’s 2016-2017 performance season. Boom Arts is all about showcasing theater that allows Portland to take its head out of its food cart of the week in order to take a peek at the larger atlas. Wong, in turn, will present her experience in Africa

(minus the hashtag), where she attempted to forego celebrity stereotypes and do some real good for the resident population. JACK RUSHALL. The Headwaters Theatre, 55 NE Farragut St., 503-289-3499. 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-23. Additional show 7:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 23. $20.

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Nathan Brannon is returning from L.A., the city that shamelessly sucks up a surplus of local comedians and staple doughnut chains alike. The party is provided to showcase the release of the 2012 winner of the Portland’s Funniest Person Competition’s new comedy album Because. If you’re not sold by this listing alone, you might recall that Brannon is the guy who compared gentrification to spiders in our living rooms. JACK RUSHALL. Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., curiouscomedy. org. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 12. $10.

THURSDAY, OCT. 13 Stellar

Hey, transplant, you too can sound like a local. Relaying a few Bri Pruett wisecracks over your next round of overpriced cocktails is a satisfying footstep toward integration. Portland’s most commonly sighted comedian, Bri Pruett (think Pidgey)— who thankfully has yet to move to L.A. like the others—performs this solo show in which she offers her 2 cents on pressing issues like sex, astrology and body positivity. Pruett has been prepping for Stellar since February, giving her more than enough time to perfect the Sade playlist that will accompany this set of scratchy, online dating-inspired one-liners. JACK RUSHALL. CoHo Theater, 2257 NW Raleigh, 503-2202646. 8 pm Thursday, 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, through Oct. 16. $20-$25. 21+.

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Bolero +

Northwest Dance Project is doing things a little differently this year. Instead of their usual fall season opener New Now Wow!, the contemporary company will kick of their 2016-2017 season with Bolero +. But the setup is pretty familiar: resident choreographers Lucas Crandall and Ihsan Rustem will premiere new pieces as they did at last year’s New Now Wow! They’ll also be joined by fellow resident choreographer Felix Landerer, one of the company’s newer choreographers. Crandall and Landerer’s pieces will kick things off and Rustem’s Bolero will headline. Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park Ave., 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 13-15. $34-$58.



Okay, so maybe it’s not hard to make Richard III an engrossing blood bath. But Post5 really do the play about Shakespeare’s most maniacal monarch justice. With added dream sequences and horror-movie touches, their production of Richard III is seriously a blast. Post5 Theatre, 1666 SE Lambert St., 7:30 pm Friday-Sunday. Additional show 7:30 Thursday, Oct. 20. Through Oct. 22. $20 Friday-Saturday, pay what you will Thursday and Sunday.

MIXED MESSAGES: The Devil (Matthew Kerrigan) casts a spell on the King’s messenger (Isabella Villagomez).

Just a Flesh Wound It’s a stick, not an ax, and it doesn’t even touch Nikki Weaver’s outstreched wrists when her dad lowers it with a bang to mime chopping off Weaver’s hands. Still, you can’t help but flinch at her harrowing screams that last for a very disturbing 30 seconds. The Brothers Grimm’s “The Handless Maiden” is one of the four fairy tales and myths in Shaking the Tree’s Head. Hands. Feet. (directed by Samantha Van Der Merwe). The first half is a series of devised vignettes that tell three fairy tales, and the second half is an adaptation of the Greek tale of Iphigenia. All four stories feature a female lead who gets dismembered in some way. With such a slaughterfest, it’s surprising to find that Shaking the Tree’s warehouse looks like some kind of elvish spa. The set is pale blue, and the sound of trickling water plays through the speakers. Like a lot of Van Der Merwe’s work, the play starts before you sit down. The actors carefully take the hands of audience members and lead them to a sink, where other actors delicately wash the audience’s hands. Even with the likes of Weaver’s harrowing scream and a few eerie jump scares, the first half manages to feel light and (disarmingly?) funny. The stories are dotted with fairy-tale weirdness, and the minimal set and dialogue lend the play to tons of impressive miming: Actors double as trees, doors and kitchen appliances. The second half, though, is much more dense and heavy. There’s way less abstraction and way more dialogue. There are still some welcomingly off-beat moments, as when Iphigenia (Claire Aldridge) tells her parents, “Hell is dark and creepy, and I have no friends there,” or when Clytemnestra (Jamie M. Rea) tells Iphigenia, “Your father intends to sacrifice you,” in that mom voice usually used to dissaprove of much more banal things. But ultimately, it’s the images that stick with you. Head. Hands. Feet. doesn’t sugarcoat the gruesome, but it also doesn’t seem to fear that it’s capable of corrupting the beautiful. SHANNON GORMLEY. Heads. Hands. Feet. makes dismemberment enchanting.

SEE IT: Head. Hands. Feet. plays at Shaking the Tree Theatre, 823 SE Grant St., 7:30 pm ThursdaySaturday, 5 pm Sunday. Through Nov. 5. $25.





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= WW Pick. Highly recommended. By JENNIFER RABIN. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, submit show information—including opening and closing dates, gallery address and phone number—at least two weeks in advance to: Visual Arts, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email:


Painter Sarah Fagan’s white-on-white still lifes depict objects whose only purpose is to hold things. Glassine envelopes, paper lunch bags, tiny transparent vessels all wait quietly, in beautifully shaded relief, to accept whatever we choose to put inside of them. A piece of lined notepaper and a Post-it note are blank canvases for our words, thoughts and ideas. Fagan paints multiple iterations of white cardboard boxes, each unfolded, lying flat. In their deconstructed state, it is easy to mistake them for architectural floor plans, a visual representation of another object that will hold something precious: our hopes and desires for the future. The work is still and subtle and overwhelmingly optimistic. And with price points from $100$400, it’s a perfect opportunity for first-time collectors to get in the game. Blackfish Gallery, 420 NW 9th Ave., 503-224-2634. Through Oct. 29.


German photographer Birte Kaufmann chronicles the lives of outcast Irish nomads. Her color photographs have an Arbus-like quality, capturing moments that are both intimate and surreal, like twin sisters in the back of a camper van, made up like beauty pageant contestants. The series took four years to complete, most of which Kaufmann devoted to earning the trust of her subjects, traveling across an ocean to visit and revisit them. The artist uses the passage of time to great effect, showing changes in people, places and objects. In one photograph, a portable clothesline is heavily burdened with a family’s laundry; later, it holds a dead rabbit waiting to become dinner. A sighthound leads the hunt in one composition and nurses a pack of hungry pups in another. Blue Sky Gallery, 122 NW 8th Ave., 503-225-0210. Through Oct. 30.

Ground Effects

If you’re a fan of sculpture, Malia Jensen’s show of new works will be a thrill. Working in materials as wide-ranging as bronze, glass, and plaster (shown alongside 2-D drawings), Jensen fills the gallery with objects that feel weighty and primordial. A glass vitrine atop a pedestal holds a collection of cast bronze ribs, pitted with a gorgeous verdigris. A similar display houses river rock cairns— made of an unknown material because the wall tags are desperately hard to locate—a testament to an artist’s ability to lovingly facsimilate the work of Mother Nature. Three tree limbs, cast in bronze with gloriously different patinas, lean against the wall, each one providing shelter for a different insect that constructs its nest among the knobby bifurcated branches. Elizabeth Leach Gallery, 417 NW 9th Ave., 503-224-0521. Through Oct. 29.

Everything Real

Camp Here Tonight

Conceptual artist Wynde Dyer takes on the role of activist with her installation of beautifully crafted tarp-quilt tents meant to raise awareness about Portland’s housing crisis. She wants us to think about solutions, like each of us putting one of her handmade Camp Here Tonight signs in our front yard, advertising a place where someone without a roof could sleep safely for the night. Fine art meets civil disobedience meets social justice. Littman Gallery at PSU Smith Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway, No. 250, 503-725–4452. Through Oct. 27.

On Democracy

The gallery at Newspace Center for Photography continues to show provocative work that asks difficult environmental, socio-political, and economic questions. This month, a group exhibition of videos and photographs reflects back to us the democratic ideals that we’re aiming for and where we’re collectively failing. Expect to see representations of the best and the worst of this country’s political system at a time of profound upheaval. Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Ave., 503-9631935. Through Oct. 29.

Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

The largest-ever exhibition of Warhol screenprints is showing at Portland Art Museum. With 250 pieces spanning 35 years of the artist’s career (and two floors of the museum), the show provides an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate the entire trajectory of Warhol’s creative life, from his period of making childlike commercial illustrations to his pop notoriety. The exhibition can feel overwhelming and rambling at times, but it excels at showing us many of Warhol’s lesser-known works, giving us new windows into the mind of an artist we all thought we had a handle on. One entire room is devoted to a series of Mapplethorpian quasi-pornographic male nudes, while another displays a series of prints paired with Teletype text that chronicles the assassination of JFK. When an artist rises to the level that Warhol has, when their work has been deemed important, we stop asking if it is good. This is our chance to answer that question. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., 503-226-2811. Through Jan. 1, 2017.

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Hap Gallery, which often hosts large installations and immersive experiences, is doing something different with its current exhibition of 2-D and 3-D works. Guest-curated by Chase Westfall and Iris Williamson, the concept for the group show is a remarkable one. Each par-

ticipating artist contributes two pieces, though only one is shown at a time. Every few days, one piece in the show is swapped out, so that each time you visit the gallery, you will see something new. The show, which acts as a mirror for our country and our culture, is in transition. It reflects the grayness, the uncertainty that exists between here and there, rejecting the binary. When the show closes on November 10th, we will have a new president and the entire gallery will look different than it did when the show opened. Hap Gallery, 916 NW Flanders St., 503444-7101. Through Nov. 10.

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Some people think that viewing art is an intellectual or an academic exercise, that you should leave the gallery with a headful of insight. And that’s one way to appreciate it. But you can also experience it the way you listen to music. You know the feeling of playing an album that reaches every cell in your body and makes you feel better about your place in the world? Visual art can be like that, too. When that happens, as it did for me when I saw sculptor Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller’s show Material Witness, it bypasses the brain entirely. During my final lap through the gallery, my partner asked me why I loved one of the pieces so much. After thinking hard about it, I said, “I have no idea. I just do.” Wishnetsky-Mueller is a minister of opposites, bringing together the inflexibility of metal with the malleability of textiles, marrying the dull and the shiny, the masculine and the feminine, the rusted and the pristine. Her work feels visceral because it embodies the contrasting natures in all of us. Slow, Hot, Wind II, a small-scale monochromatic piece that hangs unassumingly on the wall at Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art, is a perfect example of antithetical beauty. A sheet of grey steel, folded over itself, traps a piece of gray felt in frozen undulation. Where the steel is rigid, rectilinear and sharp, the felt is kinetic, rounded and soft, appearing to move in rippling waves. Even the choice of color supports the dichotomy, with the warm gray of the fabric offsetting the blue-gray cool of the metal. The grip of the steel, which holds the felt in place, seems to both stifle the fabric and to allow for its free expression, another example of opposing forces. Two tall aluminum half-cylinders sandwich

folds of tulle between them in Eclipse. Get close and you can see your fuzzy reflection in the inner curve of its concave silver surface, as the gold textile billows outward, muted and diaphanous, from the shiny pristine edge of the metal. The piece transports you from the terrestrial to the cosmic. Across the room, a rusted steel grid pins virgin wool to the wall, forcing it flat at the center, but unable to prevent it from spilling out the sides in downy tufts. The metal exerts its influence on the textile, but cannot contain its will. A neat stack of gray felt sheets stands on a nearby pedestal, topped by a sheet of steel. This is where Wishnetsky-Mueller displays a virtuosic understanding of her materials. Compressed within the large, thick stack, in slightly varying shades of gray, the felt appears to harden into layers, like strata of sedimentary rock fixed in the geologic record. Wishnetsky-Mueller manipulates the steel’s edge by folding and rippling it, causing it to take on the quality of fabric. She maintains the contradiction of materials, but reverses them—the textile now immutable, the metal fluid. Standing in the gallery, you can feel the decay of rust eating through steel, the newness of raw wool, the passage of time represented in the slow settling of the earth. You can feel the rigidity of death and the fluidity of life. In capturing these irrepressible forces, Wishnetsky-Mueller communicates something about the cycles of nature and the organizing principles of the universe. The show takes you through the tracks of our existence, like a good mixtape, cathartic and transformational. It isn’t something you have to think about. SEE IT: Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller’s Material Witness is at Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art, 2219 NW Raleigh St., 503-544-3449. Through Oct. 29.

BOOKS = WW Pick. Highly recommended. BY ZACH MIDDLETON. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR LISTINGS, submit lecture or reading information at least two weeks in advance to: WORDS, WW, 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: words@ Fax: 243-1115.

THURSDAY, OCT. 13 Brian Doyle

The Mighty Currawongs is a new shortfiction collection from Brian Doyle, editor of Portland Magazine and winner of an Oregon Book Award. Or, as he reminds us in his Amazon. com author bio, he is “NOT the great Canadian novelist Brian Doyle, nor the astrophysicist Brian Doyle, nor the former Yankee baseball player Brian Doyle, nor even the terrific actor Brian Doyle-Murray.” So there you have it. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 284-1726. 7 pm. Free.

Cat Wars

According to one of our most notable literary Jonathans, cats slaughter birds in flocks, snack on indigenous mammals, and kill local insects, mostly for their own sick enjoyment. The new book Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer by Peter P. Marra and Chris Santella explores the scientific studies to reveal the conservation crisis of kitties. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

FRIDAY, OCT. 14 Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Marshallese poet and writer Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s work focuses on the effects of nuclear testing conducted on her home islands, climate change, forced migration, and Western colonialism. Jetnil-Kijiner is still putting together her first collection of poems, and also writes for her home island’s main newspaper, The Marshall Islands Journal. Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th Ave. 4 pm. Free.

Alexander Weinstein

Most would rather not consider the near future when our sentient Smart Refrigerators revolt and the fate of all life on Earth is left to one amphetamine-loving, app-coding Rhesus monkey. For everyone else, there is Alexander Weinstein’s collection of speculative short fiction Children of the New World. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

SATURDAY, OCT. 15 Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston was a middle-aged character actor who got the role of a lifetime playing Walter White, the ruthless meth lord of AMC’s landmark prestige drama Breaking Bad. In Cranston’s new memoir, A Life in Parts, the actor shares his history as the son of an actor who abandoned him, and learning the Hollywood business for himself. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 3 pm. Free.

SUNDAY, OCT. 16 Cathi Hanauer

When The Bitch in the House was first released in 2003, the fiery essays of the 26 contributors showed how co-parenting was bullshit, men are remoras, and people need to shut up about women’s weights. All valid points. Now, maybe the nine returning contributors (and 16 new contributors) in The Bitch is Back have gained perspective with age, or maybe society has changed. No, it’s probably not that. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

MONDAY, OCT. 17 Sam Maggs

Wonder Women, the new book by The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy author Sam Maggs, reveals the major contributions of women in science and math. Maggs will be joined by podcast host Kiala Kazebee, and local nerd-folk group the Doubleclicks will perform. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, 800-878-7323. 7 pm. Free.

TUESDAY, OCT. 18 Arn Strasser

After meeting Black Mountain School poet Denise Levertov in the 1970s, Zurich-born chiropractor Arn Strasser established himself as a visual artist,

moved to Portland, graduated from architecture school, and wrote collections of poetry that include his latest, To the Poet Listening. Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 503-284-1726. 7 pm. Free.

Geraldine Brooks

King David killed a giant, played harp like a champ, had tons of wives, and wrote volumes of depressing and sexy poetry: only protagonists in Ben Affleck movies have ever been so blessed, and yet so sullen. This mythic character gets fresh consideration in The Secret Chord, the new novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 800-878-7323. 7:30 pm. Free.

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30 OTHERWORLDLY PORTLAND TALES “Modern science fiction,” Isaac Asimov wrote, “is the only form of literature that consistently considers the nature of the changes that face us.” So should it be surprising that when local writers were asked to write alternate-reality stories about our town for City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales (Forest Avenue Press, 318 pages, $15.95), they often wrote about the price of rent, the fear of resident aliens from next door, the feeling that “Portland” is something passing into the mists? Sometimes it’s a laugh line—a comic by Jonathan Hill about Martians gentrifying at gunpoint. But more interesting is the sense of loss that pervades so many of the stories in this book, as in Stefanie Freele’s “A Sky So Blue,” in which the last fleck of blue is stolen from the Oregon sky, or Kirsten Larson’s meditations on the “liquefaction zone” beneath our feet. In one of the collection’s best pieces—“Vampire,” a deadpan commentary on hipster aging by Justin Hocking—the “vampire seriously regrets not buying a house in Portland when real estate was affordable, back in 1896.” But City is a mostly breezy experience, with parodic monster attacks that turn out to have internet dating or Tumblr humblebrags as their true subject, and a healthy dose of tossed-off jokey schlock. But there’s also an oddly lovely bit of myth creation by writer Rene Denfeld about the murderous Sturgeon Queen that stalks the Willamette—which becomes, in part, an elegy for the loss of cultural memory. Oh, and there’s a Polybius piece. Look it up. The book’s most fully realized story, perhaps, is a miniature ripped straight from Borges, in which an old man named Melquiades creates his own tiny version of Portland in the Shanghai tunnels for his own amusement—snatching Portlanders from the Salt & Straw lines to live in his little city, where the little citizens beg for craft beer and Stumptown coffee, and for Cheryl Strayed to join them. In a tiny city without power, writes Stevan Allred, the Bicycle Alliance is finally happy. “They keep talking about how we’re not contributing to global warming,” the narrator complains. Meanwhile, in the year 30,000 B.C., a series of letters to The Oregonian—presumably, very heavy letters, made of stone—angrily decry the changes wrought by the invention of fire. “Fire’s OK, I guess,” Mark Russell writes in the voice of caveman Grub. “I just don’t want it to change who we are. More than anything else, people need a place to fail gently. To me, that’s what Portland is all about.” Fa i l g e n t l y, P o r t l a n d . Fa i l w e i r d e r. Fa i l b e t t e r. MATTHEW KORFHAGE. SEE IT: Authors from City of Weird read at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St,, 503-228-4651,, at 7:30 pm Wednesday, Oct. 12, and Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 503-284-1726,, at 7 pm Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Broadway reading will feature an octopus-shaped Voodoo doughnut. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016



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MOVIES Pillars was lost for decades until it was rediscovered in 2013 by WW. Last year, we screened it for the first time since its premiere, at the Clinton Street Theater, and spoke to Pillars cast members about making the film, with Colton describing it as “the worst-run project in the history of art.” WW is bringing it back this Friday to NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, which will screen Pillars with director Tom Chamberlin and members of its crew. I spoke to Chamberlin to get his side of the story about what went wrong with Pillars, and the legacy of the film.

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This installment in OMSI’s Reel Science series is a 2-for-1 deal, featuring a showing of the Jim Henson-Frank Oz creature feature and a presentation by Laika Animation puppeteer Toby Froud. Empirical Theater at OMSI. 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 12 (presentation at 6:30 pm).

WW: How did Pillars of Portland get made? Tom Chamberlin: We started out with Colton’s premise—Wes Hills, Ethyl Lombard and the various characters coming together from each neighborhood in Portland, except that most of the stories that got written for the film were originals. When we got the go-ahead to do it, Larry got into writing it. We were always behind. Writing would show up on location, actors would go over the lines, rehearse and we’d shoot it. It was day-today, and we were working early in the morning to late at night. We were all new. We’d worked together individually, but it was like 50 people all of a sudden creating a new organization.

J’ai Faim, J’ai Froid (1984) and Portrait de Une Jeune Fille de la Fin des Années 60 à Bruxelles (1993)

Two shorts from feminist experimental filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who died last year. J’ai Faim is a dreamy odyssey about two Belgian women seeking cigarettes and food in Paris; Portrait is a romance featuring a joyously emotional dance number. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Monday, Oct. 17.

My Own Private Idaho


After going on the My Own Private Idaho walking tour of Portland, you can immerse yourself in Gus Van Sant’s loose adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV at the Whitsell. Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix star as hustlers on a road trip that takes them from Portland to Italy, journeying toward a mysterious ending. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Saturday, Oct. 15.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me


If you’re sick of waiting for David Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks, check out this feature-length version, which involves a murder investigation in Oregon. The eclectic cast includes Kiefer Sutherland, Kyle MacLachlan, David Bowie and Lynch himself. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 13.

Creature From the Black Lagoon in 3-D (1954)

The lurching, slimy critter known as Gill-Man returns from the deep to menace Hollywood Theatre. What the movie’s creature effects lack in finesse, they make up for in wacky charm—there’s something endearing about a black-and-white horror film in which the monster looks like a kid wearing a homemade rubber mask. Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 pm Friday, Oct. 14.


5th Avenue Cinema: Naked Lunch (1991), 6:30 and 9:30 pm FridaySaturday, 7 pm Sunday, Oct. 14-16; Rabbit’s Moon (1950) in 16 mm, 9 pm Friday-Saturday, 9:15 pm Sunday, Oct. 14-16. Academy Theater: Child’s Play (1988), Oct. 14-20. Laurelhurst Theater: Carnival of Souls (1962), Oct. 14-20. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium: Andy Warhol: Part II (2006), 1 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday, Oct. 15-16; Omkara (2006), 3:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 15; Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 4:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 16.

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Pillars of Portland was supposed to be the first Portlandia. Instead, it was a total mess. Filmed in Portland based on Larry Colton’s Willamette Week column of the same name, Pillars of Portland was intended as a tongue-in-cheek weekly soap opera chronicling the lives of characters with names like Wes Hills, Ethyl Lombard and—wait for it—Laurel Hurst as they navigated their Portlandy lives in 1983. It was a big deal: KOIN TV put up $50,000 to get Pillars made, and the production sold another $50,000 worth of advertising to local businesses that paid to have scenes shot on their premises. But at the last minute, the series was recut into a 1-hour-40minute TV movie for KOIN. And it didn’t make a shred of sense. Pillars is only nominally about Portland. References to 82nd Avenue and sportswear company “Sykee” (zing!) are shoehorned into vignettes of people in the least convincing romantic relationships you’ll see on TV, with some dialogue consisting entirely of kissing and baby talk. Jokes fall nose-breakingly flat, with bizarre missteps in tone and content

around every corner. A naked, man-boobed dad—Foster Powell—bathes his (noisy) infant son in the bathtub as he converses with a guy with a giant belt buckle about lumber. And that’s in the first three minutes. Pillars was meant to center on a therapy group led by two doctors that would regularly bring all of the series’ characters together. This plot point was abandoned late in editing, and it’s almost impossible to follow the jumble of plot arcs that are wantonly left hanging before the story picks them up again several memorywiping minutes later. When it was released, WW’s Bob Sitton panned Pillars: “Larry Colton’s script is too fragmented to be made into a melodrama, and no amount of patching is likely to piece it together. In direction it is also weak. One wonders if [director] Tom Chamberlin was minding the store.” But Pillars of Portland has aged well. Every scene of Pillars is a master class in antihumor, down to composer Jeffrey Kauffman’s horribly aged-to-perfection score—which he created without having seen the show— heightens Pillars’ irony-free, early-’80’s aesthetic to eye-bleeding vividness.

What went wrong with editing Pillars? We had an idea, but it was filled with problems. We shot the sequences without any particular idea of what was going to follow what. It got to the point where the date we had to show it was around the corner, and we didn’t have an end written. The original conception of Pillars was that it would be a half-hour weekly TV show. But partway through the process, KOIN was creating so much buzz about Pillars that they wanted to create a two-hour prime-time event. So we ended up sticking together everything we had. We stuck Pillars together in a way that we felt worked. We had planned to use a therapy group concept to tie it together. But in the heat of the battle, and as we got down to the last days, it didn’t get written. How did you handle the negative response to Pillars? It was a bomb, and the advertisers were unhappy. But by that time in my career, rejection was something I was familiar with. But, of course, it hit me very hard when no one liked it, and I left town. Overall, people had ideas about what it would look like, and it didn’t quite come out the way we had anticipated. Going back, I had never watched it after the premiere, but a year ago we found a copy and screened it. And I must say, I’m not dissatisfied with our work. In terms of what it looks like today, Pillars was like a mockumentary of Portland in 1983. In a sweet way, it reflects that. It’s more satire than a drama, and it has fun with Portland stereotypes, not unlike what Portlandia went on to do. It was a joy to do, and the people we worked with were great. So in that sense, it’s a success. SEE IT: Pillars of Portland screens at NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium at 7 pm Friday, Oct. 14. Director Tom Chamberlin and members of the crew will attend. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016



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Hannes Holm adapts Fredrik Backman’s best-selling novel of the same name, in which a shitty old Swedish guy befriends a young family who moves in next door. Zany life lessons are learned all around. Not screened for critics. PG-13. Cinema 21.

The Accountant

In this new action thriller, Ben Affleck plays an accountant, but not in the lame “paperwork” way. In the cool “blowing guys’ brains out” way. Perennial bad-guy character actor J.K. Simmons co-stars. Not screened for critics. R. Bagdad, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Eastport, Living Room Theaters, St. Johns 1 & 2, Vancouver

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B Ominous tones accompany images of armored vehicles driving through suburbs. SWAT teams burst into private residences with an Orwellian sense of authoritarianism. In this timely documentary, director Craig Atkinson addresses the impacts and consequences of the militarization of law enforcement in the United States. This film takes a decidedly negative stance on police militarization and lays it on thick, juxtaposing clips of laughing law enforcement officers with footage of fearful protesters in Ferguson, MO fleeing from teargas. These menacing scenes are used to captivate viewers before launching into subdued segments featuring formal seminars and senate meetings as the film attacks its opponents with both emotional appeals and factual evidence. Do Not Resist is a quick watch; but it becomes repetitive as it Atkinson hammers home the same point: Police militarization is expensive and flawed. The film provides an adequate defence for its arguments, but leaves many elements of this complicated subject unexplored. Nonetheless, Do Not Resist is sure to affirm those who already agree with the documentary’s ideology, convert a few wavering civilians, and shame anyone out there who legitimately believes that Concord, New Hampshire is in dire need of an armored personnel carrier. NR. CURTIS COOK. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, Oct. 18- Oct. 21.

Under the Sun

B+ After years of negotiation, North Korean officials finally let Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky produce a completely reliable, totally unscripted, 100 percent believable account of

everyday life in the DPRK. Psych! As we jaded, Vice documentarywatching, neo-liberal kulaks know full well, there’s nothing Westerners find more creepy than hundreds of small children behaving themselves and dancing and singing in unison. Especially if it’s to honor the birthday of Beloved Father and Sun of the Communist Future Kim JongIl. In fact, the absurdity of what the Communist state expects to pass as convincing propaganda has its own brand of zany comedy—until Mansky zooms in on the eyes of a sobbing preteen as her dance instructor berates her with a chorus of “Do you understand, Comrade?” When Mansky’s camera floats over the crowd, the audience is complicit in, even amused by, the antics of the bizarre North Korean state. But when he finds a target—that one face that can’t quite hold the smile, that one school-aged girl who can’t keep her eyes open out of boredom or fatigue or both—you suddenly don’t feel like laughing anymore. NR. GRACE CULHANE. NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium. 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 12.

White Girl B

The Panic in Needle Park. Kids. Requiem for a Dream. Every generation needs its “white people gone wild in NYC” story, and Elizabeth Wood’s directorial debut is a strong addition to the canon. Leah (Morgan Saylor) quickly finds herself over her head after a move to a Hispanic neighborhood, juggling an internship at a Vice-like magazine, her dreamy suitor Blue (Brian “Sene” Marc) and a brick of cocaine, left behind after Blue is snapped for a minor drug offense. In some respects, Wood weaves the sexual, social and professional concerns of the internship generation into White Girl, contrasting Leah’s penchant for getting other people into trouble with Blue’s penchant for getting swallowed by a racist justice system. In others, Wood relies too hard on this subgenre’s penchant for “edginess,” crudely relying on sexual violence to punish Leah for her misbehavior. When White Girl isn’t dressing up as a morality play, it sharply confronts the social and political anxieties of the most idealistic generation in generations. When it does, it’s a sex-and-drugs shockfest that isn’t as shocking as it would’ve been 20 years ago. R. WALKER MACMURDO. Hollywood Theatre.

Wizard Mode

This documentary follows Robert Emilio Gagno, an autistic pinball prodigy, on a quest to become a world champion pinball player at Pinburgh, the biggest pinball tournament in the world, in Pittsburgh. Gagno and his family will attend this screening, whose proceeds go to benefit Portland’s Pinball Outreach Project. A pinball tournament follows at 4 pm. NR. Quarterworld. 1 pm Saturday, Oct. 15.


American Honey

We first glimpse Star (Sasha Lane), the charismatic protagonist of Andrea Arnold’s (Fish Tank) coming-of-age drama, knee-deep in a dumpster, salvaging a shrinkwrapped chicken in the Texas heat. What follows is a nearly three-hour road epic, a tapestry of booze, cornfields and dysfunctional romance that depicts American young adulthood in 2016 with such perfect and uncanny verisimilitude it sometimes feels like a documentary. R. Fox Tower.

Bad Moms

C Hangovers loom large in the films of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (The Change-Up, The Hangover). Cue the inexplicably raucous party, supermarket-destruction and montage. R. JAY HORTON. Academy, Bridgeport, Clackamas, Laurelhurst.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week

A The best reason to see Ron

Howard’s new feature documentary on the Fab Four’s touring years is to witness the highest-quality versions of some exceptionally rare performances. NR. Cinema 21.


B- Like all Roald Dahl books, it’s an ecstatic mix of the sentimental and cruel—the story of a young orphan named Sophie abducted by a lovable Big Friendly Giant who catches and releases dreams. PG. Vancouver.


B- Even if the third filmic spectacular adapted from the 19th-century best-seller Ben-Hur is unlikely to leave the same cultural sandal print, it’s surely the fastest and most furious. PG-13. Vancouver.

The Birth of a Nation

B Nate Parker’s controversial first film plays a lot like Braveheart set in the antebellum South. R. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Fox Tower, Hollywood, Lloyd, Tigard, Vancouver.

Blair Witch

James Donahue ventures to the woods of Burkittsville, Md., to track down his missing sister, Heather, after footage of her surfaces on the internet. Not screened for critics. R. Clackamas, Eastport.

Bridget Jones’s Baby

C The third installment of the Bridget Jones franchise is wearily formulaic both in storyline and characterization. R. Bridgeport, City Center, Clackamas, Living Room Theaters.

Café Society

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self-aware industry commentary, platitudes about New York and L.A., and a male ingénue looking for approval. R. Laurelhurst.



In many ways, cinematorapher Kirsten Johnson’s (Citizenfour) documentary Cameraperson is a study of human-to-human viciousness— a movie about rape, ethnic cleansing and Guantanamo Bay. Yet it’s also about Alzheimer’s, wrestling and being a mother to twins. It is a reflection of everyone and everything Johnson has explored as a filmmaker. Cameraperson commands your attention, hooking you with loose, tender moments. NR. Cinema 21.

Captain Fantastic

A Viggo Mortensen is mud-splattered, idealistic and good at killing things…again. But this time with six kids in tow. R. Fox Tower.

Deepwater Horizon

C+ How do you make a movie about the worst oil disaster in U.S. history? If you’re director Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), you condense an environmentally devastating oil spill into an incoherent action blowout starring Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams, a BP employee who escaped the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster that ultimately killed 11 people. PG-13. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

Don’t Breathe B+

A trio of serial burglars gets trapped in an isolated Detroit home after their mark, a blind vet played with quiet menace by Stephen Lang, turns out to be a brutally efficient badass. R. Division, Eastport, Fox Tower.


Don’t Think Twice

The newest feature from comedian Mike Birbiglia has already been called Birbiglia’s Annie Hall, and with the help of Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs, this movie brings together a group of talent on the verge of superstardom. R. Academy, Laurelhurst.

Finding Dory

B+ For 13 years, the entire world eagerly awaited the return of Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful Dory. There’s tears to fill a tide pool, wit to keep adults amused, and laughs for any audience with a short attention span. PG. Empirical, Valley, Vancouver.

Florence Foster Jenkins

B Making fun of terrible singing is cheap and easy, but Florence Foster Jenkins avoids cheap shots. PG-13. Fox Tower.



Paul Fieg’s reboot is maximalist. It’s glorious, and if it ruined your childhood, sorry bro. PG-13. Academy, Avalon, Kennedy School, Laurelhurst, Valley.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Hell or High Water

Riggs’ young adult best-seller nearly ignores the dull business of storytelling altogether via expository plot dumps crumpled in between ever more fantastical evocations of ghoulish Victoriana. PG-13. Beaverton, Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Milwaukie, Moreland, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, St. Johns 1 & 2, Tigard, Vancouver.

smart and slow for you? Loved the gunfights and the misanthropic cowboy glamour, but maybe Javier Bardem’s haircut made you uncomfortable? Try Jeff Bridges’ new Western genre vehicle. R. Bridgeport, Fox Tower.

Jason Bourne

A- Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon deliver on-brand thrills via handheld footage of riots in Athens and many scenes in which assassins splash cold water on their faces and reflect in a mirror. PG-13. Bridgeport, Clackamas

Pete’s Dragon

A Pete’s Dragon deserves the hype.

Effortlessly evoking the triumphant emotions of Disney’s best live-action outings, it also provides a somber examination of the death of innocence. Your kids will cry through the majority of the film, and you probably will too. PG. Academy, Avalon, Empirical, Kennedy School, Tigard.

Jheronimus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

2016 marks the 500th anniversary of Jheronimus Bosch’s death, and this art history doc follows a team of Bosch experts who traveled the world for four years to find every single hellish creature in Bosch’s deeply elaborate paintings, delving deep into the creative process that spawned a hundred bird demons. Not screened for critics. NR. Living Room Theaters.

Queen of Katwe

B+ The irony of “based on a true story” preceding a live-action Disney film is that the movie to follow will probably feel like a fantasy. But Queen of Katwe’s finishing move is depicting Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi’s rise to a worldclass master with levity and without pandering. PG. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Fox Tower, Lloyd, Vancouver.

Kubo and the Two Strings

A Laika’s late-summer bid for anima-

tion domination is an original story that feels lived in, a kid-focused fable with real stakes, and it’s a high-octane spectacle full of white-knuckle action and terrifying creatures that’s matched every step of the way by heart. PG. Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Eastport, Empirical.

Sausage Party

A- Sometimes, a dick joke is just a dick

joke. But sometimes, a dick joke can be an existential meditation on atheism butting up against organized religion, false gods and politics. R. Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Jubitz, Tigard, Vancouver.

The Magnificent Seven

When an evil industrialist seizes control of a Wild West town, its residents enlist the help of gunslinging mercenaries played by Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and company to save the day. Not screened for critics. PG-13. Bagdad, Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Roseway, St. Johns 1 & 2, Tigard, Vancouver.

The Secret Life of Pets

Louis C.K. voices a pampered terrier who gets sucked from his NYC home into a tough gang of pets set on punishing the people who’ve wronged them. PG. Clackamas, Empirical.


Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence)

When a work crush ensorcells armoredtruck driver David (Zach Galifianakis) into a committing a heist, he stumbles his way into stealing $17 million, is promptly betrayed, and must hide from the cops and a hit man while trying to set up the crooks who set him up. Not screened for critics. PG-13. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Fox Tower, Living Room Theaters, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Tigard, Vancouver.

The King of Monsters is back in the hands of Japan’s Toho Co. Ltd., the studio that first brought Godzilla to life more than 50 years ago. The 31st film starring everyone’s favorite kaiju reboots the series for the Pacific Rim generation. Not screened for critics. NR. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Clackamas, Eastport, Fox Tower, Hollywood.


C- Oliver Stone’s biopic about Edward Snowden doesn’t offer any insights beyond what you can get from Wikipedia. Stick to 2014’s Citizenfour. R, Bridgeport, City Center, Eastport, Fox Tower.

Mia Madre

B Acclaimed Italian director Margherita (Margherita Buy) is in the midst of shooting an uninspired film while struggling through a midlife crisis, the pains of which are amplified when her mother (Giulia Lazzarini) falls ill and needs to be hospitalized. Writer-director Nanni Moretti packs as much humanity as he can into every scene, but at 108 minutes, piling many crises into a long and slow-paced film is a lot to ask of an audience. R. Cinema 21.


Hilarity ensues when delivery stork Junior (Andy Samberg) is tasked to deliver an unauthorized baby to a human family. PG. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

Suicide Squad

C- Suicide Squad rushes through an incoherent two hours of superhero mayhem, pureeing everything into a slush of clichés. PG-13. Academy, Avalon, Clackamas, Division, Laurelhurst.

The Girl on the Train

Tate Taylor’s adaption of Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel stars Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson, a divorced alcoholic who fantasizes about her neighbors’ relationship on her daily commute. Things take a turn for the thriller when Watson witnesses an incident in her neighbors’ house and the wife ends up missing. Not screened for critics. R. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, Cinemagic, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Fox Tower, Living Room Theaters, Lloyd, Oak Grove, St. Johns Pub and Theater, Tigard, Vancouver.





B- Tim Burton’s adaptation of Ransom

B+ Was No Country for Old Men too

C- Clint Eastwood’s worst movie since 2011’s J. Edgar, his tale of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s 2009 emergency landing of a commercial jetliner in the Hudson River is weighed down by too many familiar actors and rote dialogue. PG-13. Bridgeport, Cedar Hills, City Center, Clackamas, Division, Eastport, Lloyd, Oak Grove, Pioneer Place, Tigard, Vancouver.

War Dogs

C+ Dull narration and racist stereotypes turn what could have been a humorous tale of Bush-era ineptitude into a haphazard rehashing that’s probably really funny if you’ve never smoked marijuana before. R. Valley, Vancouver.

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The Mayor of Toontown The Simpsons. Kanye West. Willamette Week. Academy Awardnominated Bill Plympton may be the most important animator and illustrator Portland has ever produced, and he’s back in town this week for a pair of events that showcase both aspects of a legendary career. On Saturday, Plympton will speak at Underground USA on the history of Oregon print cartooning. On Sunday, he’ll be at the Mission Theater to present a collection of his recent animated shorts. Plympton is best known for his highly distinctive, enormously influential DIY approach to animation, commissioned by such longtime fans as Matt Groening—he’s worked on extended couch gags during The Simpsons’ opening credits—and Kanye West, for whom he created West’s “Heard ’Em Say” music video/graphic memoir. But Plympton, 70, spent his first 25 years as a periodical cartoonist whose drawings appeared in Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and The New York Times, not to mention Willamette Week, the Portland Scribe and The Oregonian. Though typically regarded as one of the founding fathers of Portland animation, Plympton actually grew up “out in the woods on the Clackamas River” in Oregon City, moving to New York as a freelance caricaturist in 1968. Still, he’s returned to the Rose City for a month or two every year since, often teaching classes at Portland State or the Portland Art Museum. Due in large part to Plympton’s own pioneering efforts, animation has never been more popular. “Everybody’s interested in animation now,” said Plympton. “It’s sort of the new hip art form—like rock ’n’ roll was back in the ’70s and ’80s. We’re living in what we call the ‘Second Golden Age’, and it seems to be expanding exponentially every year.” Despite initial fears that computer-generated imagery would pound the final nail in the professional animator’s coffin, Plympton believes technological advancements actually fueled the current diversification of opportunities. “It’s really an exciting time,” he said. “When I was a kid, we’d be lucky to get an animated feature every two or three years— usually Disney. But now, people can sit down at their iMac and make their own feature-length movie in their apartment by themselves.” “I travel all over the world, and people say, ‘Well, we can’t make a movie—we don’t live in Hollywood, we don’t live in America,’ and that’s ridiculous!,” he continued. “You can live in Siberia and make the greatest film ever. There’s no limits anymore on how to make a film or who can make a film, and that’s something I modestly take credit for. Everybody’s doing it. There’s just no rules, and I think that’s fantastic.” JAY HORTON.

Legendary Portland animator and illustrator Bill Plympton comes home for two big events.

SEE IT: Underground USA is at White Stag Auditorium, 70 NW Couch St.,, on Saturday Oct. 15. $60, $30 students. An Evening With Bill Plympton is at Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan St., 503-223-4527, at 8 pm Sunday, Oct. 16. $10. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016


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There’s good reason for regulators to be cautious about weed beer. I’m no nanny-state prohibitionist who wants to put limits on cannabis, but infused ales are—well, they’re a little dangerous. I’ve always been conservative in my own sippage, but we once had an intern who drank onethird of a bottle of delicious Belgian weed beer and spent the afternoon in silence. She later revealed she was too anxious to speak. Perhaps you’ve had the experience of eating too much of a tasty infused dessert—I’ve overdosed and experienced visual hallucinations along with an intense body hum. OK, now picture what could happen if you had two proper pints? So maybe there’s a reason to restrict the intermingling of booze and weed in shelf stock. But I sure hope the feds don’t crack down on CBD beer. Cannabidiol (can-na-buh-DYE-all) is the unscheduled cousin compound to THC that doesn’t provide the cocktail of psychoactive effects generally referred to as “getting baked,” but that does lessen anxiety and reduce tissue inflammation. CBD -infused beer is a brand-new concept. Your first chance to try it in Oregon will be at

Saturday’s Portland Pro/Am beer competition (see page 35 for more about the event), where there will be small noncommercial samples of Barely Legal, a beer I made in conjunction with Sammy Slover and Dean Pottle of homebrew speakeasy Dean’s Scene on Northeast Fremont Street. (Slover, Dean’s Scene’s brewmaster, did all the work.) Barely Legal is a hazy, New England-style IPA infused with CBD and terpenes we bought through Slover’s friend “Alex the Inventor” of Santa Cruz CBD. We aimed for 10 milligrams of CBD per serving, which should be enough to chillax you right up. Though our CBD beer is new to Oregon, there is a Colorado company called Dad & Dudes that released a hemp-derived CBD beer last year. CBD beer is, I think, a great idea, and something a commercial Oregon brewery should follow up on. Down the line, maybe there will even be a THC-infused beer with the right dosage for commercial sale. Something with 5 milligrams per pint, maybe—super-sessionable, with all the advantages of both alcohol and weed, but which won’t leave you in stoned silence. GO: The Portland Pro/Am beer festival is at the North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St., on Saturday, Oct. 15. Noon-6:30 pm. $25. Tickets at


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I had this conversation with my very chatty aromatherapist the other day. “You are a man of history, but what of film history?” she asked me, lifting a diffuser of grapefruit and rosemary to my waiting nostrils. “And specifically of film history in our beloved town?” “Portlanders have always been appreciators of film,” I replied, as evidenced by the picture houses flecked throughout our quadrants. “But what of Portland films? Films set in Portland, or produced in Portland?” Well, if you want to behold a celluloid time capsule of gritty, early1990s Portland, let me refer you to Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho (see page 33). Or if you would prefer something more contemporary, take a look at the films released by Laika, Portland’s own award-winning animation studio. I’ve heard good things about that new one about the strings. “Where would you rank Portland as a ‘film city,’ compared to all other American cities?” she finally asked. I considered, naming off the cities whose film histories are obviously more influential than ours. But I very quickly ran out of cities. That is how I determined that Portland stands proudly in the second tier of the pantheon of American film cities. And, in my view, there is one filmmaker to whom our city owes much of this prestige. His name is Woody Allen, and for much of his career beginning in the 1970s, he used Portland not only as a shooting location and setting to many of his films, but also as a central theme. Working closely with cinematographer Gordon Willis in films such as Annie Hall, Manhattan and Interiors, there’s an unmistakable Portland aesthetic highlighting bridges, high-rises and grungy city streets. This aesthetic would frequently be copied by other filmmakers, and instantly recognizable as “quintessentially Portland,” even to those who had never visited. Not only did Allen invent this visual language to represent Portland, his characters and dialogue also created the archetypical “neurotic Portlander” character that would, for better or worse, persist for decades. Perhaps no film exemplifies Portland’s cinematic tradition as well as Allen’s 1979 film Manhattan. Who can forget the iconic opening sequence set to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”? During this opening, Allen’s narrator, Isaac, says of Portland, “He idolized it all out of proportion,” establishing that the film is not a love story between two people, as it seems, but rather one between a person and a city. Allen’s filmography is so inextricably linked to Portland that I argue his work has not only been a reflection of the city—the evolution of the city has also been a response to his work. In the interest of transparency, I find it necessary to disclose that in addition to being a fan of Allen’s work as a Portland filmmaker, I am also a fan of hanging out with him and his lovely wife, Soon-Yi. I recently had an enjoyable weekend with the two of them when I traveled to New York, where they have (recently, I believe) relocated. Nevertheless, I do not believe this close association should disqualify my nomination of him as our city’s pre-eminent filmmaker laureate. Willamette Week OCTOBER 12, 2016



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ARIES (March 21-April 19) A study published in the peer-reviewed Communications Research suggests that only 28 percent of us realize when someone is flirting with us. I hope that figure won’t apply to you Aries in the coming weeks. According to my analysis of the astrological situation, you will be on the receiving end of more invitations, inquiries, and allurements than usual. The percentage of these that might be worth responding to will also be higher than normal. Not all of them will be obvious, however. So be extra vigilant. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) The ancient Greek sage Socrates was a founder of Western philosophy and a seminal champion of critical thinking. And yet he relied on his dreams for crucial information. He was initiated into the esoteric mysteries of love by the prophetess Diotima, and had an intimate relationship with a daimonion, a divine spirit. I propose that we make Socrates your patron saint for the next three weeks. Without abandoning your reliance on logic, make a playful effort to draw helpful clues from non-rational sources, too. (P.S.: Socrates drew oracular revelations from sneezes. Please consider that outlandish possibility yourself. Be alert, too, for the secret meanings of coughs, burps, grunts, mumbles, and yawns.) GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The Helper Experiment, Part One: Close your eyes and imagine that you are in the company of a kind, attentive helper -- a person, animal, ancestral spirit, or angel that you either know well or haven’t met yet. Spend at least five minutes visualizing a scene in which this ally aids you in fulfilling a particular goal. The Helper Experiment, Part Two: Repeat this exercise every day for the next seven days. Each time, visualize your helper making your life better in some specific way. Now here’s my prediction: Carrying out The Helper Experiment will attract actual support into your real life. CANCER (June 21-July 22) New rules: 1. It’s unimaginable and impossible for you to be obsessed with anything or anyone that’s no good for you. 2. It’s unimaginable and impossible for you to sabotage your stability by indulging in unwarranted fear. 3. It’s imaginable and possible for you to remember the most crucial thing you have forgotten. 4. It’s imaginable and possible for you to replace debilitating selfpity with invigorating self-love and healthy self-care. 5. It’s imaginable and possible for you to discover a new mother lode of emotional strength. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) It’s swing-swirl-spiral time, Leo. It’s ripple-sway-flutter time and flow-gush-gyrate time and jive-jiggle-juggle time. So I trust you will not indulge in fruitless yearnings for unswerving progress and rock-solid evidence. If your path is not twisty and tricky, it’s probably the wrong path. If your heart isn’t teased and tickled into shedding its dependable formulas, it might be an overly hard heart. Be an improvisational curiosity-seeker. Be a principled player of unpredictable games. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Some English-speaking astronomers use the humorous slang term “meteor-wrong.” It refers to a rock that is at first thought to have fallen from the heavens as a meteorite (“meteor-right”), but that is ultimately proved to be of terrestrial origin. I suspect there may currently be the metaphorical equivalent of a meteor-wrong in your life. The source of some new arrival or fresh influence is not what it had initially seemed. But that doesn’t have to be a problem. On the contrary. Once you have identified the true nature of the new arrival or fresh influence, it’s likely to be useful and interesting. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Most of us can’t tickle ourselves. Since we have conscious control of our fingers, we know we can stop any time. Without the element of uncertainty, our squirm reflex

doesn’t kick in. But I’m wondering if you might get a temporary exemption from this rule in the coming weeks. I say this because the astrological omens suggest you will have an extraordinary capacity to surprise yourself. Novel impulses will be rising up in you on a regular basis. Unpredictability and spontaneity will be your specialties. Have fun doing what you don’t usually do! SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) During the final ten weeks of 2016, your physical and mental health will flourish in direct proportion to how much outworn and unnecessary stuff you flush out of your life between now and October 25. Here are some suggested tasks: 1. Perform a homemade ritual that will enable you to magically shed at least half of your guilt, remorse, and regret. 2. Put on a festive party hat, gather up all the clutter and junk from your home, and drop it off at a thrift store or the dump. 3. Take a vow that you will do everything in your power to kick your attachment to an influence that’s no damn good for you. 4. Scream nonsense curses at the night sky for as long as it takes to purge your sadness and anger about pain that no longer matters. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) A Buddhist monk named Matthieu Ricard had his brain scanned while he meditated. The experiment revealed that the positive emotions whirling around in his gray matter were super-abundant. Various publications thereafter dubbed him “the happiest person in the world.” Since he’s neither egotistical nor fond of the media’s simplistic sound bites, he’s not happy about that title. I hope you won’t have a similar reaction when I predict that you Sagittarians will be the happiest tribe of the zodiac during the next two weeks. For best results, I suggest you cultivate Ricard’s definitions of happiness: “altruism and compassion, inner freedom (so that you are not the slave of your own thoughts), senses of serenity and fulfillment, resilience, as well as a clear and stable mind that does not distort reality too much.”

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Now is a perfect moment to launch or refine a project that will generate truth, beauty, and justice. Amazingly enough, now is also an excellent time to lunch or refine a long-term master plan that will make you healthy, wealthy, and wise. Is this a coincidence? Not at all. The astrological omens suggest that your drive to be of noble service dovetails well with your drive for personal success. For the foreseeable future, unselfish goals are well-aligned with selfish goals. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Has your world become at least 20 percent larger since September 1? Has your generosity grown to near-heroic proportions? Have your eyes beheld healing sights that were previously invisible to you? Have you lost at least two of your excuses for tolerating scrawny expectations? Are you awash in the desire to grant forgiveness and amnesty? If you can’t answer yes to at least two of those questions, Aquarius, it means you’re not fully in harmony with your best possible destiny. So get to work! Attune yourself to the cosmic tendencies! And if you are indeed reaping the benefits I mentioned, congratulations -- and prepare for even further expansions and liberations. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Some astrologers dwell on your tribe’s phobias. They assume that you Pisceans are perversely drawn to fear; that you are addicted to the strong feelings it generates. In an effort to correct this distorted view, and in accordance with current astrological omens, I hereby declare the coming weeks to be a Golden Age for Your Trust in Life. It will be prime time to exult in everything that evokes your joy and excitement. I suggest you make a list of these glories, and keep adding new items to the list every day. Here’s another way to celebrate the Golden Age: Discover and explore previously unknown sources of joy and excitement.










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