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VOTED: U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden on Election Day. Visit wweek.com for results and analysis.

WHAT WE LEARNED FROM READING THIS WEEK’S PAPER VOL. 47, ISSUE 2 A record number of Oregonians voted in this week’s election. 6

A new doughnut shop offers an update on Voodoo’s “crappy maple bacon doughnut.” 32

Officer 67 is Detective Erik Kammerer. 8 PacifiCorp will dock workers’ pay

10% if they don’t return to the office. 9

A census worker was reduced to shouting at the sides of apartment buildings. 10

The best place to sample Portland’s food scene is now in…Beaverton? 33 A play about a witch hunt set in the 17th century that debuted in the 1970s is perhaps more relevant today than ever. 37 LA Kush Cake is the ideal weed

Portland protesters’ preferred doughnut is the maple bar. 12

strain for subduing election week rage. 39

Portland now has a holiday dedicated to Lindy West’s memoir and the TV show it inspired. 30

Local improv troupe Broke Gravy has a huge fanbase in Alberta, Canada. 40

One Portland man was so desperate to get his daughter back into school, he opened one himself—in a tent in his driveway. 31

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DIALOGUE HENRY

Last week, WW published a story on the surge of vaccine skeptics running for office in Oregon this election cycle (“A Shot at Politics,” Oct. 28, 2020). The article explored the candidacy of Anna Kasachev, a member of the Old Believers religious sect who is seeking an Oregon House seat representing Woodburn. She opposes vaccination requirements for schoolchildren—as do Beaverton state Senate candidate Harmony Mulkey and McMinnville City Council candidate Brittany Ruiz. The question of who should be required to get a shot has turned into a campaign battleground. Here’s what our readers had to say:

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Eddie Blake via Facebook: “Make it stop. We need Bill Nye now more than ever.” Santino Cadiz via Facebook: “The right to get sick? That statement alone is really dumb.” @PDXperplexed via Twitter: “Same as we have the right to drive as fast as we want, own explosives, manufacture hazardous chemicals in residential neighborhoods—no. You can’t have a right that infringes on the rights of others.” Jay Edwards via Facebook: “If she expanded her platform to abolish speed limits and food safety standards, she’d get my vote.” Laura Fister via Facebook: “People have the right to decline medical treatments, even if you disagree.” Nathan Steel via Facebook: “I’m pro-choice in all aspects.” Al Lesklar via wweek.com: “Anti-vaxxers, you’re free to choose: vaccination or confinement as a threat to public health if you get infected.” Veronica Darling via Facebook: “In America, we have the right to reject an injectable medical procedure/product in accordance to our religious beliefs, philosophical views, dietary preferences and

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our individual bodies’ unique makeup. I think it’s an asset to our state to have a candidate who understands how detrimental ‘one size fits all’ medicine is to our country.” @Toripony via Twitter: “With freedom comes responsibility.” Gyre&Gimbal via wweek.com: “No one is forcing you to vaccinate your children. They can, however, be barred from public schools if they are not, and this practice is entirely legal. Perhaps you need to consult SCOTUS’s Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905) to understand the government’s power viz: public health.” Yvonne Rice via Facebook: “So [Kasachev] may not be a fan of vaccinations, but we have learned from COVID-19 that if people do not take care of themselves, everyone gets infected.” LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must include the author’s street address and phone number for verification. Letters must be 250 or fewer words. Submit to: 2220 NW Quimby St., Portland, OR 97210. Email: mzusman@wweek.com

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You gave Penny H. a good recap of recycling history last week [“Dr. Know: Is Anything Still Actually Being Recycled?” WW, Oct. 25, 2020]. However, since I too have been recycling since God was a child, I’d like an actual answer. — Marcy H. (no relation) I can always tell one of my columns has piqued the public’s interest when they actually notice that I didn’t answer the question. (Thank God this doesn’t happen often.) In fairness to me—and I’m nothing if not fair to me—I did feel that Penny buried the lead: Not only has most of our plastic been going into landfills since China stopped buying it, it’s been going into landfills the whole time. Absent a single-use plastics tax (hint, hint), it’s still easier to make “virgin” plastic out of crude oil (which, perversely, gets cheaper the more we reduce demand by conserving it) than it is to recycle old plastic. But what about the numbers in those little Captain Planet recycling triangles stamped on all our plastic packaging? As an investigation by Pro Publica and NPR’s Planet Money revealed last year, those codes were invented decades ago by the plastics lobby.

The industry realized that public opinion was beginning to shift against single-use plastics, for all the obvious and completely justified reasons you might imagine. So their public relations familiars, cackling horribly, came up with the plan of putting recycling codes on all their plastic crap. This was supposed to create the impression that somehow, somewhere (maybe China?) someone was responsibly recycling the stuff, rather than just throwing it into the ocean, possibly after wiping their butts with it just for spite. And it worked! I can tell you’re thinking I’m not going to answer the question again, so here you go: Paper (not including pizza boxes or coffee cups) and metal are almost always worth recycling. Plastics stamped #3 through #7 are, as above, little more than a veiled “screw you” from the industry (the especially unrecyclable #7 adds a veiled “… and your whore mother”), but plastics #1 and #2 are actually pretty recyclable. Remember, though, when in doubt, call upon your inner Don Draper and throw that nature-despoiling single-use item straight into the trash. At least you know Metro won’t wipe their butts with it. QUESTIONS? Send them to dr.know@wweek.com.


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PROUD BOY REMAINS JAILED: On Nov. 3, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Greg Silver denied self-described Proud Boy Alan Swinney’s motion to reduce his bail, which is set at more than half a million dollars. Swinney, 50, has been held in the Multnomah County Jail since Sept. 30 after prosecutors indicted him on charges for assault, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, use of pepper spray, and pointing a firearm at another person. The charges stem from two separate protests in Portland: one on Aug. 15 in which prosecutors allege Swinney shot a protester in the face with a paintball gun, and another on Aug. 22 where prosecutors say Swinney shot a protester with a paintball gun, pepper-sprayed another, and pointed a firearm at protesters with his finger on the trigger. The court set Swinney’s bail at $534,000, citing his violent behavior and the fact he is a Texas resident without “gainful employment” in the Portland area, making him a flight risk. Judge Silver’s ruling means that two men with a history of violence at Portland protests remained behind bars on election night: Tusitala “Tiny” Toese has been held in the Multnomah County Jail since Sept. 1. CITY WANTS FEES IN LEAD FLAP: City of Portland attorneys are going after a contractor and neighborhood activist for court fees after his lead-related lawsuit forced a city bureau to report on demolition inspections as required by law. Sean Green, who pushed the city to inspect home demolitions to ensure proper removal of toxic lead paint and dust, sued earlier this year when the Bureau of Development Services failed to report its progress on demolition inspections to the City Council by Jan. 1. While the lawsuit was pending, BDS presented the report, making Green’s lawsuit moot. Rather than agreeing to the judge’s proposal to dismiss the suit without prejudice, however, the city filed a motion Oct. 29 seeking to force Green to pay $2,705 in court fees, a move Green’s attorney, Alan Kessler, says is highly unusual and “retaliatory.” Deputy City Attorney Tony Garcia disagrees, saying he told Green and Kessler in January if they stayed their case until the report came to the council he wouldn’t seek fees—but if the city incurred expenses seeking the case’s dismissal, there would be consequences. “The request for fees is because the city offered a reasonable resolution,” says Garcia. It was Green and Kessler’s choice not to accept, he says, and they should pay a price.

BUDGET OFFICE ANSWERS COP CUT QUESTION: City budget director Jessica Kinard has completed an analysis showing City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty’s proposal to cut $18 million from the Portland Police Bureau budget would result in officer layoffs. After heated debate on the cuts Oct. 28 as part of a regularly scheduled midyear budget adjustment, a majority of the City Council asked for more information. The other commissioner in favor of the cuts, Chloe Eudaly, insisted they would not lead to layoffs. On Nov. 3, Kinard found otherwise. That finding could make for difficult post-election conversations as the council concludes budget talks Nov. 5. Hardesty remains undeterred. “I will still be pushing for $18 million or a counterproposal that makes sense,” she says. “We need the Police Bureau to adjust what the community wants them to do.” HEALTH CZAR IGNORES STATE HALLOWEEN GUIDANCE: After Oregon Health Authority officials and Gov. Kate Brown warned against the dangers of trick-or-treating during the pandemic, OHA director Pat Allen greeted trick-or-treaters at his house anyway. OHA defended against charges of hypocrisy by saying Allen followed federal health guidelines to offer Halloween candy at a social distance in individually wrapped packages. Allen “made Halloween candy available to neighborhood children from a table at the end of his driveway,” OHA spokesman Robb Cowie tells WW. “The candy was sealed in individually wrapped packages. The health authority appreciates the efforts of everyone who found ways to make Halloween fun for kids while keeping them safer from COVID-19.” VOTERS GOT BUSY: Oregon voters got a big jump on Election Day this year, turning in more than 100,000 more ballots by election eve than the previous record set in 2016. The state’s Motor Voter Law led to registration of nearly 400,000 new voters in the past four years. Most are unaffiliated with any party and tend to vote less often than partisans. But Samantha Gladu, executive director of Next Up, which encourages young people to vote, cheered the turnout. “Oregonians have shattered every record on the books for voter turnout,” Gladu says. “It happened because our community came together to get out the vote for racial justice, climate and a fair economy. It’s critical that we respect this and count every vote before calling any election.” Read full election results at wweek.com.


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67 EVIDENCE: Doug Brown’s photos of Detective Erik Kammerer in February show him wearing helmet number 67.

Witnesses and photos confirm the identity of an aggressive officer wearing that number. BY L ATISH A J E N S E N

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If Portland riot cops respond to civil unrest that’s widely expected following the Nov. 3 election, the officer wearing the number 67 on his helmet won’t be among them. That officer was pulled from duty on the Portland Police Bureau’s rapid response team last month, Mayor Ted Wheeler said, after WW reported detailed allegations of his forceful actions toward people in the streets near protests. His accusers did not know his name because PPB rules allow him to cover his name tag, but they identified him by the number on his helmet. The Police Bureau and Mayor Wheeler, who is also police commissioner, have repeatedly declined to release the officer’s name. Wheeler’s office says city attorneys told the mayor that releasing his name could jeopardize pending investigations and the chance for appropriate discipline. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, the council’s longest-serving member, says the city’s contract with the Portland police union ties officials’ hands. “The union contract says that council members are not allowed to ‘embarrass’ officers, for instance, by naming them,” she wrote on Twitter on Oct. 21. But the press has no contract with the Portland Police Association. Photographs and three eyewitness accounts identify the officer wearing helmet number 67 as Detective Erik Kammerer. Doug Brown, spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, has photographed Kammerer on multiple occasions at street protests. He provided WW photos taken in February that display Kammerer’s name tag on an officer sporting the helmet number 67. Brown said Officer 67’s actions first came to his attention after reading WW’s first story about Elijah Warren, a Black homeowner who was struck from behind in the head by Officer 67 (“Who Hit Elijah Warren?” WW, Sept. 30, 2020). 8

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Brown said he recognized the officer from a previous photograph he’d taken in February at a rally Kammerer was policing. “I didn’t think about this dude until seeing specifically [the WW story] and being infuriated by Officer 67 and the city hiding his identity,” Brown says. “I went and I searched Officer 67 on Twitter. I went, ‘Oh, shoot, I took pictures of this guy.’” Brown says he’s certain of the match, because of details in the fit of his uniform and the style of his helmet. “It’s 100% him, in the same way a quarter is 25 cents,” Brown says. Kammerer is a 26-year veteran of the bureau. He’s a homicide detective. WW was unable to obtain his disciplinary records by press deadlines. It’s unclear whether he has been suspended while the allegations against him are investigated. Police officials this week provided WW the names of officers currently on administrative leave but redacted two names, citing exemptions to the Oregon Public Records Law for officers who are undercover, have experienced threats to their safety, or would have their privacy invaded by the release of information. For weeks, activists on social media have pointed to Kammerer as the owner of helmet 67. But WW is publishing his name only after receiving multiple first-person accounts and photographic evidence. Lesley McLam is a videographer who told WW of her two violent encounters this year with Officer 67. She says she saw his name tag before officers started covering them up under a new bureau policy this summer. “I noticed the officer’s name because it was early in June and I was able to look at his name label because they weren’t fully covered,” McLam said. “That’s why I know that on that particular day in early June when I’m being shoved down the sidewalk that officer, his name tag, said Kammerer.” Juan Chavez, an attorney with Oregon Justice Resource Center, is representing a woman named Hannah

Ahern who is in the process of filing a tort claim against Kammerer for an incident that happened in 2019. Ahern, 25, was leaving work downtown last August. The Proud Boys were in town and a counterprotest was underway. She was heading to the bus stop when she spat on the sidewalk in officers’ direction. The video shows an officer, wearing helmet number 67, order a group of officers to arrest Ahern who then forcefully pin her to the pavement. She is filing the tort claim for unlawful arrest and battering. The police report was filed by Kammerer, who alleges to have seen her interfering with traffic and ordered her arrest. “It’s pretty conclusive as far as I’m concerned,” Chavez says. “There’s only one officer who matches the description who was in the same general vicinity where Kammerer said he was and is seen in the videos identifying Hannah for arrest.” Kammerer did not return calls seeking comment. Wheeler’s office responded to WW’s questions about Kammerer with a statement on behalf of the city, saying it could not confirm or deny his identity. “The city of Portland holds its police officers to high standards and takes appropriate action when those standards are not met,” said Wheeler spokesman Jim Middaugh in the statement. “The city of Portland also provides its union-represented and Civil Service Board-protected employees with due process, including its police officers. The complaints raised by Willamette Week and others about individual police officers currently are under active investigation.” The ACLU’s Brown says not identifying officers allows them to act without regard for consequences. “It’s one thing to hide names and only put a number, but then to hide who’s behind that number is shameful,” Brown says. “You can see them act way more aggressive, doing these things in front of cameras as if they’re never going to be held accountable.”


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ORDER UP: Gov. Kate Brown shuts down the state in March.

That’s how many executive orders Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has issued so far this year. On Nov. 2, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown invoked her emerg enc y powers to coordinate a law enforcement response to expected civil unrest in the streets of Portland on election night. T h a t m i g h t h ave s e e m e d a n extraordinary move when the year began. By now, it’s become commonplace. Since 2020 began, Brown has issued an executive order, on average, every five days. The Nov. 2 order—her 61st this year—puts Brown on track to eclipse the number of executive orders she issued during the first three years of her tenure combined. (She issued 22 in 2017, 31 in 2018 and nine in 2019, totaling 62 executive orders.) Conservative critics have accused Brown of abusing her powers to secure a liberal agenda. But a review by WW of the 61 orders shows most of them were a reflection of the staggering events of 2020: a deadly pandemic, a historic economic downturn, oncein-a-century wildfires, and political violence. Below, we highlight five of Brown’s executive orders this year that show what the state has endured. TESS RISKI. 1. Executive Order 20-03, issued March 7, was Brown’s first emergency order related to the pandemic. The order allowed the state to deploy emerg enc y medical volunteers, establish diagnostic and treatment guidelines, and issue guidelines for private workplace restrictions. At the time, there were only 19 COVID-related deaths in the entire nation. Since March 7, Brown has renewed this order four times, most recently on Oct. 27.

10% That’s how much pay workers at PacifiCorp will be docked if they don’t return to the office.

2. Executive Order 20-07, issued March 17, prohibited gatherings of more than 25 people. “As of today, there are at least 51 cases and one death” in Oregon, Oregon, the emergency declaration said. The declaration ordered restaurants, food courts, coffee shops and taverns to close on-site services. It encouraged child care centers, workplaces and health care facilities to implement “social distancing, staggered schedules, [and] takeout.” 3. Executive Order 20-27 was issued June 5. Known as Phase 2 of reopening, the order allowed groups of 50 or fewer in indoor spaces, and 100 or fewer in outdoor spaces in counties that qualify. Ice skating rinks, bowling alleys and arcades could reopen. Businesses offering “jetboats, mini golf, and batting cages” could operate again. 4. Executive Order 20-35 was issued Aug. 20, due to the “imminent threat of wildfires.” The declaration ordered the Oregon National Guard to deploy wildfire resources statewide to communities in need in accordance with “Operations Agreement Smokey 2020.” The order was enacted just three weeks before wildfires swept across the state, leveling several towns. 5. Executive Order 20-61 was issued Nov. 2, 2020—one day ahead of the general election—in anticipation of civil unrest. Portland police, under the direction of the Multnomah County Sheriff ’s Office and Oregon State Police, can deploy tear gas during election-related protests. Meanwhile, the Oregon National Guard is on standby.

The power company PacifiCorp is reopening its Portland offices in the Lloyd District on Nov. 9, even as COVID -19 cases hit record numbers in Multnomah County. That reopening comes with a new policy: The electric utility’s employees can opt to work from home, in return for a 10% pay cut. “The pay decrease is considered an equitable trade-off in exchange for the elimination of commute time, additional flexibility, transportation cost savings and even potential tax breaks,” states a company document obtained by WW. It comes at a time when other companies

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LOCKED OUT: The playground at Richmond Elementary School remains shuttered.

Portland Public Schools owns a lot of open land that’s closed to romping. Portland Public Schools owns 81 buildings, not counting spare and mothballed structures, that are all officially closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some Portlanders are pushing for access to the school district’s hundreds of acres of open space that taxpayers paid for but cannot use. “PPS is not really responding to the needs of the community,” says Don Baack, a Hillsdale resident who lives near Wilson High School and Rieke Elementary, where tennis courts, a running track and playing fields have been off-limits since Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order to stay home in March. On Oct. 5, Deputy Superintendent Claire Hertz explained the district’s decision to keep school grounds closed in an email to a parent. “This really is a question about risk and how much oversight PPS can provide on our grounds,” Hertz wrote. “We have limited resources to monitor our grounds and have focused on instruction and feeding our students and families.” Many of the district’s buildings are surrounded by playgrounds and greenspaces— often including running tracks, basketball courts and playing fields exceeded only by Portland Parks & Recreation’s in terms of open spaces in an increasingly crowded, pandemic-stressed city. Relatedly, both PPS and Portland Parks & Rec asked voters for big cash infusions on

the Nov. 3 ballot: $1.2 billion for school renovations and $240 million for parks upkeep. (Look for election results of those ballot measures at wweek.com.) One big difference: PP&R reopened its playing fields, playgrounds, dog parks, trails, picnic areas and other open spaces in September, while the school district remained firmly closed, with some playgrounds gated and padlocked. Baack knows all about the importance of providing places for city dwellers to get outside. He founded the nonprofit SWTrails 25 years ago to get people walking through Portland’s hills. Today, he’s frustrated that the school district’s tennis courts, running tracks and fields are closed while other publicly funded greenspaces are heavily used. Baack says Portlanders deserve better. “It’s extremely backward in my opinion,” he says. “I don’t think PPS has its head screwed on right about this.” Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Karen Werstein says the district’s policy has not changed since the March 13 shutdown order. That’s even as scientific guidance about how COVID-19 is transmitted outdoors (rarely) has changed and parks have reopened. “Since Portland Parks & Rec opened up, we have been considering it as well,” Werstein says. “I think we’ll have more info to share later this week.” NIGEL JAQUISS.

are offering incentives to lure workers back to the office, as The New York Times reported Oct. 30. Such companies include New Yorkbased real estate company S.L. Green, which is offering parents free tutoring for their kids who attend online school. PacifiCorp, by contrast, is using a cudgel. The deadline for returning to work at PacifiCorp, which is owned by Warren Buffett, also comes as weekly numbers of new COVID-19 cases hit a record high in Oregon. But the state has placed no new restrictions on any company requiring workers return to the office. “We know that for some employees, the

flexibility and benefits of working from home outweigh a salary reduction,” says PacifiCorp spokesman Drew Hanson, who added that the company is preparing to make its workplace safe. “The safety of our workforce and customers remains our top priority. As an essential service provider, PacifiCorp has worked carefully throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to follow directives from state and local government leaders and public health officials while managing our responsibility and obligation to continue providing safe and reliable electric service.” RACHEL MONAHAN.

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ENUMERATORS AT THE GATE: Security gates on Portland apartment complexes proved unexpectedly challenging for U.S. Census workers.

managers deferred to headquarters for permission, and encountered hesitancy from managers to share head counts for their units. Sometimes, managers refused to let him in—and in other cases, managers complained they’d already dealt with other enumerators. Parks has no idea how many units he missed. But every day at secured complexes, he encountered obstacles. He got creative. “I ended up just shouting at the sides of large apartment buildings sometimes,” Parks says, “and that kind of gave me an edge in getting cases completed. But that’s if you’re willing to shamelessly yell at the side of a building. Or you see someone sitting on a balcony up three flights and you yell, ‘You want to do something free and easy for your country?’” The Census Bureau stopped counting Oct. 15 and its results will be delivered to President Trump on Dec. 31. In a statement last week, the bureau announced it had accounted for 99.9% of Oregon households. But four enumerators and two field supervisors who spoke with WW doubt that statistic based on their own experience. They fear the result was a drastic undercount. The Census Bureau told WW in an email that it stands by its assertion of success. A spokesperson said the bureau is “not an enforcement agency” and that it “work[s] with management companies on a solution to get residents counted.” The bureau said it did not close cases until a household was successfully counted, but provided few details on how it defined such success. The enumerators who spoke to WW appear to be among the first in the nation to go on the record describing failures in the census. “There’s so many reasons why this is really devastating to hear,” says Marchel Hirschfield, political director at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, “because Oregon has been pressing for the census to be extended so these issues could be worked through.” APANO is one of the organizations that took part in state-funded outreach efforts to educate hard-to-count populations about the census. Critics say the Trump administration never seemed very interested in an accurate count. It even sought to stop the process two months early, a move the courts blocked but one that sources say still created widespread confusion among census workers at the bureau. Compliance with enumerators is required under Title 13 of the United States Code, which mandates that apartment managers grant enumerators access to their units or provide a head count for those units if the occupants are unresponsive. But census workers tell WW that while they reported to their superiors when apartment managers refused to

Census workers say they tried to count Portland’s apartment dwellers— but got stopped at the front gates. BY S OPHI E P E E L

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In August, Graham Parks was hired to knock on the doors of Portlanders who hadn’t yet filled out the U.S. Census. Parks, 39, a full-time parent who lives in the Piedmont neighborhood, worked about 20 hours a week as an enumerator—that’s the technical term for the census workers who seek out people who didn’t voluntarily report their households for the census that occurs every 10 years. Parks’ mission was vital: The census determines how many seats Oregon will have in the U.S. House of Representatives and federal funding for a wide range of programs from highways to Head Start. In fact, Oregon is widely expected to get another congressional seat out of this census, because of its rapid population growth. The census is so important that Gov. Kate Brown allocated $7.5 million of state funds to educate hard-to-count groups about the importance of the census to make sure the feds got it right. Parks says they didn’t. “If we did the job correctly somehow, I sure as hell don’t know it,” Parks says. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just under 70% of Oregonians filled out census forms independently this year, 2% higher than the last census—leaving 30% in need of enumeration, a process the Census Bureau stresses is a way to account for “hard to count” groups, including BIPOC communities and houseless people. Every afternoon, Parks donned a black bag lettered with the word “Census” and a laminated badge on a lanyard as he scanned the list of addresses on his caseload assigned by an algorithm based on location. Then he’d start knocking on doors. But Parks soon encountered a big problem: apartment complexes. About 53% of Portlanders live in rental housing, according to the Census Bureau, and an increasing number of them live in large, multifamily complexes with a security door or gate. At such complexes, Parks often couldn’t get to doors of the units inside. In complexes ranging from 10 to hundreds of units, he often couldn’t get past the front door. It’s a problem exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, as people work from home and avoid contact with each other. He knocked on office doors with no response, called property agencies and got met with silence after office 10

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grant access, they never saw the Census Bureau pursue any consequences. Parks, who also worked on the 2010 census, says that “usually the problem would be a concierge or staff person who says, ‘No, I need authorization,’ and you end up on a wild goose chase in finding someone to tell this gatekeeper employee to let you in.” Adam Perryman, another Portland enumerator, tells WW that 80% of the newer apartment complexes in his daily caseloads that he visited or tried to contact responded with resistance to his request to collect census data. Perryman says he contacted property managers via telephone, left multiple voicemails, and often never heard back. He says only a quarter of them eventually allowed him to do his work. “There’s a dehumanizing quality to going to places like that and knowing that you’re likely going to get resistance,” says Perryman. “We’re not pushovers. We’re dedicated to doing our job. We didn’t expect that knee-jerk reaction of, ‘Census worker here, don’t let them in.’” Deborah Imse, executive director of Multifamily NW, says her guild tried to inform apartment landlords about their duty to open complexes to enumerators. “The housing industry has worked together to alert fellow associations to situations where members may be obstructing the census process,” Imse says. “Once alerted, we conduct outreach and education to rectify any situations we think require our attention.” The enumerators that spoke to WW declined to name specific buildings and owners that resisted enumeration efforts, citing the oath they take to never release information about census respondents. The U.S. Code states the penalty for breaking this oath can be a fine of up to $5,000, up to five years in prison, or both. “We take this confidentiality thing seriously,” says Parks. “We don’t want to tarnish the one thing we’ve got when you walk into a place, which is the reputation of the bureau being tight-lipped about not divulging information.” Two field supervisors, who oversaw groups of enumerators, also spoke to WW under the condition of anonymity. Supervisors tell WW that access to most units can be attempted six times before “maxing out.” When units are maxed out, they tell WW, they’re counted as “completed” in the census database, even if no data or head count was collected. Supervisors say when they called property agencies that didn’t comply, they were occasionally met with strong hostility. Both supervisors say there were large apartment buildings where countless units hadn’t been enumerated, but the cases were closed and marked as complete. Apartment buildings have been around a long time, of course, and the Census Bureau knows it undercounts renters. The bureau uses a variety of tactics to compensate for the undercount, such as sourcing information from other federal agencies. The Census Bureau told WW it consults administrative records when counting by enumerators proves fruitless, and wrote: “Our analysis shows very high confidence the administrative records are complete and correct.” Tom Wolf, a constitutional lawyer and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, says the administrative data the Census Bureau uses to fill in the gaps often underrepresents the racial and ethnic minorities that most often constitute those gaps in the first place. “The bureau itself says [the census] is all about hardto-count groups. That subset of people are also underrepresented in administrative records,” says Wolf. “Good records don’t exist for all people in the country and tend to reflect racial and class differences that other aspects of American society do.” Keshia Morris Desir, census director of Common Cause, calls it an issue of “monumental proportions when talking about representation.” “Renters are mostly people of color and immigrants,” says Morris Desir. “We’re talking about populations that are already vulnerable and often don’t have their voices heard in the political process. This is just another barrier.”


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GET ’EM WHILE THEY’RE HOT: A riot cop sprints past the west entrance of Heavenly Donuts in July.

Open All Night Protests, riots, tear gas? Nothing can shutter a 24-hour doughnut shop in North Portland. BY PIERCE SINGGIH

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On a chilly Monday night last month, a throng of 70 people stood in the center of North Lombard Street, blocking the road. A man clad in all black scrawled “Fuck the Blue” in spray paint on the plywood that covered the headquarters of the Portland Police Association. Portable loudspeakers blared Rage Against the Machine. A line of riot cops awaited the protesters. Shortly after 9 pm, a car crept around the edge of the crowd. A man in a hoodie and jeans stepped out and walked briskly into a building surrounded by demonstrators. He emerged, wordless, carrying his trophy: a pink box of a dozen fresh doughnuts. Anthony Abzun says this happens a lot. The night manager of Heavenly Donuts says his customers have accepted a recurring protest outside the shop’s doors as a minor obstacle in the pursuit of pastry. “Some people call ahead to ask if it’s safe to come by,” Abzun says. A 24-hour doughnut shop across the street from a police union hall sounds like a stale, lazy joke. But there stands Heavenly Donuts—its blue and yellow paint as bright as frosting, its neon beacon shining all night long, its shelves stacked with glazed old fashioneds, bear claws, and sugar twists. Since 2008, Anthony Abzun’s dad, Jose Abzun, has run this Lombard Street shop—one of two locations he owns in Portland. Starting in July, protesters of police violence fanned out from the downtown courthouses where they clashed with riot cops this summer and began marching to police precincts across the city—a different location each night, with no predictable pattern. Among their targets: the headquarters of the PPA, the Portland Police Bureau’s 900-member 12

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police union, which negotiates and bargains for cops’ wages and benefits. That means, about twice a month, the glass front windows of Heavenly Donuts offer a panoramic view of theatrical violence: protesters hurling bottles and cans at police, cops slamming protesters onto the concrete, canisters of tear gas spewing toxic clouds. When the gas hits, the employees of Heavenly Donuts lock the doors. Otherwise? It’s business as usual. “The protesters don’t do anything to us, so everything is OK,” Jose Abzun says. “We don’t like to see the arrests, but there’s nothing we can do about it.” In fact, Jose Abzun says, sales increase on protest nights—because protesters buy a lot of bottled water and maple bars. Five months of regular protests across Portland have created pockets of absurd spectacle, sometimes descending into mayhem. In some places—especially downtown— rage has turned into rioting, and people have smashed shop windows and lit fires. That hasn’t happened at Heavenly Donuts. Instead, nightly commerce has persisted, as both protesters and police treat the doughnut shop as neutral territory. Suzette Smith, a Portland-based freelance reporter who has regularly covered protests on North Lombard, describes Heavenly Donuts as a “little, unshakable pastry-filled Switzerland.” Protesters and helmeted photographers regularly patronize the shop, especially to refuel on coffee. Smith recalls covering a protest in front of the PPA when a gunshot rang out. As she and other reporters took cover behind the Heavenly Donuts building, she peered through the window to see its staff unbothered. They kept working. “The staff seems largely uninterested in the conflicts,” she said. “Their hands are full of doughnut-making duties.” That’s how Jose Abzun wants it. He tells his workers to ignore the action and keep baking, stocking and mopping the red-tiled floor. “We tell the staff to stay out of trouble,” he says. “Keep busy.”

Jose Abzun has had a long career in the doughnut-making business. He started at Winchell’s in Chicago in 1980, after immigrating to the United States from Guatemala in 1979. Winchell’s transferred him California, where he became the manager of several stores on the Pacific Coast. In 2002, he and his business partners bought several Winchell’s franchises, including the one on North Lombard Street in Portland. By 2008, they decided to buy out their franchises and rebrand as Heavenly Donuts. Now, he and his business partners own Heavenly Donuts locations in California, Oregon, and Washington. The Heavenly Donuts in North Portland makes over 14,000 donuts per week. “This business supports my family,” Abzun says. “I wanted to leave something for my sons to take over.” On Sept. 28, his son Anthony took a break from mopping to peer at the arrests outside. As he poked his head out the shop door, a police officer fired a tear gas canister. It landed in front of the door. Anthony started choking. His eyes burned. He closed the door and tried to ride it out. “The next day, I still had trouble breathing,” he said. Eventually, the tear gas subsided, and he got back to work when he noticed someone wanted to come in and buy a doughnut. So he opened the other door and sold the customer a maple bar. Most nights aren’t so dramatic. No rioters have shattered Heavenly Donuts’ windows. Once, protesters set a fire in the shop’s dumpster. On another occasion, in early September, two men in black climbed to the shop’s roof and were busy with some project until the police used a long range acoustic device to order them down. “From what I see, the protesters seem peaceful,” Anthony Abzun says. “They’re nice to us. We’re a minority-owned business.” The only real difference he’s noticed at the store? He hasn’t seen police officers in the shop for quite some time. On this October night, Anthony Abzun watched as protesters set fire to a billboard featuring a police union message. But no police showed up. So he kept serving the trickle of black-clad patrons until they decided to go home. “We want to stay neutral,” he says. “We want everyone to be safe.”


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Oregonians fund the Oregon Cultural Trust. We, in turn, fund the artists, the poets, the preservationists and the dreamers who define Oregon’s great spirit and quality of life. Every year we disperse funds via our 1,450-plus cultural nonprofits, 45 county and tribal coalitions, and five statewide partners. Culture truly makes life worth living, and that’s why we are proud to support the incredible work of all of this year’s Creative Expression organizations. They bring beauty, music, dance and meaning to our lives every day. They enlighten us, entertain us and inspire us—providing respite from our daily lives and illuminating the best of who we are as people. Now, when we all need it most, please join us in celebrating the spirit of Portland by investing in the work of our Creative Expression champions!

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In a challenging year, employees of The Standard found ways to Give Hope. Give Hope was the theme of our record-breaking annual Employee Giving Campaign, when employee donations are double matched by the company. We raised more than $5.8 million for 2,200 schools and organizations in Portland and across the country, with a special focus on Black-led nonprofits working on racial justice, education and economic empowerment.

It’s November. Our hearts are hurting and we are tired. Our minds are spinning from changes—and still, the firefighters, who lay exhausted on the ash-filled pavement, sang a song. It is at the hardest moments that we reach for art. Art is an essential service. We are 19 organizations providing necessary pathways toward hope in a challenging year. We are adapting to reach you where you are: performing feats of coordination magic to bring 24-hour streaming content in a pandemic1; providing safer spaces for community organizing2; meeting you online for performances and classes3; and advocating for and employing local art workers. Creative organizations are partners within every movement and every community. We are uplifting people who are often erased—those of us with disabilities4, who are BIPOC5, who are immigrants6, who are houseless7, who are incarcerated8, who are youth9, who are queer10. You will see our fingerprints across the city, from vibrant and timely murals11 to the equipment and expertise we bring to protests12. Many of us are doing these things as acts of mutual aid and

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KBOO Foundation, Literary Arts, Open Signal, XRAY.FM. 2 Alberta Abbey, Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRD), Native Arts and Culture Foundation, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland Playhouse. 3 All of us! 4 CymaSpace. 5 Many of us! 6 Milagro. 7 Outside the Frame. 8 Write About Portland. 9 The Red Door Project. 10 Bridging Voices. 11 Portland Street Art Alliance (PSAA). 12 Friends of Noise. 1

Organizations that focus on supporting, creating and/or celebrating the arts in Portland.

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for free, because we know we all need each other. We’ve seen Portlanders across race and class proudly affirm that Black Lives Matter and combine their resources to support those impacted by a world turned upside down. This is our chance to make change on a scale previously unimaginable, and we need your support. All of the organizations in the Creative Expression section of the Give!Guide invite you to turn the page, and join us in creating what’s next.

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In a year filled with challenges, Portland nonprofits rallied. They adapted programs, continued to put Portland’s diverse cultures and communities at the center, and built a path towards unity—proving, once again, how vital they are to the health, humanity and vibrance of our city. Nike and our employees support nonprofits across the Give!Guide, including organizations featured in the Community section: Harper’s Playground, Latino Network, NAYA and Street Soccer USA. We’ll also support Albina Vision Trust with a match of up to $25,000 for contributions received through the Guide. We do this, and more, because leveling the playing field for all is at the heart of Nike’s purpose. And this past year has accelerated our commitment to unite the world. Creating meaningful, lasting community impact is a team sport. Please join us in learning more about the nonprofits featured here and giving what you can to advance their game-changing work. Saludos, Jorge Casimiro Chief Social & Community Impact Officer, NIKE, Inc.

A note from the Community nonprofits By Winta Yohannes, Albina Vision Trust; cameron whitten, Brown Hope; Dr. Susan Abernethy, El Programa Hispano; Ann Takamoto, Native American Youth and Family Center; Tia Sherry, The Street Trust This year has pushed us, and challenged us, but it has also inspired our resilience. As community-centered organizations, there are many times when we are the only lifeline for community members in crisis. COVID-19 and uprisings against police brutality have cast a spotlight on the structural inequities that threaten our vision of a thriving community. Because we belong to the communities we serve, we are determined to keep moving forward. We’ve learned how to adapt with creativity and urgency. We launched COVID-19 clinics and contact tracing. We distributed bikes for people who could no longer ride transit. We

helped households evacuate from wildfires. We hosted virtual gatherings to combat isolation. We expanded efforts to feed families facing hunger. We advocated more courageously for systems change. We remembered to create and embrace moments of joy with our staff and our communities. The quest for justice and equity will be long. We are responding to the current crises, but we know the economic, emotional, and material shockwaves of COVID-19 will persist long after the pandemic has passed. Our work requires long-term support and partnerships to bring the lasting change our communities deserve. Because of this powerful community, 2020 is a reminder that hope is alive. We share a conviction that by working together, we can achieve a future where we all are thriving. Love is what calls us to action. Thank you for inspiring us.

Organizations that focus on supporting, building and/ or celebrating a specific sector of Portland’s culturally diverse community. Albina Vision Bienestar Black Food Sovereignty Coalition The Black United Fund of Oregon Bridge Meadows Brown Hope El Programa Hispano Católico Friends of Willamette Week Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East Hacienda Community Development Corporation Harper’s Playground Latino Network Mudbone Grown Native American Youth and Family Center

Oregon Humanities Proud Ground The ReBuilding Center Rose City Rollers The Rosewood Initiative Sabin Community Development Corporation Sisters of the Road Street Soccer USA–Portland Support Oregon Wildfire Recovery and Rebuilding The Street Trust Village Gardens WorldOregon

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Bank of America is pleased to sponsor Give!Guide’s Education category, since we know these nonprofits are working hard to serve local families and make Oregon better. With the needs of our community growing, we are committed to doing our part to support and collaborate with nonprofits like these. The investments we make in them are about building healthier neighborhoods and creating economic opportunity for all. Roger Hinshaw Market President, Oregon & Southwest Washington Bank of America

A note from the Education nonprofits By Taylor Gibson, The Children’s Book Bank, and Dunja Marcum, Vibe of Portland Heroic efforts by schools and teachers to adapt over the tumultuous past six months have been well covered and continue. Behind the scenes, many education organizations that support learning outside of schools have also adapted, continuing their missions to meet the most critical needs of the communities they serve. Overnight students transitioned to remote learning and parents struggled to balance work, school and the extra emotional load. Needs became urgent, as existing systemic inequities were amplified. These dedicated organizations pivoted services, reached out, and responded with creativity. Vibe converted summer camps into an online format, reaching a wider audience while Reading Results piloted a new way of delivering their reading tutoring program online to teach students one-on-one this school year.

Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program (ORTOP) partnered with Centro Cultural to combat disparities in technology by providing robotics kits for each student on their FIRST LEGO League teams to take home. Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro created a new Club Without Walls environment, reopened several clubs at a limited capacity to serve the kids most in need in-person, and provided food distribution for families and mental health support. 2020 demonstrated the need for a well-funded and public-supported education system that goes beyond the walls of schools. This extraordinary moment calls for organizations like those featured in the Give!Guide to work alongside Oregon’s schools in reshaping education. These organizations are on the front lines of closing opportunity gaps, uplifting marginalized voices and responding to the call of sustained commitment to Oregon’s most vulnerable youth.

Organizations that focus on providing and championing a robust and equitable education for all. Adelante Mujeres Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metropolitan Area Campus Compact of Oregon ChickTech The Children’s Book Bank Classroom Law Project College Possible Community Transitional School Elevate Oregon Free Geek

Girls Build The Library Foundation Open School Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program Portland YouthBuilders Reading Results SMART Reading USAHello Vibe of Portland

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Patagonia deeply values our home planet and the activists who work to protect it. We stand with organizations who have bold, direct-action agendas and a commitment to long-term change. We support innovative work that addresses the root causes of the environmental crisis and seeks to protect both the environment and impacted communities. We use relationships—to places and people—to draw our focus and energy. We think local battles help confront larger, more complicated issues—like climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental justice. We believe in empowering action locally. We aim to use our stores as hubs for activism to advocate for environmental policies that protect us and our communities, hold our leaders accountable, and support action on the climate crisis. At Patagonia, the protection and preservation of the environment isn’t what we do after hours. It’s the reason we’re in business and every day’s work.

A note from the Environment nonprofits By Kayla Banks, Camp ELSO; Mercy M’fon Shammah, Wild Diversity; Karisa Boyce, Ocean Blue Project While the world is turned upside down, on fire, and contagious, these 24 environmental nonprofits continue to make headway for our planet and communities. Environmental justice is deeply linked to social justice, and social justice takes precedence now. Here’s a closer look at what three BIPOC-led environmental organizations are doing to inspire the next generation of stewards while innovating approaches to community engagement during a pandemic. Camp ELSO created a science-focused summer program for youth with curated take home and STEAM kits. They also gave youth the tools they need to continue their exploration of nature going forward. Wild Diversity designed a virtual Resilience Outdoor Conference and online Youth Ecology programs.

They’ve also created a full-time, free educational program for students of color to have hands-on outdoor learning opportunities to counter the challenges of virtual education. Removing 1 million pounds of plastic from the ocean by 2025, Ocean Blue Project offers a K-12 curriculum empowering students to discover and steward their local watershed and see connections between their own environment and ocean. Tailoring lesson plans during a pandemic means collaborating with educators to meet unique needs of individual classrooms, communities and watersheds. Each of the participating nonprofits has had to pivot and respond to this year’s challenges. They haven’t skipped a beat in supporting communities and ecosystems all over the Pacific Northwest. It hasn’t been easy, but the work is critical and necessary. Join us on our missions to take care of our people and our planet.

Organizations that focus on environmental education, conservation and advocacy. 350PDX Bark The Blueprint Foundation Camp ELSO Columbia Riverkeeper Crag Law Center Ecotrust The Freshwater Trust Friends of Family Farmers Friends of Outdoor School Friends of the Columbia Gorge Friends of Trees

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Northwest Trail Association Ocean Blue Project Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon Oregon Environmental Council Oregon Wild Portland Audubon Verde Wallowa Resources Wild Diversity Willamette Riverkeeper Wisdom of the Elders Inc.

CareOregon puts the care in health care. As a nonprofit providing health insurance to Oregonians, our mission is to build individual well-being and community health through partnerships, shared learning and innovation. Our vision is healthy communities for all individuals, regardless of income or social factors. CareOregon invests in programs and community organizations that help people get housing, healthy food, job training and more. We call it The CareOregon Effect. And that’s why CareOregon is proud to support Willamette Week’s Give!Guide as the Health category sponsor.

A note from the Health nonprofits By Dana Button and Annie Savaria-Watson, Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic If you watch it over time, Portland, from above, resembles a giant heart. Roughly 700,000 people flow in parallel, daily rhythms to the beat of the sun, keeping the city alive. Under stress, the human heart squeezes harder and faster to push the blood and the oxygen that it carries to the body. Portland nonprofit health organizations are much like the human heart. They have responded to the stresses of 2020 with pluck and resilience. Perhaps one of the greatest challenges faced by Portland nonprofit health organizations is meeting the health needs of our community during a pandemic. COVID-19 disrupted supply chains for personal protective equipment, exacerbated social isolation, and pushed economic hardship to the fore-

front for many. However, health organizations have pivoted to respond. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Meals on Wheels People has made over 50,000 wellness checks and remained true to its commitment to never put anyone on a waitlist. Portland Street Medicine has created survival kits for our neighbors without houses and continues to provide health care free of charge. The North by Northeast Community Health Center has provided food boxes, mask kits, hand sanitizer, and funds to its community members in need, all while providing the same exceptional care its community has come to count on. Portland nonprofit health organizations, like the ones listed in this Give!Guide, have fully engaged the challenges of 2020. Their services are essential to our community. In the face of stress, they help sustain the beating heart of Portland.

Organizations that focus on human health education, care and/or advocacy. Baby Blues Connection Bridges Collaborative Care Clinic Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Dental Foundation of Oregon Farmers Market Fund Friends of Zenger Farm Growing Gardens The Lund Report Meals on Wheels People North by Northeast Community Health Center

Northwest Mothers Milk Bank Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Portland Street Medicine Sam Day Foundation Sexual Assault Resource Center Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center & Foundation


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CauseMic: Nonprofit Training As the official nonprofit training partner for Willamette Week’s Give!Guide campaign, CauseMic is a Portland-based digital marketing agency dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations rapidly scale revenue. By offering complimentary online curriculum, resources, and ongoing strategic support, CauseMic’s goal is to empower all nonprofit Give!Guide participants to surpass their fundraising goals in 2020 in order to have the greatest impact in our community. Established in 2013, CauseMic is made up of value-driven digital disruptors who strive to apply our proven methods for fundraising on behalf of incredible nonprofit clients, including Mercy Corps, the Oregon Humane Society, Team Rubicon, and USA for UNHCR. The team is humbled to play a role in this incredible campaign and invite Portland-area residents to learn more about their work at causemic.com.

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At The Standard, we are a company made of people who choose to give back to our communities. We believe that strong, vibrant communities are a critical source of security for all residents. In a challenging year, employees of The Standard found ways to Give Hope. Give Hope was the theme of our record-breaking annual Employee Giving Campaign, when employee donations are double-matched by the company. We raised more than $5.8 million for 2,200 organizations in Portland and across the country, with a special focus on Black-led nonprofits working on racial justice, education and economic empowerment. Many challenges remain, but employees of The Standard know that coming together with generosity and compassion makes a difference. We hope you’ll join us by finding a cause you care about to Give Hope through the Give!Guide.

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A note from the Human Services nonprofits A collaboration written by the 37 Give!Guide Human Services nonprofits 2020 hit vulnerable Portland community members hard, as well as the organizations helping them. “Both nonprofits and the people we serve have experienced multiple collective traumas this year, and have had to adapt skillfully,” says Tamara Chacón of p:ear, explaining that following the pandemic shutdown, daily lunch grew from serving 65 youth to over 400 of all ages. Store to Door saw the greatest demand for grocery delivery in its history. While community needs grew, capacity dropped. Transition Projects and other homeless agencies reduced beds to allow for social distancing. New spaces opened to provide shelter for homeless COVID patients and, later, wildfire victims. Creative resourcefulness led agencies such as the Dougy Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center, and

the Trauma Intervention Center to offer counseling and education online. Mother and Child Education Center and Rose Haven moved donation programs outdoors. Neighborhood House started home delivery to seniors sheltered in place. Community Warehouse delivered shrink-wrapped “Home2Go kits,” small dressers of home essentials instead of used furnishings. And, at a time of civil unrest, all agencies increased their emphasis on equity and took steps to stand in solidarity with the Black community. With volunteer programs suspended, expanded safety requirements, and new technology expenses, nonprofits are working harder than ever. Nevertheless, Portland’s human services organizations remain resilient and hopeful. We have adapted, together, to a “new normal.” And, we all need your support this winter to continue building strong communities during this challenging time.

Organizations that focus on providing services to marginalized communities. African Youth and Community Organization Alano Club of Portland Albertina Kerr Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest Blanchet House Bridges to Change CASA for Children Central City Concern Centro Cultural de Washington County Clackamas Women’s Services Domestic Violence Resource Center The Dougy Center Dress for Success Oregon Friends of the Children Human Solutions Impact NW JOIN Mother & Child Education Center Neighborhood House

New Avenues for Youth Operation Nightwatch Oregon Community Warehouse Oregon Food Bank Outside In p:ear PDX Diaper Bank Portland Backpack Portland Fruit Tree Project Portland Homeless Family Solutions Portland Refugee Support Group Project Lemonade Rahab’s Sisters Rose Haven Store to Door Taking Ownership PDX Transition Projects Trauma Intervention Program NW


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THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS T H AT H AP P E NE D I N PORTLAND CULTURE THIS WEEK, GRAP H E D.

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Powell’s Books releases a limitededition fragrance— Powell’s by Powell’s “captures the scent of books with subtle hints of wood and violet.”

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Pok Pok changed Portland. But its era was over before the pandemic toppled the Thai food empire. BY MATTHEW KOR FHAGE

Salem-area amusement park Enchanted Forest starts a crowdfunding campaign for debts incurred due to COVID-19 and is more than halfway to its $500,000 goal.

Peruvian restaurant Andina reopens for indoor service with a new menu and interior décor, ditching the white tablecloths in favor of a more modern, streamlined look.

Cacao, the 15-year-old downtown Portland chocolate shop, closes due to competition in a once-small niche market, pushing it in a new, as yet undetermined direction.

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The Portland City Council declares Oct. 28 Shrill Day, honoring Lindy West’s memoir and the the Portland-filmed and -set TV show it inspired..

Intimate Old Town lounge Tube, hosting revelers into the early morning hours since 2001, closes.

Pok Pok is no more (see sidebar, right).

Matt Choi, co-founder of popular kimchi brand Choi’s Kimchi Company, is stabbed to death in his Southeast Portland apartment.

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I come to praise Pok Pok, not to bury it. There was never anything inevitable about chef Andy Ricker’s Southeast Division Street Thai restaurant, arguably the most famous restaurant in Portland until Ricker announced last Friday it would close for good. Before the Michelin star, before the James Beard Award and the Restaurant of the Year plaudits and the bestselling cookbook, not to mention an empire that stretched to four states and four quadrants of Portland, Pok Pok began 15 years ago as a wee chicken shack. It was built by a former bartender and sometimes house painter who’d spent decades backpacking in Thailand during his off months, in a transitional neighborhood few thought much about unless they needed car repairs or broasted chicken. It began as an insider’s secret. Before I ever wrote a word about food in a newspaper, I knew to try its delectable, lemongrass-stuffed charcoal hens only because a friend who lived nearby had begun ordering from its window for nearly half his meals. The restaurant grew in part out of simple chutzpah, not to mention the business savvy of a shrewd operator and the unexpected, viruslike popularity of its sticky, spicy, fishsauced Vietnamese wings, which Ricker had concocted with the help of his first (and then only) employee, Ike Truong. To expand, Ricker mortgaged his home and sunk everything he had into serving Northern Thai dishes rarely seen in America, eschewing familiar pad thai and “red” curry for catfish stewed with fermented turmeric, betel leaf salad and porky glass noodles. He did so on the then-untested faith that Portlanders would cotton to his deeply researched vision of the “real” Thailand—a dream he marketed with technicolor tablecloths, a Thai-pop soundtrack and the educational zeal of a missionary. And in the process, Pok Pok changed Portland. If that sounds dramatic, bear with me a moment. Pok Pok changed Portland in part because it changed “Portland”—the largely fictional place that exists in the minds of faraway Angelenos and New Yorkers, for whom Pok Pok’s crispy wings and once-obscure Northern Thai specialties would become a grail quest. Before Pok

Pok, Portland was not a place anyone would visit for East Asian food. “With a single fried chicken wing at the original Portland Pok Pok in 2007, I dropped my prejudices about non-European cooking in Oregon,” wrote much-mourned food critic Jonathan Gold, while heaping praise on Pok Pok’s Los Angeles location. When Pok Pok NY opened in 2012, the usually reticent New Yorker lost its mind over the “heavenly” affogato and anchovy-funked catfish, declaring the latter “so satisfyingly complete you could eat it every day.” Many have since noted that Ricker was able to achieve wild success with Thai food because he benefited from the connections and social status historically accorded to white chefs in this country. And this is almost certainly accurate. But this also wouldn’t have mattered if the food he served in those early years weren’t so unendingly delicious, and as true as possible to its source—enough so that Ricker is also a known figure in Thailand. And he used that cultural capital, in part, to awaken a latent hunger in Portland for regional Asian cuisine, one that Thai and Indonesian and Chinese and Kashmiri and Vietnamese chefs have since capitalized on to make Portland into a mecca for East Asian dining. Pok Pok didn’t just change the Portland that New Yorkers knew—it changed the dining habits of Portlanders, and gave license to a new wave of Asian-born entrepreneurs. Chef Nong Poonsukwattana, an early Pok Pok employee, picked up Ricker’s talent for niche marketing to engineer a citywide obsession for the khao man gai chicken and rice she learned to make from her mother. Akkapong “Earl” Ninsom—whose Langbaan, Hat Yai and Eem restaurants make him perhaps the most singular Thai restaurateur in the nation—told WW in 2017 that until Pok Pok, he had no idea he could make a living selling regional or unfamiliar Thai dishes. “I didn’t know you could before,” he said. “It was too much risk.” And so when Andy Ricker announced Friday that all Pok Pok restaurants would close as a result of the pandemic, hastening his longplanned retirement in Thailand with his wife, it was not at all the end of an era, as many writers have opined. That era had already ended. And Ricker helped it end. In many ways, the torch of regional and adventurous Thai food had already been taken up by Ninsom, by Poonsukwattana and by a whole new generation of Thai chefs who’ve since made Portland into America’s most vibrant and interesting Thai food scene outside of Los Angeles. In Thailand, Ricker wrote in his farewell message, he now feels honored to “witness younger Thai chefs moving their cuisine into the 21st century with skill, care and a sense of history.” In Portland, you will now have the opportunity to do the same.


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TENT REVIVAL: Holding school in temporary outdoor shelters is becoming increasingly popular across the country.

Pitching a Tent As the pandemic continues to make distance learning a challenge, Equal Ground School is taking to the great outdoors to tutor students in person. BY M E I R A M E G A N G E BEL

There is a 15-by-15-foot white tent in Tim Morita’s driveway. To the average passerby, the tent proves to be a spectacle. Some stop and take pictures. Others leave notes or knock on the door, wondering what goes on in there. But to the nearly dozen kids who come to Morita’s driveway every weekday, it’s the place where they can get free in-person tutoring. Tent schools like Morita’s are growing in popularity, not just in Portland but across the country, to supplement distance learning as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Parents and some private schools have installed tents to use as additional, outdoor classrooms to meet public health guidelines while also giving students a sense of routine. “Everyone is hoping that things will go back to normal,” says Morita. “But in my opinion, this is the new normal, because it’s going to be a while before the kids go back to school.” The idea for a tent school came to Morita in early spring as he watched his 13-year-old daughter sit for eight hours a day, working on school assignments, staring at the computer. “Her whole life was her bedroom,” he says. Over the summer months, he obsessed about how he could make it happen. He reached out to other parents in his neighborhood and tapped into his network as a business owner and “professional problem solver.” And in September, Morita brought Equal Ground School to life. Morita, 49, and his business partner Aaron Allison rented a tent and portable toilet; bought desks, chairs, plastic dividers, an air filtration system as well as heaters; hired two tutors; and installed high-speed internet all on their own dime—about $15,000 a month, to be precise. Morita credits “effective altruism”—using one’s own capital to better the lives of others—as his determination for this experiment, which he hopes to run until the end of the school year.

The tent extends from Morita’s two-car garage all the way to the sidewalk. Desks are spaced 10 feet apart. Students have their temperature taken before they can enter and, of course, masks are required. But just because they built it didn’t mean parents were eager to have their kids come right away. As it stands now, all of the students live within a 1-mile radius of Morita’s home in Alameda and attend either Beaumont Middle School or Grant High School. Morita says he’s reached out to local youth organizations and Portland Public Schools in an effort to drum up interest, but so far he’s been met with skepticism. “Some people think this is a closed school for rich kids,” says Morita. “There’s some signs that say, ‘Put this tent in a location that needs it,’ and that kind of hurt my feelings. We are putting so many resources into this, and I’m willing to invest in our communities. So if there are parents out there who have kids who want to study, they can definitely come here a couple days a week.” For Tina McCuen, the only skeptics were her two kids, 14 and 16. “At first I thought it was very theoretical, but I could see the benefit,” she says. “My own children, they were resistive. So I pitched it to them as a chance to get back some normalcy.” Since McCuen’s kids have started going to Equal Ground, she says they’ve gotten back on track. When education went virtual, so did communication between students and teachers, meaning kids now manage more emails and online assignments than ever before. The tutors at Equal Ground not only help with assignment material but make sure it gets turned in properly, an organizational perk McCuen didn’t know she needed. “I think a lot of us feel pretty hopeless,” says McCuen, “so what’s been great for me to know is that I have support, that someone else is helping, and it’s not just me.” To schedule a tutoring session, visit equalgroundschool.squarespace.com.

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Early in 2020, Selah Broderick received a surprising piece of news: Her first album, Anam, was set to be released in October by Austin, Texas, label Western Vinyl. That’s an exciting development for any artist, but one that came as quite a shock for Broderick since she stopped playing music professionally in the early ’70s. “Of course, it’s delightful,” the 61-year-old says, speaking from her home in Sisters. “It’s just that it’s not something I planned for or pieced together.” The person responsible for this turn of events is Broderick’s son, Peter. The renowned composer and former Portlander who, during his time here, was a member of folk-pop groups Horse Feathers and Loch Lomond, quietly recorded and collected performances by his mother over the past 15 years, tucking them away with the goal of eventually sharing them with the world. That day finally came when Peter Broderick played the recordings of his mom’s work for Brian Sampson, the owner of Western Vinyl, who immediately agreed to release it through the label. Broderick broke the news to his mother soon thereafter on a Skype call. “I was just speechless,” Selah Broderick remembers. “My daughter [singer-songwriter Heather Woods Broderick] was saying, ‘I have sent so many musicians his way that I think he should record and he hasn’t. So you should be very flattered.’” The appeal of Broderick’s music is immediate. The foundational influence of artists like Bruce Cockburn and Shawn Colvin is evident through her strong acoustic guitar work, but there’s a gauzy ambience to her vocals and melodies and a cutting directness to her lyrics. The record is something of a diary, with joyful tunes about the birth of her first granddaughter (“Bella’s Song”) and expressions of harder times. Anam also includes a pair of lovely instrumentals that set Broderick’s flute atop a bed of warm synth drones and field recordings. Anam feels like the completion of a circle that began when Broderick was a kid in the D.C. area, falling back on her guitar as a comfort during a troubled home life. She made her way to the West Coast in her late teens and soon scored a gig playing a few nights a week at a bar in Bellingham, Wash. But when Broderick became pregnant the first time, she focused on balancing child rearing with her new career as a yoga instructor. Music remained a central focus of Broderick’s family life. Her kids started piano and violin lessons early on, and she would still play guitar at night when they were in bed. (Anam opens with a recording of a traditional folk ballad she made in 1979.) And she continued to encourage and support her children as their careers blossomed. Both Peter and Heather Broderick return the favor on Anam, lending both their instrumental and vocal talents to several songs on the album. “It’s so cool and so healing,” Selah Broderick says. “Our family’s had its disappointments and hard times. It feels like a beautiful connecting of who we all are. It’s really sweet.” Listen to Anam at westernvinyl.com/shop/wv212.

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Threshold Brewing & Blending

403 SE 79th Ave., 503-477-8789, threshold.beer. 4-7 pm TuesdaySaturday, noon-3 pm Sunday. The Montavilla brewery has built itself a shelter from the storms. To fortify its expanded streetside taphouse, the owners built a raised deck and put up three walls and a corrugated roof now adorned with dangling string lights. It’s a work in progress—but then, so is most of the city’s bar scene as it prepares for a COVIDravaged winter.

Baerlic Brewing’s Super Secret Beer Club

SWEET AND SAVORY: Fills uses its fried dough to make everything from breakfast sandwiches (bottom right) to a maple bacon doughnut (top right) to rival Voodoo’s.

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Fills Donuts has replaced a Blue Star Donuts and is flexing on Voodoo Doughnut with unexpected, savory recipes. BY JAS O N CO H E N

Portland’s doughnut scene abhors a vacuum. When Blue Star Donuts declared bankruptcy and began closing locations, Fills Donuts announced plans to rise in what was once the only Blue Star, on the same stretch of Northwest Washington Street as Grassa and Lardo. Like those spots, it’s part of Kurt Huffman’s ChefStable restaurant group, as is Bar King in Southeast. The Bakery at Bar King’s Katherine Benvenuti is also the main pastry brain at Fills, in tandem with Noble Rot pioneer and “cannabis chef” Leather Storrs, who’s also one of Huffman’s oldest friends. “Kurt and I have been talking about doughnuts for years,” says Storrs. “Kind of humorously. And kind of seriously.” Fills embraces the Berliner as its chosen style of doughnut. Though to some extent, a filled doughnut is a filled doughnut, whether it’s a Bavarian Kreme at Dunkin’, an Italian bomboloni, or a Polish paczki, Berliners are the German version, though in Berlin itself, they’re known as Pfannkuchen. At Fills, the focus is on seasonality, quality ingredients, and unexpected flavor combinations, both sweet and savory. Generally speaking, Storrs does the savory and Benvenuti the sweet, though there’s a constant exchange of ideas. “I think, for Leather and I, if we were going to do doughnuts, it needed to be inspiring,” says Benvenuti. “We’re basically using the doughnut as the boundary for whatever we want creatively.” What also sets Fills apart is its levain-based dough, which is mixed daily starting around 3 am, since it needs four hours of proofing. “With levain versus sourdough starter, you’re not oversouring it,” says Benvenuti. “So you get all of those lovely sweet notes.” 32

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But not too sweet, which is what brought Storrs into the fold. “I don’t love doughnuts personally, probably because I find them to be toothachingly sweet,” he says. “But Katherine’s dough has this marvelous, very gentle sweetness, a super tang from the levain, and an airiness that’s kind of hard to describe.” Fills’ opening menu includes such flavors as white chocolate passionfruit, masala chai, chocolate hazelnut, and a fairly traditional Boston creme. Storrs’ first special was a chicken liver mousse donut with grape mostarda glaze and fried onions—elements of a dish you certainly would have ordered without hesitation along with a bottle of gamay noir at Noble Rot. This week, you’ll find a manchego cream doughnut topped with Marcona almonds, more manchego and what Benvenuti calls quince pâte de fruit ($4.50), but which Fills’ Instagram identified as—pun alert—“quince leather.” Here are the details on four Fills donuts from the usual menu: Cinnamon Apple ($3.25) Despite the most traditional Berliner being, essentially, a jelly doughnut, Benvenuti plans to use only seasonal fruit, even when it’s cooked. Her apple butter filling—made from Kiyokawa Family Orchards Mountain Rose apples—has the freshness of homemade applesauce. It’s topped with a cinnamon buttermilk glaze. “I really want people to get used to things leaving and coming back,” Benvenuti says. “So, goodbye apricots, hello apples. Goodbye apples, hello Meyer lemons. That flow that’s pretty natural to chefs can be so easily represented in the doughnut shop.”

Pimento Cheese ($3) Call it a lunch doughnut. Or a kolache-doughnut hybrid. When Storrs suggested this one, Benvenuti responded: “That’s ridiculous! I’m totally into it.” On first bite, you might expect this doughnut’s blob of orange cream to have a little sweetness, à la red bean paste. But nope, it’s a straight-up spicy-savory blend of cheddar, cream cheese, roasted peppers, Mama Lil’s Peppers, cayenne, mayonnaise, mustard and salt, topped with hot honey glaze and more than a few pinches of toasted sesame seeds. Breakfast Sandwich ($6) Is a doughnut a sandwich? It is if you’ve got unfilled, day-old doughnuts. “Honestly, the time that they sit overnight is one of the ingredients,” says Storrs. “The dough has a bit more tooth to it.” The doughnuts, which are probably less sweet than Hawaiian rolls, are cut in half, griddled in butter and filled with a “quick scramble” of bacon and eggs, plus a chile aioli. You can also add cheese for an extra 50 cents. “The pro move is pimento cheese,” says Storrs. Maple Bacon Butterscotch ($4) Yeah, they went there. “We didn’t want it to be just a maple bacon doughnut,” says Benvenuti. “And using bacon in general, it was hard to do without feeling, um…” “Derivative,” Storrs says. One of Benvenuti’s inspirations for Fills’ version of the Voodoo Doughnut stalwart was a dish called “bacon, butterscotch, apple, thyme” from the Chicago restaurant Alinea. It’s also basically a butterscotch budino doughnut. The earthy and sophisticated custard begins with handmade caramel and is finished with single malt scotch. The doughnut also gets a propane torch at pickup, to “wake up” and crisp the bacon. “Is it an homage, a nod?” asks Storrs. “It is. But it’s also a flex. Like, ‘Look what we did with your crappy maple bacon doughnut.’” EAT: Fills Donuts, 1237 SW Washington St., 503-477-5994, fillsdonuts.com. 8 am-2 pm Wednesday-Sunday.

1020 SE Grant St., 503-477-9418, baerlicbrewing.com. 2-8 pm daily. Baerlic Brewing is among that inspired group of entrepreneurs during the pandemic that looked at the cracked, gray parking lot behind its building and somehow saw a socially distanced party. The 6,000-square-foot space has turned into a Bavarian-inspired drinking lawn, complete with a huge faux foliage backdrop affixed with the words “Super Secret Beer Club.”

Clyde Tavern

1014 SW Harvey Milk St., 503-2283333, clydecommon.com. 3-9 pm Wednesday-Sunday. Downtown staple Clyde Commons is now essentially a counter-service restaurant, with a single bartender behind plexiglass, three tables on the main floor, four tables on the mezzanine, and three outside under the awning, with heat lamps. There are only seven cocktails on the menu, including that Negroni and an Elijah Craig old fashioned. But you can still order others that you might remember from a past visit. Holiday cocktails, such as eggnog and the scotch and apple cider Flannel Shirt, are also about to hit the menu.

Old Town Brewing

5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-200-5988, otbrewing. com. 4-9 pm Sunday-Thursday, 3-9 pm Friday, noon-9 pm Saturday. While many makeshift pandemic patios are nothing much to look at, Old Town’s is different: It immerses you in nature. The temporary woodland is laden with trees on loan from the city of Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services. Some are squat and bushy, others taller than the red umbrellas shading the patch with blooming flowers in a complementary shade of crimson.

Teardrop Lounge

1015 NW Everett St., 503-4458109, teardroplounge.com. 4-10 pm Wednesday-Saturday. Reservations required. Unlike the other establishments on this list, the pioneering craft cocktail bar does not have outdoor seating. Instead, the bar has reopened with the intent of creating the safest possible environment for indoor imbibing. That includes a new, heavy-duty HVAC system and plexiglass around its center bar. Will it all make customers comfortable enough to drink inside again? Hard to say—but the cocktails remain mighty enticing.


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co-partner Nov. 1. Both businesses encourage people to use the commons as a physically distanced food court. “This summer, we would commonly see families eating together with food from two to three different restaurants,” says Lauren Reese, Lionheart’s owner, “something not practicable pre-COVID, and something so special to this space.” So from your outdoor table, you could begin with an appetizer of golden samosas from Top Burmese; move on to a tangle of chewy ramen noodles swimming in a hazelnut broth courtesy of Afuri; then tackle a Detroit-style pizza as thick as a Stephen King novel baked by Ex Novo. If you’re not completely stuffed at that point, finish the tour with a Petunia’s pastry sold at Lionheart. If there’s any time when scarfing down an entire smorgasbord from nearly a half-dozen places was not only socially acceptable, but also commendable as the restaurant industry continues to struggle, it is now. Go ahead and fulfill your civic duty. PATIO SPECS Number of seats: 72 Distance between tables/seats: At least 6 feet Safety measures: Staff sanitize the tables and chairs every two hours; two sanitizer stations have spray bottles filled with cleaning fluid and hand sanitizer for patrons. Peak hours: 5-8 pm

STREET FOOD: Beaverton’s 1st Street Dining Commons offers samples of some of Portland’s best spinoff restaurants.

EAT: 1st Street Dining Commons, Southwest 1st Street between Watson and Washington avenues, downtownbeaverton.org/blog/dining-commons. 7 am-8 pm daily.

Common Ground

A new food hall in Beaverton offers a dining experience that’s actually improved during the pandemic. BY AN D I P R E W I T T

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Portland’s most exciting new food hall is…well, not in Portland. It’s also not a food hall in the traditional sense—missing is the cavernous hull that would be crammed with a carnival midway’s variety of vendors grilling, griddling and frying up dishes around the perimeter, while long tables take up nearly every inch of space in the center. Eight months into a pandemic, such crowded, communal experiences now seem almost foreign. But you can get the unfettered thrill of plate hopping in Beaverton—and, no, we’re not talking about a greasy cafeteria inside of a mall. One of Portland’s larger suburbs—and arguably one of the most tepid, with a dining scene dominated by Olive Garden and Outback—has been quietly amassing a collection of the Rose City’s best spinoff restaurants in the heart of its Old Town. When the COVID-19 outbreak prompted a pavilion to sprout in the main drag, it created the perfect opportunity for people to abandon the normal requirement to stick with one dining room for the duration of their dinner. You can now cavort from restaurant to restaurant, collecting an assortment of spectacular dishes never before assembled for the same feast that you’ll unfurl and enjoy in the road. “The city’s got a pretty strong strategy for recruiting restaurants in particular,” says Kevin Teater, executive director for the Beaverton Downtown Association. “It’s been a huge boost to the district, with people realizing they don’t have to go into Portland anymore. They can stay right here in their hometown.” Whatever wooing methods Beaverton has relied on, they must be downright seductive. In the past two years, Old Town has landed Ex Novo Brewing, Big’s Chicken, Top Burmese and, just last month, Afuri Izakaya. Indian-inspired eatery the Sudra is set to join them in 2021. That cluster of Portland establishments have all put down new roots a pot sticker’s throw away from longtime Korean favorite, Nak Won.

Placing a seating area—dubbed the 1st Street Dining Commons—in the middle of them became one of those rare, glee-filled side effects of the pandemic, for customers and businesses alike. A city of Beaverton survey about the one-block space sent to owners of establishments in the area as well as members of the community found that 95% of respondents appreciated the setup. For many, it appears to be one of the few things they have to look forward to as days grow shorter and darker. “A rather large majority said that they would still come out and eat out there even if it’s cold and rainy,” Teater says, “because they need someplace to go.” For businesses, the collection of tents and tables proved to be more critical. The same questionnaire asked those operators whether the commons had been beneficial to their bottom line. “Many of them who only even neighbor the space, some of whom are not even restaurants, said that it was a huge boost to their business because it drew people downtown,” Teater explains. “Some actually said, ‘Without this outdoor dining area, we wouldn’t have been able to stay in business.’ They just would not have been able to see a way forward.” The idea to shut off a portion of the street to vehicles in favor of foot traffic came early on during the pandemic in a video call meeting. The downtown association and local businesses took the concept to city officials, and in June, the orange barricades went up. In late October, 1st Street looked like a concert stage that had lost its band. That was undoubtedly due to the fact that Portland Productions, which handles everything from the rigging to the risers at music events, supplied the equipment, including silver box trusses that hold up the awnings and purple DJ-style party lights. Lionheart Coffee Company, where you can order a beer or avocado toast or both, oversees the space, with employees setting up and breaking down the furniture daily, sanitizing surfaces every two hours, and taking out the trash. Afuri joined as

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Ruthie’s

3634 SE Division St., instagram.com/ruthiespdx. Noon-8 pm daily. This food cart’s self-proclaimed “Mormon cooking” is a shrine to Oregon’s natural bounty. Ruthie’s menu will change with the seasons, and every bite undergoes some form of fire application from its wood-fired oven. The inaugural lineup includes four salads ($10-$13) and two meats ($22 each).

Fills Donuts

1237 SW Washington St., 503-477-5994. 8 am-2 pm Wednesday-Sunday. If you thought Portland didn’t need another doughnut maker, this one introduces a new style to the culinary scene: the Berliner, traditional German pastries with no center hole and a filling of fruit, chocolate or custard. Expect plenty of inventiveness in Fills’ finished products, including flavors like matcha, pumpkin, hazelnut and even a pimento cheese doughnut with a sesame seed topping.

Birrieria PDX

16544 SE Division St., Portland, 971-336-6804. 11 am-9 pm Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30 am-9 pm Friday-Sunday. The birria boom has reached Portland, and this cart in deep Southeast is one of its main purveyors. Birria de res, like its sibling, barbacoa de res, has a long tradition in many parts of Mexico, but Birrieria PDX’s menu goes beyond classic applications: Other inventive options include the keto taco, made with crispy melted cheese instead of a tortilla, and birria ramen, the Japanese noodle soup made with the broth of the birria, resulting in something that tastes more like pho or Thai boat noodles.

Rock Paper Fish

2605 SE Burnside St., rockpaperfishandchips.com. 11 am-9 pm Wednesday-Sunday. Rock Paper Fish is yet another fast-casual Micah Camden restaurant, and yet another quick pandemic pivot. Open since mid-August, it’s a pickup- and delivery-only fish-and-chips window operating out of what used to be Boxer Ramen in the Burnside 26 building. The seafood may be mostly local or regional, but the style is New England: double-battered, double-fried, with thick fries reminiscent of Belgian frites.

Han Oak

511 NE 24th Ave., 971-255-0032, hanoakpdx.com. 5-8 pm Friday-Sunday. Takeout only. Peter Cho’s Han Oak wows diners nightly with its modern, progressive take on Korean cuisine—at least, it did until, well, y’know. But the restaurant—one of Portland’s best, regardless of cuisine—has revved back up again, offering Cho’s world-beating dumplings and what on paper sounds like it will soon be the city’s favorite new obsession: a steamed bao burger. Willamette Week NOVEMBER 4, 2020 wweek.com

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Genevieve Hudson and C Pam Zhang In their debut novels, both Genevieve Hudson and C Pam Zhang nod to the timeless formula of the American coming-of-age story, but push its bounds outward to account for those who are routinely overlooked by the genre. Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold redresses the folksy Gold Rush narrative, setting two first-generation siblings on a path of familial discovery through the Western frontier. Hudson, in Boys of Alabama, describes the growing pains of adolescence through the lens of queer boyhood in the American South. 5 pm Friday, Nov. 6. See PDXBookFest.org for streaming info.

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BEWITCHING: A talented group of actors lent their voices to an audio performance of a play about a witch hunt.

Piss and Vinegar The Theatre Company’s new audio play, Vinegar Tom, chronicles a 17th century witch hunt. BY BE N N E T T C A M P B E LL FE RGUS O N

“Evil women—is that what you want?” Irony oozes from that question, which is asked at the end of Vinegar Tom, Caryl Churchill’s play about a 17th century witch hunt. Accusations of witchcraft spread through the story like a contagion, but there are no evil women in Churchill’s world. There are only women who have been brainwashed, brutalized and weaponized by evil men. Vinegar Tom is the second play to be produced by the Theatre Company, which was founded last year. It’s being presented as a podcast, which spares us from having to see simulations of its many horrors, including hangings. The play may have been published in 1976, but it’s a feminist fable for the ages—and a chilling portrayal of how patriarchal societies pit women against each other. Churchill is an imaginative and inventive writer who has been hailed as one of Britain’s greatest living playwrights—Portland theatergoers may remember her tea-and-the-apocalypse play Escaped Alone, which was performed by Shaking the Tree Theatre last year. With Vinegar Tom, she offers a collection of compelling ideas, but not an emotionally realized work of art. Churchill’s characters are light on personality and heavy on symbolism—which means it’s up to director

Jen Rowe, who co-founded the Theatre Company with Brandon Woolley, and the actors to infuse them with personality. Vinegar Tom doesn’t have a protagonist, but it does have a catalyst for its chaos: Margery (Morgan Cox), a woman who lives in a bleak English village with her vicious, philandering husband, Jack (Chris Harder). Dismayed by their withering livestock, Margery blames Joan (Diane Kondrat), a poor woman whom she accuses of being a witch. The claims against Joan, whose cat is named Vinegar Tom, are arbitrary, but Margery clings to them as if they were her salvation. In a ludicrous attempt to lift Joan’s “curse,” she and Jack burn a cow, creating a stink and igniting a surge of scapegoating and betrayal. Multiple women are accused of witchcraft, a witch hunter (Sam Dinkowitz) arrives in the village, and violent words give way to actual violence. In a cast replete with impressive voices, Kondrat stands out. In marvelously rough tones, she conveys Joan’s conviction that if people believe she’s a witch, she may as well act the part. “Jack is lucky I didn’t bewitch him to death, and Margery…but she was kind to me long ago,” she declares. “But I killed their cows like I killed 10 cows last year, and the great storm and tempest comes when I call it.”

None of this is true. Joan is no more a witch than Alice (Alanna Fagan), who pretends to undo Jack’s impotence to stop him from pestering her. Vinegar Tom is about the lies that men project onto women—and the moment when embracing those lies becomes safer and easier than speaking truth. If Vinegar Tom is both frustrating and fascinating, it’s because the story’s nameless village seems less like a community than a laboratory where Churchill conducts experiments on her characters. Each character is a victim, a villain or a combination of both. The actors attack the play with all of their emotional might, but there’s only so much they can do for a story populated by archetypes instead of human beings. The flaws of Vinegar Tom prevent it from impacting you the way it wants to, but that’s no reason to dismiss the play. Potent performances aren’t the production’s only triumph—it also features Cameron McPhee’s sublime sound design, which ranges from the specific (the clacking of crickets) to the surreal (the eerie ambience heard in the final scene). McPhee adds tension and texture, not only to the village but to the present-day interludes that punctuate the play. That includes the rush of women’s voices that concludes the story, which sounds like an ad for a misogynistic witch porno (“you can be sucked off by a succubus,” it promises). Churchill refuses to let us forget that the crimes of Vinegar Tom live on in other forms, including modern fantasies. It’s a disturbing thought—and it fits perfectly in a play that seeks to empower audiences by terrifying them into action. LISTEN: Vinegar Tom streams at thetheatreco.org/vinegartom through Nov. 14. $10.

Blending essay, poetry and autobiography, Claudia Rankine’s newest release, Just Us, disassembles the forces of white supremacy from the inside out. The book is wholly original in form, cementing itself in the contemporary moment with anecdotes, tweets and frank observations, asking readers to move beyond a superficial empathy to imagine a future that does not rely on injustice for order. Rankine will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown, whose latest collection, The Tradition, moves between the past and present in an electric portrait of Blackness, queerness and fatherhood. 5 pm Monday, Nov. 16. See PDXBookFest.org for streaming info.

Arvin Ahmadi and Adib Khorram Arvin Ahmadi and Adib Khorram, who happen to be friends in real life, also happened to write two highly celebrated young adult novels in the past year. In How It All Blew Up, Ahmadi brings a story of young, dumb love to the decidedly unromantic setting of an airport interrogation room, as 18-year-old Amir’s identities as a gay Muslim teen collide after an impulsive trip to Rome. In Khorram’s Darius the Great Deserves Better, varsity soccer practices, a plush internship, and a perfectly adequate boyfriend prove unsatisfying in the anticipated sequel to Darius the Great Is Not Okay. 3:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 17. See PDXBookFest.org for streaming info.

Margaret Atwood For decades, Margaret Atwood has been synonymous with her speculative-slash-science fiction novels addressing gender, submission, dogma and political authority. Now, for the first time in over 10 years, she is returning to the world of poetry with Dearly, a collection that bottles Atwood’s signature imaginative storytelling in bursts of a few short lines. Atwood will be joined in conversation by Karen Russell, a two-time National Magazine Award winner and author known for her short stories and horror-adjacent fiction. 5:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 17. See PDXBookFest.org for streaming info.

Isabel Wilkerson In the widely acclaimed bestseller Caste, journalist Isabel Wilkerson reckons with dominant forces of power in a deeply researched and reported narrative on the hierarchical system that lies beneath the American project. Moving beyond measures of class, race or gender, Wilkerson turns her eye to embedded human divisions across civilizations with rich and thoughtful analysis. She will be joined in conversation by Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer and foremost scholar on American studies. 5:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 19. See PDXBookFest.org for streaming info. Willamette Week NOVEMBER 4, 2020 wweek.com

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This year feels like it’s been a whole era. Maybe make this post-election week all about self-care before reconstruction. Because whatever happens electionwise, we still have so much work to do communitywise. Once we’ve nursed ourselves back to baseline, we can at least fractionally remove our gaze from these crusty old white men and double down on building a better Oregon for everyone. Here are our suggestions for your election week stash box: If Biden Wins: Black Sheep Best-case scenario, America catches a quick rebound with Mr. Nice Grandpa, before rediscovering her true value and letting herself be led by strong competent women of color and Indigenous communities. Let’s enjoy this sojourn between trauma and rehabilitation while the nation begins its global apology tour. Grassroots changemakers on the front lines should indulge in both the introspective and invigorating effects of sativa hybrid Black Sheep before getting back to work. Black Sheep’s lineage includes Lambsbreath, Jack Black, Cindy 88, and Grape Ape, but the cultivar’s effects are singularly its own. The silky head high is a thinker’s delight, and the body high is sparkling with warm tranquility, but effects may vary. The terpene profile is dominated by myrcene, bringing a soft calm to an otherwise cerebral sativa high. Get it from: Fidus PDX, 7501 SW Capitol Highway, 503889-0682. If Trump Wins: Obama Kush At Thanksgiving dinner four years ago, I barely got one disparaging word out about the forthcoming presidency before I was met with a gust of long-lashed, auntie eyerolls and a chorus of “Child, we’ve been through it before, we’ll get through it again, you better count your blessings and eat this food.” It was an intergenerational shading that, had I not been astronomically high on Obama Kush, might have gone over my head. On this day, I offer the same wisdom my aunties delivered to me four years ago: Child, we’ve been through it before, we’ll get through it again, count these blessings and smoke this weed. Obama Kush is a euphoric, relaxing strain with a thread of uplifting pep that makes it therapeutically popular for managing anxiety and depression. The terpene profile is led by caryophyllene and limonene, a balance of brisk clarity and soothing relief that’s peppery in the nose and lemony on the exhale. Get it from: Club Sky High, 8975 N Lombard St., 503719-580, clubskyhigh.net. If the Results Are Still Being Tabulated: Roasted Garlic Margy If your vibe is “half the damn country voted by mail already, what the crap is taking so long?” consider taking a gram of RGM straight to the face. Roasted Garlic Margy is a strain that will humor your unavoidable vexation by

shaking the sweaty crap out of you with a manic onset before chilling you the heck out with a classically stony high. Yes, the high begins with a boiling swoon, but it quickly simmers into a kind of cushy relaxation in both mind and body. When the ballots are still being counted, what else is there to do besides get high and unlax? This memorably named cross of GMO and Frozen Margy is a wild noseful of funk—think mee-maw’s weekold pot roast misted with diesel and foot cheese—that somehow belies a refreshing, minty-pine exhale. Despite the aggressive perfume, the high is velvety and sedate. And if you’re really into a rowdy cacophony of aromas, roll this into a flavored blunt wrap. Your taste buds/nose buds will be so confused it’ll be the perfect distraction from doom scrolling Twitter for updated vote counts. Get it from: ReLeaf Health, 3213 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 971-255-1447, releafhealth.green. If the Results Are Contested: LA Kush Cake What you’re going to need in this case is something that will tranquilize your rage vibes enough to keep you from kicking a hole in your smart TV or throwing your phone in the river. One way to extinguish the helpless exasperation wrought by the audacity of papery, xenophobic rapists is to (1) double-lock all your doors, (2) play some Sade or Enya, and (3) pack several consecutive bowls of LA Kush Cake. This cultivar brings together two popular strains, Wedding Cake and Kush Mints, to produce a creeper that eases its users slowly into complacency, rather than all at once or after a choppy onset. The nose is anchored in earthy suggestions of vanilla and dry wood, and the exhale leaves a lingering sheen of minty linalool behind. The lineage of LA Kush Cake suggests a deep, couch-lock type of relaxation, and if you’re snuggled into a davenport with a comfort box of Crunch and Munch, you’re probably not going to unlodge yourself just to rage stomp your laptop. Get it from: Serra, 2519 SE Belmont St., 971-544-7055, shopserra.com. If Everybody Dies and Kamala Takes It All: Nigerian Silver There are a bunch of old men running around the White House during a respiratory pandemic. It’s not too outrageous to think that maybe the oldest, grossest or most nefarious of them might not make it out of this dumpster-fire election alive. If the universe somehow finds us coming out of this terror year with our first Black female president, Nigerian Silver is the celebratory strain for the occasion. Nigerian Silver is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a hot euphoric streak and a pulsating body high. The effects build gradually to a jubilant peak, along the way fueling energetic creativity and psychedelic deep thinking. The nose is all berries and diesel, a terp profile that features sunny ocimene and a deliciously gassy expression of myrcene. Get it from: Budding Culture, 6802 NE Broadway, 503719-6192, buddingculturepdx.com.

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WW: Were people always trying to introduce you to other comedians of color? Leon Anderson: I wish there were enough of us in the improv industry where that would be an issue [laughter]. I was very enthusiastic, because up until recently I’d never been onstage with another Black male. Since starting improv in 2005, I’d only performed with two other Black women, so having this opportunity felt like a breath of fresh air. Eric Simons: When I was performing in Minneapolis, I did manage to spend a bit of time with an all-Black team, but, in a semi-similar way to Leon, it wasn’t until getting here that I really found a group that fully clicked. Anderson: With something like improv, all three of us bring our own particular tool kit. Obviously, we have our own strengths, our 40

Over the Garden Wall (2014) Created by Adventure Time writer Patrick McHale, this animated miniseries of 10 11-minute episodes centers on a teen boy (Elijah Wood) and his little brother as they encounter a bevy of bewitching humans and spirits while on an adventure in the woods. What begins as a straightforward romp gradually morphs into a deeply human tale of brotherhood and fear of the unknown. Amazon Prime, Google Play, HBO Max, Hulu, YouTube.

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Broke Gravy, oddly enough, grew from Noble Rot. The wine list-fueled LoBu eatery was where mutual friends arranged for Florida-born L.A. émigré Leon Anderson to meet fellow Angeleno transplant Chris Williams and Minneapolis native Eric Simons. All three were new to Portland, all three were passionate improv devotees, and the self-described Black Americans each felt some distance from both their adopted hometown and a guiding muse. “Improv teams, improv crowds,” Simons chuckled, “you could just say improv’s pretty white.” Earning a dedicated local fan base through a flurry of appearances and workshops, the group won rave reviews at comedy festivals across the continent. Despite steadily gaining momentum, the effective ban on performances due to Oregon’s ongoing COVID-19 restrictions should’ve forced an act so dependent on engaging live crowds to go on hiatus. But the three friends quickly responded to disastrous circumstances with the launch of weekly podcast Whatchu Wanna Know—a streamable hangout that couches incisive social and political commentary within the hosts’ infectious rapport and free-flowing riffage. As the trio readied its 36th episode for election night, Anderson and Simons sat down with WW to discuss some of the challenges for comedians of color performing in front of audiences regularly described as the nation’s least diverse.

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LAUGHING STOCK: Improv group Broke Gravy now entertains audiences via podcast during the pandemic.

own likes and dislikes, but there are shared experiences. There’s a background. There’s a root. We’re able to just dive into topics that we know intimately and be ourselves onstage. When you are performing in front of an all-white audience, are there times…? Anderson: Are we worried they won’t get our humor or be able to connect with different life experiences? That’s the majority mentality—“You need to know about Sum 41 as much as I do!” I’m grateful to be able to perform with Broke Gravy and put a story onstage that makes an audience ask a question. If I was performing with a typical improv group, addressing topics like slavery would be extremely uncomfortable for me and the audience, but because we’re bringing a truth not often seen or shown, that gives us the freedom to possibly dig a little more into some of those more provocative or taboo areas. Simons: I mean, we absolutely want to see more audiences of color, but people are busy. They have only so much free time and money to spend, and they want to try and see something close to their life experiences. When me and Leon performed at Curious [Comedy], I’d walk in to do the late show and actually see a couple people of color in the crowd just looking at the all-white performing group. When you don’t see yourself reflected, it’s hard to say, “Let’s go check out an improv show!” Would you ever leave Portland? Anderson: The pace and the quality of life up here is real solid. I feel that I can get a lot done or go off into nature if needed. There’s the food and the arts. Really, the only thing I have to leave town to find is diversity and that connection to Black culture. Simons: You always hear that there are no Black people in Portland. You’re right, there aren’t any, and there’s a reason why that is.

People outwardly express themselves as liberal without doing anything to help increase the population of Blacks in Portland or make it a more desirable place to live. They’re still looking for what’s most comfortable for them. Is Portland intrinsic to your act? Anderson: No, no and no. I think this is 100-percent transferable, and the evidence there is how we’ve been received at festivals. Going to Rhode Island and really finding a community that loves what we bring. Alberta, Canada—they love them some Broke Gravy. So, Portland finally diversifies through marketing and comedy? Anderson: Right, Eric? [Laughter] We’re going to be the start! They’ll write history books about how Broke Gravy changed the demographics of the Pacific Northwest!

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) Wes Anderson’s stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s elementary school staple follows a fox (George Clooney) who’s addicted to stealing food from a trio of villainous farmers, much to the chagrin of his wife (Meryl Streep). With a trademark color palette of burnt oranges and toasty browns, Anderson and team have crafted an autumn essential. Amazon Prime, Disney+, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube.

First Cow (2020) In this elegiac, sepia-toned drama from Kelly Reichardt, two lonesome travelers in the 1820s band together to steal milk from the only cow in the Oregon Territory. Filmed entirely on location in our state, First Cow is a must-watch for Oregonians. Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube.

Far From Heaven (2002)

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Julianne Moore stars as a repressed 1950s housewife struggling with the revelation that her husband (Dennis Quaid) is gay. To cope, she begins an affair with her gardener’s son, a Black man, inciting a scandal in her uppity white neighborhood. Written and directed by fellow Portlandian (and member of the Hollywood Theatre’s board of directors!) Todd Haynes. Amazon Prime, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Sling TV, Starz, Vudu, YouTube.

Autumn Sonata (1978) When a cold, domineering classical pianist (Ingrid Bergman in her final film role) visits her estranged daughter (Liv Ullman), long overdue confrontations bubble to the surface. The only collaboration between auteur Ingmar Bergman and actress Ingrid Bergman is an unforgettable, poignant family drama. Criterion Channel, Google Play, HBO Max, Kanopy, Vudu, YouTube.


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American Utopia Spike Lee directing a concert doc might sound bizarre. But a closer look at both American Utopia and its subject, David Byrne, reveals a deeper connection between the filmmaker’s body of work and this project. Performing with musicians from around the globe who make shimmering water on which Byrne’s voice floats, he sings about love, life, home, harmony and chicken heaven (yes, chicken heaven). The Talking Heads frontman invited Lee to shoot a screen version of his Broadway show of the same name, which opened in October 2019 and closed four months later. The result is an intimate look at a grand stage performance. Byrne starts out alone, pondering a model of the human brain. When he finishes, barefoot dancers and musicians enter the stage, one by one, all clad in gray and carrying their own instruments. The group’s message of unity binds together a set of songs—some new, some old (about half come from the Talking Heads’ catalog)—that is enhanced by Annie-B Parson’s glorious choreography. Cutting between 11 camera angles, in the crowd and onstage, Lee complements her work. The director also makes a powerful addition to the Janelle Monáe protest song “Hell You Talmbout” by showing photographs of the Black Americans killed by police who are mentioned in the anthem. Here, Lee is the same as he ever was. NR. ASHER LUBERTO. Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Hulu.

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On the Rocks

When your second film is a universe of compassion, wit and wonderment, it’s not easy for the rest of your career to keep up. Yet On the Rocks is one of the most intelligent and moving films that writer-director

Sofia Coppola has made since her transcendent Tokyo odyssey Lost in Translation. It’s the kind of movie that gets you guessing about what a great director is up to, then surprises and pleases you when she doesn’t go where you imagined. On the Rocks stars Rashida Jones as Laura, a writer who suspects that her husband, Dean (Marlon Wayans), is cheating on her. Since Laura’s father, Felix (Bill Murray), is eager for an excuse to spy on his son-in-law, the two embark on a shambling investigation of Dean, which culminates in a surreal sojourn in Mexico. Murray suavely sells the contradictions of Felix, a decrepit playboy who defends his daughter’s honor but delights in demeaning women. Felix can be a mesmerizingly phony charmer, but On the Rocks is about Laura awakening to the emptiness behind his incandescence—an awakening that sets the stage for her spiritual rebirth. That journey may not match the visual and emotional heights of Lost in Translation, but On the Rocks triumphs on its own terms by telling the story of a woman who, scene by scene, gradually claims the movie as her own. R. BENNETT CAMPBELL FERGUSON. Apple TV+.

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Anyone who thinks nonstop talk can’t be cinematic hasn’t seen an Aaron Sorkin movie. Sorkin (who won an Oscar for writing The Social Network) is living proof that film is both a visual and a verbal medium. Actors tear through his tender-witty-wrathful writing as if attacking crisp, chewy steaks—and the stars of his courtroom epic The Trial of the Chicago 7, which he also directed, are no exception (the cast includes Yahya AbdulMateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne and Joseph Gordon-Levitt). The film is set mostly in the late ’60s, when seven anti-war activists were accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic

National Convention in Chicago. The bravery of the brutalized defendants is justly legendary, but the film is no self-righteous history lesson. The script is stocked with zingers (“this is the Academy Awards of protests and as far as I’m concerned, it’s an honor just to be nominated,” one defendant says of the trial), and Sorkin’s depiction of patriotism curdling into fascism is visceral, not didactic—Frank Langella as Judge Julius Hoffman unleashes a nauseating portrait of real-life evil. Sorkin also shows us devastating images of demonstrators being teargassed by police, but he doesn’t belabor the similarities between 1968 and 2020. He knows when to shut up and let history speak for itself. R. BENNETT CAMPBELL FERGUSON. Netflix.

Higher Love

To say that Hasan Oswald’s debut documentary is a snapshot of America’s opioid crisis implies something too quick. There’s nothing snappy about spending 10 minutes cramped in a room of New Jerseyans endlessly shooting up. The camerawork is graphic and unsteady, and you can feel the lack of control permeating every inch of squalor. Despite this grotesque intimacy, Higher Love finds its more interesting subject idling outside the trap house. We first meet Daryl, the 47-year-old printing press owner and father of eight, trolling dilapidated industrial parks in search of his pregnant girlfriend, Nani. If she’s depicted as one of the opioid crisis’s ceaseless tragedies (her mother died of an overdose), Daryl is one of its memorable supporting characters. You couldn’t script his boundless patience with Nani or his explosions of contempt at how deep her addiction runs. Secondary stories of other Camden residents battling the needle aren’t as layered, though they do reveal untold absurdities of the recovery system, like needing to score one final time in order to receive a suitably high dose of Suboxone for detox. In that light, Higher Love

reveals utter extremity becoming dismally banal. For Daryl, the burning question becomes, when is giving up the only rational response? NR. CHANCE SOLEM-PFEIFER. On Demand.

Let Him Go

In 1950s Montana, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife, Margaret (Diane Lane), are rocked by the sudden, tragic death of their eldest son. Still struggling to cope, they watch with heavy hearts as their former daughterin-law weds a new man, the abusive Donnie Weboy (Will Brittain). But when Donnie and his unhinged family take off to the Dakota badlands with the Blackledge’s young grandson Jimmy, the last living tie to their late son, the bereaved couple will stop at nothing to bring him home. Thomas Bezucha’s direction is assured, eliciting chilling performances from his cast of talented actors. The women shine in particular: Lane as the vengeful matriarch projects a steely determination and commanding screen presence that pushes Costner to the sidelines, while the always brilliant Lesley Manville (who earned an Oscar nomination for her role in 2017’s Phantom Thread) steals the show as Blanche Weboy, Donnie’s mother and mastermind. Though both of these portrayals and the pastoral visuals of the Midwest mountains are breathtaking, the story itself is lethargic, never fully getting off the ground nor matching the strength of the source material, Larry Watson’s eponymous novel. Nevertheless, your repressed dad will probably love it for its themes of trauma, grief and masculinity. R. MIA VICINO. Mill Plain 8, Vancouver Mall 23.

Rebecca

Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is one of the most sensual novels ever written. Published in 1938, it’s the story of a nameless heroine who marries Maxim de Winter, lord of a forbidding English estate known as Manderley. There’s nothing explicitly paranormal about the novel, but Manderley is figuratively haunted by Maxim’s late wife, Rebecca. Her desires endure through the vindictive housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, and her unmistakably erotic rivalry with Maxim’s new bride infuses the novel with transgressive force. Director Ben Wheatley’s new adaptation of Rebecca is barely transgressive at all, but it offers a few pleasures. Lily James radiates both vulnerability and strength as the protagonist, and Wheatley (whose films include the 2016 shootout flick Free Fire) unleashes some clever visions of terror, including a crowd of partygoers endlessly chanting “Rebecca!” What’s missing is du Maurier’s mastery of subtle menace. The heroine’s romance with Maxim (Armie Hammer) is summed up in a dopey sequence that plays like a PG-13 Fifty Shades of Grey, and Wheatley serves up an artificially perky finish in lieu of du Maurier’s devastating final sentences. The clash between the heroine and the memory of Rebecca was rich with romantic triumph and despair in the novel, but Wheatley settles for the weakest form of romance: niceness. PG-13. BENNETT CAMPBELL FERGUSON. Netflix.

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Week of November 12

©2020 Rob Brezsny

by Matt Jones

"Going Dim"--turn down for what?

ARIES (March 21-April 19)

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

"Love can’t always do work," wrote novelist Iris Murdoch. "Sometimes it just has to look into the darkness." From what I can tell, you've been doing that recently: looking into the darkness for love's sake. That's a good thing! You have been the beneficiary of the blessings that come through the contemplation of mysteries and enigmas. You've been recalibrating your capacity to feel love and tenderness in the midst of uncertainty. I suspect that it will soon be time to shift course, however. You're almost ready to engage in the intimate work that has been made possible by your time looking into the darkness.

"Who is to decide between 'Let it be' and 'Force it'?" asked Libran author Katherine Mansfield. I mention this because you're now hanging out in the limbo zone between "Let it be" and "Force it." But very soon—I'm sure you'll have a clear intuition about when—you'll figure out how to make a decisive move that synthesizes the two. You will find a way to include elements of both "Let it be" and "Force it."

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Author Barbara Kingsolver says, "Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say." That's always valuable advice, but it'll be especially useful to keep in mind during the coming weeks. You're probably going to feel more pressure than usual to tell others what they wish you would tell them; you may experience some guilt or worry about being different from their expectations of you. Here's the good news: I'm pretty certain you can be true to yourself without seeming like a jerk to anyone or damaging your long-term interests. So you might as well say and do exactly what's real and genuine.

GEMINI (May 21-June20) "The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks," wrote playwright Tennessee Williams. I think that's a poetic but accurate description of the feat you've been working on lately, Gemini. You're gently smashing through stony obstructions. You've been calling on your irrepressible will to enjoy life as you have outsmarted the rugged, jagged difficulties. You're relying on beauty and love to power your efforts to escape a seemingly no-win situation. Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

ACROSS 1 Actress Anna who left "Mom" after season 7 6 Carry through the air 10 Lose it 14 The "fifth taste"

58 Question from someone who just resurfaced (like me after running "best of" puzzles?) 60 Carbonated drink 61 Israeli Golda

15 Penne ___ vodka

62 "___ Dragon" (2016 Disney remake)

16 Cuban greeting

63 One "A" of AAA

17 Yoda, for one

64 Just say no

19 Caught in ___ (trapped)

65 Flavoring for Greek cookies

20 Letter opener, for short? 21 Grub

30 Uber ___ (delivery service)

41 Like one

Cancerian rapper Vince Staples says, "I feel like it’s impossible to be completely yourself." Why? Because ideally we're always outgrowing who we have become; we're moving beyond the successes we have already achieved. There is no final, whole, ideal "self" to inhabit and express—only more and more of our selfness to create. Staples suggests we'd get bored if we reached a mythical point where we had figured out exactly who we are and embodied it with utter purity. We always have a mandate to transform into a new version of our mystery. Sounds like fun! Everything I just said, Cancerian, is an empowering meditation for you right now.

42 Took advantage of, as a system

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)

31 Luxury resorts (remember those?) 32 Lemminglike rodent 33 Entertaining displays of ineptitude 37 Symbol of the golden ratio 38 Emmy-winning 2019 HBO miniseries 40 One of an elephant's four

22 Language that gave us "robot" and "howitzer"

DOWN

23 Not out of the question

2 "FoxTrot" cartoonist Bill

45 Gary who's 13 days younger than Gary Numan

25 Written companion to a Twitch stream

3 "On the Media" medium

46 Danish, for example

4 Worthy of copying

49 Dominican Republic neighbor

26 It might obscure identity

1 Apple variety from Japan

43 It may get crushed

31 Lithe

5 ___City (classic computer game)

34 "Frozen 2" character

6 Nut and bolt spacer

51 Adoption agcy.

35 Sorento maker

7 Part of SATB

52 They do it for a living

36 Francis's title

8 Went quickly

53 "This is exciting"

37 Nonstick brand

9 Goo in a prehistoric pit

38 TV Batman Adam

10 2019 Zachary Levi film

54 Comedian and "Love Island" narrator Stirling

39 Kentucky-born boxer

11 Reply to "No offense"

40 Chancellor Helmut

12 Jim's counterpart in recent "SNL" cold opens

42 Team that won the most World Series in the 2010s

13 Garden route

44 Creator of another crater, maybe

18 "Get ___" (GSN show of 2020)

47 Got out quick

22 Kitschy plant from the mint family

48 "Cocoon" Oscar winner Don 51 Part of a black suit

24 Diner staple letters

53 Insightful

25 Items stuck in some car changers

55 Tony of "Veep"

27 Kingdom

57 Overly formal

28 Nightmarish street 29 Central idea

CANCER (June 21-July 22)

50 "It's nobody ___ business"

56 Caesar's "to be" 58 Target of early-2000s U.N. inspections 59 Drink with a high IBU

last week’s answers

"I am my own sanctuary and I can be reborn as many times as I choose throughout my life." Singersongwriter Lady Gaga said that, and now I offer it to you to use as your motto. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, it's a fabulous time to be your own sanctuary. I invite you to rebirth yourself at least twice between now and the end of November. What's the first step you'll take to get started?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The National Football League is a giant socialist enterprise. It earns billions of dollars of revenue, and shares it equally with each of its 32 teams. So the team in Green Bay, Wisconsin, population 105,000, receives the same payout as the team in Chicago, population 2.7 million. I advocate a comparable approach for you in the coming weeks. Just for now, distribute your blessings and attention and favors as evenly as possible, showing no favoritism toward a particular child or friend or pet or loved one or influence. Be an impartial observer, as well. Try to restrain biases and preferential treatment as you act with even-handed fair-mindedness. Don't worry: You can eventually go back to being a subjective partisan if you want. For the foreseeable future, your well-being requires cordial neutrality.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) “I hold a beast, an angel, and a madman in me," wrote Scorpio poet Dylan Thomas (1914–1953) in a letter to a friend. That sounds like a lot of energy to manage! And he didn't always do a good job at it—although he did at times tap into his primal wellspring to create some interesting poetry. I'm going to use Thomas's words in your horoscope, because I think that in the coming weeks you can be a subtle, refined, and mature blend of a beast, angel, and madperson. Be your wisest wild self, dear Scorpio!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Activist and author Rebecca Solnit writes, "The grounds of my hope have always been that history is wilder than our imagination of it and that the unexpected shows up far more regularly than we ever dream." In my astrological estimation, her grounds for hope should also be yours in the coming weeks. The future is more wide-open than you might think. The apparent limitations of the past are at least temporarily suspended and irrelevant. Your fate is purged of some of your old conditioning and the inertia of tradition. I encourage you to make a break for freedom. Head in the direction of the Beautiful Unknown.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa doesn't stand straight, but tilts at an angle. Why? The soil it was built on is soft on one side. So the marble-and-limestone structure began to tip even before it was finished. That's the weird news. The good news is that the tower has remained standing for more than eight centuries—and has stayed intact even though four major earthquakes have rolled through the area. Why? A research team of engineers determined it's because of the soft foundation soil, which prevents the tower from resonating violently with the temblors. So the very factor that makes it odd is what keeps it strong. Is there a comparable phenomenon in your life? I believe there is. Now is a good time to acknowledge this blessing—and enhance your use of it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Even if you tend to pay more attention to what's going wrong than what's going right, I ask you to change your attitude for the next three weeks. Even if you believe that cynicism is an intelligent perspective and a positive attitude is a wasteful indulgence, I encourage you to suspend those beliefs. As an experiment—and in accordance with astrological potentials—I invite you to adopt the words of activist Helen Keller as your keynote: "Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it, while every pessimist would keep the world at a standstill. The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation is the same as in the life of the individual. Pessimism kills the instinct that urges people to struggle against poverty, ignorance and crime, and dries up all the fountains of joy in the world."

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Researchers in the UK found that 62 percent of the adult population brags that they've read classic books that they have not in fact read. Why? Mostly to impress others. George Orwell's *1984* is the top-rated book for fake claims, followed by Tolstoy's *War and Peace*, James Joyce's *Ulysses*, and the Bible. I hope you won't engage in anything like that type of behavior during the weeks ahead. In my opinion, it's even more crucial than usual for you to be honest and authentic about who you are and what you do. Lying about it might seem to be to your advantage in the short run, but I guarantee it won't be.

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