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Musician and Author Ben Watt Forges On Through an Unpredictable Life and Career

by Robert Ham Ben Watt isn't particularly interested in trying to figure out how he got to this point in...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

How Season Two of Transparent Seduces Viewers into Learning Gay History

by Christopher Frizzelle In the fourth episode of the second season of Transparent—if you're not caught up, go get caught...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

Why Seattle Is Failing at Pot Tourism

Why Seattle Is Failing at Pot Tourism by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue By all accounts, Denver's cannabis tourism economy is thriving. As...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Finds a Language for Grief in the Craw of a Crow

Max Porter's Grief Is the Thing with Feathers Finds a Language for Grief in the Craw of a Crow by...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

Queer Issue: The Straight Guy Who Teaches Queer Folks How to Have Wild Sex

The Straight Guy Who Teaches Queer Folks How to Have Wild Sex by Matt Baume On the slope of a...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

God Made Me Gay, Books Made Me Queer

by Dave Wheeler The book that beckoned me from the closet was a bittersweet memoir by J.R. Ackerley, My Father...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

Queer Issue: The Risks for Gamers Who Don't Fit Neatly into Gendered Boxes

The Risks for Gamers Who Don't Fit Neatly into Gendered Boxes by Katie Allison In a culture obsessed with dragons,...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

My Day Job, My Artistic Career, and the Man Who Saved My Life

by Stephen Hando Stephen Hando (right) and his fiancé, Jeffery. COURTESY OF STEPHEN HANDO When I was a child, I...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

My Encounters with '80s Porn Star Al Parker

by William Lunt WILLIAM LUNT The first time I saw him was on a giant screen at a bathhouse in...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

My Girlfriend and I Just Visited North Carolina, and We Did Not Get Beat Up

by Sarah Galvin At the North Carolina State Capitol. MARY ANNE CARTERWhen my girlfriend, Mary Anne, suggested I accompany her...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

Free Will Astrology

For the Week of June 22 by Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21–April 19): "The past lives on in art and...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

We Saw You Primping Your Undercarriage, Oozing Out of Your Shoes, and Commanding a Dog to Chase an Invisible Squirrel

by Stranger Staff “The Scrot” at The Stranger office: Only a sack this big could warrant detailed cosmetic attention. HOT...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

The De Palma Dilemma

The De Palma Dilemma: Loving the Director You Love to Hate to Love. A Review by Sean Nelson I don't...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

Viewing Photographer Rafael Soldi Through the Lens of Diane Arbus

by Jen Graves Detail of ‘And All of a Sudden You Were Gone.’ RAFAEL SOLDI Diane Arbus has been dead...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

Savage Love: Pups

by Dan Savage JOE NEWTON There is a guy at my work who is into puppy play. I know this...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

I, Anonymous

I, Anonymous: You Didn't Have Permission to Take My Picture and You Were a Dick When I Told You to...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

My Philosophy: Gifted Gab and Spekulation, Two Sides of Seattle Hiphop

by Larry Mizell Jr. Seattle: Gifted Gab and Spekulation both have their album-release parties this Thursday, June 23, at the...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

After Being Displaced by the Greenwood Explosion, One Resident Is Now Facing Homelessness

After Being Displaced by the Greenwood Explosion, One Resident Is Now Facing Homelessness by Ana Sofia Knauf An explosion caused...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

Music Journalist Issues Apology/Clarification for Sexist Profile of Sky Ferreira in LA Weekly

The Stranger Obtains Music Journalist's Apology/Clarification for Sexist Profile of Sky Ferreira in LA Weekly by Stranger Staff The LA...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

How Queer Spaces Gave Me Superpowers

by Sydney Brownstone FIND YOUR PACK: Queer spaces save queer lives. RACHEL ROBINSON In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, there's a bar called...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

Touki Bouki Is a Mind-Blowing Afro-Funk Experiment

by Charles Mudede Here are two things that cannot be contested: The greatest film made by a black American is...
The Stranger  |  06-22-2016  |  Slog

The Best Dishes at Pine Street Market for 10 Bucks or Less!

by Andrea Damewood JASON DESOMER Pine Street Market is crowded AF. If you're not careful, you can spend $21 on...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

Chuck Klosterman Hasn't Seen the Future, But He's Thought About It A LOT

by Megan Burbank Reading Chuck Klosterman's new book is like dropping in on an old friend and having an argument...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

Drink This

Portland Soda Works elevates the syrup game. by Heather Arndt Anderson Let's start with a loud 'n' clear DISCLAIMER: Lest...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

"The Portland Mercury and Erik Henriksen Have Reached an All-Time Low." Here Are This Week's Letters to the Editor!

by Erik Henriksen RE: "Step Aside, Lord of the Rings. Vaxxed Is the Fantasy Epic of Our Age" [Film, June...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

Sold Out

A chat with designer Lizz Basinger. by Cassie Ridgway DURING OUR most recent heat wave, I realized that despite my...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

Meet the HOMOCATS: This Week's Cover Artist, J Morrison, on the Gayest Cats Ever

by Kathleen Marie Kill Guns, 2014, from "The War Continues" zine J. Morrison J. Morrison is a Brooklyn-based artist who...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

Hall Monitor: In the Hole

The city's about to spend money it doesn't have to fight homelessness. by Dirk VanderHart IT'S A TIME of fiscal...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

"Bomb Train" Blowup

The push to block oil trains heats up with the arrest of 21 activists. by Doug Brown IT WAS A...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

In Other News

Another new tax? More inclusive IDs! by Dirk VanderHart GET READY for your second new tax of the year, Portland!...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

Is the City's Plan to Spruce Up This Swan Island Dock Illegal? Some People Think So.

by Dirk VanderHart WHEN SUMMER HITS in Portland, aspiring mariners set a course for Swan Island. The North Portland industrial...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

The Foodie Hijinks and Horse People of Lisa Hanawalt's Hot Dog Taste Test

by Suzette Smith Lisa Hanawalt's the one responsible for BoJack Horseman's unique character designs. Lisa Hanawalt Remember watching the first...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-22-2016  |  Blog Town, PDX

David Suzuki: South Australia sets an example for the country and the world

First-time visitors to Australia are often drawn to the big-city attractions of Sydney and Melbourne or the fabulous beaches of...

Vancouver Pride parade 2016 grand marshals announced

The Vancouver Pride parade's three grand marshals for 2016 were announced by Vancouver Pride board member Michelle Fortin...
The Georgia Straight  |  06-21-2016  |  Views

Toronto's Mary Berg wins Season 3 of MasterChef Canada

Toronto's Mary Berg and Winnipeg's Jeremy Senaris faced off in a three-course competition...
The Georgia Straight  |  06-21-2016  |  Views

Master Harold ...and the Boys

At Aurora Theater. South African playwright Athol Fugard’s highly acclaimed Master Harold… and the Boys has made it to Aurora...
East Bay Express  |  06-21-2016  |  Ear Bud

Good Omen Market

At Classic Cars West. Anyone who hasn’t been to Classic Cars West (411 26th St., Oakland) since it revamped its...
East Bay Express  |  06-21-2016  |  Ear Bud

Heavy Breathing: “Public Productions” with Stephanie Syjuco

Last summer, Bay Area artists Sophia Wang and Lisa Rybovich Crallé created Heavy Breathing, a season-long series of critical theory...
East Bay Express  |  06-21-2016  |  Ear Bud

The Hundy

One hundred poets in fifteen days at E.M. Wolfman. Hey, look at that, The Hundy is in full swing already...
East Bay Express  |  06-21-2016  |  Ear Bud

Boxing Night at 16th Street Station in West Oakland

A recent boxing showcase at a defunct West Oakland train station captured the historic spirit of the site. On Saturday...
East Bay Express  |  06-21-2016  |  Ear Bud

Pups

If you use his kink name will you give him a boner at work? There is a guy at my...
East Bay Express  |  06-21-2016  |  Ear Bud

Fantastic Negrito is Cautiously Optimistic in 'The Last Days of Oakland'

The roots rocker ruminates on rapid demographic shifts in a new, emotive album that hits close to home. The pavement...
East Bay Express  |  06-21-2016  |  Ear Bud

Fifteen Years After the Murder of Trent DiGiuro, His Killer Is Free

After a years-long investigation and a convoluted legal battle, the conviction of accused killer Shane Ragland was overturned.
LEO Weekly  |  Sarah Kelley  |  07-10-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Access Denied

Systematic statewide abuse of Oregon public records laws thwarts the people's right to know.
Eugene Weekly  |  Alex V. Cipolle  |  05-31-2016  |  Civil Liberties

Secondhand Smoke: Spilling the Beans in 11 Chatty Skits

Perhaps a trifling gag gift like Coffee and Cigarettes is the price we pay for Jarmusch's redoubtable presence; think of your 10-spot, if you're so inclined, as a tithe to his next real film.
The Village Voice  |  Michael Atkinson  |  05-21-2004  |  Reviews