Upcoming Benefit Shows Will Donate Proceeds to Local Musician and Label Owner Jonny Harbin, Who Was Diagnosed with Cancer Last Month


Earlier this month, a GoFundMe page set up by Jonny Harbin's partner Tina Lucchesi announced that the Jonnycat Records founder had contracted cancer. Though Harbin has Oregon Medicaid, he still faces growing medical bills and missed earnings from his job as a Radio Cab driver while he's undergoing treatment. So far the GoFundMe page has raised just over $45,000 of its $100,000 goal, but the Portland punk community has also responded by organizing a series of benefit shows to raise money for Harbin's recovery.

“He's very enthusiastic about supporting young bands and also great at preserving the legacies of scene veterans,” says Rose Lewis of Sloppy Kisses. Jonnycat’s Portland Mutant Party compilations documented a streak of Portland’s weirdest and wildest acts, showcasing early cuts by Mean Jeans, Piss Test, and Guantanamo Baywatch, among others. Releases by relative newcomers like San Francisco’s Quaaludes sit alongside repressings of Portland stalwarts like Clorox Girls on the Jonnycat Records catalog. Colin Sanders of local bands like Defect Defect and the Observers describes Harbin as “aware of our past and a vital part of our future.”

For years, the Estacada-based Harbin has acted as more than just a tastemaker—he's archived the scene and pushed bands to build legacies. “He has pushed many bands beyond their basement and into legitimacy on vinyl,” says Samantha Gladu of post-punk gripers Piss Test. “He's an extraordinarily generous supporter of a wide and weird range of Portland bands.”

Lineups for the upcoming benefit shows read like a primer to Portland’s punk scene of the past decade. The most notable night features the Observers reuniting for the first time since 2005 (it'll also be the Bi Marks' last show ever). Proceeds from all of these shows will go to Jonnycat’s GoFundMe, which you can donate to directly here.

2/22: P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., Long Knife, Andy Place and The Coolheads at the Liquor Store

3/12: Hurry Up, Sex Crime, Suicide Notes, Lovesores at Lombard Pub

4/1: The Observers, the Spits, Clorox Girls, Bi-Marks at the High Water Mark

Mayor Ted Wheeler: Monday's Police Response To Trump Protest a "Mistake"

Portland police officers during the February 20 protest
Portland police officers during the February 20 protest Doug Brown

A day after Portland police forcefully arrested 13 people accused of standing in the street during a protest of President Donald Trump, Mayor Ted Wheeler, the police commissioner, released a statement acknowledging yesterday's police response was a "mistake."

Wheeler—who campaigned on a promise to "actively demilitarize the police force"—has overseen a handful of highly-criticized and suppressive police responses in his nearly two months in office, including the January 20 Inauguration Day protest where riot cops set off flash-bang grenades, shot less-lethal rounds, and set off tear gas at nonviolent protesters. Riot cops also showed up for a march and vigil last week for Quanice Hayes, the 17-year-old killed by a PPB earlier this month.

Yesterday saw more riot police downtown, making these arrests of nonviolent protesters:

Here's what he had to say about Monday's protest (actual comments addressing yesterday's protest bolded by the Mercury):

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Photos from February's I, Anonymous Show!

Last night's I, Anonymous Show at the Secret Society was another split-yer-pants night of fun, confessions, senseless rants, and most of all, LAUGHTER. Hosted by Bri Pruett, and with special guest panelists Derek Sheen, Lucia Fasano, and Marcus Coleman, the audience was treated to lots of witty banter and philosophical discussions about selling one's panties, yelling at loud La La Land moviegoers, sneaking into your ex's email, and other various sins against humanity. In short, it was SUPER FUN. Check out a few photos from the night taken by the wildly talented Michelle. F. Mitchell, and if you like laughing, don't miss the March edition of the I, Anonymous Show!

Michelle F. Mitchell

Michelle F. Mitchell

Michelle F. Mitchell

Michelle F. Mitchell

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Ex-Mormon Wants to Come Out as Poly to Mormon Family


I was Mormon my entire life, Mormon missionary, married a Mormon girl, both families intensely Mormon. For multiple reasons, I left Mormonism about a year ago. One of the more weighty reasons was because of their stance and views regarding homosexuality and how they treat LGBT people.

My wife and I started exploring polyamory 3-4 years ago. The first year was mostly mental exploration. For us, it came from a place of feeling really confident in our relationship, and our ability that love was not a limited resource, even if time was. Then we felt comfortable enough to explore intimate and sexual relationships with others. Polyamory including multiple romantic relationships (not just sex) really seems to resonate with our emotional make-up and has so far been a great enriching aspect to our marriage. To the point, it’s becoming somewhat painful for us to not share that aspect of our life with our very Mormon families. Our closest friends know. My current girlfriend is very polyamorous as well. And came out to her family. That was a mixed bag of awesome, and bad. Her family is significantly more liberally minded for the most part.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns from Breitbart, Making His Bad Week Much Worse

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"Alt-right" poster-boy Milo Yiannopoulos is having a very bad, no good week. After his turn on Bill Maher, he found himself in hot water when clips shared ahead of his speaking engagement at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) found him making odious comments about pedophilia, where he flippantly said things like: "I'm grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn't give nearly such good head if it wasn't for him."

He's done it more than once:

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Another Reason to #DeleteUber: A Corporate Culture of Rampant Sexism

Is this how many female tech workers will soon be left at Uber, Travis?
Is this how many female tech workers will soon be left at Uber, Travis? VCG

File under: “In No Surprise to Anyone at All," Uber, the union-busting, wage-cutting, strike-breaking, Trump-advising rideshare company is now the subject of a scathing dispatch from a former tech worker that details the blatant sexism and misogyny within the company.

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Portland Mercury's Highball Drink Recipes Are Here: Double Dragon, East Glisan, Fifth Quadrant

It’s almost time for... HIGHBALL!

Brace yourself for over 40 specially crafted cocktails… for only $5 each!

All of the tantalizing drink recipes are available online! Check out what your favorite neighborhood bars and restaurants have in store for you March 6-12 HERE!

For a full list of participating bars and restaurants and more information check here.

Here's a few teaser cocktails...

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The Great Wall: A Goofy-Ass Medieval Monster Adventure


Don't go see The Great Wall looking for any sort of commentary or perspective on America’s own, possibly pending “great wall.” Don’t go looking for insight into China’s actual Great Wall, either. This silly fantasy-action-monster movie from Zhang Yimou doesn’t bother to stick even a pinkie toe into reality, which is just right for this kind of fun, stoned-Saturday-afternoon adventure. Some are bothered by a white actor (Matt Damon) fronting a largely Chinese production, although one of his co-stars, Pedro Pascal, is Chilean, and, like, I don’t know—this is a deliberately frivolous medieval fantasy about super-warriors fighting off nasty, computer-generated monsters? I’m guessing it isn't really trying to hold up a mirror to reality or interrogate the issues of representation in cinema.

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The Best of THE WORST Seminars at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)


The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is going down February 22-25 in National Harbor, Maryland—and DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKETS YET? No? Well perhaps you just don't know enough about this conference which is designed for hard-right conservatives, alt-right snowflakes, lipstick-wearing gun nuts, the proudly deplorable, and cardboard cut-out saluting Trump supporters. Featuring a poop-ton of conservative speakers including the Trump administration, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Scott Walker, Fox News celeb (and Trump crush #1) Sean Hannity, General Mike Flynn, Milo Yiannopoulos, and many more primarily white people, CPAC is the only conservative leadership conference you need to help overthrow the 2,864,974 voters who helped Hillary Clinton win the popular vote.

STILL NOT CONVINCED? Then check out just a few of the many (and absolutely 100 percent REAL) seminars you can attend this coming week at CPAC:

"A Conversation with Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon" (In which the two will probably argue over who is the actual president of the United States.)
"The Popular Vote—Does it Matter & What You Can Do About It" (Guys! The popular vote is EMBARRASSING for those of us who actually control the country. Majority rule is for suckers.)
"Banning Poor People from Jobs" (Wait... most conservative supporters are poor? Never mind.)
"Black Lives Matter, So Why Does the Left Not Support Law Enforcement?" (See what we did there? That's called a "pivot." You'll learn all sorts of things at this conference!)
"Book Signing: Michael Medved The American Miracle: Divine Providence in the Rise of the Republic" (True story: I once sat next to Michael Medved in a movie, and he spent the entire time loudly eating an apple and farting.)
"How to Become a Conservative Journalist" (Because we must remove bias from journalism!)
"Book Signing: Matt Margolis The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama" (The only problem with this book is that the title is too subtle.)
"Facts, Not Feelings: Snowflakes, Safe Spaces and Trigger Warnings" (Don't worry! The subject of "libtards" will also be discussed.)
"Book Signing: Joe Messina Ramblings of a Right Wing, Bible Thumping, White Guy" (Did we leave anything out? You know, other than "racist" and "misogynist"?)

There's also this seminar... but rather than comment, I'm just going to leave this one right here.


And my absolute favorite seminar of all...


True, there's no such thing as God or heaven, but this seminar title makes a good point—why should the right allow immigrants into our country, when God will be sending all racist conservative a-holes straight to hell? IT AIN'T FAIR!

You can see all the seminars here, BUT WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Get your tickets to CPAC right now and right here. Because as bad as it currently is, CPAC is committed to making America just a little bit WORSE.

For the latest in information about rallies, marches, and political events, consult the Mercury's RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY calendar. Want to publicize an event? Send the info to calendar@portlandmercury.com.

Good Morning, News: Cops Crack Down, Ted Wheeler Gets a House Call, and Sweden Will Be Disappointed

A woman is arrested at a #NotMyPresidentsDay protest in Downtown Portland on Monday.
A woman is arrested at a #NotMyPresidentsDay protest in Downtown Portland on Monday. Doug Brown

'Twas President's Day yesterday, so: protest. Things turned oddly sour at a small anti-Trump demonstration near the downtown federal building, as cops responded to relatively benign acts with swift force. Doug got the goods.

Portland police suggest to the Oregonian that this sort of response is the new normal, that they're sick of dealing with protesters without permits blocking roads. The ACLU of Oregon, which has pushed back against police crackdowns on demonstrations, says the PPB is dead wrong.


Rude awakening: Protests didn't only take place downtown yesterday. A contingent of people headed up into the West Hills last night and rousted Mayor Ted Wheeler from his pre-sleep reveries to demand he acknowledge demands the city divest from companies that support the Dakota Access Pipeline. Wheeler was not pleased. His wife Katrina: even less so.

The owner of a Southeast Portland insurance agency fatally shot a man outside his business yesterday, after a confrontation. Early witness statements suggest the victim might have been a homeless person who'd left belongings outside the agency and became upset that they were thrown away. That's not been confirmed by cops yet.

More bad news for the Portland couple who allowed their two-year-old to slip out of their Northeast Portland home this weekend, spurring a large-scale search that found the boy huddled in a blackberry bush. Their son is now in state custody.

This video of the odd, fatal attack on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother messed me up yesterday. What even happened? What poison is this? The fragility of life!

In my shaken state, my interest was piqued by news that Russia's ambassador to the United Nations died on Monday. But there was no freakish airport assassination at play. Which is reassuring.

“We expect the president of the U.S. to base his statements on facts." Hey, Sweden? Bad news.

When he's not spouting off about nonexistent Swedish terror attacks, Donald Trump is working to fill holes in his staff. For instance: He got a national security adviser. I mean, he already had a national security adviser, but that national security adviser lied about his conversations with Russia. And then Trump's next pick turned him down. But now—NOW—he's got a national security adviser: three-star General H.R. McMaster, who people seem generally impressed with.

By the way: Republicans aren't the only lawmakers facing heat at their district town hall events. Conservatives are using the forums to pressure Democratic senators to confirm Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

Worst February. It's official.


Protesters Went to Mayor Ted Wheeler's House on Monday Night


Ted Wheeler got his first house call tonight.

A video posted to Facebook this evening shows a group of demonstrators outside the mayor's West Hills home at some point this evening. Faces and identities aren't clear, but based on the conversation between a berobed Wheeler and demonstrators on his porch, this is apparently the same group that marched on City Hall last Friday, demanding the city do what it can to stymie the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (divestment in entities that are helping it is a central demand).

The mayor wasn't at City Hall when the demonstrators arrived last week. As has been protocol of late, building security locked the doors so the crowd couldn't get in. Wheeler's deputy chief of staff went out to meet the group.

So now they've gone to the mayor's home, at night, while the Wheeler clan was clearly preparing for bed. That's a step beyond any action taken against former Mayor Charlie Hales, who had campers in front of his Eastmoreland house for a time, but never anything like this.

Wheeler's wife, Katrina, is clearly displeased there are chanting strangers on her porch in the dark. Wheeler, as has been his tactic, gave the group at least something of a hearing.

From what I can tell from the video, this didn't have to do with the forceful police response to a peaceful anti-Trump protest earlier today. It's entirely possible demonstrators had various reasons for showing up.

Video, shot by a woman named Heather Clark, is below.


Savage Love Letters of the Day: Reader Advice Round-up


My inbox received so much advice (and hate mail) this week that I'm pretty sure Savage Love readers broke a record. Here's the smartest (and meanest) advice/feedback sent in from readers over the past week.

In response to A Strep Too Far:

Dan, you answered a letter about a woman repeatedly catching strep from a boyfriend. In the letter, the woman's ENT told her the only solution was to avoid contact with the guy. You were dubious. One thing that didn't get stressed, in the letter or recent call, is that strep throat is caused by group A streptococcus, a bacteria type that manifests itself in different ways and doesn't only exist in the tonsils. It often lives on the skin, and in carriers, does it without causing infection. I don't know whether using a bactericide on hands and cock before deep throating activity, could work, but it might be worth a try. The carrier state is, apparently, considered "an enigma." It might be reasonable to assume that the carrier boyfriends cannot be cured of being carriers and the girlfriends who keep getting sick are unusually susceptible to this bacteria.

A follow-up from a caller on the Savage Lovecast:

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Milo Dropped by Simon & Schuster (Like a Cuck)

News FlashL Medium Talent Gay Blogger loses book deal
News Flash: Medium Talent Gay Blogger loses book deal

Bummer, man.


Big Little Lies is Unapologetically About Women

At last! Adult women in a show that isnt about sex robots!
At last! Adult women in a show that isn't about sex robots! HBO

Last year, I watched Game of Thrones by asking a friend each Monday morning what horrors had been visited upon the show’s women characters the evening before. Based on her report, I decided whether I'd continue to watch.

Behold the embarrassing price of admission for prestige television: If you want to see a smart, complicated lady, hope you’re cool with a side of sexual violence and general debasement.

Since November, I haven't had the patience for it. I didn't even try with Westworld. I'm no longer interested in TV that promises me complex women characters in a plot seemingly constructed by 14-year-old boys. So when I found out HBO was adapting Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, I was READY.

It should come as no surprise that Big Little Lies, which stars Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley as moms in a fancy beach community where a MYSTERY IS AFOOT, is not based on literary fiction. Moriarty isn’t a tremendous prose stylist (neither is George R.R. Martin, sorry). Big Little Lies the book is overlong by about 200 pages and has a lollipop on the cover.

It also happens to be genre fiction at its best.

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Portland Mercury's Highball Drink Recipes Are Here: Dig A Pony, Dot's Cafe, Double Barrel Tavern

It’s almost time for... HIGHBALL!

Brace yourself for over 40 specially crafted cocktails… for only $5 each!

All of the tantalizing drink recipes are available online! Check out what your favorite neighborhood bars and restaurants have in store for you March 6-12 HERE!

For a full list of participating bars and restaurants and more information check here.

Here's a few teaser cocktails...

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