Uroboros Glass Is Closing, Partly Blaming New Environmental Regulations


Uroboros Glass, one of two Portland factories that found themselves subject to new environmental regulations earlier this year after it became clear they were emitting carcinogens, will close in 2017.

The North Portland factory made that announcement today, linking to this statement via its Facebook page.

"It will be yet another shock in a tumultuous year in the glass industry, but it has become unavoidable. After 43 ½ years of continual operations in Portland, Uroboros will discontinue operations in early 2017," the "major special announcement" from Uroboros founder and president Eric Lovell says.

Lovell acknowledges that the closure was brought on by "the very high costs of meeting many new environmental, fire safety, and seismic regulations now required by our city and state." Those safety regulations include a requirement the factory install a "baghouse" filtration system on furnaces where it is melting heavy metals that can increase cancer risk.

Lovell says "the Uroboros business model and location has lost viability for the long term," but that he hopes the company can move and continue production under new ownership.

Uroboros and a local competitor, Bullseye Glass, saw major heat from regulators and community groups beginning in February, after the Mercury broke news that state officials had turned up alarmingly high rates of cadmium and arsenic in the air near Bullseye.

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Susan Faludi Applies a Journalistic Lens to Her Father’s Gender Transition


Pulitzer Prize-winning feminist writer Susan Faludi had been estranged from her difficult and domineering father for a quarter of a century when he reached out to her. Via email, he announced that he’d undergone gender confirmation surgery in Thailand and was now a woman named Stefánie living in his (now her) native Hungary—a country whose attitudes toward LGBT people, Jews, and refugees immediately bring to mind Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat.

In her recent memoir, In the Darkroom, Faludi sets out to understand the enigma of the person who was István and later becomes Stefánie. Her theme, broadly, is identity, but what makes this book utterly absorbing and emotionally compelling is its incisive examination of all the stories and histories in which Faludi locates her father: the perplexing and troubling Hungarian nationalism, the legacy of World War I and atrocities of World War II, his Judaism, antisemitism in Europe, recent transgender history, and transgender memoirs and literature. Amid all of this, In the Darkroom is also about a daughter seeking to know and love her father.

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Looking for Tiger Lily Deconstructs Assimilation with PowerPoint


In June, I profiled a series of short pieces presented for Risk/Reward’s Festival of New Performance. Known onstage as audacious drag clown Carla Rossi, Anthony Hudson presented a piece that stood out for its exciting exploration of Native American cultural assimilation via Cher’s Half Breed and the 1954 Peter Pan Broadway musical number “Ugg-A-Wugg” as performed by blue-eyed, blonde-haired Sondra Lee. For the 20-minute Risk/Reward preview, Hudson stripped off his clown persona and performed a large part of the piece as himself. This weekend, he debuts the full show in Portland at the Hollywood Theatre for two nights. He showed up to our interview wearing a beautiful pink and purple cosmic skull t-shirt. Here’s what happened next.

MERCURY: What are you trying to accomplish with Looking for Tiger Lily?
ANTHONY HUDSON: My drama teacher in high school—who was the only reason I didn’t drop out of high school—always said theater was to educate, enlighten, and entertain. That’s basically been my approach ever since.

Because Carla is a drag clown, not a drag queen.
Exactly. I’ve always been interested in Carla being this trickster character—on the edge between satire, reification, and critique. In Looking for Tiger Lily, there’s this whole dream sequence where I’m talking with Grandmother Willow after I’ve sung a Pocahontas song in my canoe. I can’t help but laugh every time because it’s so stupid but then you also have moments where there are no slides. There’s no music and it’s just me.

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I Love Weed, But I Simply Can’t Give Much of a Shit About Strains

Dan G. Cole

Walk into any weed store and you’ll be bombarded with dozens of available strains, most boasting prog-rock names and each promising a specific experience. Chocolope promises a “dreamy cerebral effect” and “a strong mental shift that is great when coping with depression or stress.” PK Starship offers a “hard-hitting body high, delivering warm and relaxing waves over the body.” These are but two of literally hundreds of nominally distinct offerings available to weed consumers, with the overloaded cornucopia positing marijuana highness as an intricately mappable state of being.

I love weed, but I simply can’t give much of a shit about strains. My interest stubs out after the big, basic divide between cannabis indica and cannabis sativa. If I want a brain-sparking, energetic high, I’ll aim for any one of the 1,001 individual strains classified under the general umbrella of sativa. If I want a relaxed body with a caveman brain, I’ll aim for one of the 1,001 strains classified as indica. If I want a combo platter, I’ll aim for either an indica-dominant or sativa-dominant hybrid. Beyond the basics of indica/sativa, strain distinctions seem negligible—a creation of marketing, with its endless appetite for novelty, and one that benefits from the same sort of insistent imaginative engagement as astrology. (Correlation totally equals causation if you want it to!)

Underlying my resistance to blanket proclamations about strain distinctions is the deep subjectivity of every high experience. Few humans respond to any type of marijuana in the exact same way, and the idea that all purchasers of a certain hyped strain will find identical delights is as believable to me as the idea that every human born from September 23 to October 22 is a well-balanced if indecisive social butterfly ruled by Venus.

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Lydia Loveless on Love and Letting Go

LYDIA LOVELESS In pop’s happy place.

LYDIA LOVELESS’ latest release, Real, is out now on Bloodshot Records, and there’s a lot to love for fans of her signature Tammy Wynette-meets-Replacements style. But there are also subtle shifts on the record toward a cleaner, poppier sound for the Ohioan songwriter—Loveless says this move helped her grow and challenge herself—but don’t go into Real expecting Taylor Swift.

“I accidentally used the word ‘slick’ in an interview, which I regret,” Loveless tells me over the phone, adding, “I love pop music. It’s my happy place. [Pop] can be a lot of things. It can be Motown, oldies, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, or Katy Perry. I really just like great songs with good arrangements and amazing melodies.”

Loveless points toward several instances on Real where, along with her longtime producer Joe Viers, she pushed herself out of her comfort zone. The risk pays off: There’s the ’70s AM, Fleetwood Mac-style groove that underpins “Heaven” (with Loveless doing a passable Midwestern Stevie Nicks) and the “crazy harmonies” that give the song “Longer” a Beach Boys sheen.

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Cops Love Their New Union Contract. Police Oversight Advocates? Not So Much


Portland police officers have never loved a union contract like they love the one Portland CIty Council took up this morning.

According to Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner, the union's membership ratified the contract terms with more than 95 percent last night. Not only that, but 91 percent of the union's membership showed up to show that resounding approval.

"Another record," Turner said this morning. "Our members are engaged."

It shouldn't be much surprise then, that the community groups who've called for increased police accountability for years are equally engaged.

At an abbreviated hearing this morning—set to continue this afternoon—representatives from Portland Copwatch, Don't Shoot PDX, the NAACP, the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform the Oregon ACLU, and more all urged city council to hold off on inking a new deal with the cops.

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August Wilson Speaks in How I Learned What I Learned

Brud Giles

At the beginning of Portland Playhouse’s How I Learned What I Learned, Victor Mack, in the role of playwright August Wilson, takes off a long-sleeved shirt to reveal a black t-shirt underneath, emblazoned with the text: “I AM SUPPOSED TO BE WHITE.”

It’s a sequence that pays homage to Mr. Rogers’ coming-home routine, and a jarring convergence of humor, political commentary, and subtle camp, a dislocating call to attention that signals what’s to come over the next 90 minutes.

How I Learned What I Learned is an odd play: A biographical one-man show written by the man himself late in his career, it’s more stream-of-consciousness than plot-focused, a meandering conversation with one of the giants of American theater. Like Wilson’s other plays, it’s a provocative examination of identity and a condemnation of racism. But it has a rougher, more associative feel than the wholly realized fictional worlds in productions like Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Cycling through disparate episodes in Wilson’s life, How I Learned What I Learned oscillates with deceptive ease between a self-effacing portrait of the artist as a young, bumbling poet, and a damning account of his experiences with racism (try not to be implicated by Wilson’s discussion of so-called “colorblindness”).

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Lubec Stops to Reflect

LUBEC Their Cosmic Debt is the unexpected ’10s sequel to Cosmic Slop.
LUBEC Their Cosmic Debt is the unexpected ’10s sequel to Cosmic Slop. Claire Gunville

OVER THE SATISFYING clink of ricocheting pool balls, Lubec frontman Eddie Charlton (vocals/guitar) describes the inspiration behind the Portland band’s newest record, Cosmic Debt.

“It’s basically the balance of your karma throughout all the lives you’ve led, and hopefully in a well-lived life you’re learning and adjusting and trying to change your cosmic debt into a positive,” he says.

Lubec’s second full-length follows 2014’s The Thrall, a record Caroline Jackson (keyboard/vocals) describes as “a celebration of being young.” Charlton adds that at the time of its creation, this debut reflected “the appeal of limitless possibility.” But blurred horizons and seemingly endless highways eventually reach crossroads, markers in time and space that force momentary pause.

Cosmic Debt embodies this inescapable reflection; it’s both claustrophobic and dynamic, a 12-song encapsulation of the moment when you start to wonder about your own “cosmic debt” credit score and whether or not you’re in the red. This transitory feeling is reflected in unpredictably reactive drumming from Matt Dressen; Charlton’s geometric, calculated guitar riffs; and Jackson’s fuzzed-out classical piano. The result is carbonated shoegaze, too fizzy and frenetic to be dreamy but too distorted to feel like reality. “We sort of intentionally try to ride some line between jarring and catchy,” says Dressen.

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Welcome to Oregon. Please (Don't) Enjoy Our Weed.


When Oregon legalized cannabis last year, one of the expected benefits to our state economy was a wave of curious tourists, escaping the tyranny of canna prohibition in far less enlightened places such as Texas, Florida, and about 30 other states.

Even before legalization, it’s not as if Oregon was a vast post-apocalyptic nightmare landscape with nothing to offer visitors. (Looking at you, Tulsa.) Here, tourism is an economic engine that is fed by our ability to offer a great number of unique things to visitors, such as the natural settings that earned us the Pacific Wonderland moniker, as well as craft beers, wines, spirits, and food—so much food—that seems explicitly designed for stoners (see: menus at Salt & Straw, Blue Star Donuts, and Pok Pok). Seriously, it’s a big deal: According to Travel Oregon, tourism generates $10.8 billion a year, creating 105,000 jobs directly, with another 54,800 secondary-impact positions.

But we haven’t exactly opened our arms to those seeking to swoop in and try what is arguably our most sought-after agricultural product. (Not you, hazelnuts.)

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Good Morning, News: Don't Shoot Portland Meets with Mayor, Russians Tied to Airline Disaster, and Another Trump Lie

GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! Hope you know when it's late at night, hold on to my pillow tight, and think of how you promised me forever. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

Don't miss this week's Mercury feature from Ciara Dolan and Doug Brown on sexual assault in the Portland music community. It's a must read.

The prosecution rests their case in the Malheur Refuge Y'all Qaeda trial, probably pretty secure in the knowledge that their presentation of Ammon Bundy's 22 long guns and 12 handguns will convince the jury.

In related news, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer—who was all buddy-buddy with Bundy and his Malheur Refuge crew—pled the fifth 51 times when asked under oath about the mishandling of government records.

Local activists from Don't Shoot Portland met with Mayor Charlie Hales last night to discuss police brutality, and hang a large Black Lives Matter banner across city hall.

A group of homeless campers who were scooted off the Springwater Corridor last month is being asked by the city to move again—but this time they've decided to hold their ground.

The Portland Public School's lead scandal continues with another PPS official, chief operating officer Tony Magliano, resigning.

Portland's beloved German restaurant Der Rheinlander has announced it will close early next year.

An investigation concludes that the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight where 298 people were killed was caused by a missile that was brought from Russia into the Ukraine.

Today in hilarious lies from Donald Trump: After getting his orange ass handed to him by Hillary Clinton in Monday's debate, Trump now says it was because "he didn't want to embarrass her."

Today in not so hilarious lies: According to one official testifying in New Jersey's Brigegate trial, it seems Governor Chris Christie knew about the traffic jams and seemed "happy" about it.

Another conservative newspaper endorses Clinton.

Another seemingly unarmed black man has been shot by police, this time in a suburb of San Diego. His crime? Acting "erratically."

Executives working for Wells Fargo have decided to forfeit millions in salaries while under investigation for opening accounts and credit cards without customer consent. (By all means give them a cookie.)

Now let's look up in the air at the WEATHER: Another fine, fine day with sunny skies and a moderate temperature of 75.

And finally, actor Tom Hanks crashes a couple's wedding, which is nice I guess... but maybe next time put on a suit?


Elon Musk Wants to Colonize Mars; Would-Be Martians Should Be Ready to Die on the Journey

Today, Elon Musk unveiled his plans to colonize Mars using tech from his SpaceX company. See there, in the video above that looks like a clip from an especially dour and pretentious piece of space Oscar bait? That's the solar-powered spaceship that will supposedly carry humans to the Red Planet, where they would spend the next 40 to 100 years building a colony.

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The Doubleclicks Debut New Video for “Lord of the Rings”

It doesnt sound like anything theyve played before.
It doesn't sound like anything they've played before. The Doubleclicks

Today, the Doubleclicks are debuting a video for their new song, "Lord of the Rings," and it's unlike anything they've played before. In the words of Portland's beloved geek-folk sister-duo, it's "a serious song about triggers that remind someone of an abusive relationship, and processing and therapy to deal with that (AKA many reasons the Doubleclicks haven't released a new song in almost a year)."

It addresses these things in a way that's sensitive and quiet, with all of the nerd references you'd come to expect from Aubrey and Angela. And whether the specifics resonate for you or not, it's nice to know there's a song out there about not letting your asshole ex ruin Lord of the Rings for you forever.

Watch it here:

If you've been to the Doubleclicks' variety show at Kickstand Comedy Space—or any comedy show—you'll recognize some familiar faces here, including stand-ups Caitlin Weierhauser, Lucia Fasano, Lewis Sequeira, and Sophya Vidal.

This song and video (directed by Quinn Allen) read as a real progression for the Doubleclicks, without losing what makes them sound like themselves: It's a serious, grown-up tune that doesn't completely kill the whimsy. Which is kind of the point.

Unsolicited Advice for Hillary Clinton

Donald Trump said this during the debate last night:

"You know, Hillary is hitting me with tremendous commercials. Some of it’s said in entertainment. Some of it’s said—somebody who’s been very vicious to me, Rosie O’Donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her. But you want to know the truth? I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, 'I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. It’s inappropriate. It’s not nice.' But she spent hundreds of millions of dollars on negative ads on me, many of which are absolutely untrue. They’re untrue. And they’re misrepresentations. And I will tell you this, Lester: It’s not nice."

And Donald Trump had this to say to Sean "Call Me" Hannity after the debate:

"Well I didn't want to say, her husband was in the room, along with her daughter, who I think is a very nice young lady. I didn't want to say what I was going to say, about what's been going on in their life. So I decided not to say it. I thought it would be very disrespectful to Chelsea and maybe to the family. But [Hillary] said very bad things about me."

Trump then told CNN he's probably going to bring up these not-so-nice things about Bill Clinton at the next debate.

Most people who write in to advice columns wanna be to told what to do. But some readers write in, explain their problem(s), and then ask to be told what they should say. They're looking for help putting something into words. The advice columnist responds with suggested language, i.e. what the reader should say to the person giving them problems.

Now Hillary Clinton hasn't sent me an email seeking my advice, at least so far as I know (maybe one of those 33,000 deleted emails was one Hillary sent to me?), but I've pulled together some suggested language for Hillary anyway. If Donald Trump shows up to the next debate—which is an open question because Lester was so mean and that mic was totally rigged—and if he then attacks Hillary by bringing up Bill's affair(s), here's what she should say...

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Twitter Reacts to Donald Trump's Debate Antics

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Last night saw the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and GOP opponent Donald Trump laid out their competing ideas for the U.S.A.—what's going wrong and who can do more about it.

All eyes were on the debate, if trends on social media are any indication. #DebateNight was the top Twitter trend in the United States for hours leading up to and then following the show. A look at GoogleTrends shows a spike in search interest for both candidates, though more so for Clinton. And what issues did viewers Google during the debate?

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Things To Do Tonight 9/27

Banned Books Week: Diversity
Celebrate books that upset the delicate sensibilities of puritanical PTAs and Republican congressmen everywhere with a spirited Banned Books Week panel discussion featuring the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Charles Brownstein and rad authors like Cory Doctorow and Cathy Camper, who'll address how book-banning disproportionately targets authors of color—and how we can protect our freedom to read whatever we damn well please. MEGAN BURBANK
Powell's City of Books, 7:30pm

Laura Marling
Laura Marling is quite the compelling figure. She speaks in allusions and metaphors, using characters and mythology as vehicles to pick apart and expand on topics that are so painfully human: fear of death, the search for “happiness,” alienation from other people and from oneself. The remarkable thing about Marling is how expertly she navigates these topics at such a young age—her first album was recorded when she was just 17. Her grace and authenticity has withstood the pressure of being a young woman in the music industry, and over the years the boldness that was always present in her voice has become louder and sharper. Her transition from acoustic to electric guitar in her latest album, 2015’s Short Movie, reflects this growth: Marling is rawer and more brazen than ever before. FIONA GABRIELLE WOODMAN
Alberta Rose Theatre, 8pm, $20-23

Cass McCombs Band, Hush Arbors
The dynamic folk-rock singer-songwriter returns to Portland in support of his eighth studio album, Mangy Love. Read our story on Cass McCombs
Mississippi Studios, 9pm, $13-15

LANY, Transviolet
An evening with the up and coming Los Angeles-based dream pop trio, currently on tour in support of their 2016 EP, Kinda.
Revolution Hall, 8pm, $15-17

Grindhouse Film Festival: Dolemite
"Way down in the jungle deep, the badass lion stepped on the signifying monkey's feet. The monkey said, 'Motherfucker can't you see? You're standing on my goddamn feet.' The lion said 'I ain't heard a word you said. If you say three more I'll be stepping on your motherfucking head.'"
Hollywood Theatre, 7:30pm, $9

Lush, Tamaryn
Lush's name has always been a perfect encapsulation of their dreamy, sparkle-washed music. The '90s British band reunites after a 20-year-long hiatus, and it's been a long time coming. They can do no wrong, but we're hoping the setlist is full of songs from their stellar albums Spooky and Split. Wear pretty shoes to gaze upon. COURTNEY FERGUSON Also, read our story on Lush.
Crystal Ballroom, 8pm, $25-30

Modern Baseball, Walter Etc., Jank
Whatever you think of “emo” as a descriptor, you can’t deny the irony that one of the genre’s fastest-rising bands is known for being funny. Humor in music is a delicate line to toe, but Philadelphia upstarts Jank seem happy to trample it: weed references abound throughout their catalog, recent EP Versace Summer features an absurdly earnest ode to a barely functioning bicycle, and their debut, Awkward Pop Songs, includes the not inaccurate lyric, “This is a rip-off of a Title Fight song.” Even the instrumentation hints at (perhaps unintentional) satire, as the technical, open-tuning guitar noodling fetishized by a niche subset of music fans is exaggerated nearly to the point of caricature. Sure, Jank’s appeal might be largely tied to the listener feeling included in inside jokes, but sometimes the best parties are the ones where only your closest friends show up. NATHAN TUCKER
Hawthorne Theatre, 8pm, $19-22

Taking Back Tuesday: Emo Nite LA
Dust off your My Chemical Romance T-shirt, apply excessive eyeliner, and get ready to shamelessly scream Dashboard Confessional lyrics at Holocene's bi-monthly emo night, Taking Back Tuesday. Know all the words to "Sic Transit Gloria"? You're ready. XxscenexX forever. BRI BREY
Holocene, 9pm, $5-7

Whatever Forever
Get ready for Fall with big laughs from some of Portland's best stand-up comedians. Featuring sets from Alex Falcone, JoAnn Schinderle, Phil Schallberger, Barbara Holm. Hosted by Robbie Pankow.
The Waypost, 8pm