Two Free Events to Turn-Up At This Sunday

While going out “clubbing” or whatever you kids do on Fridays and Saturdays is fine and well, I myself like to turn up on nights when there are less, you know, people out. Why would the homies and I want to wait in line outside, pay a cover charge to get into the bar (okay, so usually it’s my male friends who have to pay cover), just to compete with swarms of out-of-towners and early twentysomethings for the bartender’s attention? No thank you! I’ve learned my lesson. And thanks to a lot of savvy local show-organizers who know this, I’ve had a lot of fun over the last couple years turning up on a work night at local hip-hop-oriented events while the vast majority of the city is still recovering from their hangovers.

This weekend there’s a double header on Sunday, with two FREE events: Y.G.B. will go off in the daytime at Produce Row, and right as that’s coming to a close, Rontoms' Sunday Sessions will be kicking off.

About a month ago I missed the Y.G.B. party and I can’t tell you how much I regret it. Last time the pro-black, all-inclusive show/dance party was organized in collaboration with DUG (Deep Under Ground), and they packed-out a warehouse somewhere in NE Portland. From the videos I saw on Facebook, it looked like their most successful event yet. It seems like the community event just keeps on growing, probably because you can count on the vibes to be good and for Lamar LeRoy to spin deep cuts, funky dance beats, as well as new bangers. This weekend’s party, put on by Y.G.B. and Chapter mag will also act as a birthday celebration for local emcee Mikey Fountaine, who’s the leading man in Portland’s X-Ray web series. So expect some music from him as well. Come to Y.G.B.'s Rebirth, Recharge, Revolucion if you’re looking to dance, and like, really dance amongst a diverse and beautiful crowd.

Rontoms Sunday Sessions: Karma Rivera, Donte Thomas, Mat Randol
Rontoms' Sunday Sessions: Karma Rivera, Donte Thomas, Mat Randol

After you’ve gotten your groove on for a couple-few hours, best to grab a bite, drink some water, and head to the patio at Rontoms where there will be a super lit, super FREE opportunity to hear some of Portland’s top-notch hip-hop artists. Mat Randol will get it started before handing off the baton to Donte Thomas, whose new album Grayscale and local networking helped the Thesis show sell out earlier this month. Previous headliners for the Sunday sessions include Mic Capes, and Blossom, but this one will give much deserved shine to Karma Rivera. After taking a bit of a hiatus from music a little over a year ago, Karma has been back in the game, rebranding herself, and working on a slew of new unapologetic anthems. Her new sound is a bit more laid back, but Portland hip-hop fans will come out to see her succinct on-stage delivery and contagious feminine badassery. The Sunday Sessions are always a great time, partially because of the half-indoor-half-outdoor setting, allowing for smokers to spread out on the expansive patio and also providing a small space for the crowd to huddle up in the intimate performing space. Plus there’s a bar outside right next to the stage, which is helpful for obvious reasons.

The Portland Mercury Endorsement: Yes on Measure 100 (Oregon Wildlife Trafficking Prevention)

MEASURE 100 (Oregon Wildlife Trafficking Prevention): YES

With measure 100, Oregonians are asked whether to ban the sale of animal parts from 12 endangered animals: rhinoceroses, cheetahs, tigers, sea turtles, lions, elephants, whales, sharks, pangolins(!), jaguars, rays, and leopards.

And because you’re not a soulless asshole who believes your desire to display the dead body parts of an endangered animal on your wall is more important than protecting endangered animals, you should vote “yes,” like voters in California and Washington recently have for similar measures.

There are exemptions—like for antiques that are more than 100 years old—that make sense. Plus, the NRA opposes measures like this, saying a ban on the sale of ivory would unfairly “destroy the value of property held by countless gun owners.” Good. Fuck ’em.

Read the rest of our endorsements here.

Things To Do Tonight!

W. Kamau Bell
Last time socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell was in town was for his smart CNN travel show United Shades of America. He discussed gentrification—the good and the bad—on N Mississippi, asked a bearded local whether "hipster" was a dirty word, and even met with Black Portlanders' Intisar Abioto. Known for using his comedic curiosity to get through an interview with a KKK leader, expect Bell's stand-up show to be illuminating, approachable, and funny because it's accurate. JENNI MOORE
Aladdin Theater, 7:30pm, 10:30pm, $25

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Wieden+Kennedy Set Up a Trump-Skewering Food Cart Downtown

Photos by Jason Charles Franklin


If you haven't been by Pioneer Courthouse Square lately, maybe drop in tomorrow and get online for the hottest new cart the city's seen in ages.

The folks at Wieden+Kennedy have spearheaded the Donald Trump's BS cart. Don't let the extensive-looking menu fool you—all they're serving is a single piece of bologna on white bread.

According to Mercury Calendar Editor Chipp Terwilliger, they're even free, as long as you're willing to wait in line for a while. No racial epithets or sexual assault required, which, TBH, feels a little phoney.

According to the W+K Instagram, the cart will be open tomorrow from 11am - 2pm.

There is a new food truck in town. Its specialty: BS #TrumpServesBS

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Here's Your Reminder That "Partial Birth Abortion" is Not a Thing

Its not a medical term. Its an emotional one.
It's not a medical term. It's an emotional one. Yanik Chauvin / iStock

In Wednesday night's final presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace and the Republican nominee used a phrase that was nearly as offensive as that "nasty woman" interlude. They talked about "partial birth abortions," as if that's accepted parlance for late-term abortions.

The problem?

It's not.

"Partial birth abortion" isn't a medical term. It's a scary-sounding phrase invented by anti-abortion activists to describe one particular kind of late-term abortion that's rarely performed—and to make you feel icky about late-term abortions in general. Which aren't "icky" so much as plain heartbreaking, because they're often needed when fetal anomalies make the fetus "incompatible with life."

Less often, they're performed to protect the health of the woman. In extreme cases, women seek late-term abortions because they've had to save money to be able to afford the procedure (abortions are expensive) or they've been burdened by the cost of travel and missed work—especially if they live in states with a shortage of clinics, or mandatory waiting periods, and need to cross state lines to access care.

Late-term abortions are also rare. Procedures after 21 weeks of pregnancy accounting for just 1.3 percent of all abortions.

Plenty of nominally pro-choice people I know are uncomfortable with the idea of late-term abortions, and I get it. The right wing has done a great job of painting women who seek late-term abortions as lazy, evil sluts, and we're not dumb: We know it's a baby. But not only is it profoundly unkind to set up a hierarchy of "good abortions" and "bad abortions," it actually parrots conservative messaging on the subject. After all, if one abortion is bad, why not ban that one kind and—oh wait, now no women in your state can get an abortion without the opinion of six doctors and a member of the clergy.

If you're still not convinced, please read this interview with a woman who had an abortion at 32 weeks. You'll see pretty quickly why it's important that these procedures remain legal:

Tactfully, they put us in a room pretty quick, but then a nurse came in who had no idea, all smiling and talking about where we would put the baby. After that, one of the nurses went out and put the sad sticker on our door, as we called it—this purple sticker, which basically means, “be cool in here because bad shit’s going down.” After we got the sad sticker, everyone was very sensitive.

One of the OBs from the high-risk practice was there. He talked us through the process: they would induce labor, basically, which he said would take some time. Then they would give me an epidural, and I’d go to sleep, and then after I woke up—I couldn’t push, remember, so they’d be using forceps to basically pull the baby out. The doctor said, and I quote, “Once we give you the epidural, you won’t feel a thing.” And, because I was not delivering a live baby, I was allowed to have morphine. They were giving me anything, offering me Xanax. I had a really sweet nurse who was from our neighborhood and so we were just talking about it, trying to be as normal as possible.

You can read the rest here, and you should. But whatever you think of these procedures, they aren't "partial birth abortions," because that isn't a medical term. It's an emotional one.

Oh yeah, and that whole thing about "rip the baby," Donald Trump? That's not what happens. Not even close.

The Portland Mercury Endorsement: Yes on Mesure 26-184 (County Campaign Finance Limits)

MEASURE 26-184 (County Campaign Finance Limits): Yes

Measure 26-184 would be a bold experiment in how Multnomah County elections are financed. It also might not be completely legal.

If the measure passes, candidates running for county chair, county commissioner, auditor, sheriff, and district attorney could only take $500 from any one person, or $500 from any one political action committee—as opposed to the unlimited contributions they can accept today.

The measure would also limit independent expenditures in any county race to $5,000 per individual and $10,000 per political committee (but only if individuals donated no more than $500 apiece). New “small-donor committees” could kick in as much as they want, provided they don’t accept any individual donations over $100 per person.

Least controversial: The top five financiers of political advertisements would be disclosed in the ads themselves.

The premise is that candidates won’t suck up to a few fat-pocketed donors looking to sway public policy with the help of their checkbook, but instead would lavish attention on many more small donors. Proponents say this would help even the playing field for candidates who don’t cater to the wealthy.

We think that’s a good thing, and we urge you to approve the measure.

Critics, like Multnomah County Auditor Steve March, argue that campaign spending on county elections hasn’t historically been a problem and that the measure is misdirected.

But this measure is about more than Multnomah County. Without any campaign finance limits, Oregon truly is the wild west of election fundraising—the Center for Public Integrity ranks our political finance system 49th in the country, beating only Mississippi. Mississippi!

If passed, the measure will almost certainly be challenged in court—and its backers are hoping for just that. They’d like to take on a controversial 1997 Oregon Supreme Court ruling that blocked campaign finance limits in the state, and perhaps even overturn the disastrous 2010 Citizens United ruling by the United States Supreme Court that declared political spending by nonprofit corporations is free speech.

Reform is needed. Let’s give this a shot.

Read the rest of our endorsements here.

Things To Laugh At This Weekend!

W. Kamau Bell
Last time socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell was in town was for his smart CNN travel show United Shades of America. He discussed gentrification—the good and the bad—on N Mississippi, asked a bearded local whether "hipster" was a dirty word, and even met with Black Portlanders' Intisar Abioto. Known for using his comedic curiosity to get through an interview with a KKK leader, expect Bell's stand-up show to be illuminating, approachable, and funny because it's accurate. JENNI MOORE
Oct 21, Aladdin Theater, 7:30pm, 10:30pm, $25

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The Portland Mercury Endorsement: Yes on Measure 99 (Outdoor Education Fund)

MEASURE 99 (Outdoor Education Fund): Yes

If you grew up in Oregon, there’s a good chance you attended one of the week-long “Outdoor Schools” offered to kids in fifth or sixth grade. It’s a great way for children to shut off their goddamn infernal techno devices and spend time out in the wild, studying natural science, gaining leadership skills, and learning how to protect our valuable resources.

But naturally, money’s tight, which means that nowadays, only about half of Oregon’s students are able to attend. A “yes” vote on Measure 99 would change that by creating an Outdoor Education Fund that would come from the state lottery—4 percent to be exact, or roughly $5.5 million. (It won’t take lottery money from parks, beaches, watersheds, or fish and wildlife.) And after shipping every Oregon kid off to camp for a week? Any leftover money would go toward funding other outdoor programs at Oregon public schools.

Who’s against it? Those who feel Outdoor School will drain money from economic development. But here’s the thing: You can teach kids all the natural science you want inside the classroom, but it’s no substitute for getting the firsthand knowledge that only being out in nature can provide. And smarter, more environmentally astute kids equal a more informed, better equipped workforce of the future. Vote “yes.”

Read the rest of our endorsements here.


Local Bars Might Sue the State Over Smoking Patios


In this week's paper we reported on what's been a surprising and unwelcome development for Portland bar owners in recent months: In January, as part of several tweaks to its administrative rules, the state of Oregon quietly changed the rules for legal outdoor smoking areas.

In the spring, bars began to receive notice that their smoking patios now qualify as "enclosed" spaces under the state's Indoor Clean Air Act, and that they could face a $500 fine anytime patrons were caught smoking there. Since that enforcement is complaint driven, it's picked up over recent months, to the point that bar owners are forming a coalition.

One attorney involved tells the Mercury there are ground to sue the state over the rule change.

Portland lawyer Sonia Montalbano says she represents a coalition of roughly 15 restaurants and bars that want to push back on the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and that she's researching what legal options exist.

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I mined the joke depths of using a board game as the inspiration for a horror movie back when the original Ouija came out [“Spirit Bored,” Film, Oct 22, 2014], but fortunately, it’s a rich tapestry. With the sequel, Ouija: Origin of Evil, the stage is now set for a veritable bonanza of BOARD GAME HORROR FILMS. This followup loosely plays off the original—people use ouija board, then die—but sets the action in Los Angeles 1967, so just think of the mid-century possibilities! Tiddlywinks (“You’ll tiddlywink your pants with fright!). Parcheesi (“The confusion of how to play will befuddle and terrify!). Or Mystery Date (“Like most mystery dates, there’s a high likelihood you’re in danger!”). This mine is deep.

While 2014’s Ouija was a forgettable foray that built its flimsy house of spirits on jump scares and teenagers’ casual dropping of such Victorian terms as “planchette,” Origin of Evil is a smarter bit of demonic possession.

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Eat (and Drink) Smart with the Mercury's New Eat & Drink

If your copy of this week's Portland Mercury felt a little lumpier than usual, that's because it contained the new installment of our biannual Eat & Drink supplement. But if you didn't get one, never fear! All of its juicy, delicious content exists online for you to pore over, and you don't even have to worry about getting your food-greased fingerprints on the pages.

Check out all that's in store for you, including:

A first look at Central Oregon's newly redesigned Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, which boasts some of Portland's best culinary and cocktail talent.

• Why NE 42nd Avenue is Portland's newest "restaurant row."

The stories behind the coolest tattoos of some of our city's finest chefs.

• A guide the area's best country-and-western bars.

Cheap wines—like, really cheap.

• Must-try food-and-beer pairings at some of the city's newer brewpubs.

• And much more!

It's all in the new Fall 2016 edition of the Mercury's Eat & Drink, so start reading, and then start eating and drinking!

School Board Chair Regrets Writing Opposing Statement for Measure 97—Now He's (Correctly) For It


Interesting article in yesterday's Trib: Stephen Marc Beaudoin, chair of the Multnomah Education Service District (and former Mercury arts writer) has reversed his decision on the controversial Measure 97. Previously he was against it, even writing an opposing statement for the Voter's Pamphlet, saying it "fails every test of reasonableness"—and now? He's had second thoughts. From the Trib:

“I think it’s very hard in part because I believe both campaigns, I believe are doing a terrible job of discussing the issue,” Beaudoin says. He wants the discussion to go beyond “corporations bad” versus “no tax on Oregon sales,” because “when we reduce it to these stupid, dumbed-down arguments, it really avoids the hard discussion of the complex needs and discussions of the constituency.”

Beaudoin says, for him, a more persuasive argument was hearing the history of numerous failed attempts at revenue reform since the 1990 passage of Measure 5, which limited the amount schools can receive from property taxes.

We tried for 20 to 30 years to find some more sufficient revenue for public education and services and no one has gotten it right,” Beaudoin says.

And there is the rub. It's also the rub that pushed the Mercury Endorsement Strike Force to come out swinging in favor of Measure 97. Because while it is indeed an imperfect measure—I believe I called it "junior varsity politics"—it is time to stop fucking around. Education MUST be funded one way or another. And if you don't believe it, check out all the people who are still voting for Trump. Don't want Trump-style voters in the future? Then fund education NOW.

Kudos to Beaudoin for having the guts to risk appearing like a flip-flopper to speak out on this difficult issue. For even more good reasons why you should vote YES for Measure 97, see our endorsement here.

Things To Eat & Drink This Weekend!

American Cancer Society's Brewers for Boobs
The seventh annual family-friendly fundraiser for the ACS features a battle of the brews, performances from the city's best bellydancers, a raffle, live music, salsa dancing, and more.
Oct 22, East Burn, 4pm, free

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The Official Elinor Jones Review of Keeping Up with the Joneses


There are a lot of Joneses who are hard to keep up with, like Tommy Lee Jones, or Grace Jones. There are some Joneses who are moderately hard to keep up with, like Harriet Jones, or Tom Jones. Then there are Keeping Up with the Joneses’ Joneses, Tim and Natalie (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot) who are about as hard to keep up with as me, i.e. not very hard at all.

This movie also stars Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis as the boring, suburban Gaffneys, whose lives are made mildly interesting by the arrival of the Joneses. The Joneses seem far too perfect and cool for the Gaffney’s cul-de-sac, so they are clearly spies. No, I mean it—it’s super obvious they are spies. Like they drive cars with shot-out windows and carry around silver briefcases at 3 in the morning. (If I’m ever a spy, I’ll get a different kind of briefcase. The silver ones are dead giveaways. Spy pro-tip. Ha, keep up with me now!)

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In a Trump-Obsessed Time, Certain Women Is a Reminder Of How Radical It Can Be To Tell Stories About Women’s Lives


Director Kelly Reichardt's Certain Women arrives in theaters at an oddly appropriate moment.

As America gazes in disgusted fascination at the spectacle of a misogynistic boil being lanced on the most public of stages, Reichardt’s delicate but powerful triptych of Montana-set tales is a reminder of how quietly radical it can be to tell stories about women’s lives—simply, and with unforced empathy.

Those qualities are nothing new for Reichardt, as anyone who’s seen Wendy & Lucy or Old Joy can attest. Most of her previous films have been shot in Oregon, so decamping to the Treasure State to adapt these short stories by Maile Meloy isn’t a huge shift. There is, however, a specific quality to the light and the landscape, only enhanced by the decision to shoot the film on 16mm, and a genuine sense of place.

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