Today's Portland Protest Schedule: Friday, Jan 20

Doug Brown

It's Inauguration Day—which means lots and lots of people are going to have lots and lots to say about that. If you're marching or just working downtown, you'll want to keep the following in mind:
Here's how to be prepared (and not get arrested) if you're marching.
New Mayor Ted Wheeler has laid down his rules for what will and won't get you arrested.
TriMet may (or may not?) decide to shut down service to the downtown corridor, just so ya know.
Bring a donation for the homeless today!
And if you're not marching, but still want to defy the Trump/GOP agenda, read this.

Here's what's going on today:
Inauguration Day Protest
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 3:30 pm
An opportunity for you and other like-minded individuals to come together and send a message to the world at large that we will not stop opposing the harmful, destructive beliefs and behaviors embodied by President Trump and Vice President Pence on the day they take office. Be loud, be cool, and watch out for each other.

Inauguration Day Book Giveaway
Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, 10 am-7pm
As a means to celebrate women and their strength, influence, and power, Broadway Books will distribute free copies of We Should All Be Feminists by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, one per customer, while supplies last.

Inauguration Day: Roe on the Rocks
Lagunitas Brewing Community Room, 237 NE Broadway, Suite 300, 6 pm
The Oregon Women's Campaign School hosts a discussion on the methods by which basic rights can be protected under Trump, and how to not only protect reproductive freedoms, but to expand them.

The Election Monologues

Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison, 7:30 pm
Artists Repertory hosts the Portland chapter of this nationwide theater event asking people to take the stage and share their personal stories about what the election of Donald Trump means to them. Proceeds benefit the Oregon Food Bank.

Join the Resistance! DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid
Melody Ballroom, 615 SE Alder, 8 pm
An opportunity to meet with community workers, leaders, and justice-minded individuals that becomes a dance party led by DJ Anjali & the Incredible Kid. Sponsored by organizations including Portland Jobs with Justice, Basic Rights Oregon, Oregon Working Families Party, Unite Oregon, and more.

There are many more political events in the days and weeks ahead. Check in with the wildly reliable Mercury "Resistance & Solidarity" calendar for everything you need to know to fight back!

Good Morning, News: And So It Begins....

I'm not going to be all dramatic about this. We know what damn day it is. Let's just get through it.

Already in Washington, DC, the chaos brews.

Donald Trump will formally take the reins of the presidency around 8:45 am, Portland time. He's already gone to church and met with the Obamas at the White House. This is actually about to happen (okay, I'll be a touch dramatic about it).

Trump takes office, of course, with enormous questions hanging in the air. The biggest is what's going to come of potentially explosive "intercepted communications and financial transactions" that intelligence officials are examining while looking into Trump's ties to Russia. "The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation and after the intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had worked to help elect him. As president, Mr. Trump will oversee those agencies and have the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these efforts."

Also: When's the new president going to hire a national security staff? He's holding onto dozens of President Obama's for the time being.


In Portland, the protesting began yesterday. Doug Brown tagged along during a student protest of Trump's nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos. There is literally no way this wasn't the highlight:

And of course, everyone's wondering what will happen this afternoon, when a series of demonstrations and a possibly rowdy march are planned downtown. On Wednesday, Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Mike Marshman laid out part of their strategy for responding to the the actions.

TriMet's cultivating a will-they-or-won't-they air, announcing yesterday that it would cancel downtown service because of the protest, then reversing itself after getting an earful from City Hall. Still, don't count on hitching a bus this afternoon. TriMet's latest statement says: "Those who take TriMet into work or school in downtown Portland Friday morning, are encouraged to head home early."

In Salem, the legislature's budget writers unveiled a doomsday scenario yesterday: What the state's funding picture might look like if a $1.8 billion funding hole doesn't get some major attention. Oregon has more money coming in than in it's last two-year budget, but it's not enough to keep pace with the state's rising costs. So legislators have a difficult puzzle ahead of them—how to find enough cuts and new money to avoid a bloodbath.

Meanwhile, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is formally objecting to a confirmation vote on Trump's nominee for CIA director. That might mean the vote has to be pushed back until Monday. "Wyden is concerned about Pompeo's views expressed in a January 3, 2016, Wall Street Journal op-ed that should resume the collection of metadata to protect against terrorism."

A rainy inauguration day, clearly.


Last word goes to this man:

Pickathon Starlight Series, Episode 4: Boulevards

Boulevards Liz Devine

We've got a brand-new Pickathon video for you in our ongoing presentation of the Portland-area music festival's Starlight Series, spotlighting the performances from that intimate, late-night stage on Pendarvis Farm. Today's performance comes from Raleigh, North Carolina's funkiest, Boulevards. Fronted by Jamil Rashad, they lock into "The Spot," a tasty floor-warmer with hints of 1980s Minneapolis funk, shot through with something unknowable from the future.

"The Spot" comes from the aptly titled Groove!, released by Captured Tracks, and it's the LP that put Boulevards on the map last year. Looking back at last year's performances is the perfect way to whet our appetite for Pickathon 2017, and on Sunday night they announced 42 out of the more-than-60 bands that will be performing this August. If you missed our lineup announcement, click here to check it out. If you still want more after cuing "The Spot" up a few times, check out previous videos from last year's Starlight Stage below:

Past episodes in the 2017-2017 season of Pickathon's Starlight Series:
• Episode 1: Fruit Bats
• Episode 2: Futurebirds
• Episode 3: Ezra Furman

Live from the Downtown "Anti-Betsy DeVos Walkout" Protest


Pioneer Courthouse Square
Pioneer Courthouse Square Doug Brown

Students speaking out about education secretary Betsy DeVos
Students speaking out about education secretary Betsy DeVos Doug Brown

Doug Brown

Students Doug Brown

Doug Brown

A Portland teacher
A Portland teacher Doug Brown

Wilson High School teacher Hyung Nam
Wilson High School teacher Hyung Nam Doug Brown

Doug Brown

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Two Talk Show Farewells to Sob to As We Say Goodbye to the Obamas

“Today is the last day that Barack Obama will be our President.”

As soon as Ellen said it, I felt my chest tighten as I tried to keep the liquid from spilling from my eyes and onto my keyboard. (I'M NOT READY. THIS ISN'T REAL! FOUR MORE YEARS!)

“I want to personally thank him for changing my life. I am a legally married woman because of him and so is my wife.”


Ellen went on to express her love and gratitude for Barry and Michelle before letting the fun-loving, dance-heavy compilation run. The video tribute includes funny moments from all the times Ellen hosted the Obamas (Bo, the dog included) on the show, clips of Ellen publicly thanking Barack for his courage in leading the country toward equality, and that time they both got choked up while Ellen was being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Bet you 50 bucks Trump won’t be making any Ellen Show appearances in the next four years! (And 50 bucks is a lot considering we could be heading into another recession... any takers?)

Oh, and if you want to watch another tender goodbye to the Obamas today, watch FLOTUS’ farewell episode on The Tonight Show from last week, and don’t miss the segment in which Michelle surprises her biggest fans.

BRB, I'll be crying until it’s time to protest! Good luck and godspeed, people. And remember: Just keep swimming.


Savage Love Letter of the Day: Mouth to Vagina Sores?


This (sadly) isn't a question about sex but since it's about genitals, I thought I'd send it to you anyway since I can't find the answer. About 2-3 times per year, I get a cold sore (on my mouth lips) and because life is cruel, these often coincide with having my period. I am vigilant about washing my hands before and after changing my tampon and I try never to touch the cold sore but I'm wondering about the possibility of inadvertently giving myself genital herpes. I have been accidentally celibate for about five years and have this horror that I'll end up with a non-sexual STI. Could life be that unfair? Or can I let this fear go?

Cunt Or Lip Dilemma

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The Love Movement: A New Weekly Series for Hip-hop, Jazz and Soul

Amenta Abioto
Amenta Abioto Intisar Abioto

TREND ALERT: Portland’s collection of hip-hop and (sometimes) soul-focused monthlies is having a domino effect! First there was the Thesis at Kelly’s Olympian, now there’s Mic Check at White Eagle, the semi-monthly YGB, and I just heard the Fixin’ To in St. Johns has added its Northward rap and hip-hop showcase on every third Saturday. But Andrew Stout and Jonny Sanders (AKA Jonny Cool of TYuS’ Rose Tribe) are bringing a weekly installment to the scene’s table: the Love Movement, a party/show that aims to serve as a “home away from home for the woke.” And it’s no coincidence that it’s kicking off on January 20. In fact, the Love Movement will provide a fun-loving safe space as a clapback to the evils being sworn into power on Inauguration Day. It’s not so we can fiddle while Rome burns (er, twerk while Amerikkka self-implodes?), it’s because this resistance is taxing, and it needs joy to be successful.

In a press release, Stout explained the “series was conceived as a way to strengthen our friends and each other as we enter a time in which many forces will try to weaken and ultimately break us.”

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Antiques Roadshow, the Best Show on TV, is Coming to Portland

Antiques Roadshow
Antiques Roadshow PBS

Get out your precious heirloom vase and clear off that desk you bought at a garage sale in 1985, Antiques Roadshow is coming to town. This is wonderful news.

The long-running PBS staple—the best show on TV—will be in Portland on August 12 and now's the time to apply for free tickets so you can get your stuff appraised. 5,000 tickets will be available. The deadline to apply for for tickets is April 10, but don't screw around. The show will air in 2018.

If you're unfamiliar with Antiques Roadshow, and I doubt you are because it's so great, the concept is simple: People bring in old stuff to be appraised and they tell the expert appraisers how they came across the stuff, expert appraisers then give historical context to the items before stating the value of the pieces. It's like Pawn Stars, but real, smart, significantly less depressing, and they aren't trying to screw people out of money. It's the smartest "reality" show on TV.

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UPDATE: TriMet Could Potentially Interrupt Downtown Core Service During Tomorrow's Protests—Plan Accordingly!

Portlands post-election march
Portland's post-election march Doug Brown

UPDATED 4:40 pm: Local activists are now voicing concerns over TriMet's decision to possibly suspend downtown service during the protest, saying it may create a dampening effect on protesters' right to free speech. From an email sent to the Mercury:

Portland area residents who plan to protest on Friday are concerned about TriMet's as of yet undisclosed final plans for service. We fully recognize the need to keep people safe as a priority of TriMet and the City of Portland. We ask that TriMet balance this concern with the rights of people to exercise their freedom of speech, and with the needs of people who must get to work, home, and to doctor and other appointments downtown.


"People need to make plans for whatever reason they are coming downtown, and need to know in advance what TriMet will do about Friday's service," said Colleen Caddell, who is planning on coming downtown to peacefully protest. "It's about our ability to exercise our freedom of speech," she said.
"There are also concerns over what cancellation of all TriMet service will do for traffic downtown, especially those trying to get there and home during rush hour," said Lisa Stiller, also planning to peacefully join the protest. "Making an announcement tomorrow morning does not give anyone time to adjust. Although I understand that TriMet is rightfully concerned about safety, postponing an announcement about service can be perceived as a way to interfere with the right to peacefully protest."

UPDATE 2:30 pm: And here's TriMet's official statement on how they will handle service during tomorrow's protest:

During Friday’s planned protest, TriMet plans to provide service into and out of downtown Portland. TriMet appreciates the support of the Portland Police Bureau, under the direction of Portland Mayor Wheeler, who have committed to assisting in keeping our transit system moving. However, if protests become violent and unsafe for our employees and riders, we will alter our service and may temporarily suspend it in the downtown core.

Our riders should be prepared and plan extra time. Those who take TriMet into work or school in downtown Portland Friday morning, are encouraged to head home early.

We apologize to our riders in advance for this inconvenience.

UPDATE 1:45 pm: And right on cue, TriMet Executive Director of Safety and Security Harry Saporta is walking back his threat to suspend MAX and bus lines in the Pioneer Courthouse Square tomorrow because of protests. Now he says it's just a possibility, and as he said to KGW, all services will remain normal "up until that particular moment when we believe it's necessary to alter ...or suspend our service."

UPDATE 1:30 pm: Uh-oh. Apparently Mayor Ted Wheeler isn't exactly pleased with TriMet's decision.

ORIGINAL POST: TriMet has announced they will temporarily stop downtown core service of the MAX and bus lines during tomorrow afternoon's scheduled Inauguration Day protest, citing "safety concerns." As you probably recall following Trump's election, protesters took to the streets in great numbers and some blocked the passage of MAX trains downtown. In a probable response to this, TriMet is temporarily suspending service in the downtown corridor, specifically around the Pioneer Courthouse Square area—though at this point we don't know how long it will last. TriMet says it will fine tune that information later today, so stay tuned.

As Dirk reported yesterday, Mayor Ted Wheeler has set down some fairly clear rules about what might get one arrested during the upcoming protests, and one of those is blocking public transportation. The decision to temporarily stop downtown routes could be in response to that.

If you will be downtown tomorrow, and aren't planning on marching, plan accordingly. More to come when we get it.

For the best, constantly updated protest schedule, see our Resistance & Solidarity calendar.

Things to Do Tonight!

Fertile Ground Festival
Portland's annual festival of proudly uncurated new theater, Fertile Ground, is finally here, injecting our sorry-ass Pacific Northwest winter with a refreshingly unpretentious dose of culture: 10 days of brand-new plays, performance art, and dance invading both the city's major theaters and improvised venues (ever seen a play in a bar? Now's the time!). MEGAN BURBANK.
Various Locations, for a list of participants, venues, and showtimes, click here

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Extradition Series Curator Matt Hannafin Spotlights Experimental Classical Works That Would Otherwise Go Unheard

DANA REASON The pianist will perform at the series’ Winter Concert.
DANA REASON The pianist will perform at the series’ Winter Concert. Matt Hannafin

MUSIC SCENES exist as a series of concentric circles. To use rock and punk as an example, small house and basement shows sit in the center, big arena and stadium events are on the outside, while varying sizes of venues and audiences rest somewhere between the two extremes.

In Portland’s classical community, the focus tends to remain on those larger concerts that take place within the ornate interior of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or sizeable outdoor spaces like Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The programs for these shows reflect the prodigiousness of their surroundings with performances of juicy, blustery symphonies and concertos that sell a lot of tickets.

But composers writing spare and experimental pieces that demand close listening rarely see their labors of love performed. Luckily, local classical enthusiasts have access to plenty of groups that bring some of these small-scale, adventurous works to their ears, including the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Cascadia Composers, and one of the latest additions to the cultural universe, Creative Music Guild’s Extradition Series.

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Kanye Wasn't Asked to Perform at Trump's Inauguration Because It Will Be a "Typically and Traditionally American" Affair


It's no secret that Trump's team has been struggling to find musical guests willing to perform at his inauguration, and holding down the few they do manage to convince. So far they've been turned down by the likes of Charlotte Church, Elton John, and Moby, and earlier this week Bruce Springsteen tribute act the B Street Band dropped off the lineup out of respect for the Boss, who thinks the PEOTUS is a "moron." One of Trump's advisers even attempted to downplay the importance of inaugural performers on national television, telling CNN "This is not Woodstock." Right now Trump's inaugural lineup includes America's Got Talent finalist Jackie Evancho, Lee Greenwood, Big & Rich, 3 Doors Down, Toby Keith, the Piano Guys, the Frontmen of the Country, DJ Ravidrums, Chrisette Michele, and Jon Voight. Definitely not Woodstock.

Remember last month, when self-described "friends" Trump and Kanye West met at Trump Tower to discuss "life"? You'd think that Trump would've already called up his superfamous rapper friend to perform at the inauguration. But earlier this week Tom Barrack, chairman of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, told CNN's Erin Burnett that they hadn't asked West to perform because the inauguration will be a "typically and traditionally American" affair.

This statement is concerning for a lot of reasons, but mainly because it suggests that West—who is undeniably one of the most important artists making music in 2017, despite his horrendous taste in friends—makes music that is not typically or traditionally American. Hip-hop and Donald Trump were both born in New York City... Just sayin'.

You Can't Turn Off Trump

When I get to D.C., Ill be witnessing a made-for-TV inauguration of a made-for-TV president with a following of believers enabled by the internets worst conspiracy theories.
Friday will be a made-for-TV inauguration for a made-for-TV president with a following of believers enabled by the internet's worst conspiracy theories. Nate Gowdy

My great-grandfather was a man of few words. I never met him, but I understand he had a thick accent from growing up speaking Yiddish in a shtetl in what is now known as Moldova. The shtetl no longer exists, and neither does the deli my great-grandfather opened in Brooklyn after fleeing to America a hundred years ago.

My great-grandfather also had a thing about TVs. He had never owned one, and my dad assumed that was because he couldn't spend the money. As a gift, my dad bought my great-grandfather his first television set. But when my father visited him not long after, he noticed something strange had happened to the TV.

Related: Portland's Resistance & Solidarity Calendar

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Stave Off the January Blues with 20th Century Women


"We're a generation of men raised by women,” sneered Fight Club’s Tyler Durden. To which Mike Mills would probably reply, “I know! Awesome, right?”

Mills’ new movie is called 20th Century Women, and it’s just as much a celebration of female wisdom, power, and complexity as the title suggests. It’s set in 1979 Santa Barbara, and told mostly from the perspective of 15-year-old Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), who’s being raised by his middle-aged single mom, Dorothea. If that setup makes you worry for a moment that this is another story about women from a male perspective, you’re not alone.

But thanks to a ferocious, textured performance from Annette Bening as Dorothea, and Mills’ digressive, empathetic script, the movie works. Dorothea isn’t the only lady in Jamie’s life: There’s also Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a rebellious photographer who rents a room in Dorothea and Jamie’s big ramshackle house, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a 19-year-old neighbor who sneaks over regularly to lie next to Jamie in bed and chat, tormenting his not-so-nascent hormones.

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In All Sincerity, Thanks, Obama


I'VE BEEN an Obama fan ever since his speech at the Democratic Nation Convention in 2004, where he won me over with his willingness to embrace change, and his resounding emphasis on listening to young people. Despite certain trepidations, I still had faith Obama would be a positive role model for the next generation in terms of social issues (which was much-needed after the anti-LGBT Bush era), and that he had the best interest of all Americans at heart. During his eight years in office, I saw him move the country forward on a variety of issues by quietly using his powers and carefully using his words to set an example. And in Obama’s farewell address he helped me recall just how far we’ve come in terms of change (“Yes, we did!”) and remember that the coming generation is full of altruistic Americans who value inclusivity, reason, and science. If nothing else, Obama reminded me that the future (if not the immediate present) is bright. There are many things to be grateful for, but here are my favorite moments from the last eight years that made me say, “Thanks, Obama!”

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