As a Spokane Father Faces Deportation, His Son Wonders If He Will Be Next

Luís Salazar-Campaña with sons Isaac, 8; Maximiliano, 9; and Alexander, 13.
Luís Salazar-Campaña with sons Isaac, 8; Maximiliano, 9; and Alexander, 13. COURTESY OF FAMILY

Editor's note: This piece was originally published in our Seattle-based sister paper, the Stranger.
It was 5:30 a.m. when Luís Manuel Salazar-Campaña heard a knock on his car window as he was about to drive to work. A police officer stood outside with his gun drawn. After confirming his identity, Salazar-Campaña was ordered to step out of his car to answer the officer’s questions. The police officer told him his car was reported as stolen. (The Spokane Police Department was unable to locate any incident reports listing Salazar-Campaña as a suspect, according to documents provided to The Stranger.) An Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer walked from behind Salazar-Campaña’s car and asked for his legal status. The 39-year-old father of four refused to answer.

That was in April. Salazar-Campaña has been incarcerated at Northwest Detention Center since then. His eldest son, Luís, now worries he could end up there, too.

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Review: Marvel Universe Live! at the Moda Center

Avengers... and a lot of other randos... ASSEMBLE!
"Avengers... and a lot of other randos... ASSEMBLE!" Courtesy Marvel Universe Live!

I'll admit that before last year's Marvel Universe Live! show at the Moda Center, my expectations were verrrrrry looooooow. After all, it's from the same company that produces the "Disney on Ice" shows that kids love, but make parents want to claw their eyes out. So yes, I was SHOCKED when I totally loved the debut of Marvel Universe Live!—a cobbled together plot about Marvel superheroes teaming up to fight bad guys with acrobatics, explosions, and dirt bikes. Read that review here.

So how did my expectations hold up for the second installment of this show, called Marvel Universe Live!: Age of Heroes (which played all weekend at the Moda)? Well, this time my expectations before the show were about here (holds hand about six inches above head), but what I got was WAY UP HERE! (Holds hand like about two feet above head!)

In short, the producers of Age of Heroes took everything that was lacking in last year's show, fixed it, and added a lot more of the stuff I loved. The story—while entertainingly ridiculous/hilarious—was a lot more cohesive, and eschewed the boring exposition that bogged down the first go-around. Some legit and funny jokes have been added (largely given to the Guardians of the Galaxy characters), and while there are significantly fewer dirt bikes involved (WHAT), the motorcycle tricks were far more impressive—including a sick dirt bike backflip performed by Spider-Man. (A sentence never before typed in the history of humankind.)

And not to disparage Cirque du Soleil... well, I guess I'm disparaging them, because Age of Heroes had a lot of the same impressive acrobatic verve, but none of the pretentiousness. In fact, among all the explosions, villain fights, special effects, and towering, 10-foot-tall bickering Hulks and Groots, there were some sweet moments and acrobatic displays that were nothing short of beautiful.

In all, Marvel Universe Live: Age of Heroes is silly, totally entertaining fun for kids and dorks of all ages (me). And, at least thus far, is only getting better with age.

Courtesy Marvel Universe Live!

Reel M Inn Bartender/Manager Carey Bolton Is Also Its New Owner

Minh Tran

Three years ago, Carey Bolton walked into the Reel M Inn to meet a friend for a drink. That drink turned into a bartending gig, then a promotion to manager. And on August 26, 2018, she’s going to own the place.

As first reported by Willamette Week, Bolton is buying the bar from its current owners, Paul Meno and Cathy Myers, having signed all the paperwork on September 7. Bolton has been the Division Street bar’s manager for about six months, and has worked behind the bar at the Reel for three years, following that fateful drink.

“I walked into the Reel to have a drink with a girlfriend and asked the bartender, Kaili, if they were hiring,” Bolton says. “She had been there for years and years and told me that she was moving to the coast, could I start tomorrow? I’ve been there ever since.”

The Reel has become one of the best-loved bars in Southeast Portland, due to its fastidious refusal to change amid the rapid development of Division Street and the disappearance of other neighborhood bars like it. (In 2015, The Daily Meal called it the second best dive bar in America.) It’s also got the best chicken in town; the Reel’s familiar exterior sign announces “Chicken & Jo-Jos,” a beacon for lovers of perfectly fried bird and potato.

Bolton says there will be no immediate changes to the Reel when she takes over next summer. “Maybe a few updates, but nothing major,” she says, offering welcome reassurance to longtime Reel patrons who have heard scuttlebutt about the cozy bar’s possible closure after the building transferred hands earlier this year. The property’s new owner, and the Reel’s new landlord, is Douera LLC, a group led by Chris Briggs and family members. Briggs’ other ventures in Portland include Loyal Legion beer hall (co-run with Kurt Huffman of ChefStable), and he told the Mercury back in June that the very last thing he ever wanted to do was close the Reel, thoroughly debunking all the rumors that were circulating at that time. Briggs also said that there would be something to announce in the coming months—presumably that something has turned out to be the Reel transferring ownership to Bolton.

It’s not just fantastic news for lovers of the Reel M Inn; this is also a pretty wonderful story about an employee becoming owner of the workplace she loves and preemptively protecting it from any lingering possibility of closure. “I started in this industry as a dishwasher at 14 years old and have been in the service industry one way or another, ever since. It has been a dream to own my own place!” Bolton says.

Meno and Myers have owned the Reel just shy of 18 years, and will be retiring following the transfer; their plans had left the fate of the Reel up in the air when the lease expires next year. “I’ll be finishing out Paul’s current lease and then signing a new one,” says Bolton. “A new lease is guaranteed; we are currently working out the terms.”

So maybe it’s not exactly breaking news: the Reel M Inn is sticking around. But if that means things are staying the same, then no news is good news. “The most special thing about the Reel would hands down be the regulars. An incredible group of people,” Bolton says. “There is something about the Reel that makes any and all feel comfortable and welcome when they walk through those doors.”

As for now, she says, “It’s business as usual at the Reel, even if I have a million things to do!”

Further ReadingReel M Inn: An Oasis in a Desert of Development


Does Star Trek: Discovery Justify Signing Up for CBS All Access?


So far there's been as much discussion about Star Trek: Discovery's distribution model as there has been about Star Trek: Discovery.

In order to watch anything beyond last night's series premiere, Americans have to subscribe to CBS All Access, the network's attempt to create a streaming service that stands alongside services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, ad infinitum. (In other countries, Netflix subscribers will find Discovery already included in their subscription, since Netflix provided a big chunk of Discovery's budget.) Asking people to pony up for CBS All Access is a tall order, given that other streaming services have stuff that people actually want to watch, while CBS All Access has Discovery and... uh, I guess a lot of episodes of The Big Bang Theory? In case you find the skull-splitting experience of existing in 2017 not painful enough and want to make it even worse?

On one hand, it's a bit unfair that Discovery is inextricably linked to All Access. On the other, it makes perfect sense to talk about them together: I can't think of another time when a new TV show has launched and, after less than an hour, asked viewers to pay for a streaming service they probably don't want in order to continue. Last night's first hour of Discovery not only had to not only kick off a whole new Star Trek series, it also had to convince viewers to buy into CBS All Access.

Did it accomplish the former? Uh, kind of! Mostly!

Did it accomplish the latter? Not a chance.

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Mayor Ted Wheeler Wants to Extend Portland's Housing State of Emergency by 18 Months


Portland's housing state of emergency might get its longest extension to-date, if a proposal Mayor Ted Wheeler is cooking up moves forward.

Tomorrow, Wheeler's office plans to submit an ordinance for council consideration that would push an expiration date for the city's housing emergency status out 18 months, spokesperson Michael Cox says. The ordinance would be taken up next week—in time to keep the emergency declaration going past its slated expiration on October 6.

"We had talked about 12 months. we had talked about 18 months, we had talked about 2 years," Cox said this morning. "This seemed like the best place to land."

The housing emergency, first proposed by Mayor Charlie Hales roughly two years ago, has been used again and again to place temporary homeless shelters in places where Portland's zoning regulations otherwise would make that difficult. For Wheeler, who won office partly on a promise to increase shelter space, that's a crucial point.

But Cox says the mayor is also leery about the heretofore murky definition about what, exactly, constitutes an emergency. As written, he says, the ordinance the mayor plans to file would create a group that would hash out that definition, and criteria for ending the emergency period—all within six months of passage.

"We don't know what the right metrics are," Cox says. "Is it vacancy rates? Is it rent increases? Is it homelessness?"

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Cannabis Community Fair and Book Launch


If you enjoy cannabis science, free chocolate, and smart womxn, and you're one of those eggheads who love their bookie books, here's a fantastic way for you to spend Wednesday evening, and it's free to those 21 and over.

This Wednesday, September 27, from 6 to 10 pm, Holocene will be the place to be, as Tin House Books hosts the Grow Your Own Book Launch and Cannabis Community Fair. The book's subtitle, "Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying cannabis," is on the money. This is a beautifully made and laid-out book, the combined efforts of four authors who used their expertise to cover a wider range of topics than you would normally find it a grow book, including vaporizers, making edibles, decarboxylation, the entourage effect, and other related topics.

In addition to this being an opportunity to buy the book on launch day and meet the authors, Tin House has put together a great evening of womxn-led programming, featuring short presentations on everything from talking with budtenders, mapping the cannabis genome, growing your own, improving women's sexual health through cannabis, and much more. Speakers include Emma Chasen (Farma), Mary J Poppins (Sativa Science Club), Lena Davidson (Botanica PDX), Nichole Graf (Raven Grass), Andi Bixel (Drip Ice Cream), Meghan Miller and Alisha Holloway (Phylos Bioscience), April Pride (Van der Pop), and others. Many will have interactive booths—including Pearl Extracts, who will have a hands-on terpene station, which they describe as an opportunity to "learn about these aromatic cannabis compounds and gain confidence in selecting strains based on their terpene profiles." Yes, please.

As the event states, "In accordance with OLCC regulations, no form of cannabis is to enter the premises in any form." So leave the devil's lettuce at home, as they will have specialty "Grow Your Own" cocktails and delicacies from Botanica Seattle, who will have a range of unmedicated chocolate treats. Or, do I as I plan to, and eat an edible pre-show. More info at the Facebook event page.

Seahawks Lose Football Game On Weekend Where Football’s Importance Exists Outside The Realm Of Game Itself

Neither the Seahawks nor the Titans participated in Sundays national anthem.
Neither the Seahawks nor the Titans participated in Sunday's national anthem. Frederick Breedon / GETTY

The NFL has a lot of problems. The biggest is that the game is dangerous in ways that affect players minds in profound ways during and after their careers. Beyond that there are myriad issues big and small including stadium policy, domestic abuse, uneven game quality, Tom Brady’s stupid face, ownership collusion, forced jingoism, and me crying at the Amazon ad where the dog dresses up as a lion so the baby will like it.

Players using their platforms to raise awareness of discrepancies in police brutality along racial lines and league efforts to reduce concussion causing hits are not among the real and meaningful issues facing the NFL. In fact they’re the opposite of problems. Aside from deep shots down the sideline and Earl Thomas run stuffs, the increasing level of political responsibility amongst the players is the best thing the sport has going for it. And while anti-concussion protocols are likely insufficient to prevent CTE, the effort has to be made.

Which is all to say that as the Seahawks lost to the Titans on Sunday to fall to 1-2 on the season, there were larger forces lurking around the game itself, forces that coalesced into a terrible speech and series of tweets from our terrible president that suggested that players protesting systemic racism and new rules preventing concussions are bad. Neither team came out for the anthem in protest of our terrible president’s terrible comments (which condemned the protests without understanding them), and the Seahawks players issued the above statement, condemning both the president and the racism that started this cycle of protests.

But, as with so much else that is tarnished by our trash president, the thing itself happened. There was a game played on Sunday. A largely bad, but also quite interesting battle between two teams that I think are highly likely to be in the playoffs this year. So let’s run down what happened in it:

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Brad's Status: A Movie About a Rich White Guy That You Might Actually Like


I have a low tolerance for tales of privileged white guy ennui, so I’m pleased to tell you that Brad’s Status, starring Ben Stiller as a dad with an existential crisis, is (twist!) one I actually liked!

The latest from Mike White (director of Year of the Dog, and writer of Freaks and Geeks, Chuck & Buck, and Beatriz at Dinner), Brad’s Status perfectly captures the way anxious people avoid addressing big underlying fears by coming up with peripheral worries to quietly freak out about.

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Timbers Thrash Orlando As Valeri Reaches 20 Goals

Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers

With a grueling three-game road-trip in the rearview mirror, the Portland Timbers entered their final four games of the MLS regular season looking to roll up wins and momentum heading into the playoffs starting at the end of October.

On Sunday night, they got off to a sensational start.

The Timbers stomped all over a moribund Orlando City side 3-0 at Providence Park, playing with the kind of infectious confidence and attacking verve that makes this team one of the league's most dangerous.

Diego Valeri extended his record goalscoring streak to nine matches, Darren Mattocks put in the performance of his Timbers career, and Orlando had two players sent off in a game that was a rout from the first minute forward.

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Good Morning, News: NFL Defeats Trump, One Hundred Billion to Zip

GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! I like the way we carry on, his love will send me on and on. With my man... people out there can understand. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

Yesterday across the NFL, teams protested Trump's racist, anti-American statements about football players who kneel during the national anthem by kneeling, locking arms, or skipping the song entirely. This morning, Trump embarrassed himself and the country again by tweeting about the spectators booing and how "these are fans who demand respect for our Flag!” (Said the man who disrespects America and democracy on a daily basis.)

Oh, and now Trump is switching his allegiance over to (steel yourself for the surprise of your life) NASCAR. Yeeeee-haw!

And the president's racism continues with an expansion of his already racist travel ban. Trump has expanded the ban on travelers coming into the US, to now include Chad and North Korea—even though very few people from North Korea visit the country.

Since the Repeal and Replace 3.0 bill is getting the thumbs down from Rand and McCain, the GOP is making a desperate attempt to bribe possible holdouts Murkowski and Collins by making the health care plan particularly advantageous to their home states.

Former congressman Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in jail on charges of sexting a teenager.

Obama apparently tried to warn Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg about his site being used to spread fake news and possibly influencing the election, but he was mostly ignored by the CEO, who is only acting now because of increased political pressure.

Remember when Trump chanted "lock her up" because Hillary Clinton used her private email for government business? Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has been using his private email for government business. LOCK... HIM... UP.

Meanwhile in Alabama, a battle is brewing over who will take the senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. In one corner there's Luther Strange, a terrible person backed by Trump and the GOP establishment. In the other, there's Roy Moore, a fucking whack-job. Sooooooo... nobody wins.

One dead and seven were wounded in a Tennessee church shooting over the weekend.

A lack of food is now a serious problem for Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria wiped out 80 percent of their crops.

Uber is apologizing for their (despicable) past actions, after London decides to end their contract with them.

Now let's look at the WEATHER: Cloudy and a possible shower today with a high of 66.

And finally, it's MONDAY! You can pet me if you like. (And I'll be just as chill as the chihuahua in this video.)

No Tigers Were Harmed in the Making of The Tiger Hunter (We Assume)


The Tiger Hunter is the fictional story of an Indian immigrant, Sami, who’s played by Community’s Danny Pudi and who does not, in fact, hunt tigers. But his dad did! We don’t really see any tiger hunting in this movie, which is fine with me. I like tigers, and that probably would have been sad. Anyway, Sami grows up in a small Indian town where his father—the actual tiger hunter—is a hero. Sami wants to be just like him, but somehow gets it into his head that Chicago is the place to make this happen. Oh, and all of this takes place in the 1970s, and Sami is also trying to prove to his childhood sweetheart that he’s a successful microwave engineer. Even excluding tigers, this movie has quite a bit going on.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Another One That Got Away


I've got a story about The One that Got Away... and then ten years later showed up again. I really need some advice.

Thirty-year-old gay guy here. Ten years ago on a night out with friends, I met a guy who I felt instant chemistry with. The two of us spent the whole night hanging out/making out. He lived a long way away and was leaving super-early the next morning, so we weren't able to spend the night together. But we exchanged details and stayed in touch.

We were both really into each other, and while we didn't start a long-distance relationship, we did have a pretty close and emotionally intense friendship (all over e-mail, instant messenger, etc.). I tend to fall for guys hard, and this guy felt like the Real Deal, so I was coming on pretty strong. Too strong—I was pushing for something he didn't feel ready for. To make matters worse, he and I both went through a pretty rough depression at this time. After a year of emotional rollercoasters, we finally had a falling out and fell out of touch. I knew I'd pushed too hard, and was so embarrassed about what I'd done that I didn't want to reach out to him in case it would make things worse.

As time went on, we were no longer facebook friends and I lost all his contact details. But to me he was always "the one that got away"—and it hurt to know it was my out-of-control emotions had caused it. But I took it as a learning experience, cherished the good memories, and moved on.

Fast forward to last month.

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In Barrett Martin's The Singing Earth, Music is the Antidote to Isolationist Politics


Of all the aggravations and outright horrors to befall the United States in the Trump administration’s first year, one of the worst is the president’s dangerous belief that American exceptionalism means cutting our country off from the rest of the world. The border wall, the travel ban, the tightening of relations with Cuba, potential cuts to programs offering cultural-exchange visas—the list goes on.

No one understands this better than percussionist Barrett Martin. Known among grunge aficionados as the former drummer of Screaming Trees and the Pearl Jam/Alice In Chains-associated dark blues group Mad Season, 50-year-old Martin has spent the better part of his adult life traveling the globe, studying the world’s cultures through music. His curiosity and adventurous spirit have taken him to the Peruvian Amazon, where he participated in an ayahuasca ceremony; to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; and, in 1999, to the streets of Cuba, where, as a musical ambassador for the Music Bridge program, he jammed with locals and shook hands with Fidel Castro.

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Morrissey's Kicking Off His North American Tour at the Schnitz This Halloween

Celebrate Halloween with Morrissey
Celebrate Halloween with Morrissey Ian Gavan / Stringer / Getty Images

This morning Morrissey announced that he's touring North America this fall in support of his forthcoming album, Low in High School, and the first date is at Portland's Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Halloween (very spooky).

I wouldn't get too excited—he's somewhat notorious for canceling concerts, and his new record's first single, "Spent the Day in Bed," is not very good. I cannot force myself to listen to it again, because doing so caused me physical pain (those wah-wah pedals gave me a raging headache in less than 10 seconds).

The lyrics are even worse. "I recommend that you stop watching the news," he sings bombastically in the chorus, "Because the news contrives to frighten you/To make you feel small and alone/To make you feel that your mind isn't your own." Instead of paying attention, Morrissey—who caught some well-deserved flack for recent anti-immigration comments—thinks we should just stay in bed. Because that will definitely make things better.

But if you'd like to be celebrate Halloween with Morrissey this year, that is an option. Tickets go on sale next Friday, September 29.

Don’t Walk Out of An Octoroon Or You’ll Miss Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Unsettling Brilliance


If you’re not familiar with the content of Artists Repertory Theatre’s An Octoroon, the spare set and opening monologue may have you convinced you’re in for a staid solo show. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

While at times a necessarily difficult performance to watch—it’s about slavery, and the racist history of theater, and drunk white playwrights stereotyping Native Americans, and some of the most racist shit you’ll see anywhere—An Octoroon is unfailingly smart and full of deceptive humor that doesn’t seem like it should work at all, but it does. Just when you think you’ve got a read on what the play is trying to do, it punches you in the face with an image you can’t unsee. There are moments from the performance I attended that were still burnt into my memory days later, which is how you know playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins succeeded in his aim of addressing the potential connection between “the illusion of suffering versus actual suffering.”

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