Timbers v. Montreal Match Preview

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It's been tough sledding of late for the Portland Timbers, who, after drawing Atlanta United 1-1 at Providence Park last weekend, have now won just twice in their last eight games and slipped down to fourth in the Western Conference.

This weekend, the Timbers will look to right the ship ahead of a crucial stretch of games in late May and June with their prolific front four reunited for an early kickoff in Québec against the Montreal Impact (12:00 PM, TV on ROOT Sports).

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The Twin Peaks Revival Is a Reminder of How the Original Impacted My Life


In the spring of 1990, two major events occurred simultaneously: Twin Peaks premiered on ABC, and my mom started losing her mind.

I was 10 years old.

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How One Band Is Trying To Put The Spotlight On Portland’s Hidden Diversity

Orquestra Pacifico Tropical Katie Summer

Orquestra Pacífico Tropical does much more than make you dance: the band gives a voice to the growing number of Latinos that call Portland home, creating stronger communities in the process.

David “Papi” Fimbres still remembers how his childhood home in Los Angeles would often overflow with the enchanting rhythms of cumbias, bachatas, and guarachas—three of the most popular music genres of Latin America.

The music would spill out of a small radio that Fimbres’ mother kept on the kitchen table, and flood the house – and Fimbres’ heart – with its contagious joy.

“Growing up in L.A., I listened to all different styles of Latin music,” he says. “I’m Mexicano-Americano, and that music became a part of who I am.”

In L.A., Fimbres would hear those Latin beats wherever he went—on the radio, in his home, on the streets—but that changed when he moved to Portland in 1999.

“The first thing I noticed when I moved to Portland was that I was missing my culture,” Fimbres remembers.

That’s when an idea started bouncing around the young drummer's mind: to start his own cumbia band in Portland.

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What's She Mad About Now: The Handmaid’s Tale: Choose Your Adventure!

WARNING: If you know nothing about The Handmaid’s Tale, there are some mild spoilers in here.

Ladies, you’re probably enjoying watching Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, a (formerly) dystopian novel set in the “future,” where, after an epidemic of infertility, a totalitarian government has taken over and is forcing women to bear children for infertile couples in power.

You may have read the novel when it came out in the ’80s and felt a sense of relief that you didn’t live in a country that would do such a thing. But now, as it becomes less likely that President Trump will finish his term and we face the possibility of a Pence presidency, it’s time to decide which role you’ll play in our inevitable future in Atwood’s Gilead. (It’s just right outside of Boston, so start looking at airfares now for the best deals.)

It’s hard to decide. I’m still fertile, so I could conceivably do the Handmaid’s job.

Plus: I look great in red.

Minus: Velvet would be pretty oppressive in the summer.

Plus: Cute bonnet! And who really uses their peripheral vision?

Minus: State-mandated intercourse with a stranger while lying in the lap of another woman seems awkward.

So that’s a wash.

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Sen. Al Franken to Speak at the Newmark Theater; Get Your Tickets!


In these depressing times, a constant bright spot is watching Sen. Al Franken skewer GOP no-goodniks during whatever commission he happens to be sitting on. A former writer/performer for Saturday Night Live, Franken has risen within the Democratic Party to be one of the few politicians who still puts his constituents first—and he's pretty goddamn funny. That's why fans should grab their tickets now to catch Franken for his speaking engagement at the Newmark Theater on Sun June 18 at 5 pm to promote his new book, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. Here's what it's about from the Newmark's site:

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. Furthermore, Senator Franken’s memoir is about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast.

Sounds good to me! Tickets are $38 each and the price includes a copy of Franken's book. This is sure to be a popular event, so get those tix quick!

This Weekend's Style Events

Crafty Wonderland
Crafty Wonderland Shannon Rowland

The spring installment of Crafty Wonderland Art + Craft Market will take over a 60,000 square foot hall at the Oregon Convention Center with over 225 local and national vendors. The market will also feature a DIY craft zone, children selling their art, and Susie Ghahremani of boygirlparty.com signing copies of her new book Stack the Cats. Along with the art and craft vendors, several non-profits will have informational booths including Cat Adoption Team, ACLU of Oregon, and Girls Inc. “We believe artists should be able to make a living doing what they love,” says co-owner Torie Nguyen. “And it is now more important than ever to support our community, small businesses, and the artists and people who have made Portland the wonderfully creative place it is known to be.”
Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Sat May 20, 11 am-6 pm, free, all ages

Bridge & Burn
Bridge & Burn

Bridge & Burn will celebrate the awesome people that reside in the Portland area with a Local Appreciation Party. Show your ID with a Portland area address and you will receive 20% off your purchase. If you spend $100 you'll get a free tote. AND there will be free Ruby Jewel ice cream and Coava coffee. Win, win, win.
Bridge & Burn Flagship, 1122 SW Morrison, Sat May 20, 11 am-6 pm

Ciocco Design Co
Ciocco Design Co

Caravan Traveling Market, an event series that is part pop-up shop and part flea market, is back with a carefully curated assortment of goods ranging from new and vintage clothing and accessories, jewelry, housewares, and more. Vendors include MOORE Custom Goods, Iz It? Vintage, Omen Vintage, Ciocco Design Co, Main & Grand, Tiny Adornments, Wildflower Vintage, Zero Wave, and more.
The Cleaners at Ace Hotel, 403 SW 10th, Sun May 21, 12-6 pm

As always, be sure to visit our fashion calendar to keep up to date on all things fashion event related here.

Pickathon Starlight Series, Episode 8: Joseph

Jovelle Tamayo

This captivating video comes from last year's Pickathon, where literal sister act Joseph performed, armed only with an acoustic guitar and three intertwining harmonies. The Starlight Stage was the perfect place to see them sing their spare but gooseflesh-inducing folk songs, and as part of the Mercury and The Stranger's ongoing Starlight Series, here's an exclusive look. "Honest" is the song from which Joseph's 2016 album I'm Alone, No You're Not takes its title, and there's no better way to see, up close and personal, the sibling alchemy of Allison Closner, Meegan Closner, and Natalie Closner Schepman—a quality that's made their timberline folk a hit across the country.

This is the eighth episode in our ongoing Pickathon Starlight Series, which showcases great performances caught at the Portland-area music festival and is made possible by Lagunitas Brewing. Last week Pickathon announced the stage schedules and set times for all the bands, so it's time to start planning out your weekend. Take a look at the full schedule (and make your Sophie's choices) here. This year's Pickathon takes place August 3-6 at Pendarvis Farm; get your tickets at pickathon.com before they're gone.

Past episodes in the 2016-2017 season of Pickathon's Starlight Series:
• Episode 1: Fruit Bats
• Episode 2: Futurebirds
• Episode 3: Ezra Furman
• Episode 4: Boulevards
• Episode 5: Cass McCombs
• Episode 6: Yemen Blues
• Episode 7: C.W. Stoneking

Good Morning, News: Traffic Violence in Times Square, Portland's Twee Parking App, and Rats Are Monstrous

Doug Brown

Oh you thought the Merc's Doug Brown was done asking anarchists what was up with their May Day behavior? You thought wrong.

As someone who'd never want to smoke pot around strangers in public, I can say that Cliff Robinson, Ted Wheeler, and Chloe Eudaly are correct when they say I should be able to smoke pot around strangers in public.

A speeding car seemed to purposefully slam into nearly two dozen pedestrians in Times Square yesterday, killing one person and injuring 22 more. The driver, a Navy veteran, isn't suspected of having terrorist motives, but people who know him describe him descending into paranoia recently. Not good.

The hunt for Kyron Horman is still on, KGW reports. A grand jury looking into the boy's 2010 disappearance has been meeting lately and there are reports of new searches.

We reported last year Portland would launch an app that lets you pay for parking by phone. It just did....and it's cat-themed? We use the exact same service as Chicago (and lots of others). So for context, below is a shot Chicago's site, then Portland's. :|


As Secretary of State Dennis Richardson suggests that the state might have paid millions in medical costs for people who didn't actually qualify for Medicaid, the OHA is suggesting everyone cool it. The agency says there's no proof, currently, that Richardson's numbers are realistic.

Clark County deputies killed a 66-year-old inmate at a Vancouver hospital yesterday. It's not entirely clear what led to the shooting.

A Portland principal who abruptly quit last week was suspected of forging teacher signatures on evaluations he'd never bothered to carry out, the O reports.

The city's facing a lawsuit from a young Black man who says he was just trying to ride his bike home from work in 2015 when he was roughed up by a police officer.

Swedish prosecutors have ceased their rape investigation of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who's spent years holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. That doesn't mean Assange is a free man.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says something surprising: Donald Trump wasn't lying when he said he'd made up his mind to fire former FBI Director James Comey prior to Rosenstein writing a memo recommending as much.

Also: The NYT has more on Trump's weird communications with Comey.

Meanwhile, Trump is headed on an overseas trip, first to Saudi Arabia. And he's still a toddler. From the AP: "When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup - will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine. At NATO and the Group of 7 summits, foreign delegations have gotten word that the new U.S. president prefers short presentations and lots of visual aids."

No. Dear god no. This is the worst story you'll read today.




Savage Love Letter of the Day: Young Lovers Lie, Cheat, and Wonder Why Their Relationship Sucks


I've been in a two-year relationship with a guy who was my first serious partner and my first sexual experience. It was all great with little ups and downs—until seven months ago when I discovered he was cheating. I came to his house and there was a girl living with him. She said he was dating her while dating me and they had several sexual intercourses while she was there. My self-esteem fell and I felt incredibly bad about myself. I also had an unprotected intercourse with him and found myself pregnant. Thank God I just had to take the pill abortion.

My friends tried to support me but I was pushing them away and for three days I didn't come out of bed even just to eat or drink. I felt used and dirty. But in the end, I found myself forgiving him and getting back with him. My friends didn't really understand but supported my decision. But about four months later he had to leave due to family matters. We decided to stay together. It was all good as I was absorbed with studies, he was helping out his family, studying and working.

After two months of dating long distance our communication started fading and we grew distant. Once I went to a party with friends and met this guy, let's call him Sam. He was a physical copy of my boyfriend but smarter, sweeter, and nicer. For the next week we went out on a couple of dates but we were usually around my friends that were trying to get us together. Two weeks passed, my best friend threw a birthday party, and Sam was invited. Of course everyone got drunk and someone started reminding me how I got cheated on and I felt this strong anger and had sex with Sam. Wasn't as great as sex with my boyfriend.

I kept seeing Sam until about two days ago when my boyfriend texted to say he is coming to see me in two weeks time. But my boyfriend will have to go away until November shortly after. I'm not sure what to do. I do feel like I'm starting to like Sam, however, I keep finding myself wanting to run back to my boyfriend. I just can't keep my thoughts off my boyfriend. Even though every time he touches me I can see him touching another girl in the same way. I'm so lost and I really don't know what to do anymore. I want to be happy and I don't want to hurt anyone. I'm moving in a year (transferring unis) and my boyfriend was supposed to go with me but I don't really know what I want. I can't even understand myself.

Sneaky And Distant Guy's Impending Return Looms

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Conservatives on Twitter Still Convinced That the Deadly Accident in Times Square Was an Act of Terrorism


Judging from Twitter, US conservatives and ISIS have something in common at present: they want the deadly accident that happened around noon in Times Square to be an act of terrorism. What would greatly disappoint them is if the investigation of the tragedy reveals that the driver who took a wrong turn and sped into a crowded sidewalk, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 other people, was impaired by booze or drugs. Officials are ruling out terrorism, and there are even reports that the suspect, who is in custody and a US citizen a navy veteran, has a history of DUIs.

As the hope for terrorism fades, some conservatives are resorting to conspiracy theories...

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Fleet Foxes Return with an Abstract, Experimental Folk Album

FLEET FOXES Thurs 5/18 Crystal Ballroom
FLEET FOXES Thurs 5/18 Crystal Ballroom Shawn Brackbill

Next time you’re looking for someone to blame for the Pacific Northwest’s recent influx of transplants, I’d (jokingly) recommend pointing a finger at Fleet Foxes. After all, the band’s folksy hymnals partly inspired my migration north from California six years ago.

Formed in Seattle in the mid-’00s, the five-piece released its second EP, Sun Giant, and self-titled LP in 2008. These songs were faded postcards from the Pacific Northwest’s rugged landscapes, sent by wannabe mountain monks who praised the region’s natural magic with bright eyes, reverently plucked mandolin, and chanted three-part harmonies that call to mind 1960s groups like Crosby, Stills, and Nash or Fairport Convention.

In 2011, Fleet Foxes released the toiled-over follow-up Helplessness Blues—an album wrought with coming-of-age existentialism, as frontman Robin Pecknold longs to become “a functioning cog in some great machinery serving something beyond me.” This overeager quest for purpose courses through the band’s early catalog, making for earnest folk-pop that’s relatable but sometimes exasperatingly melodramatic.

Fleet Foxes recently remerged without former drummer Josh Tillman (who’s since gone solo as Father John Misty) to release their forthcoming third album, Crack-Up. Its two singles, “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” and “Fool’s Errand,” present abstract, experimental folk that swells with string instrumentals and untraditional song structures. It’s no less cerebral—just see Pecknold’s lengthy Genius annotations for the first track. Though these tangents and references can be tedious to follow, Fleet Foxes’ latest fractures the beauty of their past work and rearranges the pieces into something more interesting.

This Portland show is long sold-out, but if you’ve got a way in, you’ll experience one of their first US dates in six years and an opportunity to hear their new music in person before it’s released.

RIP Chris Cornell Read This 2015 Interview with the Seattle Music Icon

Editor's Note: This 2015 interview is from our sister paper the Stranger in Seattle.

Of all the unlikely rock stars who emerged during the big wave of early-1990s Seattle, Chris Cornell probably seemed the least unlikely. The lead singer of Soundgarden had been cultivating his powerhouse variation on classic hard rock moves since 1984, and clearly had the presence and prowess required to reach the widest imaginable audience.

And since the band’s heyday subsided (they broke up in 1997, re-formed in 2010), Cornell has remained very much on the main stage. The projects he releases are as high profile as they come—the major label supergroup Audioslave (Cornell + Rage Against the Machine), cowriting and singing a James Bond theme (“You Know My Name” from Casino Royale), a 2009 collaborative album with Timbaland—but he has yet to develop a definitive aesthetic as a solo artist.

That may have been intentional, or a consequence of the kind of opportunities that only come to artists of a certain stature. Either way, he now appears determined to reverse that tendency. His fourth solo album, Higher Truth, released September 18, comes closest to sounding like the Cornell who emerged on the Singles soundtrack song “Seasons,” which is to say that it sounds like the kind of record the singer/songwriter of Soundgarden might make.

He spoke to The Stranger by phone in advance of his solo show at Benaroya Hall.

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The Craft Cannabis Alliance Wants to Help Keep Your Weed Local


Dear Pot Lawyer,

I try to buy groceries from local sources. How can I make sure my pot is local too?

All pot for sale in your neighborhood dispensary is local, in the sense that it was grown right here in Oregon. But if you are asking how to support homegrown dispensaries, processors, and growers, it can seem like an impossible task. Few consumers will want to dig through state records to determine the actual owners and investors of a particular brand or business, if that information is even available.

This wasn’t really an issue until early last year. As originally conceived, Oregon’s recreational cannabis regulations required that each pot business be controlled by an Oregon resident, and be at least 51 percent Oregon owned. These residency restrictions were eliminated, for both recreational and medicinal businesses, in March 2016. Since then, there has been no reliable way for consumers to know whether they are supporting homegrown businesses.

A new trade organization is looking to change that.

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Anarchist Interviews, Part 2: "May Day Was a Complete Success"

May Day in Portland
May Day in Portland Doug Brown

After May Day—where windows at businesses and government buildings downtown were smashed, a few fires were set in the street, and more than two dozen people were arrested—Portland anarchists made headlines.

And many anarchists feel they've been unfairly skewered by the press, highlighting the May 5 Oregonian editorial that called them "punk fascists" and "parasites." We've been talking to some.

Yesterday, in print and online, we published our interview with "Jeff S," one of the anarchists arrested on May Day. Today, we bring you another interview with an anarchist who was also arrested on May 1. They were booked for disorderly conduct—a charge not for those accused of vandalism or violence.

MERCURY: You identify as an anarchist. What does that mean?

ANARCHIST: Anarchy is the belief that nobody knows what’s best for you other than yourself. Self-determination, you should be able to figure out what’s good for you. As long as you’re not hurting other people, then why shouldn’t you be able to do it? The way society works now is there are rules and there are taxes to pay people off. This whole system is based off work, capitalism, and production. Infinitely. We spend so much of our lives working and not enjoying our fucking lives. We have one life and most of us spend it inside, all day, struggling to make ends meet. Why? Why am I paying [Mayor] Ted Wheeler’s salary? What’s he really doing for me that I can’t do for myself?

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Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, Dead at 52. Goddamn It.

Chris Cornell, 1964-2017. Rest in peace.
Chris Cornell, 1964-2017. Rest in peace.

Late Wednesday night, we lost one of the most successful and well-loved musicians in Seattle rock history. Shortly after midnight, AP reported that Chris Cornell died in Detroit, MI while on tour with Soundgarden. The band played a full 20-song set on Wednesday night at the Fox Theatre. According to Cornell’s representative, the artist's death was

“sudden and unexpected” and said [Cornell’s] wife and family were shocked. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy.

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Alien: Covenant Is Less Ambitious Than Prometheus, But Also Less Pretentious and Stupid


When last we saw David, Michael Fassbender’s mad scientist android from Prometheus, he was a decapitated head in a bag, carried onto an alien spaceship by a woman he’d just helped impregnate with a squid monster. As Prometheus ended, this odd couple set off into space, seeking the grunting, black-eyed muscle gods responsible for seeding the galaxy with life.

As Alien: Covenant begins, its titular ship is under repair. After completing a fix, Tennessee (Danny McBride) picks up a stray communication, and the crew follows the signal to a pristine planet—at which point the film becomes four old Alien movies happening at once. David shows up. (Surprise!) Bodies explode. (Surprise?) And, after 20 years, everyone’s favorite fanged penis-monster triumphantly returns. (There is a surprise here, though opinions will vary regarding its quality.) The result is a film that’s much less ambitious than Prometheus, but also significantly less pretentious and stupid. Covenant aims lower, but hits more frequently.

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