Suzette Smith

Suzette Smith

Suzette Smith is the arts & culture editor of the Portland Mercury. Go ahead and tell her about all your food, art, and culture gripes: Follow her on Twitter @suzettesmith or Bluesky.

Recent Articles

Would a Lloyd Center Music Venue Answer Live Nation's Portland Incursion?

Local promoter Monqui teams up with AEG to compete with reviled music monopolist that is currently being sued by the DOJ.

Portland Drag Clown Carla Rossi Climbed Jeffery Gibson's Installation at the 2024 Venice Biennale

Artist Jeffery Gibson invited Carla Rossi to climb his installation on the US pavilion.

The Mercury's 2024 Queer Guide: Endless Queer Summer

Rainbow signs in windows are legion, and Portland's queer summer is endless.

Queer Guide 2024 Jun 13 3:54 AM

A Portland Drag Clown in Residence at the Venice Biennale

Artist Jeffery Gibson invited Carla Rossi to climb his installation on the US pavilion.

Food and Drink Jun 12 8:01 AM

Portland Chefs Again Win Top Honors at the James Beard Awards

Oh, we were actually just talking about Langbaan and Gregory Gourdet being wonderful.

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Queer Guide 2024 Jun 10 3:09 PM

This Portland Gay Bar Is Opening a Family-Friendly LGBTQIA+ Lounge

Since spring, we've wondered about "Scandals East." Here's the plan.

Mercury Music Picks May 16 3:20 PM

Mercury Music Picks: Seattle Hardcore Band Blood Brothers Reunite for US Tour

Pickathon delivers second 2024 lineup, Babehoven headlines Polaris Hall

News May 2 6:42 PM

Police Arrest 30 During Portland State University Library Raid and Ongoing Protest

As cops swarm the urban campus to disband a days-long occupation, teachers denounce police response to campus protests across Oregon.

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Theater & Performance Apr 25 1:30 PM

Theater Review: Shaking the Tree Simmers the Bones of a Fairy Tale Into a Feast

If you see one play about loss and rebirth this spring, The Brother and the Bird should be it.

Theater & Performance Apr 9 2:06 PM

Theater Review: Don't Google Nassim

The co-production of Boom Arts and Portland Center Stage shouldn't be spoiled, but we have a few tips you can know.

Mercury Music Picks Apr 5 2:04 PM

Mercury Music Picks: Blonde Redhead, Drew McDowell, Xavi, Kath Bloom

Sleater-Kinney's Crystal Ballroom show is strangely affordable right now on the resale sites.

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Food and Drink Apr 3 4:11 PM

Food Month Sobrang Sarap, or "Very Delicious," Celebrates Portland-Area Filipino Chefs

Created by three local Filipina women, the "food tour" spans Beaverton to Troutdale and changes weekly.

Comedy Mar 19 3:30 PM

Ian Karmel's Memoir T-Shirt Swim Club Covers the Comedian's Weight Loss and the Immaculate Snacks of His Youth

His two stand-up shows at Revolution Hall will steer clear of memoir material, but probably still include funny party stories.

Spring Arts Preview 2024 Mar 18 4:00 AM

The Mercury's 2024 Spring Arts Preview: Spotlight On!

Portland's premiere bingo queen and the soon-to-arrive avant garde sneakers show are ready for their close up.

Design Mar 8 2:52 PM

Do You Remember Content? The Hotel Room Takeover Art Installation Event Returns

Artists at this unique Portland showcase include eco-friendlies Making Earth Cool and local music supporters Friends of Noise.

Music Mar 6 2:00 PM

Project Pabst Music Festival Provides the Portland Piece in STRFKR's 2024 Tour

Okay sure, Billy Idol is playing, but look at this local lineup: Gossip, Alien Boy, Glitterfox, and even La Luz swooping in from Seattle.

Theater & Performance Feb 23 3:41 PM

Theater Review: Shaking the Tree Explores the Overlap Between Posession and Inspiration

Even if you're not a fan of poetry, you can still appreciate the horror in Portland Playright Ken Yoshikawa's We Wrote This With You in Mind.

Food and Drink Feb 6 3:00 PM

Southeast Belmont Vegan Bar Sweet Hereafter Announces It Will Soon Close

The Bye and Bye's Sunnyside sister bar will continue to serve up sturdy vegan fare and signature cocktails through the end of February.