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

Portland Chefs Again Win Top Honors at the James Beard Awards

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

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: 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Music Feb 2 4:20 PM

One More Go at Folk Fest to Celebrate Portland Music Month

An arctic blast cut Portland's Folk Festival short, but the organizers rescheduled nearly all the bands.

Theater & Performance Feb 1 4:00 PM

Theater Review: What the Constitution Means to Me Questions Our Founding Document, From a Place of Love

Portland Center Stage's first production of 2024 was actually the most-produced play of 2023.

Food and Drink Jan 27 10:00 AM

Update: Food Cart Kim Jong Grillin Will Move to Downtown Cart Blocks Pod

After ten years, the cart's last day on Southeast Division is January 28.

Food and Drink Jan 26 3:52 PM

Portland Mercado Food Carts Reopen After Devastating Fire

Rebuilding the market hall will take time, but supporting the carts sounds delicious.