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

Queer Guide 2023 Jun 26 3:50 AM

Hi Honey, I'm Homo Is History That Won't Depress You During Pride

Culture critic Matt Baume not only recounts Sitcom TV's tea—he reads the leaves.

History Jun 16 3:00 PM

Black Drag Artists Tell the History of Black Drag in Portland

For a second year, Race Talks presents a panel telling stories guaranteed to bring joy, tears, chills, and something you didn't know.

Comedy Jun 14 5:34 PM

An Oral History of LMAO Comedy Parody Road House: The Play!

An interview with the two hilarious women who wrote it—Shelley McLendon and Courtenay Hameister.

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Theater & Performance Jun 14 11:50 AM

Jumping Onto Portland's Epic Drag-A-Thon Is the Hottest Celebrity Trend

Tickets are now on sale for this historic attempt and Trevor Project fundraiser.

Theater & Performance Jun 1 3:00 PM

Wildfang and Darcelle XV Showplace Will Attempt to Set a New Guinness World Record

These queens are standing up to—and raising money to fight—the Tennessee drag ban and other anti-drag bills in the US.

Comedy May 26 1:30 PM

Kickstand Announces Comedy in the Park 2023, New Brick and Mortar Location

The Portland comedy nonprofit hopes to parlay love for their free weekly park events into fundraising a permanent indoor space for the fall.

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Comedy May 23 2:00 PM

Comedy Q & A: Dulcé Sloan Raves about Shalewa Sharpe's Solo Show Don't Reach in the Bag

Sloan used her Daily Show experience to produce Sharpe's solo show, and its Portland premiere at Clinton Street Theater.

Hear In Portland May 18 4:00 PM

Hear in Portland: New Methods Body Music Video "Snares" Contains Mysterious Angles

Ancient Heat reunite for Holocene's 20th birthday party, and it's looking like a real millennial dad rock summer.

Say Nice Things About… Portland's Little Quirks

Dildos. Notes. Gratitude. Portland's eccentricities have made the news—but they're part of what makes this place so great.

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Say Nice Things About… Portland's Unstoppable Makers!

They'll make an abandoned building a museum. They'll make a scary movie gay. They'll make your favorite restaurant vegan. Get ready to be changed by these five Portland makers!

Theater & Performance May 12 7:30 AM

Q&A With PICA's Outgoing and Incoming Executive Directors

After 20 years, Victoria Frey passes the torch to Reuben Roqueñi —who has been involved with PICA for over a decade.

Comedy May 4 8:00 AM

Rip City Comedy Fest Packs First Year With Star Power

Two Helium employees, Joe Bukowski and James Bosquez, planned a weekend of unexpected comedy giants and screwball showcases where every show looks good.

Food and Drink Apr 20 6:22 PM

Owners of Sandy Hut and the Alibi to Reopen Another Classic Portland Bar

Warren Boothby and Marcus Archambeault want to return Holman's Bar and Grill to greatness, meal wheel and all.

Theater & Performance Apr 14 3:28 PM

The Siren Theater Moves from Old Town to North Mississippi

The space's April 22 grand opening kicks off with the Aces, but they're already hosting smaller stand-up shows.

News Apr 5 7:35 PM

Hundreds of Portland-Area Students March Against Gun Violence

Inspired by a nationwide call for school walkouts, students from multiple schools rallied at City Hall.