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Where to Find Spring Produce on Portland Menus Right Now

Grab a stunning rhubarb galette from Kens Artisan Bakery before the season is over.
Grab a stunning rhubarb galette from Ken's Artisan Bakery before the season is over. Ken's Artisan Bakery

Spring is in full bloom, and chefs around town are whipping up special dishes to showcase the delicate flavors of the season in all of their glory. We've gathered this list of the places where you can find asparagus, radishes, rhubarb, nettles, green garlic, greens, and more, from rhubarb galettes at Ken's Artisan Bakery to asparagus and green garlic ravioli at Ripe Cooperative. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Arden
The seasonal Pearl District wine bar has assembled some of the best tastes of spring for its burrata salad, which is currently topped with asparagus, radishes, thin crostini, fresh mint, Moscatel brown butter, and some delicate edible flowers.
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Pickup, delivery, or limited indoor seating

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The Best Things to Do from Home in Portland This Week: April 22-28, 2021

The music-driven documentary The Great Green Wall, which explores an Africa-based project to build the largest greenbelt in the world, hits Hollywood Theatres virtual screening room just in time for Earth Day.
The music-driven documentary The Great Green Wall, which explores an Africa-based project to build the largest greenbelt in the world, hits Hollywood Theatre's virtual screening room just in time for Earth Day. Hollywood Theatre

If you're not into yoga or getting caught in the rain, make yourself a batch of piña coladas and avoid the drizzle with our latest roundup of online events. Still with us after that shameless Rupert Holmes reference? Keep reading for details on a SPLIFF watch party with The Stranger's Chase Burns and Jasmyne Keimig, a concert with acclaimed cellist Rachel Barton Pine, a Powell's talk with Jonny Sun and Samantha Irby, and more. 

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Behind the Curtain: Secrets of The Whales with Brian Skerry
Following a watch-along of the new Disney+ documentary Secrets of the Whales, which follows National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry's deep dive (ha ha) into the hidden culture of whales, stay on for an inside look into Skerry's new book of the same name, as well as NatGeo's May issue, which is all about oceans.

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Good Afternoon, News: COVID Cases Skyrocket, D.C. Statehood Measure Passes, and Josh Hawley v. Stephen Miller—WHO'S WORSE?

UGH! This asshole again.
UGH! This asshole again. Chip Somodevilla / Staff / Getty

Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Scary COVID-19 news for our state: The Oregon Health Authority reported 989 new positive cases and six deaths yesterday and 993 new cases today. More worrying news: We could see as many as 300 new hospitalizations within the next week. For the sake of everyone, please recommit to WASHING YA DAMN HANDS, WEARING YA DAMN MASKS, AND KEEPING YA DAMN DISTANCE.

• Portland City Council has agreed to put $750,000 toward clean-up initiatives across the city—including volunteer groups, nonprofits, and community organizations—to tackle Portland's garbage problem that has escalated during the pandemic.

• Check out this loving tribute to longtime Timbers fan Kevin Jolly, who suddenly passed away over a month ago and is still being rightfully mourned by the Timbers Army and all who knew him. Sports correspondent Abe Asher has the story.

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TONIGHT (and Through Saturday): The Outdoor Comedy Extravaganza!

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Live comedy is BACK, laugh-lovers! And in a safe, outdoor venue! Coming at ya TONIGHT and through Saturday (April 22, 23, and 24), don't miss the Rose City Rollers and Mercury's LIVE OUTDOOR COMEDY SPECTACULAR, featuring a hot-shit lineup of excellent local and nationally recognized comedians, including...

•  SEAN JORDAN (Co-host of "All Fantasy Everything" podcast, Comedy Central's Comics to Watch, Portland's Funniest Person 2014, Doug Loves Movies)

BECKY BRAUNSTEIN (Mercury "Genius of Comedy," Unprotected Sets on EPIX, Chad on TBS, Trinkets on Netflix, and Season 3 of Shrill on Hulu)

SHAIN BRENDEN (Mercury Genius of Comedy, WW's Funniest Five, Portland's Funniest finalist, San Francisco Sketchfest, 10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival)

SIMON GIBSON (NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly, chosen as "New Face" by Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival, Inside Jokes on Amazon Prime )

• And your host AMANDA ARNOLD ("Bumping Mics" tour, Portland's Top Five Funniest, Mercury Genius of Comedy, Undertow Comedy Fest)

Your $75 ticket reserves one of our socially distanced, outdoor tables—good for up to FOUR attendees per table. Plus, a beer garden will be on site along with food service available from our friends at Killer Burger!

Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 7 pm. Don't miss this great lineup of terrific comedy coming at you TONIGHT AND THROUGH SATURDAY, April 22, 23, and 24! It's the OUTDOOR LIVE COMEDY SPECTACULAR brought to you by the Rose City Rollers and your pals at the Mercury. So what are you waiting for... GET THOSE TICKETS NOW!


Refresh Playlist: New Music For the Week—Featuring Tierra Whack, Siren and the Sea, and More!

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"Run" Siren and the Sea

There's so much new music being released all the time these days—too much! It's pretty impossible to keep up with it all and I'm convinced I'll still be unearthing music from 2020-21 for years to come. Here you'll find two new singles and one remix album with which to refresh your weary brain.

“Run,” Siren and the Sea


Singer-songwriter Cristina Cano (AKA Siren and the Sea) has released another single from her forthcoming album, For Bathing, which drops May 7 and was written while Cano was still based in Portland. Following “Fountain of Youth” and “Secrets,” “Run” is a lush, appropriately more uptempo song that feels like it could be a pop single from the ‘80s. The artwork for the electropop song features the same bath scene from her previous releases off the album, but with a pair of sparkly ankle boots hanging out the tub. In the chorus she sings “Can you run faster than your shadow/ Does it feel alright to compromise?” This song definitely encourages one to hop on the treadmill, and it could easily energize your next Peloton ride.

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Pizza Week Spotlight: Meet the Slices and Pies from the Northeast Neighborhood

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Let the bells ring and the confetti fall: PIZZA WEEK IS BACK, AND IT'S HAPPENING NOW!

That's right, running now through Sunday, April 25, the Portland Mercury's Pizza Week has returned and is giving pizza-loving Mercury readers the chance to get special slices from some of Portland's finest purveyors of pizza pies... for a mere two dollars each! That's right: Each slice is just TWO MEASLY DOLLARS or, at participating venues, a WHOLE PIE for $16. (You heard correctly: This year certain Pizza Week participants may be offering $16 whole pies along with slices, or just whole pies alone. Be sure to check our Pizza Week locations to see who is offering what!)

Along with our pizza-loving pals at the SPLIFF Film Festival (tickets on sale now!) and EverOut Portland (the greatest event calendar in the city), the Mercury is proud to present what might be our greatest Pizza Week lineup ever—one that features 24 different pizzas at 30 Portland locations, available across the city and lovingly crafted by your favorite pizza masterminds.

There are fantastic slices and pies being served all over Portland for Pizza Week (check out our handy map here!), and you can look at all these delicious pizza creations here. But here are just a few of the slices being offered in the Northeast neighborhood, listed in alphabetical order:

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Community Mourns Beloved Timbers Fan Kevin Jolly

Kevin and Alicee Jolly at a Timbers game.
Kevin and Alice Jolly at a Timbers game. Amanda Marsh

When Amanda Marsh and her husband first started attending Portland Timbers matches, they had a newborn son in tow. Because of the baby, it was not always easy to enjoy the games.

Kevin Jolly sat near the Marsh family in Section 208 in the north end of the Providence Park stadium—a section that is home to the Timbers’ raucous supporters group known as the Timbers Army. As the father of three girls, Jolly could relate to the Marshs’ predicament.

Marsh said Jolly would often offer to hold the Marshs’ baby for an entire game—giving the new parents a break, and building bonds with their kids that would last for a decade.

“[My children] loved him. They still love him,” said Marsh. “It’s probably the worst thing ever to tell your children that someone they loved has died.”

On the morning of February 27, 2021, Jolly, 50, passed out at his home and was rushed to a hospital in Salem after complaining of chest pain. Several days later, he died—leaving behind his wife, Alice, and their three daughters.

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Watch This Beautiful Short Film About the Future of Oregon Salmon for Earth Day

The Lostine River in Northeast Oregon.
The Lostine River in Northeast Oregon. courtesy of Pacific Rivers

The salmon population in Oregon has been on the decline for years, thanks in part to poor environmental stewardship. A new short documentary from Portland-based advocacy organization Pacific Rivers spotlights one effort to reverse that trend in Northeast Oregon.

In its quick five-minute runtime, Lostine highlights the work of fisheries from the Nez Perce Tribe—whose people have lived in the Pacific Northwest for thousands of years—to restore the salmon population in the Lostine River, a tributary of the Wallowa River in the Wallowa Mountains.

Adam Capetillo, a Nez Perce tribal member, opens the film by lamenting the dwindling number of salmon found in the river each season.

“The salmon—he’s like a brother to our people,” Capetillo says. “So I’d like to see us do more to protect these fish.”

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Takeout Club: Bao Bao Will Sell You A Bun and Teach You to Steam It

A variety assortment of bao from Bao Bao.
A variety assortment of bao from Bao Bao. Suzette Smith
Top point of order: If I impart one tip to you, in this week's Takeout Club, it is that you must order Bao Bao's little 6.5 oz jar of Chili Oil with your order of bao, noodles, or any of the other delights the inner Northeast restaurant has on its menu. The chili is simple, spicy, and a little goes a long way. The flavor combination of a couple drops—mixed in with juicy bao filling—is just perfect.

Bao are pretty plentiful in the Portland area thanks to the city's integral and diverse Asian community. You'll find similar versions of light, spongy, steamed buns with filling inside under different names, because the bao is a popular to-go food across Asia. A fun note on the word bao is that, in this context, it essentially means "bun." So saying "bao buns" is like saying "buns buns." It's the ATM machine of the food world.

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Good Morning, News: Oregon COVID-19 Spike, Biden's Big Climate Pledge, and USPS Is Watching You

Always watching.
Always watching. SCOTT OLSON / GETTY IMAGES

Good morning, Portland! Here's your to-go cocktail recommendation of the week: margaritas and mojitos with a twist at Lebanese-Mediterranean spot Nicholas Restaurant.

And here are the headlines.

• Bad news: Oregon reported 989 new COVID-19 cases yesterday, the highest number we've seen in months. Eleven counties are on the precipice of re-entering the "extreme risk" category, and the state is close to having over 300 COVID hospitalizations. Here's what you can do about it: Continue to wear your mask and practice physical distancing, and get your vaccination if you haven't yet!

• President Joe Biden promised that the United States will cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 at a global climate summit this morning. It's a bold goal, and it'll be great if it happens—but it's still not entirely clear how it will happen.

• New Mars dispatch:

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Good Afternoon, News: 200 Million Vaccines Given in US, More on Ma’Khia Bryant, and Time to Register to Vote

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Here's your daily roundup of all the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

In local news:

• A new report shows that the federal agents sent to Portland to defend the courthouse last summer lacked proper training or use of force policies. Of course, if you were there last summer, you don't need a report to tell you that.

• In Oregon, the "guilty, guilty, guilty" verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial has been met with "cautious elation" from civil rights activists across the state, per OPB.

• Head's up: There's another election in Oregon next month! If you want the chance to weigh in on school board races, ballot measures and more, you'll need to make sure you're properly registered to vote by Tuesday, April 27.

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Get Ready for the Sexy Fun of HUMP's Greatest Hits, Volume 3!

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As you know, HUMP! is America's sweetest li'l dirty movie festival, featuring five-minute amateur porn flicks submitted by horny enthusiasts from all over the Pacific Northwest (and the world)! And after 15 years of HUMP!, you better believe we have a huge backlog of great, sexy short films... and wouldn't you like to revisit some? YES, YOU WOULD!

For five big weekends starting Friday, April 30, through Saturday, May 29, we'll be streaming a brand new volume of our festival, called "HUMP! Greatest Hits, Volume 3." This volume contains even more audience favorites—some you may remember, some you've never seen before—that are hot 'n' sexy, creative 'n' kinky, and heartfelt 'n' hilarious. And even better? In select screenings, you'll be able to watch LIVE with other hotsy-totsy HUMP! fans—and even some of the festival's directors and performers! As always, HUMP! features a cornucopia of body types, shapes, ages, colors, sexualities, genders, kinks, and fetishes—all united by a shared spirit of sex-positivity. It's a celebration of creative sexual expression, and a terrific (and hot!) way to be reminded that our humanity lies in our differences.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Put some excitement into your weekends by streaming "HUMP! Greatest Hits, Volume 3" in the comfort of your own home (or bedroom) starting April 30. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW AND HERE!

Want a sexy taste of what you'll see? Watch the trailer for "HUMP! Greatest Hits, Volume 3"!


Savage Love: Numb and Numbered

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Joe Newton

I'm a cis bi guy in my 40s who doesn't have a lot of experience with other men. I'm happily married to a wonderful woman who knows I'm bi, and while we're presently monogamous, we've talked about opening things up in the future. If that happens, I'd like to casually hook up with a guy once in a while, but I'm a little anxious about gay hookup culture.

1. Will a lot of guys dismiss me for being bi or married? I assume biphobia is more of an issue when looking for a relationship, rather than a hookup, but I dunno.

2. If I meet a guy and we're going to fuck, is it weird to bring up condoms? I know: I shouldn't be afraid to ask to use a condom, and if someone can't respect that, I shouldn't fuck him. I'm not and I won't. But will most guys be a little surprised, especially with PrEP these days?

3. On that note, should I ask my doctor about PrEP when all I want is a very occasional fuck (maybe a few times a year) with someone I've vetted and trust about their HIV-negative or undetectable status? I want to be safe, but I don't want to put superfluous meds in my body.

4. Is the "top shortage" I've read about a few times a real thing? Are a lot of guys strictly tops or bottoms?

5. And is there anything else I should know before hopping on the apps?

Wondering About Navigating New Arenas Before Indulging

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Pizza Week Spotlight: Meet the Slices and Pies from the Southeast Neighborhood

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Let the bells ring and the confetti fall: PIZZA WEEK IS BACK, AND IT'S HAPPENING NOW!

That's right, running now through Sunday, April 25, the Portland Mercury's Pizza Week has returned and is giving pizza-loving Mercury readers the chance to get special slices from some of Portland's finest purveyors of pizza pies... for a mere two dollars each! That's right: Each slice is just TWO MEASLY DOLLARS or, at participating venues, a WHOLE PIE for $16. (You heard correctly: This year certain Pizza Week participants may be offering $16 whole pies along with slices, or just whole pies alone. Be sure to check our Pizza Week locations to see who is offering what!)

Along with our pizza-loving pals at the SPLIFF Film Festival (tickets on sale now!) and EverOut Portland (the greatest event calendar in the city), the Mercury is proud to present what might be our greatest Pizza Week lineup ever—one that features 24 different pizzas at 30 Portland locations, available across the city and lovingly crafted by your favorite pizza masterminds.

There are fantastic slices and pies being served all over Portland for Pizza Week (check out our handy map here!), and you can look at all these delicious pizza creations here. But here are just a few of the slices being offered in the Southeast neighborhood, listed in alphabetical order:

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Cocktail To-Go Club: Nicholas Restaurant Starts New Chapter of Storied Legacy

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Nicholas’ gorgeous new bar greets visitors upon arrival Janey Wong
Longtime Portlanders may remember when Nicholas Restaurant introduced the city to Lebanese-Mediterranean food back in 1987. Nicholas and Linda Dibe fled war-torn Beirut five years prior, leaving good jobs to secure their family’s safety and future. Faced with a language barrier, they began selling Greek food, pizzas, and calzones out of a rundown tavern they had purchased, and eventually added home-cooked Lebanese dishes to the menu.

The original location on SE Grand recently closed its doors to start a new chapter in the space that was once long occupied by Madison’s Bar & Grill. Not to worry, menu favorites like lamb shawarma and beef kafta kabobs haven’t gone anywhere. Neither has the fresh bread (with oil and za’atar for dipping) that hits your table as soon as you’re seated, although a new stone pizza oven has replaced the decades-old black oven that Nicholas had shipped from Lebanon. With the move, the restaurant has also added a dedicated bar, a medical-grade air filtration system, 3,000 square feet, heated patio seating, and even some parking spaces (!).

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