Wilson High Students Walk Out to Protest Administration's Handling of Racist Incidents


Over one hundred students walked out of Wilson High School Friday afternoon in protest of their administration’s mishandling of several racist incidents on campus.

Synceire Bivens, president of the school’s Black Student Union (BSU) and a sophomore at Wilson, told the Mercury that the event was in response to three recent separate incidents of white students calling Black students the n-word, one of which was reported in the Oregonian last month.

Bivens said that to his knowledge, two of the three students who used the n-word had been either suspended or expelled from Wilson. However, after one incident, a group of Black students was chastised by the administration for yelling at the white student who has used the slur.

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Farewell, Fat Cobra Adult Video

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Initially mourned as a beloved sleazy legend on social media, Fat Cobra Adult Video’s March 8 closure signaled the first of many changes for Portland’s LGBTQ+ community.

Fat Cobra, located at 5940 N Interstate, drew attention for its adult arcade (the Mercury reported in 2005 that it had Portland’s fattest glory holes) its phone number, 503-247-DICK, and its close proximity to Ockley Green Middle School. For Fat Cobra’s business owner Pat Lanagan—who, until recently, owned the Lombard gay bar Eagle and the Lloyd-area Sullivan’s Gulch Bar & Grill—didn’t make the decision to close lightly. Lanagan closed his businesses due to personal health and economic factors. Lanagan closed the Sullivan’s Gulch Bar & Grill and Eagle around the same time as Fat Cobra.

Lanagan opened Fat Cobra 15 years ago, its name a reference to the 2003 remake of The In-Laws that he watched with his children. His son, Wade, was a bartender at Sullivan’s Gulch. In a phone conversation, Lanagan said he was diagnosed several years ago with degenerative arthritis, and had blown out two spinal disks after a 2015 car accident. When he underwent disk replacement surgery in early December 2018, he contracted Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which went undiagnosed until late January. During this time, Lanagan celebrated his 60th birthday.

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The Summertime Ice Cream Roundup (Dairy and Non)!


Among the many other things Portland excels at, we make terrific ice cream. So cool your ass down this summer by paying a visit to the following local ice creameries and try what, in our valued opinions, are the best dairy and NON-dairy varieties!

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Ten Canned Oregon Beers to Help You Beat the Heat

The craft-beer industry has been making a gradual pivot to canned beer for many years now, but it’s only recently that we noticed the clear majority of good beer comes in cans—sometimes, exclusively in cans. This is great news for your summer plans, because cans are the perfect vessel for summertime drinking. They’re super portable, and they won’t smash into shards for your bare feet to impale themselves on. You can fit more cans into a backpack, and their opacity keeps out the summer sun and prevents them from spoiling. (Even the darkest glass bottles can’t compete with a bright, cloudless day at the peak of Oregon summer.) Cans are far more efficient, too, meaning you can throw them in the cooler with some ice and they’ll cool down much faster than bottles. And importantly, they’re easier to recycle.

Read on for 10 newly canned Oregon beers that you’ll want to crack open this summer.

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Mic Capes on the Meaning Behind His New Cold Blooded Project

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Mic Capes Anthony Taylor
Although Mic Capes’ forthcoming Cold Blooded: Volume One is 11 tracks long—enough to consider it an album—the rapper’s not quite sure if it’s truly an LP.

“I don’t know what to call it—an album, an EP, project. People say it’s an album because it’s 11 songs,” Capes says, “but I look at albums like something with a main theme. And this is not that.”

Recorded with Zeb at Momentum Studios, the North Portland MC says his purpose for Cold Blooded—due May 27—was to just rap, get things off his chest, and talk his shit over some bouncy production. Unlike his debut LP Concrete Dreams, which sets a foundation and tells where Capes came from, this new project is more in line with the rapper’s Sheesh EP from 2017. “I wanted people to feel [Cold Blooded] more, rather than just listening to it and having to break down everything,” he says. The result is a less dense and deliberate project, and more of a vibe that lets the ego shine.

Booksmart Review: I Wish I Had This Movie in High School

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Booksmart is about Molly and Amy (Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever), two accomplished girls who are currently enjoying their final day of high school—and realizing that they've alienated all of their peers by focusing only on school and each other. (Molly and Amy are fun! Just focused.) Then something snaps, and Molly decides the pair needs a party experience before graduation, which kicks off an epic night of social awkwardness, attempted hook-ups, accidental drug use, and inescapable theatre kids.

The love-you-to-death friendship between Molly and Amy is the heart of director Olivia Wilde and writers Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, and Katie Silberman's movie, and major credit is due to Dever and Feldstein for crushing that chemistry. They’re lifted up by a brilliant supporting cast of fellow teen misfits (including Billie Lourd, who steals every scene she barreled through) and fuckup grownups (Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Williams, and Mike O’Brien) who round out a laugh-inducing, cry-inducing, and utterly relatable high-school universe that I both wanted to inhabit and also gave me PTSD.

I had a hard time writing this review, because it stirred up so many Big Teen Feelings—and then somebody walked by my desk wearing the same deodorant my high school boyfriend wore, and I fully reverted into my teen self and had to take a break to listen to the Getup Kids for a solid 20 minutes before attempting to resume my 2019, 36-year-old existence. But I can’t. This movie really got in there. I never want to go back to high school, but I sure wish I'd been able to watch Booksmart in high school.

Portland's 82nd Ave Improvement Plan Moves Forward


On Thursday, the Portland City Council unanimously approved a plan to make structural improvements to East 82nd Avenue. The move is seen as a first step to an ambitious goal of transforming 82nd and the neighborhoods surrounding it into a safer and more neighborhood-oriented road—but it’s one that will require the cooperation of both regional and state authorities.

Opening the council meeting, Mayor Ted Wheeler noted that the area surrounding 82nd is “one of the most diverse in the entire state,” and called it “an important street in our city, and the region, and one we need to focus on improving.” According to city numbers, the area has more people of color and more low-income households than Portland averages.

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Good Morning, News: Trump's at Peak Authoritarianism, Theresa May Resigns, and Planned Parenthood Sues Alabama

Stay up to date on Portland news and politics. Looking for fun? Here are the best Things to Do in Portland today.

Planned Parenthood strikes back against Alabamas evil anti-abortion law.
Planned Parenthood strikes back against Alabama's evil anti-abortion law. Julie Bennett / Stringer / Getty News

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! You know it's Friday, too. I hope you can find the time this weekend to relax and unwind. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

After repeatedly failing to deliver on Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that she will be stepping down from her post, but will remain a member of Parliament.

Sexually abusive creep Harvey Weinstein and the board members of his former studio have reportedly reached a deal to pay out $44 million to his accusers.

Along with other healthcare organizations, Planned Parenthood is suing Alabama for their draconian near-total ban on abortion.

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City Council Approves $5.6 Billion Budget in 4-1 Vote

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Today's vote to approve the City of Portland's $5.6 billion annual budget ended in tears.

"I'm really disappointed," said Farrell Richartz, business manager for Laborers' Local 483. "This is effectively an anti-worker budget."

Richartz' union represents the 56 parks bureau employees whose jobs have been eliminated in the 2019-2010 city budget. Faced with a $6.3 million budget gap in the Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) budget, city commissioners opted to cut jobs and shutter community centers to keep other crucial programs afloat. The budget suggests some of the community centers seek out private partnerships to backfill their budgets.

The majority of people facing layoffs are instructors. Many of them tearily commiserated with each other outside city council chambers after the meeting wrapped.

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Cinetopia's Three Portland-Area Theaters Are Being Taken Over by AMC Theatres

The authors EXCELLENT rendering of what Cinetopias Progress Ridge 14 theater might look like under AMC ownership.
The author's EXCELLENT rendering of what Cinetopia's Progress Ridge 14 theater might look like under AMC ownership. Google Maps/AMC
A short Facebook post today, from the Cinetopia movie theater chain, answered some recent questions about the future of the Portland-area company. The post simply says, "Cinetopia is now part of the AMC family. This Facebook page will shut down soon."

Earlier this week, we reported on the closure of all three Portland-area Cinetopia theaters. (A fourth Cinetopia, located in Kansas City, has also closed.) The report summarizes the legal disputes between Cinetopia and the gargantuan AMC Theatres chain. AMC is currently the biggest movie exhibitor in the country, with more than 650 theaters in the US, but until now it has not had a presence in the Portland area, whose movie screens are dominated by AMC's closest competitors, the Regal Entertainment Group Cinemark Theatres.

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It's Summer: Oddball Tourist Spots for the Anti-Traveler


Here’s who you are: You’re a person who doesn’t have a lot of money and doesn’t like to travel very far, and still demands more out of life than the usual boring, bullshit tourist activities. Well, have we got some blurbs for you! Check out the following list of oddball tourist attractions, all within easy driving distance of the Portland metro area. You’re welcome, oddball!

Desperate for that “haunted cathedral” experience, but you’re a church-allergic heathen? Get thee immediately to the abandoned mill at Vernonia Lake, a hidden oasis for feral pagans like yourself. Formerly used as the fuel bunker for the Oregon-American Lumber Co. (est. 1924), this four-story concrete structure is a showcase for some righteous graffiti artists; every reachable surface is layered with an always-evolving collection of tags and murals. Mature aspens and sword ferns grow within the walls toward the open roof, giving the place a strangely reverent vibe (in that post-apocalyptic, Planet of the Apes kind of way). The old fuel bunker is the last vestige of the lumber mill and its huge operation... and yes, it’s definitely FULL of ghosts. TREE GHOSTS.

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Apply for Cannabis Tax Grant Money, but Hurry!

You have until tomorrow to apply for a Cannabis Social Equity Grant from the City of Portland. Now, this doesn't mean you can get free money to have an ice cream social with your friends, except swapping out the ice cream with cannabis. (But that's a really good idea, right, City of Portland?)

These grants are taken from the $700,000 of cannabis taxes the City of Portland has earmarked for Cannabis Social Equity Grants, and come from some of the 3 percent city tax you pay every time you visit a local dispensary and make a purchase as a non-OMMP cardholder. Ballot Measure 29-180 established that a portion of these taxes needs to be allocated for the following:

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Record Review: TK and the Holy Know-Nothings, Arguably OK

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Taylor Kingman’s frequent performances at venues like the Laurelthirst have garnered him a strong local following, made all the more powerful when he’s backed by his band, the Holy Know-Nothings. The group’s debut LP, Arguably OK, possesses a gruff kind of poise, thanks to Kingman’s smart, relentlessly honest songwriting.

Heavy-lidded country burners like the fuzzy “Emmanuel” stay true to Kingman’s self-described “psychedelic doom boogie.” A crafty metaphor equates a busted car’s chemical dependencies to those of a functioning alcoholic, with a twisted chorus of “I need my chemicals to keep this vehicle on the road.” The rollicking “Hard Times” explodes into existence with a wall of guitars squealing and rumbling in a psych-forward maelstrom, while Kingman shifts between the roles of weathered crooner and antagonized rocker.

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Aladdin Review: It Has Will Smith as Big Blue Rapping Genie. What'd You Expect?


It could have been worse.

Disney's live-action remake of 1992’s Aladdin is a loud, obnoxious concoction of demographic targeting, corporation-backed nostalgia pandering, and ugly CGI. It has all the urgency of a (very expensive) piece of community theater and all the artistry of a quarterly earnings report. It’s entirely devoid of personality, which is kind of impressive, considering Guy Ritchie directed it (his presence is entirely undetectable except for a few weird Sherlock Holmes-esque action sequences). And it features a big blue Will Smith as a big blue rapping genie.

Yet this ungainly, garish thing is not as detestable as these ingredients would lead you to believe. Mind you, it’s not good—lord, it is not that—but this Aladdin is like a messy, smelly dog that belongs to somebody you don’t like very much. You’re not overjoyed when it jumps up and slobbers on your face or sheds on your couch, and its witless barking is truly deafening (sweet Christ, this movie is so loud). But you’re not going to hold any of that against the dog. It’s a dog. It just wants to be loved.

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A Conversation with Phylos Bioscience CEO Mowgli Holmes

On May 10, I sat down for an interview with Phylos Bioscience CEO Mowgli Holmes and Phylos Director of Marketing Paige Hewlett for an interview. I wanted to talk about the negative response from the cannabis community to Phylos' announcement that they would be entering the cannabis breeding business. You can read more about the announcement—and the fallout from it—in this week's Cannabuzz column.

I asked Phylos to respond to the most commonly repeated accusation and fear: that they are using the results of their Phylos Galaxy—a crowd-sourced evolutionary map of different cannabis varieties—to steal from the growers who submitted them. That answer required some explanation of what is scientifically possible, and not possible, which I had Holmes break down in an understandable way. That said, parts of this are science-heavy, so if you find your eyes glazing over, be aware that it’s not the majority of the interview.

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