Portland pizza week

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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Good Morning, News: Mayor Declares State of Emergency, Black Ohio Teen Killed by Cops, DOJ to Investigate Minneapolis Police

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Portland police abolitionists display the name of a 16-year-old Black teen fatally shot by police in Ohio yesterday. Suzette Smith

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! I know that we are upside down, so hold your tongue and hear me out. I know that we were made to break... so what? I don't mind. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• As the three guilty verdicts of former Office Derek Chauvin (who murdered George Floyd) were being announced, Mayor Ted Wheeler announced a 24-hour "state of emergency" across Portland, fearing widespread protest and potential violence. Mercury contributor Suzette Smith was on the ground last night, and files this report:

On the night following the verdict of the Derrick Chauvin trial, around a hundred people gathered in front of the Justice Center in Portland's downtown. In their chants they demanded nothing less than total abolition of the police. On their lips was the name of Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black 16-year-old shot by a police officer in Ohio—news that broke on social media just as the Derrick Chauvin verdict was announced.

Of the hundred gathered downtown, 60 or so broke off to march through the streets, breaking windows, painting graffiti, and starting at least one trash can fire. When police attempted to intercept the march, one of the demonstrators decked a Portland police sergeant, which led to his arrest. Portland Police say they made two arrests last night in total.

• Required reading of the day:

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Good Afternoon, News: Derek Chauvin Found Guilty of Murdering George Floyd

Celebrations and tears following the announcement that former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
Celebrations and tears following the announcement that former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. SARAH SILBIGER / GETTY IMAGES

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'!)

THE BIG STORY:
• After deliberating for less than a day, the jury in the Derek Chauvin murder trial has returned with a verdict: GUILTY ON ALL THREE COUNTS (unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter) in the slow, excruciating, and cruel death of George Floyd. Until his sentencing in three weeks (for which he could get up to 40 years in prison), former Officer Chauvin has been remanded to custody. While many are rejoicing that the jury made the right and moral call (especially because it involves the police who routinely get away with killing suspects), Floyd is still dead, and people—particularly those of color—are still being routinely killed by cops on a regular basis.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Moments before a jury declared Derek Chauvin guilty for the murder of George Floyd, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced a 24-hour-long state of emergency across Portland. But "regardless of the verdict," Wheeler said, it was important to prepare for demonstrations and potential criminal activity, in light of recent demonstrations by police abolitionists. Our Alex Zielinski has the details.

• The Portland Police Bureau has released dispatch audio recordings detailing the minutes leading up to the moment Officer Zachary DeLong fatally shot 46-year-old Robert Delgado at Lents Park last Friday, as well as making public photos of a replica handgun they allege Delgado was carrying at the time of his death. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this new information raises even more questions about what really happened. Our Alex Zielinski has more.

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Mayor Wheeler Declares State of Emergency as Chauvin Guilty Verdict Declared

Mayor Ted Wheeler addresses media at a Sunday, Aug. 30 press conference, as Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell looks on.
Mayor Ted Wheeler addresses media at a Sunday, Aug. 30 press conference, as Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell looks on. NATHAN HOWARD / GETTY IMAGES

Moments before a Minneapolis jury declared Derek Chauvin guilty for the murder of George Floyd, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced a 24-hour-long state of emergency across Portland. The declaration [PDF] was made in anticipation of local protests spurred by the verdict's release.

During an afternoon press conference, Wheeler said that "regardless of the verdict," it was important for the city to prepare for demonstrations and potential criminal activity. He referenced recent demonstrations in Portland that have been organized by police abolitionists and have ended with broken shop windows and fires. Last night, a protest targeted historically Black North Portland neighborhoods.

"Today, a significant threat to recover from COVID-19 [in Portland]... is the group of one hundred or so largely white, self-described anarchists who engage in criminal destruction," said Wheeler.

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This Thursday-Saturday: The Live Outdoor Comedy Spectacular!

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Live comedy is BACK, laugh-lovers! And in a safe, outdoor venue! Coming at ya this week on 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 THIS THURSDAY 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!


Know Your Cannabis Grower (Edibles Edition): Hapy Kitchen

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The "Han Solo Burger + Dark Chocolate" bar from Hapy Kitchen. Hapy Kitchen

In 2020, a lot of Oregonians got through the pandemic with the assistance of cannabis.

For many, edibles were the preferred option—or at least preferable to hitting a bong while your 5th grader is doing remote learning in the next room. 2020 also underscored the importance of recognizing and supporting local businesses, as they provide more than just services and goods, but community as well.

Last year, recreational sales of cannabis in Oregon saw month after month of increased sales, hitting over a billion dollars in 2020—the first time the state broke the big "B." Increasingly, people found cannabis to be a valuable addition to their lives, and analysts suspect that even when alternatives return, such as bars fully reopening, sales will stay consistent.

While this is great news for Oregon cannabis producers, retailers, and tax collectors, the consumer may only be primarily benefitting from a few new offerings from start-up and established brands. With many dispensaries being vertically integrated—in which they grow, produce, and push products they sell—it’s more important and challenging than ever to make sure you're getting quality products, as well as supporting businesses which are “Canna Rad” rather than “Canna Chad.”

Hapy Kitchen checks the “rad” box in both quality and breadth of their product lines, as well as their Portland-based home grown backstory. (The solitary “p” in the name is a hat tip to Hapi, the god who Egyptians thanked for annually flooding the Nile, thus increasing crop production.)

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Apropos of Nothing, Happy 4/20! Also, It's PIZZA WEEK.

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Mercury Staff

HAPPY 4/20, EVERYBODY! And apropos of absolutely nothing, PIZZA WEEK IS BACK, AND IT'S HAPPENING NOW!

That's right, the Portland Mercury's Pizza Week has made its long-awaited return, 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 cannabis and 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.

WANT A PEEK AT THE PIZZA WEEK 2021 SLICES AND PIES? You can find them all right here! (Dear god, they look delicious. You should totally share a pic of your slice and tag it #portlandpizzaweek!)

WANT A HANDY MAP LISTING ALL THE PIZZA WEEK LOCATIONS? Here's a handy map listing all the Pizza Week locations!

WANT THE LATEST PIZZA WEEK 2021 INFO? Follow the Facebook event page for the latest live updates. This is a great resource for everyone who intends on sampling every slice!

Remember, our participating pizza places will be trying their best to deliver great slices and pies while KEEPING YOU AND THEIR EMPLOYEES SAFE. Please be patient, tip well, and follow their wise advice!

We can't speak for everyone, but some people get ESPECIALLY HUNGRY ON 4/20. Can't say why! So take a peek at all the slices and pies here, and don't miss the Mercury's PIZZA WEEK 2021—happening NOW and running through Sunday, April 25!


4/20 TONIGHT: It's a SPLIFF Film Fest "Smoke Out" Starring Drag Queens Betty Wetter & Cookie Couture!

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Greetings, weed lovers! If you love or support everything cannabis, then you will not want to miss tonight's 4/20 edition of the third annual SPLIFF film festival (from the makers of HUMP! and SLAY), streaming right at your gorgeous face RIGHT NOW and running through Saturday April 24!

SPLIFF is where filmmakers, artists, animators, and stoners share original film shorts that examine and/or celebrate cannabis and its liberating effects on our imaginations, appetites, libidos, and creative energies. At SPLIFF, you'll see films that will make you laugh, films that will make you think, and films that will make you ask, "What the fuck was that?!" SPLIFF is a film festival by stoners, for stoners.

If that sounds fun... well, prepare for it to get even funner, because select screenings will include an optional live viewing party so you can enjoy this amazing lineup of stoner films with hilarious hosts as well as a live audience. Check out these great ticket options!

TONIGHT, Tues April 20: SPLIFF plus a Viewing Party Smoke Out - Hosted by drag queens Betty Wetter & Cookie Couture!

Fri Apri 23: SPLIFF Film Festival! (Just the films—straight, no chaser.)

Sat April 24: Closing night of SPLIFF plus a Viewing Party Smoke Out - Hosted by the Stranger's Chase Burns & Jasmyne Keimig!

These weed-inspired flicks are as fun and crazy as you think, so get your tickets NOW to the most blazing film festival of the year... SPLIFF! And don't miss the special 4/20 edition of SPLIFF, featuring a smoke-out with drag dolls Betty Wetter and Cookie Couture... TONIGHT!


The Mercury's Favorite Streaming Picks for 4/20

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FIRST LOOK INTERNATIONAL

Happy April 20, Portland!

Holy observers who plan to get baked as hell today know that one of life’s simple joys is pairing pot with a trippy movie, hilarious TV show, or weird podcast. But in a cruel twist of irony, actually selecting something to watch or listen to can be a bit challenging once the gummies kick in.

Fortunately for you all, I used to smoke a lot of weed (sorry to brag!), and I still dabble often enough to know what makes for good stoned streaming. Here are a few recommendations I’ve been enjoying lately, and that I think would pair well with a joint, bong rip, or edible of your choosing—and can still be appreciated even if you’re stone-cold sober.

Smiley Face

Smiley Face is the best stoner comedy you maybe haven’t heard of yet. The 2007 cult classic, directed by Gregg Araki, follows hopeless stoner and aspiring actress Jane (a not-yet-super-famous Anna Farris) on a panicked journey as she tries to replace her scary roommate’s plate of weed cupcakes—all of which she ate on a whim, unaware of their key ingredient. Anyone who’s had to complete an important task while being more stoned than they intended will appreciate the hyper-realistic comedic tone of the film, and it somehow manages to include a smart critique of capitalism without being at all self-serious. As an added bonus, Smiley Face got hilarious early-career appearances by both John Krasinski and Adam Brody, narration from Roscoe Lee Browne, and perhaps the most spot-on casting of Jane Lynch next to Glee.

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Good Morning, News: New Audio From Lents Police Killing, Good News for Portland Train Nerds, and a Helicopter on Mars

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Good morning, Portland! Happy 4/20 to all who celebrate—may I suggest pairing a $2 pizza slice with a stoner short film festival, as God intended?

Here are the headlines.

• The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) released audio from its radio dispatches related to the fatal police shooting of Portlander Robert Delgado in Lents Park yesterday. The audio reveals new information about the 911 call that led to the shooting, the responding officers' initial response, and the immediate aftermath.

• All Oregonians 16 and older became COVID-19 vaccine-eligible yesterday, but actually getting a vaccine appointment can be daunting. If you're in that boat, take a look at these helpful tips—and remember that even if you have to wait a couple extra weeks, your vaccination is finally in sight!

• Protesters marched for George Floyd in Northeast Portland last night. Some members of the protest group broke windows at the Blazers Boys and Girls Club and other businesses, but the person who broke windows at the Boys and Girls Club was quickly shut down by other protesters.

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Police Radio Dispatches Detail Moments Leading Up to Robert Delgado's Death by Cop

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The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has released dispatch audio recordings detailing the minutes leading up to the moment Officer Zachary DeLong fatally shot 46-year-old Robert Delgado at Lents Park on April 16. PPB has also made public photos of a replica handgun they allege Delgado was carrying at the time of his death.

The audio reveals new information about the 911 call that led to the Lents Park shooting, the responding officers' initial response, and the immediate aftermath.

Importantly, the recording does not indicate that Delgado had a gun—or replica gun—in his hand at the time he was shot. While officers were told by witnesses he had a firearm on him, none of the officers on the ground say they see a gun in Delgado's hand before firing on him.

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