Things to Do Tuesday!

Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History
Dungeons & Dragons is having a resurgence—in part thanks to Stranger Things making it look super fun (it is!), but also thanks to people wanting to do something with friends that doesn't involve staring at screens. Now, D&D wizards/experts Kyle Newman and Jon Peterson are coming to Portland to discuss Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History, their massive history of the game's bizarre history—along with tons of the awesome, weird-ass fantasy art that's graced D&D rulebooks for decades. If you aren't already playing, you will be after this. (7 pm, Powell's City of Books, free) ERIK HENRIKSEN

Call Your Girlfriend
Revolution Hall hosts a live taping of Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman, and Gina Delvac's weekly podcast for long-distance friends. "The Shine Theory" Tour promises to feature special guests and IRL-only segments, in addition of to all the political and pop culture talk you've come to expect from the hosts. (8 pm, Revolution Hall, $30)

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My Father Has Two Mistresses

Sorry about the lengthy email, but it's a soap opera of a story.

Six weeks ago, my dad moved out of my parents' home without a word to anyone about why. Two weeks ago, I found out via pictures on Facebook that my dad was having an affair. I was a little late to the party — my mom's sister had figured it out a month before I did, and my mom had been told (by her sister) a couple of weeks before I found out. He claimed to my mom it was only an emotional affair (we didn't believe him, but my mom did), and I tried to stay out of it while they worked things out.

This morning, everything blew up. Mistress #1 Facebook messaged me, upset, because my dad broke up with her last night. She called him a pathological liar and said he'd been dating other women while dating her. I wrote her back saying I knew about the affair with her, but was skeptical of her motives at this point. She then provided me with proof: pictures of them, romantic texts/emails, hotel receipts, a screenshot of his online dating profile, the works. Plus contact info for mistress #2. I called Mistress #2 and she confirmed everything. She talked about specific Christmas presents he gave me last year that she picked out, and both mistresses knew intimate details about our lives.

Now I'm at a loss. Until my dad moved out, I thought he was the best husband in the world. My dad and I have had a slightly strained relationship for years, but he always treated my mom like she was gold (and she is gold). Trips, flowers, surprises, romance — throughout my 28 years of life my parents were an example of a ridiculously happy and loving couple. When I found out about the first affair I asked my aunt if my parents were still physically involved (retching as I asked the question). She confirmed that they were; she said my mother's sex drive had gone down due to menopause, but that "it was important to her to make him happy" at least once or twice a week.

I guess my question is, what can I do? I just got off the phone with my dad and warned him the lid was off and he had to come completely clean with my mom, today, before his mistresses blabbed to more people. He blew up at me but eventually agreed to do it.

As a faithful reader/listener I know that this is their business and that monogamy isn't always practiced perfectly, but this seems beyond the pale to me. It's not one hand job on a business trip after 30 years of perfect monogamy. The more I learn the deeper this goes, and I suspect we still don't know everything yet. The couple of times I've tried to (calmly!) talk to my dad about this, he accuses me of attacking him baselessly and tells me to stay out of it, but it's literally showing up at my front doorstep now.

What can I do? I feel like my faith in two people working it out for the long haul has been shattered. I have one 26-year-old brother who's publicly poly, so this is not a case of him not knowing about open relationship models or waiting to initiate divorce until all the kids were out of the house. I feel so lost.

Help Enraged Daughter In Distress With Harrowing Adulterous Troubles

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Weekday Trumpdate: Hating on Migrants, Loving on Cruz, Lying About Saudi Arabia

Fourteen days until the midterms...
Fifteen days until the midterms. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

• Does Donald Trump actually have a well-honed philosophy of life and the presidency? Is it, fundamentally, nihilism? Or is it nihilism for others, "wins" for Trump, and plenty of manufactured distraction along the way to help everyone pass the time? Dan Zak explores:

It doesn’t matter. Nothing really matters. Is this, finally, the Trump Doctrine?

• Judging by today's caravan of tweets, though, the migrant caravan matters to Trump—or, at least, it matters enough to be used by Trump.

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Jeremy Christian's Defense Team Tries to Limit Jury's Emotions in Pretrial Hearing

Jeremy Christian at his first court appearance in 2017.
Jeremy Christian at his first court appearance in 2017. POOL IMAGE VIA KATU

Attorneys have begun laying the ground rules for the eventual trial of Jeremy Christian, the 36-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing two men in the neck, and seriously injuring another, on a MAX train.

Christian allegedly attacked Ricky Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, and Micah Fletcher after they attempted to stop Christian from hurling anti-Muslim rhetoric at two African American girls riding the MAX in May 2017. Best and Namkai-Meche died from the attack, while Fletcher spent several days in the hospital healing from a life-threatening neck gash. Christian faces 17 charges, including two counts of aggravated murder.

This morning, Christian joined his defense lawyers and state prosecutors in Multnomah County Judge Cheryl Albrecht’s courtroom to kick off three days of pre-trial hearings, where attorneys will debate how much information the 12-person jury should be allowed access to during Christian’s June 2019 trial. Christian’s defense team has filed dozens of pretrial motions with a common goal to keep the jury from becoming too emotionally distraught during the trial.

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Big Boi's Son Cross Patton Commits to Oregon Ducks Football Team

Oregon Ducks

Over the weekend, running back Cross Patton, son of OutKast rapper Big Boi, committed to the University of Oregon football team as a preferred walk-on for next season. Patton made his verbal commitment at a celebratory ceremony in Georgia on Friday:

"I just want to thank my family: mom and my dad, coach Davis, my football team, with that being said, I want to announce that I committed to the University of Oregon,” Patton said.

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Polyamorous Sci-Fi Graphic Novel Open Earth Feels Lost in Space


"Honesty keeps us alive” is a recurring phrase in Open Earth, the debut graphic novel penned by comics writer, author, and (full disclosure!) former Portland Mercury reporter Sarah Mirk. The motto refers not only to the practice of sharing the small quarters of an Earth-orbiting space station, but to its citizens—especially a polyamorous generation that has only ever lived in space.

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Here Are the Results of Portland's E-Scooter Survey

Shed always dreamt of a man wearing jeans and sandals who would sweep her off her feet in the most majestic way possible.
All her life, she'd dreamt of a man wearing jeans and sandals who would sweep her off her feet in the most majestic way possible. Getty / Mario Tama / Staff

As the city heads into the final month of its pilot project to see how much everyone loves and/or loathes e-scooters, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has released some findings—namely, those gleaned from a survey sent to Portlanders who rode a Bird, Lime, or Skip e-scooter.

And acording to both e-scooter riders and PBOT, things are going GREAT. In a press release, PBOT said the survey results "suggest scooters are a popular new transit option for Portlanders and visitors alike." It should also be noted, though, that these results are from a relatively small number of respondents—out of 75,000 surveyed, less than 5,000 responded.

PBOT's complete results are here. We'll have to wait until after November 20—the final day of the city's e-scooter pilot project—to learn if PBOT has decreed that e-scooters "contribute to the city’s mobility, equity, safety, and climate action goals."

In the meantime, who's up for some PORTLAND E-SCOOTER E-FACTS™???

• The majority of respondents do not care for public transportation, with 61 percent of respondents saying they "never" use e-scooters to access a bus, MAX, or streetcar. If an e-scooter hand't been available for their last ride, 19 percent of respondents would have "driven a personal vehicle, carshare vehicle, or other motor vehicle" instead.

• The majority of e-scooter riders use them for commuting to and from work (18 percent) and "fun/recreation" (28 percent). Okay, sure.

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The Number of Cannabis Studies Has Been Skyrocketing, and That's a Very Good Thing


For decades, cannabis research has been criminally negligent, due to backward, fear-based, repressive prohibitionist beliefs. There's a school of thought which believes this may be due in part to Big Pharmaceutical not wanting the public to have a more comprehensive understanding of a plant that you can grow yourself and might be able replace a medicine cabinet of prescribed medications. I am a proud alumnus of that school, although there are other channels of misinformation and repression that have led to cannabis research being woefully overlooked.

Our friends at Marijuana Moment, a site you should bookmark, posted a great piece about how the rapid expansion of cannabis legalization in the states has been a boon for cannabis researchers. They cite an Israeli team of researchers who looked at the number of cannabis research studies performed between 2000 and 2017. Their findings were published in the journal Population Health Management, which examined online research databases such as Web of Science and PubMed. Per Marijuana Moment: "While the overall number of scientific publications per year on PubMed increased 2.5 times during the years in review, the number of publications that examine cannabis increased 4.5 times, from 620 to 2388. The number of studies focused on medical cannabis increased nine times over the same period, from 82 in 2000 to 742 in 2017."

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Review: Witchcraft, Devilry, and Fun, Feminist Fury


There’s something to be said for consorting with the devil.

The perks include nearly unlimited power, awesome opportunities for revenge, and lots of sexy times. However, the downsides are just as lousy as one might experience in other fundamentalist religions.

And that’s what Sabrina Spellman must grapple with in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Netflix adaptation of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s graphic novels. Aguirre-Sacasa’s dark revamp of characters from the Archies resulted in the CW's Riverdale, which started out as a fun, campy delight but quickly devolved into a trainwreck of messy plotting and desperate, nonsensical attempts to keep viewers’ interest. This is decidedly not the case with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which benefits from a far more generous budget and expert casting and writing.

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Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History Offers a Fun, Weird Glimpse Into the Fun, Weird History of D&D

From Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana, art by Michael Komarck

"I grew up in the 1980s, and despite what Stranger Things would have you believe, in those days, Dungeons & Dragons wasn't cool. In fact, mentioning it at all opened you up to various forms of societally accepted ridicule and potential physical altercations," writes actor Joe Manganiello in his foreword to Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, a 400-plus-page "volume of information and imagery for lovers of Dungeons & Dragons, including art, advertising, ephemera, and more."

On page two of his foreword, Manganiello poses with a framed painting of his D&D character, dragonborn paladin/barbarian Arkhan the Cruel. Here is Joe Manganiello posing in a different way!

God bless Magic Mike XXL, and god/gods bless Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana. Even more so than relatively recent D&D books like Empire of Imagination and Of Dice and Men, Art & Arcana is a simultaneous history and celebration of D&D—and all the bizarre, hallucinogenic imagery that it's spawned.

"The relationship between Dungeons & Dragons and its artwork goes beyond symbiosis, but to outright reliance—one simply couldn't exist without the other," write Art & Arcana authors Micheal Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Sam Witwer in their introduction. "The art informed the game, and the game informed the art."

On Tuesday October 23, Newman and Peterson will be hitting Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing to talk about the book and its creation. Below, some thoughts on the book—and a few glimpses at some of the art it contains.

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Jeff Lynne's ELO Is Coming to Portland


Jeff Lynne's ELO is coming to Portland in 2019.

ELO, of course, stands for Electric Light Orchestra, and is the poppy, proggy, strings-tinged band Lynne fronted during the 1970s and early '80s; the band was originally formed by members of Birmingham, England psychedelic band the Move—which included Lynne, songwriter/sonic architect Roy Wood, and drummer Bev Bevan—but when the Move dissolved and Wood left to focus on his band Wizzard, Lynne and Bevan took the ELO reins.

The tour hits Portland on June 29, 2019, when Jeff Lynne's ELO will be playing at Moda Center. As near as I can tell, it's the first time ELO has played here since... wow... 1974—for the tour supporting their Eldorado album. (ELO also played a show in Eugene in 1976.) A lot of things have changed in the past 45 years, but fortunately the efficacy of ELO's musical fairy-dust isn't one of them.

You'll notice, of course, the slight difference of moniker: This isn't being billed flat-out as Electric Light Orchestra for some reason—perhaps due to confusion over different incarnations of the band following their disbanding in 1986: Bevan formed ELO Part II (later renamed the Orchestra), and there were other splinter acts along the way, as Lynne followed a solo career and became producer to the likes of Tom Petty and the reformed Beatles. But the "Jeff Lynne's ELO" that's coming here next year features Lynne and longtime ELO keyboardist Richard Tandy, and they'll be playing all the tunes from the group's radio-hit heyday.

What tunes, you ask? Electric Light Orchestra is responsible for a frightening number of songs already etched into your hippocampus, whether you're aware of it or not. Click the jump below for a stroll through a smattering of ELO's vast, hit-drenched catalog.

Tickets for Jeff Lynne's ELO Portland show go on sale to the general public at and Ticketmaster on Monday, October 29 at 10 am. However, American Express cardholders can get tickets starting this Wednesday, October 24 at 10 am. [UPDATE] And there are a bevy of other presales listed on the Ticketmaster page, including "Fan Club," "Official Platinum," and "VIP Packages" presales, which start tomorrow, Tuesday, October 23. A further clutch of presales drop on Friday, October 26, including the "Live Nation," "Live Nation Mobile App," "Ticketmaster," and "Radio" presales. Good luck, everyone.

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Timbers Roar Past Real Salt Lake, Clinch Postseason Berth

Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers are heading back to the MLS Cup Playoffs, and, thanks to back-to-back wallopings of Real Salt Lake, they're heading there with some real momentum.

Two weeks ago, the Timbers walked into the Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah and smacked Salt Lake 4-1. The return fixture, played on a brilliant Sunday fall afternoon at Providence Park, played out much the same way. The Timbers took an early lead, withstood a flurry of RSL pressure, and pulled away in style.

Larrys Mabiala, Diego Chara, and Sebastian Blanco got the goals, Steve Clark got a fabulously well-earned clean sheet, and the Timbers clinched their postseason ticket with a spare in the 2018 regular season playing their best soccer since the conclusion of their 15-game unbeaten run back at the beginning of August.

The Timbers, despite the quality of their recent form, are still likely headed for a road Wild Card game. But it's fair to say that at this rate, no team, even the Seattle Sounders, will be eager to see them a week-and-a-half from now.

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The 31 Best Things to Do in Portland This Week: Oct 22-25

Good Morning, News: Undefining Transgender, Buehler's Bucks, and Blunders

Spencer Platt / Getti Images

Good morning, Portland! Get ready for one more sunny afternoon—the rains are expected to return tomorrow. Here's some news to start your day:

Turn Back Time: The Trump administration is hoping to roll back the definition of "gender" as defined as "male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with." This information, recently obtained by the New York Times, began circulating on an internal memo in the spring.

What's That?
A newly-recovered surveillance tape from Turkey's Saudi Embassy shows one of the suspects in journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death leaving the building wearing Khashoggi's clothing later on the day of his disappearance.

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Things to Do Monday!

Monday, Oct 22

Hailing from Brooklyn, Korean-American electronica artist Yaeji creates dance club soundscapes that are simultaneously bumping and introspective. Murmuring lyrics in Korean and English within the same song, Yaeji’s compositions usually start soft and build in intensity—but a kind of quiet, lush intensity, you know? For more on this, check out the poppin’ “Raingurl,” and “Drink I’m Sippin’ On” from last year’s EP2, and her newest single “One More”—a hypnotic number that’s tailor-made for your emotional dance floor. (8:30 pm, Wonder Ballroom, $22-25, all ages) WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY

Portland Trail Blazers vs. Washington Wizards
The Blazers take on John Wall and the Wizards at the Moda Center before heading out of town for a four-game road trip (7 pm, Moda Center, $18+, all ages)

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