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The Best In-Person Things to Do in Portland This Weekend: Record Store Day, a Comedy Spectacular, and more

Catch Portland-based indie-rock outfit Portugal. The Man signing records at Music Millennium at 2 pm on Saturday!
Catch Portland-based indie-rock outfit Portugal. The Man signing records at Music Millennium at 2 pm on Saturday! Atlantic Records

You'll want to pack a raincoat in case of showers, but this weekend brings plenty of fun things to do outside your house. Read on for our picks, from The Portland Mercury and Rose City Rollers' Comedy Spectacular at Oaks Park to a Portland Pickles pre-game concert with Mood Beach, and from the Oregon Midsummer Festival to our guide to Portland farmers markets

ARTS & PERFORMANCE
Feed your vinyl habit on Record Store Day. The Mercury's Blair Stenvick has rounded up all the Portland shops participating in Record Store Day this Saturday, including Jackpot, Beacon Sound, Music Millennium (which will also play host to a record signing with Portland-based indie-rock outfit Portugal. The Man at 2 pm!), Exiled, and more. "Your haul could include a special-release yellow vinyl of Lady Gaga's Chromatica; a re-release of an underrated Prince album from 1988; or an archival vinyl of 1960s home recordings and radio broadcasts from Joni Mitchell. Other artists with special Record Store Day Releases include Animal Collective, Cautious Clay, Ella Fitzgerald, Ariana Grande, Al Green, the Grateful Dead, Lupe Fiasco, Perfume Genius, Sublime, and Iggy Pop," writes Blair.

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Good Afternoon, News: PSU Police Unarmed This Fall, Darnella Frazier Gets a Pulitzer, and How to Make $100 This Weekend

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Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed the video of George Floyd's murder, wins a Pulitzer Prize. David Dee Delgado / Getty

In local news:

• As of September 1, Portland State University police officers will stop carrying guns while patrolling campus. The movement to disarm campus officers began in earnest in 2018 after PSU officers killed Jason Washington, a Black man who was trying to break up a fight outside of a bar.

• Are you unvaccinated and want $100? If you get your first shot of the vaccine today at the Hillsboro Stadium or tomorrow at either the Oregon Convention Center or Portland International Airport you can get a $100 gift card! Governor Brown debuted the new incentive during a press conference today. Brown also announced she is extending the mortgage foreclosure moratorium until the end of September.

• Expect delays on SE Hawthorne from 24th to Cesar Chavez Blvd. starting on June 14. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will begin repaving 4.7 miles of the street Monday, reducing Hawthorne to one lane of travel in each direction for the next six weeks. The paving project will also include the construction of pedestrian islands and marked crosswalks to improve safety.

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Introducing SCOOP! Submit to Our New Documentary Short Film Festival!

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Calling all filmmakers, journalists, and amateur Nancy Drews!

Do you have a great scoop? What about an interesting take? Is it time to scream your singular truth? Are you ready to give the world a reality check? Have you been working on a non-fiction story during the endless hours of quarantine? Well, get it on film and send it to SCOOP!

SCOOP! is a new documentary short film festival brought to you by your friends at The Portland Mercury, The Stranger, and the wild folks behind HUMP, SLAY, and SPLIFF Film Fests.

We're looking for short documentaries (15 minutes or less) of all kinds. Educational, journalistic, humorous, or poetic—all documentary styles are welcome at SCOOP!

Submit your film by October 18 for a chance to be part of the 1st Annual SCOOP! premiering this November. Reminder: This is a documentary film fest, so we’re dealing with facts here. Don’t make shit up.

In addition to fancy award categories, SCOOP! will share a portion of all ticket revenue with filmmakers who make it into the festival.

So let's get on with it! Serve us your scoops!


This Week In Portland Food News: A New Cacao Cafe Arrives, Ox Reopens, and Obon Plans a Restaurant

The new Soul Lift Cacao Cafe features drinking chocolate, smoothies, tea, and coffee made with ceremonial cacao.
The new Soul Lift Cacao Cafe features drinking chocolate, smoothies, tea, and coffee made with ceremonial cacao. Soul Lift Cacao Cafe

As the city opens back up, the Portland food scene has seen a flurry of activity. This week brings a new Spanish restaurant, a new cacao cafe, a new pizzeria, and a new vegan sushi cart—and that's just the beginning. Plus, Ox reopens today, Obon Shokudo announces an upcoming brick-and-mortar, and Top Chef contestant Gabriel Pascuzzi concocts a "chefwich" special for Lardo. Read on for all of that and more culinary intel. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS


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Chef Ian Muntzert, who racked up restaurant industry cred working as the chef de cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Commonwealth in San Francisco, opened this new Spanish restaurant in the historic American Foursquare house that was once home to Beech Street Parlor on Wednesday. The restaurant features Spanish cuisine cooked by live fire with mesquite wood, with dishes like sea urchin bocadillos, crispy tripe, and coal-roasted chicken wings.
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Governor Brown Announces More Monetary Vaccine Incentives, Extends Foreclosure Moratorium

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OHSU healthcare workers operate the drive-thru vaccination site at the Portland International Airport. OHSU/Josh Andersen

Update 2:00 pm:

Following the press conference, Governor Kate Brown announced on Twitter that the $100 gift cards will be available today at the Hillsboro Stadium vaccination site. The Portland International Airport and Oregon Convention Center vaccination sites will distribute $100 gift cards to people receiving their first dose of the vaccine tomorrow, June 12, while supplies last.

Original story:

Unvaccinated Oregonians can get a $100 gift card for getting their first vaccine shot today and tomorrow, Governor Kate Brown announced in a press conference Friday.

Today, June 11, the drive-thru clinic at the Portland International Airport Hillsboro Stadium vaccine clinic will be giving out $100 gift cards to people receiving their first dose of the vaccine while supplies last. Tomorrow, June 12, the Oregon Convention Center and Portland International Airport drive-thru clinic will do the same. Brown did not specify the number of gift cards that will be available at each location.

This is another monetary incentive the state has introduced in response to waning vaccination rates. Oregonians still have time to enter the Take Your Shot Oregon campaign, which gives partially vaccinated Oregonians the chance to win up to $1 million, by getting at least one dose of the vaccine before June 28. While anyone who was vaccinated by a state-operated vaccination site is automatically entered to win, Oregonians who were vaccinated at federal vaccination sites—like the VA hospital—or in another state can enter to win through the campaign website.

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This Week in Portland Event News: Brockhampton, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and More

Feed your love of early-2000s indie rock at Clap Your Hands Say Yeahs July tour stop at Mississippi Studios.
Feed your love of early-2000s indie rock at Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's July tour stop at Mississippi Studios.

After a year of mostly virtual entertainment, IRL concerts and performances slated for this summer and beyond are sure to sell out fast. To help you stay ahead of the game, we've rounded up major-venue events that are newly on sale (like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and going on sale this week (like Brockhampton and Gogol Bordello). Read on for details. 

ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 11

MUSIC

Bailey Bryan and Leah Kate
Crystal Ballroom (Fri Sept 24)

Brockhampton
Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Wed April 13)

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Refresh Playlist: New Music for the Week—Featuring Amber Mark, Justin Bieber, and Produce Organics

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Amber Mark, "Competition" PMR, Interscope
Happy Pride Month y’all, and happy Black Music Appreciation Month! Even though there’s still lots to be concerned about, it feels like there’s more to be hopeful about recently, no? For one thing, it’s looking like live music is coming back soon, as tour dates start to ramp up and fill the calendars of local venues. Refresh your mind and get ready for it all with these three new music releases.



“Competition,” Amber Mark


New York-based singer-songwriter Amber Mark has released the second single from her forthcoming debut full-length, which is set for a 2021 release via PMR and Interscope. The repeat-worthy “Competition” joins previously released single “Worth It,” but the former is more of a self-determined success story than a motivational mantra. In a statement, Mark says the song is about “how much stronger we are together,” and the constant state of comparing yourself to others. “This is not a competition/you are not the opposition/I just wanna see you win” she sings. “Wanna be the greatest/want someone to share it with.” The song’s end has her repeating “Damn I really made it.” She’s looking royal in the music video co-directed by Mark and Cara Stricker, and the whole visual is packed with amazing vibes, gorgeous care-free and confident choreography, fabulous fashion, and even some supernatural elements. Check it out below:

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POP QUIZ PDX: Take This Week's Fun, Sassy Quiz about Portland!

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Are you under the impression that you're "smart"? Do you think you're well-versed in what's happening around Portland? Well, prove it to yourself and the world by taking the POP QUIZ PDX—a new, weekly quiz chock full of sassy, fun, multiple choice questions about what happened in Portland during the past week, along with a couple of rando questions just for laughs.

But first, let's check in to see how the majority of you did with last week's quiz. Just over 850 of you took the quiz, and while the majority scored in the 60 point range, a lot more scored 90 points over the previous week! YOU ARE SLOWLY GETTING SMARTER! And as you can see in the graph below, not a lot of you agreed with me that the lobster roll is CLEARLY the "king of all sandwiches." (But you are definitely correct that the bánh mì sandwich is delish.)

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Click HERE to take our previous tests, and if you want to get a huge score, read the Mercury's Good Morning News and Good Afternoon, News every day and I bet you'll ace the next one!

OKAY, LET'S SEE HOW YOU DO THIS TIME! Take this week's quiz, make sure to scroll to the bottom to submit your answers, and you'll instantly get your score that will tell you in no uncertain terms HOW SMART YOU AM. Here's the scoring key (out of a possible 100 points).

100 points = "I am a goddamn genius!"
90 = "I am almost a goddamn genius."
80 = "I am achingly close to genius-ness."
70 = "I may not be a genius, but I'm pretty dang smart."
60 = "I am somewhat smart."
50 or below = "What am smart?"

Take this week's POP QUIZ PDX below, and come back next Friday for a new quiz!

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Good Morning, News: Rep. Nearman Voted Out, Wheeler Staffers Abandon Ship, and Kim Jong Un Vs. K-Pop

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Rep. Mike Nearman: Okay, Trumpers, COME ON IN! And dont worry, I wont get in trouble. I mean, seriously, WHAT COULD HAPPEN?
Rep. Mike Nearman: "Okay, Trumpers, COME ON IN! And don't worry, I won't get in trouble. I mean, seriously, WHAT COULD HAPPEN?" Oregon Legislature

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! The music played while our bodies displayed through the dance. Then love picked us out for romance. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• For the first time in Oregon history, a legislator, Republican Rep. Mike Nearman, has been expelled from the state legislature. Nearman was caught on video planning and aiding violent, armed Trumpers by letting them in a side entrance during a closed special session at the state capitol in December, putting his co-workers lives in danger—and for his trouble, was overwhelmingly voted out by members of BOTH parties. Huh. I guess bipartisanship can work!

• As restrictions state-wide begin to fade away, community-based orgs are still working hard to get people of color vaccinated at the same rate as white Oregonians—but why do these inequities still exist and what still needs to be done? Do not miss this great explanatory investigation from our Isabella Garcia!

• Three top advisors to Mayor Ted Wheeler announced they are leaving their jobs following the lead of two key staffers who departed less than a month ago, and another five office members who abandoned ship last year. Sounds like a fun place to work!

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The Best Things To Do from Home in Portland This Week: June 10-16, 2021

Portlands own Han Hwang (of Kim Jong Grillin) appears on The Great Food Truck Race: All Stars, Sundays on Food Network.
Portland's own Han Hwang (of Kim Jong Grillin) appears on The Great Food Truck Race: All Stars, Sundays on Food Network. MarshallsHauteSauce via YouTube

Virtual events may be slowing down, but there are still things to do on the internet that mustn't be missed. Read on for this week's picks, from the Cannon Beach Virtual Sandcastle Contest to a talk with Columbian American memoirist and essayist Daisy Hernández

THURSDAY

READINGS & TALKS
Jonathan Evison in Conversation With Thomas Kohnstamm
The respected local author of This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! and Lawn Boy will read from his new novel, Legends of the North Cascades, about an Iraq War veteran coping with the onset of PTSD. Evison will be joined by Lake City author Thomas Kohnstamm.

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Good Afternoon, News: Oregon's Vaccine Inequity, Rep. Nearman Faces Expulsion Vote, and Republicans Lie, Lie, Lie About Spiking Homicide Rate

Vaccine equity is still a problem in Oregon—even as the state relaxes their COVID safety restrictions.
Vaccine equity is still a problem in Oregon—even as the state relaxes their COVID safety restrictions. Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support!

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• As restrictions state-wide begin to fade away, community-based orgs are still working hard to get people of color vaccinated at the same rate as white Oregonians—but why do these inequities still exist and what still needs to be done? Do not miss this great explanatory investigation from our Isabella Garcia!

• The Oregon House is scheduled to vote tonight on whether or not to kick Republican Rep. Mike Nearman out of the legislature for planning in advance to help violent Trumpers storm inside a closed session at the state capitol, putting his fellow co-workers in potential serious danger. (Is it too soon to chant, "LOCK! HIM! UP!"?)

• Those busy Oregon lawmakers also passed two new pieces of houseless legislation yesterday—one that would require local governments in the state to give at least three days’ notice before clearing homeless camps, and the other allowing houseless Oregonians to sit, lie, and sleep on public property in most cases. So what does this mean for Portland? Our Alex Zielinski breaks it all down for you.

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Communities of Color Worry About Vaccine Equity As State Reopens

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As Oregon moves towards reopening, communities of color worry they are being left behind. Malte Mueller / Getty Images

As the state moves to reopen, Oregonians are starting to see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel filled with summer barbecues and breezy, bustling happy hours—at least, for vaccinated, and mostly white, Oregonians.

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) predicts that 70 percent of adult Oregonians will have at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine by June 21, at which time almost all statewide mask, social distancing, and building capacity limit requirements will be lifted. But that critical mass of people triggering the theoretical end of the pandemic is expected to be made up of mostly white people, due to lower vaccination rates amongst Oregonians of color.

As of June 10, about 36 percent of Black and Indigenous Oregonians and 35 percent of Latinx Oregonians have received at least one dose of the vaccine, as compared to 48 percent of white Oregonians. The vaccine equity gap has been closing slowly as state health officials have partnered with community-based organizations to distribute the vaccine; the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) reported a 5 percent increase in vaccination rates among Latinx, Black, Indigenous, and Pacific Islander Oregonians last week while white Oregonians saw a 2.5 percent increase in vaccinations. But that incremental change isn’t enough to placate stakeholders in Oregon’s communities of color who fear they will be left behind as Oregon relaxes its safety precautions later this month.

Multnomah County health officials and community-based organizations are working together to mobilize the second phase of vaccine distribution in an attempt to stop that from happening.

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Legislature Requires Cities Uphold Unhoused Oregonians' Right to Sit, Sleep, Stay Dry on Public Property

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Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill requiring cities establish "objectively reasonable" policies that allow unhoused people to occupy public property, if no alternative shelter exists.

The requirements of House Bill 3115, which passed the Oregon Senate Wednesday, aren't necessarily new to Oregon communities. When signed by Gov. Kate Brown, the law will essentially enshrine in state statute a 2018 legal ruling by the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which Oregon cities have already been expected to adhere to.

In the landmark ruling, Martin v. City of Boise, the appeals court decided it was unconstitutional for governments to criminalize conduct that is unavoidable as a result of someone's lack of housing, calling it a form of "cruel and unusual punishment." The ruling prohibits cities from arresting people for sleeping on public property, unless there is adequate indoor shelter available.

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Celebrate Record Store Day in Portland Saturday: New Vinyl from Prince, Lady Gaga, Joni Mitchell & More

Tomorrow Records is one of many Portland vinyl shops participating in Record Store Day this weekend.
Tomorrow Records is one of many Portland vinyl shops participating in Record Store Day this weekend. Kathleen Marie / Mercury Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic was, apparently, good for at least one thing: Vinyl sales surged, as people had more time to sit at home and spin their records. While scores of major musical artists were forced to cancel or postpone tour dates, fans could still lust after—and spend their stimmy money on—the latest limited-edition vinyl releases.

But while online orders and curbside pickup fueled the vinyl upswing, Portlanders may have missed the serendipity and tactile experience of shopping in a record store. Fortunately, Portland's record stores are now mostly open for business, and ready to welcome vinyl-heads for the first of two 2021 Record Store Days this Saturday, June 12.

Record Store Day is a chance to both support the vinyl shops in your life, and pick up tons of special vinyl releases from both classic and trendy artists. This Saturday, your haul could include a special-release yellow vinyl of Lady Gaga's Chromatica; a re-release of an underrated Prince album from 1988; or an archival vinyl of 1960s home recordings and radio broadcasts from Joni Mitchell. Other artists with special Record Store Day Releases include Animal Collective, Cautious Clay, Ella Fitzgerald, Ariana Grande, Al Green, the Grateful Dead, Lupe Fiasco, Perfume Genius, Sublime, and Iggy Pop—check out the extensive list here.

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TONIGHT! (And Through Saturday!) Don't Miss the Hilarious Outdoor Comedy Spectacular!

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Live comedy is BACK, laugh-lovers! And just in time for summer, at a fun outdoor picnic-style venue! Coming at ya TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY, June 10-12, 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...

• DERRICK BROWN (World famous poet, comedian, storyteller, and paratrooper, has opened for David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, and the Afghan Whigs)

CHRIS JOHNSON (WW's Funniest Five, No Pun Intendo, Got Laffs Comedy Jam, Portland's Funniest finalist, Portland Queer Comedy Fest)

GRANT LYON (Comedy Central, Just for Laughs Fest, Laughing Skull Comedy Fest, Comics Unleashed)

TYLER BOEH (Seattle International Comedy Competition, Boston Comedy Festival, Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Celebrity Name Game, Laughs on Fox)

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 yummy food service as well!

Doors open at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm. Don't miss this great lineup of terrific comedy coming at you TONIGHT through Saturday, June 10, 11, and 12! It's the OUTDOOR LIVE COMEDY SPECTACULAR brought to you by the Rose City Rollers and your pals at the Mercury. Our last show sold out quick, so what are you waiting for... GET THOSE TICKETS NOW!