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This Week in Food News: KEX Reopens Dóttir and a New Rooftop Bar, Le Bistro Montage Returns as a Food Cart

KEX hotels Icelandic restaurant Dóttir reopens today!
KEX hotel's Icelandic restaurant Dóttir reopens today! Photo by Aaron Lee

Portland can expect a brief respite from the heat this weekend, so there's no better time to get outside and practice socially distanced dining—be it at a food cart pod, streetside dining, takeout in the park, or a ROOFTOP PATIO. Yes, we've got a rooftop bar opening up for you—although it looks to be very popular. Here's your weekly run down of Portland restaurant news. Let's dig in!

OPENINGS AND SWITCHEROOS

Here's some good news! We didn't hear about any restaurant closings this week! That just leaves us with openings, switcheroos, and news.

Starting tomorrow, Portland's beloved Creole and Southern restaurant Le Bistro Montage—thought lost forever after it closed in June—will be reborn as a food cart. Located at the Hawthorne Asylum food cart pod in SE Portland, Montage ala Cart will offer Po'Boy sandwiches, Jambalaya, and Montage's signature Mac. No word yet on whether foil animals will be on order, but their Instagram has alluded to foil roses.

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Good Afternoon, News: "Fair Weather Wheeler," Oregon's Big COVID Jump, and... Russia's Trying to Interfere with Our Election? WHAAAAT??

What youre about to hear may be shocking, but... RUSSIA IS TRYING TO INTERFERE WITH OUR ELECTION!!
What you're about to hear may be shocking, but... RUSSIA IS TRYING TO INTERFERE WITH OUR ELECTION!! Chris McGrath / Getty News

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'!)

• DO NOT MISS the latest installment of Alex Zielinski's Hall Monitor, in which she takes Mayor Wheeler to task for his "fair weather" attitude toward protesters: standing in solidarity with them while the national spotlight is on, and then reverting back to defending the violent actions of local police when it's not.

• Meanwhile... SURPRISE! The same federal officers that teargassed and snatched peaceful protesters off the streets are not only still in town, but they'll probably still be here up until the election.

• In COVID news: The Oregon Health Authority has reported a whopping 423 new positive cases in the past 24 hours, and nine additional deaths. (That's the biggest jump in new cases since July 19.) Okay folks, since its going to be a nice weekend, make doubly sure to follow the Mercury's mantra: WASH YA DAMN HANDS, WEAR YA DAMN MASKS, AND KEEP YA DAMN DISTANCE!

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Hall Monitor: Fair Weather Wheeler

Mayor Wheeler speaking to protesters on July 22.
Mayor Wheeler speaking to protesters on July 22. Nathan Howard / Getty Images

Hall Monitor is a regular column on issues related to Portland City Hall and its influence on the community it serves.

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Now that the federal police have retreated from the front lines of Portland’s nightly demonstrations, Mayor Ted Wheeler has returned to demonizing those protesting police brutality.

"This is not advocacy to reform or transform any system," said Wheeler, speaking at a Thursday news conference, where he condemned the previous night’s protest outside the Portland Police Bureau's (PPB) East Precinct, claiming that the demonstrations are no longer about racial justice and police accountability.

“The conversation we are having right now is keeping us from the important work of racial justice, equity and comprehensive and thoughtful reform,” Wheeler said about the protests.

Yet it was just two weeks ago that Wheeler stood among the same group of protesters, inhaling plumes of tear gas and decrying the actions of federal police outside the city’s federal courthouse. It appears that defending his citizens from police brutality is only a priority when it’s not his own police force swinging batons at nonviolent protesters.

When camouflaged federal officers shot tear gas and impact munitions at Portlanders, Wheeler quickly severed PPB’s ties with federal law enforcement agencies and went on national TV shows to decry the feds’ “unconstitutional” tactics, and applaud his city’s uprising against police violence.

But now that the nation’s attention has shifted away from Portland, Wheeler’s back to trusting law enforcement’s incendiary narrative about these demonstrations without considering the experiences of protesters and observers on the ground.

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The Best Things to Do in Portland This Weekend: Aug 7-9, 2020

Get into a good flow for the weekend with this fun (and fuzzy) yoga routine for you and your favorite floofs.
Get into a good flow for the weekend with this fun (and fuzzy) yoga routine for you and your favorite floofs. Oregon Humane Society

Summer 2020 keeps right on moving forward, and even if it starts raining again (it shouldn't, but this is Portland, so who the hell really knows) the events aren't going to stop. It's not like you can "rain out" a livestream, right? Livestreams aren't the only thing on the menu, though: There's in-person stand-up at Helium, brunch bingo on the patio at NEPO, and an Alberta Street Fair "In the Air," as well as unique concert experiences from Björk, The Weeknd, and more. There's more than a few awesome Things to Do this weekend, so hit the links below and plan accordingly!

ALL WEEKEND


Sneaker Week
Sneaker Week PDX promises not only to scratch the itch of committed sneaker heads, but also to buff that itch with a tasteful nubuck. And since a lot of the sneaker-shopping adventures that heads have been getting in lately are internet-based, Sneaker Week's transition from in-person to virtual festival should be as smooth as a fresh-out-the-box pair. The event features talks, workshops, films, and opportunties to build and strengthen the community.

Virtual Kitten Yoga
Oregon Humane Society presents this fun and fuzzy virtual fitness class, guided by instructor Diana Hulet, leading viewers through a flow-styled class open to people (and kitties) of all levels. All proceeds benefit the OHS. 
(Fri-Sat)

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Sloane Leong

HEY GOOD FRIENDS! Are you looking for a way to support the Mercury, show off your sexy progressive values, AND look like a million bucks? Then have we got the T-shirt for you!

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This vibrant '90s inspired illustration was created by the super talented Sloane Leong, a mixed indigenous cartoonist, artist, and writer who's currently working on the second arc of her sci-fi adventure comic Prism Stalker. Plus her gorgeous new book, A Map to the Sun, has just been released, so CHECK IT OUT!

The Mercury "RESIST!" Tiger Tee is available in four colors (black, white, yellow, and teal), unisex and women's fit, and a wide range of sizes...so you're sure to find one that will look FANTASTIC on you!

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Good Morning, News: PPB Pushes More "Copaganda," Federal Officers Still in Town, and Trump's Backdoor TikTok Ban

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Ill get to this COVID problem in a minute, but I have to deal with the TikTok pandemic first!
"I'll get to this COVID problem in a minute, but I have to deal with the TikTok pandemic first!" Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Interior crocodile alligator. I drive a Chevrolet movie theater. LET'S GO TO PRESS.

• On day 70 of Portland protests against systemic police brutality and the killing of Black Americans, around 200 protesters gathered outside the East Precinct where chanting ensued, along with a small garbage can being lit on fire, occasional arguments with neighbors, more overreaction and misinformation by the police, breaking the terms of the temporary restraining order to deny media access, and eventual bull rushing to push the protesters out of the neighborhood.

• Though before the protest even started the Portland Police was engaging in Twitter battles with teenage protesters, and got dragged across the internet for their trouble.

• Despite overwhelming calls for police reform, the PPB and mayor's office remain obstinately resistant to any meaningful change and have called several press conferences this week in an attempt to control the narrative of the protests, incorrectly accusing demonstrators of abandoning the Black Lives Matter movement, being excessively violent, and according to Mayor Wheeler, actually helping Trump get reelected. That's some grade-A desperation right there.

• I'm just going to leave this related headline right here: "Portland police use of force against Black people remained disproportionate in 2019 even as numbers overall declined, report says."

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Good Afternoon, News: The Continuing Danger of Tear Gas, NY AG Sues NRA, and Mayor Wheeler Joins PPB's Propaganda Parade

Mayor Wheeler desperately and unconvincingly trying to convince you that Portland protesters are helping Trump.
Mayor Wheeler desperately and unconvincingly trying to convince you that Portland protesters are helping Trump. City of Portland screen shot

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 Portland Police and mayor's office have been trying REALLY HARD over the past few days to control the narrative around the city's continuing protests, alternately claiming that the demonstrations have nothing to do with the Black Lives Matter movement (anyone actually attending these protests know this is untrue), are out of control and excessively violent (they are not), distracting the police from "their real work" (such as dealing with those in mental health crisis, which they have no business doing), and according to Mayor Wheeler today, that the protests are helping Trump get reelected. (I wish they put this much energy into rethinking the police department!)

• Acting DHS Chief (and poster boy for toxic masculinity) Chad "CHAD" Wolf revealed today that federal officers are still in Portland, on standby, and will remain so until he's convinced no one will spray graffiti on the federal courthouse or shake its fence. In response, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon has extended the restraining order against federal officers for two additional weeks, legally stopping them from threatening reporters and legal observers.

• On the heels of our reporting about the unknown health risks attached to the daily teargassing of peaceful protesters by federal officers, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is demanding that AG Bill Barr and dull-witted frat boy Chad "CHAD!" Wolf reveal all the information they have about their potentially very dangerous munitions. Contributor Abe Asher has more.

• And lest we forget, one more time for those in the back: PORTLAND POLICE ARE STILL USING TEAR GAS.

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New Savage Lovecast: Mistress Velvet Commands You...

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Our opening COVID-19 "sexcess" story is extra special this week. You will never think of Tollhouse cookies the same way again.

Don't you hate it when your brother-in-law steals your underpants, and uses them to jack off? This little sordid story only gets worse.

On the Magnum, meet the dominatrix who forces her clients to read Black feminist theory. Mistress Velvet and Dan discuss performative wokeness, allies vs. accomplices, and the transformative power of S&M among many other things. Mistress Velvet knows her shit. Obey her and listen in.

And a woman and her boyfriend keep breaking the bed! Is there a bed frame out there that can withstand this couple's vigorous rutting?

A snippet:

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NY Attorney General Sues NRA for Fraud, Self-Dealing, and Other Alleged Illegal Conduct

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the NRA, on the right, will have to pay back millions if New Yorks attorney general gets her way. Oh yeah, and his organization will be dissolved.
Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the NRA, on the right, will have to pay back millions if New York's attorney general gets her way. Oh yeah, and his organization will be dissolved. Scott Olson/Getty Images

From the Washington Post:

The chief executive of the National Rifle Association and several top lieutenants engaged in a decades-long pattern of fraud to raid the coffers of the powerful gun rights group for personal gain, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the New York attorney general, draining $64 million from the nonprofit in just three years.

That chief executive is Wayne LaPierre, who's been the head of the NRA for 39 years. New York's attorney general is asking "a New York court to force LaPierre and three key deputies to repay NRA members for the ill-gotten funds and inflated salaries that her investigation found they took." She's also calling for LaPierre to be removed from his position, and for the NRA to be dissolved entirely.

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Unemployed Portlanders Are Still Struggling With State and Federal Benefits

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As the Oregon Employment Department (OED) continues to be overwhelmed with unemployment benefit claims, and the federal government quibbles over renewing coronavirus relief funds, Portlanders who lost work back in March are still struggling to get by—and full of questions about their futures.

In early May, the Mercury interviewed five Portlanders who had been laid off or were under-employed because of COVID-19’s economic impacts. They told us about delayed unemployment checks, impossibly long call wait times at the Oregon Unemployment Office, mounting unpaid bills, and uncertainty as to when they’d be able to work again.

We recently caught up with three of these Portlanders (the other two did not respond to follow-up requests). While each of their circumstances have changed for the better since early May, they’re still dealing with unpredictable state and federal unemployment benefits, and difficult choices to make around working and spending.

And they still aren’t sure what the coming weeks and months will bring.

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The Best Movies and Shows to Watch in Portland This Weekend: Aug 7-9, 2020

The big screen gets really big when the largest blockbuster of the 80s hits the 99w Drive-In this weekend!
The big screen gets really big when the largest blockbuster of the '80s hits the 99w Drive-In this weekend!

This is certainly one of the most intriguing Augusts in recent movie-watching history. Granted, a lot of that is due to the fact almost every theater around is still closed because there's still a pandemic going on outside, but even if you set that aside, there's a lot of really interesting stuff to watch, be it a massive blockbuster double feature at the drive-in, a fleet-footed Netflix original and HBO Max getting a little pickled, a pair of peanuts new to streaming, and dinosaurs. Whatever you choose from below, there's a plethora of Things to Watch this weekend!


DRIVE-INS


Cinema Unbound: John Lewis: Good Trouble and Moonlight
Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum are transforming Zidell Yards into a drive-in theater (building it from scratch, in fact) dedicated to showing how freeing good film can be by screening classics, new releases, and little-seen gems on as big a screen as they can. Each movie will be preceded by a regional short to help spotlight even more unique and necessary voices in cinema.

99w Drive-In Double Feature: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Empire Strikes Back
Drive-ins are probably the only way to get any sort of big-screen action back in your life without, you know, trapping yourself inside a dark box with other people while no vaccine exists and air conditioning is just circulating everyone's coughs, sneezes, and spittle into as many rooms as possible. Instead, you can pull up in your car, turn up your speakers, and let 99w fill your windshield their latest throwback double-feature, which is going about as big as the '80s ever got, starting with the most sweetly-manipulative children's story Steven Spielberg ever made, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and following with what everyone still recognizes as "the best one" of the Star Wars saga, The Empire Strikes Back. The one thing that's for sure: If you've got good speakers in your car, they're going to be filled with some of the best film music ever composed.

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Your Short Horror Movie Can Win BIG BUCKS in Our SLAY Film Fest!

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It's official: The world loves HUMP!—America's sweetest homemade-porn film festival, where entrants make short dirty movies for the chance to win impressive cash prizes! And now, the freaky minds behind HUMP! (and SPLIFF, our cannabis-themed film festival) have a brand-new and terrifyingly fun contest we know you're going to love: SLAY—a film festival for fans of horror!

SLAY is a great opportunity for amateur filmmakers (like you) to stretch their artistic muscles and make an eight-minute-or-less spine-tingling movie that can earn big, BIG money. And like HUMP!, the possibilities are endless! SLAY films can be legitimately horrifying and gory, spooky and unsettling, campy and funny, political/science-fiction/dystopian-themed, animated, sexy, sweet, old-timey, new-timey... YOU NAME IT!

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Good Morning, News: Stories from Detained Portlanders, Police Tear Gas Protesters, and Congress Stalls on COVID-19 Relief

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A Portland police car sits in a cloud of tear gas at a protest in July.
A Portland police car sits in a cloud of tear gas at a protest in July. mathieu Lewis Rolland

Good morning, Portland! Hey, have you snagged one of our super cool limited-edition T-shirts, designed by local artist Sloane Leong, yet? If not, you better get on that!

Okay, here are the headlines.

• My esteemed news editor Alex Zielinski and I recently spoke with three Portlanders who were detained by federal officers in July—including one who was snatched off the street and pulled into an unmarked van the same night Mark Pettibone was. Read their stories, which are equal parts terror and clusterfuck, to get a sense of what random Portland protesters were subjected to by our federal government.

• Speaking of protests: Last night's demonstration moved east of 82nd Avenue, in front of the Portland Police Bureau's (PPB) East Precinct. As with other protests that target local police buildings, PPB was quick to declare a riot and use intense force against protesters, including both tear gas and bull-rushing:

And here's a fun saga courtesy of PPB's Twitter page, which is seldom not occupying that sweet spot between authoritarian militance and inept parody:

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Sen. Wyden Presses Feds for Answers About Tear Gas Use in Portland

A spent tear gas canister on the street in downtown Portland.
A spent tear gas canister on the street in downtown Portland. Mathieu Lewis-Rolland
US Sen. Ron Wyden wants to know exactly what chemical weapons federal officers have been using on Portland protesters, when they were manufactured, and what their effects are on human health.

In a letter sent to Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf on Thursday morning, the Oregon Democrat wrote that reports of protesters having prolonged negative effects from tear gas "raises serious questions about the federal government's sustained use of tear gas during the occupation of Portland."

"Residents of downtown Portland, including the houseless community, were exposed to these dangerous chemicals regardless of whether they took part in the protests," Wyden wrote. "This response would be disturbing under any circumstances but it is completely unacceptable in the middle of a global respiratory pandemic."

Wyden's request comes a week afterUS Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Oregon State Rep. Karin Power sent a joint letter to national and state environmental agencies, seeking information about the environmental and public health impacts tied to tear gas use.

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Good Afternoon, News: More Protesters Snatched By Feds Speak, Beirut Explosion a Corrupt Accident, and the New "Blue Wave"

Federal officers detaining a protester on July 25 in downtown Portland.
Federal officers detaining a protester on July 25 in downtown Portland. Mathieu Lewis-Rolland

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'!)

• First of all, DO NOT MISS this terrific deep dive report by the Mercury's Alex Zielinski and Blair Stenvick into the probably illegal detainment of Portland protesters who were snatched off the street by federal officers during recent protests. It's a case study in the violation of civil rights as well as some bumbling (and often hilarious) mismanagement of federal law enforcement.

• Related: Experts that study human rights violations have found that the feds treatment of Portland protesters were "disproportionate, excessive, and indiscriminate, and deployed in ways that caused severe injury to innocent civilians, including medics,” according to their report.

• The 68th night of protests in Portland was marked by a large group marching from Peninsula Park to the police union building on North Lombard, where a riot was eventually declared after police say a group of protesters broke into the building and set a small fire. Gunfire was also reported in the area, but it's unclear whether or not it was associated with the protests. The crowd dispersed by 3:30 am.

• Yeah, another thing about last night's protest? The driver of a truck (UGH, it's always a truck) drove recklessly through a crowd of demonstrators dragging a motorcycle last night during the protest on North Lombard. However, after being questioned by the cops, the truck driver was mysteriously released and later, according to video shot on the scene, was seen waving a gun at protesters.

• So even though the majority of federal officers guarding the downtown courthouse have fled Portland (see ya!), the fence that surrounds the building remains and is still blocking the bike lane. And while fines imposed by the city are approaching $600,000, the feds remain unresponsive.

• In local coronavirus news, the Oregon Health Authority reported an additional 299 new positive COVID cases and five more deaths since yesterday. By this time tomorrow, Oregon will have more than 20,000 total cases statewide.

• While nothing is for certain, Oregon is considering the possibility of travel restrictions for those coming into the state from coronavirus hot spots.

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