Whooo! You're a BUSY BEE. Look, it's completely understandable that since you've been SO busy, you may have missed some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! So while you're lounging about this weekend, catch up on the knowledge you need by reading some of these A+++ Mercury articles! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)
• How to Support Portland’s Houseless Community on Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day
National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day was last week, but there are so many houseless people we can still help. Here's info on how to help homeless neighbors survive what's expected to be a cold, wet winter.
• Hear in Portland: Two Can’t-Miss New Year’s Shows, and Jack White’s Coming to Portland
Don't plan your New Year's celebrations (or listen to ANY new music) until you read Jenni Moore's latest "Hear in Portland!"
• The Mercury’s Favorite Movies of 2021!
Whether you need a good laugh, a good cry, or a good “what the fuck did I just watch?”, the Mercury’s culture writers have got you covered with this list of nine movies that were our favorites this year.
• Mercury Writers and Multnomah County Librarians Pick Our Favorite Books of 2021!
Novels, sci-fi, comics, YA books, autobiographies, poetry—we've got all that and more in this list of 14 excellent books that came out in 2021, recommended by Mercury culture writers and Multnomah County library staff!
• Portland Cà Phê Is Crushing the Coffee (and Sandwich) Game Right Now
Looking for a new fave coffee and lunch spot? Don't miss the deliciousness of Portland Cà Phê and those great bánh mì sandwiches! Jenni Moore has the review.
• POP QUIZ PDX: The Ho-Ho-Holiday Edition of Portland's Funnest Quiz!
Ready to say "Ho-Ho-Hmmmm..."? It's time to take this week's brain teasing edition of POP QUIZ PDX, which has a holly-jolly holiday theme, including a quizzy Q involving your choice for the SECOND best Christmas song!
• The Mercury’s Favorite Albums of 2021!
It was another weird year for music as an industry, with concert tours still being postponed or all-out canceled left and right. But music as an art form still flourished, and these seven albums beloved by Mercury culture writers proves it.
WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!