GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (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.)
• New Seasons Hires Another Trump-Aligned Law Firm to Fight Workers Union Efforts
New Seasons turns to a familiar playbook to fight its workers' unionizing efforts: hiring a law firm known for representing Republicans and Trump.
• POP QUIZ PDX: Sassy-Pants Local Movie Trivia and Drool-Worthy Celebs!
Hey brainy britches! Test your knowledge of Portland-based movies, sneaky celebrity visits, and lots more sassy-ass local trivia with the always fun POP QUIZ PDX! Plus you can enter to win *free pizza*... yummm.
• Elderly Tenants Sue Affordable Housing Provider Over "Unsafe" Living Conditions
A group of elderly tenants are suing their affordable housing landlord for allegedly ignoring issues that make their apartment complex "uninhabitable."
• THE TRASH REPORT: Long Live the Queen (of England) and the Queens (Lesbian Foxes)!
Hear ye, hear ye! It's time for the newest edition of THE TRASH REPORT. This week: Should Phil Knight buy Twitter? Is the Queen, like, alive or dead? And is gossip destroying our society? (Duh, LOL, c'mon.)
• Kickstand's Comedy in the Park Returns for a Second Year of Idyllic Summer Stand-Up
One of the most visibly successful arts endeavors of Portland's 2021 will-we-won't-we-still-be-in-a-pandemic season, Kickstand's Comedy in the Park series will return for 2022!
• Impacts of Portland Clean Energy Grants Begin to Materialize, a Year Later
Sammie Lewis is one of 20 low income homeowners who received free, energy-saving retrofits through the Portland Clean Energy Fund—find out how other residents are reacting to the grants.
• Smoke Signals Director Chris Eyre on His New TV Series About a Native American Police Chief Searching for Justice
Portland-born director Chris Eyre is one of the most acclaimed Native American filmmakers of his generation. He spoke to the Mercury about his new TV series Dark Winds, and the powerful feeling of putting the project's focus on a Native hero.
• Sandwich Lovers Rejoice! Here Comes the Mercury's Sandwich Week!
If you love sandwiches, get ready to lose your damn mind: Introducing the Mercury's SANDWICH WEEK! Creative $8 sandwiches from 30 (!!) Portland restaurants—flying straight into your mouth starting Monday, June 20! EAT 'EM. 😋🥪
• Vulnerable Portlanders Start Receiving Cooling Units in Preparation for Future Heat Waves
Portlanders who are most vulnerable to the heat are starting to receive portable cooling units through the city’s Heat Response Program.
• Fire Island Is a Gorgeous Gay Throwback
Behold! This is probably the first Disney film ever to show anal. It's the gorgeously gay Fire Island and Matt Baume has the delicious review.
• Savage Love: Judgment Day
"I've had two back-to-back TERRIBLE relationships. Is it them or am I missing the red flags?" Dan Savage (who's had a terrible relationship or two of his own) weighs in with some sage advice in this week's SAVAGE LOVE!
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!