Get Ready for the Return of Support Black-Owned Restaurants Week

The Ignorant Burger at Stoopid Burger
The Ignorant Burger at Stoopid Burger Aaron Lee
Okay, let's be real: We should be supporting Black-owned businesses all the time, especially in a city like Portland where gentrification continues to take over all the spaces that POC made cool. So if you love actual Black people (not just the stuff they create), put your money where your mouth is and support Black-owned businesses extra hard with your dining choices during Support Black-Owned Restaurants Week (August 26-Sept 1).

But honestly, who really needs an excuse to hit up places like Mama San Soul Shack, Assembly Brewing, The Big Elephant, Stoopid Burger, and Kee's Loaded Kitchen.

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Campaign Finance Advocate Will Challenge Portland Commissioner Eudaly in 2020

K Marie

Seth Woolley, an environmental activist and campaign finance advocate, has confirmed plans to challenge Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in the 2020 primary election.

"There's a lack of creativity in City Hall leadership," says Woolley. "That's what I can offer.

Woolley, a Green Party member who currently works as a software engineer for Uber, says he wants to see a renewed emphasis on the environment in City Hall. He's interested in creating a free transit system. In the past, Woolley's worked with many Portland neighborhood associations to push City Hall to enact stronger air quality regulations, specifically regarding wood smoke and diesel emissions. It's Woolley's work with neighborhood associations that's make him critical of Eudaly's leadership.

"I think Commissioner Eudaly's attack on neighborhood associations has been irrational," says Woolley, referring to Eudaly's proposal to allow other community groups the same recognition by the city as Portland's long-standing neighborhood associations. "That's not how you run a city."

Eudaly, who joined City Council in 2017, has said she plans on running for re-election in 2020.

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Patriot Prayer's Joey Gibson Faces Felony Charge for May Day Brawl

Gibson at a Seattle protest in 2018.
Gibson at a Seattle protest in 2018. Lester Black

Joey Gibson, the leader of alt-right protest group Patriot Prayer, has been charged with a felony for his involvement in a violent street brawl that took place on May 1 in front of Northeast Portland's Cider Riot.

Gibson has been charged with a felony for inciting a riot, according to an an afternoon interview with Gibson on Lars Larson's conservative talk radio show. Gibson told Larson he plans on turning himself in to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office today. According to the county's inmate roster, Gibson has yet to turn himself in.

Gibson led Patriot Prayer to Cider Riot on May 1 after learning that members of Portland's anti-fascist (commonly known as "antifa") community were meeting there to celebrate a day of peaceful May Day rallies. After yelling insults at Cider Riot patrons from the adjacent sidewalk, the opposing groups engaged in a street fight. In one video, Gibson appears to be playing referee in an organized fist fight. One woman with antifa was knocked out cold by several Patriot Prayer agitators, and sent to the hospital with an alleged vertebrae fracture.

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Richard Linklater's Where'd You Go, Bernadette Is Simply Too Nice

Wilson Webb / Annapurna Pictures

Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Where’d You Go, Bernadette drops the epistolary technique of Maria Semple’s book in favor of a more straightforward movie narrative, but this is still a muddled puzzle of incongruous pieces that don’t fit together.

As Bernadette, Cate Blanchett is hyper-competent, precise, and a bit bloodless. A brilliant architect whose creativity was stemmed early in her career, Bernadette’s now dedicated to raising her daughter Bee (Emma Branch), tinkering with the crumbling mansion she inhabits with her workaholic tech-bro husband Elgie (Billy Crudup), and irritating her uptight neighbor Audrey (Kristen Wiig, speaking of “where’d you go…”). Her main problem seems to be that she’s so rich that she doesn’t need to work, so it’s a bit tough to muster much sympathy for distracted, dysfunctional Bernadette.

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Next Thursday... It's the New Sex Ed / Comedy Show "Talkin' Dirty!"

Amory Jane and Shrista Tyree
Amory Jane and Shrista Tyree Aaron Lee

Get ready to celebrate, America! The Portland Mercury and She Bop are thrilled to bring you a new, live show that pairs your favorite things in the world: SEX AND COMEDY. It’s Talkin’ Dirty with Shrista & AJ, starring the hilarious Shrista Tyree and beloved sex educator/entertainer Amory Jane. In this monthly series, Shrista and AJ promise a wild and funny evening filled with comedy from local and national comedians, lots of real talk, and a live sex ed demonstration from one of the top educators in the field!

And for our Thursday, August 22 show, Shrista and AJ will be joined by Portland's Funniest Person finalist Dylan Carlino and sex educator Gretchen Leigh who will teach us the fine art of blowjobs and deep throating! Plus, there will be lots of lively conversation, games, and surprises galore!

Our first show was a near sell-out, so get your tickets NOW for the August edition of the funniest, sexiest show in town:

Talkin’ Dirty with Shrista & AJ
Thurs August 22, 7:30 pm doors / 8 pm show
The Siren Theater, 315 NW Davis
$15 advance at, $20 door

Brought to you by the Portland Mercury, and Portland’s favorite all-inclusive sex shop, She Bop!


Portland Activists Say Mayor Is Using Fear to Silence Opposition to Alt-Right Extremism

Scenes from a November 2018 protest in downtown Portland.
Scenes from a November 2018 protest in downtown Portland. Alex Zielinski

With an August 17 rally organized by a designated hate group on the horizon, the message from city leadership is clear: Stay away.

“In these politically-charged times, the stakes couldn’t be higher,” wrote Mayor Ted Wheeler in an August 7 statement about the coming rally organized by the Proud Boys, whose self-identified “Western chauvinist” viewpoints will be met by a group of local leftist counter-protesters.

Members of the Proud Boys—and other extremist militia groups with shared viewpoints—are coming from across the country to participate in the event, which is slated to begin at 11 am August 17 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Several of these alt-right visitors have made threats of violence towards counter-protesters online.

In his statement, Wheeler specifically discouraged any protesters who plan on committing violence from attending the protests. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has been less discerning.

In a Tuesday press release, PPB urged Portlanders to avoid the downtown protest, regardless of their intent.

“The demonstrations will be impacting a very small area of Portland,” writes PPB Chief Danielle Outlaw in the release, which includes a list of alternate events PPB suggests Portlanders should attend on the 17th. “I encourage everyone to enjoy what will likely be a beautiful day by engaging in fun activities at a number of community events."

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Could Cannabis Kill Cancer Cells? A New Study Looks Promising

Through reports and anecdotal evidence, cannabis has been touted to offer benefits to those dealing with cancer, and to alleviate the side effects of cancer treatment. The reduction of anxiety, nausea, pain, and loss of appetite make cannabis a seeming wonder drug that many caregivers will attest to all day long. A sizable and growing community swears that the topical and ingested use of RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) and FECO/FSCO (full spectrum cannabis oil/full extract cannabis oil) can also treat and even cure cancer. But with the restrictions on cannabis research here in America, studies supporting these claims can be scarce.

But a new study has added some support to the idea that cannabis may actually kill cancer.

Marijuana Moment shares this welcome news in a piece looking at a new study performed by researchers at India's Amity University, and published in the Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics.

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Does Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba Have a Shot at Unseating Rep. Kurt Schrader?


Fifteen years before he was elected mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon, Mark Gamba was bracing himself for a thwack in the head from a whale shark’s tail fin.

Gamba was working as a nature photographer for National Geographic, on assignment off the coast of Australia. The water was thick with plankton, so he didn’t see the school-bus-sized shark swimming toward him until it was mere feet away. He snapped a few photos, then realized it was too late to get out of the shark’s path—so he ducked down and rolled under the shark, bracing himself for the massive tail to smack against his head as it swam away.

But the slap never came.

“That shark was trying to not hurt me,” Gamba says. “People think of sharks as automatons: Eating and killing, that’s all they do. But this creature, whose biggest threat in the world is mankind—here is this creature who is causing the demise of your fellows, and it made an effort not to hurt me.”

Whale sharks were classified as endangered in 2016.

“We’re killing them,” Gamba says. “We’re killing them all, and that should matter to us, as a species that lives on this planet. We should care. It’s not just about nature—people are being treated no better than how we treat animals.”

The way Gamba talks about it, narrowly avoiding a blow from a whale shark’s tail isn’t just a story from his past life as a photojournalist. It’s a reminder of the progressive and environmentalist principles that inspired him to get involved in Milwaukie politics.

Those same politics are now driving him to mount a longshot primary campaign against the five-term incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District—a region that stretches from Mt. Hood National Forest to the Oregon coastal communities of Tillamook and Newport, scooping up Portland’s southern suburbs and Salem along the way.

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Good Boys Review: A Film About 12-Year-Old Boys Saying "Fuck" a Lot

Ed Araquel / Universal Pictures

If you think a 12-year-old saying "fuck" is kinda funny—and for the record, I'm not judging you—then you'll probably have fun with Good Boys. There are a bunch of 12-year-olds in it, and they all say "fuck" a lot, which also doubles as the film's plot synopsis.

If you don't think that sounds funny, stay far away, because you really won't like the part where the kids mistake a pile of dildos for ninja weapons. Is any of this good comedy? Hard to say. I'm not even sure it's possible to make an entire movie about middle-school boners, but an attempt has certainly been made here. And the talented young cast does succeed in capturing some of the amusing paradoxes of early adolescence in this heightened era. But Good Boys also struggles with tone and pacing, and it frequently looks more like a high-end web series than a theatrically released, feature-length film. Making a middle-school sex comedy in 2019 is an undeniably tall order, and that Good Boys' filmmakers got somewhere close is... hmm. "Admirable" feels like the wrong word. But I, at least, did laugh a lot more than I was expecting to at a kid saying "fuck."

Timbers Do Just Enough to See Off Chicago, Win Second Straight

Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers
It was about as wacky as they come, but the Portland Timbers made it out of Wednesday night's home tilt against the Chicago Fire with three more goals and three more crucial points to climb back above the playoff red line.

At the beginning, it looked for all the world like it was going to be a straightforward evening.

Facing a weakened and starkly unimpressive Chicago side, the Timbers began the first half with energy and purpose. They took the lead after 11 minutes, doubled it ten minutes after that, and then went a man up on the half hour mark when Aleksandar Katai was dismissed for the Fire.

In fact, it was very likely too straightforward. With a two goal advantage against a team that had yet to muster a shot on target and was now facing the prospect of playing an hour at a numerical disadvantage, the Timbers rather abruptly and obviously eased their collective foot off the gas.

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Good Morning, News: Portland Protest Prep, Planned Parenthood's Funding Dilemma, and Steve King Still Sucks

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Protest Prep: In case you somehow hadn't heard, a bunch of very tough guys are coming to Portland this weekend to protest the fact that society doesn't pay them enough attention. Mayor Ted Wheeler hosted a broad coalition of groups and elected leaders yesterday to send a simple message: Stay away. But is the city also trying to silence lefty counter-protestors?

Hate at Home: A Lents man has been arrested after leaving unlit Molotov cocktails outside two of his neighbors' homes, and sending homophobic text messages to one of them.

Undiplomatic: Protests are continuing at Hong Kong's airport, as Hong Kong residents reject a bill that would have allowed them to be extradited to mainland China. One Chinese diplomat said Beijing has the "power to swiftly quell unrest," which um... doesn't sound good?

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Portland Leaders Deliver Unified Message Against Hate Prior to Proud Boy Protest

Motoya Nakamura / Multnomah County

Nearly one hundred Portland leaders met in Pioneer Courthouse Square this morning to address people intent on spewing hate and throwing punches at a Saturday, August 17 protest.

“We’ve come here together, united as one, putting aside any differences we may have to send a clear and unifying message,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler, who coordinated the morning event. “We stand in opposition to the rising national tide of hate, intolerance, bigotry, and white supremacy.”

Wheeler’s comments were followed by short speeches by a range of progressive politicians, activists, and business leaders. Some explicitly decried the Proud Boys—the alt-right group behind the weekend demonstration—and others condemned any protesters seeking a fight. But despite their varied phrasing, the group’s collective statement against hate was a rare sign of unity in a city that’s been splintered by divisive protests.

“We are here to use our words to help our community resist fascism strategically and intelligently,” said Avel Gordly, a civil rights leader and former Oregon state legislator. “We are here because our children need to see us in this act of standing together. Our children need to see us acting to protect them in a time of traumatizing fear in this nation.”

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Keller Auditorium: A Candy-Colored Sour Ball of a Musical

Joan Marcus

The best moment from the opening night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the former West End/Broadway musical currently touring the US, didn’t happen on stage. The best moment was the sound of one young, fearless voice in the audience, a row or two back from where I was sitting, loudly singing “Pure Imagination” along with Willy Wonka (Noah Weisberg).

It's doubtful that many folks outside my immediate vicinity heard the spirited singing, and most of the folks that did looked visibly annoyed. But those charming, occasionally-tuneless vocals reminded this writer that Charlie—originally written by Roald Dahl in the early '60s and adapted into films, a theme park ride, a video game, and, supposedly, an upcoming animated series on Netflix—was made for kids. It was made for timid youngsters who dream of stumbling into a world where sweets are abundant, your awful schoolmates get thrown down a garbage chute or blown up like a balloon, and your thoughtfulness is rewarded rather than ridiculed.

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Portland Police Investigating Two Possible Anti-LGBTQ+ Bias Crimes

A Molotov cocktail was found outside a queer couples home in Lents yesterday.
A Molotov cocktail was found outside a queer couple's home in Lents yesterday. COURTESY ERIN MAKUS

Update, 7:15 am Thursday

Last night PPB announced they have arrested Jesse David Bennett, 27, in connection with the case. Bennett lives in the same neighborhood as the victims. He has been charged with two counts of possession of a destructive device, and two counts of unlawful manufacture of a destructive device.

Bennett was previously arrested in 2014 for making violent threats. Those included sending Facebook messages to a Washington woman threatening to rape and kill her, and threatening mass shootings and bombings at several area high schools and colleges.

"We recognize that these incidents can generate fear in our community," said PPB Chief Danielle Outlaw in a press release. "These cases are taken seriously and I am proud of Detective Meredith Hopper's resolve and swift apprehension of the suspect."

Update, 5:15 pm Wednesday:

PPB has confirmed that they arrested a suspect in this case today. Makus said that she believes the suspect lives in her neighborhood. As of now, PPB is not releasing the suspect's name.

Original story:

Two unlit Molotov cocktails have been found in front of different Portland homes this week—and there’s reason to believe that the actions were motivated by anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment.

According to a press release sent Tuesday evening by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), the unlit Molotov cocktails were found by two homes at the intersection of SE Powell and SE 104th, in the Lents neighborhood. The first was found on Monday, and the second on Tuesday. Both instances were reported to PPB.

Erin Makus, who lives in one of the targeted homes, told the Mercury that her wife discovered the Molotov cocktail on their front lawn on Tuesday morning. (She asked that we not use her wife’s name because of privacy concerns.) At first, the weapon looked like a random piece of litter.

“It’s not really unusual to find trash in our yard, so she didn’t think too much of it,” Makus said. “But as she came closer, she realized it had something coming out of the neck of it, a paper towel was shoved in there. So that scared her…. We were a little freaked out, but we didn’t want to think too much of it.”

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Montavilla's the Perfect Neighborhood for a Beer Crawl

Portland’s business districts don’t sprawl—they usually run along the furrow of a major thoroughfare, extending a few blocks in either direction. This makes our city a disconnected archipelago of happy little hamlets, with bars and restaurants cloistered together in easy proximity. And few neighborhoods are as concentrated as Montavilla, particularly on the stretch of Southeast Stark between 78th and 82nd Avenues. Without wearing off too much of the tread from your shoes, you can amble through a multi-stop beer crawl rivaling that of any neighborhood in the city.

The bulk of Montavilla’s beer bounty lies within a single block that’s home to two of Portland’s smaller craft breweries.

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