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Food and Drink Yesterday 1:30 PM

Ten Years of Food Reviews (and One Apology)

Portland food critic Andrea Damewood revisits three restaurants and one food cart that have deliciously endured.

Hear In Portland May 23 1:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Maita Announces New Album want, Teases "girl at the bar"

Plus, Jeffrey Silverstein's “Gassed Up” Psychedelia Folk Rock, and Freddy Trujillo's Record of Chicano Experiences

Mercury Music Picks May 16 3:20 PM

Mercury Music Picks: Seattle Hardcore Band Blood Brothers Reunite for US Tour

Pickathon delivers second 2024 lineup, Babehoven headlines Polaris Hall

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Music May 13 3:00 PM

Popular Music From Parenthetical Girls

Zac Pennington and Prudence Rees-Lee's album Minor Works includes a 17-piece Russian chamber orchestra that was recorded via Zoom.

Theater & Performance May 10 2:30 PM

Theater Review: Hand2Mouth's Spring Show Speaks With the Living, the Dead, and Death

Memento Mori unfolds as a series of sketches, and when the actors speak, they kill.

Music May 9 2:28 PM

Spend the Night Celebrates Nine Years of Electronic Dance Music Parties

Todd Edwards and Conducta headline the anniversary at Holocene, which also features STN resident DJs tag-teaming the warm up set.

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Hear In Portland May 8 3:18 PM

HEAR IN PORTLAND: Nonbinary Girlfriend, Moorea Masa & The Mood, and New Music from Talilo Marfil

Get the latest music news (and latest tunes) to stick in your ears.

Movies & TV May 7 4:09 PM

Evil Does Not Exist Is About Glamping and Other Forces Beyond Our Control

The new film from Drive My Car director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi strays from the clean conservationist message that would typically accompany such beautiful cinema of the natural world.

Sports May 2 1:00 PM

The People’s Courts Serves up Pickleball With a Side of Apizza Scholls

The Portland rec center opened to much fanfare last August. Here's how it's doing.

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Comedy Apr 29 1:30 PM

Monét X. Change's Life Be Lifin’ Tour Delayed, "But She's Still Coming Mama"

Former Portlander Kevin Bertin says they want to take a step back to focus on writing music.

Hear In Portland Apr 26 8:00 AM

Hear in Portland: Could the New Anthem for Women’s Basketball Come from a 14-Year-Old Portland Rapper?

The long-awaited Nasalrod split album is finally here; get frenetic at the Polaris Hall vinyl release show.

Theater & Performance Apr 25 1:30 PM

Theater Review: Shaking the Tree Simmers the Bones of a Fairy Tale Into a Feast

If you see one play about loss and rebirth this spring, The Brother and the Bird should be it.

Environment Apr 22 3:30 PM

Photo Essay: Portlanders Young and Old Celebrate Earth Day With Making Earth Cool

Under the pomp and ceremony of a costume parade on a beautiful spring day lay a deep reservoir of disquiet for what the future might hold.

Food and Drink Apr 19 10:55 AM

Heck Yes to More Pacific Northwest Non-Alcoholic Beer!

From the founder of Suckerpunch comes a zero-proof craft brewery focused on local hops and flavors.

Movies & TV Apr 17 10:15 AM

The Hype About The People’s Joker Is Entirely Warranted

The hilarious debut feature from Vera Drew parodies comic book icons to tell a trans coming out story.

Bikes Apr 15 11:00 AM

Photo Essay: Biking in Circles at the Ladds 500

The seventh "First Annual" Ladds 500 attracted more than 1,000 people to Southeast Portland's Ladd's Addition for a non-competitive relay race.

Hear In Portland Apr 10 12:15 PM

Hear in Portland: St. Johns Rapper Mat Randol's The World Keeps Spinning

Plus, soul singer-songwriter Julia Logue at Jack London Revue, and we hear Kyle Smyle Again.

Movies & TV Apr 10 11:00 AM

The Beast Is a Sci-Fi Time-Traveling Romance Alive With the Anxiety of 2024

Bertrand Bonello crammed so much into this film that it threatens to tear at the seams, but Seydoux’s and MacKay’s chemistry holds it together.

Theater & Performance Apr 9 2:06 PM

Theater Review: Don't Google Nassim

The co-production of Boom Arts and Portland Center Stage shouldn't be spoiled, but we have a few tips you can know.

Music Apr 8 12:00 PM

Sleater-Kinney Gives Hometown Portland the Eras Treatment

Nothing says "We love our fans," like a five-song encore.

Music Apr 5 2:04 PM

Mercury Music Picks: Blonde Redhead, Drew McDowell, Xavi, Kath Bloom

Sleater-Kinney's Crystal Ballroom show is strangely affordable right now on the resale sites.

Food and Drink Apr 3 4:11 PM

Food Month Sobrang Sarap, or "Very Delicious," Celebrates Portland-Area Filipino Chefs

Created by three local Filipina women, the "food tour" spans Beaverton to Troutdale and changes weekly.

Music Mar 29 3:30 PM

Chastity Belt’s New Album Live Laugh Love Is Tongue-In-Cheek and Totally Serious

Who knew comic bangers could also be honest confessions about frustrated aimlessness, loneliness, and finding purpose? This Seattle indie band did.

Hear In Portland Mar 28 1:30 PM

Hear in Portland: Pickathon's 2024  Lineup, Jenny Don’t and the Spurs' Broken Hearted Blue

Orquestra Pacifico Tropicale, Caicedo, and Seattle's Terror/Cactus play a cumbia-forward show you must not miss.

Music Mar 26 3:00 PM

Candid Reflections From Music Pioneer Laurie Anderson on Releasing Rage, Yoko Ono, and Amelia Earhart's Legacy

Anderson brings her Let X = X tour to Portland with New York jazz ensemble Sexmob handling the horns.

Hear In Portland Mar 21 3:27 PM

Hear in Portland: Hip-Hop Night the Thesis Moves to Lollipop Shoppe

Jakki and the Pink Smudge's sunny new single “Going Up,” and country-tinged, rock-infused Chris Stapleton at Ridgefield.

Comedy Mar 19 3:30 PM

Ian Karmel's Memoir T-Shirt Swim Club Covers the Comedian's Weight Loss and the Immaculate Snacks of His Youth

His two stand-up shows at Revolution Hall will steer clear of memoir material, but probably still include funny party stories.

Movies & TV Mar 15 11:30 AM

Film Review: Problemista Is a Bizarre, but Surprisingly Honest, Movie About US Immigration

The comedy genius behind Los Espookys and that SNL "Papyrus" sketch, Julio Torres' first feature is queer, surreal, and over the top.

Hear In Portland Mar 13 1:00 PM

Hear in Portland: You'll Want the Foamboy Eating Me Alive Bandcamp B-Sides

Earthgang’s WowGr8 and Wynne "Cut & Paste," China Forbes adds a second record release night at the Reser.

Movies & TV Mar 12 1:00 PM

Film Review: Love Lies Bleeding Is a Bold Newcomer to the Erotic Thriller Canon

Director Rose Glass’ second film tells the sleazy, sexy story of two star-crossed sapphic lovers.

Visual Art Mar 12 12:00 PM

Father Fannie's Funhouse Is Constantly Changing

The latest ILY2 Too Lloyd Mall resident curates artworks and workshops focused on community and Black joy.

Design Mar 8 2:52 PM

Do You Remember Content? The Hotel Room Takeover Art Installation Event Returns

Artists at this unique Portland showcase include eco-friendlies Making Earth Cool and local music supporters Friends of Noise.

Theater & Performance Mar 7 2:00 PM

Theater Review: Sanctuary City Follows Two Undocumented Teens Through the Chaos of the US Immigration System

Third Rail Repertory deftly adapts Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok's gorgeous mosaic of lived experience.

Music Mar 6 2:00 PM

Project Pabst Music Festival Provides the Portland Piece in STRFKR's 2024 Tour

Okay sure, Billy Idol is playing, but look at this local lineup: Gossip, Alien Boy, Glitterfox, and even La Luz swooping in from Seattle.

Hear In Portland Mar 6 10:00 AM

Hear in Portland: Ben Harper to Headline the 2024 Waterfront Blues Festival

Young Gifted and Black plan a party to rebrand; rapper Milc and producer Televangel collab on Extra Phish.

Theater & Performance Mar 5 2:00 PM

Poison Waters Turns Up the Heat at Her Own Charity Roast

The Portland drag icon returned shade upon her roasters and raised over $3000 for a Cascade AIDS Project summer camp.

Hear In Portland Feb 28 2:20 PM

Hear in Portland: Rappers Fountaine and Silv Punch Out Bangers on Bare Knuckles Collab

Where to catch the next single and DJ set from Zyah Belle; Khruangbin plays two epic live shows this summer.

Movies & TV Feb 27 2:04 PM

Film Review: Hold Your Water, Dune: Part Two Is Worth the Wait

Denis Villeneuve crushes our senses beneath the magnificence of space opera scale and spectacle.

Theater & Performance Feb 23 3:41 PM

Theater Review: Shaking the Tree Explores the Overlap Between Posession and Inspiration

Even if you're not a fan of poetry, you can still appreciate the horror in Portland Playright Ken Yoshikawa's We Wrote This With You in Mind.

Theater & Performance Feb 22 12:30 PM

Theater Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre's Peter Pan Is Exciting for Kids and Enthralling for Adults

Trey McIntyre's choreography excentuates the divide between youth and adulthood that is so central to J.M. Barrie's treasured tale.

Movies & TV Feb 21 4:05 PM

Film Review: In The Taste of Things Simple Pleasures Shine

Trần Anh Hùng’s portrait of 19th century French countryside haute cuisine sizzles with scintillating restraint.

Hear In Portland Feb 21 12:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Portland-Based Vocalist and Violinist Chibia Opens an Excellent Leap Day Show

Plus, rockers Sheer Mag deliver a call to arms, and a survey of local Black jazz, soul, improvisation-based artists at Holocene.

Food and Drink Feb 20 10:00 AM

L'Orange Culinary Delights Linger on the Mind

It’s French, it’s Pacific Northwest, it’s a little bit Mediterranean, and it’s probably my favorite new restaurant.

Theater & Performance Feb 19 2:00 PM

Prolab Dance’s Latest Work Unfolded Physically, Virtually, and Upon the Ceiling of Kendall Planetarium

when we were Ocean was intentionally overwhelming but delightful in its exploration.

Music Feb 15 1:00 PM

The Mercury's 2024 Portland Jazz Festival Picks

From Bob James Quartet to Sudan Archives, the fest's 21st year brings boundary-pushing legends to Portland, Bend, and Seattle.

Hear In Portland Feb 14 3:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Kingsley Headlines Black History Month Event the Blacker the Berry

Plus, who is the celebrity hairstylist in Mal London's new video? And the Decemberists unpack their first music release in over six years.

Music Feb 13 12:30 PM

North Portland Jazz Club the 1905 Announces Reopening Plans

The Mississippi district music venue closed suddenly in November 2023; new management claims to have remedied its financial issues.

Music Feb 8 1:09 PM

New Solo Work From the Owner of Moon Glyph Records Is Reliably Enchanting

Steve Rosborough wants Omni Gardens’ music to feel like a lazy afternoon or your favorite sweater.

Hear In Portland Feb 7 12:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Danny Brown Takes Introspective, Experimental Quaranta on Tour

Plus, Keeks serves high-energy wind blown chiffon in her debut single, and Greaterkind's plays a late night show at Portland Jazz Festival.

Food and Drink Feb 6 3:00 PM

Southeast Belmont Vegan Bar Sweet Hereafter Announces It Will Soon Close

The Bye and Bye's Sunnyside sister bar will continue to serve up sturdy vegan fare and signature cocktails through the end of February.

Music Feb 2 4:20 PM

One More Go at Folk Fest to Celebrate Portland Music Month

An arctic blast cut Portland's Folk Festival short, but the organizers rescheduled nearly all the bands.

Theater & Performance Feb 1 4:00 PM

Theater Review: What the Constitution Means to Me Questions Our Founding Document, From a Place of Love

Portland Center Stage's first production of 2024 was actually the most-produced play of 2023.

Hear In Portland Jan 31 12:30 PM

Hear in Portland: Jon Batiste Opens PDX Jazz Festival 2024

Plus, Bocha and Covi. at a rap-happy Rontoms show, and an expiramental new song and stop-motion video from Jakki and the Pink Smudge.

Food and Drink Jan 27 10:00 AM

Update: Food Cart Kim Jong Grillin Will Move to Downtown Cart Blocks Pod

After ten years, the cart's last day on Southeast Division is January 28.

Food and Drink Jan 26 3:52 PM

Portland Mercado Food Carts Reopen After Devastating Fire

Rebuilding the market hall will take time, but supporting the carts sounds delicious.

Hear In Portland Jan 24 2:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Sleater-Kinney Soon to Scorch Sold Out Crystal Ballroom

Supergroup Amenta Abioto, Brown Alice, and Jacque Hammond are ready to WRK!; Wynne's "Wife" video teases her next move.

Hear In Portland Jan 18 3:15 PM

Hear in Portland: Drae Slapz and Scooter Rogers Release Collab Album Dat Too

Plus, an intimate soul single from Blossom, and celebrating 400 episodes of Portland music podcast Dan Cable Presents.

Food and Drink Jan 18 12:15 PM

Extreme Weather Events Are a Threat to Small Businesses, Like Your Favorite Food Cart

Kim Jong Grillin's Han Ly Hwang shared tips for how to support locals, and his plans to move indoors.

Music Jan 11 3:30 PM

Bory Debut Perfectly Splits Elliott Smith's Figure 8 and DIY Vibe of Elephant 6

The comparison comes from producer Mo Troper, but we think they nailed it.

Hear In Portland Jan 10 2:26 PM

Hear in Portland: A Cozy Blossom Sunday Sessions Show

Plus, Cool Nutz supports Too $hort's Portland stop and Jay Si Proof's album release show calls for costumes!

Comedy Jan 9 1:08 PM

Why Are People Protesting Michael Rapaport's Portland Comedy Shows?

Until recently he was yelling about Taylor Swift, but now it's all about Israel, Hamas, and Gaza.

Hear In Portland Jan 4 2:30 PM

Hear in Portland: Julia Logue's Debut Welcome To Your Sunrise Is Soul-Driven and Warm

Plus, a Golden Boy headliner show for Portland Music Month and Jamila Woods tends the Wonder Ballroom.

News Jan 3 1:30 PM

Fire at Portland Mercado Temporarily Closes All Businesses

The community hub and food cart pod's beer-and-wine bar Barrio was destroyed by the blaze.

Music Dec 28 3:30 PM

Portland’s Best Music Videos of 2023

Let's show some love to the visuals that explain, compound, or even elevate a song's vibe—here are our five favorites.

Food and Drink Dec 27 12:00 PM

Best Bites From Portland Restaurants (and Pop-Ups) in 2023

On the list: chocolate truffle dumplings, Tuna Toast you could share (but you won't), and a French onion soup that lives rent free in our heads.

Hear In Portland Dec 27 11:00 AM

Hear in Portland's 2023 New Year's Eve Show Picks

Our annual round-up of hot Portland NYE shows, with a new addition: Zyah Belle No Wallflowers DJ Night

Hear In Portland Dec 21 1:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Y La Bamba to Play Portland Music Month

Plus, Federale and the Delines unwrap Christmas tracks, and Greaterkind is your last shot at a chill live show before Christmas chaos.

Culture Dec 20 11:00 AM

Portland Remembers Patrick Buckmaster: The Club Kai Kai Creator, DJ, and Party Planner Has Died at 33

Buckmaster wove an appreciation of drag, music, and satire into a community-building practice.

Food and Drink Dec 19 12:00 PM

At Xin Ding Dumplings Are the Star

The crispy potstickers, soupy xiao long bao, and handmade noodles of Chef Leon Liu brought dim sum back to Old Town Chinatown.

Theater & Performance Dec 15 11:00 AM

Theater Preview: I’m in Control Which Means Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen to Me

The mentorship of PETE Presents brings us philosophical flashes of hot mess.

Hear In Portland Dec 13 10:15 AM

Hear in Portland: What If We Watched Reptaliens, Got on a Rooftop, and Kissed?

Plus, Fountaine and 10thmember made an upbeat bopper collab, and are you planning your Portland Music Month?

Hear In Portland Dec 6 1:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme Holiday Shenanigans at the Schnitz

Plus, the Thesis celebrates nine years of lit, local-focus hip-hop and Ms. Arietta Ward throws you a party for HER birthday.

Food and Drink Dec 4 1:15 PM

Zupan's Adds Hanukkah Menu, Curated by Jacob & Sons Chef Noah Jacob

The fall of a bakery and lox-maker may end up elevating the deli of Portland's gourmet grocer.

Hear In Portland Nov 29 12:30 PM

Hear in Portland: A New Jazz Night at Keys Lounge Draws Fans of the 1905

The new Covi. and Drae Slapz joint EP is addictively fun, and a New Year's Eve Cowboy Prom? We're There.

Music Nov 27 12:00 PM

MusicOregon Awards $57,000 in Grants to 18 Portland- and Vancouver-Area Musicians

The Echo Fund supports a historically overlooked creative pursuit: popular music.

Comics Nov 24 1:00 PM

New Thing in the Lloyd Center: Secret Room Workshop Pop-Up

Through December 23, the little gallery will host art shows, present workshops, and sell riso-printer art.

Hear In Portland Nov 22 11:45 PM

HEAR IN PORTLAND: Friends of Noise Fundraising for an All Ages Venue

Ural Thomas and the Pain shine on a stacked New Year's Eve bill, and Portland rapper-producer Fountaine's farewell DJ dance nights.

Music Nov 20 4:00 PM

This Billie Eilish Cover by Wonderly Is Filled With Joyful Irony

We spoke with Portland music duo Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk about the new music video from their album of covers.

Music Nov 17 7:40 AM

The Rumors Are True—North Portland Jazz Club, the 1905, Is Closing

The club built a reputation for top-tier talent performances, but could not escape its looming financial problems.

Music Nov 16 1:00 PM

Live Show Review: Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville 30th Anniversary Tour

The Portland stop was a happy-sad, nostalgia-induced crying jag trip through time.

Hear In Portland Nov 15 4:05 PM

Hear in Portland: Vagabon Evolves at Mississippi Studios

Plus, Portland rapper Jordan Fletcher on a stacked Kelly's bill, and the Oregon Symphony's adds more diverse holiday concerts.

Movies & TV Nov 15 12:30 PM

Film Review: Todd Haynes' May December Is a Lifetime Movie With a Semiotics Degree

This holiday season, Julianne Moore gives us one of cinema's greatest lisps.

Music Nov 14 2:49 PM

Portland, Appreciate a Wynne When You Have One

The rapper's homecoming show promises bad-bitch anthems, special surprises, and fans screaming her complex, confident lyrics.

Visual Art Nov 10 11:00 AM

At Portland Fall Art Shows: Flemish Snack Bags, Sculptures of Daily Detritus, and Other Wonders

Find a visual feast at Portland art galleries like SE Cooper Contemporary and Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

Hear In Portland Nov 8 3:30 PM

Hear in Portland: Say Yes to the RENAISSANCE / RENAIDDANCE Beyoncé Dance Night

Plus, Federale and the Prids co headline Crystal Ballroom, and two Portland rap projects score a feature from Fatboi Sharif.

Culture Nov 8 12:30 PM

What Happens at a Shrek Rave?

In which a Mercury writer considers Judith Butler, on a dance floor full of gender-swapped Shreks and Fionas.

Music Nov 7 1:40 PM

Oregon Jazz Legend Dan Balmer to Release New Album on Local Label

An offshoot of the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble, PJCE Records has comissioned new arrangements of Balmer's music for his record release show.

Movies & TV Nov 6 2:00 PM

Should You Eat an Edible Before Seeing Priscilla?

Sofia Coppola's Priscilla Presley biopic is a great stoner flick. Hear me out.

Music Nov 2 1:30 PM

The Wandering Drones of Water Shrew Trio

The local label supergroup of Bud Tapes' Emmet Martin and Oranj Discs' Skyler Pia release a studio album with Boreen's Morgan O’Sullivan.

Theater & Performance Nov 1 4:05 PM

Theater Review: Blood Wedding Soars and Stumbles

Frederico García Lorca's tragedy of doom and revenge is so relevant, we wonder if Shaking the Tree is psychic.

Hear In Portland Nov 1 2:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Pickathon Favorites Butcher Brown to Play the Get Down

This show-heavy music news update has details on Portland's date with Wynne, and Revolutions Per Movie's first live podcast taping—with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck!

LGBTQIA+ Oct 27 11:00 AM

Author Q&A: Intersex Activist Alicia Roth Weigel on Her New Memoir Inverse Cowgirl

A visit to Powell’s City of Books uncovered no books about intersex experience, so she vowed to write one.

Hear In Portland Oct 25 2:05 PM

Hear In Portland: Mal London Drops a New Single and Headlines the Thesis in November

Bad Bunny's Portland show tickets are in the wind; Moorea Masa and the Mood's latest track is "Magic."