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Movies & TV Today 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 Today 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 Yesterday 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.

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Theater & Performance Mon 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.

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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.

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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."

Theater & Performance Oct 24 2:00 PM

Theater Review: Portland Center Stage’s Hair “Lets the Sunshine In”

A gifted cast sings new life into the anti-war Vietnam-era musical.

Hear In Portland Oct 20 8:00 AM

Hear in Portland: Dress Up Like a Record for Mississippi Records

Dial into the slowed down + reverb version of Karma Rivera and Chilifa Nem's “Taraji P," and imagine Providence Park's glow-up possibilities.

Movies & TV Oct 18 4:00 PM

See Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour as Big as You Can

The movie version of the exorbitantly-priced stadium show is an equalizer.

Food and Drink Oct 18 11:00 AM

The Return of Portland Fermentation Festival Is a Big Dill

After a three year hiatus, the 2023 fest promises snacks, a Bacterial Petting Zoo, and a DIY attempt at the lost Neusihin's pickle recipe.

Outdoors Oct 12 2:01 PM

The Portland Mercury's 2023 Corn Maze Reviews

Five Portland-area corn mazes, ranked by the philosophical depth of their rustling stalks.

Hear In Portland Oct 11 11:40 AM

Hear in Portland: Brown Branch Big Band Honor Jazz Legend

Plus, Portland-based Nigerian singer-songwriter Izzy Baba Melo has "Something Huge," and A Beat Happening's free Lolo Pass showcase is stacked.

Comedy Oct 10 2:49 PM

Kickstand Comedy Announces First Show In New Brick and Mortar

Los Angeles comedy troupe Holy Shit Improv kicks off a series of monthly shows with rotating out-of-town talent.

Books Oct 9 1:00 PM

Multnomah County Library Opens Temporary Northeast Portland Location

MCL users can expect to use University of Oregon's Library and Learning Center through the summer of 2024.

Video Games Oct 9 11:00 AM

Highlights at Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2023

PGRE is one of the most approachable cons in town, thanks in part to how much there is to actually do there.

Movies & TV Oct 6 8:00 AM

David Byrne Takes Over Tomorrow Theater's Opening Weekend

A look inside the renovated former adult movie house that Portland Art Museum turned into a 250-seat movie and performance venue.

Hear In Portland Oct 4 12:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Chris Slusarenko's New Podcast Talks Stop Making Sense

Plus, sobbing about Dame D.O.L.L.A.'s "Farewell," and vibing with A Beat Happening at OMSI.

Music Oct 2 1:00 PM

As No-No Boy, Dr. Julian Saporiti Turned His Research Into Brainy, Bright Folk Songs

"Empire Electric" sounds like Sufjan Stevens' 50-albums-for-50-states project, but about Asian experience in America.

Hear In Portland Sep 28 12:30 PM

Hear in Portland: NYC Rap Duo Armand Hammer Heat up Polaris Hall

Plus, PDX Pop Now! for fall, and Dame D.O.L.L.A shot a video in Portland's Rose Test Garden with Rexx Life Raj.

Books Sep 26 12:00 PM

Oregon Cartoonist Breena Bard Draws a Climate Change Story From a Middle-School View

Wildfire shows practical ways kids can participate in activism—even if they don't want to march.

Theater & Performance Sep 22 4:40 PM

Red Door's Streamlined Evolve Experience Is Ready for the Road

The hot button show about police and the public is not trying to entertain. That doesn't mean it's not engrossing.

Hear In Portland Sep 20 11:01 AM

Hear in Portland: Don't Sleep on the Final Doug Fir Lounge Shows at Jupiter Hotel

Plus, Bijoux Cone's powerful song about trans erasure, and Dani Danger's sultry pool views in her "Addicted to Love" music video.

Music Sep 19 2:05 PM

Finally, the Music of Mort Garson Presented as It Should Be: WITH LASERS

OMSI will host a custom light show set to the music of the synth pioneer.

Books Sep 14 4:00 PM

Portland Book Festival 2023 Authors, Ranked by Lit Crowd Gasps

Jonathan Lethem returns, Fermenter chef Aaron Adams co-authored a cookbook with Liz Crain, and Naomi Alderman sneaks Portlanders some preview copies of The Future.

Hear In Portland Sep 13 1:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Wynne Plays the Bachelorette on Her New Single “High Standards”

Plus, Schaus' Holocene record release show is stacked, and Travis Scott added another Portland Utopia tour stop.

Music Sep 12 3:30 PM

Show Recap: The Thesis Yacht Party on September 7, 2023

Fierce performances, surreal moments, luxurious snacks, and a reminder that smoking pot on the Portland Spirit is not allowed.

Music Sep 7 2:05 PM

Family Worship Center’s Big Band Rock Lives Inside a Pocket of Time

The faux cult’s debut full length, Kicked Out of the Garden, shows nostalgia for rock and roll grandstanding.

Hear In Portland Sep 6 3:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Karma Rivera Headlines the Thesis Yacht Party

Plus, new records from intimate songwriters Small Million and family-folk teacher Red Yarn.

Movies & TV Sep 1 2:45 PM

Bottoms Is the Horny Gay Teen Comedy of My Dreams

Also worth noting: Former Seahawks running back—and Portland restaurateur—Marshawn Lynch is amazing in his supportive acting role.

Comedy Aug 29 12:54 PM

Here's "Portland's Funniest Person" for 2023

Self-described "Gen Z piece of shit" Cameron Peloso won Helium's annual stand-up comedy contest.

Movies & TV Aug 23 1:00 PM

Six Records for Rotation Before The Elephant 6 Recording Co.

C.B. Stockfleth's new documentary digs into the '90s music collective behind Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and the Minders.

Comics Aug 23 10:20 AM

An LA Comics Fest Comes to Create Permanent Damage in Portland

Floating World hosts the grimy indie comics fair in Lloyd Center's old Ulta Beauty salon.

Hear In Portland Aug 17 2:56 PM

Hear in Portland: Orquestra Pacifico Tropicale Promises New Songs and a Third Album

Plus, Dani Danger's gorgeous new "Addicted to Love" is good listening for the inevitable traffic jam at the 50 Cent concert.

Culture Aug 17 8:00 AM

Knot Springs and the Hot Tub Financial Disparity Machine

Visiting Portland’s fanciest spa, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the cold plunge.

Comedy Aug 16 4:03 PM

Prepare for Lindy West's Every Castle, Ranked Portland Tour Date

What has she been doing? Adult braces! Throuple! And more in this informative, spoiler-free Q & A.

Music Aug 15 12:15 PM

Portland Is Losing Its Babytooth

Co-released by local labels Antiquated Future Records and Bud Tapes, the excellent debut is both a hello and goodbye, for now.