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Theater & Performance Jun 14 11:50 AM

Jumping Onto Portland's Epic Drag-A-Thon Is the Hottest Celebrity Trend

Tickets are now on sale for this historic attempt and Trevor Project fundraiser.

Movies & TV Jun 12 12:00 PM

Director Celine Song Talks About Her Stunning Debut Film, Past Lives

We also chatted about cannibalism, memory, and what comes next.

Movies & TV Jun 8 1:41 PM

What Does MoviePass 2.0 Mean for Local Theaters?

Local cinemas may not have agreed to be part of this reincarnated movie subscription service—but they're going along for the ride anyway.

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Hear In Portland Jun 7 1:00 PM

Hear in Portland: The Prids Shoegaze the Stage at Lollipop Shoppe

Plus, Mississippi Records releases Be Present Art Group's debut EP, and Janelle Monae's Age of Pleasure is upon us!

News Jun 6 12:25 PM

Mercury Writers Take Home a Box Full of Journalism Awards!

Check out the stories which won a slew of awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Theater & Performance Jun 1 3:00 PM

Wildfang and Darcelle XV Showplace Will Attempt to Set a New Guinness World Record

These queens are standing up to—and raising money to fight—the Tennessee drag ban and other anti-drag bills in the US.

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Hear In Portland May 31 10:54 AM

Hear in Portland: Kingsley Headlines the Thesis, Records at Clinton Street Theater

Plus, a terrific new record from Dust Raps the Blues and a stacked local show you shouldn't miss.

Comedy May 26 1:30 PM

Kickstand Announces Comedy in the Park 2023, New Brick and Mortar Location

The Portland comedy nonprofit hopes to parlay love for their free weekly park events into fundraising a permanent indoor space for the fall.

Music May 25 12:30 PM

Portland Thrash Trio U SCO Has a New Record, and It Was Worth the Wait

Catchin’ Heat defies description, but we'll still try: monolithic and euphoric with epic interlocking bass clarinet from Jonathan Sielaff.

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Hear In Portland May 24 12:30 PM

Hear in Portland: Wynne's Super Sexy Music Video for "Jaw Morant" Is Here

Plus, dream-folk duo Shady Cove at Lollipop Shoppe, and the unmissable local talent at a Prince birthday tribute night.

Music May 23 4:00 PM

Western Sky Music Places Jeffrey Silverstein at a Crossroads

The Portland-based songwriter’s new album gives country music a cosmic twist.

Hear In Portland May 18 4:00 PM

Hear in Portland: New Methods Body Music Video "Snares" Contains Mysterious Angles

Ancient Heat reunite for Holocene's 20th birthday party, and it's looking like a real millennial dad rock summer.

Theater & Performance May 12 7:30 AM

Q&A With PICA's Outgoing and Incoming Executive Directors

After 20 years, Victoria Frey passes the torch to Reuben Roqueñi —who has been involved with PICA for over a decade.

Music May 4 1:00 PM

Portland Radio Institution Intends to Move to Dishier Downtown Digs

We spoke with All Classical CEO Suzanne Nance about benefits of the move, like a new recording studio and additional space to foster classical-loving community.

Comedy May 4 8:00 AM

Rip City Comedy Fest Packs First Year With Star Power

Two Helium employees, Joe Bukowski and James Bosquez, planned a weekend of unexpected comedy giants and screwball showcases where every show looks good.

Hear In Portland May 3 1:30 PM

Oregon Sister Trio Joseph Release The Sun

Hear in Portland this week: a new single (and music video tease) from Wynne and Jidenna returns to the Roseland.

Movies & TV Apr 11 12:00 PM

Film Q & A: Kelly Reichardt's Showing Up Was Shot at the Oregon College of Art and Craft—After It Closed

The director shot her latest film in Portland, collaborating again with writer Jon Raymond and actress Michelle Williams.

Comic Books Apr 7 3:30 PM

Graphic Novel Review: Mimosa Shows Friends Fucking Up and Figuring It Out

Comics artist Archie Bongiovanni says Tin House took a comic narrative about 30-something queer friendship seriously.

Theater & Performance Mar 30 3:30 PM

Touring Musical Hairspray Will Leave You Bubbly

Despite some sound issues, we were won over by John Waters' story and the adaption's irreverent, infectious fun.

Hear In Portland Mar 22 10:00 AM

Indie Pop Sister Trio, Joseph, Stun with “The Sun”

Hear in Portland this week: The Get Down turns one, and a dream downtown music bill of Edna Vazquez and Mariachi Tradición.

Music Mar 21 1:30 PM

Tides Is Jenny Conlee's Soundtrack to the Pacific Northwest Coast

Decemberists accordion player unveils a solo album of unresolved sounds found in Greek musical scales.

Books Mar 20 3:00 PM

The Crying in H Mart Paperback Release Will Be Author Michelle Zauner's First Book Tour

A  Q & A with the author and musician on growing up in Oregon, moving to South Korea, and writing a screenplay based on her memoir.

Theater & Performance Mar 20 11:00 AM

Theater Review: The Value of Forbidden Fruit

Shaking the Tree celebrates its 20th anniversary and raises the bar with a masterful hybrid play.

Music Mar 13 12:00 PM

Oregon Symphony 2023-24 Season: Cancellations, Crowd-Pleasers, and Comebacks

Budget cuts nixed the 2023 free Waterfront Concert, but the rest of the calendar is built to bring audiences back.

Culture Mar 7 10:00 AM

Portland Perfumer Emily Schaber Blends Science and Art

Her COVID-born label, Shelter In Perfume, aims to tell stories through fragrance notes and complications.

Culture Mar 3 7:29 AM

Workers at Portland's Living Room Theaters Vote to Form an Independent Union

Following an unfair labor picket in January, the movie theater staff voted to form United Cinema Workers.

Music Feb 28 12:00 PM

Remembering To Remember Benefits From Repeat Visits

The real gem of PICA's new show is in the annex—the presentation is a wonder.

Music Feb 25 2:45 PM

Doug Fir to Take Over Old Montage Space in Portland's Central Eastside

After 19 years the venue and lounge is moving, but it's not out of Portland.

Music Feb 17 10:00 AM

The Ghost Pop of Aaron Liu Contains Whole Sonic Worlds

His new double album spills over with gorgeous, gauzy indie-pop songs whose lush arrangements belie their lo-fi origins.

Hear In Portland Feb 15 2:39 PM

On DIY Bocha Centers Self-Reliance (and Smoking Weed)

HEAR IN PORTLAND this week: Omari Jazz and Kiefer co-headline at PDX Jazz Fest, London-based R&B singer-songwriter Ella Mai returns for our hearts.

Movies & TV Feb 9 12:05 PM

Audrey Hepburn Before the Death of the Rom-Com

Cinema 21 celebrates the romantic comedy with Hepburn films all February.

Hear In Portland Feb 8 1:50 PM

Sxlxmxn's Second Gospel Sample EP Has His Own Spin

HEAR IN PORTLAND this week: Masego live is like a nightclub in paradise, Carrie Underwood's Diamonds & Rhinestones Tour reaches the Moda

Music Feb 7 11:01 AM

Black Belt Eagle Scout Says the Land Called Her Home

Her third album, The Land, the Water, the Sky, was inspired by a move home—from Portland to her Swinomish reservation.

Culture Feb 6 2:32 PM

Portland Central Library to Open "Technology Pop-Up" for Longer Closure in March

The second phase of the downtown library "refresh" may last until December 2023 or longer.

Hear In Portland Feb 1 2:14 PM

MAITA's All-Acoustic Album Hits the Spot and the Road

HEAR IN PORTLAND this week: Portland's brand new Downtown Bloc Party and A Beat Happening's chic hotel spot

Food and Drink Jan 26 11:30 AM

Eating Alone on Lunar New Year

So long, Tiger, and all your chaos energy!

Hear In Portland Jan 25 12:14 PM

We’re Obsessed With Rapper Wynne's New Music Video for "Look at You"

Also in HEAR IN PORTLAND: Portland Music Month's last week; don't hold your breath until the Roots' show—but it is pretty soon

Food and Drink Jan 20 1:30 PM

Food Review: The New and Improved Akadi PDX Shines

Chef Fatou Ouattara's new menu offers smoked goat egusi stew and other new dishes while retaining old favorites, like the spectacular suya chicken wings and pepper fish.

Theater & Performance Jan 17 10:43 AM

Theater Preview: PETE’s The Americans Looks at Idealized America vs. the Real America

The provocative theater company pulls from Robert Frank's black-and-white photographs to prod at the tumultuous history of American social relations.

Books Jan 12 1:28 PM

Aubrey Gordon's “You Just Need to Lose Weight” Is a Sharp Sword Against Anti-Fatness

The Maintenance Phase co-host and Your Fat Friend columnist wrote 20 short, sourced arguments you can hand to your body-shaming mom (and doctor).

Hear In Portland Jan 11 1:34 PM

Kingsley to Headline an Aptly-Titled Phone Home Show

In this week's HEAR IN PORTLAND we have the Renaissance dance party you must attend, and a new album of contrasting songs from Snugsworth.

News Jan 10 2:57 PM

Living Room Theaters Employees Picket in Downtown Portland

Staff say they were told not to discuss a coworker's termination at work or outside of work.

Food and Drink Jan 6 10:41 AM

SportsBox Is a Strip Club Reborn as a Vegan Esports Bar

Johnny Diablo Žūklė imagined his new sports bar as a vegan Hooters, but people weren't coming in for the servers. They were there for the food.

Movies & TV Dec 30 3:52 PM

The Mercury's Favorite Films of 2022

The cannibalism movie, the broke millennial gay Pride and Prejudice, and the instant Internet classic all made the list.

Books Dec 30 2:08 PM

The Mercury's Favorite Books of 2022

To read list: queer narratives, punk graphic novels, and tranquil apocalypse tales.

Music Dec 29 3:30 PM

The Mercury's Favorite Records of 2022

MUNA, MAITA, and More!

Hear In Portland Dec 28 1:43 PM

The Hear in Portland 2022 New Year's Eve Show Masterlist

Rock, rap, country, or global bass—Portland's incredible music scene has a NYE party for you.

Culture Dec 27 4:31 PM

Portland Pride Festival Will Move to Mid-July in 2023

Portland’s Pride Parade and waterfront celebration will be held a whole month later than usual.

Culture Dec 16 1:02 PM

Excerpts From Letters Multnomah County Judges Placed in a Time Capsule, To Be Read by Colleagues 100 Years in the Future

Even two year later the letters provide a snapshot into how the judges felt about the new courthouse and the social justice protests unfolding just blocks away.

Hear In Portland Dec 14 12:34 PM

Vursatyl and Alana Rich Voice Their Support for Friends of Noise

Plus, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Vanessa Carlton, and other truly exciting shows that should be on your radar HEAR IN PORTLAND

Movies & TV Dec 8 2:38 PM

It Took a Village (of Portland Animators) to Raise Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

Our city is home to some of the world's most talented animation staff, and they're the ones who built Pinocchio's bones.

Movies & TV Dec 7 1:02 PM

Film Review: I Am DB Cooper Crashes To Earth

In this dubious documentary, a man claims to be the mysterious plane hijacker who parachuted to unsolved infamy in 1971.

Hear In Portland Dec 7 11:44 AM

Spring Brings the War & Treaty

This week's HEAR IN PORTLAND music news: Edna Vazquez, Barrio Mestizo, and DJ Papi Fimbres make the Bienestar fundraiser a hot ticket.

Movies & TV Dec 1 2:02 PM

Hollywood Adds Encore Matinee of Susperia With Live Score by Claudio Simonetti's Goblin

The 1977 Italian horror film will be scored live by the latest incarnation of the prog band who wrote the original score.

Visual Art Dec 1 12:20 PM

Two Portland Galleries Make Their Move

Both Blackfish Gallery and Chefas Projects are expanding, showing off the local arts community's resilient side.

Hear In Portland Nov 30 9:48 AM

We Have FOMO for J.I.D and Smino's Love Is Forever Tour

In this week's HEAR IN PORTLAND: The Thesis celebrates 8 years, and rap pioneer Rakim postpones his show at the Crystal Ballroom

Hear In Portland Nov 23 11:16 AM

Fiery Shows from TEKE::TEKE and Jinkx Monsoon Heat Up December

In this week's HEAR IN PORTLAND, we're loving new music from Volcanic Pinnacles, Milc, and Rules.

Movies & TV Nov 22 3:14 PM

John Waters Will Celebrate His 77th Birthday in Portland

Clinton Street Theater has planned a week of Waters' cult films in his honor.

Movies & TV Nov 21 2:58 PM

Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Dances With Darkness

Brilliant Portland-made animation, masterful narrative reworking, but could have gone harder on the fascism.

Music Nov 18 2:00 PM

Forest Grove High School's Electrifying Mariachi Tradición

Pickathon 2022 was hot but this group—of local high schoolers!—was even hotter.

Food and Drink Nov 17 2:04 PM

Mister Goose Steamed Sandwiches Keep It Simple in St. Helens

William Steuernagel explained that his bar is as much about the vibe as it is the short, unique menu.

Hear In Portland Nov 16 1:04 PM

Chong the Nomad and Hollis Co-Headline a Seattle-Based Power Bill

In this week's Hear in Portland, parties abound—from a Maarquii-headlined switch festish night to Havania Whaal's cute cat music video release.

Music Nov 15 12:59 PM

The Mosh Critique: Jean Dawson at Holocene—November 13, 2022

Dawson says he doesn't think of himself as a rapper—his work is great reminder of all the places where rap and punk vocals overlap.

Hear In Portland Nov 9 10:00 AM

Smoking Up Fountaine's New "Northeast Phonk" Single

This week's HEAR IN PORTLAND music news: the fifth anniversary of My People's Market, NYE with the Eyelids, and a super smooth Soccer Mommy and Tops show.

Visual Art Nov 8 1:37 PM

The Fluorescent and Ungovernable Ocean of Like Liquid, Cut Loose

Paper-focused visual artist Morgan Rosskopf and electronic musician Ashlin Aronin transport Well Well Projects to a chaotic blacklight grotto.

Hear In Portland Nov 3 12:00 PM

Show Up for the Haley Heynderickx Set

This week in HEAR IN PORTLAND: Tickets for Digable Planets' NYE show go on sale, and Ariadne’s Grace is a Snugsworth side project fit to score The Craft.

Movies & TV Nov 2 12:48 PM

Don't Call Mother Of Color Magic Realism

The first feature film from Dawn Jones Redstone is as much about Portland (including a protest reenactment) as it is about ancestors and enchantment.

Books Nov 1 10:52 AM

How to Get Back to the Land of the Living

Morgan Talty’s debut book Night of the Living Rez follows a Penobscot family through time.

Culture Oct 31 11:00 AM

Happy Halloween, You Surf Witches!

Photo Essay: Hundreds of witches, paddling the Willamette River on stand-up paddleboards

Hear In Portland Oct 26 3:58 PM

House of Ada's Janae Drops a Second Single, “Quit Playin”

This Week's Hear in Portland Is Focused on Cozy Shows with Night Heron and Seattle Emcee Sol

Music Oct 24 3:50 PM

The Future of YACHT Rock

After a screening of The Computer Accent YACHT will play the album they used AI to create

Music Oct 24 12:02 PM

Margo Cilker Sings the Sorrows of Oregon Real Estate

We lost the Eastern Oregon folk singer to Washington, but she's coming home for a December show.

Theater & Performance Oct 21 10:59 AM

Even at Three Hours, Sorkin's To Kill a Mockingbird Is Riveting

Make it out to the touring production's short run at the Keller Auditorium while you have the chance.

Movies & TV Oct 20 2:05 PM

Building Towards TÁR

Portland-raised director Todd Field was best known, before now, for his acclaimed In the Bedroom.

Hear In Portland Oct 20 10:00 AM

Epp's Excellence and Lollipop Shoppe's New Life

The old Dig A Pony space has a new face, Jessie Reyez sells out the Roseland, and a MAITA show announcement!

Music Oct 14 2:21 PM

The Mosh Critique: Iceage and Earth, at Aladdin Theater

Rønnenfelt straight-up bullied Portland's polite crowd into a respectable pit of chaos and camaraderie.

Hear In Portland Oct 12 3:05 PM

Noche Libre DJs Spin Hey Love's Fourth Anniversary

Hear in Portland this week: a hip-hop zine, a rooftop show for a good cause, and deets on the first ever Trap Kitchen Weekend

Theater & Performance Oct 11 11:24 AM

Shaking the Tree’s Play About Abortion Contains More Than Politics

Suzan-Lori Parks wrote Fucking A in 2000, but the play remains an unflinching and prescient critique of today.

Movies & TV Oct 10 1:00 PM

Remembering Film Archivist and Former Clinton Street Theater Owner Dennis Nyback

The Mercury once described Nyback as "the P.T. Barnum of Cinema."

Food and Drink Oct 7 12:10 PM

A Lick of Scents

Salt & Straw’s new taste-enhancing fragrance collaboration with local perfumers Imaginary Authors.

Hear In Portland Oct 5 1:00 PM

Aminé Announces Homecoming Show With the Oregon Symphony

HEAR IN PORTLAND Your October Is Packed With Another Round of Sunday Sessions and Hocus Pocus Drag

Movies & TV Sep 30 2:27 PM

Film Review: Riotsville, U.S.A. Is a Surreal History Lesson on the Militarization of the US Police

Archival footage shows racism was at the core of how law enforcement responds to riots today.

Hear In Portland Sep 30 12:08 PM

Zyah Belle's Full Length Record Yam Grier Has Arrived

Plus, upcoming shows from Moorea Masa (on tour with Son Little) and the Delines HEAR IN PORTLAND.