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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Music Aug 11 11:04 AM

The Mercury's Favorite Moments of Pickathon 2023

"The volunteers were kind. The music was excellently curated, and I again came out of it appreciating new artists."

Music Aug 10 1:00 PM

Photo Essay: Pickathon 2023 in Pictures

Trippy art and unforgettable live shows from the annual music festival at Pendarvis Farm.

Hear In Portland Aug 9 2:45 PM

Hear in Portland: A Bittersweet Final Maarquii Show

Plus, Dame D.O.L.L.A's album release announcement and the second year of Kidz Outside Festival in St. Johns.

Food and Drink Aug 9 10:00 AM

Portland Bagel-Off: Year One—Is the Bagel War Finally Over?

Spielman and Honey weren't in the competition, so probably not.

Music Aug 4 12:02 PM

Hilarious Hard Rock Trio Tacos! Has a New Album Out on Portland Label Nadine

Eating tacos (the food) with Tacos! (the band)!

Music Aug 3 4:08 PM

Get Farm-Zoned With the Mercury's Pickathon 2023 Picks

Lee Fields, Thee Sinseers, GEL, W.I.T.C.H., and many more play the best darn little music festival held 16 miles outside of Portland.

Hear In Portland Aug 2 12:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Karma Rivera's 2023 Singles Show an Irresistible Bass-Forward Direction

Plus, a rare Zyah Belle live appearance at Peter's Room, and THIS IS NOT A DRILL—Wynne is going on tour.

Movies & TV Aug 1 4:30 PM

The Agony and Ecstasy of the Portland 48-Hour Film Project

What's fun about making a short film, in an extreme time crunch, on no sleep?

Food and Drink Jul 28 4:00 PM

Montavilla's Zuckercreme Will Strawberry Museum All Summer Long

If you like strawberries, this is your thing.

Music Jul 27 12:30 PM

Prodigal Portlander Drowse Returns to the Gloom

Kyle Bates on pursuing a doctorate in composition, the long, warm drones he's been making with Chicago sound artist Lula Asplund, and his upcoming show at Mississippi Studios.

Hear In Portland Jul 26 1:30 PM

Hear in Portland: Jazz and Groove-Driven Trio Greaterkind Gets Steamy

Plus, a Heavy Gold label night at the Fixin' To, a new collab from Mal London and JxJury, and Dame D.O.L.L.A. tells us "The Way It Goes."

Music Jul 25 12:00 PM

FairWell Festival Favorites: Five Country-ish Bands We Loved

FairWell's first year drew tens of thousands to Redmond, Oregon for a Lollapalooza of "good country" music.

Movies & TV Jul 20 4:40 PM

Barbenheimer: A Purely Scientific Review of Two Very Dissimilar Films

We compared Barbie and Oppenheimer on their reframing of iffy history, portrayal of the legal system, ken-ergy, and HORSES.

Music Jul 20 1:30 PM

Portland Composer Saloli's Enchanting Synth Portrait of a Bear

Mary Sutton's new record draws in the classic and the personal—from Erik Satie to a painting by her father, Cherokee artist Jerry Sutton.

Hear In Portland Jul 19 3:00 PM

Hear in Portland: What's Hotter—the Cover of Wynne's New EP or Her Jaw-Dropping Tracks?

Plus, Nonbinary Girlfriend plays Live on KEXP, and a rare KAYTRAMINÉ show at Edgefield.

Hear In Portland Jul 12 10:00 AM

Hear in Portland: On Red Head Redemption Jinkx Monsoon Reveals They've Moved Back to Portland

Plus, an excellent new summer anthem collab from JxJURY and Mal London, and a promising upcoming free Sunday show at Rontoms!

Food and Drink Jul 11 10:00 AM

Order Everything on the Menu at Pastificio d'Oro

Chase Dopson and Maggie Irwin’s capable hands rolled Pastificio d'Oro into a new St. John’s landmark.

Theater & Performance Jul 10 2:00 PM

The Mercury's 48-Hour Drag-A-Thon Live Blog

Darcelle XV Showplace and Wildfang broke a Guinness World Record—here's what happened!

Hear In Portland Jul 5 2:00 PM

Hear in Portland: Neo-Soul Singer Lo Steele Is a Portland Soul Legacy

Plus, Sarah Clarke co-headlines with Lyle Divinsky, and Mic Check celebrates seven years of showcases and the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

Theater & Performance Jun 29 11:00 AM

Goths on Cabaret at PETE's Cardiac Organ

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble starts dark but stays camp with "Cardiac Organ: A Goth Cabaret."

Hear In Portland Jun 28 1:00 PM

HEAR IN PORTLAND: Popular Farm Music Fest Pickathon Posts a Plea for Its Future

Plus, Thirsty City showcase celebrates nine years at the Goodfoot, and who should be on your radar at the Waterfront Blues Festival?

Books Jun 28 10:00 AM

Hi Honey, I'm Homo Is History That Won't Depress You During Pride

Culture critic Matt Baume not only recounts Sitcom TV's tea—he reads the leaves.

Food and Drink Jun 27 4:30 PM

Just in Time for Pride, a Popular Portland Gay Bar Reopens

Iconic queer nightlife spot Local Lounge is reborn as Back 2 Earth—a much needed win for Portland’s gay bar scene.

Theater & Performance Jun 27 12:00 PM

You Don’t Have to Be Drunk to Love Drunk Herstory

Creator and host Shandi Evans says the comedy drag night's first sober storyteller told "hands down the most insane story we've ever done."

Movies & TV Jun 27 10:01 AM

Clinton Street Theater's Hanabi Japanese Film Festival Celebrates Cult Cinema and Local Businesses

See Tampopo on the big screen, while snacking on goods from nearby Japanese convenience store Kashiwagi.

Photo Jun 23 10:44 AM

Photo Essay: A Glimpse of the 8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo

The sold-out event was organized by Portland-based photographer Ivan McClellan, who has been documenting Black cowboy culture across North America for the better part of the last decade.

Visual Art Jun 22 2:22 PM

Crafting Pinocchio Spotlights the Stop-Motion Animation That Made the Movie Come Alive

Portland Art Museum presents an up-close view of Guillermo del Toro's unique vision and ShadowMachine's masterful craft.

Food and Drink Jun 21 11:00 AM

NAYA Hosts a Destination for the Whole Community at the Cully Farmers Market

The Cully Farmers Market, hosted by the Native American Youth and Family Center, runs every Thursday this summer in Portland, highlighting about a dozen Indigenous vendors.

Hear In Portland Jun 21 10:00 AM

Hear in Portland:  Oregon Trail Sessions Is Bringing Beats to the Woods

Plus, Wynne's "Hot Friend," freestyle on Sway, and three Portugal. The Man music videos you can't see outside Movie Madness.

Video Games Jun 20 11:30 AM

The Ultimate Stardew Valley Creator Interview About Pacific Northwest Interests

Video game designer Eric Barone on salmonberries, mushroom foraging, and layered portrayals of homelessness.

History Jun 16 3:00 PM

Black Drag Artists Tell the History of Black Drag in Portland

For a second year, Race Talks presents a panel telling stories guaranteed to bring joy, tears, chills, and something you didn't know.

Music Jun 16 1:00 PM

Ecliptic's Brewers & Their Bands Celebrates Portland Craft Beer Makers and Their Music

The daytime tasting fest celebrates local craft beers and the musicians who brewed them.

Comedy Jun 14 5:34 PM

An Oral History of LMAO Comedy Parody Road House: The Play!

An interview with the two hilarious women who wrote it—Shelley McLendon and Courtenay Hameister.

Hear In Portland Jun 14 2:00 PM

HEAR IN PORTLAND: Nonbinary Girlfriend's Ambitious and Lovely "Body"

Plus, emcee trio the Pharmacee drops a rowdy club banger and a good reason to attend Shrista's Late Lyrics.

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.

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.

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.

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.