Print Edition for the week of
Dec. 20 - 26, 2017

Vol. 18, No. 32
Abbie Winters //


A New Fee Meant to Spruce Up City Streets Has Property Owners Enraged

It’s Also Got City Officials Contemplating Bizarre Workarounds

Hall Monitor: Scoff Medicine

Portland Probably Misspent Millions in Utility Funds. It’s Finally Paying Some Back.


The Mercury’s Best Musical Moments of 2017

From Meeting Our Idols to Crying at Their Concerts

The Best Records of 2017

As Selected by Portland Mercury Music Writers

The 13 Best Concerts to See in Portland This Week: December 20-26

Cheer the Fuck Up! It's Time to Hit the Banana Stand, or go Winter Wassailing... on Weeeed!

Movies & TV

The 22 Best Films to Catch in Portland Theaters This Week: December 22-28

All the Movies You Need to Avoid Your Awful Family!

All the Money in the World Should Have Been a Disaster. It’s Not!

Ridley Scott Calls in the Plummer to Salvage a Kidnap Thriller

The Sumptuous Beauty of Call Me by Your Name

Impossibly Hot, Impossibly Romantic

Aww! Look How Teensy Weensy Matt Damon Is in Downsizing!

He’s So Itty Bitty!

On Jumanji (and Not Being a Jerk)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Is Not for Me. Or You, Probably.

Aaron Sorkin and Jessica Chastain Play Molly’s Game

Is Her Game... Jenga?

Visual Art

Experience Pure Sound Art at Variform Gallery

With New Work From Ben Glas, The Space Makes the Medium Accessible


Shut Up About Nazi-Punching and Pick Up Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook

Mark Bray on Anti-Nazi Punks, Italian Feminist Witches, and How to Defeat an Ideology of Hatred

Theater & Performance

Cheer Up! There’s One Good Thing to See During Holiday Theater Season

You Should Go See A Christmas Carol. Yes, That Christmas Carol.

Top 20 Podcasts of 2017


The Mercury Guide to Best New Year’s Eves in Town

This Year Wasn’t Great. But Your New Year’s Eve Still Can Be!

Lush Life

Just the Kind of Creepy We Need Right Now

Creepy’s is Keeping Portland Weird, and Grounded.

I, Anonymous

This Week’s Featured I, Anonymous!

‘Tis the Season (for Misplaced Priorities)

Ask a Pot Lawyer

Are There Too Many Weed Licenses Nowadays?

And Is the State Going to Do Anything to Prevent Oversaturation?


The Emerald Cup Is a Fairyland of Weed

Santa Rosa, California’s Cannabis Festival Is Better Than Oz

Sold Out

Where to Shop for Your Holiday Look

Don You Now Your Gay Apparel—Locally!

One Day at a Time

The Best of 2017 (Part One)

Or, Yes! Actual Okay Things Happened This Year!


Letters to the Editor

The Truth About Bigfoot—Revealed at Last! (Sort of.) (Not Really.)

I, Anonymous Blog

Porch Criddlers

Right on Daddy-O


It does stink, I promise you.


Peacock Lane: You Told Me to Go Fuck Myself

General PDX Cycle

Teen Movie Myth

Jolly Cold Black Heart

Twas the Day Before Christmas

Dear Tweakers: Kill 2 birds w/1 stone!


What's the 411?

Savage Love & Sex

Savage Love

Loving Lesbians

What’s She Mad About Now?

Internalized Misogyny Is a Bitch

White Women: We Have a Problem

The Waiting Game

The Trouble with Tipping

The Pros and Cons of Restaurant Gratuities

From Slacktivism to Activism

The 10 Best Ways to Make a Difference in Portland This Week: December 20-26

Bake America Great Again with Charity Dinners, Toy Drives, and Showing Solidarity in Song.