Print Edition for the week of
Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2012

Vol. 12, No. 36
Ryan J. Lane Photography


New and Improved?

Report on Drug Impact Areas Missing Important Context on Race

A Haven in Old Town

Six Months In, Bud Clark Commons Offers a Lifeline for Homeless

Food Cart Fiasco

Unpermitted Pod to Reopen After City Shutdown

Hall Monitor

Point... and Counterpoint

In Other News


Magnetic Soul Fire

Alabama Shakes Burst Forth from the Bible Belt

No Easy Way Down

Jessie Baylin Lights Her Own Spark

Devil's Advocates

Ghost Stirs the Unholy Pot

The Opposite of the Blues

Buckle Up for Ed and the Red Reds

Melting Pot Muses

Beats Antique's World Music Bazaar

Up & Coming

Highlights in Music the Week of January 26-February 1

Movies & TV

Gonad Cinema

The Grey: Liam Neeson! Versus Wolves!

A Man! On a Ledge!

Are You on a Ledge? Didn't Think So.


Albert Nobbs Only Flirts with Sexual Politics

Can't Get There From Here

Le Havre's Familiar Immigrant Song


Wim Wenders Gets Visceral with Pina 3D

Film Shorts

In Which We Hit It and Quit It

Food and Drink

Where There's Smoke...

Smokehouse 21 Does Simple, but Ambitious Barbecue


Manic Pixie Cancer Girl

John Green's Teen-Cancer Romance Is His Best Book Yet


The Mouths of Babes Bring Death in Ben Marcus' The Flame Alphabet

Interview: John Green

John Green on Mortality, Technology, and The Fault in Our Stars

Theater & Performance

Cookies, Karaoke, and Revolution

Reviews from the First Weekend of Fertile Ground


Trafficking Trust

Portland's New Shelter for Sex-Trafficked Youth Leaves Doubt at the Door

I, Anonymous


UPDATED: Police Shoot At Man Atop Downtown Parking Garage

Tonight in Music

Good Morning, News!


The Specialty Store

Gold Star: The Mercury's Web Comment of the Week!

And Now, a Prose Poem for City Council

Truth in Advertising

Enormous Asshole Behind Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" Bill Denied Service in Local Restaurant on the Basis of His Enormous Assholery

My Dad Thinks You Should Know.

Good Morning, News!

In TV News You Don't Care About: Simon Cowell Cleans House (Read: Fires a Bunch of People)

Freakish Mutant Heralds Future of Mankind, Will Soon Rule Earth with Iron Fist

Portlandia is... Wait. It's FUNNY??

Brides and Basketball

Deer Tick Gives Portland a Valentine

Latin Fashion PDX

Friday Afternoon Quicky

No More "Eye of the Tiger" for Newt?

Today's "Honesty in Journalism Award" Goes to...

Rubik's Cube Class

Relax, America! Contestants on Fear Factor WILL Drink Donkey Semen

BREAKING: Timbers Nab "Proven Goal-Scorer" Kris Boyd

Good Morning, News!

Fashion Star

Fertile Ground Review: A Live Dress

SL Letter of the Day: We Found Our Unicorn—But She's Engaged!

Today in Newt Gingrich's Selfless Battle on Behalf of Rude Audiences

Coming Soon: Garfunkel and Oates

A Review of Wow & Flutter's New Beer/EP

Win Cloud Nothings Tickets and a Rubik's Cube!

Tonight in Poetry: Eirean Bradley Book Release

Today in "I Just Don't Even..."

Blazers Lose on the Road (Again), Blazers Suffer a Gruesome Knee Injury (Again)

Adam Arnold Designing Costumes for Upcoming OBT Performance

It's Happening Tonight!

"Dear Mr. Scorsese: This Is What They Did to Your Movie Last Night."

Tonight in Music

Police Release Disco Trike!

The Challenge: Write a Letter for Every Day in February

Teabaggy New Jersey Governor Thinks Civil Rights Should've Been a Referendum

The Neo Geo Is Back! (Maybe.)

Today in "Learning Your Primary Colors"

Meet Your New Mercury Food Critic!

Occupy News Round Up


Single Gunshot Killed Bradley Morgan, Autopsy Finds

Win Tix to "That's My Jam!"

Start Practicing Your Dance Moves for That's My Jam!

The I, Anonymous Blog Quote o' the Day!

Rick Santorum: He's Crazy and He's Right

Where's Trencito?

Books, Buster Keaton, and Hurricane Katrina: "Morris Lessmore"

Everybody Loves the Tim & Eric Movie!

Novelist Adam Johnson Talks North Korea

Tonight in Music

Marty Marquis' Residency at Al's Den

RuPaul's Drag Race Returns! TONIGHT!

Actual Police Negotiating With Actual Man on Ledge in Downtown Portland

BagelWatch 2012: Kettleman's Update

Police Confiscate Disco Tricycle, Make Arrests at Tahrir Square Rally

Mitt Got Glitterbombed

Education Evaluation

In a Mere Two Minutes and 25 Seconds, a Soulless Matthew Broderick Systematically Destroys One of My Childhood Heroes

Mitt Romney: "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there."

Mayor on Request for Extra Time to Review First JTTF Report: "Absolutely. I Will Try."

Big Nonprofit News! LGBT Youth Resource Group Joins Forces With Q Center

Magical Beasties

Good Morning News!

A Few Thoughts Re: Watchmen 2: Rorschach's Boogaloo

It's Happening Tonight!

The American Dream, Revisited

Breast Cancer Foundation Pulls Money from Planned Parenthood

Behind the Scenes Look at Portland's New Teen Sex Trafficking Shelter

Virginia State Senator Janet Howell is an American Hero

High School Paper Publishes Editorial by a Christian Student Who Believes that Gays and Lesbians Should Be Put to Death Because THE BIBLE!

BREAKING: City Pays Family of Aaron Campbell $1.2 Million, Largest Payment Ever for Claim Against Police

Not Even Halfway: Cold-Weather Scores from Siljan and Beyond

Muppets Outsmart Fox News... Which Admittedly Doesn't Take Much

Radio Moscow: Who's the Asshole Here?

Nobody Likes Newt Gingrich

Women Use Public Transit More than Men

Police: Man Shot by Officers Had Replica Handgun, Mentioned "Suicide By Cop"

"Sleep is a Human Right!" Homeless Protest Camps at City Hall, Packs Council

Tonight in Music

Freddie Mac Bets Against America

TriMet Gets Tough on Fare Jumpers

Radiation City Finds Uses for All Parts of a Piano

Prints Charming

"Late Night Action! with Alex Falcone" Tonight w/ Ian Karmel and Someone Named "Me"

"That's My Jam!"—This Coming Saturday!

Portland's Benoît Pioulard + Seattle's the Sight Below = Orcas

Fertile Ground Review: Make/Believe

Mind Your Tweets

Tonight in Music

This Week's Mercury Music Section

Siri Doesn't Know What a "Jammy Dodger" Is

Recaps for Poor People, Briefly.

The Crucial Snoop Dogg Endorsement Is Finally In

The I, Anonymous Blog Quote o' the Day!

Good Morning, News!

Today in "Donkey Semen": The Story I Refuse to Let Die

Tonight in Music

It Used to Be Illegal for Same-Sex Couples to Adopt in Florida

TriMet Looks Into Getting Rid of all Zones and Roundtrip Transfers

New Federal Housing Rules Redefine "Family" To Include LGBT Folks

SL Letter of the Day: A Unicorn Offers Advice to Couples Hunting Unicorns

Your Daily Nicolas Cage Quote for Friday, January 27, 2012

The New GOP Platform

Good Morning, Thursday Night TV News! (Added Bonus: Ridiculing Creationists!)

Hurry! Submit Your FREE Mercury Reader Valentine!

R.A.W. Sample Sale

It's Happening Tonight!

One Question Interview with Oregon's New Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

Laura Gibson's Ghostly New Video

Good Morning News!

SL Letter of the Day: Quickies

The Portland Collection End of Season Sale

You Are Number Six

Yay or Nay: Shy'm's Hairy Translucent Corset

It's Happening Tonight!

Dance Your Fool Face Off... FOOL!

The I, Anonymous Blog Quote o' the Day!

City Transportation Workers Protest Cuts

Star-E Rose Going Out of Business After 13 Years

New Song and Video from M. Ward

Science Proves Conservatives Are Dumb

When You Play the Game of Thrones, You Either Win or You Relentlessly Hype a Second Season

Eastbound & Down Season Three Trailer!

Red Fang's New Video (Air Guitar! Shower Scene!)

Q & A : John Green

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