GOOD MORNING, SUNDAY! It's the perfect time to catch up on some of the great reporting and stories the Mercury churned out this week! (PRO TIP: If you despise being "the last to know," then be one of the first to know by signing up for Mercury newsletters! All the latest stories shipped directly to your email's in-box... and then... YOUR HEAD.)
• Exit Interview With Outgoing JOHS Director Shannon Singleton
Outgoing JOHS Director Singleton addresses the inner workings of the region's largest homelessness agency, the public's misgivings about its output, and hopes for the future.
Your doctor called and said you aren't getting enough garbage. Rectify the situation with this edition of THE TRASH REPORT from Elinor Jones! This week: Mariah wants to own Xmas, and our new fave Brad Pitt conspiracy theory! 🤫
• Forest Grove High School's Electrifying Mariachi Tradición
Forget the world's tallest barber shop pole, Forest Grove is now known for the High School’s Mariachi Tradición!
• Dozens of Community Groups Call on Portland to Rescind Zenith Permit
Twenty community and environmental groups are calling on Portland leaders to rescind the land use permit granted to oil transporter Zenith Energy in October, claiming that the city should have collected public input before the decision.
In this week's music column from Jenni Moore, we're loving new releases from Volcanic Pinnacles, Milc, and Rules.—PLUS hot news about upcoming shows from TEKE::TEKE, Jinx Monsoon, and BenDeLaCreme.
• Afuri Restaurant Employees Announce Independent Union Drive
Following the lead of other local union drives, Afuri workers chose to form an independent union—allowing other local restaurant workers to join.
• Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Dances With Darkness
Review: Brilliant Portland-made animation, masterful narrative reworking, and it could have gone harder on the fascism.
• John Waters Will Celebrate His 77th Birthday in Portland
Clinton Street Theater has planned a week of John Waters' cult films in honor of his 77th birthday.
• Get Ready for the Mercury's HOLIDAY DRINK WEEK—An Entire Week of Festive $7 Specialty Cocktails!
Lots of fun, ho-ho-holiday cocktails stirred up by Portland's best bartenders... and only $7 each! Coming at you November 8-December 4! 🍸🎀
In this week's column: The boy who got away... and are straight boys who date trans women still straight or are they something more?
WOW, THAT IS A LOT OF GOOD READIN'. I hope you didn't have any other plans this weekend! Dig in, and remember: Producing all this hard work costs moolah—so please consider contributing to the Mercury to keep it all coming! Thanks!