EverOut Yesterday 11:55 AM

This Week In Portland Food News

Baja-Style Fish Tacos, Katsu Sandos, and Biryani

There's a wealth of regional specialties to explore in Portland this week, as Bajala brings Baja California-inspired fare to Nob Hill, the Japanese bakery Tanaka expands to Gresham, and the Indian-Pakistani spot Zaiqa opens on the South Waterfront. Plus, read about the James Beard Awards and an upcoming queer lounge. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS

Bajala
Co-owners Juan Flores and Lizbeth Sanchez debuted this new Baja California-inspired cart at Nob Hill Food Carts pod on June 1, specializing in battered fish and shrimp tacos.
Nob Hill

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EverOut Yesterday 10:00 AM

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: June 14–16, 2024

Juneteenth Oregon, Northeast Cully Sunday Parkways, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15

Unlock the key to a good weekend by reading through our cheap and easy weekend guide. We'll make sure you're in the know about all of the best events, from Juneteenth Oregon to Sellwood-Moreland's First Annual Everything Under the Sun Parade and from Northeast Cully Sunday Parkways to the kickoff of Portland Beer Week. For more ideas, check out our guide to the top events of the week and our Father's Day guide.

FRIDAY

FILM

Death Becomes Her Bingo with Violet Hex
Death Becomes Her features cinema history's sassiest cast (Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, and Isabella Rossellini) and tells a cautionary tale that might come in handy someday—when your archrival marries your crush, you can plan to kill her, but a magic potion might interfere. This Tomorrow Theater screening will up the ante in everyone's favorite way: through a game of bingo, hosted by cult cinema starlet Violet Hex. Bring your daubers for a moment that'll make life worth living. LINDSAY COSTELLO
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond, $15)

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Good Morning, Portland! The way people have been reporting about the impending I-5 closure you'd think it was this weekend—it's two weekends from now.

IN LOCAL NEWS:
• Starting on July 1, Mayor Ted Wheeler will seize control of all city bureaus, in an attempt to smoothly transition city government into its new structure, OPB reports. The city's more than two dozen departments and offices will be managed by the newly-appointed interim City Administrator, who will also "be responsible for managing bureaus under that new format, dismantling the current leadership model that’s more than a century old."

• In local labor news: Janitors with SEIU are rallying for living wages and benefits. Taylor Griggs has more.

• A hot new Portland police Rapid Response Team dropped Thursday—there hasn't been one in three years because the team resigned as a unit after one of their members was charged with assaulting an activist during the 2020 protests. What will cause this new unit take their ball and go home remains to be seen.

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EverOut Yesterday 8:01 AM

Where to Celebrate Father's Day 2024 in Portland

Fried Chicken, Butter Cookies, and More

This Father's Day, thank your father figure for all the sage advice and corny jokes with a feast fit for a king. Whether he prefers fried chicken sandwiches or mustache-shaped butter cookies, we've got your back with food and drink specials. For more ideas, check out our Father's Day calendar and our food and drink guide.


Bullard Tavern
The Tex-Mex restaurant declares that its Fathers' Day brunch will "make Dad feel like a legend." The menu has not yet been announced, but Bullard says it'll include "hearty Texas-inspired dishes" and "refreshing cocktails."
Downtown

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Heavy metal’s gayest preachers Judas Priest have announced a stop at Moda Center this fall. Rising alt-R&B star Omar Apollo is bringing his God Said No tour to Troutdale. Plus, Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride will not be held this year, and Old Town-Chinatown gets a new gay bar. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events, plus some news you can use.

ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 14

MUSIC

Aimee Mann
Revolution Hall (Wed Nov 6)
Aladdin Theater (Thurs Nov 7)

Andy Grammer - Greater Than: A One Man Show
Newmark Theatre (Tues Oct 8)

Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2 Tour
Crystal Ballroom (Feb 26, 2025)

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News Thu 2:04 PM

As Portland's White Collar Employees Return to Offices, Janitors Push For Fair Wages, Benefits

Janitors with SEIU work at high-profile businesses like Nike and Intel, but their work is often unsung. Amid labor contract negotiations, they're rallying for living wages and benefits.

The roughly 1,300 Portland-area janitors unionized with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49 work at some of Portland’s most prominent businesses, including Nike, Adidas, and Intel. They also clean at Oregon Health Science University and at landmark buildings in downtown Portland, as well as the Lloyd District. 

In other words: They do the dirty work for some of the city’s most elite, prosperous businesses with some of the highest paid executives and white-collar staff. And while their jobs may not be the most glamorous or high-profile, they’re crucial, and workers want to make sure their pay and treatment reflects that. 

As the SEIU bargaining team begins negotiations for their next four-year contract, workers are mobilizing for support. Union janitors are seeking wage increases to keep up with the increasing cost of living. They also want to maintain their healthcare benefits and improve their workload, which many say has grown recently due to short-staffing. 

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Who's ready to have some fun? Well, the Mercury is here to help with FREE TICKETS to see some of Portland's best concerts and events—our way of saying thanks to our great readers and spread the word about some fantastic upcoming performances! (Psst... if you want to say thanks to the Mercury, please consider making a small monthly contribution to keep us alive and kickin'!) And oh boy, do we have some fun events coming at ya this week! CHECK IT OUT!


• Enter to WIN FREE TICKETS to see Los Campesinos! on June 25 at Aladdin Theater!

Quickly earning a reputation as the most fiercely enthusiastic band in indie pop with their electric debut in 2008, Los Campesinos! have displayed a sustained and endearing closeness over their 15 year career. Listen LIVE as the band visits in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of their acclaimed sixth record, NO BLUES! Get those tickets now, or enter to win free tix here!

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Tues June 25, sold out, all ages



• Enter to WIN FREE TICKETS to see Blossom on July 5 at Mission Theater!

Blossom is an eclectic R&B jazz-singer originally from Trinidad & Tobago who now calls Portland home. She spent her childhood playing in a steel drum band with family members and that set the tone for her taste in instruments and energy that she uses in her music today. She feels right at home on stage, and since 2014 she has been creating and performing non-stop. Get those tickets now, or enter to win free tix here!

Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan, Fri July 5, 8 pm, $12-$17, all ages

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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Expect another mostly sunny day today with the high streeeeetching up to a balmy 79 degrees. Sounds like the perfect weather to grab a beer, a nice seat in the sun on the patio, and read the MERCURY'S 2024 QUEER GUIDE (love that transition) which is hitting the streets now, and is jam-crammed with loads of summer-y queer events, fun, news, and info! Pick one up (all will be delivered by this weekend) at a convenient location near you. And in the meantime, pick up on today's NEWS (being delivered NOW, straight into your eyeballs).

IN LOCAL NEWS:

Former Oregon governor and Portland mayor Neil Goldschmidt is dead at the age of 83. While once considered one of the state's great innovators, and an unmatched political mover and shaker, revelations that he sexually abused the 14-year-old daughter of a friend and one-time aide during his tenure as Portland mayor in the 1970s eventually came to light in 2004, which, for all practical purposes, made him a pariah. He immediately left public life, and was largely unheard from again. Goldschmidt reportedly died of heart failure.

• Sad but necessary news: Portland's version of the iconic World Naked Bike Ride will not be happening this year, after ride leaders discovered they did not have enough help and planning time to pull off such a huge and complicated event safely for the thousands of riders who participate annually. BUT TRY TO TEMPER YOUR DISAPPOINTMENT with these two factoids: The World Naked Bike Ride will return next year stronger than ever, and there are other nude-y rides you can do during Pedalpalooza's summer-long schedule

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Queer Guide 2024 Thu 4:00 AM

The Mercury's 2024 Queer Guide: Endless Queer Summer

Rainbow signs in windows are legion, and Portland's queer summer is endless.

Every Pride is exciting. Every Pride has something new. Yes, there are constants: hotties in short shorts. But even that rubric is evolving: hotties bursting from body norms, coveralls hemmed to high heaven.

Last year, Pride Northwest—the nonprofit that plans Portland’s Pride Parade and the accompanying waterfront festivities—moved the city’s summertime celebrations of queerness from June to July. The years before that saw even greater disruptions as queer communities measured pandemic safety, celebrated remotely, and / or resisted a renewed tide of haters set on slashing our rights. 

In this guide’s local history of queer nightlife, Silverado’s bar manager Trevor Wion notes that “the younger generation… have so many places they can go.” Plenty of bars in Portland plan queer nights, drag brunches, and pride celebrations. Rainbow signs in windows are legion.

Perhaps related to that, this Pride has a bajillion parties—many more than we’ve seen in recent years. The further we get from mandated lockdowns, the more community gatherings are coming back. Folks are finding each other and working together. 

We also find ourselves in the second year of Portland’s new two-month Pride model, where we start celebrating in June and finally (FINALLY) promenade come July. That does leave more room for parties, giving us a feeling of an Endless Queer Summer—the theme of this year’s guide.

If you are holding this guide in your adorable, angelic hands, that’s also something new. This is the Mercury’s first Queer Guide in print since 2019. Every year, we were blown away by the support local businesses showed for our web collections. This year they made this paper a 60-pager. (Pick one up NEAR YOU at so many locations citywide!)

Inside, you’ll find stories about queer bike ride organizers, Portland queer nightlife—past and present—a new family-friendly queer lounge opening this summer, a wine bar the gays adopted, and there are pages and pages of Pride parties to peruse.

Let the Endless Queer Summer begin!

Portland Mercury Arts & Culture Editor
Suzette Smith 

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Queer Guide 2024 Thu 3:58 AM

THE TRASH REPORT: Pride Edition

Target Is Canonically Gay! Did the Founding Fathers Kiss Dudes?

Hellooooooooooo, everybody! We here at The Trash Report are thrilled to be bringing you this Very Special column for the Mercury’s PRIDE issue. While we usually cover all kinds of gossip and intrigue, this edition is limited to LGBTQs IN THE NEWS! 
I hope you’re hungry… for trash.

Target: Canonically Gay!

Target stores throughout the country are declining to put out Pride merch this year due to a bunch of loud homophobes getting triggered by… rainbows? Inclusivity? Their own repressed sexualities, probably? I’m not really sure what Target thinks they’re getting away with by pulling the Pride-specific merchandise and leaving the whole rest of the store, which is like 90 percent gay already. A big box store can’t offer such a wide variety of muscle tees, reusable water bottles, clothes for pets, and candles without at least being questioning.

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Queer Guide 2024 Thu 3:56 AM

The Long Road to Justice

As the American legal landscape for LGBTQ+ residents 
grows hostile, Oregon works to enshrine rights for all.

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In 2023 Oregon House Bill 2002 was hailed as transformative, crucial legislation for protecting the rights of women and LGBTQ+ residents.

The reproductive health care bill protects doctors from prosecution, ensures a patient’s right to abortion at any age without requiring parental notification, and requires insurers to cover gender-affirming care, including surgeries, among other provisions. 

But now, as trust in the Supreme Court is waning, and the US gears up for a pivotal election this November, some of the same organizations who pushed to get HB 2002 passed by the legislature say the work isn’t over.

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Queer Guide 2024 Thu 3:55 AM

Kathleen Hanna Is Making a Documentary About Darcelle XV

Fun fact: The riot grrrl punk singer is Walter Cole's second cousin.

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Here’s a fun Portland fact for you to trot out the next time you’re stumped for small talk: the late Walter Cole and Kathleen Hanna are related. 

If you’re new ‘round these parts and need a bit of explanation: Hanna is an OG riot grrrl, fronting bands Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, and Julie Ruin, and the author of recent bestselling memoir Rebel Girl. She is second cousins with Cole, who was perhaps better known as Darcelle XV, a Portland icon and the current Guinness Book World Record holder for Oldest Performing Drag Queen. Cole was donning eyelashes and sequins and reigning over Old Town from the stage at the eponymous club for decades until his death at the age of 92, in March 2023.

“I’m totally royalty,” Hanna, says with a laugh, about her famous relative. Hanna, who grew up in Portland long enough to attend Lincoln High School, is now planning to pay homage to Cole. “I’m making a documentary about him currently,” she explained in a phone interview. “I am just trying to get the final funding for it.”

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Queer Guide 2024 Thu 3:54 AM

A Portland Drag Clown in Residence at the Venice Biennale

Artist Jeffery Gibson invited Carla Rossi to climb his installation on the US pavilion.

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International exhibition the Venice Biennale is one of the most prestigious places to present contemporary visual art in the world, and artist Jeffrey Gibson currently represents the US with the space in which to place me.

Gibson’s work fills the US pavilion with dazzling, fluorescent patterns, text that speaks to the history of forced displacement, perpetrated upon Indigenous communities by colonialist settlers, and a massive sculpture of red pedestals that visitors can climb on. There's plenty of Portland connection to Gibson, a queer Choctaw and Cherokee artist whose work They Come From Fire was in a special exhibition at PAM in 2022. 

The inclusion of Portland’s premiere drag clown Carla Rossi, during the Biennale’s opening festivities, added yet another layer. Costumed as video game character Lara Croft, Carla moved around the pedestal with eerie, circular motions reminiscent of idle character animations. The performance worked within Gibson’s exhibition, and also cleverly continued themes found in art made by Carla Rossi’s creator Anthony Hudson, who we often see enmeshing pop culture touchstones with Indigenous artist clapback to great effect.

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Queer Guide 2024 Thu 3:53 AM

Queer Guide Comic: COVID-Safer Pride Guide

Protect your ability to party—and protest—this Pride!

Queer Guide 2024 Thu 3:52 AM

The Future of HIV Treatment Is Injectable

Promising Drugs Could Expand Treatment–If We Get Out of Our Own Way

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As Sidney Adjetey laid on an exam table at Harborview Medical Center with his T-shirt hiked up, research clinician Phoebe Bryson-Cahn examined injection sites on either side of his belly button. In April, University of Washington researchers at the UW Positive Research clinic injected Adjetey with about a teaspoon of a new and experimental long-acting HIV treatment as part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. They’re monitoring him to learn how long this medication lasts in his body and whether it could effectively suppress the HIV if the virus had been present.

Adjetey doesn’t have HIV, nor do any of the 12 participants in Phase I of this proof-of-concept clinical drug trial. At this early stage, researchers are evaluating dosing and safety because the drug has never been used on humans before. They’ll determine efficacy in Phase II, but that could be years away.

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