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Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Wants City to Rein in Public Comments Criticizing Police During Council Meetings

Commissioner Rene Gonzalez has repeatedly called for the city to limit or even prohibit critical public comments about the police during council meetings. Experts say there’s no legal ground for this type of censorship.

Suzette Smith

POP QUIZ PDX!

Hey brainy pants! 🩳 It's time to play the latest hilarious edition of POP QUIZ PDX! This week's trivia includes: HOT weather, dueling new music venues, and which terrrrible band would you wipe off the face of the earth FOREVER? See how well YOU score! 🧠

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Would a Lloyd Center Music Venue Answer Live Nation's Portland Incursion?

Local promoter Monqui has teamed up with AEG to build a concert venue designed to compete with reviled music monopolist Live Nation (that's currently being sued by the DOJ) and their proposed venue less than two miles away.

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EverOut Fri 12:00 PM

This Week In Portland Food News

Mochi Donuts, Scandinavian Hot Dogs, and Pandan Ice Cream

This week, we're welcoming Mikiko Mochi Donuts to Beaverton, dreaming of Nordic hot dogs from Broder Nord's new window, and celebrating the return of Ox. Plus, read about an upcoming cheese shop, soy milk desserts, and a summer crawfish boil. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS & RETURNS

Bra Hund
Did you also crave Scandinavian-style hot dogs after watching the season two episode of The Bear where Marcus travels to Copenhagen? If so, you're in luck: The Nordic favorite Broder Nord debuted a new hot dog window called Bra Hund ("good dog") last Friday, and they're serving up beef franks with fixings like mashed potatoes, beet relish, and bacon. (Marcus might appreciate the Danish variation, topped with dijon mustard, curried ketchup, remoulade, crunchy fried onions, white onions, and pickles.) Besides hot dogs, they also offer æbleskiver (Danish pancake) skewers, Swedish meatballs, and house-made baked goods, as well as treats for actual canines.
Boise

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News Fri 11:30 AM

Another Suspected Heat-Related Death Pushes Oregon's Tally into Double Digits

During a wave of excessive temperatures, medical examiners across the state are investigating at least 16 deaths that may have been caused by the heat.

Originally published: Monday, July 8

Updated: Friday, July 12

The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office is now investigating another death that occurred around the time of an excessive heat in the Portland region. The county reports seven people died during the heat, whose deaths may have been caused by heat-related illness. Another nine deaths are also being investigated across Oregon, KOIN reports.

On Friday, July 12, Multnomah County reported a 62-year-old man was found in Southwest Portland Thursday, July 11, marking the seventh death investigation underway by the county medical examiner's office related to the heat wave.

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The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: July 12–14, 2024

Mississippi Street Fair, Taste of Thailand, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15

If last weekend's extreme heat derailed your plans, chin up. The weekend is upon us again, with enticing events from the Mississippi Street Fair to the Taste of Thailand food and cultural festival and from White Lotus Foundation's Summer Market to the 22nd Annual Bastille Day Festival. For more ideas, check out our guide to this week's top events.

FRIDAY

COMEDY

Portland's First Annual Comedy Pageant
The city's first annual comedy pageant is less Toddlers and Tiaras and more I Think You Should Leave. It's also an easy way to familiarize yourself with dozens of local comedians. A whopping 50 comedy acts will show up to bemuse the crowds on Fridays from July 12 to August 2, and panelists and audiences (that means you!) will vote for their faves. Each contestant will have only five minutes to perform, so expect tight, rapid-fire funnies as comics battle it out for the crown and title of Portland Comedy Royalty. LINDSAY COSTELLO
(Curious Comedy Annex, King, $10-$12)

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Good Morning, Portland! My 'E' and 'H' keys are dying. Plas hang in with m as I writ a nwsblast that sounds lik that Frnch book that didn't us the vowel 'e.' Lol. Her's th nws.

IN LOCAL NEWS:
Science says it’s perfectly safe to swim in the Willamette River, and efforts by local nonprofits are making it socially acceptable again too. Mercury reporter Taylor Griggs has a history of swimming in Portland's most obvious swimming spot.

To paraphrase T.S. Elliot in his Four Quartets poem, "massive abandoned retail space to new building, old timber to new fires." To make more sense, a proposed new music venue project in the Lloyd Center Mall area could prove an answer to both Portland's need for a 2,000-4,500 capacity concert hall and a locally-tied competitor to Live Nation's presence in the city's local music economy.

• A landscaping truck caught fire on Wednesday and sparked a wildfire that has, thus far, burned to over 600 acres between Madras and Terrebonne in Central Oregon. While we are not interested in blaming anyone whose car suddenly catches fire, we are interested in what Jefferson County Fire Chief Jeff Blake told Central Oregon Daily News you could do in such a situation.

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Music Fri 7:30 AM

Would a Lloyd Center Music Venue Answer Live Nation's Portland Incursion?

Local promoter Monqui teams up with AEG to compete with reviled music monopolist that is currently being sued by the DOJ.

One of the Lloyd Center Mall's long dead retail anchors may soon be demolished to make way for a mid to large size music venue—large enough, in various configurations, for audiences of anywhere from 2,000 to 4,250 visitors.

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Where to Find Juices and Smoothies in Portland

Carioca Bowls, Tita's Juice Bar, and More

When heat waves hit and turning on the oven becomes out of the question, sometimes the only things that sound palatable are frosty, hydrating juices and smoothies. We've got your back—we've rounded up several places to find fruity concoctions around town, from Carioca Bowls to Tita's Juice Bar


Bastion
Perch in a cozy window seat and sip healing elixirs like triple berry smoothies and "Cocoa Magic" (bananas, tart cherry, cacao powder, reishi mushroom, dates, and coconut milk) at this spot specializing in seasonal, plant-based fare. You can boost your drinks with beneficial add-ons like beet powder, matcha, lion's mane, maca, and spirulina for even more healthful vibes.
Sellwood-Moreland

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West Coast rap phenom ScHoolboy Q is coming to Portland this summer to support his new album, Blue Lips. Dreamy alt-rock band Sixpence None The Richer has announced their first tour in over 20 years. Plus, award-winning author and former Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates will stop by Portland to discuss his first nonfiction book in nearly a decade. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events, plus some news you can use.

ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 12

MUSIC

City of the Sun
Holocene (Fri Sept 27)

The Dear Hunter - Celebrating 20 Years
Wonder Ballroom (Sat Nov 16)

The Devil Wears Prada IS ETƎRNAL
Roseland Theater (Sun Nov 24)

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News Thu 3:00 PM

After Years of Stigma and Advocacy, a Willamette River Renaissance

A years-long push to increase access to the Willamette is paying off as more Portlanders turn to the river for recreation. Advocates say their work isn’t done yet.

How should Portlanders stay cool during increasingly common summer heat waves? Some advocates say to look no further than the Willamette River, Portland’s natural backyard swimming pool and a resource more city residents should be taking advantage of. And while some Portlanders maintain a prejudice against the river that—literally and figuratively—divides the city, more and more people are turning their backs on the negativity, blowing up their pool floats, and cannonballing in. 

At a party in Cathedral Park in late June, hundreds of people celebrated the opening of a new swimming dock right under the St. Johns Bridge. The dock project was led by the Human Access Project, an organization that aims to spread the good word about the Willamette River, and its debut was years in the making. 

Portlanders can also be found jumping into the river from other spots, including the Kevin Duckworth Memorial Dock off the Eastbank Esplanade and Poet’s Beach, located on the west bank of the Willamette under the Marquam Bridge. The Human Access Project, which was founded by Willie Levenson in 2010, is largely responsible for the existence of both of these sites, among others. 

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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 Dengue Fever on July 17 at Mississippi Studios!

As they celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut, LA-based Cambodian rock outfit Dengue Fever emerge with their most cohesive and immersive album to date. Enjoy enthralling, genre-defying tunes from their latest record, Ting Mong, and beyond! Get your tickets now, or enter to win free tix here!

Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, Wed July 17, 8 pm, $32, 21+


• Enter to WIN TWO FREE WEEKEND PASSES to attend the Out West Music Fest on July 19-20 at Dundee Lodge (Gaston, OR)!

Out West Music Festival is a fun weekend of local and national bands, camping, great food and beverage vendors, workshops, and late night fun. We are excited to bring you everything needed to create a community amongst the kind, free spirited people we all know and love! Winners will receive two free weekend passes, which includes camping. Get your passes now, or enter to win here!

Dundee Lodge, 50845 SW Dundee Rd, Gaston, OR, July 19-20, $69-$79, kids 12 and under free



• Enter to WIN FREE TICKETS to see French Cassettes on July 25 at Mississippi Studios!

San Francisco power-pop outfit French Cassettes shares harmony-driven and hook-filled tunes from their steadily growing collection. Get your tickets now, or enter to win free tix here!

Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi, Thurs July 25, 8 pm, $15, 21+

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CALLING ALL BRAINY BOTTOMS! It's time once again to put your brainy-brain to the test with this week's edition of POP QUIZ PDX—our weekly, local, sassy-ass trivia quiz. And this week, your brain will be tested on how much you know about Portland's HOT weather, the new proposed dueling music venues in town, and let's find out which absolutely TERRIBLE band you'd choose to be wiped off the earth foreverrrrrrrr! 🎸💣

But first, how did you do on the previous quiz? Exceptionally well overall! And I found it especially interesting that, while you might not all agree that we should put the same firework up Donald Trump's butt, we all agree that it should happen in one way or another! 😀

OKAY, TIME FOR A NEW QUIZ! Take this week's quiz below, take our previous pop quizzes here, and come back next week for a brand spankin' new quiz! (Having a tough time answering this quiz? It's probably because you aren't getting Mercury newsletters! HINT! HINT!) Now crank up that cerebellum, because it's time to get BRAINY!

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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND!

Now don't panic... but the Mercury's delicious NACHO WEEK ends this Sunday! So hurry up and gobble down 36 varieties of creative takes on nachos from your fave Portland restaurants as quickly as possible... and, don't forget, they're only $8 each! Now let's gobble down some NEWS! (Does that sounds dirty? Maybe a little dirty.)

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Forgive me for saying so... but is Commissioner (and mayoral wannabe) Rene Gonzalez starting to get kind of WEIRD about his infatuation for the police? Check out this eye-popping report from our Courtney Vaughn about Gonzalez announcing that the city should reign in negative comments about the cops during public meetings, adding that by allowing them to do so the council is "platforming nonsense." Apparently he doesn't like it when members of the public rightly point out that local cops can be occasionally VERY violent and are costing Portland hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawsuits. Or maybe he doesn't like the First Amendment... unless you happen to be smooching up to the cops or demonizing the homeless? I dunno. Anyway, read the story, it's great.

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News Wed 9:03 PM

Commissioner Rene Gonzalez Wants City to Rein in Public Comments Criticizing Police During Council Meetings

The city commissioner and candidate for mayor insists the city should no longer "platform abolitionists" by allowing comments about police brutality during council votes on legal matters.

A Portland city commissioner and current candidate for mayor has repeated calls for the city to limit or even prohibit public input that’s critical of police during city council meetings. 

Before approving an $11,500 legal settlement Wednesday for the plaintiff in a bodily injury lawsuit stemming from a 2020 protest, the Portland City Council heard input from Marc Poris, of Portland Copwatch. Copwatch is an informal, volunteer-based group established in 1992 that documents Portland Police Bureau (PPB) policy and conduct. The group operates with the goal of fostering accountability and creating a police bureau "free of corruption, brutality, and racism."

During his allotted three-minute public testimony, Poris lamented a pattern of excessive force used by PPB during the 2020 racial justice protests, and a seeming lack of accountability.

Poris routinely gives input to Portland City Council on behalf of Copwatch about agenda items related to policing.

On Wednesday, just before voting to approve the settlement agreement, City Commissioner Rene Gonzalez unleashed a brief tirade, insisting that residents like Poris and other police watchdogs have no legal right to address the council on matters related to legal settlements involving the police bureau.

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Comedy Wed 11:30 AM

Don't Miss the Devilish Fun of "Two Evils with Arlo & Kate!" (Special Guest: Peachy Springs!)

It’s audience vs. a special guest contestant in a devilishly fun game of good vs. evil!

Who's ready for a little EEEEVIL?

Well, you're in luck, because Mercury Geniuses of Comedy, Arlo Weierhauser and Kate Murphy, are your hosts for the most diabolical, hilarious, and EVIL live game show in town… TWO EVILS! Join Arlo and Kate (and Wm. Steven Humphrey from the Mercury as "the voice of God") as they ask a series of truly evil questions, and it’s up to our special guest contestant and the audience (who will vote on their phones) to decide which is the lesser of TWO VERY EVIL ANSWERS. Are there prizes? You bet your butt! Is there comedy? Oh, absolutely!

Plus, in honor of Pride Summer, we'll be welcoming very special guest contestant (and Portland's fave bingo-calling drag artist) PEACHY SPRINGS! 😍

 And WARNING: This show could easily sell out, SO GET THOSE TIX QUICK NOW AND HERE!

 Don’t miss the most delightful and morally corrupt comedy game show of the century… TWO EVILS with Arlo & Kate!

WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, doors 7 PM / 7:30 pm show

WHERE: The Siren Theater, 3913 NE Mississippi

TICKETS: $15 advance, $20 door

Presented by your pals at the Portland Mercury!

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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Good news: After searing temps the last couple of days, we're cooling off today...if only a little bit. Temperatures are supposed to hang out at around 90 degrees today, which is still very warm, but slightly more bearable. Perhaps I will face the great outdoors today after hiding inside the last three days. Maybe to get some nachos??? (It's NACHO WEEK, guys!!! Find out more here.) 

But before that...let's face today's headlines.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Five people in Multnomah County have likely died due to heat-related illness since the historic heatwave began last weekend, and two deaths in Southwest Oregon are also suspected to be related to the high temperatures. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner will continue to investigate local deaths. According to  county reports, the people who died in recent days were mostly older than 64, though a 33-year-old man is reported to have died due to suspected heat-related causes, too. But regardless of age, these deaths are very sad—and although they've become much more common in recent years, they're also preventable. Unfortunately, we now live in the world that the oil executives reaped, and it's a hotter one that continues to warm every day. Climate action + infrastructure adaptation is the only way we'll be able to handle this and prevent further needless loss of life. 

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