EverOut Yesterday 4:00 PM

EverOut's 2024 Pride Event Calendar

Don't miss a minute of fun during this year's Queer Summer!

[Find the Mercury's Queer Guide in print—available in more than 500 spots citywide!—eds.]


Oaks Park Pride

Oaks Park celebrates the Portland queer community with a day of discounted rides, limited-edition treats, pride-themed carnival game prizes, special performances, and more. Did I mention free cake and balloons? You can stop by a vendor fair, play a few rounds of mini-golf, and even try out your moves on wheels at a special Pride edition of the popular Gay Skate at the roller rink. Amusement parks already trigger great joy for me, I can’t wait to go to one filled with queer folx and covered in rainbows. Oaks Amusement Park (Sun June 30) SL

Pride Beaverton 2024

The seventh annual edition of Pride Beaverton is channeling cosmic energy with the theme “We are all made of stars.” The festivities kick off at 11 am with a parade through downtown Beaverton, but the fun will continue all day. Sir Cupcake’s Queer Circus, drag musician Saint Syndrome, and ‘80s girl wave tribute band Blonde Neon are slated to bring their superstar energy to the stage. Plus, a vendor fair will showcase pride gear and other goods from local artisans. Beaverton City Park (Sun June 30) JW

Rainbow Ride!

Inclusivity is the word at this Pedalpalooza ride that invites LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, allies, and accomplices of all ages, abilities, and riding levels to show their pride on two wheels. Deck yourself and/or your ride out in vibrant rainbow colors, and head to the starting point at Colonel Summers Park for an approximate five-mile, flat route. The colorful contingent will end up at the Cart Blocks, where a party with three DJs and vogue dance performances by the Legendary House of Ada will go ‘til late o’clock. Colonel Summers Park (Mon July 1) JW

Pride Night Market

Most people know local nonprofit Pride Northwest as the group that puts on the pride parade, but this year they’re also partnering with Hotel Zags to host an evening market—everyone loves a night market! All are welcome to check out wares from LGBTQIA2S+ vendors (carrying everything from vintage threads to handcrafted goodies), get groovy on the dance floor, and enjoy a variety of snacks and drinks. Recommended mood: unleashing your inner fabulousness. The Hotel Zags (Fri July 12) SL

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News Yesterday 2:20 PM

Providence Nurses Say They've Been Barred From Work By Management Following Strike

Meanwhile, the Oregon Health Authority is overwhelmed by staffing complaints from health care workers across the state

Providence nurses across the state remain on the picket line today, claiming the hospital system is illegally locking them out of work following the conclusion of their three-day strike yesterday. 

According to the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), nurses striking at six hospitals across Oregon provided notice to Providence that they would return to work at six o’clock this morning—only for Providence to respond that they would return to work starting on Sunday.

According to reporting by OPB, Providence offered replacement nurses five-day contracts in spite of the fact that their own nurses planned to return to work on Friday. The union said some nurses were invited back to work starting today, but not on their regular schedules. 

“ONA-represented nurses are encouraged to not cross the picket line and we will vigorously defend any nurse who chooses not to cross the picket line,” the union said in a statement. 

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EverOut Yesterday 1:07 PM

This Week In Portland Food News

Seafood Boils, Sangria, and Vegan Sub Sandwiches

Happy Solstice! Summer is officially here, and with it, a wave of summery new food options have arrived, from seafood boils at Bag O' Crab in Beaverton to sangria flights at Harvest Moon in Tigard. Plus, read about treats like mango-pineapple rum paletas and iced pandan coconut cream lattes. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Bag O' Crab
Get your seafood boil fix at this California-based Asian-Cajun chain, which expanded to Beaverton last week. Guests can choose from options like crawfish, Dungeness crab, king crab legs, shrimp, crab, mussels, and lobster tails, with sauce flavors ranging from Cajun seasoning to lemon pepper to spicy mala. Other offerings include wings, po' boys, lobster rolls, and short ribs.

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News Yesterday 12:46 PM

Update: Providence Nurses Locked Out After Three-Day Strike

Nurses say Providence broke state law, prevented them from returning to work Friday after a strike

Update June 21: Providence nurses at six hospitals across Oregon say they were barred from returning to work Friday in what's called a "lockout" after taking part in a three-day strike over stalled labor negotiations. 

Nurses are now picketing in front of Providence facilities Friday and Saturday.

According to the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), the union representing nurses from Providence, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) "has confirmed violations of Oregon's nurse staffing law by Providence."

That law establishes minimum staffing ratios to ensure quality patient care and prevent nurses from burning out due to untenable patient loads. 

The ONA claims Providence didn't follow the correct procedure for implementing staffing plans.

"Providence submitted staffing plans to OHA for approval that were never agreed upon by nurses and were unilaterally adopted by management without the required approval from the nurse staffing committee," ONA stated Friday in a news release. "According to OHA, this action violates Oregon's staffing law, as ONA-represented nurses have been claiming."

Lockouts are typically initiated by an employer as a tactic to try to force union-represented employees to agree to a labor contract.

Original story below

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EverOut Yesterday 12:07 PM

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: June 21–23, 2024

Tigard Festival of Balloons, Summer Story Fest, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15

As usual, we're here to take the guesswork out of planning a great weekend. Browse our cheap and easy guide for event picks from Summer Story Fest to the Tigard Festival of Balloons and from the Foster Summer Soiree to Pride at the Museum. For more ideas, check out our guide to the top events of the week.



Kickstand Comedy In The Park
Kickstand Comedy's hugely popular Comedy in the Park series has returned, hitting Laurelhurst Park on most Fridays through September 6. Grab your pals with a sense of humor and drop your blankets early—the free stand-up show has been known to draw crowds of 4,000 or more. The plus side of the bonkers crowd is the unmatched dog-watching; I'm a fan of Laurelhurst duck-watching, too. This Friday, a lineup of much-loved funnybones will head to the stage after local laughers Rachelle Cochran and Julia Corral get the crowd going. LINDSAY COSTELLO
(Laurelhurst Park, Laurelhurst, free)

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Photo Yesterday 9:56 AM

The Cowboys Are Back in Town

Ahead of the 8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo, bullfighters and riders amble through Portland's nightlife.

It’s 8:30 on a bright Friday evening, and a white pickup truck rumbles through the streets of Portland’s Pearl District. Five guys in big-brimmed hats, western shirts, and jeans sit along the rail of the truck bed, shouting at people as they roll by. Bullfighters Christian Mills and AJ Neal, bull riders KeAon Griffin and Malachi Anderson, and a friend of the rodeo who goes by “Thunder” are heading from a preparty in an upscale apartment building’s common area to the River Pig Saloon. They crack jokes about Portlanders being confused by Black cowboys. As the truck bounces east down NW Lovejoy St, a rodeo fan shouts: “See you Sunday!” from his post working a bar door. A crisp black western hat sits above his huge smile.

The cowboys—a variety of rodeo talents between them—are in town for the second annual 8 Seconds Juneteenth Rodeo. This year it's held at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and it’s even bigger than its notably successful first year at the Expo Center.

“It’s not like this at other rodeos,” Mills explains. “Normally you come to town, fight bulls, get paid, and go home.” But this weekend, these elite athletes get private parties, multi-course dinners, open bar tabs, and shuttles to and from their luxury downtown hotel—and somehow there’s a mechanical bull set up everywhere they go.

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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! It's another perfect day for all you hotties out there, with temps reaching a scorchin' 92 degrees. And if you need advice on how to keep that insufferably warm apartment or home cool, check out my evergreen hot tip sheet right here. And now let's dip into some scorchin' NEWS!


• In conservation news: While Oregon's old growth forests have pretty solid protections to prevent out-of-control logging of the state's ancient trees, they are still in danger. So activists, who rightly say that old growth trees are critical in the fight against climate change, are using various tactics (including legislative and old-school protests) to save those forests. Our Taylor Griggs has more!

• Yesterday Portland City Council continued to debate whether they should renew their partnership with Multnomah County and fund the shared Joint Office of Homeless Services, and one of the major sticking points is how the city's portion—$25 million—should be spent. And leave it to one of the wealthy's most supportive puppets, Commissioner Dan Ryan, to push to have one representative from the business community and "one high-income earner" to be on the steering committee to decide where that money goes... because rich people have always been so kind to those living in poverty? (A new, expanded city council cannot come soon enough.)

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Pop princess Sabrina Carpenter is going on tour this fall 'cause she’s a singer—we can’t wait to hear her “Nonsense” outro for Portland. Eighties alt-rock phenoms the Psychedelic Furs and the Jesus and Mary Chain have also announced a joint tour. Plus, anti-Santa John Waters will glide his perverse sleigh into Portland for some yuletide twistedness at A John Waters Christmas. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events, plus some news you can use.



Bad Religion
Crystal Ballroom (Fri Oct 18)

Blind Pilot
Mississippi Studios (Fri Aug 16)

Broken Social Scene
Roseland Theater (Sun Aug 18)
On sale at noon

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Bikes Thu 2:00 PM

Portland Pride Rides All Summer Long—Here Are Some 2024 Pedalpalooza Picks!

A few ways our city leads the way in welcoming riders of all genders and sexualities.

[Find the Mercury's Queer Guide in print—available in more than 500 spots citywide!—eds.]

Despite the campy spandex uniform worn by those truly dedicated to the sport, cycling still has a reputation for having a certain straight guy “bro” quality that can make it intimidating for non-men and queer folks to get involved. But in Portland, that “bro-iness” is on the way out.

In recent years, leaders in the local bike scene have made a concerted effort to make the community more inclusive. That’s reflected in the Pedalpalooza ride calendar, where you can find an abundance of queer-led and pride-themed bike events to participate in all summer long.

Already this summer, there have been several rides explicitly meant for Portland’s queer community—the annual “Pride Ride’’was on June 3, and the “Slut Pedal,” a ride centering queer and BIPOC sex workers, took place the day before—but there are plenty more to come. And those involved in Portland’s blossoming queer cycling community say it doesn’t stop at Pedalpalooza rides: There’s work to do all year long to make sure the local bike scene is welcoming to everyone, especially people who have been left out in the past.

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News Thu 12:20 PM

Activists Reignite the Battle for Oregon’s Old-Growth Timber

Using both the democratic process and a bit of civil disobedience, "forest protectors" rally to save ancient trees.

It’s a big year for forest conservationists in Oregon, who are using a variety of tactics— deploying different levels of civil disobedience—to fight against continued old growth logging around the state. 

Old growth forest advocates say the trees–which define the Pacific Northwest’s iconic landscape–are not only beautiful, they’re necessary for mitigating the worsening impacts of the climate crisis. And despite plans to preserve them, these old growth forests are at risk. 

At a rally last week outside the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest regional headquarters in downtown Portland, environmental activists called attention to the United States Forest Service’s objective to amend the plan that dictates management of federal forest land in the Pacific Northwest. Activists say the current plan, while instrumental in protecting the region’s oldest trees during a time of mass deforestation, has loopholes allowing the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to carry out commercial logging projects in old growth forests. 

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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 Todd Rundgren on July 3 at Revolution Hall!

Dubbed "Rock's New Wunderkind" in the ‘70s for his multi-faceted approach to music (playing instruments, singing and producing), Philadelphia-born artist Todd Rundgren visits solo on the "ME/WE" Tour! Get those tickets now, or enter to win free tix here!

Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark, Wed July 3, 8 pm, $59.50-$89.50, 21+

• Enter to WIN FREE TICKETS to see Redd Kross on July 10 at Aladdin Theater!

Redd Kross plays Aladdin Theater on July 10th, with special guest Dale Crover! Dealing in dayglo power-chords, addictive choruses and larger-than-life lyrics, Redd Kross’ live show is a remarkable thing to behold. Catch the punk-rock duo LIVE in Portland as they celebrate their 45th Anniversary this summer! Get those tickets now, or enter to win free tix here!

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Wed July 10, 8 pm, $25, all ages

• Enter to WIN FREE TICKETS to see Perfume Genius on June 28 at Revolution Hall

Raised in Seattle and lauded by Billboard, Pitchfork, Paste, and beyond, GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Mike Hadreas returns to Rev Hall as Perfume Genius with ethereal, vulnerable tunes from his far-reaching discography. This show is SOLD OUT, so enter to win free tix here!

Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark, Fri June 28, 8 pm, sold out, all ages

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Pop Quiz PDX Thu 9:46 AM

POP QUIZ PDX: Sassy-Ass Trivia About Oregon's Fatal (and Non-Fatal) Attractions!

Buckle up, keep your hands in the car at all times, and see how well YOU score!

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 terrifying (but sometimes delicious!) Oregon attractions—as well as terrifying (but never delicious) local jerks. (In fact, I would be okay if we had more of the former, and less of the latter). 🤷‍♂️

But first, how did you do on the previous quiz? Pretty ding-dang good! And even though you did not pick "Sailor Humpy" (me) as the world's sexiest sailor, it's kind of hard to argue against Captain Ron and Sailor Moon... though isn't Sailor Moon a TEENAGER? Careful, people... BE VERY CAREFUL. 😬

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! Start figuring out ways to cool your sweaty ass down NOW, because today's temp is expected to hit 90 and get even hotter tomorrow with a high of 92! And if you're already bemoaning this hot summer, here's a sure-fire cool-down: the Mercury's SUMMER OF SLUSHIES, featuring frosty, boozy cocktails from 23 local bars (and only $8 each) throughout the entirety of July! Check 'em out here, and let's read some partially frosty NEWS.


• Women's Strike this Monday: Portland activists will be taking over the Burnside Bridge this coming Monday, June 24, for the national Women's Strike to protest continuing gender inequality and the loss of reproductive rights. And even if they're unable to attend the bridge protest, organizers are asking supporters to refuse to go to work and school, and abstain from injecting money into the economy, unless it's a women-owned business. Emma Ambroziak explains the history of the event and provides more details!

• On the subject of striking, more than 3,000 Providence nurses are walking off the job after months of contract negotiations with the hospital system have broken down. The bargaining committee says while Providence is offering an initial fair wage increase, the following yearly pay bumps won't keep up with inflation. Meanwhile Providence says their hospitals remain open and will continue serving patients.

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Cocktails Thu 8:00 AM

Coming July 1... The SUMMER OF SLUSHIES Arrives—and It's All Damn Month Long!

Cool your butt down with delicious frozen cocktails from 23 of your fave bars (and they're only $8 each)!

Starting July 1 (and running all damn month)... it's the coolest, most delicious event of the summer!

The Portland Mercury, and our pals at Jim Beam, proudly present the Summer of Slushies! Get boozy, frozen, custom-made slushies at your favorite bars during the entire month of July—and for only $8 each! Intrigued? YES, YOU ARE! So check out all 23 of these delicious, refreshing concoctions NOW! And chart your course on this month-long river of frozen booze with our Summer of Slushies map!

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News Wed 6:09 PM

Women Across Portland and the US Encouraged to Strike on June 24

On the anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision, activists will line the Burnside Bridge to protest diminished reproductive rights and gender inequality.

On Monday, June 24, women’s rights activists across the nation will join forces to protest gender inequality. Portland Women's Strike organizers are calling for a show of solidarity.

At noon Monday, gender rights activists and reproductive rights advocates will line the Burnside Bridge adorned in red. 

Local organizers encourage supporters to abstain from work or school, if possible, and to refrain from injecting money into the economy on that day, unless it is to support a female-owned business. They also encourage supporters to promote the strike on social media in the days leading up to it with the hashtags #WomensStrikePortland and #WomensStrike2024.

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