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The Top 51 Events in Portland This Week: July 15–21, 2024

Portland Pride, Portugal. The Man, and More

Hey Portland! An exciting week lies ahead, culminating in Pride Weekend! We're here to guide you through from start to finish, with events from the Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Portland Pride Parade to Dollapalooza 3000 and from Portugal. The Man to Fuji to Hood: Japan/Oregon Beer, Cider & Culture Fest.



Thank God It's Queer: Rope with Matinee Baby
Glamorous drag clown Carla Rossi will set the freaky scene for Thank God It's Queer's Pride Month screening of Hitchcock's '48 murder tale Rope. The film follows two "dapper psychopaths" (me and who?) as they strangle a guy, stuff his body in an antique chest, and proceed to host a dinner party. Naturally, they start acting weird about it, and dramatics ensue. (In the cunty words of Hitchcock himself, "Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.") The screening will be paired with Portland-born filmmaker Thom Hilton's Matinee Baby, a new short centering two Clinton Street Theater employees and a cast of their "increasingly wacky, genre-tinged suitors." LINDSAY COSTELLO
(Hollywood Theatre, Hollywood District)

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The Trash Report Today 9:50 AM

THE TRASH REPORT: Too Much is Happening! This Sucks!!

Get ready for an overwhelming can of the week's hottest trash!

Hi, Trash Pandas! Welcome to The Trash Report, your Portland home for news, gossip, and flailing. I'm not so much Elinor Jones as the stunned husk of a woman who yearns for precedented times. Crazy weekend, huh? You know shit's bleak when I walk away from the internet and start cleaning. Let's just say that at least my gorgeously organized jewelry tray is grateful for a country in crisis! So, um, I guess now I am going to try to make you laugh. 

The Big Thing

It's crazy when The Thing happens that you know in an instant is The Thing That's Gonna Change Things, and we got it on Saturday when a gunman tried to kill Donald Trump but only grazed his ear and killed a spectator instead. Republicans including Trump have said that God protected him which is quite the "fuck you" to the Trump rally-goer who was killed, as well as the families of people who die at a higher clip than any other industrialized nation because we live in a gun-sick hellhole. The next few days are going to suck so bad. Fortunately, I also have a refrigerator, pantry, and closet to stress-clean. Another update on this note is that I'm thinking I might start being one of the people who puts their winter sweaters into those bags that shrink real small, so if you catch me on my phone, I'm looking up the best products for doing that, not doom-scrolling, I promise.

This meme has been floating around; I think it makes a lot of good points:

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Get ready for another sunny, warm week with highs topping out at 88 today, and touching or exceeding 90 through Friday! Hmmm.... this sounds like the perfect week to dive into the Mercury's SUMMER OF SLUSHIES, featuring $8 frosty, boozy cocktails from the city's best barkeeps, and even better? It lasts all damn month long! And now, here's some NEWS that will roughly last seven damn minutes long.


• If you're like me, you've been wondering "What's up with all the new big music venues being planned for Portland... and should I hate one of them?" If so, do not miss this report from our Suzette Smith on the new big music venue that's being proposed for the Lloyd Center as well as that one being planned by Live Nation/Ticketmaster over in the Central Eastside. It's super interesting and has all the info you need to know! 

• More Oregon suspected heat-related deaths are being reported by officials following that gnarly 100+ degree heatwave—a direct result of climate change—that struck early last week. While each of these cases are still being investigated, the death count is reported to have hit 16. Our Courtney Vaughn has more.

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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.)

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


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! 🧠



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.


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.

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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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EverOut Fri 10:56 AM

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.



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.

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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EverOut Thu 4:57 PM

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

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.

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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.



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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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.)


• 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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