News Fri 4:28 PM

Proposed Ballot Measure Would Tank Portland’s New Police Accountability Board

A pro-cop attorney wants voters to throw out a police oversight measure approved in 2020, and return to the status quo.

A new ballot initiative seeks to overhaul and water down a police accountability measure that was approved by a large majority of voters in 2020.

The Portland city auditor’s office is in the process of reviewing a proposed ballot measure for inclusion in the November 2024 general election. As written, the measure aims to roll back many of the metrics for police oversight and discipline outlined in the 2020 measure, which passed by 82 percent. That measure sought to shift Portland’s police review and discipline process to one driven by an independent, appointed community board, rather than police.

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Theater & Performance Fri 3:41 PM

Theater Review: Shaking the Tree Explores the Overlap Between Posession and Inspiration

Even if you're not a fan of poetry, you can still appreciate the horror in Portland Playright Ken Yoshikawa's We Wrote This With You in Mind.

How you react to the set of We Wrote This With You in Mind, a new play at Shaking the Tree Theatre, might speak volumes about you. The cutaway interior of a graffiti-covered kitchen is littered with crumpled up paper wads. Cabinets are missing doors. On the wall, someone has painted roughly: "We're having nightmares again."

Initially it looks like an abandoned house. Once the character played by Kai Hynes—referred to as Ensemble "B" in play materials—steps into the light, and the audience gets a load of his torn sweater and wide-leg jeans, you could restructure your impression to: poorly maintained house, perhaps by someone too inexperienced or depressed to care.

As the script progresses, we learn that "B" is essentially squatting in his parents' old restaurant. The other unnamed character—Ensemble "A," played by Kayla Hanson—joins him presently, ostensibly to check on a childhood friend going through a rough patch. However, once "B" related a dream where "A" had died, I remained firmly convinced she was a ghost for the rest of the show.

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EverOut Feb 23 1:00 PM

This Week In Portland Food News

A New Cheesecake Spot Arrives, Nico's Ice Cream Plans a New Location, and Fermenter Says Goodbye

This week, we're digging into creamy concoctions from Muse Cheesecakes, looking forward to Nico's Ice Cream's upcoming Troutdale location, and saying goodbye to Fermenter and Unicorn Bakeshop. Plus, catch the tail end of The Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week this weekend. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS 

Muse Cheesecakes
Channel your inner Golden Girl (I'm a Blanche, how about you?) with a slice of cheesecake at this new shop, which artist Kiana Lee opened on February 9. Flavors range from banana pudding to blueberry lavender to "Rose City Romance."
Boise

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EverOut Feb 23 12:02 PM

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: Feb 23-25, 2024

Turn! Turn! Turn! 10th Anniversary Benefit Bash, Celebrating Bob Moore, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15

It's the weekend—you deserve to take a load off, and your wallet deserves a break, too. Achieve the perfect balance of fun and frugal with events from Turn! Turn! Turn! 10th Anniversary Benefit Bash to a Celebration of Bob Moore's Life and Legacy and from a Agate and Mineral Show at OMSI to PICA's new exhibition Policing Justice.

FRIDAY

FILM

Dirty Dancing with Dance Lessons
Nobody puts Baby in a corner, y'all! Head to Tomorrow Theater to watch Frances “Baby” Houseman fall in love with a Catskills camp dance instructor, but wear something dance-friendly: Attendees will be encouraged to learn some sick salsa moves pre-show with seasoned instructor Rick Davis of Dance Well Schools. LINDSAY COSTELLO
(Tomorrow Theater, Richmond, $15)

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Valentines 2024 Feb 23 10:32 AM

LAST CHANCE! Take the Mercury's 2024 SEX SURVEY!

It's anonymous, so tell us EVERYTHING! Deadline is TODAY, Friday Feb 23!

HEY SEXY PERSON! It's once again the horniest time of year—which means the annual Mercury SEX SURVEY is live, and ready for you to fill out and enjoy!

What's the sexiest thing you did in 2023? Do you use toys? What about those gas station horny pills? If you masturbate, is it a few times a month or every single day? Exactly how horny are you for Jeremy Allen White? Don't be shy, all submissions are anonymous.

BUT HURRY! Today FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 is the LAST DAY to submit your answers and the results will be featured Friday, March 1—which un-coincidently is also the first day of the 2024 HUMP! film festival in Portland! (Have you purchased your tickets yet? It's gonna sell out, so hurry-hurry!)

Enjoy this year's super sexy Mercury SEX SURVEY! (And if the embedded survey below isn't showing up for you, then click here!

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The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support!

Good Morning, Portland! Weather forecast for today is high 50s. You may want to get out there because we're looking at a week's worth of rain to follow it up—and maybe snow next Sunday? Let's get into the news.

IN LOCAL NEWS:
Bike Portland lowered the boom on Commissioner Mingus Mapps yesterday, after he answered a question—at a meeting with a union that represents PBOT maintenance and operations employees—about funding allocation to fixing roads. He said, "And again, I emphasize, these are not the funds that are being used to build, you know, the bike lanes that drive everybody crazy." Mapps has since clarified that he meant... bike lane projects that draw criticism

• Please be kind to all service workers, but especially teens. The Oregonian reports that a trampoline joint in Vancouver, WA has been fined $22,000 for working teens for too many hours and without meal breaks. That was also my experience as a teenage worker; the main manager was listening to Nine Inch Nails and writing his screenplay upstairs while I did everything. Typical.

• Yesterday, voters finally got a peek at a proposal for campaign donations in Oregon. OPB's Dirk VanderHart breaks down the people yelling (liking), and the people talking quite loudly (not liking) about it.

• On Saturday, the Timbers' season opener game kicks off at Providence Park, where they'll play the Colorado Rapids. They didn't have the greatest 2023 season; is there any hope for 2024? Our Abe Asher focuses in on six burning questions fans should be focused on right now.

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EverOut Feb 22 4:02 PM

Ticket Alert: Pearl Jam, Dan + Shay, and More Portland Events Going On Sale This Week

Plus, PDX Live and More Event Updates for February 22

Seattle-born grunge icons Pearl Jam are coming to Portland this spring to support their forthcoming new album, Dark Matter. Country pop duo Dan + Shay have announced a stop in Ridgefield this September. Plus, PDX Live will bring acts including the Japanese House, Elle King, and Sierra Ferrell to Pioneer Courthouse Square this summer. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events, plus some news you can use.

ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

MUSIC

Alvvays
Pioneer Courthouse Square (Sun Aug 18)

Dan + Shay: Heartbreak On The Map Tour
RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater (Thurs Sept 12)

Elle King
Pioneer Courthouse Square (Tues Aug 20)

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Timbers Feb 22 3:16 PM

Will the Timbers Show Up? A 2024 Season Preview

Will the mistakes of last season continue to haunt the Timbers? And is it a new day for the Thorns?

The Portland Timbers’ 2023 season ended early in embarrassing fashion last November with a lopsided loss at Providence Park that ended the team’s playoff hopes. When the dust settled, 2023 was the second-worst season in the club’s MLS history.

On Saturday night, the Timbers will return to Providence Park for their 2024 season opener—complete with a new manager, a new goalkeeper, a new center back, and a new opportunity to allay plenty of doubts about the quality of their offseason decision-making. 

Here are six questions facing the team heading into 2024.  

1. How will Evander show up?

The Timbers made Evander their club-record signing last offseason, and, in many ways, the Brazilian demonstrated his quality in 2023. He led the team with nine goals and added four assists, growing stronger over the course of the season as he settled in Portland.  

But it wasn’t all rosy. Evander’s workrate was unimpressive. He was largely poor defensively and disappeared from games for long stretches. His talent was obvious, but the strength of his commitment and leadership qualities less so.

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Theater & Performance Feb 22 12:30 PM

Theater Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre's Peter Pan Is Exciting for Kids and Enthralling for Adults

Trey McIntyre's choreography excentuates the divide between youth and adulthood that is so central to J.M. Barrie's treasured tale.

Since his arrival in this world in 1902 via the pen of Scottish writer J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan has proven to be one of fiction’s most malleable characters. He has inspired multiple books, films, stage productions, and TV specials. The boy who wouldn't grow up has been such a presence in popular culture, it's a wonder it took until 2001 for someone to finally turn him into the star of a ballet. 

The idea to do so originated with the Oregon Ballet Theatre, which commissioned choreographer Trey McIntyre to make a Peter Pan ballet. But after the funding for the project disappeared, the Houston Ballet in Texas grabbed the baton and premiered the work in 2002. Some two decades later, the OBT finally has the chance to present McIntyre’s work to Portland audiences this month.

In between its premiere down South and this past weekend’s performances at the Keller Auditorium, the ballet has been honed and streamlined to the point that its two hour runtime, including intermission, breezed by in a delightful blur of Tim Burton-esque sets and costumes and exciting dance sequences. 

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Every day, in the United States, an adult person has a nearly 50 percent chance of eating a sandwich. It's... AWESOME. Here at the Mercury we believe in you, we believe in sandwiches, and we believe in a world where you have sandwiches. That's why we (along with our dear friends Jim Beam) put on the Portland Mercury's Sandwich Week: Happening NOW to this Sunday, February 25 you can visit your favorite participating shops, or even newfound spaces on our list, to snack upon a delectable, original sandwich for a mere $8! Are you dreaming? NO, YOU ARE NOT!

The Mercury's Sandwich Week is not only a perfect excuse to shove a delicious sandy (or 10... or 20) into your mouth, but it's also a great way to support and introduce yourselves to local restaurants who might not be on your radar. AND it also helps the Mercury continue the top-notch investigative reporting and arts/entertainment coverage you rely on every day. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT!

Check in at portlandmercury.com/sandwichweek to see pics and descriptions of all of this year's one-of-a-kind sandwich creations—but before you start planning the most delicious week of your life, please keep a few things in mind:

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HEY THERE, BRAINY BUTT! 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 local KILLERS... and yes, that includes animals, sports stars, and even boring old murderers. 🥱

But how did you do on the previous quiz? Not too shabby! And according to you (and your answers in the "subjective question"), there isn't much that Commish Rene Gonzalez ISN'T afraid of! (Maybe he should run for mayor of Chickenshit, USA?) 🐓

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! There are two things you love: Sandwiches and SEX. And this week, we've got a lot of both, with the Mercury's Sandwich Week (which features dozens of delish, creative sammies for only $8 each), and the Mercury Sex Survey (which features dozens of probing, fun questions about your sexy sex life—but hurry, the survey closes on Friday)! Now let's feature some probing, delicious NEWS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Yesterday Portland City Council approved lucrative salaries and severance packages for a handful of deputy city administrators who will help steer the city's many bureaus until permanent charter reform changes kick in next year. Since they're not given any guarantees they'll keep these jobs for the long term, most council members agreed that you have to pay these people a nice, fair wage to make it worth their while. I said "most" because of course Commissioner Rene Gonzalez cast the lone "no" vote. Find out in this report from our Courtney Vaughn why Gonzalez doesn't think people should be paid fairly. 🙄

• Chalk one up for the conservative lying liars who have convinced Democratic lawmakers to water down Measure 110—which decriminalized minor drug possession—and make it illegal again, therefore continuing the failed "war on drugs" which has been proven again and again to be ineffective in getting people the treatment they need. The new plan would give the accused a chance to get treatment before (and even after) conviction will still cost taxpayers somewhere between $180 million and $235 million—pretty pricey for "fixing" a plan that leaders failed to implement properly in the first place. 

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News Feb 21 6:45 PM

Charter Reform: City Approves Lucrative Salary, Severance Packages for Temporary Managers

Portland's new governing structure calls for a handful of deputy city administrators. Commissioners aren't sure they can recruit them.

Portland is one step closer to transitioning control of city operations from elected politicians to professional managers.

Portland City Council approved the city’s human resources department to hire five interim deputy city administrators for a one-year contract, with a built-in six-month severance package. The salary ranges from $204,880 to $307,300 per year for each employee hired, with another $209,000 each in severance costs, assuming all five managers are hired this year and replaced next year. 

The move is considered a major milestone in the ongoing efforts to modernize Portland’s city governing structure and fully implement the charter reform voters approved in 2022.

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Movies & TV Feb 21 4:05 PM

Film Review: In The Taste of Things Simple Pleasures Shine

Trần Anh Hùng’s portrait of 19th century French countryside haute cuisine sizzles with scintillating restraint.

Early on in The Taste of Things, a renowned chef asks a young culinary prodigy to taste a consommé and note how the flavor has changed. The prodigy concludes that it’s become less strong, and the chef agrees. “What you lose in taste you gain in color,” he says, explaining that the clarification process has alchemized the broth into something smoother, subtler, gentler, more delicate and pure.

It’s a fitting analogy for the film itself, which forgoes embellishments and is all the more powerful for it. Director Trần Anh Hùng allows long, uninterrupted cooking sequences to speak for themselves. Instead of relying on music to evoke emotion, he scores the movie with a symphony of sounds: the clink of cutlery against china, the sizzle of short ribs in a pan, and the crackle of a hearth, all set against a near-constant backdrop of birdsong and buzzing bees. Sunlight filters through window panes, bathing the room in a dreamy Campion-esque golden glow. 

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Sex Feb 21 1:00 PM

This Week on the Savage Love Podcast: Men and Feet

Plus on the Magnum: "Going Solo" with Peter McGraw

Why is it always men that are into foot fetishes?

And speaking of feet, a woman has a pair of fetish shoes that no longer fit. She wants to make sure they go to a loving home, but how?

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