Savage Love Tue 1:04 PM


It's Time for Another Sex Advice Speed Round in This Week's SAVAGE LOVE! Ready... Set... GO!

This is a preview of this week’s Savage Love. The full version is now exclusively available on Dan’s website Savage.Love.

I’m a 40-year-old female, cis-het. I have very discerning tastes in men, and always end up alone. Any way to be more open without sacrificing my standards?

You’ve either had a terrible run of bad luck—assuming you’ve dated more than ten men—or you’ve set your standards impossibly high. Some food for thought: perhaps you think you want a long-term relationship because you were told that’s what you’re supposed to want—you were told that’s what all good people want—but you actually don’t want a long-term relationship. They don’t make you happy. But instead of telling yourself that you’re a good person who prefers short-term relationships and/or being alone, you’ve set your standards so high—you’ve dialed them up to sabotage—because you want to be alone. And instead of owning that about yourself, you find fault in the men you date.

P.S. There’s no settling down without settling for.

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Are you ready? New Seasons Presents The Mercury's Portland Burger Week is here! There are a total of 48 different burgers you'll be able to try this week (through Sunday August 21) for just $8.

If you're pressed for time—or perhaps you're trying to get in as many burgers as possible to increase your chances of winning our Burger Week giveaway?—then you should bookmark our list of Burger Week takeout options!

Nearly half of all the burgers are available for takeout or delivery. How's that for efficiency? 

Check out all the takeout options here, and check out ALL of the delicious burgers you can eat this week—for just $8 each!—HERE!

Who's ready to see some shows? Well, the Mercury is here to help with FREE TICKETS to see some of Portland's best concerts—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 A LOT of great shows coming at ya this week! CHECK IT OUT!


ENTER TO WIN TIX to see THE SHINS at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Sept 15 & 16!

The Shins play Pioneer Courthouse Square on September 15th and 16th, with special guest JOSEPH! Indie-rock mainstays for over two decades, The Shins are hitting the road to celebrate the 21st birthday of their debut album, Oh, Inverted World. Note: The September 16 show is already SOLD OUT—tickets for 9/15 are on sale now or enter to win tickets for either the 9/15 or 9/16 shows!

Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th, Thurs Sept 15 & Fri Sept 16, 6:30 pm, $53-$152.50, all ages


ENTER TO WIN TIX to see MODEST MOUSE at Pioneer Courthouse Square on Aug 19 & 20!

Modest Mouse visits Pioneer Courthouse Square on August 19th and 20th! These energetic indie-rockers play back-to-back evenings in Portland’s living room, joined first by Blitzen Trapper, then by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Tickets are on sale now or enter to win tickets for either the 8/19 or 8/20 shows!

Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th, Fri Aug 19 & Sat Aug 20, 6 pm, $45-$160, all ages


ENTER TO WIN TIX to see CELESTE BARBER at the Keller Auditorium on Aug 17!

Hailed as the “Australian Queen of Comedy,” Celeste’s original celebrity parody Instagram account has attracted over 8.1 million followers. She is currently shooting her Netflix Comedy Wellmania, a new comedic drama series based on the novel Wellmania: Misadventures in the Search for Wellness. Don't miss your chance to see her live on the "Fine, Thanks" tour. Ticket on sale now, or enter to win!

Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay, Wed Aug 17, 7 pm, $44.50-$64, all ages


ENTER TO WIN TIX to see CRASH TEST DUMMIES at the Aladdin on Aug 19!

Get ready, Portland: Crash Test Dummies plays Aladdin Theater on August 19th, with special guest Carleton Stone! Join the Juno Award-winning band as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, The Ghosts That Haunt Me. Tickets are on sale now, or enter to win!

Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie, Fri Aug 19, 7 pm, $39.50, all ages


ENTER TO WIN TIX to see FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH at RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater on Aug 19!

Las Vegas heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch return in support of their upcoming new album AfterLife alongside metal legends Megadeth. Enter to win or get your tickets now!

RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel Rd, Ridgefield, WA, Fri Aug 19, 6:30 pm, $22-$149, all ages

GOOD LUCK, and all winners will be notified by this Thursday. And check back next week for more FREE TIX from the Mercury!

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Good morning, Portland! And an extra good morning to the person on a bike placing hexes on all of the cars parked along the walkway into Mt. Tabor park last night—I really like your energy. 

A bit of housekeeping before we move into the headlines: This week is the one and only BURGER WEEK. With nearly 50 participating locations, you’re sure to find a burger that suits your fancy for the low low price of $8 (truly a steal during these inflation times, so make sure to tip well!) Alright, now on to the news!

In local news:

• A new IT system at Providence Health and Services has led to approximately 90,000 employee complaints of inaccurate paychecks. Some employees say they were short a few pennies, while others say they didn’t receive a paycheck at all. Nurses in the system filled a class-action lawsuit Monday, alleging widespread wage-theft. Providence leaders say the problem is being address and they are issuing back pay paychecks daily.

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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! First of all... SQUEEEEEE! The most delicious week of the year, the Mercury's BURGER WEEK has finally arrived and runs through Sunday, August 21! Try to stick all 48 (!) delicious, creative, $8 burgers in your mouth... for one week only! Actually, that sounds dangerous. Eat a few though! And while you're at it, eat a few NEWS burgers as well!


• Welp, the Portland Business Alliance's latest desperate attempt to hold on to power has failed for now, as a judge ruled that the Charter Reform Commission's plan to overhaul city government can move on to the November ballot. The PBA wanted to break the various sections of the plan into separate votes, claiming you're too stupid to understand them (but actually they just want to retain power over a small council), and the judge said, "Nuh-uh." Our Isabella Garcia explains it in a far more intelligent, and level-headed manner.

• Whoa, this is some juicy "public defense" drama: After the Public Defense Services Commission refused to get rid of their boss, executive director Stephen Singer, Oregon's chief justice Martha Walters informed the nine-member group they were all FIRED, but if they want to reapply they should let her know by tomorrow noon. Walters has been infuriated by the alleged systemic inability for the public defense commission to supply defenders for (as of last week) nearly 1,000 Oregonians (!!) accused of crimes or currently sitting in jail.

• The Oregonian dug down into the numbers to discover what type of state resident is most likely to be carrying a concealed handgun, and... SURPRISE! It's insecure white dudes, ages 66-75! Or just the type of person who should definitely NOT have a gun. (I think the Venn diagram for this would also overlap those "who probably believe every word that Trump and Republicans say.")

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The proposed ballot measure that could change Portland’s government structure can move forward to the November ballot, a Multnomah County judge ruled Monday. The legal challenge was launched by the Portland Business Alliance (PBA)—an influential business lobbying group—which claimed that the ballot measure was unconstitutional because it made three changes at once.

The ballot measure was born out of the charter review process. Every ten years, a volunteer committee is convened to review Portland’s charter—the city’s version of the constitution—and propose possible changes to the voters. During the review process this year, the 20-person committee proposed that the city council expand to 12 members representing geographic areas of the city, add a city manager to oversee day-to-day operations, and introduce ranked-choice voting to city elections. Charter committee members assert that the changes will redistribute political power more equitably throughout the city.

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The Top 56 Events in Portland This Week: Aug 15-21, 2022

Portland Mercury's Burger Week, Modest Mouse, and More Top Picks

There's plenty of delectable events to choose from this week, including Portland Mercury’s Burger Week, multi-night stints from Hari Kondabolu and Modest Mouse, and a Carrie Brownstein/Fred Armisen reunion at Here And There Festival. Read on to whet your appetite.



Fist of Fury
Set in 1910s Shanghai, Bruce Lee is at his most kickass in the fiery '72 flick Fist of Fury. The film alludes not-so-subtly to Japanese colonialism—hoping to defend his school and China's honor after his master is murdered, Lee hunts down a dojo of Japanese imperialists and shows 'em who's boss. The revenge fantasy cemented Lee's status as a cult hero and impossibly cool dude.
(Clinton Street Theater, Hosford-Abernethy)

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Hiyeeeeee, and welcome to another edition of The Trash Report. It's a-me, Elinor Jones, overdressed and under-confident, ready to hold hands with you and drive Thelma and Louise-style into this trash heap called life, except we won't die. (Probably.) Let's go!

The Trash Ex-President

I feel like anything I write about the FBI raiding Trump's tacky Florida mansion for a duffel bag of nuclear secrets will be out of date within moments of this post going live, because it's nonstop bombshells with all that mess, but I see it and I'm with you and I'm laying flat on my back during the storm with my mouth wide open,  drinking up every delicious drop of that man's demise. I'm not smart enough to really grasp the global risk of nuclear secrets getting out, so I'm able to appreciate all the jokes about it:

I bet whoever came up with the password for those secrets is so pissed that they have to change it. I bet it was a good password, too. Probably not just 80085 which hilariously reads as "boobs" upside down and is definitely not my password for everything, so don't even think about trying it! 

Bad Words and School Massacres: Equally Bad?

NPR, which I like to think is a little bit more chill in general about moral panics, put out the dumbest tweet about the stupidest article about Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke calling a heckler a "motherfucker," and wringing their hands about whether this was too much for the sensitive ears of children and the elderly who heard it:

This was as Beto was discussing the murder of nearly two dozen children. And they're saying it's the f-word that may have crossed the line into indecency, and not the murder of nearly two dozen children. The article quotes an alleged political expert who said "These are voters who are Democratic voters, Republican voters, who don't have an issue with profanity in their private life, but hold public officials and those making public pronouncements to a higher standard," straight-faced about an electorate that twice voted for Donald Pussy-Grabber Trump!? NPR is usually a news organization that will both-sides an issue, but this time they failed to interview an expert who is cool with politicians using expletives, like me, who would have said: "It was cool what Beto said."

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Let the bells ring and the confetti fall—the Mercury's Burger Week (presented by New Seasons) is NOW UNDERWAY through Sunday, August 21!

By far the Mercury's most popular food week entry, for going on 10 years Burger Week has been thrilling the mouths of Portlanders by showcasing some of the city's best burger makers—each of whom have put their own delicious, creative spin on God's favorite sandwich. And what's this? They're only $8! And you have an entire week to try all 48 of 'em! CAN LIFE GET ANY BETTER?!?

(Oh, and thanks and a tip o' the hat to this year's fine Burger Week sponsors: New Seasons Market, Jim Beam, Laurelwood Brewing, Electric Lettuce, DinnerStar, and EverOut. Woot-woot!)

You can check out full descriptions of all the rules and tips for Burger Week here, but in short: Tip your hard-working kitchen staffs and servers; Pick up some sides and drinks while you're there; If your chosen Burger Week joint is busy (probably will be), be patient or try another participating burger joint nearby; Check out our handy-dandy Burger Week map to plot your course! Oh and most importantly, WE ADORE YOU and wanna say thanks for supporting us (drop us a tip for our hard work here) and the restaurants who need your help right now. (You're cool!)

Now... whaddaya say we take a peek at a few of Burger Week's delectable burgers, just to whet that whistle? (WARNING: Better go grab a drool towel.)

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Good morning, Portland! Long live Kate Bush! This morning's news blast is brought to you by the chaotic peculiarities of Monday, and an inconsistent wifi connection. Enough complaining from me. Now let's complain about the news!


• In the food court at Zoiglhaus Brewing’s taproom, Pah!—a restaurant owned by a Latinx queer couple, one of whom is deaf—is now open and serving up pub-style dishes such as burgers (vegan and meat) and blooming onions. Portland Monthly profiled it here.

• On Friday, Mercury News Editor Alex Zielinski spoke with Stephen Piggott, an analyst with the Western States Center, about the ways that recently closed criminal cases—related to far-right activists involved in a 2019 May Day brawl—could impact future of right-wing extremism in Portland. Read the Q & A.

• Once again former employees of the Portland Timbers and Thorns have alleged a toxic work environment for women. The Oregonian has an exclusive report on it that is behind a paywall, but if we don't pay for news, we pay in other ways.

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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.)

Portland Has Paid Little For Its Officers’ Treatment of Protesters in 2020 in Comparison to Other Cities. Why Is That?

Portland has paid just a sliver of what other cities have doled out to settle lawsuits filed by people who sued police for abuse in 2020 protests.

Mathieu Lewis-Rolland

TriMet to Increase Police Presence on Public Transit Amid Fentanyl Surge in Oregon

TriMet is increasing the presence of transit police and security staff on public transit in response to an alleged rise in drug use on and near buses and trains, and to “help put riders at ease.”


THE TRASH REPORT: Here's That Hot Goss You Ordered

Let's go, trash lovers! It's time for a new edition of THE TRASH REPORT! This week Elinor Jones dumpster dives into garbage man Alex Jones, Jake Gyllenhaal's "Road House," and... zombie pigs? Okay!

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EverOut Aug 13 10:00 AM

Where to Eat Summer Berries in Portland Before They're Gone

Food & Drink Specials and U-Picks to Check Out This Season

As sad as it is to say, berry season won't stick around forever. Before you find yourself in the depths of winter and feeling like you'll cry if you have to choke down another root vegetable, take full advantage of the bounty of summer, either by stuffing your face with fruit or filling up a basket at a farm. We're here to help you do just that with a list of local food and drink specials and places offering U-pick. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Kim Boyce's whole-grain bakery crams all the best flavors of the season into their summer fruit pie, which contains peaches, rhubarb, berries, house-made jam, a dash of cinnamon sugar, and ginger oat streusel topping.
Rose City Park
Pickup, delivery

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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 afternoon, Portland! Long live Kate Bush! We find ourselves on another one of those Fridays where there's far too much news. Pour one out for any chance of taking off early. Here's the news!


• Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bushong heard arguments yesterday, from a few different lawsuits—from a few different sources—regarding proposed amendments and / or changes to a ballot measure put forth by Portland’s charter commission, which voters were to cast their ballots on, in the fall. What they have in common: They all don't think you understand ranked-choice voting.

• Criminal cases related to far-right activists involved in a 2019 May Day brawl have all come to a close. To understand the impact that the case outcomes may have on the future of right-wing extremism in Portland, Mercury News Editor Alex Zielinski spoke with Stephen Piggott, an analyst with the Western States Center, a nonprofit focused on confronting and reducing extremism in the west. Read the Q & A.

• Returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus, Pickathon 2022 felt even more like a labor of love than it had in recent years. Check out the Mercury's coverage of the idyllic festival's grand return—with perspectives from local culture writers and a visually opulent photo essay.

• Amanda Seales isn’t taking questions about HBO’s Insecure. And while that's where many of us fell in love with her style and comedy, we respect a creatively fluid and outspoken Black queen. Seales is focused on the here and now, particularly her stand-up comedy, which she’s bringing to Portland with her "Black Outside Again Tour." 

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Comedy Aug 12 3:01 PM

Comedian/Actress/Podcaster Amanda Seales Makes Her Portland Debut

We Love a Creatively Fluid and Outspoken Black Queen

Amanda Seales isn’t taking any more questions about HBO’s Insecure, on which the actress formerly played the hilarious, evolving role of Ivy League graduate Tiffany Dubois. Instead, she’s focused on the here and now, particularly her stand-up comedy, which she’s currently taking on the road with the "Black Outside Again Tour." 

“There was more of a boost in tickets than I expected simply because gas sales are crazy," says Seales. “So that was unexpected and it was really just a pleasant surprise to see folks, you know, willing to spend their hard-earned money to come and get these jokes.”

Speaking via phone with the Mercury from her home in Los Angeles, Seales says that other than three West Coast tour dates—including one in Portland this Saturday, August 13—she is taking a couple weeks of staycation this month, as opposed to a getaway vacation.

“I'm dedicating two weeks of this month to sitting my ass down," says Seales. “When you're touring [all the time], going somewhere feels like you’re doing another tour date, because you have to travel and get everything together and all that stuff. So I'm actually just going to sit still,” she says, adding that her house has been undergoing renovations for the past seven months. “It's finally finished,” she says. “So it's also the first time that I'll get to enjoy my home in a long time.”

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EverOut Aug 12 2:30 PM

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Portland This Weekend: Aug 12-14, 2022

PDX Hot Sauce Expo, Elephant Garlic Festival, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15

If you like your entertainment with a side of food, you're in luck this weekend, with options ranging from wrestling matches at the 5th Annual PDX Hot Sauce Expo to live music at Music Millennium's 29th Annual Customer Appreciation Bar-B-Q and from a parade at the 24th Annual Elephant Garlic Festival to colorful cultural performances at the India Festival.



Minority Retort presents Mateen Stewart
Detroit native Mateen Stewart, who has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and recently competed on NBC’s The Weakest Link, will head to Portland to share some jokes (will we get an update on his ghost mom?) Lee H. Tillman, Julia Corral, and Anthony Robinson will join Mateen for the show presented by Minority Retort, Portland's leading stand-up comedy showcase for Black and brown comedians. 
(Siren Theater, Old Town-Chinatown, $15-$20)

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