EverOut Wed 4:38 PM

Your Guide to December 2022 Events in Portland

Jonathan Van Ness, The Nutcracker, and More Top Picks

December is here, and with it comes twinkling lights, jingling sleigh bells, and all manner of seasonal delights. Even if the holiday season isn't your cup of eggnog, there's also the usual array of concerts, major author appearances, festivals, food & drink events, and tons more. As we do every month, we've compiled the biggest events you need to know about in every genre, from Jonathan Van Ness to December To Remember and from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker to Peacock Lane. You can also check out our December events calendar to view events by date.

COMEDY

Marlon Wayans: Microphone Fiend Tour
Longstanding actor, producer, comedian, writer, and director Marlon Wayans will drop by ilani Casino Resort for more laughs, hot on the heels of his starring role in Netflix's Halloween spook fest The Curse of Bridge Hollow
ilani Casino Resort, Ridgefield (Thurs Dec 1)

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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! If you're already needing a stiff drink this holiday season... then rejoice! Because the Mercury's HOLIDAY DRINK WEEK is happening RIGHT NOW! Get all sorts of creative, holiday-themed fancy cocktails concocted by your fave Portland bartenders... and get this: They're only $7 each! But hurry, hurry—the fun ends this coming Sunday, December 4. Now let's drown our sorrows with some NEWS. 😑

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• Okay, prepare to lose your goddamn mind: Portland City Council voted today to approve the $27 million needed to launch Mayor Wheeler and Commissioner Ryan's unpopular plan to criminalize the homeless and force them into three mass internment camps. OH! But it gets worse: Not only is this $27 million *a fraction* of the amount actually needed to carry out a plan that only wealthy business people want, the required budget cuts that will be used to fund this cruel, inhumane plan could possibly lead to the closing of two already running, successful homeless shelters (pushing more people into the street), AND possibly the elimination of emergency rent assistance programs and eviction legal defense (again... PUSHING MORE PEOPLE INTO THE STREETS). Mayor Wheeler and Commissioners Ryan and Mapps (AKA the satellite office of the Portland Business Alliance) continue to loudly crow that this is the ONLY plan that can eliminate homelessness, though they never asked the advice of actual experts or their county partners at the Joint Office of Homeless Services. Learn more stuff that will make you slap your forehead and scream "OMIGOD!" in frustration in this report from our Alex Zielinski.

• Related: You may be asking yourself, "Is the pressure on Mayor Wheeler and his fellow wealthy business community puppets really so strong that they can't resist spending millions on plans that won't work and will most likely create MORE homeless folk?" The answer is YES, and proof can be found in this article entitled "Salt & Straw’s safety concerns spark summit to address Portland’s business climate." Reminder: In post-pandemic Portland, business success is more important than people.

• Today Portland’s Charter Review Commission voted to send seven charter amendments to voters in 2024. (Yes, there are more decisions to make, which also means more opportunities for Commish Mingus Mapps to come up with terrible counter proposals. Yay.) Our Isabella Garcia has the details on what we can expect.

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News Wed 12:30 PM

City Council Passes $27 Million Budget Package to Fund Homeless Encampment Plan

According to the county, the budget package requires cuts that could lead to at least two current homeless shelters shuttering within the year—and the elimination of rent assistance programs.

Portland City Council voted 3-0 Wednesday morning to approve a controversial budget package that lays the groundwork for a plan to criminalize street camping and build mass encampments to hold unhoused Portlanders by 2024. Both city commissioners Carmen Rubio and Jo Ann Hardesty were absent for the morning's vote. (According to council staff, Hardesty is on a planned vacation and Rubio is out sick.)

The bulk of the $27 million budget package—$17 million—goes toward building and operating three of the proposed six outdoor encampments planned to hold up to 250 people. The rest of the funding covers salaries for 50 new homeless outreach jobs, fills budgetary gaps in the city department responsible for sweeping homeless camps, and pays for a contractor to help set up a diversion program to soften the blow of criminal penalties levied against people camping outside. A sliver of the package—$150,000—addresses the dearth of housing in Portland by directing the housing bureau to identify 400 city-owned properties that could be redeveloped into affordable housing. 

The programs these funds are set to support were first introduced in late October by City Commissioner Dan Ryan and Mayor Ted Wheeler without any identified funding source. 

"For far too long we have tolerated the intolerable," said Ryan, who oversees the city's housing bureau, before voting Wednesday. "These resolutions do not criminalize homelessness. What is criminal is for government to accept the status quo."

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ALERT! The wildly festive Portland Mercury’s HOLIDAY DRINK WEEK is happening right NOW and until Sunday, December 4! And not only are these specially crafted, original holiday themed cocktails mixed by the best bartenders in town, they're also only $7 each!

We’ve teamed up with the finest bars and restaurants in Portland—along with our cocktail-lovin’ pals at Jim Beam—to bring you this one-of-a-kind booze-tacular! At each location, you’ll find $7 specially crafted cocktails, and even better? They'll be available ALL DAY (not just during happy hour)!

Want to take a mouth-watering peek at some of the ho-ho-holiday boozy drinks featured in the Mercury's HOLIDAY DRINK WEEK? Why, yes! YOU DO!

Bottle + Kitchen's "Creature Comforts"

What's In It: Cruzan Estates dark rum, Suntory Whisky TOKI, Chinese 5-spice maple syrup, apple cider, Fee Brothers black walnut bitters, and Regans' Orange Bitters No. 6 served in a chilled tumbler over a large cube.

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Hear In Portland Wed 9:48 AM

We Have FOMO for J.I.D and Smino's Love Is Forever Tour

In this week's HEAR IN PORTLAND: The Thesis celebrates 8 years, and rap pioneer Rakim postpones his show at the Crystal Ballroom

It’s been pretty quiet lately in these music streets, especially release-wise—but there are more than enough shows popping up on the horizon to keep our ears full. This week we are jazzed about lots of hip-hop: a FOMO-worthy co-headlining tour, monthly hip-hop series the Thesis celebrates its eight years with a packed party of local talent, and rap pioneer Rakim's Fri Dec 2 show at the Crystal Ballroom has been postponed.


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Can’t miss upcoming events.

The Thesis 8 Year Anniversary 

Putting on a show every first Thursday, every month, for eight years straight (save for a few COVID-forced cancellations) isn’t easy to pull off. Long serving as an introduction and uplifting of Portland's hip-hop and R&B scene, the team behind the Thesis proves over and over again that they know their stuff. So whether you're familiar with one person or none on this bill, you’re basically guaranteed to have a good time at their eighth anniversary. Rapper Real3am headlines the show, bringing his smooth nighttime flows to Kelly’s side room venue. Eclectic poet/lyricist Nexus J. and outstanding soul singer Veana Baby are also featured, along with Leebo, DJ OG ONE, guest star Akira West, and of course, resident DJ Verbz slays on the boards, as always. (Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington, Thurs Dec 1, 9 pm, $15-20, tickets here, 21+)

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Good Morning, Portland! It snowed in Hood River! And it might snow in the Portland to Salem areas of the Willamette Valley tomorrow and / or Friday morning. MIGHT. PUT THE KALE DOWN, AMBER.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

You may have read about last week's complaints from local ice cream moguls Salt & Straw about—Eater PDX clarified this—the area around its main kitchen, at SE 2nd and SE Ankeny. Strangely enough, the news came to light due to an impassioned email from Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale, addressed to two dozen representatives at the city, county, and state congress levels. Other business leaders in the area rallied around the letter: CEO of Smith Teamaker Darren Marshall, Revant Optics owner Jason Bolt. And last night the area's businesses and property owners association held a "listening session," with state Rep. Rob Nosse, Mayor Wheeler, Portland Police Captain James Crooker, and Chris Fick, who is chief of staff for Multnomah County Chair-elect Jessica Vega Pederson. As a result of the listening session, the Oregonian's Austin De Dios reports that the mayor announced a “90-day reset” in Southeast Industrial, similar to that of the reset implemented in Old Town, which led to homeless camp sweeps and an increased police presence.

• Sorry about these long ass openers, folks. But this shit is, like, layered: In 2019, during the infamous Republican walkouts in Oregon's Capitol (which kept the state's legislation from reaching quorum and effectively killed both a bill to fund K-12 schools and one to institute a carbon tax), State Senator Brian Boquist responded to the idea of state police escorting him into the session with: “If you send the state police to get me, hell’s coming to visit you personally,” and later "send bachelors and come heavily armed.” Since then, Boquist has been required to give 12 hours notice before coming to the Capitol so the state police would have time to bolster security. Anyway, it's been three years and those requirements were rescinded. But Boquist is still suing Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, saying that the requirements infringed upon his first amendment protections. Anyway, yehaw.

• The city of Portland has agreed to stop using "Rubber Ball Distraction Devices"—munitions commonly referred to as "flash-bang grenades"—against Portlanders for the next 14 months. What's more, the city has agreed to "engage in a process to decommission" the bureau's inventory of these specific munitions entirely in that time period. Read News Editor Alex Zielinski's explanation of the the agreement.

• Cars are weapons. Come for me, you weak-calved drivers. We'll see who is the victor—unless you are driving. It will be YOU, if you are driving, because cars are weapons. In the latest instance of cars being weapons, would-be robbers crashed a car into the REI on NW Johnson. Crashing cars into businesses, with the intent to rob them, is catching on locally, as people have come to see that cars are weapons.

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Good Afternoon, Portland! The world is a museum of people who have different ways to cook a turkey, and I’m just passing through.

IN LOCAL NEWS:
• We should just ignore the angry man in the comments yelling stuff that isn't true, but if some asshat tries to tell you that local advocacy group Don't Shoot Portland will get a large payout from the settlement of a June 2020 lawsuit that accused Portland police of "indiscriminate use" of tear gas and impact munitions against nonviolent protesters, they don't know anything. Go off to your 600 American flag icon followers, Greg—or read News Editor Alex Zielinski's explanation of the agreement.

• The arguments surrounding flavored tobacco, and the possible banning of it in Multnomah County, are varied and cavernous. On Monday night, retailers and health officials offered public testimony about the proposed ban. Isabella Garcia reports on their concerns.

• As part of the midterms, voters passed a $450 million bond to make campus and technology improvements at Portland Community College. OPB's Meerah Powell reports on where that money is headed:

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Savage Love Tue 1:30 PM

Quickies

It's another slam-bang edition of SAVAGE LOVE "quickies"! You have the quick, sexy questions, Dan has the quick, sexy solutions!

I’m a 29-year-old cis straight male. What are the ethics of having a minor cum/breeding kink? Thanks, Dan!

No one chooses their kinks—our kinks choose us—so having a kink doesn’t raise ethical issues. Acting on our kinks… making choices that impact others… that’s where ethical concerns kick in. So, if it turns you on to “breed” someone, as the gay boys (very problematically!) like to say, and you never act on it, if you just sit in your apartment wanking about it, there are no ethical issues. But if you act on this kink with another person—if you want to have unprotected sex with a woman—you need to make sure she’s aware of the risks going in and that birth control is her responsibility. And you should be fully aware—going in and out and in and out—that child support could be your responsibility. (Also, you should read Ejaculate Responsibly: A Whole New Way to Think About Abortion by Gabrielle Blair.)


I have misophonia. Blowjob noises make me sick. Is it possible to give a quiet blowjob?

Misophonia is a sensory disorder that makes certain sounds extremely unpleasant; eating sounds—mouth noises—can be particularly triggering for sufferers. Noise-cancelling headphones seem like an obvious solution, but they won’t work, as noises made in your own mouth have a very different path to your eardrums. So, what you need are noise-generatingheadphones, i.e., regular ol’ headphones blasting music cranked up so loud you literally can’t hear anything else—not even those plunger-being-used-in-desperation-as-the-water-rises-to-the-top-of-the-toilet-bowl sounds someone giving a blowjob makes when their work is almost done.


Beginning to think I’m bad at sex. I try to be GGG. Any tips?

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Multnomah County leaders heard hours of public testimony Monday about their proposed ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine products, including menthol. Public comments were split between retailers concerned that a ban on flavored tobacco would potentially shutter their shops, and health officials and community members urging the passage of the ban to combat the rising rates of youth vaping and smoking.

“We will lose an entire generation of people if we continue to allow big tobacco to sell whatever they want,” said Haoua Dogo with Upstream Public Health, a supporter of the proposed ban.

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Cops Tue 11:22 AM

City Agrees to End the Use of "Flash-Bang" Grenades in Settlement With Don't Shoot Portland

The settlement also includes a $250,001 payout to plaintiffs.

The first federal lawsuit filed against the city of Portland for its officers' actions against demonstrators during the city's racial justice protests of 2020 has come to a close.

On Monday, lawyers representing five demonstrators and the advocacy group Don't Shoot Portland reached a $250,001 settlement with the city over a June 2020 lawsuit, which accused Portland police for the "indiscriminate use" of tear gas and impact munitions against nonviolent protesters.

The settlement's payout will divided equally among the five plaintiffs—Nicholas Roberts, Misha Belden, Lester Wresckie, Thomas Dreier, and Alexandra Johnson—with the remaining $1 going towards Don't Shoot Portland. The settlement also includes changes to Portland Police Bureau (PPB) protocol.

Per the court filing detailing the agreement, the city has agreed to stop using "Rubber Ball Distraction Devices"—munitions commonly referred to as "flash-bang grenades"—against protesters in the 14 months following the agreement. What's more, the city has agreed to "engage in a process to decommission" the bureau's inventory of these specific munitions entirely in that time period. 

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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 some great shows coming at ya this week! CHECK IT OUT!


ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX to see Rakim at the Crystal Ballroom on December 2!

UPDATE! We're sad to relay that this Rakim show has been postponed indefinitely. We'll yell when it gets rescheduled!

ORIGINAL POST: Where many MCs of the time developed their technique through improvisational battles, Rakim was among the first to demonstrate the possibilities of sitting down to write intricately crafted lyrics packed with clever word choices and metaphors (of course, he also had the delivery to articulate them). Even after his innovations were worshipfully absorbed and expanded upon by countless MCs who followed, Rakim's early work still sounds startlingly fresh, and his comeback recordings (beginning in the late '90s) only added to his legend. So what are you waiting for? Enter for your chance to win or snatch up those tix now!

Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside, Fri Dec 2, 8 pm, $32-$45, all ages


ENTER TO WIN FREE TIX to see the Trinity Of Terror Tour at the Moda Center on December 11!

Fans demanded it, and so the Trinity of Terror Tour has been extended to additional dates in December! Don't miss the biggest names in metalcore, Ice Nine Kills, Motionless In White and Black Veil Brides, as they bring the head-banging part three of their co-headlining tour, Trinity Of Terror, to Portland. Enter to win tickets or get yours right now, right here!

Moda Center, 1 N Winning Way, Sun Dec 11, 6:20 pm, $35-$55, 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!

Ho-ho-HELLO, Mercury lovers!

Like it or not, it’s the holiday season. And I just wanted to temporarily slide into your sweet brain to say TWO THINGS...

THING ONE: You are a wonderful, thoughtful person, and you are both important and needed. Like everyone else at the Mercury, you are in the “Give a Crap Club” and want Portland to be a place that's fun, vibrant, and cares deeply about those in the community who need assistance. That’s why it’s really important to support local journalism—especially the kind that isn’t beholden to the wealthy special interest groups who put their own profits over the health and welfare of the rest of Portland. Every single day the Mercury fights to produce clear-eyed, hard-hitting journalism that cuts through the lies of the power-hungry, and alerts you to what’s really going on behind closed doors at city hall. It’s hard work… but we freaking love it. Why? Because you and Portland are worth protecting. And this brings us to….

THING TWO: Excellent journalism isn’t free, and (for obvious reasons) the city’s wealthy power-brokers aren’t exactly lining up to support us! So this holiday season, when you’re considering how to share your generosity, I hope you’ll consider the Mercury. Every penny you contribute goes DIRECTLY to our reporters’ salaries, and guess what? It makes them feel really appreciated and fired up to keep bringing you the daily reporting (and occasional sassy-ass fun) you deserve. So what do you say? Help us help Portland. If you’re able, please consider a small monthly or one-time contribution to the Mercury. Contributions from you help us stay free for everyone, and on the job every single day! And wait… actually there’s a…

THING THREE: We really appreciate you! Thank you SO MUCH for all the support you’ve given us over the past two decades, and all the love you show your fellow Portlanders. We have every intention of sticking around (and sticking it to the man) for a very long time. Have a great holiday season, and remember, you are deserving of love and happiness every day of the year!

Thinking of you this season,
Wm. Steven Humphrey
Editor-in-Chief
Portland Mercury
(he/him)

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! There is a 10 percent chance that we may see some snow today, with chances of snowfall slightly increasing throughout the week. If you love this weather, why not celebrate it by grabbing a drink at one of the 24 bars participating in the Mercury’s Holiday Drink Week? If you detest this weather, why not cheer up by grabbing a festive $7 drink during the Mercury’s Holiday Drink Week? Now, onto the news!

In local news:

• An Oregon Senate panel rescinded security measures against Senator Brian Boquist (Republican turned Independent representing Polk and Yamhill counties) Monday. Since July 2019, Boquist has had to give 12 hours notice before going to the state capital so that police could increase their presence due to threatening statements he made against fellow lawmakers and state police. That security protocol was removed Monday in response to Boquist’s ongoing lawsuit against the state, which claims that the security measure is a violation of his free speech.

• Over half of the New Seasons locations in the Portland area have moved to unionize this year. Check out which locations and the status of their efforts with this comprehensive breakdown from Alex Zielinski.

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News Nov 28 4:12 PM

The Majority of Portland-Area New Seasons Stores Have Moved to Unionize

Ten out of 19 New Seasons grocery stores have joined the local labor movement.

As of Monday afternoon, workers at more than half of all New Seasons grocery stores in the Portland Metro area have moved to unionize. A New Seasons store in Beaverton's Cedar Hills neighborhood became the tenth to file a petition to hold a union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Monday.

As with many New Seasons workers who've joined the union drive this year, employees at the Cedar Hill store say the effort was inspired by the 2019 purchase of New Seasons by a company called Good Food Holdings, which is owned by international retail giant E-Mart. After that sale, New Seasons introduced several policies around worker attendance and scheduling that, to employees, felt uninformed by staff experiences. 

"People realized that workers speaking up for themselves was increasingly useless," said Cedar Hills New Seasons employee Maggie Myers."And the polices started to negatively impact staff."

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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! If you love a festive, holiday cocktail, get ready to crap your pants in glee... for the Mercury's HOLIDAY DRINK WEEK is happening RIGHT NOW! Get all sorts of creative, holiday-themed fancy cocktails concocted by your fave Portland bartenders... and get this: They're only $7 each! But hurry, hurry—the fun ends this coming Sunday, December 4. Now let's drink up some partially festive NEWS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• HELLO to Portland's screeching wealthy people who cannot be convinced that the city and county are making headway in getting the homeless off the streets and into permanent housing. Check out the opening sentence from this OPB article about the voter-approved supportive housing fund: "In its first year, Metro’s supportive housing fund placed 1,669 people into homes." 💥 An oversight committee will now look into the fund to see if even more improvements can be made, but WOW. Wave this in the face of the next willfully ignorant rich person you see screaming at a cloud.

• Related: Despite little interest from the county, and against the advice of actual experts (who weren't even asked), on Wednesday, City Council is expected to pass a $27 million “down payment” for the six internment camps described in Mayor Wheeler and Commish Ryan's plan to criminalize the homeless. They say this money would build and operate three of the camps for one year. Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty was the lone voice of reason who voted against it. (Too bad she was voted out of office, only to be replaced by a puppet from Portland's wealthy "Screaming at Clouds Committee.")

• Attention snow bunnies:

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