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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! Hey thirsty person! The  Mercury's HOLIDAY DRINK WEEK is happening RIGHT NOW and it ends this Sunday, December 4! Get all sorts of creative, holiday-themed fancy cocktails concocted by your fave Portland bartenders... and get this: They're only $7 each! Now let's dive into some thirsty NEWS.

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• As if yesterday's big Portland Thorns news (described below) wasn't enough, check out this head-spinning story from The Athletic: Coach Rhian Wilkinson has resigned from the Portland Thorns after admitting a "complicated" text relationship between herself and a player that turned into deeper feelings. The act was self-reported to HR by Wilkinson, and while the relationship reportedly went no further and she was cleared of wrongdoing following an investigation, Wilkinson said she is resigning anyway because the players learned about the dalliance first, and asked her to resign. Read her full press release below:

• And ICYMI: After months of pressure, Timbers/Thorns owner Merritt Paulson announced yesterday that he's selling the Portland Thorns following management's part in the wide-ranging abuse scandal that rocked the National Women’s Soccer League. HOWEVER! In another example of the half-measures he's taken so far, Paulson is refusing to sell the Timbers, who have their own share of management-involved scandals. Abe Asher has the details!

• For those looking for a good explainer on how the Portland Business Alliance has wormed its way into City Hall, and is now controlling major local government decisions, here's a really good primer.

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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! Don't panic... but, you know, PANIC! Because the Mercury's HOLIDAY DRINK WEEK is happening RIGHT NOW and it ends this Sunday, December 4! Get all sorts of creative, holiday-themed fancy cocktails concocted by your fave Portland bartenders... and get this: They're only $7 each! So once again, don't... PANIC! (Now let's read some non-panicky NEWS.)

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• More half-assing it from Merritt Paulson: After months of pressure, the Timbers/Thorns owner announced this morning that he's selling the Portland Thorns following management's part in the wide-ranging abuse scandal that rocked the National Women’s Soccer League. HOWEVER! He's refusing to sell the Timbers, which have their own share of management-involved scandals. It's like, "Hey Merritt Paulson! You must give me a sandwich!" And he's like, "Of course... you're right. Here's some mayonnaise." And you're like, "No, an ENTIRE sandwich!" And he's like, "Sorry, absolutely. Here's half of a Bread & Butter pickle chip." (Anyway, check out the great story from Abe Asher!)

• Journalism 101 reminder: SNITCHES GET STITCHES.

• This Friday, a federal judge is expected to hear arguments over whether the voter-approved Measure 114—one of the toughest gun restriction laws in the nation—is constitutional. The case was, of course, brought about by the most trustworthy people in Oregon: "the Oregon Firearms Federation, a local sheriff and a gun store owner." The suit is also presumably supported by other cowards who crawl through their lives in fear while turning a blind eye to mass shootings. 

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EverOut Dec 1 3:16 PM

Ticket Alert: Bryce Vine, Goth Babe, and More Portland Events Going On Sale This Week

Plus, Mac Ayres and More Event Updates for December 2

Billboard charting hip-hop artist Bryce Vine has announced his Serotonin tour with a Portland stop next spring. PNW-based indie rock project Goth Babe will light up Edgefield in July with a concert on the lawn. Plus, soulful singer-songwriter Mac Ayres will also stop by on his Comfortable Enough tour next year. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events, plus some news you can use.

ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2

MUSIC

An Evening with Natalie Merchant
Keller Auditorium (Sept 23, 2023)

Bryce Vine: Serotonin Tour
Roseland Theater (Mar 5, 2023)

The Charlatans with Ride
Crystal Ballroom (Feb 15, 2023)

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As we transition into the season of pre-5 pm sunsets, we could all use some soul-warming nourishment to bolster our spirits. We've compiled this list of fortifying options, including noodle soups, pizza, dumplings, pasta, soul food, and more, so you can get your comfort food fix. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

PIZZA

Apizza Scholls
Serious Eats founder Ed Levine once dubbed this "Neo-Neapolitan" pizza destination "one of the top five pizzerias in America."
Sunnyside
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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Movies & TV Dec 1 2:02 PM

Hollywood Adds Encore Matinee of Susperia With Live Score by Claudio Simonetti's Goblin

The 1977 Italian horror film will be scored live by the latest incarnation of the prog band who wrote the original score.

UPDATE - Dec 2, 10 am: Okay, like we said it would, that sold out fast! Congrats to the ticket holders (SOLIDARITY GROWL).

Listen, it's on me that I didn't post the first whispers of this weekend's Susperia screening, where songs from Daria Argento's 1977 horror film will be played live by Claudio Simonetti's Goblin—the latest version of the  Italian prog band who wrote the original score. In the past, such screenings sold out immediately, and that's absolutely what happened—even with two screenings instead of one.

So let me hip you quickly to a new development: the Hollywood just added an encore showing on Sat Dec 3, at 3:30 pm. The encore screening won't have a full concert afterward (as the evening ones will), but that's still a good amount of breathy growling for your $45 ticket.

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Visual Art Dec 1 12:20 PM

Two Portland Galleries Make Their Move

Both Blackfish Gallery and Chefas Projects are expanding, showing off the local arts community's resilient side.

Portland’s contemporary art scene may be small compared to that of other West Coast cities, but don’t call it boring. The past two years alone have seen a number of exciting changes: PNCA merged with Willamette University, c3:initiative changed its name to Stelo, and Disjecta became Oregon Contemporary. Galleries all over town opened, closed, moved locations, and shifted visions. 

The start of the pandemic sparked fears of an arts apocalypse, but it turns out the arts community is resilient and determined enough to weather all sorts of challenges. (The fact that creativity is built into this sector doesn’t hurt either.) 

Two notable local galleries, Blackfish and Chefas Projects, recently announced their plans to move and expand. And while their agendas—one a long-running member-owned cooperative and the other a one-woman operation with a sunny perspective—might sound similar, a little investigation revealed how different their experiences have been. 

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News Dec 1 11:34 AM

Merritt Paulson Will Sell Portland Thorns, Keep Timbers

The decision follows a year of mounting pressure to sell after abuse allegations.

Merritt Paulson announced Thursday morning that he is selling the Portland Thorns, bringing to an end his stewardship of one of the country’s most successful women’s sports franchises in the aftermath of an abuse scandal that rocked the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Paulson’s impending sale of the Thorns, however, will not end his involvement in professional sports in Portland. Paulson is maintaining his ownership of the Portland Timbers, despite calls from supporters that he sell both teams. 

“I believe it is in [the] best interest of the Thorns to have a new owner so that the Club can operate at the league level with a fresh voice to be a driving force for the NWSL,” Paulson wrote in a statement. “This has been a difficult decision for me, but I believe this is the best way to position the Thorns for continued success during this next chapter of the NWSL and the sport.”

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LET'S GO, BRAINY PANTS! 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, we'll be testing your knowledge about local Pinocchios, celebrity Santas, and wealthy businesses who make their fortune in Portland and then run away at the first sign of trouble, and NO, I'm NOT really surprised! 😡

Also, guess what? You can also enter to win FREE PIZZA from our friends at the always delicious Atlas Pizza, just for taking the quiz and signing up for our brainy newsletters during the last question!

But before we continue... HOW DID YOU DO ON THE PREVIOUS QUIZ? Ummmmm... not so great? And get this: Only 14 (!!) out of hundreds correctly answered that Thanksgiving dinner should be served no later than 5 pm! (Most of you said 7 pm? What? DO YOU WANT ME TO STARVE TO DEATH???)

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! Do you like festive holiday drinks? Check out the Mercury's Holiday Drink Week—$7 themed drinks from your fav bars now through Sunday! And onto the news we go.

In local news:

• The three city council bros (Mayor Wheeler, Commish Ryan, and Commish Mapps) voted Wednesday to approve a $27 million downpayment on Wheeler’s latest plan to build massive outdoor encampments for homeless Portlanders. In order to make that downpayment, the city opted to cut $8 million from the Joint Office of Homeless Service (which it funds alongside Multnomah County), which could lead to the closure of two existing homeless shelters next year. Robbing Peter to pay Paul—now that’s what I call bold leadership!

• Phase two of the charter review process is chugging along! The Charter Review Commission voted Tuesday to send seven charter amendments to voters on a 2024 ballot and five proposed amendments to City Council for final deliberation. The vote won’t be finalized until this Saturday, but it’s very unlikely that the results will change between now and then. 

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EverOut Nov 30 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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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'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 Nov 30 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 Nov 30 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.


MUST-SEE: 

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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