Music Aug 12 1:49 PM

Photo Essay: Pickathon 2022 in Pictures

The luminecent energy of this year's farmbound music festival cannot be captured—but we tried.

[Editor note: Photojournalist Mathieu Lewis-Rolland began working with the Mercury in earnest during the 2020 protests, and has since moved into a career of photojournalism, working for outlets like Reuters and Getty. However, he started out photographing live music. A drummer for groups like A Happy Death, Lewis-Rolland told us his approach to music photography is heavily informed by how he would want to be photographed. Lewis-Rolland captured far more wonderful images from Pickathon 2022 than we could fit in our Pickathon 2022 wrap-up or even in this dedicated photo essay. Check out his Twitter thread of photos from the fest, as it was happening, and his Instagram for ongoing collections of his work.]

Camping at Pickathon - MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND
Mike and the Moonpies - MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND
The Street Books area of Pickathon's Refuge - MATHIEU LEWIS-ROLLAND
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BURGER WEEK STARTS THIS MONDAY! Can you feel it? The excitement about New Seasons Presents the Portland Mercury's Burger Week, the best time of the year to get delicious burgers for just $8? We can, and that's why we're giving away money just for eating burgers! 

How do you enter? It's easy! All you have to do is:

We'll give away $150 each to three lucky winners—enough to pay for a burger and sides every day during Burger Week!

Each burger on your list counts as an extra entry, and we'll also give bonus points for creativity, so have fun with it.

To get started, click here to make a new list (make sure to make it public!). You can also make a list from any Burger Week page—just click "Add to a List."

We'll pick the winner on Monday, August 22. In the meantime, enjoy those burgs!

EverOut Aug 12 12:11 PM

This Week In Portland Food News

Mexican Seafood, Ice Cream for Dogs, and the Return of Abyssinian Kitchen

In this week's edition of Portland food news, chef Adán Fausto debuts a summery seafood pop-up in the Güero parking lot, and local favorite Abyssinian Kitchen makes a triumphant return. Plus, Salt & Straw introduces a new ice cream treat for your beloved pup. Read on for all of that and more updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Abyssinian Kitchen
This Ethiopian-Eritrean staple, which closed temporarily in August 2020 due to the pandemic, reopens in the former Stella Taco space today. The new location features an expanded kitchen, a cocktail bar, and a dining room with African-inspired wallpaper.
Pickup, dine-in

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Hear In Portland Aug 12 11:00 AM

The Sávila Show You've Been Waiting For

Plus, a Brown Calvin (of Brown Calculus) Record Release Show—It's All HEAR IN PORTLAND!

Even as the post-Pickathon high fades and the last weeks of summer concerts dwindle, there are still plenty of ways to engage with Portland’s excellent music scene. This week we cover some opportunities to see jazz at the Montavilla Jazz Fest, a new album (and release party) for eclectic jazz keyboardist/producer Brown Calvin, a rescheduled Sávila show, and yet another forthcoming single from rapper and Portland "It Girl," Wynne. Get into it!


Three can’t miss upcoming events. 

Montavilla Jazz Festival

Is there ever a bad time to listen to jazz music? I think not! This year’s Montavilla Jazz Festival will showcase nine acts over a three-day weekend at locations that include The 1905, Vino Veritas Wine Bar and Bottle Shop, Portland Metro Arts, and Alberta Rose Theater. Kicking off Friday, August 19, the fest will showcase performers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond—with Portlanders like the Noah Simpson Quartet (energetic, improvisational trumpet and forward-thinking jazz); Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble (PJCE) featuring vocalist Marilyn T. Keller, and vocalist/keyboardist Rebecca Sanborn; and Oregon-based tenor saxophonist/composer Rich Halley, who’ll be joined by New York’s Matthew Shipp Trio. Check out the full lineup here. (Fri Aug 19- Sun Aug 21, various venues and times, tickets $5-35)

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News Aug 12 10:00 AM

Q & A: An Expert on Right-Wing Extremism on the Outcome of Patriot Prayer Criminal Cases

"When punishment doesn’t happen it sends a green light to these groups that it's permissible."

After years of delays, the criminal cases of the far-right activists involved in a May 2019 brawl outside the former Northeast Portland pub Cider Riot have all come to a close. The incident was led by individuals associated with Patriot Prayer, a Vancouver, Washington extremist group known for coming to Portland to start fights with antifascist activists. 

After sparring with a group of antifascists outside Cider Riot, six of the Patriot Prayer-affiliated men involved were arrested on charges ranging from assault to riot. Three of those accepted a plea deal with the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office, admitting their guilt for their crimes. Two, including leader of Patriot Prayer Joey Gibson, had their charges acquitted by a judge. And a jury found the remaining activist, a man named Mackenzie Lewis, guilty on riot charges. Lewis faces three days in jail for his conviction. The largest sentence of the group went to Ian Kramer, who struck a woman with a baton so forcefully during the May brawl that she was knocked unconscious and sustained a vertebrae fracture. The result of a plea deal put him behind bars for 20 months. 

For a community eager to finally hold Patriot Prayer responsible for the years of torment the group has brought to Portland, the results of the criminal cases came as a disappointment. For those following radical right-wing extremist groups, it came as a warning. To understand the impact that the case outcomes may have on the future of right-wing extremism in Portland, we spoke with Stephen Piggott, an analyst with the Western States Center, a nonprofit focused on confronting and reducing extremism in the west. 

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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! Expect a nice, sunny weekend with highs in the low-to-mid 80s—before it gets wicked hot again by mid-next week. Now let's dig into some wicked hot NEWS.


• A Multnomah County judge heard arguments yesterday on why a proposed ballot measure to amend Portland’s city charter may be unconstitutional—aaaaand of course the challenge was brought by the Portland Business Alliance who stands to lose much of the power they've wielded over city council for decades. Our Alex Zielinski reports.

• Oregon health experts have reported 95 Monkeypox cases in the state, but they were quick to note that, while the malady is currently primarily punishing gay and bisexual men, “anyone who has skin is susceptible to this virus.” 

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A Multnomah County judge heard arguments Thursday on why a proposed ballot measure to amend Portland’s city charter may be unconstitutional. 

“Political expediency does not override voting rights,” said attorney Steve Elzinga, representing the Portland Business Alliance (PBA), one of the groups challenging the ballot measure. 

The decision addresses a ballot measure proposed by Portland’s charter commission, a 20-person volunteer group tasked with reviewing and suggesting improvements to the city charter. The proposed measure combines three proposals: If passed, it would divide the city into districts represented by 12 elected officials, add a city manager to oversee the city’s day-to-day operations, and introduce ranked-choice voting for all city elections. 

Two different groups have challenged this proposal, both concerned that bundling all issues into one ballot measure could confuse voters and lessen the chances of the measure’s passage. In July, the PBA sued the city’s elections office, arguing that the ballot measure is unconstitutional because it violates a legal requirement for ballot measures to only address one subject. A day later, Portlander James Posey filed another lawsuit, claiming that the required 10-word caption and 20-word question that describes the ballot measure to voters does not accurately represent the proposed changes. 

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EverOut Aug 11 5:00 PM

This Week in Portland Event News: The 1975, Lucius, and More

Tickets Going On Sale Friday, August 12 and More Event Updates

Manchester dance-rock quartet The 1975 would love it if you made it to the Portland date of their At Their Very Best tour. College rock outfit The Lemonheads will also hit the road in celebration of their beloved 1992 album It’s a Shame About Ray. Plus, indie pop duo Lucius will stop by this fall on their Feels Like Second Nature tour. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events, plus some news you can use.

Tickets go on sale at 10 am unless otherwise noted.



The 1975: At Their Very Best Tour
Moda Center (Thurs Dec 1)

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GOOD AFTERNOON, PORTLAND! Look, I hope you're doing your stomach stretching exercises, because the Mercury's BURGER WEEK starts this coming Monday! And while you're at it, let's do some brain stretching with some of this here NEWS.


• Oregon health experts have reported 95 Monkeypox cases in the state, but they were quick to note that, while the malady is currently primarily punishing gay and bisexual men, “anyone who has skin is susceptible to this virus.” Got skin? Then learn how to lower your risk with this report from our Isabella Garcia.

• Big news for those who closely followed all the cry-baby antics surrounding the Thompson Elk this past spring: After the dark-money group People for Portland screamed and yelled for the full-sized Elk fountain to be replaced in its mammoth entirety, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has decided they will also be putting in a bike lane on that block. Cyclists will travel on the north side of the elk, and a single lane of cars and busses will squeeeeeze by the monstrous fountain on the south. (My immediate response: "This is fucking delicious.")

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News Aug 11 2:35 PM

Health Officials Urge Awareness as Monkeypox Outbreak is Declared in Oregon

While most cases are currently amongst gay and bisexual men, “anyone who has skin is susceptible to this virus.”

Less than a week after the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) declared an hMPXV, or Monkeypox, outbreak in Oregon, state health experts have recorded 95 confirmed or presumed Monkeypox cases across seven Oregon counties.

“Right now, the best thing you can do is to know your body and know the symptoms,” said state epidemiologist Dean Sidelinger during a press conference Thursday.

Monkeypox is a disease in the Smallpox family that transmits through prolonged skin-to-skin contact, most likely during sex. The disease can first appear as a rash or small pimples, which can then turn into larger, more painful lesions and wounds. The illness is not fatal, but can be very painful and create complex wounds that can be reinfected with staph or other bacterial infections, as well as leave scarring. Currently, a majority of the cases in Oregon and nationwide are amongst gay and bisexual men, but cases are expected to—and have already started—spreading to other communities, particularly in cities with larger outbreaks like New York City and Los Angeles. 

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Pickathon Aug 11 2:08 PM

Our Favorite Moments of Pickathon 2022

GZA, Sampa the Great, copious quantities of UFOs, and much more!

Returning after a two-year pandemic hiatus, Pickathon 2022 felt even more like a labor of love than it had in recent years. The fest confirmed that volunteer numbers were low, and Friday saw a short-lived parking crisis, which was eventually solved thanks to a neighbor's additional lot. 

Though many things about the farmbound fest stayed true to our idyllic memories, there were also changes and adaptions. Here are some of the festival's most charming or defining aspects, as noted by the Mercury's Pickathon-scoping team.

Sons of Kemet with Esperanza Spalding

Over the years, I have adopted a somewhat unconventional Pickathon tradition. Other than leaning in a little bit to write some previews, my preferred way to take in the fest is slightly inebriated and literally stumbling upon new-to-me acts—later becoming obsessed with them. In 2019, that's what happened with psychedelic instrumental trio Khruangbin, and this year it's British jazz group Sons of Kemet. The band—which includes Shabaka Hutchings on saxophone and clarinet, drummers Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick, and Theon Cross on tuba—merges jazz with Afro beat and world music, culminating in an epic soundtrack for pretty much any kind of movement. Cross’ booming, playful, and giggle-inducing tuba solos are invigorating live, and it was difficult for anyone to stand (or sit) still while Sons of Kemet were playing. But the best part was when Grammy-award winning jazz bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding joined them onstage. Saying she left her bass at home, Spalding offered stunning, soaring vocalizations, which sounded amazingly reminiscent of '90s Mariah Carey.  JENNI MOORE

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It's almost time for New Seasons Presents The Mercury's Portland Burger Week, and we're drooling over all of the incredible $8 burgers that will be available from August 15–21.

But what if you don't eat gluten? No problem: There are FOURTEEN Burger Week options that can be made gluten-free! For those of you keeping score at home, yes, that's on top of the 14 vegan and vegetarian options we posted about yesterday. We are nothing if not accommodating.

Check out the gluten-free options here, and check out ALL of the delicious burgers you'll be able to eat next week—for just $8 each!—HERE!

News Aug 11 11:17 AM

Multnomah County Voters Will Weigh in On Voting Rights, Jail Inspections, and Ranked Choice Voting This November

Multnomah County Commissioners approved all seven of the proposed county charter amendments Thursday

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved all seven amendments to the county’s primary governing document proposed by a volunteer committee Thursday.

Every six years, local lawmakers convene a committee to review the Multnomah County Charter—the county equivalent to a constitution. The committee is tasked with reviewing the charter and suggesting changes for voters to approve or not. This year, the 16-person committee suggested seven changes that they believe will make county governance more just, accessible, and transparent.

“I’m so grateful that this committee has chosen to focus on crucial tenants underlying a successful democracy, and those are transparency, accountability, equity, and inclusion,” said Commissioner Sharon Meieran. “I know that our process is a little bit overshadowed by that of the [city of Portland’s simultaneous charter review], but that in no way diminishes its importance.”

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Visual Art Aug 11 10:07 AM

This Week's Mercury Cover: Steven Miller’s Spiritual Skinny Dipping

An Interview with the Photographer About His Collection of Underwater Nudes, Subsumed

Steven Miller has been producing beautiful and brave photographic work for 20 years, exploring themes like queer resistance and resilience, the sublime, and hot gay sex.

His series, Subsumed, borrows from all of those interests, as it centers on naked figures suspended in underwater scenes. The photos capture the sublimity of skinny dipping in the classical sense: The beauty of bodies both aquatic and human, the terror of the unknown waters, and the childlike curiosity driving us forward despite our fears.

In our conversation, Miller dives deep into his relationship with the world beneath, and the “tiny queer bubble” through which he views the world.

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Good morning, Portland! Let's jump right in today.

In local news:

• Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall told county commissioners Wednesday that she addressed the blurry ballot barcode issue during the May primaries in a timely way and the response was “nothing but a success.” Clackamas County Commissioners pushed back, asking how Hall can claim success when the work facing county election workers kept mounting and mounting until Hall finally accepted assistance from county staff on election day. Clackamas County didn’t certify its elections results until nearly two weeks after election day and cost taxpayers $600,000 to duplicate the defective ballots. Hall has, however, found a new ballot printer for the November election.

• Signing bonuses have been a key hiring incentive for agencies like TriMet and the police bureau to combat employee shortages throughout the pandemic. However, hiring incentives are about to become much more difficult to offer as an Oregon exception for pay equity laws comes to an end in September.

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