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B/c I wanted a new Portland/PacNW thread, that's why.

Can anybody suggest a good yoga-for-beginners class around here? I've been told to check it out, so I need a place to look.

Also, if you're around on Sunday, head over to MacTarnahan's in NW for the PugCrawl, since a hundred pugs running about is usually something worth seeing.

kingfish, Monday, 14 May 2007 21:38 (seventeen years ago) link

hey can I be an honorary Eugene member of this thread?

right now I am in Peru but I fly back into PDX on July 3rd.

sleeve, Monday, 14 May 2007 22:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes, you may. What's going on in Peru?

kingfish, Monday, 14 May 2007 22:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Portland hello from Seattle (sorta). You plan sexy buildings!

jergïns, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 08:59 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh yeah, and don't forget to drop off your voting ballot tonight by 8

kingfish, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 14:22 (seventeen years ago) link

"What's going on in Peru?"

my thread about it is here:

sleeve, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 15:33 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm going to be in Portland for a couple of days in August.

What should I see?

Jill, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 15:44 (seventeen years ago) link

Rose Garden, stuff on the Waterpark, various neighborhood parties

kingfish, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 15:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I'm going to Portland this weekend. Which record store am I going to? You know, the one that's really awesome.

Bill in Chicago, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 16:12 (seventeen years ago) link

get the store map at Powells front desk

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 16:26 (seventeen years ago) link

When in Portland, be sure to meet some of our dogs. We have a boffo assortment of very personable dogs.

Aimless, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 16:52 (seventeen years ago) link


gabbneb, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 16:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Aimless, are you from around here?

kingfish, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 16:57 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, hey. I just wanted to say that I visited Portland for the first time last Thanksgiving and it was fantastic. My wife still says that she would move there in a heartbeat (which we're not for now...but you never know).

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 17:08 (seventeen years ago) link

Yes. I grew up near SE 26th Ave and Harrison Street. I've lived in or near P-town during all but my misspent college years. But these days I am a long, long way from making the scene. Too old, too married, and too far into the burbs.

Aimless, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 17:10 (seventeen years ago) link

Ha ha, that means Gresham, right?

kingfish, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 17:26 (seventeen years ago) link

No. Lake Oswego. (Yeah. I know. But, in my case, knowing only that much is highly misleading.)

Aimless, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 17:36 (seventeen years ago) link

Ooo, even better.

kingfish, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 17:50 (seventeen years ago) link

I know someone that lives in portland

RJG, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 17:52 (seventeen years ago) link

Bill: Genuinely awesome record (vinyl only) store: Mississippi Records, on Mississippi.

Most extensive selection: Everyday Music, one branch on W. Burnside around NW 13th, another at NE 20th and Sandy.

Best curated selection: Jackpot Records, one branch on W. Burnside around SE 9th, another at SE 37th and Hawthorne.

Also, Yximalloo is playing here twice this weekend!

Douglas, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 18:26 (seventeen years ago) link

I meant SW 9th, of course.

Douglas, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 18:27 (seventeen years ago) link

I may move back from Brooklyn in a month or so. I need the NE. I need the coffee. I miss Magic Gardens.

bear, bear, bear, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 18:52 (seventeen years ago) link

I think I finally went to the Magic Gardens a coupla months ago. Seemed a great place for the really drunk and about-to-be-hungover types. Of course, late night food in portland is fucked, so sometimes you NEED dim sum.

kingfish, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 19:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Hell, I'm playing on Friday if you're in town for it. EP release party for three bands.

Adam, where did you end up catching your "football" game?

Casuistry, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 19:53 (seventeen years ago) link


At least on the east side, we have more cats per square inch than I've seen in any neighborhood in Seattle. Out where Aimless lives, there are probably more dogs.

Casuistry, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 19:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, I didn't. I had a nice cup of coffee and looked at thrift stores instead.


admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 19:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Also The Kennedy School was amazing. Detention Bar!

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 19:55 (seventeen years ago) link

I wanted to smoke a cigar but did not as I was with my ho (as opposed to my bros).

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 19:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Also no sales taxxxx! No self-service gas (if only I'd known this I could have avoided a quite embarassing scene).

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 19:58 (seventeen years ago) link

That weird coffee place where people drink coffee....through straws!

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 19:59 (seventeen years ago) link

...what? Was it iced coffee?

Casuistry, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Rust! Steel!

xp no it's called Dutch Boy or something? I don't have the name right.

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Our room at Kennedy school!

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:02 (seventeen years ago) link

The corridor! creepy!

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:03 (seventeen years ago) link

Rust! Steel! Asphalt! Rain!

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:03 (seventeen years ago) link


admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:04 (seventeen years ago) link


admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Another great record shop is EXILED, on Hawthorne: sweet selection of experimental/ drone/ folk/ outsider LPs in there (used and new) plus they've got the best Middle Eastern psychedelic selection I've seen anywhere (on disc and LP) -- it's even better than Amoeba or Aquarius.

But Douglas is right -- MISSISSIPPI is the best shop in town, also a great record label doing vinyl only releases that are pretty hard to find esp. now that Damon Albarn's shop in the UK, Honest Jon's, buys up half of whatever they make as soon as they're out. The Thai Orchestra one they just did is super great, kind of like gamelan meets 'Ethiopiques' with a bit of drumcore thrown in. Mississippi is sold out of that LP but Exiled has copies still, I think; it doesn't have a name or any text written in English, so just ask for the Thai Orchestra record. If you don't like it, I'll buy it back from you. (Full disclosure: I'm working with them on some projects that'll be out later this year OK).

More record shops: If you have some time on your hands, there's a big antique mall styled shop on Hawthorne across the street from Big Daddy's BBQ that I always forget the name of -- dozens of dealers all under one roof, really good for '60s rock and the occasional OJL blues LP. ANTHEM is a pretty good shop for new-ish alt-drone-metal stuff, I always find something at the weirdo punk-folk-country shop Q IS FOR CHOIR, if you like metal chek out 2ND AVe. RECORDS, and yeah the EVERYDAY MUSIC on Burnside is so big that they invariably get some good stuff. I myself am satisfied with just going to Exiled and Miss. (I've never liked JACKPOT, but that's just me.)

For my $$, this town also has a lot of great places to eat fresh/ local/ organic/ sort-of-gourmet type food for very little $$: VALENTINES, PROPER EATS, THE FARM, L'ASTRA, etc. There's also some really good Ethiopian food (DALOS being the cheapest and also the only one I know of with both brown rice and delicious shakes offered) and Japanese as well (SABUROS is amazing --large, fresh sushi cuts, very inexpensive-- and well worth the hour-long wait).

Coffee is kind of a big deal here. Thanks largely to the fact that Duane from STUMPTOWN has trained so many people and done so much to work directly with growers and pay them well above "fair trade," this town's crawling with awesome coffee plaes and baristas. You'll get a great shot at any of these places, ranked rougly in descending order: ALBINA PRESS, STUMPTOWN, FRESH POT, CREMA, TINYS, that new place in St Johns, and SOHBET. The Stumptown bean shop on Belmont has fresh cups made with a ridiculously expensive machine that are pretty out of this world, too.

And MAGIC GARDENS, for me, is the best strip club I've ever been to, even though a lot of my favorite people are no longer working there. It's usually got a decent male to female patron ratio (more a bar vibe than a gross/ sleazy one), there's no pole or anything, only two girls work per shift, the woman who runs the plae is super sweet and in her 60s at least, there is no cheesey dude announccing people and reminding you to tip, some of the dancers are actually my favorite DJs in town, and the best dumplings in town are right across the street at the GOLDEN HORSE, old shool Chinese place that's open until 11 or so. Yay.

Mike McGooney-gal, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:07 (seventeen years ago) link


admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:10 (seventeen years ago) link

how many pdx ilxors do we have now, anyway?

kingfish, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:12 (seventeen years ago) link

I keep wanting to visit my bros over there. Damn you, poverty!

Andi Mags, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Portland is in walking distance. (Note: I did not say "easy walking distance".)

Aimless, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:55 (seventeen years ago) link

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time (and large water bodies aren't involved).

Andi Mags, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 20:57 (seventeen years ago) link

What is summer like in Portland?

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 21:06 (seventeen years ago) link

More record shops: If you have some time on your hands, there's a big antique mall styled shop on Hawthorne across the street from Big Daddy's BBQ that I always forget the name of -- dozens of dealers all under one roof, really good for '60s rock and the occasional OJL blues LP.

that's crossroads. i've found some pretty good stuff for super-cheap there over the years.

hstencil, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 21:11 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks of horrid heat, made worse by the fact that nobody except movie theaters, powells, and only so many bars have A/C.

Everytime else is just great/perfect. Green trees, sunlight til 9-10pm, attractive people and other drunks out & about, riding bicycles, openly copulating on the riverfront park, etc.

kingfish, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 21:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Please just reassure me that Hung Far Low is still there.

aimurchie, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 21:14 (seventeen years ago) link

copulating? sounds rude.

admrl, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 21:14 (seventeen years ago) link

A/C is bad for you

RJG, Tuesday, 15 May 2007 21:15 (seventeen years ago) link

We haven’t got tickets yet, but are thinking about it, just want to check there isn’t anything else on that night over the next few days.

We might see Love Lies Bleeding which is not out yet in the UK, are either Living Room Theaters or Studio One Theaters good cinemas?

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 16 April 2024 23:43 (three months ago) link

Living Room tix are relatively expensive as far as movie theaters go, with the gimmick that you get food delivered

The other one I’ve not attended

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Wednesday, 17 April 2024 06:35 (three months ago) link

Also be sure to visit the Kennedy School while you’re here. It’s a fun walk-thru

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Wednesday, 17 April 2024 06:36 (three months ago) link

Chewshabadoo & co., if you're doing Stalker on Sunday (or even if not), I'd be around to meet up before or after. OMSI isn't too far from Hawthorne Asylum (a pod of 15 or so food trucks + beer), so that's an option.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Saturday, 20 April 2024 11:28 (two months ago) link

Hey, that sounds cool! I’ll send you a PM to exchange details

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 20 April 2024 18:48 (two months ago) link

Film is on at 6:45. So we think we’ll try and get to Hawthorne Asylum about 4 o’clock.

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 20 April 2024 21:47 (two months ago) link

Sounds good! I’ll be there around 4 — I sent an email to the Gmail in your message, but if you didn’t get it just let me know. (If you did get it, just search my name and you’ll see what I look like.) Hope other ILXPDX folks can make it as well if they’re around.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Sunday, 21 April 2024 02:44 (two months ago) link

I’d love to swing by to say hi but my Sundays are generally spoken for. We should put something together soon though!

Clay, Sunday, 21 April 2024 03:11 (two months ago) link

Just found your message in my spam folder. I’ll follow on Twitter - send me a message there.

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 21 April 2024 15:47 (two months ago) link

Great seeing/meeting everyone yesterday! And Hawthorne Asylum worked so well on such a nice day. Really fun getting Brits' impressions of Portland.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Monday, 22 April 2024 17:50 (two months ago) link

It was really great seeing folks yesterday :heart:

Kate (rushomancy), Monday, 22 April 2024 19:01 (two months ago) link

Thanks Portland, we had a great time! We’ll be back one day.

Chewshabadoo, Monday, 22 April 2024 22:55 (two months ago) link

Any interest in seeing Drunken Master II next week?

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Thursday, 25 April 2024 23:42 (two months ago) link

Up for it!

paisley got boring (Eazy), Thursday, 25 April 2024 23:48 (two months ago) link

yeah i could be up for this! we'll see how my week pans out :)

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 26 April 2024 00:41 (two months ago) link

also i didn't get to see the people's joker last week because brain weasels but it's apparently still playing at the hollywood for another week... anybody up to see it?

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 26 April 2024 22:15 (two months ago) link

wkiw all of u, not sure when I will be back up but will bump then

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 26 April 2024 22:50 (two months ago) link

What is “wkiw?”

calstars, Saturday, 27 April 2024 00:08 (two months ago) link

"would kick it with"

ain't nothin but a brie thing, baby (Neanderthal), Saturday, 27 April 2024 00:15 (two months ago) link

lol thanks

calstars, Saturday, 27 April 2024 00:25 (two months ago) link

Thursday is the free night I have in the week ahead, so if Drunken Master II doesn't happen am up for The People's Joker (otherwise, I bet the latter will be back often in the months ahead). Plus, I've never seen Drunken Master II and live a quick walk from the Cinemagic.

paisley got boring (Eazy), Saturday, 27 April 2024 05:06 (two months ago) link

Getting a bit intense at PSU:

paisley got boring (Eazy), Tuesday, 30 April 2024 05:22 (two months ago) link

Portland State standoff with protesters continues as students, faculty urged to stay away

Portland State University remained at a tense standstill Tuesday amid the second straight day of a volatile standoff between pro-Palestinian protesters who have occupied the main library and the university’s administrators who have asked police to intervene.
Both Portland Police Chief Bob Day and university President Ann Cudd have said that a police response at the now graffiti-covered library is all but inevitable if demonstrators do not choose to vacate the premises.
The university canceled classes Tuesday and it was not immediately clear when they would resume.

visiting, Wednesday, 1 May 2024 00:29 (two months ago) link

Word has it the fuzz is coming down hard tonight

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 01:49 (two months ago) link

oof GL PDX

I painted my teeth (sleeve), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 03:17 (two months ago) link

so quick swerve, i _am_ absolutely down for drunken master ii tomorrow, eazy you know how to get in touch with me, anybody else (sleeve?) my email is my username at gmail

Kate (rushomancy), Wednesday, 1 May 2024 14:06 (two months ago) link

Planning to go to Drunken Master II tonight at 7 at CineMagic, probably getting there by 6:45. See any and all who are there!

paisley got boring (Eazy), Thursday, 2 May 2024 17:34 (two months ago) link

I’ll be there.

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Thursday, 2 May 2024 18:08 (two months ago) link


Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 2 May 2024 18:39 (two months ago) link

Great movie, and I would have missed it if we hadn’t made plans. Glad it worked out!

paisley got boring (Eazy), Friday, 3 May 2024 20:46 (two months ago) link

jealous you all got to see that together, great flick and great company from the sounds of it!

RICH BRIAN (Neanderthal), Friday, 3 May 2024 20:51 (two months ago) link


I painted my teeth (sleeve), Friday, 3 May 2024 21:57 (two months ago) link

yeah it was a blast!

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 3 May 2024 23:05 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

100+ degree highs through Tuesday. I love the dry heat, though. Hope you all have somewhere with a/c handy, if not at home.

the possibility of relaxing (Eazy), Friday, 5 July 2024 21:36 (two weeks ago) link

i mean at least it was ok through july this year, it isn't always

Kate (rushomancy), Friday, 5 July 2024 21:54 (two weeks ago) link

portland has a long way to go before it's phoenix's north annex, but I used to tell newcomers in the 1990s that you couldn't really count on summer starting by july 4th. you might have to wait until bastille day. that's not remotely true now.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Friday, 5 July 2024 22:02 (two weeks ago) link

this time of year i usually go out for a short jog around midnight, won't be able to do that til mid-week looks like. sorry but i am not running when it is 72º in the middle of the night

Clay, Friday, 5 July 2024 22:25 (two weeks ago) link

I met a heat-averse friend for breakfast this morning at 7:30 (at Spielman's Bagels & Coffee, god was it good), and the weather was just perfect. Coming from the Midwest, it makes me so happy having these temperate mornings even during a heatwave.

the possibility of relaxing (Eazy), Saturday, 6 July 2024 01:42 (one week ago) link

Mornings in Portland are so nice. The heat in Portland doesn't really start to hit until around 5. The rain here is so much better than the rain in the Midwest, too.

Kate (rushomancy), Saturday, 6 July 2024 14:09 (one week ago) link

The part of Portland's weather that newcomers struggle with most is the prevalence of heavy cloud cover and gray skies from November to May. Coming here from almost any other part of the USA this is a serious challenge to people's daily moods. Apart from that, the weather here is pretty damn good by comparison.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Saturday, 6 July 2024 17:07 (one week ago) link

in some ways, but there are no thunderstorms! xp

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 6 July 2024 18:20 (one week ago) link

(re: rain, that is. midwest simply wins on summer storms, i miss them)

global tetrahedron, Saturday, 6 July 2024 18:21 (one week ago) link

Torrential electrical summer storms and lightning bugs are the only things I kinda miss from the Midwest, yeah.

And White Castle

Glower, Disruption & Pies (kingfish), Sunday, 7 July 2024 23:10 (one week ago) link

Lightning storms are rare in the PNW but they do happen. I can tell you this because my house out in Beaverton was hit by lightning during one of them. It wasn't something I particularly missed about the Midwest. I'm glad we don't have more of them.

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 7 July 2024 23:14 (one week ago) link

Even heavy wind/rain seems unusual here vs. drizzle. Loving being outside this weekend, especially in the shade. It's like a happy-light from all directions.

the possibility of relaxing (Eazy), Sunday, 7 July 2024 23:18 (one week ago) link

As Portland entered a five-day heat wave, McKibben, the celebrated climate activist and author, arrived Friday evening at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Portland—a building, like many in this city, that lacks air conditioning.

“It’s not our job to stop global warming. It’s too late for that,” McKibben said to the sweating crowd. “It’s our job to stop it getting to the point where it cuts civilization off at the knees.”

the possibility of relaxing (Eazy), Monday, 8 July 2024 18:27 (one week ago) link

Just a plug for local folks that I'm playing songs Sunday night with other good acts at Turn! Turn! Turn!, starting at 8. (Sets on the shorter side, so it won't go too late.) Info and links to all our music is on this page.

the possibility of relaxing (Eazy), Thursday, 11 July 2024 18:12 (one week ago) link

I'll try to make it! Things have been stressful lately but I'm hoping to start getting out again :)

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 11 July 2024 18:47 (one week ago) link

That would be great! And if you can't make it, hope we can catch up another time soon.

the possibility of relaxing (Eazy), Thursday, 11 July 2024 18:48 (one week ago) link

Yeah, it's been too long!

Kate (rushomancy), Thursday, 11 July 2024 18:57 (one week ago) link

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