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  • 06/23/17--09:30: Things to Do Sunday!
  • 11 things to do on June 25 by Mercury Staff

    Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC
    Timely scoring outbursts from Timbers’ stars Fanendo Adi and Diego Valeri have sent the team’s confidence at home soaring in June, all while talent bubbling up from off the bench has showcased some serious depth. Both factors should provide Portland the edge they need heading into this afternoon’s crucial clash with their bitter rivals from Seattle, so you’ll definitely want to be on hand to soak up the atmosphere surrounding this latest installment of the league's marquee matchup. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
    7:30 pm, Providence Park, $52-250, all ages

    Sunday Parkways North
    It wouldn’t be summer in Portland without Sunday Parkways, and today North Portland becomes a biking and walking wonderland as 9.5 miles of street are closed to cars, meaning you and your family can bike, run, skate, or do whatever without fear of becoming roadkill. The loop hits many of North Portland’s loveliest parks, and there’ll be food, music, and much more along the way. NED LANNAMANN
    11 am, North Portland, free, all ages

    Abronia, BlackWater HolyLight
    A free release party for the sonically adventurous, musically expansive local band Abronia, and its debut album, incorporating jazz, psych-rock, country, metal, and the super sounds of the '70s and '80s into their repertoire.
    8 pm, Rontoms, free

    Roger Waters: Us + Them
    All the large-scale bombast and pageantry you've come to expect from Roger Waters, but with way more classic Pink Floyd songs, and way less Roger Waters solo stuff.
    8 pm, Moda Center, $35-296, all ages

    Hecklevision: Con Air
    Normally, Hecklevision presents a particularly pungent scrap of cinematic detritus to aim at with your phones, firing texted one-liners (and ASCII dicks) until all your ammo is spent. But how in the fuck do you heckle something as self-aware as Con Air? How do you even dream of winning a one-liner shootout against John Malkovich, Dave Chappelle, Steve Buscemi, and Colm Meaney? Will your thumbs be rent immobile as the virile presence of Nic Cage in his sweaty, mulleted, beefcake prime thunders through Simon West’s better-than-Michael brand of Bayhem? Or do you think you can manage a gag or two amid the gunfire? You better be extra sure you have the goods, or the bunny gets it. BOBBY ROBERTS
    9 pm, Hollywood Theatre, $7-9

    Shannon Entropy, Mood Beach, Sheers, The Wild War
    Steeped in a wild mix of styles, Portland's Shannon Entropy extend beyond the parameters of so many other local pop-rock bands. RYAN J. PRADO
    8 pm, Holocene, $7-8

    Sara Watkins, Langhorne Slim
    Sara Watkins is an American singer-songwriter and fiddler who co-founded the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek. Tonight she returns to the Aladdin stage for a co-headlined show with acclaimed folk-rock singer/songwriter Langhorne Slim.
    8 pm, Aladdin Theater, $25-30

    Ex Eye, 1939 Ensemble
    An evening with the new experimental metal supergroup comprised of saxophonist Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver), drummer Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Z's, Liturgy), bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Ceramic Dog, Secret Chiefs 3), and guitarist Toby Summerfield (Crush Kill Destroy, Never Enough Hope).
    9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $12-14

    Milk Carton Boat Race
    Before there was a Flügtäg, there was this Rose Festival classic, showcasing handmade, human-powered boats made out of recycled milk cartons and jugs.
    11 am, Westmoreland Park, free, all ages

    The Maltese Falcon
    John Huston’s 1941 adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade story is ground zero for American film noir. At the time, nobody knew that’s what it was—it was just a quick ’n’ dirty piece of B-movie business. But as time went on and an entire genre grew from its shadow, The Maltese Falcon was recognized not just as the progenitor of all your favorite hardboiled clichés, but still the best example of them. The twisting plot that only barely makes sense, the pack of highly entertaining degenerates seeking to best our flawed hero, the duplicitous moll at the center of it all—it says something that with almost 80 years of imitators in its wake, The Maltese Falcon still feels just as fresh and punchy as it did when it opened. BOBBY ROBERTS
    1:15 pm, 7 pm, Laurelhurst Theater

    Barnham Family Hotdog
    Scott Rogers takes his award-winning webseries to the Shoe Box stage, celebrating summer in only the way his character Big Ed Barnham can.
    7 pm, Shoe Box Theater, $15

    Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!

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    by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey


    Are you the type of person that ruins a relationship the moment you are lucky enough to get one? JOIN THE CLUB! But if you'd like to break this vicious cycle, check out this sage advice from the I, Anonymous Blog titled, "Commitment Pro Tips."

    Don't leave a cute flirty pic of you and your last gf on the fridge for the first four months of your new relationship. When your new girlfriend moves in, maybe clean your ex's pile of dirty lacy undies from under the bed. Check to see if your sex toys smell like her. Have fun calling her up when you're single again.

    Good to know! And as a matter of fact, the I, Anonymous Blog is a treasure trove of great advice.* So why not drop off your rants and confessions right now?

    * Hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa! Good one.

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    by Courtenay Hameister


    Washington, DC
    —House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s luring of victims into his van, murdering them with a Montblanc Meisterstück fountain pen, and disposing of the bodies in the Potomac over the past five months:

    “It appears that the President has been doing some things that some people don’t agree with. I’m not going to speculate on any of this, and I’m not going to worry about things that I have no control over, but I will say this: The President is new at this. He’s new to government, so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationship between a President and his constituency.

    Is it okay to talk to them? Sure. Is it okay to stand with them in a casual dining establishment and “get folksy?” Absolutely. Is it okay to follow them from said establishment, pull up next to them as they’re walking home, lure them into a plastic-lined Chevy van, stab them repeatedly, then wrap them in plastic and dump the body into the Potomac? Probably not, but I’ve been doing this a long time, so I’m more educated about the little-known regulations that are hidden in whatever arcane documents live in the dust-laden halls of Congress. He’s just new to this. The American people need to give him a chance.

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    by Abe Asher

    Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers

    The first and only game of the year between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders at Providence Park is almost here. Due to the heat forecasted for Sunday, kick off — originally supposed to be 1:00 pm — has been moved back six-and-a-half hours to 7:30 pm, with TV coverage now on ESPN2.

    Both teams are in dire need of a result. Seattle has sputtered all season, while the Timbers have had a miserable last two months — and both teams hit new lows on Wednesday night, with the Sounders blowing a late home lead against Orlando and Portland losing a crazy game in Minnesota.

    Strap in. Summer MLS games don't get bigger than this one.

    The History

    This is the third meeting in less than a month between Portland and Seattle, but just the second in MLS play, and the first and only scheduled matchup of the year in Oregon.

    When these teams got together in May at CenturyLink Field, the Timbers dominated — but an early Seattle goal held up to give the Sounders a 1-0 win. Seattle then won a matchup of reserve teams in the U.S. Open Cup just over two weeks ago.

    This game, though — in MLS, later in the season, and with pressure rapidly mounting on both teams — is a different proposition entirely.

    In recent years, the Timbers have poured it on against the Sounders at Providence Park — winning the 2015 game 4-1 and the 2016 games 3-1 and 4-2.

    It's worth noting, however, that Seattle was severely shorthanded for all three of those encounters. Clint Dempsey, for instance, will be making his first appearance at Providence Park in almost three years on Sunday.

    The Sounders should be at full strength on Sunday, though — with just five wins and twenty goals scored in the first seventeen games of their title defense — that hasn't mattered all that much so far this year.

    Thanks to the 100-degree heat forecasted for Sunday, these two teams will play under the lights in Portland for the first time since the 2013 playoffs — when the Timbers raced out to a 3-0 lead and held on to advance to the Western Conference Final end Seattle's season.

    The Tactics

    The Timbers, indisciplined on Wednesday night in Minneapolis, have put themselves in a spot. Sebastian Blanco was sent off for kicking out at Abu Danladi and is suspended. Roy Miller, who picked a needless late booking, is suspended as well.

    Alvas Powell, who did nothing to improve his status against the Loons, will return to the bench with Zarek Valentin moving back into the right back spot for Sunday. Dairon Asprilla will replace Blanco ahead of him and make his fifth consecutive home start. Jake Gleeson will start in goal after being rested Wednesday night.

    Finally, Lawrence Olum and Amobi Okugo — the last two center backs standing — will anchor the defense. Brace yourselves.

    Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers

    Personnel-wise, Caleb Porter's hands are tied. He has no choice but to go with the players who are available. But in terms of picking his team up after two consecutive losses against the Western Conference's two worst teams, and in terms of putting together a game-plan, he must be at his best on Sunday.

    On the Seattle side, Brian Schmetzer has a couple of big decisions in front of him. Will Bruin — who has good history at Providence Park — started up top and scored on Wednesday night, and could keep his place. That would mean no room in the lineup for Harry Shipp, and Jordan Morris playing in a withdrawn role.

    Joevin Jones, rested on Wednesday night, will come back in at left back, while Brad Evans — who has played in this derby fifteen times in MLS — could get the nod at right back. He hasn't appeared in the team's last two games.

    Schmetzer seems to be of the belief that his attack — which has no shortage of top players — will eventually figure it out this season. So far, it hasn't happened.

    A note on the referee: Ricardo Salazar, handed this most plum of assignments by PRO, has history with Seattle. More than half of the red cards he's given in his career have come in games involving the Sounders.

    The Key Matchups

    Fanendo Adi v. Chad Marshall

    Adi has a phenomenal goalscoring record against the Sounders — seven goals in nine career games — but he was pretty well bottled up last month in Seattle by Sounders center backs Chad Marshall and Gustav Svensson.

    Adi, despite his brace against Dallas two weeks ago, is in the midst of a pronounced slump: he's scored in just one of the Timbers' last eight games despite playing 90 minutes in seven of them. The Timbers need their big man to step up on Sunday night.

    It will be interesting to see who Schmetzer decides to pair with Marshall. Svensson was very good against the Timbers in May, while Roman Torres — the presumed starter — has had an ugly start to the season. It's a big call.

    David Guzman v. Christian Roldan

    While their central midfield partners are old hands in this rivalry, Guzman and Roldan are essential players for their respective teams.

    Roldan has been one of the bright spots of the Sounders slow start — and he scored the winner when these teams met at CenturyLink Field in May. He played at left back against Orlando, but should be back in midfield on Sunday.

    Guzman, meanwhile, was the Timbers' best player in that May game, but he was nowhere near the pace in Minnesota. Guzman has been plenty good going forward this season, but he might not have much license to attack in this game. Portland must have a big night out of him in front of its undermanned defense.

    Lawrence Olum, Amobi Okugo v. Jordan Morris

    Morris is mired in a sophomore slump — he's scored just two goals in more than 1,200 minutes so far this year — but more than errant finishing, it's his passivity that is killing the Sounders.

    If Morris is locked in and aggressive on Sunday, the Timbers will have problems. He's twice as fast as Olum or Okugo, and if he gets going in the channels, he'll stretch the field and open up space for the likes of Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodiero to operate.

    Regardless, Olum and Okugo — as well as Vytas and Valentin — have a big job in front of them. The last time the Sounders won in Portland, the Timbers threw out a backline that included Michael Harrington, Norberto Paparatto, and Danny O'Rourke. It didn't go well.

    The Lineup

    90 - Gleeson
    5 - Vytas
    18 - Okugo
    13 - Olum
    16 - Valentin
    20 - Guzman
    21 - Chara
    6 - Nagbe
    8 - Valeri (C)
    27 - Asprilla
    9 - Adi

    The Pick

    Historically, the home team has dominated this rivalry — and while you wouldn't exactly want to bet on either side right now, at Providence Park, under the lights, the Timbers are the safer pick. They win 3-1.

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    by Rich Smith

    President Barack Obama has weighed in on the Senates anti-woman, anti-old person, anti-decency, anti-life bill.
    President Barack Obama has weighed in on the Senate's anti-woman, anti-elderly, anti-decency, anti-life bill.Steffi Loos / Getty

    Nobody sums up the Senate's version of Trumpcare better than Barry O: "Simply put, if there’s a chance you might get sick, get old, or start a family—this bill will do you harm."

    If you've already called your Senators, added your own personal amendment so Senators can more easily slow down the AHCA during vote-a-rama, and planned to picket where picketing makes sense, reward yourself by reading Obama's full statement on the bill that aims to destroy his greatest legislative achievement:

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    by Doug Brown

    Terrell Johnson, left, was killed on May 10
    Terrell Johnson, left, was killed on May 10Darian Brown

    A Multnomah County grand jury declined to indict Portland police officer Samson Ajir, who shot and killed 24-year-old Terrell Johnson in May.

    "The grand jury determined that the use of deadly force against Mr. Johnson was a lawful exercise of self-defense under the criminal law," the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announced this morning. The grand jury cleared him yesterday.

    Ajir, a Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officer assigned to the Transit Division, killed Johnson on May 10 after a call about a man allegedly threatening people with blade at a MAX station in Southeast Portland. As we reported earlier:

    According to police, someone called 911 on May 10 to report that Johnson was threatening people at the transit stop near Southeast Foster and 92nd. A West Linn officer assigned to the Transit Division arrived and spoke with Johnson, but the man was noncompliant, police say. When Portland Officer Samson Ajir and his partner—a Clackamas County deputy who is also Ajir’s brother—arrived on the scene, police say Johnson ran from them, ending up on a MAX bridge over Johnson Creek. What happened next remains unclear. Police have said that Johnson “displayed” a “utility knife” near Ajir.

    "Officer Ajir was in close proximity to Johnson when Johnson displayed a utility knife prompting Officer Ajir to fire his handgun multiple times, striking Johnson," a police press release said shortly after the shooting.

    The details of the shooting are still scant—TriMet told us the shooting happened out of view of security cameras. But more should be known when the grand jury testimony transcripts are released, as is custom for police shootings in the county. The prosecutor's office says the transcripts should be public in July.

    The Mercury noted in a story earlier this month, Johnson, a Portland-native, was well-loved by friends and family, but also struggled with mental health issues and addiction:

    “You were happy when you were with him,” says Jesse Howell, who met Johnson when they were teenagers attending the same church youth group in Portland. He describes Johnson as one of the most genuine people he has ever known, “even when he was going through his shit.”

    Johnson was born and raised in Portland, along with his brother Tobias, by a large, loving, and deeply religious family. He loved his faith, music, skateboarding, basketball, and football. He attended Cleveland High School until his junior year, when he dropped out and eventually earned his GED. Johnson spent about four years living in the Midwest before returning to Portland last summer.

    The Mercury spoke to friends from high school and the multiple Christian churches he attended, family acquaintances, and religious leaders who all knew Johnson well. It quickly became clear that he was immensely loved, and had a large army of people rooting for him.

    Johnson also struggled with addiction to various drugs. He started using cannabis when he was 12 or 13, and then ecstasy and prescription drugs in his later teens. It has not been revealed what substances—if any—were present in Johnson’s system the evening of his death, but it is believed that addiction played a role in the altercation.

    Despite those struggles, Johnson remained dedicated to his church and family throughout his life.

    “He is not what the media made him out to be,” Howell emphasizes. “They ran his mugshot like 50 times. He is not that guy. He is not his mistakes.”

    Johnson was the second person killed and the third person shot by a Portland police officer in 2017. Police officer Andrew Hearst, who shot and killed 17-year-old Quanice Hayes in February, was also cleared by a grand jury, as were the two police officers who shot (but didn't kill) 56-year-old Don Perkins.

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    by Vince Sliwoski


    Dear Pot Lawyer,

    What’s going on with that cannabis racketeering lawsuit?

    It’s a mixed bag. On June 7, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of several cases seeking to invalidate Colorado’s marijuana laws. Those cases were spearheaded by the prohibition states of Nevada and Oklahoma. So that was great. But the court also reversed a decision against a Colorado ranch that sued a neighboring grow site, alleging noxious odors and a dent in property values. And that is really a shame.

    The case now heads back to district court for consideration. More importantly, it opens up cannabis businesses and their affiliates to racketeering claims under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). I’ve explained here before that RICO is a controversial 1970s statute built to prosecute organized crime. It plays well on television, but courts seem to hate it. Still, RICO has been invoked in cases against disparate groups like the mafia, the Catholic Church, pro-life activists, and soccer syndicate FIFA. RICO allows affiliates of a criminal enterprise to be tried for crimes they themselves did not commit.

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    by Megan Burbank


    We've been watching Twin Peaks: The Return, and Dougie Jones (Kyle MacLachlan)—the saga of Dougie Jones—falls into one of our society's weird media tropes. As Suzette puts it: He's one of those "men who cannot fuck up their own lives no matter how hard they try." Today, we dig into the plight of Dougie Jones and what it means to have so much privilege you can't ruin your life.

    Obviously, this includes spoilers, so, you know, do what's right for you.

    SUZETTE: Groundhog Day is a great example of this. Withnail and I another. Harold and Maude, The Pink Panther. I’m sure lots of examples come to mind.

    MEGAN: Yes! Movies where men behave terribly and it's like nothing happened. Dougie can't say more than two words at a time, he can't go to the bathroom by himself, and he scribbles on his work papers. And there are no consequences at all! I think you pointed out that he's even rewarded for it by ladies taking him to the bathroom and offering to kiss him? Meanwhile, Janey-E (Naomi Watts) does all the heavy lifting.

    SUZETTE: Yeah, Janey-E leads him around and attaches meaning to the way he just echoes statements back at her. Which is, sure, another Lynch joke about how people are pleased to have their own thoughts echoed back at them. We only meet the real Dougie for a couple minutes but we're led to believe this isn't even that far off for him. He's just an empty vessel with a nice job with benefits and a big house in Nevada.

    MEGAN: Everyone seems completely oblivious to the fact that he doesn't make any sense. I saw a theory that Dougie's a construct created by BOB, so maybe he's literally an empty vessel.

    SUZETTE: It's hard, being someone who has worked so hard for so much stuff in my life to watch a white guy flail around and repeatedly mess up everything around him and people just help him out. I mean, with Dougie, but with life, too.

    MEGAN: Yeah, he's not even mediocre. It's a good example of how you don't have to be entitled or pushy to benefit from having privilege. And also how you can behave in a completely incomprehensible way and be protected by your privilege.

    SUZETTE: This is probably why I don't understand so much of white male comedy, which is built around a sense of entitlement. Why shouldn't I have a girlfriend? Why shouldn't I have a nice job? Why shouldn't people show me respect on the street? Like, dude, you are not entitled to any of that.

    MEGAN: Yeah! There are always these very basic men with very good lives and beautiful wives and charming children.

    SUZETTE: (reaches for the plot of an Adam Sandler movie and fails)

    MEGAN: I think there were a bunch of sitcoms in the late '90s that rely on this premise.

    SUZETTE: I don't remember any of them! I've blocked them out, but Adam Sandler movies are where I want to base my argument. But, yeah, anyway Dougie Jones. I couldn't believe that he's following glowing lights and drawing shoots and ladders on all those files and his boss is like, "Let me make sure I look through all of these to make sure you drew garbage on all of them!" And then he's like, "This garbage is genius! Thank you for bringing it to my attention."

    MEGAN: Makes me think of all the emails I get from male artists who make bad art asking me to write about them. "Look, I made trash! Reward me now!"

    SUZETTE: It's so weird when I have to be like, "Just keep plugging away at it and don't make your friends feel weird. Just keep making stuff until your stuff is so good that people want to write about it. It's not you, dude."

    MEGAN: I DO think something notable about Twin Peaks is how it always portrayed the male characters as these kind of bumbling dummies or straight-up villains. Meanwhile, the women hold up the entire town. Like, Norma's Double R Diner is this communal, female-dominated space and even the Packard Mill is run by women. When Courtney and I reread The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, we concluded that Dr. Hayward is one of the only good men in Twin Peaks.

    SUZETTE: I can't wait until we get Coop back in action. No more of this Dougie shit.

    MEGAN: Yeah, Coop is such an exceptional person it's really hard to see him reduced to a man rewarded for his incompetence... You know who I think the ultimate Dougie Jones is? DONALD TRUMP. Does everything wrong, dumb as a post, becomes president.

    SUZETTE: People have said this a lot, but Donald Trump is such a disaster that he's making George W. look good by comparison. I guess conservatives just like having a figurehead in there.

    MEGAN: Yeah, I mean George W. is like an adorable bad painter now and I think it's giving us selective memory. But I think you're right. Republicans like being in power, no matter how bad the leader is. The danger of being a Dougie Jones is anyone can commandeer you for their own evil agenda. OMG, in this analogy, does that make Mike Pence... BOB? In that case, maybe George W. is a Dougie too.

    SUZETTE: We've definitely fallen off of whatever it is Mike Pence is doing. Getting the AHCA passed. That's BOB levels of evil, I suppose.

    MEGAN: Yeah, I think BOBs and Dougies are two different categories. Come to think of it, maybe Leland is kind of a Dougie too?

    SUZETTE: Yeah, totally. Leland was a Dougie right up until he died.

    MEGAN: I think maybe Dougie-like men are easily corrupted. And that's why BOB picks 'em! They make good hosts. This works with your figurehead argument re: the GOP.

    SUZETTE: Laura Palmer wasn't an empty-enough vessel.

    MEGAN: That's why she died. Because she resisted BOB. That's what I love about Laura Palmer—that she was too strong and smart to be controlled by BOB. And how true that women end up getting destroyed when they fight back.

    SUZETTE: Yeah, or how she was this stereotypical blonde, what everyone thinks of as an empty vessel to project desires onto but she turned out to be way too much of a person to be possessed.

    MEGAN: Yeah, that's something I really love about Laura Palmer. She's introduced as a trope—a beautiful dead girl—but Lynch actually seems invested in telling her story and acknowledging her trauma and giving her a rich inner life.

    SUZETTE: Although at first everyone in the whole town is projecting their idea of Laura onto her but then it turns out she had this secret self, it does end up being an exploration of the victim more than the murderer.

    MEGAN: Yeah, Laura is allowed complexity. Her murderer is not—he's literally a demon. In a way that makes it subversive.

    SUZETTE: Yeah, I hope they never really try to explain him.

    MEGAN: I think one of the most important aspects of Twin Peaks is that elemental good/evil thing. The men who do bad things aren't complex Walter Whites or whatever the fuck. They're possessed by elemental evil, because that's the only way to explain their behavior.

    SUZETTE: It's funny to have this fictional view of white knight altruistic FBI agents on the other hand.

    MEGAN: Yeah, it's funny because Twin Peaks is so violent and dark and yet it has this very innocent sense of morality. I've always enjoyed that about David Lynch.

    SUZETTE: Totally.

    MEGAN: He goes way dark but you're never expected to feel sorry for a sex murderer. And you're right that that may be at the expense of complexity for some of the characters, like Good Coop. But maybe the fact that Coop is inhabited by BOB shows that he was corruptible in some sense?

    SUZETTE: Coop does have a simplicity to him, a single-mindedness. I wonder what will break him out of his Dougie state. When Coop was possessed it seemed like it was simply to break our hearts, the absolute worst thing that could happen. My theory with Lynch is that he arranges these ideas he has which are heavily influenced by his subconscious and then we all go crazy ascribing meaning to them. I don't know that Lynch is saying stuff about men who can't fuck up their own lives with Dougie.

    MEGAN: I think that's very true.

    SUZETTE: He's just arranging symbols and I'm reacting to them, like a Rorschach test.

    MEGAN: He has a book about his meditation practices, Catching the Big Fish, where he says he doesn't know what the box and key symbolize in Mulholland Drive. Maybe blaming it all on the subconscious works as a way to avoid answering questions.

    SUZETTE: So he writes this very traditional character: gentle idiot that needs to be led around, and I'm furious because everyone liked that guy better than me at my last job. Earlier I was saying it's hard to make weird decisions about the series so far. I'm at this place of let's see where this gooooes... because the dismount from Dougie (probably an electrical shock? Or will they really need to kill Bad Coop first?) will say so much about Dougie and what my thoughts on him will be. Just right now he frustrates the hell out of me. But I'm also into frustration as a legit experience in art.

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    by Dirk VanderHart

    Denis C. Theriault

    When Portland City Council adopted its budget for next fiscal year on June 8, the final funerary knell tolled for the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit.

    After years of putting the city's horse cops up on the chopping block in budget proposals—often comfortable in the notion that actually slashing it would be unpopular—the PPB finally was taken up on its offer by Mayor Ted Wheeler, who's also the police commissioner. But that didn't stop the police bureau from a last-ditch effort to keep the unit around.

    According to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, the PPB asked Sheriff Mike Reese to take over the unit once its fate in the city budget had become clear.

    And Reese, a former police chief who saw the MPU's existence threatened, then saved, again and again during his watch, really considered it.

    "Sheriff Reese was approached by the police bureau regarding the option for MCSO to take over the MPU," says MCSO spokesperson Lt. Chad Gaidos. "However, after consideration it is not a viable for the Sheriff’s Office at this time."

    The discussions over the potential swap were apparently kept close. Representatives for Wheeler and County Chair Deborah Kafoury (who has sway in the sheriff's budget) weren't aware the matter had been considered.

    But Portland developer Bob Ball, a police reserve commander who for years has fought for the horse unit's existence with the group Friends of the Mounted Patrol, was in on the conversation.

    "We actually did discuss it, but they just didn’t think it would be feasible," Ball says. "They just couldn't do it, especially because the time frame was so quick to put it together."

    Come July 1, the beginning of the city's next fiscal year, funding for the MPU will officially be nixed. Ball says homes are being found for the unit's eight horses.

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    by Andrea Damewood

    Top right: Liz Crain, editor; Below: Teruo Kurosaki, writer.
    Top right: Liz Crain, editor; Below: Teruo Kurosaki, writer.

    If Japan were to launch an intercontinental bullet train, odds are good it would run straight to Oregon.

    Portland and Tokyo are in the midst of an intense love affair, and prominent Tokyo designer Teruo Kurosaki has played a big role in drawing his city’s trendiest to ours with a local guidebook, True Portland. This month, Hawthorne Books’ English translation launches with a trans-Pacific release party on June 22 at Reverend Nat’s Cidery.

    Portland and Tokyo have had a free-flowing commercial exchange over the last few years, with Blue Star Donuts, Navarre, Voodoo Doughnut, Columbia Sportswear, and NikeLab opening stores in the Japanese capital, and acclaimed ramen shops (Marukin, Kizuki, and Afuri among them) putting down PDX roots.

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  • 06/23/17--11:59: Record Review: SZA, Ctrl
  • by Jenni Moore


    I started listening to SZA—born Solána Imani Rowe–about a year ago, and feel embarrassingly late to the game. For the past few years, her star has steadily been on the rise: She’s released a couple of critically acclaimed mixtapes, an EP through Top Dawg Entertainment, and co-written with big-name artists like Rihanna (see the track “Consideration” on 2016’s Anti). And earlier this month, SZA finally dropped her full-length studio debut, Ctrl.

    Truthfully, I couldn’t be more pleased with the album if I tried, and I am trying by repeatedly listening while reading the lyrics and singing along. Not one of these 14 gorgeous songs is skip-worthy—they’re all just so easy to listen to. The record’s release was preceded by three stellar singles: “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott, “Broken Clocks,” and “Drew Barrymore,” which has a brand-spankin’-new music video with a cameo from Drew Barrymore herself.

    The track list of Ctrl reads as a series of perfectly ordered and honest confessionals about the singer’s personal life, with phone calls to her mother and grandmother serving as interludes. SZA addresses her insecurities to both her listeners and past lovers while simultaneously—often defiantly—asserting her worth, and it’s not always pretty. On opening track “Supermodel” she gets back at an ex who did her wrong: “Let me tell you a secret/I been secretly banging your homeboy,” she reveals, and later sings, “Leave me lonely for prettier women/You know I need too much attention for shit like that.”

    SZA’s insecurity about her appearance is one of the most relatable themes on the album. It comes up on songs like “Garden (Say It Like Dat),”“Drew Barrymore,” and “Normal Girl,” where she feels ashamed for not being prettier, more ladylike, of having a bigger booty. Beyond her rawness on the record, one of the most impressive things about Ctrl is SZA’s instrumental use of her raspy voice. In a high falsetto, she echoes and harmonizes with the album’s background arrangements, while full tones drip and run through all the songs’ remarkably relatable lyrics. But she sings a little differently on each track, switching from sounding like a traditional R&B crooner to an ethereal water siren, and calling to mind Frank Ocean’s heart-wrenching vocals and Rihanna’s hip-hop-infused urban pop.

    Along with Travis Scott, other featured artists include SZA’s labelmate Isaiah Rashad on her ’90s-vibed track “The Weekend,” where she seductively dismantles the concept of a sidechick, and rap king Kendrick Lamar on “Doves in the Wind,” a song that characterizes pussy as powerful, “undefeated,” and basically running the game. After Kendrick’s verse—which deserves multiple flame emojis—SZA calls out an undeserving “bum nigga” who tries to trivialize pussy. Then she goes off: “High key, your dick is weak, buddy.” That's why SZA just wants to "bust it open for the right one." Again, relatable.

    She taps themes of nostalgia, abandonment, and sexuality for this R&B masterpiece, effortlessly weaving together narratives and bending the genre’s limits. There's also a coming-of-age feeling to the album. On the ’80s-tinged “Prom,” yet another standout, SZA slips into simpler and abbreviated vocals to match the song’s shimmering guitar-pop production, as she pleads with her lover not to take it personal that she doesn’t mature as quickly as him. On one of the more sensual tracks, “Pretty Little Birds,” SZA makes enticing offers and overcommits to an imperfect relationship, even though they’ve “hit the window a few times”: “I wanna be your golden goose/I wanna shave my legs for you/I wanna take all of my hair down and let you lay in it.”

    For closing track “20-something”—my personal favorite, and the song I relate to most as a 29-year-old—she sings over acoustic guitar about not being where she imagined she’d be in her 20s, and being thrown by the fall-out of one of her central relationships: “How could it be? Twentysomething?/All alone still, not a thing in my name/Ain't got nothin', runnin' from love/Only know fear.” But the final refrain is hopeful: “Hopin' my twentysomethings won't end/Hopin' to keep the rest of my friends/Prayin' the twentysomethings don't kill me.”

    The album concludes with an audio clip from SZA’s mother, who talks about choosing goodness/faith (or perhaps love?) in order to take Ctrl of her mindset, even if it’s an illusion. On what’s easily the most euphonious R&B release of 2017 so far, SZA taps into her own flawed humanity and effectively uses it to relate to her audience.

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  • 06/23/17--11:27: Take Your Business Elsewhere
  • by Anonymous

    Why, oh why, did you think it was ok to carry on a business conversation over the phone whilst at the sushi bar for lunch?? This is a small, relatively quiet restaurant to begin with. I'm sure your caller was overjoyed to hear you munching in their ear too. Have some manners and take your damn call outside!!!!

    The Entire Restaurant

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    by Ned Lannamann

    ROGER WATERS Soundtracking your paranoia since 1967.
    ROGER WATERS Soundtracking your paranoia since 1967.Courtesy of the artist

    Roger Waters has never been one to back down from a tough subject. As Pink Floyd’s primary lyricist and rock’s most notorious misanthrope, he’s written concept albums about insanity (1973’s Dark Side of the Moon), absence (1975’s Wish You Were Here), capitalist greed (1977’s Animals), alienation (1979’s The Wall), and war (1983’s The Final Cut). His bleak worldview often jarred with Floyd’s drug-friendly space-rock, but the friction helped make those albums some of the most successful and influential recordings ever made.

    It also eventually splintered the band irreparably, and Waters has spent much of his post-Floyd solo career taking potshots at his former bandmates. The feud resolved itself when the group reformed at 2005’s Live 8 benefit concert, and in recent years Waters has seemed kinder and gentler than ever before—at times sounding like he’s downright happy to be here. In other words, Roger Waters hasn’t been acting very much like Roger Waters at all.

    His new solo album, however, suggests that while the 73-year-old Waters has certainly mellowed, he still knows how to spit venom when he wants to. The title track, “Is This the Life We Really Want?,” starts with a short sample from a Donald Trump interview (with our nation’s president sounding as cretinous as ever) before Waters’ cracked voice whispers, “The goose has gotten fat/On caviar in fancy bars/And subprime loans/And broken homes.” The song goes on to condemn xenophobia, isolationism, global warming, and reality TV, but it’s mostly a critique of our tendency toward apathy and our failure to become outraged at the everyday injustices of the world.

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    by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey

    Courtesy WNBR

    Guys! I hope you're ready for Portland's version of the World Naked Bike Ride, because it kicks off tomorrow night (Sat June 24) at 8 pm (ride at 9 pm), starting at Fernhill Park (6010 NE 37th Ave). It's always a goddamn hoot, whether you're riding or watching... but if this is your first time, here are some tips from the experts to make sure you'll have the ride of your life.

    1) How nude should I be? As nude as you want! While helmets and especially shoes are always a good idea, underwear is fine, stockings are fine, and all your juicy bits flapping in the wind is fine. IT'S ALL FINE! While nudity won't get you arrested, acting in a lewd behavior will. Be cool, and keep your eyes up, perv.

    2) How should I prepare? First of all, don't drive to the starting point (it's a huge faux pas). Bike, or take the bus or MAX—and bring your friends. Secondly, smart WNBRs figure out some way to carry clothes, snacks, water, and a bike tool/pump/patch kit in a backpack, pannier, or basket. Fanny packs are hilarious and very useful in this situation. Also bring some donation money (WNBRs don't grow on trees), and for an after-ride drink. Third and most important, DON'T GET DRUNK BEFORE OR DURING THE RIDE. You're going to be surrounded by thousands of cyclists, so ride safe and keep your wits about you.

    3) What if people see me? Well... they are going to see you. But remember, you're going to be in a humongous throng of Ps & Vs whizzing past the crowds at a quick clip. Nobody's gonna remember your P or V. Pro-tip: If you want to stay anonymous-ish, stick to the center of the street away from high-fiving crowds and photogs. Some riders wear masks (that don't obscure the vision).

    4) Why is this even happening? Great question. The WNBR was originated to show the vulnerability that cyclists endure in a car-crazy culture. But it's also to draw attention to our great and powerful cycling community, and how biking can improve everyone's lives... while having tons of nudie fun. It really is a blast, and if you haven't experienced the excitement, NOW IS YOUR TIME.

    Find out tons of more information here!

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    by Dirk VanderHart

    Antifa demonstrators opposing a right-wing free speech rally on June 4. Some of these folks were later caught up in a police kettle.
    Antifa demonstrators opposing a right-wing "free speech" rally on June 4. Some of these folks were later caught up in a police kettle.Aaron Lee

    Portland Police detained a group a group of marching antifa protesters on June 4 as a means of deescalating "the threat of violence" between the group and a nearby right-wing rally, Police Chief Mike Marshman now says.

    That nugget is one of several included in a letter sent to Mayor Ted Wheeler this week, in which Marshman addressed five questions the mayor put to him on June 13.

    "The temporary detention of these persons was done after consultation with the City Attorney’s Office and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office," Marshman writes, of a police "kettle" of demonstrators and journalists near SW 4th and Morrison. He notes: "The brief detention (which ranged from a few minutes to about under an hour depending on the speed with which the person was processed) also served to deescalate the threat of violence between groups. While the Chapman Square group was being detained the federal officers closed down Terry Shrunk Plaza and required everyone to vacate the Plaza."

    The kettling—and the decision to force protesters to have their photos taken—was among the more controversial moves by authorities on June 4, when right-wing Trump supporters in Terry Schrunk Plaza squared off with counter-demonstrators on three sides. A sizeable police presence at the event pre-empted serious violence, but there were skirmishes between police and "anti-fascist" demonstrators gathered in Chapman Square.

    In the aftermath of the rallies, Wheeler had asked Marshman:

    •How the Portland Police Bureau coordinates with event organizers on private security (a question based on a right-wing militia member assisting federal officers with an arrest)

    •How PPB decides to wear "riot gear" at events, as officers were on June 4.

    •How cops made the decision to deploy "crowd control devices" against demonstrators.

    •How cops ensure that peaceful protesters aren't affected by such devices?

    •Why police made the decision to "kettle" and photograph demonstrators, a move that the ACLU of Oregon has said might be unconstitutional.

    Marshman's response is chock full of the dry technical language the chief frequently uses to describe police tactics, but it's not without interest. Here it is:

    The chief notes in the letter that "PPB recognizes that wearing full PPE ["personal protective equipment," or riot gear] makes it more difficult for officers to interact freely with members of the public and that it is perceived negatively by some members of the public."

    But Marshman also argues that the threat of violence at the June 4 rallies was severe enough to merit it. The chief includes with his letter a picture of a bruise on a Portland officer's arm, which was apparently caused when someone hurled a brick.

    "We believe his injuries would have been far more severe had he been wearing a standard patrol uniform," the letter says.

    Marshman says demonstrators were throwing more than bricks. He says people in Chapman Square hurled "urine and feces filled balloons," along with marbles and rocks. When police told protesters to back up, Marshman says, "some members of the counter protest group responded violently to the announcement to move north by hurling additional bricks, bottles, fireworks and other small explosive items at officers."

    Marshman tells Wheeler police using pepper spray and other devices try not to hit peaceful demonstrators, but that it's not possible "to completely avoid the risk that individuals," who are not themselves the intended target, will suffer the consequences of such devices when they are used."

    The June 4 "free speech" rally, organized by Vancouver-based right-wing vlogger Joey Gibson, followed closely on the heels of a triple stabbing on a MAX train that left two men dead. The suspect in that killing, Jeremy Christian, is a vocal white supremacist known to justify his actions by shouting about free speech.

    Given all this, the environment around the June 4 rally was highly charged. As Trump supporters made their way into Schrunk Plaza for the event, counter-protests amassed on three sides of the park.

    It was in Chapman Square that trouble broke out. Police eventually pushed the antifa demonstrators there toward the north end of the park, using pepper spray and flashbangs. When demonstrators were finally pushed from the park, they took to the streets.

    But the police "kettling" and photographing maneuver spurred the most outcry and confusion. That wasn't helped when Marshman told OPB days later that the photos had never been taken, and that such a strategy wasn't Portland police practice (it turns out the chief was at home while it went down, not watching events transpire from a police command center).

    In his letter, Marshman stands by the tactic that he didn't know existed, not acknowledging the controversy surrounding them.

    "The decision to photograph identification was made to speed up the process," he writes. "Writing down each person’s information would have taken much longer. The photographs were uploaded to the DIMS system where it is currently being used by detectives investigating criminal behavior. Any photographs not used in a criminal investigation will be purged pursuant to PPB policy."

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  • 06/23/17--16:21: I don't get it
  • by Anonymous

    The topknot. I understand if you're like Patrick Swayze and you need to tie that shit up to brawl, but when it's like a 1 inch long nub, why bother? Does it act like a romantic beacon for the opposites/same sex person you seek? Also, it ran its course two years ago or some shit, like yoga pants. Why? Huh??

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  • 06/24/17--21:32: Fuck you, Uber!
  • by Anonymous

    Uber and Lyft drivers are the worst! The way they suddenly stop in the middle of the street is dangerous. And to the passengers, ask your driver to drop you off in a safe place. I doubt their bullshit insurance will cover you when you get hurt. Uber shills, abstain from commenting.

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