Wise Up: Alterna-Master's Degree

Reed College’s Only Graduate Program Puts Intellectual Exploration above Practical Payoff

Or, how to become a Reedie past age 22.

11/14/2016 By Zach Dundas

Wise Up: Humanity in Perspective

How a Class Designed for Low-Income Portlanders Changed One Mind—and Life

Mary Thompson grew up in the foster system and didn’t graduate from high school. Now she’s on a course to a writing career.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Get Smart

7 Places in Portland to Exercise Your Brain

From literary seminars to an underground grad school, here are the city’s best places to stretch your mind.

11/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Wise Up: Get Cooking

6 Places in Portland to Up Your Kitchen IQ

Knife sharpening to cocktail making to pig butchery, here are the city’s best spots to build your kitchen skills.

11/14/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

The Shakedown

2016: Sizing Up the Year That Can’t End Soon Enough

No, really. What was that?

11/14/2016 By Marty Patail

B-Sides

Trumpeter Farnell Newton Doubles Down on Portland

Jazz to funk to soul, the trumpeter and songwriter juggles musical genres and countless projects.

11/14/2016 By Casey Jarman

Eat Here Now

Why Did Cult Tokyo Ramen Shop Afuri Come to Portland? Because We’ve Got the Water.

“Portland water makes our broth the best,” says the CEO. “Afuri cannot exist without the water.”

11/14/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Word of Mouth

The 11 Best Things Food Critic Karen Brooks Ate in 2016

Beef tartare to old-school pizza to Japanese shaved ice, here are the year’s defining dishes.

11/14/2016 By Karen Brooks

Recipes

Two Delicious Cocktails to Warm Up Your Winter

A toddy laced with apple butter? Mezcal-spiked drinking chocolate? We’ll take both.

11/14/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Recipes

Five Phenomenal Winter Cookies

Nostalgic Christmas treats to jam-filled Italian classics, these are the holiday confections to crush any bake-off.

11/14/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Skull Games

How One Portland Special Agent Went Undercover to Stop Poaching and Smuggling

Make no mistake: we’re part of the world’s poaching and smuggling epidemic. Meet the Portland investigator battling it.

11/14/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Field Notes

Trail of the Month: High-and-Dry Winter Walks at Canemah Bluff

Look out over the Willamette River from Oregon City’s 332-acre nature park.

11/14/2016 By Brian Barker

Holidays 2016

Handmade Rugs to Repurposed Rings, Your Essential Holiday Gift Guide

Grab a nog. With these 12 locally made gifts, your shopping is done.

11/14/2016 By Eden Dawn

Ventures

Versi Carves Out a Bigotry-Free Space for Latino Digital Commerce

Founded by a trio of Mexican-born entrepreneurs, the Portland start-up is a Spanish-language digital Yellow Pages.

11/14/2016 By Marty Patail

Essay

Why We Need Portland’s Burgeoning Hip-Hop Scene Now More Than Ever

A retired local rapper reflects on the young talent and activism currently boosting the city’s scene.

11/14/2016 By Mac Smiff

Tao of Meow

Meet the Man Using Data Sets to Map Portland’s Feline Friends

Want to know where the city’s finest cats live? Follow computer programmer Max Ogden on Instagram.

11/14/2016 By Amy Martin

Star Trek

14 Portlanders Who Made It Big in Tinseltown

Clark Gable to Christina Hendricks, these screen stars all passed through Portland on their way to Hollywood.

11/14/2016 By Marty Patail

Politics

Why Did Oregon Ban Rent Control?

Rent control is a hot-button topic today, but the story goes back to 1985.

11/14/2016 By Arlo Voorhees

Oregoniana

Travel Back to 1846, the Year Oregon Became American

In other words, that time we were dumped by the Queen of England.

11/14/2016 By Zach Dundas

Next-Level Bodega

Mini Mini Reimagines the Convenience Store

The East Burnside mini-mart elevates the utilitarian corner store to a haven of Helvetica, crowlers, and niche snacks.

11/14/2016 By Jason Buehrer