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INSTA-SUMMER

How to Host the Perfect Summer Party

We offer 60 expert tips for the best backyard bash ever, from food to drinks to DIY decor—and the perfect playlist for the action.

07/01/2014 Photography by Stuart Mullenberg Edited by Kelly Clarke

Top Stories

BE PREPARED

The Big One: A Northwest Earthquake Survival Guide

The Cascadia Subduction Quake is coming. How bad will it be? Bad. (Maybe the worst natural disaster in US history.) Can we prepare? YES!

07/01/2014 By Randy Gragg Illustrations by Nomad With Peter Holmstrom

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Charting the Rise of Portland's Hottest UnRestaurants

In back rooms, on off nights, and behind borrowed counters, forward-thinking chefs are redefining dinner in Portland.

07/01/2014 By Karen Brooks

Table of Contents

Arts & Culture

ON THE TOWN

PoMo Picks: July 2014

Movies in the park, how to score tickets to The Book of Mormon, locals-only summer reading list, and more of the month's best bets for things to see and do in Portland

07/01/2014 By Aaron Scott

SEE THIS NOW

Guide to Ashland's Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2014

Ashland's OSF hits its zenith in July with nine shows, ranging from Bard classics to world premieres.

07/01/2014 By Aaron Scott and Peter Holmstrom

VISUAL ARTS

A Summer-Camp Craft Becomes High Art

Portland artist Jo Hamilton crochets larger-than-life portraits and wall-sized cityscapes—you'll never look at a ball of yarn the same way.

07/01/2014 By Angela Sanders

CULTUREPHILE

The Art Museum Brings a Bit of Paris to Portland

The Portland Art Museum pays homage to Paris's Tuileries Garden, one of the world’s most inspiring spaces.

06/11/2014 By Aaron Scott

Eat & Drink

WORD OF MOUTH

What to Eat in Portland, Right Now

Portland Monthly food critic Karen Brooks dishes on the restaurants, obsessions, and under-the-radar finds of the month.

07/01/2014 By Karen Brooks

HIT LIST

Cool Off with Our 6 Favorite Summer Beers

Our go-to half-dozen local brews to quench your seasonal thirst.

07/01/2014 By Rachel Ritchie

HIT LIST

A Handy Guide to Portland's Best UnRestaurants

Glimpse the next phase of Portland dining at these 11 pop-up dinners, secret back rooms, and farm fresh feasts.

07/01/2014 By Karen Brooks

PDX INDEX

Oregon Beer Month, By the Numbers

From the Oregon Brewers Festival to the boom of craft brewers within city limits, we explore the huge business of beer in Oregon.

07/01/2014 By Nicole Cordier

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Charting the Rise of Portland's Hottest UnRestaurants

In back rooms, on off nights, and behind borrowed counters, forward-thinking chefs are redefining dinner in Portland.

07/01/2014 By Karen Brooks

Editor's Note

EDITORS' NOTE

Should We Fear a Massive Portland Earthquake, Or Just Prepare For It?

How our executive editor stopped worrying and started getting prepared for the Big One. But is the rest of Portland ready?

07/01/2014 By Zach Dundas

Home & Real Estate

INSTA-SUMMER

How to Host the Perfect Summer Party

We offer 60 expert tips for the best backyard bash ever, from food to drinks to DIY decor—and the perfect playlist for the action.

07/01/2014 Photography by Stuart Mullenberg Edited by Kelly Clarke

GARDENING

Is Your Garden Ready for Dose of Danger?

Decked out in spikes and spines, these perilous plants are water-friendly, beautiful, and just a little bit scary.

07/01/2014 By Kate Bryant

News & City Life

BE PREPARED

The Big One: A Northwest Earthquake Survival Guide

The Cascadia Subduction Quake is coming. How bad will it be? Bad. (Maybe the worst natural disaster in US history.) Can we prepare? YES!

07/01/2014 By Randy Gragg Illustrations by Nomad With Peter Holmstrom

LONG STORY SHORT

The Road to Legal Gay Marriage in Oregon

Meet the unlikely team that changed the course of Oregon law (and love).

07/01/2014 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg Illustrations by Matty Newton

BIG PICTURE

Would You Swim in the Willamette? Prove it.

Why the annual Big Float challenges Portlanders to dive in to the river that runs through us.

07/01/2014 By Peter Holmstrom

HISTORY

How Ken Kesey's Iconic Merry Pranksters Reinvented the American Counterculture Road Trip

Fifty years ago, Oregon's iconic novelist launched American counterculture on a long, strange trip.

07/01/2014 By Zach Dundas

MOVERS & SHAKERS

The Perfect Party: July 2014

A made-up mash-up of the month's most fascinating people, from PDX-bound chef Peter Cho to the newly elected Multnomah County chair.

07/01/2014 Illustrations by Matty Newton

DISPATCH

Sharing Portland’s Food Supply

The story behind the tiny nonprofit Urban Gleaners, one woman's mission to share the city's excess food.

07/01/2014 By Marty Patail

Q&A

A Star Portland MMA Fighter Tells All

Glena “Heartless” Avila, 38, a Portland pro mixed martial arts fighter, mother of two, and the focus of the new documentary Glena that opens the Portland Film Fest. Watch the trailer now!

06/13/2014 By Maya Seaman

Style & Shopping

STYLE

The Life of a Locally Designed Dress

Follow one of Project Runway winner Michelle Lesniak's signature garments from inspiration through its appearance at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

07/01/2014 By Eden Dawn

Travel & Outdoors

WEEKEND GETAWAY

The Perfect Weekend in Vancouver B.C.

Escape to Canada's Cascadian metropolis for 72 hours of great food, chic hotels, dreamy bike rides, and city strolls—all just a few hours to the north.

07/01/2014 By Rachel Ritchie

WINNING FINDS

A Locally Made Camping Gear Guide

Get ready for summer excursions with these made-in-Oregon goods, from high-style hiking boots to Big Bottom Whiskey's pouches of bourbon.

07/01/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

Web Exclusives

THE BIG ONE

Ten Ways to Survive an Earthquake in Portland

The director of Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management argues that being ready for the Big One is as much about connection as stockpiles.

06/16/2014

ART & CRAFT

An Epic Time Lapse Video of Jo Hamilton's Knit Portraits

Check out local crochet artist Jo Hamilton's extremely detailed yarn portraits from start to finish.

06/13/2014

ARE YOU PREPARED?

Vox Populi: The Big One

We asked our readers to share their feelings about a catastrophic earthquake in Cascadia. Here's what we discovered.

06/13/2014

SUMMER PLAYLIST

Portland Monthly's 6 Songs of Summer

Need a soundtrack for your backyard bash this summer? We've got a few choice picks.

06/11/2014

DIY

Make Your Own Easy Party Pinwheels

Geranium Lake's Kim Foren puts a summer spin on party décor.

06/11/2014 By Kelly Clarke