Insider's Guide to the Gorge

Kite Rider

A local daredevil shines the spotlight on kitesurfing and watches the sport take off.

05/25/2012 By Christopher Van Tilburg

from the songbird's beak

Getting To Know Ashia Grzesik

The cabaret cellist and soprano songwriter sits down with a Culturephile correspondent to talk about music, fashion, gender-blending, and the Polish-American...



Dark Journey

In the tough-on-crime ’90s, Oregon’s Measure 11 sentencing law sent teenager David Pedersen to juvenile jail—and then adult prison—for armed robbery. Fifteen years later, Pedersen got out and staged a West Coast killing spree.

05/24/2012 By Alison Barnwell

Long Story [Short]

The Refugee

Award-winning Portland author Ismet Prcic offers a glimpse of growing up in war-torn Bosnia, his struggles with PTSD, and the therapeutic power of writing.

05/24/2012 By Taylor Clark

Bright Lights

Portland Nice: The Rose City’s Thorny Race Politics

See excerpts from our April 9 Bright Lights discussion with three prominent African American leaders on how our city’s well-known liberal values may be thwarting a more equitable future.

05/18/2012 By Rhea Combs

Around Town

Of Mad Men and City Plans

A long lost short film made by the AIA in 1965 offers a useful comparison to today’s city planning.

05/05/2012 By Kristin Belz


Tree Titan

He speaks for the trees.

04/27/2012 By Bill Lascher


Haute History

A tour through fashion emblems of the past century—and where to find them now

04/27/2012 By Eden Dawn

Long Story [Short]

The Straight Shooter

At the end of this year, Portland’s famously ornery city councilman and former fire lieutenant will retire. So...what’s next for Randy Leonard?

04/27/2012 By Sarah Mirk


Hand Jive

Is a gesture worth a thousand words? The Language Hunters hope their hands will speak volumes.

04/27/2012 By Will Lambeth


This Land Is Whose Land?

The "doctrine of discovery" comes under careful scrutiny by a legal scholar from (where else?) Lewis & Clark College.

04/27/2012 By Chris Lydgate


Affairs, Snared

A local tech start-up’s innovative way to filter the news so we only get the "juicy stuff."

04/27/2012 By Shane Danaher


Gear Shift

Kickstarter’s industrious Portland future takes crowdfunding beyond the demo tape.

04/27/2012 By Martin Patail


Maximum Remote Control

How to be away from home, but still very much in control.

04/22/2012 By Kristin Belz

UFO Oregon

A Guide to Oregon’s Extraterrestrial Past and Present!

To celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the state’s most famous UFO sighting, we probed experts and skeptics for a guide to our otherworldly history.

04/20/2012 By Martin Patail

Out and About

BEST Businesses in Town

See who is talking the talk and walking the walk of sustainability at the BEST awards April 25. Get your tickets now!

04/15/2012 By Kristin Belz


Stereo Totale

Perfect sound forever (or at least for today), with the latest technology.

04/09/2012 By Kristin Belz

Out and About

Tea, Ceramics and the Art of Healing

Renewal comes naturally with springtime exhibits at the Japanese Garden.

04/01/2012 By Kristin Belz


Running in Place

Next month, Portland voters will weigh the merits of many would-be mayors. But how do the three major candidates—Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales, and Jefferson Smith—see the city they want to lead?

03/23/2012 By Zach Dundas


Odes to Crash

The most poetic Trail Blazer is no longer in Portland, but the verse lives on.