EDUCATION

Inside Portland’s Schools

Explore the fast-changing landscape of local learning.

01/15/2016 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Zach Dundas, Fiona McCann, Rachel Grozanick, Katelyn Best, and Alex Madison Illustrations by Matthew Billington

EVENTS

Your Guide to January's Top Style Events

Design classes taught by local fashion favorites, drag queens on tour, and boutique anniversaries. January has it all.

01/15/2016 By Eden Dawn

INSIDE THE SCHOOL BOARD

Gentrification, Testing, and Social Justice: School Boards Sit at the Center of the Storm

How Portland’s volunteer education leaders cope with an impossible job.

01/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

TEST YOURSELF

Could You Handle the Brutal New Test Oregon Students Face?

The state’s Smarter Balanced test is a real doozy.

01/15/2016 By Ramona DeNies

ISSUES & INNOVATION

Portland’s Schools Take On Tough Issues and Bold Ideas

From absentee kindergartners to meditation classes, local education is transforming.

01/15/2016 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Alex Madison, Katelyn Best, Rachel Grozanick, Zach Dundas, and Emma Mannheimer

COMFORT FOOD

The Spud Bracket

Pit Portland’s most awesome potatoes against one another in a drag-out battle for carb-loading supremacy.

01/15/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke

NEWS

This Portland Singer Is Going to ISIS-Controlled Syria for a Peace Concert

He calls himself the “Peace Troubadour,” and has sung in Iraq and Bosnia. Now he's bringing his classical guitar to Syria to "sing prayers of peace."

01/14/2016 By Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

MUSICAL THEATER

Five Things You Should Know about The Book of Mormon Before You See the Show

Broadway smash-hit The Book of Mormon is back in Portland and set to delight and offend, probably in equal measure. For a quick primer—and our takeaway from Wednesday’s opening night—read on.

01/14/2016 By Sylvia Randall-Muñoz, Ramona DeNies, and Fiona McCann

FOOD EVENT SPOTLIGHT

The Oregon Truffle Festival Returns with Triple the Truffles

The 2016 festival expands to three weekends and adds truffle boozing.

01/14/2016 By Alex Keith

PDX INT’L

Kenny & Zuke's and 'The First Airport Tasting Room in the World' Land at PDX

Plus three Portland coffee roasters and a farm-to-table market join the high-flying lineup.

01/14/2016 By Alex Keith

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 14–17

Lily Tomlin live! Plus Andy Kindler, Gregory Alan Isakov, the heavy-hitting Nareh Arghamanyan, NW Film's Reel Music, Broadway's Book of Mormon, and openings at Milagro and CoHo.

01/14/2016 By Ramona DeNies and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Powell's Expands on Hawthorne

Plus: Portland Art Museum promises Warhol and Rodin, and Pickathon starts the party.

01/14/2016 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Josh Ritter Brings His 'Oracular Honky Tonk’ to Portland

He’s earned comparisons to Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, but the one-time PDX resident told Portland Monthly why he’s pumped to live in the age of Kanye West and Jay Z.

01/13/2016 By Fiona McCann

EAT THIS NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From spicy miso ramen at Departure to oysters at Olympia Oyster Bar, these are the things you must devour right now.

01/13/2016 By Eat Beat Team

COMEDY

Comedian Paula Poundstone Talks Parenting and Pop-Tarts En Route to PDX

Longtime comedian and NPR contributor Paula Poundstone brings her arresting ties and acerbic wit to Portland this week. We caught up with her ahead of her Aladdin Theater shows.

01/13/2016 By Jack Rushall

FORECASTING 2016

We Predict: Portland’s Best Restaurants 2016

A charcoal-fired paella restaurant, a Southern Thai curry house, the city’s first food hall, and bold new small plates compete to be Portland’s next great breakout.

01/13/2016 By Karen Brooks

TRAVEL NEWS

Forest Service Waives Fees at National Parks for MLK Day

Just stay away from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

01/13/2016 By Sarah Hopwood

FOOD EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Top Picks for Chefs Week PDX

The third-annual food festival from Top Chef front-runner Gregory Gourdet is bigger and more star-studded than ever.

01/12/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

MUSIC

El Vy Pays Tribute to Bowie on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Portland's Brent Knopf joined El Vy bandmate Matt Berninger and New Orleans' Stay Human for a tribute to the late star on last night's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Added bonus: Matt Sheehy (of Ramona Falls and Lost Lander) on bass.

01/12/2016 By Fiona McCann

OUTDOORS

Are Recumbent Trikes the Bikes of the Future?

Southeast Portland’s RecumbentPDX meets the demand for the recumbent trike—and it’s not as dorky as you think.

01/11/2016 By Alex Keith