The Essentials

From a New Shins Album to a Blitzen Trapper Musical, March's Pop Culture Hot List

The album, book, musical event, and poetry collection to know this month

02/20/2017 By Fiona McCann

Get Out

How Looking out the Window Can Help You Survive a Concrete World

In her new book, environmental journalist Florence Williams digs into nature’s potent healing properties. See her at Powell’s on February 14.

02/06/2017 By Regan Breeden

Read 'Em and Eat

Get Funky with Fermentation Folk Hero Sandor Ellix Katz

The Wild Fermentation author will speak at two Portland events February 11–12.

02/02/2017 By Molly Woodstock

Comics

Happy 25th Birthday, Image Comics!

The recent Portland transplant celebrates its birthday with signings all over town.

01/25/2017 By Fiona McCann

The Essentials

PDX Jazz Festival to the Last Artful, Dodgr: February’s Pop Culture Hot List

The album, festival, show, and book you need to know this month.

01/23/2017 By Fiona McCann

Family

20+ Ideas for Family Fun in Portland

We’ve got 10 gold-standard destinations and off-the-radar alternatives that will blow your little ones’ little minds.

01/23/2017 Edited by Fiona McCann By Kelly Clarke, Zach Dundas, and Margaret Seiler

Books

Broadway Books Offers We Should All Be Feminists for Free on Inauguration Day

The Northeast Portland bookstore will give away free copies of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's feminist manifesto.

01/19/2017 By Jason Buehrer

Books

Jon Raymond on Drought, Dilemmas, and Homicidal Rage

The Portland author talks about his new novel, Freebird, ahead of his Inauguration Day Powell’s reading.

01/19/2017 By Fiona McCann

Comics

This Comic by an Openly Trans Portlander Belongs on Your Reading List

Erin Nations’s Gumballs is a collection of brightly colored autobiographical vignettes tackling emotionally loaded moments in the author's daily life.

01/12/2017 By Jason Buehrer

Hiking

Is This New Book the Weekend Warrior's Guide to Oregon's PCT?

From Bridge of the Gods to Siskiyou Pass, a local author offers a different way of approaching Oregon's stretch of the epic three-state hiking trail.

01/10/2017 By Regan Breeden

The Essentials

Kyle Morton’s Solo Album to Grimm, January’s Pop Culture Hot List

The show, album, book, and TV series you can't miss this month.

12/20/2016 By Fiona McCann

Winter Relaxation: Survival Guide

13 Secrets of Winter Relaxation Every Portlander Must Know

From cheap massages to board games to cuddly kitties, here’s how to survive the season.

12/20/2016 By Eden Dawn, Fiona McCann, Rebecca Jacobson, Molly Woodstock, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

Healthy Reads

Dragontree Spa Founders Give Advice for Balance and Happiness in The Well Life

Briana and Dr. Peter Borten share their wellness philosophies and practices in a new self-help book.

12/14/2016 By Webb Wright

Urban Rides

Get in Gear with Portland's Latest Urban Bike Guide

A new book offers 40 sweet rides spanning the Portland area. In a sneak peek, authors Ayleen Crotty and Lizann Dunegan share four favorites.

12/08/2016 By Ko Ricker

Politics

Portland Performers, Creators, and Arts Leaders Get Ready for a New "Inspiration": Donald Trump

Expect an era of “satire with teeth,” among other responses.

11/23/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Pop Culture

Your Ultimate Portland Pop Culture Cheat Sheet

What are the movies, books, comics, songs, and pop culture moments (as found on YouTube) that define our city? We’ve brought them all together, right here.

11/14/2016 Edited by Fiona McCann

Culture Cheat Sheet: Comics

6 Comics Heroes with Serious Portland Cred

Meet the characters who supercharge our city’s comics scene.

11/14/2016 By Marty Patail

Culture Cheat Sheet: Books

Why Beverly Cleary Is Portland’s Undisputed, Unofficial Novelist Laureate

It’s Ramona’s world. The rest of us are just living in it.

11/14/2016 By Zach Dundas

Culture Cheat Sheet: Books

The Essential Portland Bookshelf: 32 Books That Define Our City and State

Sometimes a Great Notion to Geek Love, these are the texts that express, entertain, and enlighten us.

11/14/2016 By Fiona McCann

The Long Play

PODCAST: Casey Jarman Talks Death, Grief, and Randy Newman

The Portlander has just published his first book, Death: An Oral History, which includes interviews with a death row warden, a scientist who advocates for "the psychedelic hospice," and his own mom.

11/07/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson