Pomo Picks

The Pop Culture That Helped Us Through the Year

From murder mysteries to fingerpicked tunes, these cultural nuggets helped make 2020 just a little more bearable.

12/24/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Holidays

Viral Star-Spangled Singers Reunite to Sing for Peace

This will give you all the feels.

12/22/2020 By Fiona McCann

Arts & Culture

This Artist Is the Sole Resident of an Oregon Ghost Town. He’s Just Been Told to Leave.

John Simpkins has lived and painted out of a schoolhouse in Andrews, Oregon, for a decade. Now he’s looking for a new home.

12/18/2020 By Christen McCurdy

Footnotes

LISTEN: What The Plague Can Teach Us About the Pandemic

We talk with OSU professor Courtney Campbell about Albert Camus's 1947 novel, philosophy, and human nature.

12/18/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Year in Review

PoMo’s Top 10 Arts & Culture Stories of 2020

In a year that sent the arts scrambling, our readers clung to joy: a hometown opera success story, a sterling album from a Portland rap giant, the meaty tale...

12/17/2020 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Pop Culture Worth Your Time: Dolly Parton, Dash & Lily, and More

The content in our queues, from teen romcoms to true(ish) crime

12/17/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Arts & Culture

Was COVID Really the Most Devastating Blow to Portland’s Art Scene?

Some legacy players say it’s only the latest intensifier of decades of neglect.

12/14/2020 By Conner Reed

Feature

Middle-Grade Graphic Novels Are Storming the Best-Seller Lists

Portland creators are getting in on the boom.

12/13/2020 By Julia Silverman

Lookbook

This Dreamy New Lingerie Lookbook Looks Like Pre-Raphaelite Paintings

Local lingerie company Jane's Vanity teamed up with photographer and collage artist, Mindy Byrd, for stunning new editorial photos.

12/12/2020 By Eden Dawn

Q&A

An OSU Professor on What Star Trek Can Teach Us About the Pandemic and Philosophy

“Dealing with epidemics, pandemics, and disease in this kind of way, this really is a component of the human experience at least since we've been ‘civilized.’”

12/11/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Footnotes

LISTEN: Philosophy, the Pandemic, and Star Trek, with Joseph Orosco

An OSU professor talks understanding the pandemic through science fiction and literature, and about Star Trek’s treatment of a virus outbreak in an ep...

12/11/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Performance

Portland Playhouse’s Wonderland Festival Defrosts Old Ideas

Through film, music, dance, and theater, the festival presents virtual holiday food for thought.

12/10/2020 By Conner Reed

Sound Art

A New "Soundwalk" Takes Listeners on a Story-Laced Tour of Mount Tabor

Overlay is the first in a 10-part series from Third Angle New Music.

12/10/2020 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Pop Culture Worth Your Time: European Soccer, Big Mouth, and More

The content in our queues, from queer midcentury romances to puberty cartoons

12/10/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Year in Review

The Best Oregon-Made Culture of 2020

From street art to stage sweat, these were the year’s most essential pieces.

12/05/2020 By Conner Reed and Fiona McCann

Music

Portland Monthly’s Essential Winter Playlist

Reimagined holiday classics, warm Americana, and rainy hip-hop by homegrown talent to keep you warm

12/03/2020 By Conner Reed

Q&A

M. Ward on His New Billie Holiday Tribute Album Think of Spring

“It seemed like an especially good title for having endured the year 2020, as we all have. Looking forward to better days.”

12/03/2020 By Conner Reed

Pomo Picks

Pop Culture Worth Your Time: The Queen's Gambit, Hades, and More

The content in our queues, from chess prodigies to civil war ghosts and beyond

12/03/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

holiday shopping

Your Definitive Guide to Shopping Local This Holiday Season

Online and COVID-safe, in-person maker markets are still happening this year. We have all the info to make your pandemic shopping easy and help give struggli...

11/26/2020 By Eden Dawn

Dance

Oregon Ballet Theatre’s New Hybrid Season Highlights a Path Forward for Performing in a Pandemic

“We cannot escape the fact that we are the Oregon Ballet Theatre and we are located in Portland, Oregon. And our community has gone through quite a lot over ...

11/26/2020 By Conner Reed