Best of the City 2012

Best of the City 2012 Our latest exhaustive guide to Portland, the 2012 Best of the City feature, provides comprehensive coverage on food, nightlife, services, family fun, and much, much more. Needless to say, you will not be at a loss for "things to do" for quite some time. Plus, we wrangle Portland's top vintage stores, visit with Arlene Schnitizer and her remarkable collection of local art, and assemble an impressive list of recipes derived from our own farmers markets.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Back Page

The New Rose Parade

The Rose Festival parade is due for some updates—our special floats should keep the show going strong another 100 years.



Lost in Space

Jon Raymond navigates wrong turns and dead ends in _Rain Dragon_.

04/27/2012 By Shane Danaher

Schnitz Blitz

The Arlene Effect

Arlene Schnitzer first took an art class because it fit her schedule. What she learned would shape Portland’s visual arts scene for decades.

04/27/2012 By Randy Gragg


Do this Now!

What’s happening this month

04/27/2012 Edited by Zach Dundas


Five Questions with… Rebecca Gates

Former Spinanes singer Rebecca Gates calls it a comeback.

04/27/2012 By Robert Ham


PDX Index: The Library

Let's check out the decimal points being made at the library.

04/27/2012 By Will Lambeth


The Perfect Party: May 2012

The Blazers interim coach, the Republican nominee for president, and a really, really good speller are cordially invited.

04/27/2012 Edited by Zach Dundas

Now Read This

The Listeners

A vivid novel explores childhood and death in new ways.

04/27/2012 By Pauls Toutonghi

Now Hear This

Music Review: A Monument by Tu Fawning

Tu Fawning returns with a darkly seductive wintry pop album that our reviewer calls a "a decadent carnival ride."

04/27/2012 By Aaron Scott


Best of the City 2012: Family

Keeping kiddies occupied (and adults awake) is a breeze with proper stimulation for the whole family.


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Eat & Drink


Marrow Minded

Portland bartender Jacob Grier invents an outlandish and meaty method of blasting booze down the throat.

04/27/2012 By Hanna Neuschwander


Spring-Fresh Recipes

With the farmers markets back in full swing, we offer five recipes from local chefs and farmers for making magic out of seasonal bounty.

04/27/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Introducing: Double Dragon

Double Dragon adds Vietnamese flair to Portland's bourgeoning sandwich society.

04/26/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

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Best of the City 2012: Drinks & Nightlife

Drinks, dancing, dive bars, drag queens, and karaoke without judges: Portland's nightlife nook is full to bursting.


Eat Here Now

Robo Taco

Robo Taco's kitschy decor and rock 'n' roll lifestyle belies the amazing flavors found in their $2 tacos.

04/26/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Cover Story

Best of the City 2012

*OUR LATEST BEST-OF EDITION* comes jam-packed with 100 reasons to cheer our fair town. among our raves: crêpes that’ll make your toes curl, a cobbler who picks up and delivers, and the one place that makes karaoke cool again. our readers also

04/26/2012 With Kasey Cordell, John Chandler, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Anne Adams, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Will Lambeth, and Cari Hachman Edited by Brian Barker


Gaucho Grilling

Greg Denton's halibut with mint chimichurri would be a welcome addition to any spring grilling get-together.

04/20/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Puttin’ on the Spritz

Learn the secrets of Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s bottled, carbonated cocktails.

04/20/2012 By Rachel Ritchie

Editor's Note

Editor's Note

Personal Bests

With this month's issue, we present our first “best of the city” feature in almost four years.

04/27/2012 By Randy Gragg

Health & Wellness

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Best of the City 2012: Diversions

It's time for a change of hobby and we've got plenty of options, from hipster sports to sewing circles.


Home & Real Estate


Spring Forward!

Our plant expert explains that spring is "go time" in the garden.

04/27/2012 By Kate Bryant


Adams & Eden

Sam Adams pulls up his deepest roots in his latest beautification project.

04/27/2012 By Lucy Burningham


Period Perfect

Modern conveniences remain tastefully hidden among the artifacts in a magnificent Southeast Queen Anne Victorian.

04/26/2012 By Amara Holstein

News & City Life

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

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

Style & Shopping


Tree Titan

He speaks for the trees.

04/27/2012 By Bill Lascher


A Guide to Portland’s Vintage Shops

We tour Portland's local vintage stores to help you determine where to shop for that perfect old-school party dress, kitchen set, coffee table, and more.

04/27/2012 By Eden Dawn


Haute History

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

04/27/2012 By Eden Dawn


Put a ____ on It!

OK, so we put a bird on it. What member of the animal kingdom do we celebrate now?

04/27/2012 Edited by Zach Dundas


Gear Shift

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

04/27/2012 By Martin Patail


Best of the City 2012: Shopping

The Rose City is loaded with adorable boutiques and sassy shops that are ideal for a little retail therapy.


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Best of the City 2012: Services

Even the most devoted disciple of DIY culture needs a helping hand occasionally. And we've got a list of the handiest help in town.


Travel & Outdoors

Trail of the Month

Tamanawas Falls

Day trippers will definitely fall for the visual stimuli on this captivating Mt. Hood National Forest hike.

04/27/2012 By Brian Barker


Word on the Street: May 2012

Discount airfare could become a burning sensation.

04/27/2012 Edited by Zach Dundas