The 50 Most Influential Portlanders

The 50 Most Influential Portlanders Every city has its power players—and Portland is no exception. After extensive (and exhaustive) research we've pinned down the 50 people who make the moves and broker the deals that keep the Rose City growing. Also in this issue, our 2012 Top Doctors list, and Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein do some wardrobe globetrotting on our behalf.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Vox Populi

Vox Populi: We Asked 100 People at the Holiday Ale Fest…

We poll the locals at the Holiday Ale Fest about beer, politics, and baby names.



Do This Now! January 2012

We've sniffed out soul music, cyberpunk, and savvy canines this month.



Fantasy Mayor 2012: Silvio Berlusconi

Who should really run the city? We're wondering about the viability of a certain disgraced Italian leader.



Five Questions For…Ancient Portland

The history of Portland goes much, much further back than you think. Lewis and Clark simply jumped on the bandwagon.

12/23/2011 By Martin Patail


Mobile Mappers

Feeling lost at Powell's or the Portland Art Museum? There's an app for that.

12/23/2011 By Ramona DeNies

Scene & Heard

Lucky Monday

Fun and new friends are an easy score at Bourbon and Bingo.


Long Story [Short]

The Blacksmith

Timberline Lodge has its own blacksmith hammering out exquisite ornamental touches.

12/23/2011 By Paul Lindholdt

Now Read This

Crazy Enough

Storm Large's manic memoir is a ragamuffin to rock-star story.

12/23/2011 By Anne Adams

Now Hear This

Music Review: La Grande by Laura Gibson

Portland songstress finds mystery and excitement in new emotional territory.

12/23/2011 By Kate Moening


The Perfect Party: January 2012

Richard Lariviere's hat, a sharpshooting lady Viking, and a revolutionary rooster earn seats at the table.



Avant Bard

A new piano-pounding narrator gives Shakespeare's _Cymbeline_ a jazzy jolt.

12/23/2011 By Martin Patail

Eat & Drink


Video: In the Kitchen with Tony Meyers

Watch as Tony Meyers, executive chef at Serratto Restaurant, shows us how to make his venison osso buco.

12/16/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


Empire State of Mind

Portland players take a bite out of the Big Apple's culinary community.

12/23/2011 By Zach Dundas


Introducing: Chop

Dig into one of Portland's brand-new secrets.

12/23/2011 By Benjamin Tepler


Littlest Italy

Is Luce a Fellini movie, a Lombardy roadside attraction, or a food lover's minimart as imagined in Portland?

12/23/2011 By Karen Brooks


Balance Bar

Cocktail consultant Ryan Magarian finds a home behind the bar.

12/22/2011 By Rachel Ritchie


The Wild Side

Venison shanks add some kick to chef Tony Meyer's osso buco recipe.

12/16/2011 By Benjamin Tepler

Editor's Note


The 99 Percent Solution?

Has Portland's plan for the future gotten lost in the consensus?

12/23/2011 By Randy Gragg

Health & Wellness


Portland’s Top Doctors 2012

Our seventh annual list of Portland’s best physicians is even better—312 doctors, rated by education, experience, research, and peer nominations. *PLUS:* Wisdom from top docs on keeping your heart healthy, your brain sharp, your body hydrated, and more!

12/16/2011 Edited by Martin Patail


True Grit

There's room to move in this grueling cycle sport where riders outnumber fans.

12/16/2011 By Shoshanna Cohen

Home & Real Estate


Winter Gardens

Inspired ideas for winter work in your hibernating garden aren't in short supply.

12/23/2011 By Kate Bryant


Life Style

A Pearl District condo is transformed from blank slate to a bastion of urbane beauty.

12/23/2011 By Amara Holstein

News & City Life


Nimby Nation

Neighborhoods are PDX’s secret superpower.

03/16/2012 By Amanda Waldroupe


It’s Thomas Lauderdale’s Universe!*

Musician, activist, raconteur—the suave Pink Martini leader sits at the center of his own cosmos of clout.



Where Isn’t Charles Wilhoite?

The Everywhere Man’s public roles, past and present

03/16/2012 By Amanda Waldroupe


To Heir is Human

As five Portland power families pass the torch, can the next generation step up?

03/16/2012 By Randy Gragg and Zach Dundas


Power Breakfast

Portland movers' morning meals



Defining the Decades

Portland power players of the past

03/16/2012 By Carl Abbott


The Shape We're In

The Rose City's latest movers and shakers are a diplomatic and cooperative bunch.

12/23/2011 By Zach Dundas


The 50 Most Influential Portlanders

Who will define Portland in a new era? We asked around (and around some more) to discover this inspiring collection of movers, shakers, rising stars, and established figures with fresh ideas who are already changing the city.

12/16/2011 With Sarah Mirk, Kasey Cordell, Brian Barker, Rachel Ritchie, Martin Patail, Benjamin Tepler, Randy Gragg, Ramona DeNies, Ashleigh Westmoreland, Meghan Ratliffe, Derek Pettie, Kate Moening, Carl Abbott, and Amanda Waldroupe Edited by Zach Dundas

Style & Shopping


Portlandia Abroad

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein take Portland’s quirky culture to the streets of Europe, India, and beyond in a pictorial sketch comedy.


Emerging Designer

Designer Amanda Grisham Puts a Bold Take on Pendleton Wools

After a tearful tryout, the OSU student wins Portland Fashion Week’s Emerging Designer competition.

12/16/2011 By Eden Dawn

Travel & Outdoors


Rough Crossing

Morrison Bridge maintenance is mired in congestion.

12/23/2011 By Audrey Van Buskirk

Trail of the Month

Buzzard Point Trail

Hike to the Pioneer Woman's Grave and then go for tacos—just east of Government Camp.

12/23/2011 By Brian Barker

Web Exclusives


In the Kitchen with Tony Meyers

Creative culinary mind Tony Meyers prepares his venison osso buco as part of our "In the Kitchen" video series.

12/16/2011 Edited by Benjamin Tepler