Welcome to Green City USA

Welcome to Green City USA <p>Portland is at the center of the green revolution, and our <strong>green issue</strong> is out to prove it. Read The Ripple Effect for 15 big ideas that are changing how we impact our environment. And discover the oasis hidden amid Portland&rsquo;s concrete and barbed wire: blue herons hunt fish and chorus frogs sing in waters that are cleaner than they have been in years. (Plus, how you can explore Portland&rsquo;s waterways yourself.)</p>

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


Doomsdayer’s Holiday

Grails’s *DOOMSDAYER'S HOLIDAY* (“Temporary Residence Music”) trades in the festive regalia of lilting hill music for the pitch-black depths of acid-doom metal.

05/19/2009 By Lucas Bradley-Kelly


Hearts & Daggers

*HEARTS & DAGGERS* (“File Under Music”), Alicia J. Rose (aka accordionist Miss Murgatroid) and violinist/singer Petra Haden create what seems like a whimsical soundtrack to a very moody Ren Faire

05/19/2009 By Lucas Bradley-Kelly


Sarah Vowell

In _The Wordy Shipmates_ (Penguin Books), Vowell revisits the 17th-century Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Company, finding them to be a singular and idiosyncratic bunch.

05/19/2009 By John Chandler


Long Way Home

Oft-displaced artistic powerhouse Disjecta settles into more permanent digs on the edge of working-class Kenton.

05/19/2009 By Martha Calhoon


Book Binders

A clerk at Powell's finds multiple loves (and other difficulties) in between the pages.

05/19/2009 By Aaron Gilbreath


Win a Getaway

The online scavenger hunt ends this Friday. Participate and you could win one of many great prizes including the *Ultimate Landrover Weekend Getaway* to Sisters, Oregon. Who couldn't use a freebie vacation these days?



Mean Girls Like Me

When a friend told me that Portland’s Roller Derby league, a group of eight teams called the Rose City Rollers, would be holding tryouts for its upcoming season, I saw a chance to prove I’m as tough as I tout myself to be and signed up.

05/19/2009 By Kasey Cordell


Comics 101

This month Portland State University and Dark Horse Comics open the country’s first comic book archive.

05/19/2009 By Kristen Hall-Geisler


Rebound Relationship

Jilted Sonics fans may well turn their adoration to the Blazers this season. Help them make the transition.

05/19/2009 By Benjamin Golliver

Eat & Drink


Smooth Operator

A $4 million restaurant debuts on a lonely stretch of the South Waterfront. But is the food as opulent as the décor?

05/19/2009 By Camas Davis


Ponzi 2007 Whites and Rosés

Our Critic's Top Wine Picks

05/19/2009 By Condé Cox


Fool Proof

Once banned from being sold domestically because it was thought to drive people mad, absinthe makes a comeback in Portland.

05/19/2009 By Tom Colligan


American French Fries, Paley-Style

From sweetbreads to French Fries: In their first cookbook, Kimberly and Vitaly Paley aren't afraid to put everything on the table.

05/19/2009 By Nancy Rommelmann


50 Plates

05/19/2009 By Camas Davis


Counter Culture

Grab a stool at a local diner and dig into Portland's best old-school eats.

05/19/2009 By Stacey Wilson

Editor's Note

Publisher’s Note

High Five

05/19/2009 By Nicole Vogel

Health & Wellness


Mind the Gap

Buying green sure sounds like a good idea. But it's also a luxury not everyone has.

05/19/2009 By Camela Raymond


Mother’s Helper

Award-winning doula Christy Hall talks about jailhouse births, modern feminism, and the postpartum watercooler.

05/19/2009 By Randy Gragg


Power From the People

A Northeast Portland gym charges up with green energy—and sweat.

05/19/2009 By John Chandler

Home & Real Estate

(It's the place to be.)

Green Acres

Brenna Bell is a hippie. “That word has so many meanings,” she says. “But if you mean somebody who’s a free-minded person who lives closely with nature and with other people? That’s what I am.”

05/19/2009 By Bart Blasengame

Green City

The Ripple Effect

And we've got *15 BIG IDEAS* that prove it: crushed-glass countertops, a greener carpet cleaner, solar-powered wineries, a planet-healing hospital, shoes from soda bottles, a better microprocessor, and more ideas that are changing our world.

05/19/2009 By Christian DeBenedetti, Camas Davis, and John Chandler Edited by Kasey Cordell


Good Buy

Hang your hat at one of the state's greenest homes.

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker

Green City

Not in My Backyard

Invasive plants are out, native plants are in, and Portland gardeners are embracing their wild side.

05/19/2009 By Stacey Wilson

News & City Life


Oh, Sunny Days

Where some see gray skies overhead, Oregon sees the light.

08/15/2012 By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore



Obsessed with the planet. Slightly insane. Green to the core. Six uncompromising Ecofreaks who make us want to be better.

05/19/2009 With Brian Barker


Snurf’s Up

A sports revivalist brings snowtrashing to Mount Hood.

05/19/2009 By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

Style & Shopping


Generation Next

Can she sustain her parents' version of the Good Life, or might her road be a greener one? Photographs by Rafael Astorga

04/05/2010 Edited by Jill Spitznass


Room Service

Sample Amanda Klash’s sought-after interior design services at Montgomery Klash Interior Design.

05/19/2009 By Jill Spitznass

Travel & Outdoors


Peak Conditions

I had my choice of 600 miles of trails that crisscross through the Eagle Cap Wilderness (which makes up the heart of the Wallowas), and I took the steep climb to Aneroid Lake, a spectacular alpine pool that sits at 7,500 feet. I can peer down on Wallo

05/19/2009 By Megan McMorris


Raging Beauty

Sure, Oregon has the most wild and scenic rivers in the country. But we want another one.

05/19/2009 By Kristen Hall-Geisler


Behold, an Oasis

Hidden amid Portland's concrete and barbed wire, blue herons hunt fish and chorus frogs sing in waters that are cleaner than they have been in years. Plus: How to explore these gems yourself.

05/19/2009 By Jill Davis