Music

‘70s-Era Portland Soul Icons Take the Stage in Historic Concert

The Albina Soul Revue showcases some of the best of the city's musical past.

11:21am By Rebecca Jacobson

Photography

This Jewish Photographer Captured Life in a World War II Ghetto

Nearly 300 photos taken by Henryk Ross land in Portland.

10/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Flashback

In 1975, Portland Played Home to an Incredible Black Fashion Project

Photographer Bruce Forster recalls shooting 60 rolls of film. Forty years later, he tracked down his original models.

09/18/2018 By Eden Dawn Photography by Bruce Forster

Sports

How an Oregon Kid Reinvented the High Jump

At the Mexico City Olympics in 1968, Dick Fosbury changed the sport forever.

09/11/2018 By Christopher Warner

Beer

Portland’s Original Homebrew Shop Turns 100

F. H. Steinbart celebrates a century of fermentation.

09/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Trophy Case

This Portland-Made Bracelet Has One Wild Backstory

Involving a waterlogged bronze babe and a full-on police investigation.

08/14/2018 By Alena Willbur

History

Remembering Jiggs Parrott, Oregon's First Major League Baseball Player

In 1890, the Big Show came calling for a third baseman from Portland.

07/17/2018 By Christopher Warner

History

50 Years Ago, the Biggest Movie Flop in the West Was Filmed in Oregon

Even with Clint Eastwood and the Wallowa Mountains, Paint Your Wagon was a real cow patty.

06/19/2018 By Doug Kenck-Crispin

Film

In a New Film, a Father and Daughter Go Off the Grid in Forest Park

Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace chases a real-life Portland mystery.

06/19/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Santiam Stopover

A Historic Oregon Ski Lodge Gets a Major Revamp

Built by the Depression–era Civilian Conservation Corps, the 78-year-old hostel will welcome travelers once again.

06/19/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Animal House

Happy 150th Birthday, Oregon Humane Society!

Portland's Hufflepuff cred goes way back.

06/19/2018 By Amy Martin

History

40 Years Ago, Here's How Writer Edmund White Described Gay Life in Portland

An excerpt from States of Desire: Travels in Gay America, originally published in 1980.

05/22/2018 By Edmund White

History

Born in 1891, This Transgender Oregonian Was a Man ahead of His Time

Alan Hart was a doctor, author, husband, and a trans pioneer.

05/22/2018 By Molly Woodstock

Pride: The Prequel

In 1964, Portland Tried to Crack Down on the City’s Gay Scene. Here's What Happened.

Before the rainbow flag flew high, queer life unfolded in bars both wild and discreet. Then the city decided to shut it all down.

05/22/2018 By Zach Dundas

Design

The Hidden History of North Portland's Flower-Powered Peninsula Park

With its sunken garden and lusty pink blooms, the park was part of our young city's frenzy for roses.

05/22/2018 By Kate Bryant

History

70 Years after Vanport, a Survivor Recalls the Flood

The deluge that destroyed Oregon’s second-largest city still resonates in Portland.

04/24/2018 By Fiona McCann

History

How the Father of Oregon Agriculture Launched a Doomed Quaker Sex Cult

He came west with 700 saplings and founded our state's mighty fruit industry. But Henderson Luelling—idealist, farmer, visionary, swinger—dreamed of planting stranger seeds.

02/27/2018 By Heather Arndt Anderson

Trash Talk

When Zombie News Goes Viral

For one old Willamette Week story, the internet was ready to party like it's 2002.

02/27/2018 By Chris Lydgate

Cannabis: West Is Best

How the American West Became the Wild Cannabis Frontier

The story of modern marijuana isn't just how it’s been smoked, but who smokes it.

01/30/2018 By Marty Patail

In Memoriam

How Portland Mayor Vera Katz Took on the Epic Flood of '96

The late politician was mighty in many ways.

01/30/2018 By Carl Abbott