Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered a little of everything, including politics, beer, pop culture, tech, design, sports, video games, and history. Among his many other duties things, he writes the monthly backpage column, The Shakedown.

Born and raised in Germany as a Burmese-American—confusing, we know!—Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 after a stop in Los Angeles. He completed an MA in History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him producing weird electronic music, cooking, or standing in the Timbers Army. 

Design

How This Icelandic Designer Is Bringing World History to a New Portland Hotel

Designer Halfdan Pedersen travelled the world to fill the new Portland expansion of Reyjavik-based KEX.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Editor's Note

Okay, What Exactly Is Design?

We have a running joke at the magazine: If it’s pretty to look at, it most likely counts as design.

10/16/2019 By Marty Patail

Q&A

How Untitled Goose Game Conquered the Gaming World

Panic's cofounder Cabel Sasser talks about game publishing, his company's evolution, and how a humble goose took the world by storm.

10/10/2019 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

Okay, What's the Deal with Wine?

We size up Oregon's grapiest beverage.

09/23/2019 By Marty Patail

Entertaining Guide

12 More Awesome Ways to Party in Portland

From axe-throwing contests and rooftop get-downs to wine-and-cheese platters and pizza parties, there's really no excuse not to throw an epic party.

08/27/2019 By Heather Arndt Anderson, Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Conner Reed, and Benjamin Tepler

Music

Damian Lillard Is Dropping a New Album This Friday

Big D.O.L.L.A. has 10 tracks and brings back Lil Wayne.

08/07/2019 By Marty Patail

Summer Beer 2019

The Best Beers of Summer

Beer season is heating up again, with brews dominating every patio, campsite, and park cookout. Here's your guide to suds season.

06/25/2019 Edited by Marty Patail

Summer Beer 2019

The Best Beers of Summer

Beer season is heating up again, with brews dominating every patio, campsite, and park cookout. Here's your guide to suds season.

06/25/2019 Edited by Marty Patail

Summer Beer: New Breweries

The 6 Best New Portland Breweries

The freshest spots for summer sips—plus, 4 upcoming breweries we can't wait for.

06/25/2019 By Ryan Ashby and Marty Patail

Editor's Note

One Editor's Adventures in Homebrewing

Raise a pint to the professional brewers, Portland. They deserve it.

06/25/2019 By Marty Patail

Development

Downtown Portland Is Getting the Northwest's First Ritz-Carlton Hotel

The 35-story tower replacing the SW 10th and Alder food cart pod will soon house a luxury hotel.

06/20/2019 By Marty Patail

News

The Tannery Bar Has Closed Suddenly

The popular, 6-year-old North Tabor cocktail spot served its last Old Fashioned on Thursday night.

06/10/2019 By Marty Patail

Local Booze

Ryan Reynolds Has Yet Another Must-Watch Aviation Gin Commercial for You

Come for the Reynolds's signature deadpan delivery. Stay for the Fyre Fest blowjob guy.

06/06/2019 By Marty Patail

Video Games

Portland App Maker Unveils New Handheld Game Console—With a Hand Crank

Indie developer Panic's new Playdate console looks like a yellow box of joy—and it's already a source of controversy.

05/30/2019 By Marty Patail

Summer Adventures: Under Construction

Some of These 6 Oregon Trails Don’t Exist Yet—But They Will Be Epic

These trails are the future of outdoor adventuring in Oregon.

05/28/2019 By Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Marty Patail

Cars

A Rally of Gas-Guzzling Junkers Is Cleaning Up Oregon’s Backcountry

The now-global Gambler 500 road race is cheap, weird, and totally from here.

05/28/2019 By Marty Patail

Funny/Not Funny

Q&A: Comedian Mohanad Elshieky On Suing the Feds

The Libyan refugee and stand up will perform at Pop Up Magazine tonight and tomorrow.

05/13/2019 By Marty Patail

Soccer

Here's What the Timbers' $85 Million Stadium Upgrade Looks Like

With 4,000 new seats on three new tiers, two new video screens, and a ton of little updates, Providence Park has never looked this good.

05/08/2019 By Marty Patail

Movies

Does Sonic the Hedgehog Really Kill 491 Pacific Northwest Babies?

According to one viral calculation, the trailer for the new Sonic the Hedgehog shows mass murder of hospitalized babies.

05/02/2019 By Marty Patail

Sports

The Timbers Are Bringing Back Thirsty Thursdays—Sort Of

There will be $2 hot dogs and $5 Coors Lights during Wednesday and Thursday games this season.

05/01/2019 By Marty Patail