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. 

COMEDY

Dave Chappelle: Still Killing It

Last night, the legendary comedian gave the first two of eight sold-out shows at the Helium Comedy Club.

05/22/2014 By Marty Patail

VOX POPULI

Is the Big One Coming? Take Our Survey!

Answer 25 free questions on earthquakes, and enter to win a $150 gift card to Pazzo

05/02/2014 By Marty Patail

VENTURES

The Next Generation of Portland Start-Ups

Portland’s fertile silicon soil has nurtured winners like Chirpify, VendScreen, Simple, and Puppet Labs. Here are five fast-growing start-ups signaling the next wave.

05/01/2014 By Marty Patail

HISTORY

The Flight of the World's Last Mini Guppy

Can the flight aficionados at the Tillamook Air Museum save this giant cargo plane built to transport rockets, school buses, and giraffes from Africa?

05/01/2014 By Marty Patail

FEATURE

Reasons to Love Portland

From poetry to poutine, from high tech to high fashion, we celebrate what makes our city the best anywhere.

04/25/2014 With Marty Patail, Randy Gragg, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Allison Jones, Carl Abbott, Jonathan Frochtzwajg, Kelly Clarke, Molly Woodstock, Maya Seaman, Peter Holmstrom, Lexy Folkes, Greg Young, Rene Denfeld, Brian Doyle, Justin Hocking, and Laini Taylor Edited by Rachel Ritchie and Zach Dundas

COMEDY

Q&A: Getting R-Rated with SNL's Norm MacDonald

The legendary SNL comedian rants about homeless guys, his SNL sketches that never made it on air, and more. Apr 23–26

04/23/2014 By Marty Patail

INTERVIEW

Getting Personal with Portland’s Food Napoleon Micah Camden

We sit down with the outspoken chef and restaurateur to find out the secret to smart expansion and his life's singular regret (hint: it involves Voodoo Doughnut).

04/11/2014 By Marty Patail

INTERVIEW

5 Questions with Chromeo + Ticket Giveaway!

The undisputed masters of funk return to Portland on April 14, and we've got a pair of tickets to give way.

04/09/2014 By Marty Patail

REAL ESTATE

Neighborhoods by the Numbers

Our annual guide to 120 neighborhoods and suburbs in a sortable table of comprehensive real estate data.

04/02/2014 Edited by Marty Patail

TECHNOLOGY

How a Beaverton Kid Changed the Internet With LiveJournal

When Brad Fitzpatrick dreamed up interactive web pages, he set the stage for the social media revolution.

04/02/2014 By Marty Patail

REAL ESTATE 2014

Portland's Hottest Neighborhoods: Where to Buy Now

Whether you’re a solo first-time buyer, you’ve expanded into a young family, or you’ve just sent your last kid packing to college, there’s a perfect place for you in Portland.

04/02/2014 By Marty Patail

TRAVEL NEWS

BREAKING: Seattle to Field Pro Soccer Team to Lure Portland Tourists

"The Emerald City is not known for its soccer support." says Adrian Hanauer. "That's about to change."

04/01/2014 By Marty Patail

DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Whale watching on the coast, sledding contests, and a feel-good Earth Day hotel deal.

03/21/2014 By Marty Patail

REAL ESTATE 2014

Vox Populi: Portland Real Estate

We asked 1,450 of our readers about the state of real estate. Here's what we discovered.

03/15/2014 Edited by Marty Patail

SPORTS

Timbers Open 2014 Season with High Expectations

On March 8, the Portland Timbers kick off their fourth MLS campaign against the Philadelphia Union—with trophies on their mind.

03/07/2014 By Marty Patail

DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

A chocolate festival, Double Mountain Brewery's anniversary party, and an epic St. Patrick's Day hotel package

03/07/2014 By Marty Patail

TRAVEL NEWS

Downtown's Governor Hotel Reborn as Sentinel

On March 14, the 105-year-old hotel will unveil a $6 million renovation and rebrand

03/06/2014 By Marty Patail

BIG IDEAS

Q/A with Grand Theft Auto's War Correspondent

A Portland film editor transmits violent, chaotic, poignant images from inside a video game

03/06/2014 By Marty Patail

JUST BECAUSE

The Shipwrecks of the Northwest

A new softcover book, Man & the Sea, chronicles the stunning (and strangely beautiful) shipwrecks of Oregon's past.

03/06/2014 By Marty Patail

POSTSCRIPT

Spring Arts Cheat Sheet

A foolproof formula for creating the next Portland arts sensation!

03/03/2014 By Marty Patail