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. 

Cannabis

Cannabis Is Booming in Oregon. But What Has Surprised Industry Insiders?

Here are three dispatches from our quickly evolving cannabis community, plus our favorite new ways to soak up the scene.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Emma Mannheimer, and Marty Patail Illustrations by Vance Lump

Fashion

Best and Worst Dressed at the 2019 Oscars—According to Style Editor Eden Dawn

Eden Dawn and local fashion icon Poison Waters appeared on KATU this morning to dish on the best and worst looks.

02/25/2019 By Marty Patail

Oregoniana

How Many Oregon Towns Can You Guess from This Old Quiz?

The quiz features 42 rebuses. It's harder than you'd expect.

02/12/2019 By Marty Patail

Beer

35-Year-Old Bridgeport Brewing Is Turning Off Its Taps

Portland's oldest remaining brewery is gone for good. The Pearl District brewpub will be open until March 10.

02/12/2019 By Marty Patail

TV News

Documentary Now! Takes On the Rajneeshees

The two-part episode, titled "Batshit Valley", is a pitch-perfect spoof of Wild Wild Country.

02/11/2019 By Marty Patail

Television

ABC Orders TV Pilot for Portland-Made Graphic Novel Stumptown

Writer Greg Rucka, along with artists Justin Greenwood and Matthew Southworth, will be executive producers.

01/30/2019 By Marty Patail

Sports

The 2019 Timbers Jerseys Are Here—Now with 100% More Stripes

The team hasn't worn green stripes since the minor league days.

01/29/2019 By Marty Patail

Wellness: Couldn't Hurt

Bargain Massages, Therapy Bunnies, and 9 More Ways to Feel Better

Portland serves up a dizzying buffet of options for improving your mind, body, and soul—or at least an hour or two of your day.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson, Casey Jarman, Amy Martin, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, and Benjamin Tepler

The Shakedown

What's Up with Valentine's Day, Anyway?

Let's size up this romance business.

01/29/2019 By Marty Patail

Block Buster

How One $50,000 Bust Revealed an Underworld of Portland Lego Crime

We investigate the teeny black market, brick by brick.

01/29/2019 By Marty Patail

Film

Portland's Sam Elliott Nabs Oscar Nom for A Star Is Born

Before fame and fortune, Elliott graduated from David Douglas High School in 1962.

01/22/2019 By Marty Patail

Beer

Widmer's North Portland Brewpub Closes After Almost 23 Years

"With ... increased competition, we have struggled to make the pub financially sustainable," the company said in a Facebook post.

01/22/2019 By Marty Patail

Fashion News

Portland Outdoor Brand Poler Closes Without a Word

After seven years of camp vibes, Poler has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

01/08/2019 By Eden Dawn

Film

Travis Knight's Transformers Movie Has 93% on Rotten Tomatoes

Bumblebee, directed by the Laika CEO, apparently doesn't suck.

12/26/2018 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

What's the Deal with Doctors?

We size up those so-called medical experts.

12/21/2018 By Marty Patail

Booze

Ryan Reynolds Drops Hilarious New Ad for Portland-Made Aviation Gin

"An American original ... now owned by a Canadian."

12/13/2018 By Marty Patail

Soccer

Cancel Your Weekend Plans: The Timbers Are Heading to the 2018 MLS Cup

On Saturday, December 8, the Timbers will face off against Atlanta United.

12/07/2018 By Marty Patail

Sports

They Want to Build a Baseball Stadium in Northwest Portland. Here's How It Could Look.

The Portland Diamond Project reached a significant land deal with the city for the Terminal 2 site on NW Front Ave. And the renderings include a mystery gondola.

11/29/2018 By Marty Patail

Brand New

Japanese Lifestyle Store Muji Is Here to Fill the Empty Hole in Your Life

The iconic brand opens its second biggest US location in the former Meier & Frank space.

11/20/2018 By Marty Patail and Eden Dawn

Dead Shot

Will This Zombie Adventure Vault Oregon's Video Game Industry to the Next Level?

Days Gone is a Bend-made game set in the shadow of Mount Bachelor and the Three Sisters.

11/20/2018 By Marty Patail