Portland Bucket List

50 Things Every Portlander Must Do

From transplants to natives, we present a quirky and quintessential bucket list for every type of Portlander.

12/21/2015 Edited by Marty Patail

CHICKEN V. EGG

The Truth About ‘Sustainable’ Chicken Is that It Doesn’t Really Exist

Diners want it. Chefs want it. Farmers want it. So why is organic, pasture-raised chicken so hard to find?

08/24/2015 By Hannah Wallace

FALL ARTS

Behind the Curtain: Meet the People Who Make the Portland Art World Possible

Who really creates high culture's high season? The local specialists behind the scenes.

08/24/2015 By Fiona McCann

THE OLYMPIANS

A First Look at the New Olympia Provisions Cookbook

Portland's own meat makers bring a rare cosmopolitan food experience to the table with an eye-popping collection of recipes, stories, and photographs.

08/24/2015 By Benjamin Tepler

PROFILE

Ursula K. Le Guin is Breathing Fire to Save American Literature

At 85, she may be Portland’s greatest writer. She may also be the fiercest.

07/20/2015 By Taylor Clark

HOME DESIGN

Inside Portland's Oldest Cohousing Community

Founded by 15 families in 1971, Sunlight Holding Co takes the concept of community and a "sharing economy" to the next level.

06/22/2015 By Randy Gragg

PORTLAND MONTHLY PROFILE

Wendy Red Star Totally Conquers the Wild Frontier

Exploring the native America of a Portland artist on the rise

04/02/2015 By Zach Dundas

SPREZZATURA!

The Portland Art Museum's Extravaganza of Italian Fashion

With an imported look at Italian style, Portland Art Museum reveals how a scruffy upstart country captured the world’s aesthetic imagination. Sound familiar? (We can dream!)

02/02/2015 By Eden Dawn and Shawn Levy

WOOL FUTURES

A Historic Oregon Ranch is Crusading to Revive the American Clothing Industry

How Imperial Stock Ranch is partnering with national designers and high-end boutiques to save American wool.

01/05/2015 By Karen Karbo

SOARING TECH

Drones are Set to Conquer Oregon's Skies. Are You Ready?

Oregon’s drone dreamers envision an innovative, lucrative “Silicon Sky.” First, they must overcome the feds, privacy proponents, and public fear.

12/01/2014 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

V IS FOR VICTORY

Is This the Best Way to Educate Children with Autism?

At the pioneering Victory Academy, kids make strides through crafted curriculum, specialized architecture, and patience—lots of patience.

11/05/2014 By Randy Gragg

TITANS OF TEA

The Story Behind Steven Smith's Obsession with Tea

After transforming American tea with Tazo and Stash, Steven Smith chases the world’s greatest leaves.

11/03/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

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

PROFILE

Death Becomes Her

The "Green Reaper" of Boring, Oregon finds a calling—and a fresh start for an industry in flux—with wicker caskets, backyard burials, and free baby hugs.

02/03/2014 By Nancy Rommelmann

ENTERTAINMENT

Live Wire Radio Goes for National Glory

After a decade of cracking up local listeners, Portland's radio dynamos aim to be public radios next big thing—and they just might make it.

01/02/2014 By Aaron Scott Photography by William Anthony

FEATURE

The Last Days of My Left Breast

I’m a stripper, rocker, bartender, and writer. I had a lot of plans last year, but none of them involved breast cancer. The disease sidetracked my livelihood, threatened my life, and forced me to reinvent my chest. So far, I’ve lived to to tell the tale.

04/15/2013 By Viva Las Vegas

Feature

Tilting at Landfills

Fifth-generation farmer Ramsey McPhillips and a motley crew of neighbors wage a quixotic battle to stop North America’s largest garbage company from growing even bigger in the heart of Oregon's wine country.

08/23/2012 By Aaron Scott

Feature

Collective Memory

A new museum at the Oregon State Hospital takes visitors behind the walls and through the history of the enigmatic facility.

08/23/2012 By Emily Grosvenor

Feature

Fall Arts Preview: The Collaborative Way

Portland artists routinely team-up to break new ground. We've singled out a half-dozen partnerships for this fall's season preview.

08/23/2012 With Randy Gragg By Aaron Scott

Feature

Red Sea

At Alaska’s wild Graveyard Point, a Portland family works to reinvent the salmon business.

08/23/2012 By Tim Sohn