Portland Becomes ‘Portlandia’ By Declaring January 20, 2015 “Decemberists Day”

Today, Portland and Portlandia seem to have become one and the same: the city, which is a real city (

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Elliott Smith Documentary ‘Heaven Adores You’ Showcases Rare Recordings — But Not Much Else

Elliott Smith was a beautiful musician and the one of the best songwriters of his generation. He wrote bruised, delicate music that came off with the ease of a pop song that you couldn’t get out of your head — but the secret was its layers of complexity, from his guitar playing to his opaque lyrics to his lace curtain of a voice. … Read More

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Portland’s First Homegrown “Men’s Rights Activist” Targets Female-Centric Comedy Fest

A man claiming to be Portland’s first homegrown Men’s Rights Activist decided to target an all-female (and transgender) comedy fest this past week in Portland. All Jane No Dick is a multi-night celebration of (very funny!) women in comedy, which makes plenty of sense as a concept, given the sexism in the stand-up field. But one fellow named Matt seems to lack this context, which is why he stands alone, adamant, against the “no dick” joke in the title. He mounted his own flyer campaign disparaging the event and advertised on Craigslist for co-protesters, operating under the nickname he himself has invented: “The Lone Woof.” … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were amused that an astrophysicist schooled perfectionist director James Cameron about inaccuracies in his portrayal of the night sky in the original Titanic film. We saw cats in a tense standoff with watermelon. We were interested to see how MTV Art Breaks pans out. We realized the… Read More

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Tiny Houses, Backyard Cottages, and Other Micro Dwellings

In the quest for simplicity and eco-friendly living, a tiny house movement has taken over. People are shrinking their living quarters to decrease their carbon footprint, get rid of the clutter, and live smaller and smarter. In other cases, micro houses provide the perfect intimate setting for a no-frills getaway. After spotting a few miniature dwellings during our Internet travels, we compiled a list of unique, itsy-bitsy backyard cottages, adorably dwarfed abodes, and other tiny homesteads. Click through our gallery to take a peek. … Read More

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Read The First Four Chapters of Colin Meloy’s New Young Adult Novel

One of our very favorite musician turned literary authors, the Decemberists’ intrepid leader Colin Meloy will publish his first book, Wildwood, on August 30th. We found out that he and his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis, signed a three-book deal with HarperCollins for a series of  “middle-grade fantasy-adventure” novels… Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we witnessed the evolution of hands at gigs. We got hungry looking at this candy portrait of Tina Fey. We were excited to hear that IFC has greenlit Portlandia, an original comedy series about the inhabitants of Portland, Oregon. We wanted to live inside of … Read More

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Does the Custom Typeface Match the City?

Global-based web project CitID is enlisting the help of artists to give cities worldwide a typeface makeover. As they explain on their website, “Our hope is that creatives from around the globe will make a logo or a visual interpretation of the city closest to their heart.” We rounded up a few of our favorite designs from larger cities around the country to see if the fonts matched the local scenes; let us know what you think in the comments. … Read More

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Art People vs. Blog People, Round #2,406

Hyperallergic correspondent Lisa Radon was on hand yesterday to catch a few choice statements made by New Museum head curator Richard Flood as part of a talk on “Creating Networks” at the Portland Art Museum, a lecture that began with a “sharply traced” viewpoint of the art world vis-a-vis Flood’s own impressive career and ended with a “wildly out-of-touch” conversation about art and the internet. Radon’s presence at the talk, and her blog post thereafter, are direct contradictions to Flood’s assertion that the internet is a self-mutating chat room with no narrative, history, or scope. And what was the curator’s purpose in revealing that he “just found out about blogs three months ago”? Is it a confusing and convoluted ruse, a plot designed to jumpstart a new discussion in the arts community? Read what else Radon recorded after the jump and judge for yourselves.… Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: Global Inheritance

Global Inheritance is a growing network of progressive-minded citizens with well-developed artistic sides, who plan to save the world through art and music. Seriously.

The group is best known for its TRASHed: Art of Recycling campaign, in which artists transform waste bins into functional, portable galleries — a Coachella staple now expanding to Miami’s Ultra Festival and into Argentina. But there’s much more to the story — from LA’s recent (and Portland’s imminent) Environmentaland awareness pop-ups to human-powered DJ tents. Keep up — and do your part — via the Global Inheritance website. … Read More

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