Coming Soon: Portlandia The Book


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Did you read? Did you read? Did you read? From Toni and Candace in Women and Women First to the competitive reading of the “Did you read?” sketch, much of the world of Portlandia revolves around books. With such an obvious love of books, it only makes sense that publishers would eventually come knocking on Portlandia’s door.

Sure enough, on November 20, Hachette imprint Grand Central Publishing will release “PORTLANDIA: A Guide for Visitors.” The guide will be written like a traditional travel book, but instead of recommending a reasonably priced diner in Oaxaca, it will lead readers through the Portlandia’s landmarks, restaurants, and, undoubtedly, book stores in the same weird and wonderful tone that Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have developed in their sketch comedy show.

The book was acquired by Ben Greenberg, Executive Editor who said, “Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein,
Bill Oakley and Jon Krisel have created such a unique, surreal world in Portlandia, and the book
will allow fans to explore that world even further.” A world we can only assume involves some serious competitive reading:

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“Portlandia” airs on IFC on Fridays at 10/9c

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Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Tell Us Your “Most Portland Thing Ever!”


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Portlanders, you know those moments. You’re walking down the street, minding your own business, and then you see it: The Most Portland Thing Ever. Maybe it’s a group of grown adults in matching knee-socks playing kickball in the park, or a flop of hippies building new community park benches out of peat moss. No, wait, it’s a chicken on a leash, or a woman sitting in a tree weaving macramé pot hangers to raise money for her alternative circus troupe.

(All real things I have actually witnessed, by the way.)

Whatever it is, it makes you spit-take your americano and remember—once again—that where you live is definitely not like other places. People who live in Portland collect and remember these experiences, trading them incredulous conversations, in the hopes of topping one another with tall tales of knitted bicycle lock cozies and vegan mac n’ cheese burritos.

In honor of these beloved absurdities, we ask you this: in the comments below, tell us about the time you saw The Most Portland Thing Ever. At the end of the week, I &#8212by an utterly subjective process &#8212will select the most lovably ridiculous submission, and it will be illustrated in a comic by Portland artist Nicole Georges, a lifelong maker of zines and tragi-hilarious autobiographical comics, not to mention someone who knows a thing or two about the dialectics of Northwest culture.

I’ll keep accepting submissions for this round of stories until Friday. By submitting your Portlandia moment to IFC, you agree to be bound by these submission requirements: the moment must be your own, you will not use names of real people or post any personally identifiable information about yourself or others. All submissions become the property of IFC. We’ll be doing this series periodically over the next few months, featuring some awesome local illustrators taking a crack at your Portland stories.

Portlandia: Help fund a new video on Kickstarter


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What did independent performance art projects, documentaries on obscure rock stars, soon-to-be iconic board games and brilliant cat-oriented straight-to-DVD miniseries do before Kickstarter.com? Luckily we don’t have to imagine a world where true believers in The Adventures of Vampire Kitty and Space Bat can’t micro-finance their favorite comic. The denizens of the world of Portlandia are using Kickstarter, too. In this clip from the all new episode that airs on Friday at 10/9c Carrie Brownstein’s Jayde (you know, from your favorite band “jayde speaks Sevyn”) takes to Kickstarter to help fund her new video. She enlists the help of director Gahvin Quin (Fred Armisen in a delightful wig) to make a video plea to help raise money in the name of art. Want to see more? Tune in on Friday:

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