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What Are You Lookin’ At? An introduction from blogger Claire Evans

What Are You Lookin’ At? An introduction from blogger Claire Evans (photo)

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A few months after the season finale of the first season of “Portlandia” aired, I was strolling around my Southeast Portland neighborhood and saw the following thing: a dreadlocked, shirtless man in a top hat, riding a double-decker bicycle, pulling a sunglasses-wearing dog in a wagon. I stopped in my tracks and gawked. The man looked back at me, genuinely offended. “What are you lookin’ at?” he called out from his precariously hand-welded cycle contraption. This was the moment I realized, after living in Portland for the majority of my life, that there was something genuinely preposterous about my hometown. Where else could someone be made to feel rude for staring at such a spectacle? Where else could such a spectacle be so common as to be run-of-the-mill?

When I moved to Portland, I was seven years old. Believe it or not, we didn’t have artisanally-roasted direct trade coffee then. We didn’t have mobile vegan French-fry carts. You couldn’t even buy a decent baguette anywhere. By the time I was college-aged, however, Portland had metamorphosed from a completely pleasant, relatively anonymous hamlet to a place with cachet–suddenly, people didn’t think of Oregon as a stretch of forest wedged between Washington and California, but as a destination in itself. Its relevance has only ballooned since: now Portland has enough cultural credence that it can actually be the subject of a television show, a fact that I continue to be boggled by.

But, of course, Portland is just the (dreadlocked, shirtless) figurehead of a culture that has metastasized across the country in the last ten years. There’s a little Portland in Austin, in San Francisco, in New York and Chicago. When I travel across the U.S. with my band–and to a lesser extent, the world–I discover pockets of “Portlandia” everywhere, from coffee roasteries and farmer’s markets to the ubiquity of put-a-bird-on-it art. Seemingly everyone I talk to on the road has a sister, cousin, or college buddy who’s recently relocated to the Rose City. Its presence is actually inescapable, and its final initiation into the mainstream cultural consciousness is the trial by fire: comedy.

Portland is the most hilariously defensive, most self-consciously proud place I’ve ever lived; seemingly every article about the city in the national media causes its residents to shudder in collective horror. But we’re also proud of our weird, wet burg, and Portlanders know that if it’s recognizable enough to be poked fun of, then it means we’re doing something right. Over the next few months, we’ll be blogging from the heart of Stumptown about local lore, insider knowledge, micro-brewed beverages and the rapid and unchecked proliferation of all things Portland in the world. Hopefully, that’s something we can all enjoy gawking at.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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