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One Quick Question for an Ex-Portlander: Ed Forman, host of The Ed Forman Show with Me! Ed Forman!

Described by some in the local media as “Stephen Colbert as a libidinous sociopath,” Ed Forman is the creation of Portland-born actor-comedian Aaron Ross. A show-biz icon and seriously unqualified self-help guru (a sample of his book titles: “I Will Make You Better, ‘Cause I’m Better Than You!”; “Poop or You’ll Die”; “Foreign People are […]

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Pancake Breakfast defends the rain on “PortlandtownUSA”

As a Southern California native who moved to Portland more than three years ago, y’know what I’m sick of? My friends and family who still live in California invading my Facebook, text messages and voice mailbox to tell me just how warm and sunny it is there, as I sit and listen to raindrops clatter […]

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Spoofing the spoofers: Five YouTube tributes to “Portlandia”

In one season, “Portlandia” created catchphrases and viral videos potent enough to nearly kill off an artistic cliché. If that’s not evidence enough of the show’s impact, just look on YouTube. Sure, searching “Portlandia + parody” won’t yield as many results as, say, “dog with eyebrows”—and really, what can compete with that juggernaut?—but if you’re […]

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Portland’s New Year’s resolutions

2011 was a big year for Portland. We were sweetly satirized on cable television and think-pieced in the media ad nauseum, and at this point the name of the city could practically apply for dictionary recognition as an adjective for a kind of lifestyle some folks scoff at but secretly envy. As great as this […]

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The joke’s on you, Portland: An interview with the pranksters behind the Peculiarium

In the window of the pink-colored building that houses Northwest Portland’s Peculiarium, there are signs advertising its contents with adjectives such as “Bizarre” and “Shocking.” The ones to pay attention to, however, are those reading, “We Promise Nothing” and “Not So Unusual, Actually.” Although it sounds like a knock-off of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!—or […]

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Bust-a-Bucket: The Trailblazers’ All-Portlandian Team

Portland loves its Trailblazers — sometimes too much, if you believe Bill Simmons. Until Major League Soccer came along in 2009, NBA basketball was the only pro-game in town, and despite the vociferous dedication of the Timbers Army, it’s going to take many more years of attrition for the team to unseat the Blazers as […]

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One Quick Question for Justin Maurer of Clorox Girls

In the mid-aughts, there wasn’t a more furiously fun live band in Portland than the Clorox Girls. Comprised of three Oakland expats—none of whom were females, by the way—the group played ebullient, blink-and-miss-it pop-punk with roots in the Buzzcocks and Red Kross, a song by whom the band took its name. The Girls seemed poise […]