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Keep Paris Portland

Keep Portland Weird

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How many times have you heard Portland referred to as “the Paris of the Northwest”? Oh, never? Well, perhaps it makes sense, then, that the French appear to be nearly as fascinated with Portland as the New York media is. But even Brooklyn hasn’t had a Portland-themed cultural festival (yet, anyway).

In April, the Paris-based La Gaite Lyrique music and art center is hosting a “Keep Portland Weird,” a celebration of all things Stumptownian. Of course, that means plenty of weird art –via a presentation from avant-garde audio-visualists Experimental 1/2 Hour — and a stellar lineup of music, including Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, YACHT, the Thermals, Lifesavas, Glass Candy, Grouper and Lightning Bolt (who, to my knowledge, have no Portland connection, but are awesome anyway), among several others. There will also be a lecture from novelist Jon Raymond, whose short story inspired the 2006 film “Old Joy” and who co-wrote the screenplay for 2008’s “Wendy and Lucy,” both shot in and around Portland.

To promote the event, La Gaite Lyrique put together the following five-minute video, featuring commentary from such Rose City luminaries as Quasi’s Sam Coomes, Slimkid3 of the Pharcyde, the Gossip’s Nathan Howdeshell, and my dearly departed (…to Brooklyn), Elliott Smith-loving friend, Dan. (Hey, he’s a luminary to me!)

Portland : Une vidéo et deux, trois mots. from La Gaîté Lyrique on Vimeo.

Hat-tip to Willamette Week for the heads-up, and also for dumping some of the text from the festival’s Web site into Google Translator. Personally, I think Portland should really consider rebranding itself as “The City with the Sap of Ecology in the Veins of Its Inhabitants.” Makes us sound like a city populated by environmental superheros a la Captain Planet.

PORTLAND, OREGON, United States. Musical city.

For ten years, the city name has been circulating among music lovers, like Kathmandu at the time of Hippies. Portland would be the holy grail of music “indie”, the city of treasures hiding “underground” and genies coming out of the masterpieces in secret, the musicians would find inspiration abundant and uninhibited ….

Portland, “green” city
The sap of ecology in the veins of its inhabitants for over a century. By 1912, the city put on a green urbanism and controlled. In the 1970s, Governor Tom McCall fixed geographical limits beyond which the city may not extend more: the town has to renovate the abandoned neighborhoods to best utilize the space available to it.

Portland, city nonconformist
What distinguishes the metropolis of Oregon is its people, their progressive thinking and creative. Portland is a town full of hippies the next century. A city for those who want to reinvent the world in green, a city of artists. Far from the stereotypes, imagine a little sister from Seattle with a mad passion for organic food, local, and community activity …

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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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