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Carrie for Mayor!

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It’s March, and you know what that means: Brackets! Lots and lots of brackets. Not just in college basketball, either. Why, over at Bill Simmons’ sports and culture Web site Grantland, they just finished up a tournament to crown the best character from HBO’s “The Wire” (to the surprise of no one, the winner was Omar). And right now, my friends at Pulitzer Prize-winning publication Willamette Week (full disclosure: I’m a regular contributor to the paper) are conducting a similar experiment to determine who should be Portland’s next mayor. It’s Mayoral Madness! And because the blogosphere is a democracy, too, you get a say in it, too!

Of course, if you’re reading this blog, I’m pretty sure I know who y’all are planning on supporting: “Portlandia”‘s own Carrie Brownstein, the election/tourney’s overall Number 1 seed. Her first round matchup in the Vera Katz Regional is against sixteenth-seeded conservative radio host Victoria Taft. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “What does my vote matter? In a lefty socialist haven like Portland, Carrie’s clearly going to trounce the right-wing candidate.” Well, I wouldn’t be so sure about that. After all, Victoria’s got access to the airwaves (AM 860, to be precise), and she’s actively campaigning on her blog. Meanwhile, Carrie’s much too preoccupied with her band Wild Flag to give her own campaign the proper attention. So you can make a difference! Go here to vote. First-round voting is open until 8 p.m. Monday.

Here’s the full bracket (click to enlarge). My money’s on a Carrie vs. Chuck Palahniuk final. How about you?

(Image courtesy of Willamette Week)

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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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