FILM REVIEW: “River Ways”

From Willamette Week, 4/2/08:

Portland-based director Colin Stryker’s doc River Ways offers a good introduction to the Pacific Northwest’s salmon crisis, using the example of Washington’s Snake River to discuss the benefits and implications of removing manmade dams. Continue reading

FILM REVIEW: “OSS 117: Cairo – Nest of Spies”

From Willamette Week, 2/13/08 [Portland International Film Festival Coverage]:

[FRANCE] With the charm of Austin Powers, the looks of James Bond and the aloofness of Inspector Clouseau, Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath (a.k.a. Special Agent OSS 117), is a bravado, tall, tan, hairy-chested, racist, imperialist, womanizing, homophobic spy who’ll kill a Nazi and screw a head of state’s busty niece in the same breath. Continue reading

MUSIC: “Goldfinger”

From Willamette Week, 4/23/08:

Six years ago, I took my little brother to see the ska-punk outfit Goldfinger in Washington, D.C. About halfway through the set, drummer Darrin Pfeiffer set down his sticks and came to the front of the stage with a proposition. One lucky fan would have the chance to hang out with Goldfinger after the show—if he or she ate a Twinkie out of Pfeiffer’s ass. Continue reading

FOOD: “Malay Satay Hut”

From Willamette Week’s “Cheap Eats” Guide to Portland 2008:

Suck it up and wade through the endless used-car lots and payday loan vendors on Southeast 82nd Avenue until you reach Malay Satay Hut, Portland’s favorite Seattle import. Continue reading

FOOD: “Toji Korean Grill”

From Willamette Week’s “Cheap Eats” Guide to Portland 2008:

Before you fire up the grill on top of your table at Toji, slurp a bowl of miso soup ($2.50) and some japchae ($7.50), a sweet dish of stir-fried sweet-potato noodles with onions, carrots, zucchini and shiitake ’shrooms. Continue reading

FOOD: “Sub Rosa”

From Willamette Week’s “Cheap Eats” Guide to Portland 2008:

The sign says Sub Rosa is a “friendly neighborhood joint,” and that’s a pretty fair description—a stone’s throw from the Clinton Street Theater, this is a small, quiet, relaxed spot with super-personable service. Continue reading

FOOD: “Zach’s Shack”

From Willamette Week’s “Cheap Eats” Guide to Portland 2008:

Landlord won’t let you have pets? Get your weekly dog fix from Zach’s Shack, Hawthorne’s beloved neighborhood late-night wiener hook-up. We love Zach, a Maryland émigré, for his outdoor ping-pong, tabletop Ms. Pac Man and killer tunes on the jukebox. Continue reading