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Jest Fest raises money to unite pets and vets on Armed Forces Day

Ian Stuart headlines a night of comedy at the Gold Room this Saturday, May 16, to raise money for "Pets for Vets," a group that unites shelter animals with returning veterans.Four other funny men join Stuart, the Pot Comic, for a night of high-brow humor. Paul Hunt was featured on Last Comic Standing. Tuck Tucker is a Comedy Connection favorite. Joe Riccio is a food writer and funny guy. These three clowns are from Portland.…

Y'all Missed It

An insider’s take on the Phoenix Best of Portland“Most professional food service workers turn into food snobs. You decide what you do and don’t want to put into your body,” says a Portland food service industry insider, leafing through the pages of the Phoenix Best of Portland to point out what the collective we of Phoenix readers got right and what “y’all missed.”

‘So close to the heart’: Salon on language and identity explores paths to artistic awareness

An orphan from Brazil. A writer who struggled through chaos. A self-taught photographer from China. Together, the three artists reassure us that you don’t have to be a fictional superhero to have a fascinating creation story.And they will do just that next week on the MECA stage as part of a salon series called Yaji. The series is modeled on the historic “elegant gatherings” (??) of China’s Song Dynasty, where artists, poets, sages and scholars…

Best of contest entries that we missed in last week’s print edition

The 2015 competition for Best of Portland was fiercely competitive and extensive in its scope (more than 20,000 local votes were cast) — but the contest was even more extensive than last week’s print edition of the Portland Phoenix reflected. A few entries failed to make it into the Best of print issue, so we’re publishing them here, with apologies to those awarded who were unable to read their write-ups in print. See all the…

Best of contest draws over 20,000 votes

The 2015 competition for Best of Portland was fiercely competitive. We know Portlanders are passionate about their city; 650 nominees duked it out to win their share of more than 20,000 local votes. The average number of votes was 200 to 500 per category, so we can safely say that all the nominees are local favorites with hundreds of fans and that the winners are truly loved by Portlanders. For the statistically minded, the category…

Street life: Homeless youth survives February in Portland

"We are homeless, homeless —Moonlight skating on a midnight lake."— Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo"Hello my name is JZ. I'm 21 years old and I don't have a normal life."(Editor’s note: JZ, for reasons of confidentiality, is the pseudonym for a young person that reporter Tim Gillis encountered on the streets of Portland.)

A boy and his dog: Duke the pit bull relies on Kenny’s median-strip solicitation skills

Kenny and Duke stand on the median strip where High Street slices through Deering Oaks and connects with Forest Avenue. It's one of 10 or more prime locations for panhandling in a one-mile area in Portland. Median strips by stoplights. There are six coveted spots where Franklin crosses Cumberland and Fox streets and Marginal Way — perhaps the most aptly named of all these lanes. These are people living on the margins of life, begging…

Lux in tenebris: A lucent mind, a gilded future, a coded space

The newly-christened artistic director of the Masonic Temple of Portland is restoring an illustrious past to a tarnished space, by bringing public attention to a rapidly fading cultural landmark in downtown Portland.Sarah Bouchard's concept, to place papier-mache installations amongst the temple's sacred spaces, is two-fold. First, it pays homage to the sense of the majestic and of the sublime that distinguishes Masonic architecture and design, but it's also an attempt to reinvigorate the space with…

BEE AFRAID, BEE VERY, VERY AFRAID: MOFGA forum singles out pesticide as key culprit in honey bee die-offs

Many believe the newest pesticide on the block is wiping out honey bees, but the question aired in Portland last week was: Will scientists and regulators reach a similar conclusion?The debate over honey bee die-offs, and the better-known colony collapse disorder, seems a perennial panic. It’s not every issue that leaves the USDA sounding like a cross between Agatha Christie and Big Bang Theory: “Honey bees, which are a critical link in U.S. agriculture, have…
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