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Last year, One Grand Gallery in Portland put on an exhibition called Ready To Die: A Group Show to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G.’s landmark debut album. The show collected Biggie-related art from artists and designers both depicting and inspired by the rapper. After a successful stint in Seattle, One Grand Gallery […]

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Bartkira — a crowd-sourced reimagining of Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Akira” with the characters from Matt Groening’s The Simpsons — has reached its next stage of evolution. A year ago, it popped up as an ingeniously wacky Tumblr project by James Harvey and Ryan Humphrey. Since then, the project has exploded both online and IRL, with over 500 participating artists and recently, the project was shown at […]

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Photographer Kirk Crippens decided to use his month-long residency at Portland’s NewSpace Center for Photography to prove that the people of Portland are more than just the crunchy-granola-progressive-living tropes portrayed on Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s hit show Portlandia. His cleverly meta-titled photo series Portraitlandia feature such unexpected characters as a “beard champion,” “student welder,” “traditional storyteller and consultant […]

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Bunny Rogers’ solo Shades of berny at the Appendix Space in Portland, Oregon is about the overlap in sexualization and exploitation of children and animals. It’s the story of Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Little Red Riding Hood, but not the story you’d like to be thinking about. She does. She thinks about death, sex […]

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According to the New York Times, graffiti is spreading all across the Untied States, in cities big and small. But why? Marcia Dennis, who heads Portland’s highly ineffective anti-graffiti efforts, thinks she has the answer: “The rush is addictive, and these guys don’t quit. They all think they’re going to end up being fabulously wealthy […]

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The first US electric highway will be equipped with charging stations and will connect Portland and Canada. Somehow, that just makes perfect sense. […]

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Self-satisfied city of Portland out-cools NYC with their own quirky bike racks policy. They should have let Byrne run free with his arty racks, because… burn! […]

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The Velveteria, the world’s only museum of velvet paintings, has announced that it is closing its doors. Opened four years ago in Portland, Oregon, the museum has earned international attention for its quirky collection of the notoriously kitschy medium, just not enough to be profitable, according to Oregon Live. After closing up shop on January […]

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No, the headline above isn’t some clever metaphor. Some poor sap really did stab his girlfriend’s pet fish — that he gave her as a gift — during a domestic dispute, and she really did call the cops on him for it and he really did get sentenced to two years probation AND he really […]

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