What if Christmas Trees Honored the Workers Who Grew Them?

In 100 different homes across Portland this winter, Christmas trees were adorned with unusual ornaments: instead of tiny Santas and candycanes, the evergreen branches were also graced with glass ornaments etched with the name of a farmworker who helped grow and harvest the tree.

Lady Liquor: Gender Behind the Bar

So far in this series I’ve talked about women making and marketing beer, the gender politics projected onto drinks themselves and women visiting bars. But I haven’t yet talked about women behind the bar. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak to Mindy Kucan, the lead bartender... Read more »

Lady Liquor: Getting Out the Vote, Filling Up the Hip Flask, and Teaching Little Johnny to Drink

Once women got the right to vote, they didn’t consistently vote dry – in part because an unintended consequence of Prohibition (working in tandem with the social and economic aftermath of World War I) was that for the first time in U.S. history, drinking was no longer the exclusive... Read more »

BitchTapes: Pickathon 2012 Preview

I'm pleased as punch to be headed out to Pickathon, an inde and roots music festival all-weekend camp-a-thon in Portland. From this year's lineup, at least 15 bands are women or feature women prominently, including their big headliner for the festival, Neko Case. This week's Bitchtapes... Read more »

B-Sides: Naomi Hooley and the Wilderness Inside

I discovered Naomi Hooley’s warm, powerful music a few months ago, when a friend pointed me first to her song “Tornado” and then the album that spawned it, the gorgeous It was a Great October. Her sound is earthy... Read more »

Bitch Tapes: Winter to Spring

A a very literal BitchTapes seasonal musical sampling, from (the Pacific Northwest's) rainy cold winter to the green green spring…  Winter to Spring from BitchTapes on... Read more »

Pomp and Quirkumstance: Portlandia Season Two Airs Tonight, Air Your Thoughts

I have a complicated relationship with Portlandia. To start, I was born in Portland and I still live here, and I want everyone in the world to know that it’s a great city with more to offer than coffee and bearded white... Read more »

Sm{art}: Vanessa Renwick

Founder and janitor of the Oregon Department of Kick Ass, Portland-based artist Vanessa Renwick has made over 40 films... Read more »

B-Sides: Colleen Raney

Call me old-fashioned, but I think most of the best voices in the world come out of folk singers. Maybe that’s just because you can actually HEAR the singing,... Read more »

Bitch Radio: An Interview with Autry!

Earlier this week I wrote about Autry!, a Portland-based, goof-punk musician set to release her debut album A.U.T.R.Y.! on July 29th. Autry!’s unique musical style as well as the success of her personal blog Hello,... Read more »

B-Sides: F**k yeah FOC FEST!

<img src=”http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2489/5730896577_751f2de0c5_m.jpg” alt=”A blurry picture of a 3 piece band. They play beneath christmas lights and a banner reading FOC FEST” align=”left” hspace=10”>I spent my weekend hanging out at... Read more »