Suzette Smith, Portland Mercury

Suzette Smith

Portland Mercury

Portland, OR, United States

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Good Morning, News: Reward Offered in Wolf Shooting, Wild Oregon Horse Gangs, and Fiona Has a Hippo Baby Brother

If you have had a closely guarded hippo baby name for most of your life, this is your chance to use it. This morning's Good Morning News has a lot of animal stories in it. It's unintentional, but we don't regret it. → Read More

Things Not to Miss at Pickathon 2022

Pickathon, you have been missed. And while specific live sets, dancing to DJs beneath the stars, and stumbling back to campsites under strands of fairy lights top the list of things we're excited about this year, there's simply nothing wrong with also loving the unfettered access to Pine State Biscuits in the market area either. So in no particular order, here are some recommendations for things… → Read More

RANKED: Who Will Be Champion of Salt & Straw's Month of Flower Ice Creams?

Local ice cream moguls Salt & Straw are often the butt of Portland weirdness jokes, but the company—founded in 2011 and still run by cousins Kim Malek and Tyler Malek—has proven over and again that ice cream seekers are as interested in strange and unusual flavors as they are in the classic Fudge Brownie. Salt & Straw more or less cycles through new flavors every month, sometimes working with… → Read More

Portland Indie Movie Theaters Add Open Caption Screenings

Movies in Portland got a little more accessible recently, as two local movie houses added open caption screenings to their regular repertoire. Cinema 21 announced the addition on Wednesday, and the Hollywood has offered open caption showings since a Sunday showing of Licorice Pizza, on March 13. Anyone who's watched a lot of films and TV has probably heard the phrase closed caption, which… → Read More

Good Afternoon, News: New Bus Alert, Ivanka Trump Testifies, and Zelenskyy Asks 'What Good Is the UN Security Council?'

The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support! Good afternoon, Portland. Hope you didn't pack all your sweaters away over the weekend because it's about to be cold again… → Read More

How Did This Lexus Get in a Portland Bioswale and Other Questions I Have

As of 30 minutes ago—and probably still—there's a Lexus in a bioswale at the corner of NE 11th and NE Couch. We do not yet know how the Lexus ended up in the bioswale, but if you can see the image above, it's all the way in there. Employees at a nearby auto repair shop said they knew nothing about the Lexus in their bioswale, other than it had been there since Thursday morning. They... → Read More

Good Afternoon, News: More Traffic Cams for Speedsters, Snakes With the Fur, and Russia Blocks Facebook

The Mercury provides news and fun every single day—but your help is essential. If you believe Portland benefits from smart, local journalism and arts coverage, please consider making a small monthly contribution, because without you, there is no us. Thanks for your support! Good Afternoon, Portland! I see you winding down your day, getting ready to go out and forget the week's worries. Just READ… → Read More

17 Blocks Review: A Searing and Uplifting Portrait of a Black American Family

You can't take your eyes off 17 Blocks for even a second. The raw, home video footage documentary offers an intimate view into the lives of the Sanford-Durants, a Black family struggling to find joy and stability in Southeast Washington D.C. So many of the documentaries we watch now are slick mash-ups of stylized reenactments and moody voiceovers, assuring us that history can be mapped neatly… → Read More

Takeout Club: It's Gumbo Season!

Boy oh boy, is today a cold one. Portland usually gets warmer for a few weeks in February—BEFORE IT SNOWS IN FREAKING APRIL—but until we get to that bizarre thaw, we're all in the business of keeping warm. You know what time it is: It's gumbo season. Gumbo can be many things and involve many ingredients because the much beloved dish comes from the interplay of African, Indigenous, Haitian,… → Read More

Takeout Club: Downtown Burritos For Cold Weather and Pioneer Square's New Mexican Food Truck

Here come the rains, Portland! As always, we shall endure this wet sky rage and don our damp rainwear with pride. It’s still traditional to fret for the first week or so before settling into frizzy hair and the low ocean-like roar of rain pants. While your internal furnace shifts from cooling to hottening, treat yourself to some cheesy carbs. Now that we're on the other side of daylight savings… → Read More

TBA:20 Begins This Weekend to Make Note of a Time We'll Never Forget

If you didn’t know that Portland’s annual Time Based Arts Festival (TBA) is STILL ON, STILL HAPPENING, and STARTING THIS WEEKEND, don’t stress. The organization that puts it on—the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)—didn’t know if it would be possible either, until this past June. “We certainly didn’t know at the beginning of the pandemic,” Artistic Director and Curator of Public… → Read More

This Week in Food News: Farewell to Ford Food and Drink, Gin in a SE Alley, and the Pearl's New Italian Market

Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer, but it's nowhere near time yet to break out your sweaters. Portland fall stays warm and mild through ding-dang November, so we still have plenty of outdoor time to enjoy—in fact we're bracing for 90-degree days this weekend and SCORCHER 100-degree highs next week. I've been watching Portland's outdoor dining bloom for the past few months with… → Read More

Portland Institution Le Bistro Montage Is Closing Forever

Le Bistro Montage, the well-known and beloved late-night eatery famous for ooey-gooey mac 'n' cheese and wrapping their leftovers in tinfoil swans, announced via Facebook that they’re permanently closing and will not reopen. “We have been so honored to serve Portland for the past 27 years,” the statement read. Located beneath the Morrison Bridge in the Southeast industrial area of Portland, Le… → Read More

Lidia Yuknavitch Interview: Anti-Memoir, Carrie Underwood, and the Second Vagina in Her New Short Story Collection Verge

Lidia Yuknavitch is a creative force in Portland’s literary scene. Not only are her books award-winning best sellers, but they’re often groundbreaking, like her Oregon Book Award-winning anti-memoir The Chronology of Water, or her novel The Small Backs of Children in which she strove to break the novel’s form. To discuss her new short story collection Verge, Yuknavitch invited me to Corporeal… → Read More

The 2020 Fertile Ground Festival Dismantles the Patriarchy, Plans for Death, and Channels Osho

Patriarchal ghost stories? Eeeeeeeee! → Read More

Carmen Maria Machado Interview: Difficult Questions about In the Dream House

In a notebook Machado wrote “Gaslight the reader?” → Read More

Cats Review: Ah, So This Is What It's Like to Have a Nightmare While You’re Awake

Everyone who saw the HUMAN FACE/CAT BODY NIGHTMARE that was the first Cats trailer balked at the weirdly flat faces that seemed to slide off the cast’s half-humanoid, half-feline, all-horny bodies. Some thought Universal Pictures might cave to fan pressure, much like the Sonic the Hedgehog brouhaha that unfolded last spring, and manage to stick those faces on by Christmas. They did not, and as a… → Read More

You Fools! Don’t Miss Greta Gerwig’s Perfect Adaptation of Little Women!

Every hater on my block asked why we needed another Little Women movie when the 1994 version is “perfectly fine” and “has Winona Ryder in it.” My answer: You don’t know how good you can have it! You don’t know how good Little Women can be, you poor fools! A less inflammatory reason is that every generation deserves its own damn Little Women and we are a bunch of lucky suckers that get to see... → Read More

Watching Watchmen: Is This the Best Show of the 21st Century?

HBO’s Watchmen shouldn’t be as good as it is. In the three decades since the debut of writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons’ genre-shattering comic, DC Comics has done everything possible to exploit it—always poorly, and always against the will of Moore. But every time I watch this new, wildly imaginative iteration of Watchmen, I wonder what Moore would think of it. And not just because this… → Read More

The True Horror of the Holidays: Check Out the Mercury’s December Picks at Movie Madness!

They kill David Bowies, don’t they? → Read More