This weekend!



Beginning Thursday, the Portland Queer Music Festival is happening all weekend!

The River City Band, Portland Teen Idols, are playing in Laurelhurst Park. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. & Stark * 9:30 pm * free * all ages

Hard rock from: The Stein Project, Earth Anchor, and Nails Hide Metal Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th Ave * 7 pm * free

“There’s only so much you can accomplish in the basement… ” White Bear Polar Tundra has met their Kickstarter goal, and are playing a free show tonight. EastBurn, 1800 W Burnside * 10 pm * free


Live horns, veteran players, a very-likely sweaty Blue Diamond dance floor— you can’t go wrong with Deep Blue Soul Review. 2016 NE Sandy Blvd * 9 pm – 11:45 pm * ?? 

Ooh— folky and moody, Amanda Richards and the Good Long Whiles is at Laurelthirst Public House. 2958 NE Glisan * 6 pm * free

Buckman Crime Calls: 7/21 – 7/28


In Buckman crime calls this week, there were 13 theft, 4 burglary, and 5 assault.

10 property calls:  1 priority vandalism,  4 cold vandalism, 4 stolen vehicle, and 1 prowler.

19 traffic calls: 1 unknown injury wreck, 7 injury wreck, 3 priority hit and run, 3 hit and run wreck, 4 non-injury wreck, 4 parking problem,

5 multiple incidents (included in above totals):

     Esplanade: vehicle recovery and medical assist

     SE Alder and Grand: 1 non injury accident and 1 injury accident

     SE Grand and Burnside: 1 cold assault and 1 cold theft

     SE 12th and Hawthorne: 1 hit and run wreck and 1 priority assault

     Near Summers Park: 1 medical assist and 1 priority assault

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit or contact the Portland Police Bureau.


Inner SE Crime Calls: 7/14 – 7/21


In Buckman crime calls this week, there was a robbery with a weapon at SE 12th and Stark, 7/15 at 11:59 am.

There were also 1 burglary, 4 assaults, 15 thefts, and 2 priority thefts.

12 traffic calls: 1 injury accident, 5 non-injury accident, 1 DUI, priority hit and run, 5 hit and run, 3 parking problem

8 property calls: 3 cold stolen vehicle, 4 cold vandalism, 1 priority vandalism

5 multiple incidents calls (included in the above totals): 

Morrison Bridge and I-84: 2 hazardous conditions

SE Grand and Washington: 2 priority thefts

SE Grand and Morrison: 2 non-injury accidents

SE Burnside and 12th: 2 cold thefts

SE Burnside and 20th: 1 hit and run and 1 cold burglary

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit or contact the Portland Police Bureau.

Animal Welfare Group Plans Protest Asking Zoo to Retire Packy the Elephant

I met Ann (a painter) on the waterfront July 4th. As I sat in the grass waiting for the fireworks, she was passing out flyers about Free the Oregon Elephants. She really didn’t want to be interviewed on camera, but she said yes because she is concerned about the health and welfare of the elephants at the Portland Zoo.

There are eight elephants at the Portland Zoo, and Packy is the oldest, at 52. He’s nearing the end of his life, sick with tuberculosis (a potentially fatal respiratory disease), has ankus (a pointed control device) wounds, foot disease, a wound on his face from lying on concrete, and a foot injury from repeatedly kicking a door, according to FOZE.

Radley describes a few of Packy’s injuries:

Elephants in captivity have half the lifespan of wild elephants, and Courtney Scott, president of the FOZE board, said elephants cannot be held in captivity without damaging them psychologically. Elephants are sold back and forth from zoos to circuses, she said, and are beaten and abused in the process.

FOZE is holding a silent protest at the zoo (FB event) this Sat. (7/19) and are demanding that Metro send Packy to a wildlife preserve in California so he can complete his life in a more natural environment. The zoo is holding their Zoolala fundraising gala that day— so FOZE is calling their event Boolala. (Get it?)

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This weekend!


One of my favorite reggae bands in Oregon, State Of Jefferson, is playing at the Hawthorne Theater tonight. Also featuring: ThE RoDeO cLoWnS, Dead Remedy, Nekked Bonz, and Comanche Joe. Hawthorne Theater, 1507 SE 39th Ave * 7 pm * $10

“Dillbilly” music with Denise Dill. Red and Black Cafe, 400 SE 12th Ave. * 7 pm – 10 pm * ??



New Deal Distillery is celebrating its 10th anniversary! They’ll be unveiling a new aged rum and giving away commemorative merchandise. Band, and comedy, and free icecream are all part of the party. New Deal Distillery, 900 SE Salmon St * 5 pm – ?? * free

slaughter nick poster

“When a little-known Canadian actor accidentally discovers through Facebook that he’s been wildly famous in Serbia for almost two decades, he sets out to discover the reasons why. “Slaughter Nick for President” examines how Rob Stewart inexplicably became a symbol of freedom through his long-forgotten TV role of Nick Slaughter in Tropical Heat (aka Sweating Bullets) during the non-violent Serbian protests leading to the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic. Stewart’s Serbian visit, dubbed ‘Slaughtermania’ by the national press, uncovers the surprising meaning behind the show’s popularity, the blurred distinction between an actor and his character, and tells the inspiring story of the Serbian protesters.” Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton * Fri Sat Sun: 7 pm * $6

Western swing with Portland trio the Sagebrush Sisters. Press Club, 2621 SE Clinton * 8 pm – 10 pm * free 

I Follow the News Because You Don’t Want To

Recently, the Oregonian started showing up in my driveway. This wasn’t much-hated, unshakable Food Day— if was a full edition.

I’m not one of those people who prefer a print edition. The web is cheaper, cleaner, produces less waste, and gives readers a chance to contribute to the discussion. But I think it’s clear that there is much to be desired from the Oregonian (or their owners Advanced Publications) web product.

There’s been a lot of criticism of the Oregonian’s coverage, and the sensationalist reporting definitely seems like a trend. The most disturbing let an accused double murder’s implausible— but sexually titillating— excuse for the deaths are in the headline and lede. Rape victims get anonymity and so should murder victims— but there are multiple photos of the cute 19-year-old female victim accompanying the story.

Today’s big issue is cannabis legalization: Washington’s cannabis stores are opened yesterday (7/8) and the Oregonian sat down with the Oregon’s initiative author and the head of a national organization who gave $650,000 to the ballot measure. Surprise! They’re both in favor of it.

They talk about the lack of a DUI standard, and there are a few unattributed graphs on the standard arguments against legalization in general— but there are no substantial alternative POVs. Legalization seem inevitable in Oregon, (though polling shows only a ten point lead for advocates) but will it be done right? I started a Reddit thread on the issue.

In other stories:

* After a series of stories from the Oregonian, the Oregon state fire marshal posted the travel patterns of oil train travel in the state.

* A former high school principal was sentenced to 2 years in prison by a state court for sex with a 12-year-old, while a federal court gave him nearly 11 years in prison for possession of child pornography. He was convicted of a similar crime in 2003, and only served 6 months in jail and 1 year in a half-way house. The case highlights the disparity between state and federal sentencing regarding child abuse, the Oregonian reports.

* In 2012, Reed College reported 14 on-campus sexual assaults, while the University of Oregon (with 20 time the student body) reported 17. Columnist Steve Duin said these numbers indicate a need for sexual assault reporting reform at the U of O, similar to what happened at Reed in 2011.

There was also plenty of crime, sports, food, lots of inserts, and an editorial page focused mostly on national issues— but I included all of what I thought seemed important.

Inner SE Crime Calls: 6/30 – 7/7

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In Buckman crime calls this week, there were 3 assault, 3 burglary, 1 priority theft, and 5 theft.

7 property calls: 5 cold stolen vehicle, 1 priority vandalism, and 1 cold vandalism

15 traffic calls: 1 priority hit and run, 2 hit and run, 2 injury accident, 4 non-injury accident, 6 parking problem

5 multiple incidents calls (included in above totals):

     I-5 near Alder: 2 hazardous condition

     SE 10th and Stark: priority theft and non-injury accident

     SE 12th and Morrison: cold theft and cold stolen vehicle

     SE 14th and Salmon: cold stolen vehicle and parking problem

     SE16th and Burnside: non-injury accident and injury accident

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit or contact the Portland Police Bureau.