Category Archives: What’s Happening

With the Portland Phoenix on the market, a new alt weekly emerges to fight for territory

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Earlier this week, news came out that the Portland Phoenix, a 15-year-old alternative weekly newspaper and the last of four regional Phoenix publications, was on the market and faced an uncertain future. A long rumored potential sale to a local employee fell through, and neither officials with the Boston-based Phoenix Media/Communications Group which owns the […]

Meet the Portlander who killed Iron Man

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You may have heard the name Alex Irvine. If not, he’s one of Portland’s most prolific contemporary authors, and I guarantee you’ve heard of some of the main characters of his books: Batman, the Transformer Optimus Prime and Ichabod Crane from Sleepy Hollow are among them. In addition to his own original works, Alex writes […]

Mainer’s cave-diving ‘Monsters Underground’ show gets bumped up to Discovery Channel, premiere date announced

Former Portland doctor Casey Onik, a scientist on the "Monsters Underground" team, explores a cave during an episode of the show. (Photo courtesy of Destination America)

In the days before “Monsters Underground” was scheduled to premiereĀ on the cable channel Destination America — Aug. 22 — I received word from the channel’s publicist that it was a no-go, and that she’d be able to announce a new premiere time as soon as details became available. While it certainly sounded like the show’s […]