Party in the Park Blocks

Thursday event will showcase about 130 student groups
New and returning students alike should check out Portland State's 21st annual Party in the Park Blocks, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the South Park Blocks. The event brings together most of the student organizations at the university, as well as various departments that promote community and leadership.

All-out art on Alberta

Last Thursday takes art out of the galleries and into the streets.
Every First Thursday, the upscale residents of Portland’s downtown community flock together to admire art while sipping conservatively on wine and beer. This monthly event is a staple of Portland’s art scene and one not to be missed.

“Strawfu” smoothie

A fantastically fresh back-to-school breakfast
As school starts up again, many Portland State-ers find themselves too busy to eat breakfast. Running to classes with no way of precariously balancing a bowl of milk and cereal leaves many of us without the morning calories we need. But never fear nutrition-seekers: On-the-go eating is possible, and all you need is a blender.

The Zine Scene

Portland Zine Symposium sees surprising turnout
The rumblings inside the 11th annual Portland Zine Symposium were nearly overpowered by the rumblings outside. This year, the gathering was held in Southeast Portland at Refuge on Yamhill.

In and out…and don’t explode

30 Minutes or Less taps into the juvenile vein of humor
Nick just wanted to coast through life delivering pizzas, getting high and taking it easy. But his laid back lifestyle is interrupted when two assailants with some ingenuity, a fervor for explosives and too much spare time on their hands, strap a bomb to him and force him to rob a bank.

Onward and upward: Rome and Barcelona

The continuing European adventures of the Vanguard’s Nicholas Kula
My time in Paris had come to a close, and I looked toward new horizons. My journey brought me to Rome, Italy and Barcelona, Spain and highlighted how the three cultures are very different—here's why:

Where Portland laughs

Comedy Night at the Bagdad continues drawing crowds
A man walks down SE Hawthorne Boulevard. Wearing simple attire of jeans and a t-shirt, he strides quietly through the Friday night crowds who may not realize that this unassuming character will soon be on the stage and entertaining an audience filling the McMenamins' Bagdad Theatre—taking them through a night of laughter and comedy.

Listen now and hear this: Havok is here

Time is Up brings the goods
Norway is often described as the epicenter of all things metal. And why shouldn’t it be? Norweigan metal band Burzum had a member that was arrested for killing a rival band’s singer and burning down churches in Norway. As such, it is only fitting that awesome American metal band Havok hails from Denver, Colo., a populous city surrounded by mountains that countless manly-men have died in.

There’s a First Thursday for everyone

A night out in Portland’s monthly art, music and cultural experience
Every first Thursday, the streets of downtown are flooded with people. Those who are unfamiliar with this Portland ritual will often wonder—“what’s all the fuss about?”

Enter: Death Grips

Zach Hill does whatever the hell he wants
When you’re really good—and I mean upper echelon, few-in-the-world-are-better—at an instrument, after some time you pretty much get a free pass on anything you want to do in music. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what’s happened here. Sometimes, it’s good. This is one of those times.

More than an arcade

The Vanguard talks with Ground Kontrol’s Art Santana about the night comedy descended upon Portland’s favorite arcade
Every self-respecting Portlander knows that there is only one place to go when it comes to playing pinball and classic arcade games while also sipping on a cold beer: Ground Kontrol. Though the bar has long had the market cornered on classic gaming, Ground Kontrol is continually trying to offer more features and events to bring in new customers and give the die-hards greater variety.


Arts & Culture

On-campus events calendar: April 18–24

FEATURED EVENT FESTIVAL Earth Day Festival Friday, April 21, 11 a.m. PSU Park Blocks Free, all ages PSU's Environmental Club hosts a celebration honoring Earth Day, featuring related campus organizations,...

Cannabis close to campus


The internet, the government and the generation gap

During the first week of April, the U.S. president signed a piece of legislation eliminating rules that require internet service providers to receive your...