You've seen the slogan "Keep Portland Weird," but around here, it's more than a bumper sticker, it's a way of life. In a series of special reports, KATU's Anita Kissee introduces us to some of the interesting and weird people, places, things and events that you won't see anywhere else but right here in Portland.
WEEK 1 - The People
WEEK 2 - The Places
WEEK 3 - The Events
WEEK 4 - The Things
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That's no lady - that's Darcelle! Portland's most famous drag queen has been entertaining audiences for 40 years with her, er his, gender-bending cabaret. His real name is Walter Cole and he is Old Town's favorite cross dressing entertainer. You can catch him four nights a week!
- Raw video: Watch our interview with Darcelle
- Raw video: Watch Darcelle perform on stage
- View the photo gallery
- Where does Darcelle perform? Check out the Google Map
- Visit Darcelle's Web site
"The magic is in the hole!" Without ever having made doughnuts before, Tres Shannon and 'Cat Daddy' Pogson have created a local doughnut empire with Voodoo Doughnuts. Their world-famous Bacon Maple Bars, Grape Apes and Cereal-Topped Doughnuts have a cult following.
- Raw video: Watch our interview with 'Cat Daddy'
- Raw video: Watch our interview with Tres Shannon
- Raw video: Watch Tres Shannon perform at Dante's
- View the photo gallery
- Where is Voodoo Doughnuts? Check out the Google Map
- Visit the Voodoo Doughnut Web site
He may not look like Elvis, but that's because John Schroder says he's more of a sound-a-like than a look-a-like. This 'King' is probably Portland's most famous street performer. He's belted out famous tunes everywhere from Saturday Market to Dante's.
Step inside Portland's world-famous museum of velvet paintings, The Velveteria. Owners, Carl Baldwin and Caren Anderson dipped into their collection of 1,600 works of art to pay tribute to this often misunderstood medium.
- Raw video: Watch our interview with Caren Anderson
- Raw video: Watch our interview with Carl Baldwin
- See the location on a Google Map
- Visit the Velveteria Web site
Take an adventure down into the world-famous Woodstock Mystery Hole. It's a small hole, with a huge imagination, where you'll discover strange inscriptions, eerie tunnels and "The Door That's Never Been Opened."
The City of Books boasts about being the world's largest new and used bookstore, but it's got a lot of other secrets hiding among the 1 million books - including one that might make you say, 'That's gross!"
It's a race to the bottom, but this soap box derby is pure Portland ingenuity. It's as much about speed as crowd-pleasing creativity.
- Soap box races on YouTube
- More video: The 2007 Adult Soap box Derby
- From the KATU archives: 2006 Soap box derby
- Visit the Portland Adult Soap box Derby Web site
Biking in the buff - Portlanders love to do it, so we thought we'd take a look at the World Naked Bike Ride, the largest of which is right here in the Rose City.
Leave the stuffy country club and strict rules behind. Urban golf players step off the green and into the street to play this unusual game measured not by yards, but by city blocks.
- From the KATU archives: Anna Song's full report on 'urban golf'
- What is urban golf?
- Wikipedia's definition of urban golf
You've probably seen these cars around Portland and had to do a double take. The stories that inspired these moving works of art... Art cars.
This is not your high school marching band. It's so much cooler! Check out one of March Fourth's spectacles and see how Portland's favorite band came to be.
- Video: The March Fourth Marching Band on YouTube
- More video clips on their Web site
- Visit the March Fourth Marching Band Web site
"Keep Portland Weird" is more than a bumper sticker around here... It's a way of life. But that doesn't mean you can't stick on some weird pride. The concept behind the slogan.