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February 24th, 2017

Blake Shelton's Moda Center show might've had too many hits for a Thursday night.

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Antoine Boësset (1587-1643) Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) Arrigo Boito (1842-1918) Luigi Denza (1846-1922) Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940) Michel Legrand (1932) Renato Scotto (1934) Jiří Bělohlávek (1946) and Wilhelm (Carl) Grimm (1786-1859) Winslow Homer (1836-1910) George Augustus Moore (1852-1933) Mary Ellen Chase (1887

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DC Collectibles has revealed new preview images of new lines coming in 2017, including 12’’ statues inspired by the upcoming Justice League film, new Batman: The Animated Series and DC Bombshells action figures and statues and more. The Justice League statues measure 12″ tall, with the upcoming first wave to incl

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The Game of Reading, Redux

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I'm sad to see that physicist Mildred Dre

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If you’ve been following along with us here on AH for a while, you know the demolition of neighborhood houses has been a sad theme. We’ve struggled to come to terms with the loss of homes we’ve known and that have been part of the fabric of the neighborhood for a century. Alameda resident Timothy […]

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Earlier today Widmer Brothers Brewing tapped the first of four new small-batch beers at its Pub with its new beer brewed with kumquats, So Quatcha Want. Then throughout the month of March, Widmer will be tapping Bury Me In Red, BRUtylicious (Three Weavers Brewing Collaboration), and Tall Paul Lager. All four of these beers

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Having managed to get rid of long-time staff and replacing them with young folks, Metro Oregon Zoo has no institutional memory to draw upon. So they don't know what works and what doesn't, but they'll just try to wing it....

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February 23rd, 2017

Trolley photo of the day

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Redefining stupidity: the mission of the Animal "Rights" crowd. A live cam trained on a pregnant giraffe at a New York animal center was taken offline by YouTube, but after an appeal, the stream is once again up and running,...

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Day one of being sick was all adorable, with nicely organized (and zero waste) supplies, but this plague has now hit day six, and honey, it ain’t pretty. I’ve run through all my washable hankies/rags/napkins for the endless blowing of my nose and coughing, and have moved onto rolls of toilet paper. (Trader Joe&#

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by Dan Savage Politico: White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects states to see “greater en

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The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay will be at the helm for a live-action Nightwing movie! The Judge and The Accountant screenwriter Bill Dubuque is set to pen the script. In the pages of DC Comics, Dick Grayson spent many years as Batman’s protege and sidekick, Robin, but eventually went off on his own and [̷

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Overcoming Abuse & Finding Partners Who Aren’t Pieces of Shit

by Dan Savage Do you have any advice on how to develop healthy sexua

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Peter Rock's novel, "My Abandonment," about a 13-year-old and her father, who are living in Forest Park, is being adapted into a movie. Ben Foster ("Hell or High Water") will star, and the movie is scheduled to start filming in Portland in April.

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Trump Is Trying to Cut Arts Funding. But Are You Really Surprised?

by Katie Herzog The arts, what a snore... WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY This is a

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In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration...

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This week on the New World Next Week: CIA operative the “Blind Sheik” dies in prison; a lone hero stands up to unconstitutional speed cameras; and a bite mark victim bites back against the pseudoscience.

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This week on the New World Next Week: CIA operative the "Blind Sheik" dies in prison; a lone hero stands up to unconstitutional speed cameras; and a bite mark victim bites back against the pseudoscience.

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The current Season 7 of "Portlandia" has included some sketches that could happen anywhere. But that doesn't mean Portland and its issues aren't getting the satirical treatment, too.

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PANIC! 100 Tickets Released for the Sold Out HELL NO! Benefit Show With Sleater-Kinney, Colin Meloy, and More!

by Bri Brey HELL YES! Grab your credit cards! 100 more tickets were just released to the sold out

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Media Monarchy plays Beans, Trapist, Middle Kids and more on #PumpUpThaVolume for February 23, 2017. ♬

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Bicycle access should be a key consideration in this project. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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by Anonymous This city has a huge pothole problem, and I don't see much of anything being done to rectify it. Sure, I'm aware of the recent snow storm damage, but what about the damage and danger the potholes pose to the automobiles and cyclists? Something must be done, I

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Ash Street Saloon Will Close Sometime Before 2018

by Ned Lannamann The end is in sight for the Ash Street Saloon. The downtown bar/ve

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The pregnant pop star is taking "the advice of her doctors" to focus on her health.

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The weekend is back and the sunshine has returned. Get excited for Spring at the Home & Garden Show. Enjoy beer & Sausage at Mt. Angel Wurstfest + Black Out Beer Fest & Brewstillery Festival. And Fat Tuesday is February 28!

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The Space/Beer Continuum Expands Two local breweries and nationally distributed Shmaltz Brewing have released a pair of beers that should be well received by beer geeks, Trekkers and Star Wars fans alike: Gigantic/Ecliptic Star Destroyer Imperial Darkside Lager and Shmaltz Klingon Imperial Porter, which looks a helluva lot

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Do not pick Greg up! That is his new stance as he explains the world from a "Short American" perspective. Sarah disagrees and is a full advocate of Greg being picked up by strangers, since he is acting like an Eeyore. World of Crazy: Toast Day, Florida Man, Florida Woman, Walmart Sword Fight, Dance Ban Plus, it's

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Warner Bros. has now officially announced Matt Reeves will direct and produce The Batman. “We are thrilled to have Matt Reeves taking the helm of Batman, the crown jewel of our DC slate,” said Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “Matt’s deep roots in genre films and his

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March 10-11 @ Barrel Room – Portland’s Longest Running and ONLY Dueling Piano Show is BACK with ALL NEW LIVE Shows Beginning Friday, March 10. New Sound, New Lights, New Menu – Great New Experience!

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Portland Mercury's Highball Drink Recipes Are Here: Home, A Bar, Iconic, Landmark Saloon

by Mercury Staff It’s almost time for... HIGHBALL! Brace yourself for over 40 specially crafted cocktails… for only $5 each! All of the tantalizing drink recipes are ava

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Two City Documents Dictate Opposing Fates for Right 2 Dream Too

by Dirk VanderHart K. Marie Right 2 Dream Too's uncertain future could be decided by two weirdly contradi

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by Anonymous I'm sitting in my neighborhood coffee shop, contemplating the half hearted "third wave coffee"/wood panel redesign that never really took, thinking back to 15 years ago when the Pacific North West pulled us in like a magnet. We would leave our dumpy, broken citie

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February 24 @ Splash Bar – Fridays in Portland Start at Splashbar with the Pearl’s Best Happy Hour featuring our Famous $5 Buckets and all the Free Games you can play!

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February 24 @ Paris Theatre – Wear black and illuminate the dance floor with LED/GLOW wear. Don’t have any LEDs? We will GIVE you some. Also featuring the amazing visual art of JumpwireFX on Portland’s largest hi-def LED screen. The new Paris Theatre will bathe in electronic luminescence.

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The latest target of Kim Jong's ire is the sole ally the country has: China. The Korean Central News Agency didn't call the country out by name, but it didn't need to. As mentioned here previously, China is not accepting...

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By Reagan Knopp Commissioners from Marion and Clackamas Counties have made their decision, choosing Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis as the next State Representative from House District 18. He succeeds Vic Gilliam who resigned on February 1st. Lewis was sworn in …

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Firing up HAARP, normalizing cannibalism and reading three letters + this day in history w/Iwo Jima and our song of the day by Jens Lekman on your Morning Monarchy for February 23, 2017.

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February 24 @ Crystal Ballroom – British neo-psychedelic band Temples make trippy psychedelic pop that combines the experimental sound of bands like the Move and mid-period Byrds with the classic song craftsmanship of the Beatles. Formed in Kettering, Temples centered around the talents of songwriting duo vocalist/gui

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Five Years Of Sky Yes, it’s the 5-year anniversary of our first DOWNPOUR! In March 2012 we opened our Brewing House and LET IT POUR. Since then, we expanded the brewery twice, opened our Pour House & Delicatessen, built a new Home Fermentation Supply Shop, and opened our Pizzeria & Public House. During this time [

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By Jacob Vandever Oregon is often painted as a liberal stronghold, unmoved even during big conservative waves such as in 2014. However when you dig into the numbers that idea is not as true as many would think. When you … Continue reading →

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March 19 @ Downtown Portland – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Weekend to the fullest by taking part in the 39th annual adidas Shamrock Run – Oregon’s largest running event!

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About that Jewish cemetery near St. Louis that was desecrated the other day: In just over 24 hours, an online fundraiser encouraging Muslims to donate to repair vandalism at a Jewish cemetery has raised over $100,000. El-Messidi, whose Philadelphia-based organization...

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Slowly but surely we're digging out of this mess. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post Gravel update: P

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Mondo Gallery is thrilled to announce its first show of 2017, “Mondo x Acme Archives Present: SWxMM,” featuring celebrated artist Mike Mitchell’s brand new character portraits of some of the most beloved heroes and villains in the Star Wars universe. Rebel scum, scruffy nerf herders, Sith Lords, golden rods, laser br

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A billboard along a North Carolina Interstate has a number of women riled up: So they're going to protest. “We are not protesting the right to have a billboard or express a message on it,” she said. “This is only...

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From the choir's web site: For over 70 years, Portland Symphonic Choir has been creating beautiful music under the direction of just five artistic directors. Dr. Steven Zopfi joined Portland Symphonic Choir as artistic director in 2003 and we have enjoyed 14 great years under his baton, performing choral masterworks both

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