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June 26th, 2016

Art is a communication form, yet most of us don’t know what we are trying to communicate and need to try lots of different things before finding out. Personally, it took me until I was 54 before I found out what the hell I was trying to communicate. In the end, it turned out to [...]

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June 25th, 2016

Up early for an excursion to the Paint Mines. Forty five minutes and a world apart, Indians roamed here, made pottery from the clay, killed buffalo, lived well. My goodness, what perfection, the two of us, the birds and Pilar and Pedro’s cousins, hopping up a storm. Can you spot the second one in the […]

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June 23rd, 2016

From the press release: The Cascadia chapter of the National Association of Composers/USA (NACUSA) is thrilled to announce a first-of-its-kind exchange between six Northwest-based composers and a select number of their Cuban composer colleagues. Currently there are 76 Cascadia Composer members, making it the largest N

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Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)Mieczyslaw Horszowski (1892-1993)George Russell (1923)Adam Faith (1940-2003)James Levine (1943)Nigel Osborne (1948)Nicholas Cleobury (1950)Sylvia McNair (1956) andAnna Akhmatova (1889-1966) Michael Shaara (1928-1988) David Leavitt (1961)

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Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there. Rumi The post Stay appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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With plenty of storage, a lockable stow area, secret compartment and modular power, it’s no wonder that California-based designer Sean Woolsey decided to name his desk after Bond, James Bond. The Woolsey Agent Desk ($3,850) is made of American Black Walnut finished with a natural, food safe, hand rubbed oil and wax finish

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June 22nd, 2016

Erica Dunn (Green Hammer) BY JENNIFER WRIGHT The latest installment in our series highlighting local architects introduces us to Erica Dunn, lead architect at Green Hammer. Serving as the design team manager and lead architect in this design-build firm, Erica...

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Francesco Manfredini (1684-1762)Étienne Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)Frank Heino Damrosch (1859-1937)Jennie Tourel (1900-1973)Walter Leigh (1905-1942)Sir Peter Pears (1910-1986)Hans-Hubert Schönzeler (1925-1997)Pierre Thibaud (1929-2004)Libor Pešek (1933)Pierre Amoyal (1949)Christopher Norton (1953)and Harriett Mulford St

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By Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Fighting Lodging Tax Creep In virtually every corner of the state, local and county governments seem to have their eyes fixed on lodging taxes and opportunities to raise them. The recent successes of the lodging industry are being widely reported as more tourists find themselv

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Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Photography Tagged: beauty, fuchsia, Garden, Oregon, photo, Portland, roses, SwittersB, Yard

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Mezco Toyz will be releasing an officially licensed 15-inch talking Chucky doll later this year. Before he became possessed by the Spirit of Charles Lee Ray — a serial killer better known as “The Lakeshore Strangler” — Chucky was just a harmless Good Guys doll. His face not yet scarred, his clothes not yet b

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June 21st, 2016

From the press release: Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) kicks off its summer tour to China with a free noon concert at Director Park on June 23.  Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish opens the hour-long performance by the MYS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Interim Music Director William White.  Repertoire will sh

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Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795)Harry Newstone (1921-2006)Lalo Schifrin (1932)Diego Masson (1935)Philippe Hersant (1948)Judith Bingham (1952)Jennifer Larmore (1958)andAlexander Pope (1688-1744)Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1972) Donald Peattie (1898-1964) Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) Ian McEwan

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Filed under: Beauty, Flowers, Photography Tagged: Garden, photo, pink roses, Portland, Raindrops, SwittersB

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By NFIB Oregon’s economy has recovered since the recession, but younger workers lag behind. If younger generations are our future, that future might not be so bright if current trends continue. Oregon had the fourth-highest youth unemployment rate in 2015 at 22.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 201

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Anytime, anywhere. The functionality of a Leatherman tool, with you everywhere. Engineers designed multiple tools in each 17-4 stainless steel bracelet link, making usable tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and box wrenches available at a moment’s notice. Adjustable to accommodate any wrist size and fully customizabl

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June 20th, 2016

It’s only 80 today in Portland, Or….but much hotter elsewhere it appears. So, a suggestive image from 1973 in Eastern Oregon in the Ochoco Mountains…the temps were sub zero those few days…the coldest I have ever been exposed to. Quiet, still, so cold. I clicked a few shots with my old Pentax camera.

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Hey there, ho there, hi! Much of the random and sundry this Monday afternoon, list style: Pilar, neighborhood rabbit. Thusly named by enforcing sexist stereotypes of size. Pilar is a small bunny. Her larger companions are named Pedro. They woo us daily with cuteness and by gobbling dandelion after dandelion. Teeny-tiny c

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Learn to make the most of free WordPress.com customizing options, or plan and build your business website.

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June 25 @ The Secret Society – Brownish Black doesn’t walk the line between garage and soul – they destroy it. The Portland-based octet started out as a three-piece garage rock band, whose raw energy pulled a handful of the city’s best players into its gravitational field, yielding bigger and funkier

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June 26 @ La Merde – For seven years, Triviology has hosted this annual pub quiz and fundraiser in support of equal rights for LGBTQ people.

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June 20 @ The EastBurn – It’s Gonna Be Okay is free WEEKLY stand up comedy show EVERY Monday. The show showcases the best comedians in Portland along with some travelling national comics.

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From the press release: The award-winning youth ensemble Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra performs a program of music for string orchestra on Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Portland State University’s Lincoln Recital Hall. Admission is free. PACO’s Great Northwest Tour, celebrating the 50th anniversary

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Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)Wilfred Pelletier (1896-1982)Chet Atkins (1924-2001)Ingrid Haebler (1926)Eric Dolphy (1928-1964)Arne Nordheim (1931-2010)Mickie Most (1938-2003)Brian Wilson (1942)Anne Murray (1945)André Watts (1946)Lionel Richie (1949)andKurt Schwitters (1887-1948)Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)Vikram Seth (1952)

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On Friday, June 24th, Cascade Crescendo will be hosting their Album Release party for their debut record “Caught In the Rain” at The Secret Society. They will be joined by their friends, and Portland jamgrass favorites, The Student Loan Stringband! The Junebugs will open up the night.

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm BOLI Issues Final Rule on Oregon’s New Minimum Wage Law By Amy Angel and Nicole Elgin Oregon’s new tiered minimum wage law is poised to go into effect on July 1. The new scheme divides the state into three wage regions (Portland Metro, “nonurban” counties, and everywhere else) and

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DC Entertainment will join millions of fans in celebration of the pop culture phenomenon as Saturday, September 17th is officially announced as Batman Day 2016. Celebrating Batman’s endearing legacy with generations of fans, DC Entertainment will once again fete the iconic legend with festivities at thousands of comic boo

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June 19th, 2016

Unlike most roses that seem to reach upward to the light, this red beauty seems to have sought a more horizontal path to light…beauty in the shadows  Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Photography Tagged: beauty, light, photo, red rose, shade, shadows, SwittersB

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François Rebel (1701-1775)Johann Wenzel Stamitz (1717-1757)Carl Zeller (1842-1898)Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893)Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)Guy Lombardo (1902-1977)Edwin Gerschefski (1909-1988)Anneliese Rothenberger (1926-2010)Elmar Oliveira (1950)Philippe Manoury 1952)andBlaise Pascal (1623-1662) Pauline Kael (1919-2001)Tobia

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Celebrate the iconic VW Beetle with this awesome LEGO Creator Expert reproduction. This detailed model comprises a number of special features and elements that help recreate the distinctive Beetle characteristics, including an azure-blue color scheme, curved fenders, flat windshield, VW logo, and an authentic 4-cylinder air

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June 18th, 2016

Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for governor to make a joint appearance at their...

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Marhanka was arrested in April 2015 after police discovered a large stash of illegal drugs at a rented house, which included hundreds of cannabis plants and 10 opium poppies, according to the Times. He claimed they were for "personal use"....

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Emily Pulley Last weekend OperaBend's truly audacious undertaking Via Lactea came to fruition. A world premiere by Bend author and librettist Ellen Waterston with music by Rebecca Oswald, it told the tale of a middle-aged woman's inward and outward journey as she seeks to reinvigorate her life by walking the ancient Camino

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While politicians and others call once again for a ban on so-called "assault weapons" as they make hay while standing in the blood of the Orlando shooting victims, it's worth noting something that they're overlooking: the FBI keeps track of...

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It's time to check on the current weather conditions in Hell, as Oregon's Department of Transportation (ODOT) is preparing to do some actual road work; the plan being to add an additional southbound lane on I-5 from highway 217 to...

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take the time to see it, whether in nature or people around you. Filed under: Beauty, Gardening, Photography Tagged: bloom, clematis, macro, Nature, photo, plants, Portland, Stamen, SwittersB

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Antonio Maria Bononcini (1677-1726)Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831)Sir George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)Edward Steuermann (1892-1964)Manuel Rosenthal (1904-2003)Paul McCartney (1942)Hans Vonk (1942-2004)Anthony Halstead (1945)Diana Ambache (1948)Eva Marton (1948)Peter Donohoe (1953)andGeoffrey Hill (1932) Jean McGarry (1948) Chris Va

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Celebrate 50 years of one of the longest running and beloved sci-fi franchises with The Star Trek Book. This comprehensive guide to the series delves into the myriad worlds and different dimensions visited by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Discover the amazing science of Star Trek and how it has influenced real-world te

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June 17th, 2016

Why he can't just park his fanny at his home in Virginia and quit trying to cram light rail into Kansas City is unclear, but the nutball's been pushing it for years. It might make sense if he lived in...

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Popping up in West Hollywood, California are these posters which combine elements of the Gadsden flag with a rainbow flag background. Replacing the "Don't Tread On Me" slogan is #ShootBack. This development has put law enforcement folks a bit on...

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Refuge staff have had enough; Chad Karges, manager at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, said yesterday that he expects to lose over a third of refuge staff, which he ascribes to lingering effects of the lengthy armed occupation. He says some...

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State lawmakers have thrown a lot at Oregon businesses lately. Last year, they required all but the smallest businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. Earlier this year, they hiked the state's minimum wage, which already was among the...

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Dime-sized clinging jellyfish from our Pacific ocean waters have been turning up along the east coast now, apparently arriving by clinging to the sides of ships. They were unknown outside of the Pacific ocean until 2013, and while small, they...

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Portland city councilors indicated on Thursday they will support a proposed construction excise tax when it goes to final vote next week.

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The Portland City Council on Wednesday sided with an architecture firm in its appeal to use asphalt shingles as siding for a hotel expansion project.

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The Oregon-Columbia chapter of Associated General Contractors has opened the nomination window for the 2017 SIR Awards.

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The Portland City Council unanimously approved the 2035 comprehensive plan this week, providing a road map for the city’s growth in the next two decades.

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An organization that connects professional artists with refugee children as well as children in poverty to create murals is looking to perform projects in Portland.

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In the 20-plus years since the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard was introduced, the construction industry has fundamentally changed. With owners and tenants willing to pay a premium for LEED certification, a once nonexistent niche, green building now occupies a significant portion of the commercial rea

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Dear Mr. Berko: My husband and I are 26 and recently inherited $27,000. That’s more money than we believed we’d ever see at one time. I have a degree in art history, and he has a bachelor’s in music, but we can’t find jobs in our fields. I work at Dillard’s, and my husband works ...

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