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Concerts, art, poetry, musical, festivals, classes: Things to do in Lake Oswego

Fun, interesting and informative things to do this month in Lake Oswego: First Tuesday Music Series: Features the OCP Quartet, which was formed by members of the Oregon Chamber Players in 2002 out of necessity after countless requests from people wanting a string quartet to play at concerts, weddings, corporate parties and other special events. 7-8:30 p.m. Tue, Sept. 2. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego; free View full sizeOCP Quartet performs tonight at the Lake Oswego Public Library. Unveil Your Art!”: Fourteen new on-loan sculptures are unveiled and introduced to the public. Meet the artists, learn
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Portland artist Ed Carpenter has worked 16 years on a memorial to his mother at Forest Grove’s library

Library Director Colleen Winters leaned against a wall and watched as beams of suspended glass were unwrapped above the foyer of the Forest Grove City Library. “I’m speechless,” she said. “I’m trying to take in the fact that it’s finally happening after 16 years, and the fact that it’s this beautiful.” While the library was closed over Labor Day weekend, phase I of “Mollie’s Garden” – a project 16 years in the making – was installed. It consists of 20 beams of steel and glass rising from four lighted pillars in the library foyer. Portland artist Ed Carpenter donated the design
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Interview with Michael Lazarus

Michael Lazarus, who had a solo show at Participant in New York earlier this Summer (Photo Christine Taylor) Jeff Jahn: I’ve been following your work for years. Before you moved top Portland actually and it is such a great opportunity to talk to you because I’m not certain that all that many Portlanders actually know your work even though you’ve had 2 shows here already. Things can be oddly closed or at least inattentive sometimes so I suppose the best way is to get some of your initial background and find out how you came to art? At PORT we
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Parties, celebrations, concerts. plays, poetry, classes, art shows: Clackamas County and SW Portland events

Happy Labor Day! Check out my list of fun, interesting and informative things to do this month in Clackamas County and SW Portland: AURORA “Face In the Crowd: Aurora Colony Oregon Pioneers”: The new exhibit celebrates the historic 1874 reunion in Aurora Colony of French Prairie and other Oregon pioneers. A large photograph of many of those 1,500 reunion attendees is on display. On view during museum hours through Sept. 30. Old Aurora Colony Museum, corner of Second and Liberty streets, Aurora; $2-$6; 503-678-5754 BARTON View full sizeVolunteers show off some of their trash finds during last year’s Down the
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‘The Last Five Years’ to bring music, madness of modern marriage to Theatre in the Grove

Theatre in the Grove opens a two-weekend run of “The Last Five Years,” Friday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The two-person musical follows the criss-crossed chronology of a New York City couple’s roller coaster romance. James Grimes plays Jamie Wellerstein, a successful and narcissistic novelist who can’t empathize with his struggling actress girlfriend, Jenny Hauser’s Cathy Hiatt. Jenny Hauser laughs in between takes of her opening number, “Still Hurting.” “The Last Five Years” opens at Theatre in the Grove Sept. 5.(Dillon Pilorget/Forest Grove Leader) Tensions, jealousy and insecurities mount as Jamie and Cathy work their way in opposite directions through the timeline
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Best photos of Burning Man 2014; has the festival jumped the shark?

Weather gets weird in the desert, as folks at Burning Man 2014 know. Heavy downpours closed access to the arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. Thousands of people from all over the world spend a week in the inhospitable desert cut off from much of the outside world to experience art, music and community. The Baltimore Sun has some pretty cool photos.   “You have to prepare for everything,” a longtime burner warned blogger Aimee Groth, in a piece called “The Real Reason Burning Man Isn’t for Regular Folks.”  And Sara Buhr weighs in on Tech Crunch: “The stories of billionaires
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival, photo stomp, Ebola and bike fitness: ICYMI roundup

You’re busy, you miss stuff, we get it. Here’s a Friday roundup of recent events I’ve covered in arts, health and fitness.   Christopher Russell is a Portland artist – recently from LA — who scratches, tears, stomps and runs over his own photos. Using a cheap camera lens, he shoots right at the sun. The result, you might say, looks like the end of the world.   Is Portland prepared if Ebola shows up? The doctor overseeing area hospitals says yes, but still worries.  The bests theater, dance and classical music in Portland this fall, from weeping Mahler to “Dreamgirls” to Diavolo’s acrobatic dancers.  How
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Follow Clackamas County News on Facebook

Interested in the squabbles of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners? What about the dismantling of Damascus? The fight over public access to Oswego Lake? I’ve got just the thing for you. The Oregonian’s Clackamas County bureau this week  launched a new Facebook page to connect readers to stories on these issues and more.  We know a lot of you are already on Facebook, sharing and talking about our stories. The new page will provide another way for us to reach out, hear opinions and meet readers where they are. A no-brainer, right? You can expect a mix of breaking news, schools, sports,
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Frank Lloyd Wright inspires Portland artist CJ Hurley: Wildflowers and weeds

Artists often discover a kinship with each other, and although they never met, Portland painter CJ Hurley shares Frank Lloyd Wright’s outlook that nature is not only central to our well being but is to be celebrated for its simple, everyday display. Wright’s buildings were designed to capture natural light, frame the scenery and erase indoor-outdoor boundaries. Few people, however, know that Wright was an artist before he was an architect. He produced colored pencil renderings of the buildings he designed and his Nature drawings revealed his reverence for wildflowers and weeds. That is, the common rather than exotic, the sustainable
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Gage uses local talent to highlight traumatic brain injury

GAGE TRAILER from Mike Marchlewski on Vimeo. Selling out Thursday night’s Portland Film Festival screening at Living Room Theater is an encouraging start for Gage, the 15-minute short film shot on location earlier this year in Oregon. Gage is the brainchild of Keith Wilhelm Kopp, a Northwest native who directed the piece. It’s based on the curious case of Phineas Gage – a railroad worker who survived a freak accident that sent an iron rod through his skull in 1848. With a cast and crew that were sourced locally, Gage showcases the photography of Phil Anderson, who is the main camera
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