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12th annual Teen Art Show at Beaverton City Library seeks submissions from middle and high schoolers

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” — John F. Kennedy  By Marwa Al-Khamees Libraries are an excellent place to enrich the mind intellectually, and artistically. In November, the Beaverton City Library will host the 12th annual Teen Art Show, an event in which local teens showcase their artwork. The opening reception at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, and the show (open during library hours until Sunday, Nov. 16) are open to the public. The opening reception will feature two high school bands: Physics
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The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy Announces New Album from a Brooklyn Street Corner

It looks like a little piece of Portland took over a Brooklyn street corner this morning. Colin Meloy, the lead singer of local indie rock group the Decemberists, began busking on Bedford Avenue to announce the band’s seventh studio album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.  Meloy announced the impromptu concert on Twitter this morning: “I’ll be the bearded and bespectacled guy at Bedford 7th, busking new Decemberists songs. 11:30. Like, in 40 min. Come on by!” Equipped with only an acoustic guitar, the singer performed before a mural of the new album cover by his wife and Wildwood co-conspirator, CarsonRead
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Oregon School Counselor of the Year: Forest Grove’s Marinda Peters of Fern Hill Elementary

At Fern Hill Elementary School, the counseling room isn’t a dreaded place — and it’s certainly not a dull one. Counselor Marinda Peters’ small office is brimming with markers and glue, Legos, board games and even tiny wooden dolls in a two-story dollhouse. “A lot of our time here is creating, to facilitate a warm environment,” Peters, 32, said. “It’s keeping things light, keeping the space safe.” A game of Jenga, with icebreaker questions handwritten by Peters on each block, can turn into a conversation about a student’s culture or upbringing. Time spent playing with the dollhouse may reveal clues
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Oct 23–25

Halloween All Hallows’ Eve is merely a week away, which means Portland’s ghostly season is already in full swing. The next week offers a long list of costumed excitement, plus a cornucopia of monster, murder, and mayhem-themed performances. Check out our Halloween Guide for haunted houses, corn mazes, zombie-ravaged plays, and freaky dance parties. Want something that won’t scare the kids (too much)? Head for our Family-Friendly Halloween Happenings. Theater  Golden Dragon Saturday Sunday, Shout House Centered in a fast-paced Chinese take-out restaurant, German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s acclaimed production The Golden Dragon explores the marginalized plight of Asian immigrants in the Western world. Produced by localRead
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‘Blue Sky’ exhibition at the Portland Art Museum celebrates four decades of the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts (review)

Entering “Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40″ at the Portland Art Museum, viewers are greeted with a dense, salon-style hanging of photographs exhibited over the organization’s first four decades. The selection mixes local and national talents, spans street photography to embedded photojournalism, and features conceptual approaches and darkroom experiments. It’s an apt introduction, because it shows how Blue Sky has celebrated photography for its range and possibility. But the creation of Blue Sky also coincided with a historic shift for the medium, and the work showcases its evolution from film to digital as well as from second-class
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Boom Arts Brings the World to Portland Theaters

In Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe’s Appointment with gOD, a group of nervous visa hopefuls sit in the waiting room of a US embassy office in an unnamed developing country, trading stories and tips. Their reasons for coming to the States are varied—to pursue an education, to visit family, to find work, to evangelize, or, in the case of the protagonist, to attend a theater workshop—but they share in common the harrowing experience of submitting oneself to the seemingly arbitrary judgment of these gatekeepers to our shores, a first experience of the US that many Americans never think about, least of all
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A&W Burger Family at Hillsboro’s Shute Park gets fall makeover from high school interns

When a team of three high school interns and their adviser repainted the AW Burger Family statues outside the Shute Park Aquatic Recreation Center, they took the liberty to make a single, savory change. The four patties — each sandwiched between seedless buns and held by a smiling member of the burger family— had previously been painted black. But the four artists decided dark brown was probably a tastier color for hamburgers. City of Hillsboro intern Scott Ackerman, a senior at Glencoe High School, strongly supported the change. The previous paint job just didn’t seem as appetizing, he said. “The black didn’t look as
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PoMo Halloween Guide 2014

For a guide to children-friendly events, see our Family-Friendly Halloween Happenings and our Guide to NW Pumpkin Patches. FOR THRILL SEEKERS FrightTown 2014Thru Nov 1, Weds–Thu Sun from 7–10pm, Fri–Sat 7–11pm, Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, $17–22Three haunted houses lurk beneath the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, promising some of the season’s biggest scares and a “cacophonous cornucopia of creepies and crawlies.” Baron von Goolo’s Museum of Horrors and the Madness, based off H.P. Lovecraftt’s chilling worlds, both return with mazes of ghosts, ghouls, killer clowns, werechickens, and other bloody creatures. This year’sRead the full article here: Culturephile admin
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Sage Sohier’s Portraits of 1980s Same-Sex Couples At Blue Sky Gallery Catch the Eye of the ‘New York Times’

Photographer Sage Sohier is no stranger to Portland’s art scene. The Massachusetts-based artist’s work has been shown in Portland’s Blue Sky Gallery in several different exhibits over the past decade. Her photos—often poignant profiles of people in their homes or with their families—have been featured in museums and galleries across the country: from the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the to the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago to the Portland Art Museum. Perhaps her most iconic work, At Home With Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America, is on display now at Blue Sky, and it recently caught
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‘Bob: A Life in Five Acts’ Offers a Wild Ride through All-American Pit Stops

Minutes into Theatre Vertigo’s 2014-2015 season opener, a child is born, albeit slightly bearded, in the bathroom of a Louisville White Castle. Shooting down the Shoebox Theatre’s galley stage floor past a giggling opening night audience, ensemble member Nathan Crobsy squalls and writhes, a babe in the raw. You’re to understand that Bob, the titular protagonist of Bob: A Life in Five Acts, will lead no ordinary life. And true, over the next 150 minutes, Bob experiences immolation, animal trainers, homelessness, hoboeness, muggery, and buggery. He’s on a quest for greatness, inspired by his adoptive mother Jeanine (actress Holly Wigmore,
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