Bits and Pieces

by: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT “Body Worlds and the Brain” is now showing at OMSI.

• Plastination is inspiring

Body Worlds, a worldwide touring exhibition that recently returned to OMSI after a four-year hiatus, continues to have a lasting impression on its visitors with its newest exhibit, 'Body Worlds and the Brain.'

Through aesthetic displays of more than 200 actual human specimens, the exhibit showcases the ill-effects of smoking, drug addiction, poor eating and disease on the body. Visitors can compare a healthy lung to one of a lung cancer patient, for example, or examine the physical damage drugs have by seeing an actual damaged brain.

It's a straight-to-the-point method of teaching people about the fragility of the human body and, according OMSI President Nancy Stueber, it works.

'We had a different version of the 'Body Worlds exhibit' in 2007, and people responded to it in a very positive way,' Stueber says.

'They were motivated to think about their bodies in new ways, make lifestyle changes, and they found it was a great forum for talking to friends and family about things they were confronted with in perhaps their own health or with that of a family member or friend.'

Angelina Whalley, director of the Institute of Plastination and wife of Gunther von Hagens, the German anatomist who founded 'Body Worlds,' takes the positive effects of the exhibit one step further by stating that out of the visitors who see it, within a half year nine percent will stop smoking, 33 percent will eat healthier and 25 percent will exercise more regularly than they use to.

'If you take the time to see how visitors react, you will find a self-reflection that sheds a completely different light on themselves,' Whalley says.

'Imagine you have your body with you all your life, but hardly ever do you have a chance to understand what it is you have inside you, how your organs function and what diseases you may suffer from. 'Body Worlds' offers just that.

She adds: 'My personal wish for 'Body Worlds and the Brain' here in Oregon is to inspire people on many different levels - emotional, physical and even philosophical - and to hope they will leave the exhibition with an idea of inspiration.'

• Supporting locals

Have you been to your local Burgerville lately? Well, you'll notice some great sounds coming from the 'Burgerville Radio' out of the restaurant's in-house stereo system.

Burgerville, which has 38 locations in the Northwest, now plays the music of local artists in its in-house system. A future plan is to make 'Burgerville Radio' available throughout the world.

Jeff Harvey, Burgerville chief executive officer, is a musician himself. Digital media pioneer io4Business has made a music library five times larger than most radio stations, with groups such as Blind Pilot, Radiation City, Pancake Breakfast, Fernando and Chevrona featured. Others featured: The Decemberists, The Dandy Warhols, Elliot Smith, Viva Voce, Rob Stroup and The Blame, And And And.

'When thinking about the music we play in our restaurants, we wanted to extend our support to local songwriters and musicians, many of whom have never had airtime on a local radio station,' Harvey says.

Burgerville also will stream 'Live Wire! Radio' programs.

For more information, see

• Fantasy coffins

Two local schools have welcomed Eric Adjetey Anang, a fantasy coffin sculptor from Ghana who will be presenting a slide show of his work at Catlin Gabel School, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7 in the school's Gerlinger Auditorium, 8825 S.W. Barnes Road. It is free to the public.

Oregon College of Art and Craft played host to Anang this week, and Catlin Gabel will play host to him Nov. 7 to 11. Anang runs the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop in Ghana and his coffins, sculpted into forms such as boats, cars, musical instruments, tools and animals to describe or honor deceased elders, have been recognized worldwide.

• Playin' Portland

The Portland Civic Theatre Guild has created the new Portland Landmark Cards to sell to support local theaters.

Each of the 52 playing cards shows a different photo, with info, of one of the Portland area's most interesting and important locations - some stunning, some whimsical, including Portlandia, St. John's Bridge, Pittock Mansion, Benson Bubblers, Union Station, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Humane Society, Oaks Amusement Park and The Evergreen Museums.

The cards retail for $10, and can be found at various locations, including Made In Stores; for a list of vendors, see

• Not so grim numbers

'Grimm,' the NBC fairy tale/police thriller filmed in Portland, drew a good rating for its premiere, Oct. 28. Despite the presence of Game 7 of the World Series on Fox early Friday evening, 'Grimm' drew a 2.1 rating/6 share in the 18-to-49 adult demographic, a 62 percent increase from NBC's 9 p.m. Friday time slot from the year earlier. It captured 6.5 million views.

The show airs at 9 p.m. Fridays.

- Reed Jackson, Jason Vondersmith