Duck fans flock south

Duck fans flock south

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Live music had Portland rocking in 2014

Live music had Portland rocking in 2014

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Good-natured art

Good-natured art

Hilary Pfeifer applies her imagination to the natural world to create playful works In her...

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Playing Scrabble with champ spells disaster

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A pool of their own

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Portland's Features

December 25, 2014

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
MUSIC Portland Youth Philharmonic It’ll be a day after the big day, but the Concert-at-Christmas is the most popular event of the Portland Youth Philharmonic season and features dynamic…
Photo Credit: PHOTOS COURTESY OF TRAVEL PORTLAND - Travel Portlands 24-foot-tall cuckoo clock (above, above rigth) is on display at Portland International Airport through March 2015. It was chainsaw-cared by J. Chester Armstrong and handcrafted by Nicolas Gros.
December 25, 2014

Bits & Pieces: 'Twilight' controversy

by Jason Vondersmith
From the reporting of Mark Miller of the South County Spotlight newspaper: A St. Helens Tourism Committee meeting became the unlikely venue for a tense exchange between business officials from…
December 23, 2014

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is more good reads

by Stephan Alexander
Dear Santa, My name is Stephen Alexander. I hope this letter finds you in time for Christmas because I have a lot of wishes, and I would prefer not winding up with a lump of coal on my Kindle. I…
December 23, 2014

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Last week “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”; “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb”; “Foxcatcher” This week Dec. 25 “Into the Woods” (Disney), PG, 126 minutes About — A baker and…
Photo Credit: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a handsome, reasonably priced mdsize car.
December 19, 2014

2015 Hyundai Sonata: Targeting the affordable family car buyer

by Jim Redden
I was shocked when I first saw the 2015 Sonata. Almost all of the reviews have lamented how Hyundai has toned down the swoopy styling of the last generation Sonata. But the new version is a…
LIVE MUSIC
December 18, 2014

LIVE MUSIC

by Rob Cullivan
An Updated list of Live Music happening around town Dec. 18 Rock times three OK, this show is gonna be fun with a capital ... oh heck, it’s gonna be all caps FUN! The Muffs, fronted by the…
December 18, 2014

Christmas Events List

by Jason Vondersmith
MUSIC Portland Baroque Orchestra The orchestra plays J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” with more than 40 musicians and soloists taking part. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, Trinity Episcopal…
Chistmas Ships - The Short List
December 18, 2014

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
Events and Happenings around Portland HOLIDAYS Holiday Happenings It’s a week before Christmas, and we’re in the middle of Hanukkah. There are plenty of new listings on page B2, since most…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF FROM THE TOP, INC. - Kiarra Saito-Beckman, a violin prodigy from Bend, will be a featured performer in the Aaron Meyer Holiday Concert Series this week.
December 18, 2014

Violin prodigy has the world on a string

by Jason Vondersmith
A rock violinist himself, Aaron Meyer knows something about being a bit wicked and a tad wild with the bow and stringed instrument. And, when he watches — and hears — young Kiarra Saito-Beckman,…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF JOHN VALLS - Feast Portland, which included the Night Market at Zidell Yards (left), drew more than 12,000 people in 2014. Next year its scheduled for Sept. 17-20.
December 18, 2014

Portland food lovers will have lots to feast on in 2015

by Jennifer Anderson
Brunches and brewpubs, a steady stream of food-carts-turned-restaurants, and artisan products sprouting like a Chia Pet. If there’s one word for the food and beverage trends of 2014, it’s…

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Photo Credit: AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CONPANY, INC. - The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid is arguably a better car than the non-hybrid version, and that's saying a lot.
Dec 12, 2014

2015 Honda Accord Hybrid: Best of both worlds

by Jim Redden
Falling gas prices are depressing the sale of gas/electric hybrids, which have historically cost more than equivalent gas-only automobiles. So how can manufacturers get potential customers to…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF KOURY ANGELO/RED BULL SOUND SELECT - Sarah Versprille of Portland band Pure Bathing Culture shares the stage with guitarist Daniel Hindman at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Nov. 18.
Dec 12, 2014

Surviving Red Bull's 30 Days in L.A.

by Rob Cullivan
Pure Bathing Culture showers audience with dreamy sonic waves It’s Nov. 18, my last full day in Los Angeles, where I’ve been covering the Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in L.A. concert…
Dec 12, 2014

LiveMusic!

by Rob Cullivan
Dec. 12 Well, are they? The Supersuckers call themselves “The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Band in the World.” Featuring Eddie Spaghetti on bass guitar and lead vocals, “Metal” Marty Chandler, Dan…
Photo Credit: COURTESY IMAGO THEATER - Imago Theatre has long been known for its unique, costumed shows, and the biggest, 'Frogz,' returns to the Portland stage, Dec. 12 through Jan. 4.
Dec 09, 2014

After 32 years, fans keep 'Frogz' hopping

by Virginia Werner
You might go your entire life without encountering a frog with an inferiority complex, or penguins playing musical chairs. That is until you check out Imago Theatre’s production of “Frogz,”…
Photo Credit: JIM CLARK - Tinker, a three-time Pacific Northwest skijoring champion, arises early in the morning to train with three of her six dogs. After one 4-to-5-mile run along the road — 20 or so minutes — theyre done for the day.
Dec 09, 2014

Skijoring: 'The loudest quiet sport on the planet'

by Janie L. Nafsinger
Kim Tinker’s dogs are ready to run, and everyone within earshot knows it. Their howling and barking all but drown out Tinker as she explains the sport of skijoring — from the Norwegian word for…
Photo Credit: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - Lincoln High School - Contemporary Large Group
Dec 08, 2014

IN PHOTOS: Oregon High School Dance Category Championships

by Portland Tribune
Portland area high schools garner top honors at the sixth annual state dance competition Top dance teams from across Oregon competed this past weekend, Dec 6, at Canby High School in the sixth…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF RED DUCK KETCHUP - Red Duck Ketchup of Eugene offers the Duckling Pack for $12 that includes three 2-ounce bottles of artisan ketchup, in classic, curry and spicy flavors.
Dec 07, 2014

You don't have to look far for interesting holiday gifts

by Jennifer Anderson
B&B Lite 'Tis the season to show your love for all things not just local, but hyper local. Everywhere you look, there are cool and unique food- and drink-based products sprouting in our own…
Photo Credit: NORTHWEST AUTOMOTIVE PRESS ASSOCIATION/DOUG BERGER - This is the last year of the current version of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which offers affordable fun.
Dec 05, 2014

2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata: More than a modern MG

by Jim Redden
Those who describe the Mazda MX-5 Miata as a modern version of the classic British sports car never owned one of those roadsters from 1950s ands 1960s. Yes, the basic concept is the same — a…
Photo Credit: COURTESY FILE PHOTO - The Christmas Ships Parade on the Columbia and Willamette rivers starts Dec. 5. See christmasships.org for schedule.
Dec 04, 2014

Holiday happenings

by Jason Vondersmith
Some of the upcoming holiday and Christmas festivities: MISC. The Polar Express The Mount Hood Railroad plays off the storyline from the movie of the same name, treating kids to a special time…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OWEN CAREY/OCT - Oregon Childrens Theatre's Young Professionals put on 'The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs' from Dec. 5 to 20.
Dec 04, 2014

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
It’s a busy week in Portland, so we’re providing an extra long “Short List”: MISC. Holiday Happenings The holiday festivities continue. One highlight: The Bull Santa Jam, Sunday, Dec. 7, at the…