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Astoria – Dream of Empire

PORTLAND CENTER STAGE TELLS THE TALE OF JOHN JACOB ASTOR’S BID TO ESTABLISH A TRADING MONOPOLY ON THE COLUMBIA By Marty Hughley Chris Coleman admits that when he first heard about it, self-described history nut though he is, it sounded “like a slog.” A couple of different donors to Portland Center …

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Portland Taiko – Rebuilding Community Through Music

  The Portland percussion ensemble embraces diversity in its music and projects By Brett Campbell At the end of Portland Taiko’s fall concert at Portland’s Catlin Gabel School, the performers strolled offstage and lined up outside the exits, smiling and thanking the departing audience members who’d just enjoyed a superb concert. …

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Voices of Culture: Tahni Holt’s Sensation/Disorientation

  By Hannah Krafcik On an unsurprisingly rainy and cold November night in Portland, I am sitting next to the heaters in a large dance studio, trying to keep warm while I w ait to watch a rehearsal of choreographer Tahni Holt’s Sensation/Disorientation. Lights are low, and raindrops trickle down the …

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What’s Your Day Job Kristen Buhler?

SINGER & TEACHER OF THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED BY DAY Teacher of Braille and assistive technology skills for visually impaired students aged 5–21 and co-writer of a national Braille curriculum named Building on Patterns. BY NIGHT Kristen founded The Julians, “four of Portland’s finest classically trained female vocalists,” and now serves …

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What’s Your Favorite Place Ron Blessinger?

RON BLESSINGER Artistic Director and violinist at Third Angle New Music FAVORITE PLACE The Boiler Room karaoke bar HOMETOWN Moscow, Idaho WHY IS THIS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE? “Wherever I have the chance to play chamber music with my friends.” PORTLAND IS… “Portland is the little city that could.” See Ron’s work …

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