Bits & Pieces: Soesbe's triumph

Bits & Pieces: Soesbe's triumph

It took years — decades, actually — but Douglas Soesbe now gets to see his dream come...

Cooper's climb

Cooper's climb

Photographer's dog adapts to his new life with a few outdoor adventures Standing on a summit,...

Earth Day 2014

Earth Day 2014

City's party for the planet includes events all over town Our orbiting rock gets its own...

Bits & Pieces: Chess dignitary

Bits & Pieces: Chess dignitary

The Ugandan junior chess champion — yes, you read it right — will visit Portland and...

Yard to Table event fun, family friendly

Yard to Table event fun, family friendly

Greg Baartz-Bowman loves living in Milwaukie, and he wants to keep spreading the love....

'Lend Me a Tenor' brings nonstop energy, mistaken identity to stage

'Lend Me a Tenor' brings nonstop energy, mistaken identity to stage

A classic farce set in Cleveland, Ohio, will close the New Century Players’ season, when...

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Portland's Features

April 22, 2014

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Notable new releases: Last week “Heaven is For Real”; “Transcendence”; “Bears”; “A Haunted House 2” This week April 25: “The Other Woman” (20th Century Fox), PG-13, 109 minutes About — Spurned…
by: TOYOTA MOTOR COMPANY, USA - Subtle touches like the unique fender flares on hint at the performance potential of the 2014 Lexus IS F.
April 18, 2014

2014 Lexus IS F: Last call for a true sleeper

by Jim Redden
Through a quirk the production schedule at Lexus, you have a last chance to buy one of the true sleeper performance cars on the market today — the 2014 Lexus IS F. Lexus completely redesigned…
by: COURTESY OF DICK TRTEK - John Cosgrove, owner of Decades in downtown Portland, helps customer Ellen Bartholomew try on a vintage Bakelite necklace. The popular vintage clothing store will be closing April 26.
April 17, 2014

Vintage Decades store hangs it up

by Ellen Spitaleri
Downtown clothier, other tenants make way for new hotel After more than 17 years in the same Southwest Stark Street space, Decades, a vintage clothing and accessories store, is closing on April…
by: COURTESY OF CRAIG MITCHELLDYER/BROADWAY ROSE - (Left to right) Laurie Campbell-Leslie, Sharon Maroney, Emily Sahler and Lisamarie Harrison are The Bikinis, the subject of a Broadway Rose musical, April 18-28.  Lisamarie Harrison
April 17, 2014

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
STAGE ‘pool (no water)’ Theatre Vertigo puts on Mark Ravenhill’s story about a highly successful artist who invites her friends to a reunion where a sudden accident changes everything. 7:30 p.m.…
by: COURTESY OF KEVIN FAULKNER - The rock 'n' soul band The Men have mined many genres of music through the years, and theyll back their fifth album, Tomorrows Hits, and play at Dantes on April 19.
April 17, 2014

Live Music

by Rob Cullivan
April 17-20 Soul’d Out Part Deux The Soul’d Out Music Festival got off to a great start last week with packed shows all over town, and this week’s festival dates include the following shows:…
by: PHOTOS COURTESY OF BLAINE TRUITT COVERT - Longtime principal dancer Alison Roper will retire after Oregon Ballet Theatres Celebrate, leaving OBT with two female principal dancers. Roper says both dancers have their beautiful aspects.
April 15, 2014

Oregon Ballet Theatre saying goodbye

by Jason Vondersmith
Principal dancer Alison Roper spins in a tribute as she prepares to retire Alison Roper’s swan song as a principal dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre will be full of pomp and ceremony — and some…
by: COURTESY OF MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - Kaweah, a critically endangered California condor, suns his wings at the Oregon Zoo.
April 15, 2014

Bits & Pieces: The condors have landed

by Jason Vondersmith
The Oregon Zoo built a new habitat for critically endangered California condors, and last week the birds arrived. Two massive birds flapped their way to the highest perches in the $2.3 million…
April 15, 2014

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Last week “Rio 2”; “Draft Day”; “Under The Skin”; “The Raid 2”; “Jodorowsky’s Dune”; “The Unknown Known” This week April 16: “Heaven Is for Real” (TriStar), PG, 100 minutes About — A father…
Jay Ponteri's new book.
April 15, 2014

Author has marriage issues all locked up

by Stephen Alexander
'Wedlocked' shows how couple wrestles with difficult times The ingredients for a stellar memoir are simple: lay your soul bare for all to judge you. Actually doing that, though, takes exploring…
by: MITSUBISHI MOTOR SALES OF AMERICA - Mitsubishi returns to its roots with the 2014 Mirage, the company's first new subcomapct is years.
April 11, 2014

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage ES: Back to basics

by Jim Redden
Although I'm very much in favor of small cars that get high mileage, Mitsubishi made it hard for me to like the 2014 Mirage, it's first new subcompact in years. For starters, unlike most test…

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Apr 10, 2014

Music fills hearts, souls across city

by Rob Cullivan
Annual Soul'd Out fest brings dozens of acts covering wide range of genres Now in its fifth year, the Soul’d Out Music Festival has grown into one of the most eclectic and interesting sonic…
by: COURTESY OF JONI KABANA/OBT - Oregon Ballet Theatre is preparing for Celebrate and its big send-off for longtime principal dancer Alison Roper (above).
Apr 10, 2014

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
Tommy Davidson The renowned comedian, going back to his days on “In Living Color” and recently on Showtime in “Chocolate Sundaes,” appears in Portland. He’ll be joined by Sonmore, Bill Bellamy…
Apr 10, 2014

Live Music

by Rob Cullivan
April 11 Shakin’ all over Just in time for the slew of earthquakes hitting our region, Portland’s Shook Twins are promoting a haunting new, gypsy-flavored folk single called “Shake” off their…
Apr 10, 2014

Bits & Pieces: Muy Guapo!

by Jason Vondersmith
The fellows from Muy Guapo, who competed in the 2013 Long Beach Red Bull Flugtag event in their Mexican pro wrestling-themed garb and riding a bull craft, built themselves a sled shaped like a…
by: TRIBUNE PHOTOS: JONATHAN HOUSE - The Davenport restaurant features a wide open dining area, with lots of clean lines and light. Its a new restaurant that is elegant, upscale and relaxed, an example of a top-end Pacific Northwest bistro.
Apr 10, 2014

At Davenport, fish makes you smart

by Anne Marie DiStefano
Bread & Brew My new favorite restaurant is Davenport, and my new favorite fish is smelt. Rarely served in restaurants, and with an extremely limited season, Columbia River smelt are usually…
Apr 08, 2014

Bits & Pieces: Live Wire's big news

by Jason Vondersmith
The radio/stage variety show Live Wire! Radio has always featured interesting guests and fun topics, and it has been recognized for its hard work through the years. Public Radio International…
Apr 08, 2014

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Notable new releases: • Last week “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”; “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D” • This week April 11: “Rio 2” (20th Century Fox), G, 101 minutes About: Blu, Jewell and…
by: HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY - The redesigned 2014 Kia Forte is a looer - and that's just the start.
Apr 04, 2014

2014 Kia Forte EX: A bold redesign

by Jim Redden
When Datsun first entered the American market, it was accused of copying other cars. Some thought the 510 sedan was deliberately modeled after the BMW 1600, while the Fairlady sport car looked…
by: PHOTOS COURTESY OF PIONEER COURTHOUSE SQUARE - Pioneer Courthouse Square opened on April 6, 1984, with about 9,000 people attending (below middle). John Kerry gave a speech during the 2008 presidential campaign (above), Noon Tunes entertains spring and summer crowds (below left) and you can get your bearings under the Squares mileage sign (below right).
Apr 03, 2014

Pioneer Courthouse Square's turns 30

by Jason Vondersmith
Portland’s living room turns 30 years old on Sunday, April 6, and it’s still as popular as ever. Thousands of people gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square every day, and more than 300 events…
Apr 03, 2014

Bits & Pieces: A new company

by Jason Vondersmith
A new theater company, Clever Enough, has started in Portland and will launch with a production of “Hamlet.” Valerie Asbell is the founder and artistic director. For info: www.cleverenough.org.…