Haley Johnsen far from 'Idol'

Haley Johnsen far from 'Idol'

Beaverton singer to release debut EP Aerosmith lead singer and former “American Idol”...

NW Dance Project lands in new home

NW Dance Project lands in new home

Gala grand opening May 30 shows off bigger, brighter space Once working without a home, Northwest...

Whitney's story: a blog worth reading

Whitney's story: a blog worth reading

Wilson graduate's compelling posts tell of her cancer battle Some of the worst writing you will...

Arts festival gears up for sweet sixteenth year

Arts festival gears up for sweet sixteenth year

This year’s Wilsonville Festival of Arts features “several new wrinkles” to...

Uncork wine tasting season this weekend

Uncork wine tasting season this weekend

Vintners celebrate 50 years of pressing grapes in Oregon As the first female winemaker to be...

Everything's coming up roses

Everything's coming up roses

City's century-old celebration strives to be more inclusive The Rose Festival may be uniquely...

'Private Idaho' revisited

'Private Idaho' revisited

Hand2Mouth rethinks Gus Van Sant's film for the stage Made 25 years ago, “My Own Private...

Portland turns into Pugland for Humane Society fundraiser

Portland turns into Pugland for Humane Society fundraiser

Owners dress dogs as 'Major League Pugs' for annual Pug Crawl When my wife Sarah and I first got...

Science is stranger than fiction at OMSI

Science is stranger than fiction at OMSI

Believe it — “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” is coming to...

Enter stage right

Enter stage right

Veteran actor Datz also playing in 'Three Days of Rain' The men who play the friendly,...

'Phantom' more haunting on page

'Phantom' more haunting on page

Screen, stage versions entertain, but Leroux book is worth a read Since 1986, the world has been...

Saffert playing the late great Liberace has a nice ring to it

Saffert playing the late great Liberace has a nice ring to it

Portland entertainer believes he can parlay act into a bigger show Other than being from...

Whiskeytown USA: A barrel of fun

Whiskeytown USA: A barrel of fun

Annual fest washes down booze with food, music, more Mark Twain once said: “Too much of...

The body electric

The body electric

Nightclub fitness class cues up music, lights At first glance, the Saturday morning Zumba...

Storefront Theatre comes back to life

Storefront Theatre comes back to life

Triangle Productions presents 'Storefront Revue: The Babes are Back!' Fitted with fun costumes...

'Varekai' puts new spin on Icarus tale

'Varekai' puts new spin on Icarus tale

It’s always a thrill when the world-class Cirque du Soleil comes to Portland, as it has...

'Show Boat' cruises to stage

'Show Boat' cruises to stage

1927 revolutionary musical of romance, race still resonates Retired Portland teacher Lessie...

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Portland's Features

May 28, 2015

Bits & Pieces: New shuttle

by Jason Vondersmith
Helping visitors gain access, TriMet/MAX now provides a free, seven-day shuttle bus to Washington Park after a successful debut providing the service on weekends. The shuttle has nine designated…
COURTESY: THE SATIN CHAPS - The Satin Chaps and many other bands are part of the annual Nuggets Night, which celebrates 1960s garage, psych, R&B, bubblegum, freak beat and psychedelia music, May 30 at Mississippi Studios.
May 28, 2015

Live Music

by Rob Cullivan
May 29 Lethal buzz Veteran Swedish-Canadian metallic hard rockers Killer Bee are back on the road, promoting their new record “The Eye in the Sky.” You can check out one of their newest tracks,…
May 28, 2015

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
STAGE ‘She Is King’ The Boom Arts multimedia documentary production focuses on the life and career of pioneering women’s tennis player Billie Jean King, by acclaimed creator/performer Laryssa…
May 26, 2015

Bits & Pieces: New home

by Jason Vondersmith
The move to the new $57 million Elephant Lands has begun for the elephants at the Oregon Zoo. Last week, the zoo opened the new, 32,000-square-foot indoor portion of Elephant Lands, Forest Hall,…
May 26, 2015

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Last week, May 22 “Poltergeist”; “Tomorrowland”; “Slow West”; “Good Kill” This week, May 29 “San Andreas” (WB), PG-13, 107 minutes About — It’s The Rock, aka Dwayne Johnson, to the rescue as a…
HONDA AMERICA INC. - The exterior of the 2016 Acura ILX has been restyled to be even sportier, especially the A-Spec version.
May 22, 2015

2015 Acura ILX: A-Spec package a winner

by Jim Redden
Acura had a clever idea when it first offered its luxury ILX compact sedan a few years ago. Prices of so-called entry level luxury sedans had been steadily increasing, so Acura undercut them by…
COURTESY: BLAINE TRUITT COVERT - The Portland Ballet spring performance, May 22-23 at Lincoln Hall, includes Balanchines Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.
May 21, 2015

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
STAGE ‘Cosmosis’ BodyVox and Amphion String Quartet collaborate, with the chamber music of Elliott Smith, Samuel Barber and Edgar Meyer complementing the work by BodyVox artistic directors Jamey…
COURTESY: WHEEL OF FORTUNE - Matthew Goldmans whirlwind day on the Wheel of Fortune culminated in winning $19,000 in cash and prizes, including a trip to France.
May 21, 2015

Bits & Pieces: Goldman's winnings

by Jason Vondersmith
Native Portlander Matthew Goldman, a 1989 Grant High grad, remembers attending primary school where teachers urged him to play Scrabble and Boggle, work crossword puzzles and word finds, and…
COURTESY: PATCHY SANDERS - Ashlands Patchy Sanders impressed at the Northwest String Summit last year, and plays Alberta Rose Theatre, May 22.
May 21, 2015

Live Music

by Rob Cullivan
May 22 Flat abs and flannel shirts From the town that gave Oregon its annual Shakespeare Festival comes Ashland’s Patchy Sanders: Danielle Aubert on banjo, Jacqui Aubert on vocals, Dan Sherrill…
TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jen Knight reads to her children, Conner, 4, and Brielle, 2, at her home in Tigard. Her children, both extroverts, seemed to love helping her read along.
May 24, 2015

Portland Moms Blog aims to build a network of moms

by Caitlin Feldman
Tigard woman Jen Knight launched Portland Moms Blog to help moms feel connected and supported As a new mom, Jen Knight struggled with the thought that everything she did was wrong. Was she…

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May 24, 2015

Mikel Kelly: Memorial Day is coming! Memorial Day is coming!

by Mikel Kelly
Don’t look now, but Memorial Day is coming, and you know what that means. It’s time to buy a mattress. Or a car. Or, if you’re a real red-blooded American, a mattress AND a car. Perhaps, like…
COURTESY PHOTO - The World Forestry Center, celebrating its 50th year, has joined with The Geezer Gallery to present a three-part exhibition, Forestial, Salvage, Inhabit.
May 19, 2015

Bits & Pieces: PCC guest

by Jason Vondersmith
Portland Community College will feature internationally recognized art historian, curator, artist and educator Leslie King-Hammond for its 2015 Portland Women in Art lecture series, 7:30 p.m.…
May 19, 2015

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Last week, May 15 “Mad Max: Fury Road” This week, May 22 “Poltergeist” (20th Century Fox), PG-13, 93 minutes About — In a remake of the 1982 hit, a family, whose home is haunted by evil forces,…
May 14, 2015

White Bird lineup celebrates women

by Jason Vondersmith
White Bird has announced its 18th season of performances, for 2015-16, focusing on great women choreographers: • White Bird Dance Series — Momix, Oct. 8-10; Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour,…
COURTESY PHOTO - Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, a high school classmate of the Tribunes music writer, has toned down his act, relying on more storytelling.
May 14, 2015

Comic-turned-filmmaker Bobcat still doing standup

by Rob Cullivan
Goldthwait will take stage at Bossanova Ballroom May 16 In June 1979, I was a freshman at Bishop Grimes High School in East Syracuse, N.Y., sitting in the back of a packed, large classroom. I…
COURTESY OF UFO FESTIVAL - The 16th annual UFO Festival in McMinnville, set for May 14-17, attracts all kinds, presumably from Earth.
May 14, 2015

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
MISC. UFO Festival The 16th annual event in McMinnville, put on by McMenamins, features a parade, speakers, live music, a costume ball and more. The festival, May 14 through 17, is based at the…
COURTESY OF KATIE HOVLAND - Local H and its newest album, Hey Killer, makes the band a favorite of mosh pits everywhere. Next up: Hawthorne Theatre, May 15.
May 14, 2015

Live Music

by Rob Cullivan
May 15 Local H turns silver Scott Lucas, guitarist-singer for the duo Local H, pauses a moment before responding to a question about what it’s like for his band to turn 25 years old. “I have…
May 14, 2015

Bits & Pieces: 'Backstrom' canceled

by Jason Vondersmith
Sorry to hear about the cancellation of FOX’s “Backstrom,” a comedy about a surly Portland detective that actually was filmed in Vancouver, B.C. Hey, “Grimm” is still on the air, “Portlandia”…
TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - West Linn resident Bob Hamm's new book, 'Becoming Oregon,' is a collection of original news articles that tells the story of Oregon's history from 1804 to 1905.
May 27, 2015

Typing up history

by Patrick Malee
Bob Hamm loves to type. By that, he does not mean “writing,” though he loves that too, having spent a portion of his career as an English teacher in both West Linn and Lake Oswego. No, when Hamm…
May 12, 2015

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Last week, May 8 “Hot Pursuit”; “Lambert & Stamp”; “The D Train” This week, May 15 “Mad Max: Fury Road” (WB), R, 120 minutes About — It’s not Mel Gibson’s “Mad Max anymore, as the new Max and…