The Visionary and Radical James Baldwin

In the recently released Raoul Peck documentary, I Am Not Your Negro,  Peck's vision takes a different tack. Not trivialized. Not distorted by any number of influences, from Hollywood to media, and vicious partisan, political squabbling. James Baldwin's vision was to "forge a country where we need each other". Baldwin's niece, author and educator Aisha Karefa-Smart, offers up a … [Read More...]

John Doe: Balancing the Life

Not easy when you are a punk hero and an underdog. Lots to live up to. But John Doe has managed. Plus kept up the legendary X. And written a Grammy-nominated book. … [Read More...]

The Accidental Jimmy Mak

Jimmy says it all happened "almost accidentally". The club, the success he had with it in our community. Thanks in part to inspiration his dad offered Jimmy. And the … [Read More...]

The Rex Putnam KINGSMEN THUNDER Drum Line Program

Music is an essential part of life, integral in the development of the whole person, and a vital component for the advancement of civilization. A person’s quality of … [Read More...]

Now Playing at Portland Center Stage

Have you ever played the game "The Oregon Trail"? Came out in 1995 on a CD-ROM!!! Now in its 5th edition, "The Oregon Trail" has allowed us to be a carpenter, a … [Read More...]

Terry Bozzio’s Universe of Sound

As Terry puts it, music is a metaphor for the universe we find ourselves in. This, now, drum legend, first got inspired by his musical prodigy father to stake a … [Read More...]

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