Whose Streets? Our Streets!

Teaching moments come unbidden. This one, in the form of a documentary of events that happened in August of 2014.  A documentary “For the people. By the people”.   PORTRAIT OF FERGUSON     In the recent aftermath of Charlottesville, I remarked to a friend of mine “This documentary is so powerful!”.  He replied, “Timely AF!” But […]

Steve Barton at Robin Road

Not all roads lead to Robin Road. But happily, a road did lead Translator’s lead voice and instigator, Steve Barton, to my door.   The Palette Cleansers of Music, Emotion and Irony   Little bit of music history here that takes it back to the richness and diversity of the 80’s scenes. And beyond. I […]

Meet Heart Hunters

Brianna McGeehan and Drew de Man have both tried several different lives on for size. Globally, locally, and now most recently have settled into Atlanta, Georgia. What else is new? Plenty for these two!

Robert Wynia at Robin Road

There have been fully a dozen records from Portland band Floater, led by Robert Wynia. Now comes a second solo effort from Robert which is, by turns, transcendent, mind-blowing, existential, and down to earth. BRAVE THE STRANGE     It’s been said about Robert, that he is no stranger to deep self-examination. No surprise, that is how much […]

Bradford Loomis at Robin Road

My long time pal, Redwood Son, is in Portland for spring flings and other serious things. So of course, we had to get together before the sometimes Nashville cat heads back. Turns out I was in for a treat. He asked me if I was up for meeting a “dude”. A “big bear of a guy”, […]

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 […]