November 2018 Newsletter

The state of the state Once again, it is past mid-month and I find myself wondering how on earth this happened. The month began with several days spent in the bowels of the Multnomah County Elections Office doing the very necessary and unglamorous business of preparing ballots to be run through counting machines. Democracy isn’t […]

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January Newsletter

The State of the State The holidays are past. Thank goodness. They were fine, except for a few last minute glitches from the weather. Nothing serious. A little ice. Lots of good food and a bit of traditional music and bright lights. Significant infusions of butter. For me, looking back on the year that was […]

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September Newsletter

The State of the State Unapologetically late…as usual…I am fondly remembering a fabulous trip to Washington D.C. four years ago with three of my nearest and dearest. We spent the most fabulous week there exploring the city–mostly those little museums along the Mall, the Capitol, a reception in Sen. Jeff Merkeley’s office, trips to Olde […]

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August Newsletter

State of the state The Newsletter is late this month because a great deal has happened. In early July, started a new job as Portland area brand representative for Dragonfly Nutrition LLC. So far, in the greater Portland area, their nutrition bars are available in New Seasons markets, with more locations to be added soon. […]

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The State of the State Running a bit behind my self-imposed schedule this month. There has been another move. I purchased my sister’s condo. She moved her stuff out. I moved my stuff in. While this was not the total chaos of last October, it took it’s toll. Quite simply, I had not downsized enough. […]

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There is no peace in Portland for Anton Chekhov. Last year, his play The Seagull was spoofed to great effect in Portland Center Stage’s production of  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and this year we have Stupid F#*@ing Bird, also at PCS. SFB is “sort of adapted” from The Seagull, according to playwright […]

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Charles Dickens is rolling in his grave. Portland Center Stage’s most recent production, The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens, completely disrespects the poor old guy and everything he stood for in this goofy rendition of that holiday classic A Christmas Carol. Co-written by former Colbert Report writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, Twist Your Dickens […]

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Portland Center Stage’s new show, Ain’t Misbehavin’, barely gives the audience a moment to catch its breath. This fast-paced and colorful production is a musical review of the songs of Thomas “Fats” Waller–a child of the Harlem Renaissance who embraced the era where he came of age, prolifically wrote music about life in Harlem, played in all […]

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If you’re like me, wondering whether you should attend Portland Center Stage’s most recent production, the Laura Eason play Sex with Strangers, you can relax. The play is much tamer than many with less suggestive titles. It’s the psychological blood and guts of having a relationship that makes this work so interesting. Sex with Strangers, it turns out, is […]

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