VOLUME 68 | ISSUE 9
OCTOBER 8, 2013
ARTS & CULTURE
New dean of the College of the Arts, Robert Bucker, plans to reach out to Portland’s art community. pg. 5
Horror movies with characters who know they’re in horror movies and why you should love them. pg. 9
Classic Hitchcock silent films with a modern musical accompaniment. pg. 20
Profile: Meet the coaches behind all of your favorite fall sports teams. pg. 23
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THIS LIL’ PIGGY WENT TO PSU BEEF AND HIS OWNER, CHRISTAN, have known each other for nearly ten years. MILES SANGUINETTI/PSU VANGUARD
Often seen wandering around the Park Blocks, Beef the pig is a therapy animal to owner Christan, a doctoral student in the systems science program at Portland State. Beef, who will turn 10 this December, has been with Christan since he was only eight weeks old. Christan, who didn’t want to share his last name, was in an accident in late January 2004 and got Beef as a way to cope. “If you’ve ever been in a near-death situation, they are really depressing,” Christan said. “Because you are very much reminded of your mortality—and it’s in a very instantaneous kind of way. Everyone you care about is very concerned, but still has to go to work and do their life, so that disconnect is really intense and can kind of put you in a dark place.” Christan and his then girlfriend—nicknamed “Piggy”—had
been entertaining the idea of getting a pig for years. “When the accident happened, that was the trigger,” Christan said. “It was like, ‘Oh, this makes sense. It’s time to do this now.’” About two weeks after the accident, Christan found an ad for a woman who had inherited a large number of animals. “She had taught chickens, who are not notoriously intelligent animals, to jump up on her arm and give her a kiss,” Christan said. “That’s an exhibition of tremendous care, because it would take such a big investment of time to teach a chicken to do that. We kind of trusted where she was coming from.” Though Beef and Christan have created a strong bond over the past ten years that goes beyond the accident, using an animal as a way to cope with trauma is fairly common.
“Having something to focus your energy on when you have a lack of focus is really important,” said Maren Couch, a client care representative at the Animal Behavior Clinic in southeast Portland. “Animals are basically like having a child, so they do require a lot of care. Having something to care about other than yourself can actually bring you out of a depression, because when you’re only caring about yourself, you’re too focused on what you are doing here and what you have to live for. ” Scott Gallagher, PSU’s director of communications, said the school recognizes two types of therapy animals: emotional support animals and service animals. Gallagher also said both types of animals are allowed to live with their owner in residence halls. Service animals—those that are trained specifically to help their
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owner with a disability—are allowed around campus and in the classrooms as well. “Service animals are defined as either a dog or a miniature horse; pigs are not listed,” Gallagher said. The most well-known service animals are dogs for the blind, but Couch said that service animals can be used for many physical and psychiatric disabilities, like anxiety. “If someone has anxiety and they don’t want to be alone in a crowd, that dog is trained to block their owner from approaching people,” Couch said. “So those types of things are really beneficial because they allow those people to go out in the world.” She explained that, though emotional support animals don’t have any specific trainable skills, they can still help their owners through tough situations. “Our bond with animals is really down to a chemical level. When you’re petting an animal and the
sensation of their fur is against your skin, it actually can release some serotonin in your brain. So you are actually chemically responding to the texture and feel of the animal,” Couch said. “Because they are warm and soft, there’s something about them that is inviting, and they’re able to give you that support in a way that a person is less likely to do.” Beef has provided Christan with emotional support throughout the years, and Christan considers him family. “Beef kind of saved my life,” he said. When the two of them are walking around campus, they often get asked the same questions. The most popular of them is why Christan named him Beef. After joking that Beef picked the name himself, Christan explained he’s not sure he knows the answer. “I tell people…that I like the Johnny Cash song ‘A Boy Named
Sue’ and I thought along the same lines that a pig named Beef would be kind of the same idea,” Christan said. The second reason is something he discovered over time. “The disjoint between his name and what he maybe is identified with makes people think a little bit about their choices,” Christan said. “I love my pig, and a lot of people see how emotionally close I am to him, and they go ‘Oh, well I can’t relate to that, but I can relate to the idea that you are emotionally close to something, and maybe I won’t have an animal for dinner tonight.’” Christan believes that his relationship with Beef will make a difference, one way or another. “It makes a difference for a day, or a week or a couple times in their lifetime, and that’s that many more animals that don’t get killed,” Christan said. “And I think that’s nice.”
NEW COLLEGE, NEW DEAN:
COLLEGE OF THE ARTS WELCOMES ROBERT BUCKER JESSE TOMAINO
With the start of the school year, the School of Fine and Performing Arts has become the College of the Arts. Along with the change in status comes a new dean to oversee the transition and push the college to new heights. Incoming dean Robert Bucker plans on taking a measured approach in terms of outlining his goals. “You have to be here and see the students experiencing their education to really begin to evaluate that, and so I’m really looking forward to that,” Bucker said before the term began. Bucker described the change to the College of the Arts as an acknowledgement of the level of programs that already existed. “Over the last few years the departments have grown significantly, and so it’s about an institution beginning to come of age,” Bucker said. “It’s also about the fact that the four schools in this college have a really fantastic regional reputation as destinations for the study of the arts.” With more than 2,750 students pursuing majors in arts programs at PSU, the university was al-
ready providing pre-professional training in these disciplines. Reaching out to the wider arts community in Portland is another major part of Bucker’s plan to continue to grow the college. The Lincoln Hall Glass Tower, a three-story building facing Broadway that will contain gallery space, a dance studio, an acting studio and a black box theater, is central to those plans. “With the Glass Tower, we’re really creating a fantastic front door for the school right here in the arts corridor of Portland,” Bucker said. “So I want not only our students but our community to feel like Lincoln Hall is a really important destination for the arts.” Bucker is the product of a search that began last November, when Barbara Sestak announced she would step down as dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts to focus on her responsibilities in the School of Architecture. The search committee that was assembled to hire the new dean was chaired by Scott Dawson, dean of the School of Business Administration. All four programs that compose the new College of the Arts were represented, with faculty from
the Schools of Architecture, Art and Design, Music, and Theater and Film all involved. Several other faculty members, students of the college and individuals representing the Portland arts community rounded out the committee. Bucker brings in a resume that has taken him around the country. Among posts in higher education, his most recent position was as the dean of Mike Curb College of the Arts, Media and Communication at California State University, Northridge. Bucker also served as the director of the Education Department for the Metropolitan Opera–Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York City, a job he said he enjoyed. “I had a great mentor in New York City who was very instrumental in my making the decision to come back to higher education,” Bucker said. “He said, ‘You know, you’re doing a lot of good at the Met, but the place you really have an impact on students and their careers is always going to be in higher education. It’s always going to be where the most excitement is, for identifying young artists and actually launching them.’ And he was right.”
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WORDSTOCK MOVES TO PORTLAND STATE IN 2015 JAY PENGELLY
Wordstock, considered the premier literary festival in the Pacific Northwest, took place Oct. 3–6. First held in 2005, the annual event continues to grow in offerings and stature. This year, several preliminary readings and performances led up to the main spectacle held at the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday. The sights were familiar for any who have seen a convention hall. Black curtains formed rows of pseudo-cubicles, each with folding table, posters, literature and a person ready to talk. Most tables were for small, independent publishers from the Portland area and the vendors were local businesses such as Broadway Books, Hawthorne Books and Cosmic Monkey Comics. Portland State had more than one inky fingerprint on Wordstock this year. The Middle East Studies Center at PSU had a table promoting their book club, A Day in the Life. Ahmed Zuhairy, a senior studying political science and Arabic, was volunteering for the event on Saturday. “Our goal is for people to become well-read in Middle Eastern culture—history, language and politics.” said Zuhairy. “Especially politics.” The club reads a book once a month before getting together to explore the diversity of daily life and dispel common stereotypes of the Middle East. They give away 30 free copies of each book four weeks before the discussion.
PSU’s MFA in Creative Writing Program also had a hand in the event and has been participating since 2009. The cohort of students who just began to work on their master’s degrees participate as both volunteers and spectators. “We are trying to get the written word to as many people as possible,” said Cornelia Coleman, the program’s coordinator. The written word is a special focus of Wordstock. “Wordstock is for the book enthusiast, not the Kindle reader,” said Elizabeth Hamilton, a book buyer for the PSU Bookstore. PSU’s bookstore was set up 20 feet from Event Hall D’s entrance. They originally had no intention of being present at the event, but were called about a month ago when Powell’s, which is widely held to be the largest independent new and used book store in the world, dropped out. The PSU Bookstore only had a few weeks to prepare for the event, and Hamilton pointed out that the timing was poor—Wordstock took place following the first week of the term, the busiest time for the PSU Bookstore. “When they told me, I said ‘You’re kidding right?’,” Hamilton said. Several other higher learning institutions were present. Oregon State University, Lewis & Clark College and Goddard College all had tables promoting their writing departments. The main complaint attendees seemed to have about the event
stemmed from the location. Two stages were set up along the back wall for panels and readings, but the noise from the larger convention filtered in. Wordstock was one of many events held at the OCC last weekend. They shared space with the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, Arco Yoga Divine Play Festival and St. Mary’s High School Father-Daughter Dinner and Dance. On Sunday, author T.C. Boyle read from recent writings. Before he began, he prefaced, “I wish we had more privacy, which we will next time around.” He was referring to Wordstock’s imminent change of location. Beginning spring 2015, the Park Blocks and PSU’s campus will be the venue for Wordstock. The event planners wish to move Wordstock out of the busy fall convention season and have a location with more flexibility. Smith Memorial Student Union will most likely host the majority of the festival, and smaller lead-up events are already in the works. With the move, PSU Bookstore general manager Ken Brown hopes to bring back Wine & Words, billed as an event for the lover of fine wine and poetry. The bookstore has not had the opportunity to host this event for several years. Each year Wordstock brings about 15,000 people through its doors, so hosting could mean bringing more notoriety to PSU as an academic institution and a location for community events.
GENE LUEN YANG (LEFT) AND CRAIG THOMPSON (RIGHT) give a presentation at the event’s McMenamins Stage. MILES SANGUINETTI/VANGUARD STAFF
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JACQUELINE ALNES (LEFT), COLIN THACHER (MIDDLE) AND DUSTIN STEVENSON (RIGHT), all of whom are pursuing MFAs in creative writing at Portland State, represented the program at Wordstock. MILES SANGUINETTI/VANGUARD STAFF
WELSH WRITERS WANT MORE ATTENTION
SEIU and OUS reach tentative contract agreement ROBERT EVERSMANN
On Friday the Portland Center for Public Humanities asked if Welsh writing in English should be taught as a separate course or module in U.S. universities. This and other questions were addressed at Friday’s event, titled “Culture Wars. Other Voices in British Literature.” The event featured keynote speaker Dr. Tracy Prince and a panel of Welsh writers, including Mike Jenkins, Chris Keil, Phil Rowlands and Sarah Woodbury, as well as editor Ceri Shaw. The Oregon Welsh Festival Choir opened the event by performing “Eli Jenkins’ Prayer” and the Welsh national anthem. Wales is a country that, along with Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, is part of the United Kingdom. According to panelist Sarah Woodbury, the Welsh have been historically oppressed by the English. Woodbury went on to explain that Edward I of England captured Wales in 1282 and held on to the territory for hundreds of years, losing it to rebellion in the 15th century. At that point, Wales regained independence for a few decades, until the country was once again incorporated into the English legal system. Speakers at the event suggested that the English subjugation of Wales continues today and that English literature unfairly obscures Welsh literature. They also argued that Welsh literature deserves its own course in university literature programs. Although Prince suggested Welsh literature be included in British literature classes, as long as the conflict is emphasized, the Welsh panelists argued that Welsh literature deserves its own separate course. “We don’t need to be looking just at England all the time,” said panelist Mike Jenkins. “We have
writers who, in all genres, belong on the world stage.” “In a perfect world, that would be great,” Prince said, “but it’s more realistic to have [Welsh literature] taught in British literature courses.” She explained that there aren’t enough Welsh literature experts to make the field its own course in public university systems in the U.S. While Prince advocates the inclusion of Welsh authors within British literature courses, she stresses that the historic conflict between Wales and England, as well as their stark differences in identity, should be strongly emphasized. In her book, Culture Wars in British Literature: Multiculturalism and National Identity, Prince looks at attitudes surrounding Welsh literature in relation to English literature. In that sense, Prince identifies an idea of “homegrown” English literature, a term she attributes to the English novelist Pat Barker. The label is used to describe white, Anglo-Saxon English writers and is meant, as Prince suggests, to create a sense of being more legitimately English. She identified a defensiveness among English writers who, as she suggested, “talk of feeling neglected and besieged,” or like their literary territory is shrinking.
Prize anxiety To explore this, Prince examined the Booker Prize. The Booker is a literary award in England which, according to the prize foundation’s website, “aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.”
Conflict surrounding the Booker Prize, Prince said, offers insight into the common attitude among Anglo-English authors, which can be summed up by the question, “Why are there so few British authors getting the Booker?” Prince suggests that “the term ‘British’ is often really code for Anglo-English.” In her chapter “Xenophobia and the Booker Prize,” Prince cites English author A.S. Byatt for contributing to the exclusionary illusion that the Booker Prize is designed to represent only pure “Britishness” and not, as Byatt describes them, those “people from elsewhere.” According to panelist Phil Rowlands, the English imposed the term “Welsh” on a people who wanted to call themselves Cymry (pronounced kam-ree), meaning “fellowship.” The word “Wales” comes from the Old English “wealh”, which translates literally as “foreigner” or “stranger.” Rowlands thinks this distinction is unfair and is applied unevenly. “It’s a huge frustration,” he said. “We’re so different from [the English] and yet we get lumped with them all the time. “We’re a country reinventing itself,” said Jenkins, one of the Welsh writers on the panel. Panelists believe that Wales will contribute a great deal to world literature, and they argue that a good starting place for highlighting the Welsh voice is in universities in the U.S. Events put on by the PCPH are “always free and open to the public,” said director of PCPH Michael Clark. “That’s something we’re sticking to.” Check out their website ( http://www.pdx.edu/public-humanities/) for more information and a list of future events.
On Sept. 26, the Service Employees International Union 503 and the Oregon University System reached a bargaining agreement, avoiding a potential statewide strike that would have coincided with the beginning of fall term at Oregon’s public universities. The proposed contract settlement, which covers 4,300 workers at OUS’s seven public campuses and one branch campus, will be distributed to and voted on by SEIU’s membership for ratification over the coming weeks. The counting of votes is scheduled for Oct. 22. If passed, the contract will be implemented Nov. 1. The agreement is the product of negotiations that began Feb. 1. “We moved everyone forward,” said Marc Nisenfeld, president of SEIU Local 89 at Portland State. Nisenfeld is confident that SEIU members will find the con-
tract acceptable. “I’ve got nothing but positive feedback from everyone,” he said. “I fully expect it to ratify with a high percentage.” SEIU can claim a number of victories for the union in the tentative settlement. In addition to retaining a policy that ensured that employees get paid overtime if they work over eight hours a day, the “selective increase” policy, which sees workers’ pay increase with time on the job, was also maintained. Also guaranteed were two cost of living raises, with a 1.5 percent increase to take effect Dec. 1 of this year. The second increase, a raise of two percent, would take effect Dec. 1 of 2014. “Our goal is to raise standards of living for all Oregonians,” Nisenfeld said. “I feel strongly that this was as much a fight for us as it was for future workers. We had to take a stand.” Those satisfied by the agree-
ment in SEIU will find their counterparts at OUS. “We are very pleased that we were able to settle with SEIU, and that we avoided the strike,” said Diane Saunders, director of communications for OUS. “The primary issue for [the] university system is a funding issue,” Saunders said, adding that 20 years ago, students paid less than 30 percent of their tuition while the state of Oregon paid 70 percent. That ratio has reversed, and an increase in workers’ wages will likely result in an increase in tuition, she said. “We want to provide an equitable payment package for staff, but it has to be sustainable to the point where we’re not pushing out Oregonians from attending college,” Saunders said. “What we [at OUS] have to consider is, ‘Is it affordable for the university system? Is it sustainable?’”
VIKING DAYS SNAPSHOT
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On Sept. 29, officers of the Cambodian Students’ Association put on a yogurt parfait social as their contribution to the ongoing festivities of Viking Days.
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SHAC HOSTING FLU SHOT CLINIC
LAURA GURLEY of SHAC prepares a vaccine.
On Thursday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Center for Student Health and Counseling is hosting a flu shot clinic for students in the Smith Memorial Student Union, room 101 Parkway North. Availability will be on a drop-in basis—first come, first serve. Getting vaccinated against the influenza virus is important for students because of their constant contact with a wide variety of individuals, whether it be while living in a dorm or even just going to class. There haven’t been a lot of reports of influenza hitting the Portland area, but without the vaccination, you’re at a higher risk of getting the flu, said Dr.
CRIME BLOTTER Sept. 30 Burglary
Neuberger Hall, room 84A Officer Jared Schuurmans received a report of a computer stolen from room 84A between Sept. 25—30.
Cramer Hall, north side Officer Nichola Higbee took a report from a student of a bike secured with a cable lock being stolen from the north bike racks between 12 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.
person. Tucker was arrested and lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center.
Academic Student Recreation Center At 12:34 p.m. Officer Gregory Marks received a report of an unattended wallet being stolen from the men’s locker room on Sept. 30. No further information.
Cramer Hall, southeast side Officer Denae Murphy took a report of a student’s bike that had been secured with a cable lock stolen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Parking Structure Three, west side At 1:45 a.m. Officer Chris Fischer and Officer Shawn McKenzie contacted non-student James Tucker, who had a felony warrant, resisted arrest and had a pipe with methamphetamine residue on his
respiratory problems or are pregnant [are] some [who would be considered] high risk,” he said, “as well as students with rheumatoid arthritis, compromised immune systems and inflammatory bowel disease.” The shots that will be given out by SHAC are a single-dose vaccine, so there is no mercury or thimerosal in them, which Bajorek knows is a concern for people. “No one wants that in their system,” he said. The vaccine does contain dead viruses of three main strains of influenza, and some students may experience slight side effects from the vaccine. “Less than 15 percent of those
vaccinated may experience swelling at the site of the shot, some body aches or headache,” Bajorek said. “You might not be on your A game for the first day or so after receiving the vaccine, but you’ll be protected from the virus and won’t get influenza.” If you have symptoms of influenza, Bajorek advises going into SHAC as soon as possible to take their rapid influenza test, and if you do have the flu, SHAC staff can get you started on influenza therapy to get you feeling like yourself again. For students who are unable to attend the event, flu shots will be available at SHAC starting Friday, Oct. 11.
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Week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6
Distance Learning Center At 12:55 p.m. Officer Shuurmans responded to a report of a suspicious person and contacted nonstudent William S. Duke, who was on post-prison supervision for dangerous drugs and has a current PSU exclusion. Duke was arrested for Criminal Trespass II and lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center.
Mark Bajorek, medical director of SHAC. “The flu is often confused with a cold, but influenza symptoms include a temperature of over 102 degrees, diffuse muscle aches, body aches and sometimes eye pain,” he said. This clinic is open to all students taking one or more credits this term at Portland State. There is a $15 fee that is charged to your student account, but for students who have student insurance with Aetna, the event is covered by the insurance. Some students have a higher risk of getting the influenza virus, Bajorek said. “Students who have asthma,
Neuberger Hall, north side Officer Murphy and Officer David Baker contacted nonstudent Nigel Bell at 3:57 p.m. Bell had a current PSU exclusion and a history of drug and trespass arrests at PSU. Bell was arrested for Criminal Trespass II and a probation violation detainer and lodged
at Multnomah County Detention Center.
Oct. 2 Arrest
Neuberger Hall, north side At 3:13 p.m. Officer Baker observed non-students Robert Dady and Jacqueline Anderberg loitering near the bike racks. On contact Officer Baker saw bolt cutters protruding from Dady’s pants pocket. Dady was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Burglary Tools, Attempted Theft II and a felony warrant and lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center. Anderberg had a current PSU exclusion and was arrested for Criminal Trespass II. No further information.
Urban Plaza Officer Baker and Officer Brenton Chose contacted non-students Heidi Church and John Blodgett at 7:30 p.m. Church had a current PSU exclusion and was cited in lieu of arrest for Criminal Trespass II. Blodgett had a recently expired PSU exclusion and was issued a new PSU exclusion for violation of PSU rules.
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Oct. 3 Exclusion
Smith Memorial Student Union, south side At 12:30 p.m. Officer Chose contacted non-students Andrew Young and Jonathon Duboise loitering near the bike racks and smoking in the clean air corridor. PSU exclusions were issued to both.
Blumel Hall Officer Peter Ward, Officer Chose and Sergeant Robert McCleary responded to report of marijuana smell. Marijuana seized from students. No further information.
Oct. 4 Theft
Officer Ward received a report of an Amazon Kindle Fire HD stolen from either Cramer Hall or Millar Library between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. No further information.
Southwest Broadway/Southwest College At 6:45 p.m. Sergeant McCleary spoke to a female student who advised that she was verbally harassed by a white male subject, about six feet two inches tall
with medium build and wearing an orange hoodie jacket with a white PSU logo, who was walking a dog. Subject engaged student in conversation, touched her shoulder and took her hand in a non-aggressive way. Subject disengaged in contact due to his dog whining, then started following two female subjects. Report was for informational purposes only.
Urban Center Building, first floor At 7:08 p.m. Sergeant McCleary received a report of a laptop stolen after being left on a bench for one hour. No further information.
Oct. 5 Exclusion
Cramer Hall, basement At 8:41 a.m. Officer Schuurmans contacted non-student Densber Johnson Jr., who was on felony parole, flagged as a registered sex offender and a potential armed career criminal, in the basement. Johnson was issued a PSU exclusion.
Parking Structure One, fifth floor Officer Schuurmans located fresh graffiti at 3:29 p.m. and contacted non-student Timothy
P. Daly in his car next to the graffiti. Probable cause was developed and Daly was arrested for Criminal Mischief II and lodged at Multnomah County Detention Center.
Between Lincoln and Cramer Halls At 5:20 p.m. Officer Chose contacted non-student Andre Smith following and verbally harassing an unknown female. When asked why he was following the female, Smith said he was looking for sex. Smith was issued a PSU exclusion.
Oct. 6 Exclusion
Art Building parking lot Officer McKenzie contacted non-student Kevin Ford sleeping at 11:12 p.m. Ford had a used needle on his person and admitted to using it to inject methamphetamine. PSU exclusion issued to Ford. For full crime blotter listing visit psuvanguard.com
HORROR’S MARVELOUS SELFAWARENESS WHY METAFICTION ISN'T ALWAYS SO BAD
The Pop Culture Ephebe by Joshua Benson
At the close of recent horror release You’re Next, survivor Erin Harson confronts boyfriend Crispian and accuses him of plotting the murder of his family and Erin herself. Crispian claims that actually, Erin was planted as an outsider survivor who would unwittingly attest to a seemingly senseless massacre. “But,” Crispian asks, “how were we supposed to know that you’re really good at killing people? Which is really sort of weird, by the way.” It is really sort of weird, because Erin’s quick logic and counterviolence undermines the horror genre’s expectations of a fearful and brainless victim. Erin sets booby traps for Crispian’s hired thugs, mercilessly bashes their heads in without question and even backtracks to the scene of the crime when they chase her away. She evokes uncommon knowledge of her horror scenario and flips the formula in order to defeat her pursuers.
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In this way, You’re Next represents a trend in contemporary horror toward using postmodern metafiction, a brand of self-conscious fiction that contemplates its own form in an effort to exploit the instability of its structure. Postmodern metafiction can irk me to no end. Forgive me, but I trust literature and film to help me organize my life’s philosophical and aesthetic chaos, or at least to let me forget about it. Creators often use postmodern metafiction to expose the flawed nature or fake-ness of fiction. Maybe you saw the newest Muppets movie in which the bad guys say “maniacal laugh” instead of maniacally laughing and the characters directly address the audience in order to challenge their own authority. It’s making fun of its own textuality. This defeatism just makes me think the filmmaker’s story is pointless and the heroes are uninspiring set pieces. Sadly, this seems to be the point. It takes the comfort and escapism out of it all. Refreshingly, this doesn’t apply to metafiction in horror, for a couple of reasons. Firstly because the horror genre commonly relies on the protagonist’s helplessness, and postmodern metafiction rethinks the weak victim and turns her into the agent protagonist. Thus Erin Harson overcomes her would-be murderers, which creates a sense of invention and a new kind of satisfaction for the audience. Second, horror filmmakers appear serious and heartfelt about their metafictional examination of horror. The Cabin in the Woods shows a metafictitious battle between creator and creation, the control center that fabricates a horror scenario and the subjects who use their paranoid savvy to one-up the operation. It’s the rare occurrence of metafiction that lampoons and honors its genre while maintaining a thrilling narrative that oftentimes transcends its own abstract musings. By way of a quick and strategic summary, the control center feeds the protagonists chemicals so they’ll travel to a cabin in the woods and adhere to the classic horror archetypes of the Whore, the Athlete, the Scholar, the Fool and the Virgin. The control center sacrifices these archetypes to ancient monster gods so the gods won’t
rise and bring apocalypse to the human world. In order to pull this off, the controllers unleash a classic horror monster on the cabin, determined by one of a variety of classic horror props a protagonist fiddles with (a music box, a diary, a fortune teller machine, an amulet or an orb). Once the monster is released, screenwriters Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard offer their meta fictitious diagnosis and prescription: The horror genre is tired, surmountable and should probably implode. Stoner-philosopher Fool Marty Mikalski, who smokes enough weed to counteract the controllers’ chemicals, discovers and guides Virgin Dana Polk to the control center itself. They spitefully release all of the monsters in storage at the control center. This action brings about a metafictional montage of the creator’s destruction at the hands of his own clichéd conventions as the familiar faces of multifarious horror film monsters tear apart security guards, controllers and the station itself. Apocalypse imminent, Marty and Dana meet the director of the operation. When the director declares that, in order to avoid the world’s end, Marty must sacrifice himself (the Virgin’s death is optional), Marty challenges, “Maybe that’s the way it should be, if you’ve got to kill all of my friends to survive. Maybe it’s time for a change.” Marty’s comment and the subsequent choice he and Dana make—to face apocalypse instead of sacrificing themselves to the familiar flow—suggest a revision of the horror paradigm. Through metafiction, The Cabin in the Woods implores the genre to find a new kind of storytelling. What this new horror movie looks like, I don’t know. Maybe it’s a return to sincere but deeply thoughtful horror that characterizes the meta fictitious mind instead of becoming it, like the Scream series does. Maybe horror will actually conceptualize unheard-of monsters and protagonists. If it’s some sort of meta-metafiction by which the villain has a meta-understanding of the victim’s meta-understanding, I’m staging a hunger strike. Either way, at least horror films like You’re Next and The Cabin in the Woods use postmodern metafiction to diagnose and fix the problem, not just point it out.
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INTROVERTS, NOT EXTRAVERTS Learning to love your introspective nature
This, Not That
by Chelsea Lobey I recently came across a TED talk by a woman named Susan Cain, who is one of the world’s most famous champions of introversion. Her talk, “The Power of Introverts,” spoke to me on a very personal level. As a relatively introverted person, I simply had to pay attention. Cain also wrote a book called Quiet, which you should probably read if you are at all introverted or know any introverts (which potentially encompasses everyone everywhere). In both her talk and her book, Cain speaks with authority on a subject that is often tragically misunderstood. Her words have the ability to empower introverts all over the world to embrace their introspective nature and learn to use it for their own benefit. The terms “introversion” and “extraversion” were first used by famous psychiatrist Carl Jung. He said that someone with an introverted personality is drained of energy by stimulation, social or otherwise, and needs quiet, low-key environments to recharge. Someone with an extraverted personality is the polar opposite. They crave and need all kinds of stimulation to recharge their energy levels and feel content. It depends on who you talk to, but introverts make up at least a third of the population, meaning that even if you are not an introvert yourself, is it likely that you are related to one, work with one or know one in one way or another. Yet introverts often pretend they are not that way in order to fit in with the crowd. They suppress their true selves because that is not how people are expected to be. In America we tend to value the loud, abrasive person who is able to stand up and demand that people listen to them. These people get promotions, are favored by teachers everywhere and make friends and acquaintances with ease. In America, introverts are often told that they are somehow wrong and they need to change—to make more of an effort to be social and to “come out of their shell.” As a kid, I often felt like there was something wrong with me because I worked best on my own and had difficulty making connections with other kids my age. This kind of mindset can be extremely damaging psychologically to those who are quiet or introverted. We are the outsiders, the weirdos and the ones who need to change one of the most fundamental aspects of our very being. America may value the extravert, but there is a very powerful kind of knowledge and confidence that can only come from someone with introverted tendencies. In talking about Rosa Parks’ soft-spoken, yet confident nature, Susan Cain used the term “quiet fortitude” to describe that kind of calm, brave steadfastness that can only come from a careful, thoughtful personality.
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Our society needs the knowledge, introspection and careful thoughtfulness that can only come from an introspective individual. We need their “quiet fortitude,” because without the introverts, we would descend into a country that talks loudly, but without substance; that demands action, but without forethought. Increasingly, our workplaces and our schools are designed to meet the needs of those with extraverted tendencies. We place much emphasis on group work and team building, but this leaves little room for those who work best alone. We arrange school desks in pods to encourage discussion, but this makes it difficult to also encourage deep, solitary thought. There is a belief that creativity and hard work can only come from the group mind, but this is absolutely wrong. Yes, creativity and great ideas can and do come from groups of people working together, but that is definitely not the only place they can come from. Some of the greatest world leaders and creators have described themselves with qualities that are associated with introversion, including Bill Gates, Dr. Seuss, Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt and J.K. Rowling. Our world would be severely lacking without the contributions of these fabulously unique introverts. The works of these celebrated people prove that introverts are no
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less important than the extraverts of this world. We have the ability to be great leaders and powerful vehicles for creativity and change, despite, and perhaps even because of, our introspective tendencies. Susan Cain has almost single-handedly started a movement embracing the power of the introverted. The revelations that have been born from this movement have helped me understand that I’m not wrong or strange for wanting to be alone sometimes; for preferring to have coffee with a few close friends rather than go to a loud dance club; for enjoying the feeling of a book in my hand and the sound of my own thoughts rather than the claustrophobic babble of a large group of people. There is something very empowering about the notion that introverts are fine just the way they are. My hope is that all introverts can have the same revelations about themselves as I’ve had. It is not always the best course of action to forcefully demand attention, but instead to think deeply and passionately and know when to stand up and make yourself heard as a person with good ideas and intentions. As a society, we need to learn to love and embrace our introverts. We need to bring about a major shift in thinking so they don’t feel so fundamentally wrong for wanting to go off by themselves, because you never know what they might create during their alone time.
“Our world would be severely lacking without the contributions of these fabulously unique introverts.”
Abercrombie & Fitch does it again The snobby retailer reminds us what it really values The clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch recently forked out $71,000 to settle a lawsuit over a hijab, according to The Guardian. Two respective judges determined that the retailer fired a Muslim from a California store and refused to hire another California woman because neither would remove their hijabs during work. I have to admit to a certain smug satisfaction at the news. Any time this company has to pay for its snobbiness, I’m happy. Abercrombie & Fitch is notorious for its exclusionary practices, but they don’t seem to be learning. Or perhaps the more accurate evaluation would be that they just don’t care. $71,000 is chump change for the brand. They paid out $40 million in a much larger 2004 lawsuit to settle a federal discrimination complaint by employees and applicants of color. That doesn’t seem to have changed anything when it comes to the company’s core values. With a CEO like Mike Jeffries, you kind of understand why. In a 2006 interview with Salon, the then-61-year-old made it clear where his company’s priorities lie: “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he said. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
by Brie Barbee
STRONG WOMEN IN A ‘SONG OF ICE AND FIRE’
Everywhere and Here by Eva-Jeanette Rawlins
He doesn’t have any qualms about admitting his clothes are only for that wholesome “all-American” kid—which, from their advertising, basically means a chiseled, pouty white one—so, it shouldn’t be surprising that his company keeps trying to exclude the less-desirables until a court makes them stop. He’s willing to put his money where his mouth is, and you get the distinct impression that paying a fine for the right to be exclusionary is far less trouble for the man than changing his philosophy and making clothes for everyone. Now that would just be unthinkable. The problem is, it seems to work. Abercrombie & Fitch has weathered the storms of controversy, and though its sales have lagged in this tough economy, it still commands an eager, faithful following. That’s probably because its marketing strategy lines up with a philosophy that millions of high schoolers learn early on—to fit in, you’ve got to be popular, and to be popular, you have to look perfect. The company unsubtly taps into that need and persuades its marketplace that a little moose makes a huge difference. Hijabs do not fall into Jeffries’ realm of perfection by any stretch of the imagination. The lawsuit claimed that employee Hani Khan was fired “… when the company determined hijabs violated the company’s ‘look policy’ and detracted from its brand.” I mean, what could detract from that all-American “look” more than a Muslim headscarf? A bleached-blonde
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Despite writing a novel based on the feudal system of medieval Europe, George R.R. Martin has managed to create many strong and compelling female characters in his fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Headstrong Cersei Lannister, independent Arya Stark, warrior-like Brienne of Tarth and fiery Daenerys Targaryen—each of these names represent how Martin’s women are equally as powerful as the men, even in the male-dominated society of Westeros. After reading far too many fantasy novels where the female characters are timid or defenseless, I am happy to see a new wave of badass ladies making an appearance in high fantasy. Even if they have personality flaws (which just make them more realistic characters), it feels like a breath of fresh air to read about so many fierce women. In the last few years, there has been a large shift toward incorporating strong women into fantasy, and I think that’s pretty awesome. When writers have the choice to create the world they write in, why would anyone give up the opportunity to create some incredible and unforgettable female leads? Martin does a very good job of creating characters that are relatable and realistic. Each character is very unique, and while some of these ladies might share similarities in their thoughts or personalities, they are each their own woman. One of my favorite lady characters in A Song of Ice and Fire is Arya Stark. Perhaps it’s because she reminds me a bit of myself when I was young, or just that she doesn’t care what other people think of her. Unlike her older sister, Sansa, Arya would much rather learn how to fight with swords than practice her etiquette. Arya is an incredibly strong young girl, and the series wouldn’t be the same without her. She is the type of person that every young girl should look up to, because she is extremely confident in her identity. Daenerys Targaryen is a very different, yet equally compelling character. She is the last surviving member of the Targaryen bloodline and the professed Mother of Dragons. Her title alone is pretty awesome, and from the beginning of the books, readers journey with her as she
surfer dude with a leather cross necklace peeking through his tight-fitting polo shirt, on the other hand—now, that’s perfection. The company put out a statement saying, “Abercrombie & Fitch does not discriminate based on religion…” You can almost see Jeffries rolling his eyes as his publicist delivered the official company line. If he’d had his way, no doubt he would have added, “except when it’s a religion that we don’t like.” Let’s face it. Abercrombie & Fitch isn’t going to change anytime soon. Its ethos is such that money covers a multitude of sins, and it spreads this message through its image and its business practices. We should probably just get used to headlines like “Abercrombie & Fitch settles lawsuit.” People will call for boycotts. The company will apologize, and once the dust—or headache-inducing cologne that seeps out of its storefronts—settles, the clothes will sell, and so will what they stand for. We can only hope that at some point the lawsuits will suck the retailer dry and it will finally have to admit that, in the end, the low waistbands of its jeans and the disappearing hemlines of its skirts do not an all-American make. The size of one’s heart and the breadth of one’s character decide the type of person you’ll become, and the sooner we all learn that, the better we will make this world. Hopefully, its 68-year-old CEO will learn it one day too.
transforms from a timid young girl into a confident woman. While her situation might not translate to modern times, her struggles and desires are very real, and she continues to achieve personal growth throughout the series. Brienne of Tarth might seem like the most obvious choice for a strong woman in the series, and she is definitely a significant female character. However, her physical strength is not the trait that makes her strong. Her emotional struggles to act in accordance with honor and duty do more to shape her into a compelling woman than her strength ever could. She is also a character who relies more on her ability to overcome a situation using physical strength and wit than her womanly charm. Brienne is a very likeable female character who has real human strengths and isn’t overly sexualized. Finally, the last character that I want to mention is Cersei Lannister, the stubborn Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms. While many people dislike Cersei for being power hungry and vindictive, I think she is still an excellent example of a strong female character. She is a caring mother who would do anything to protect her children. Although she is not a very likeable character, Cersei is not willing to back down from anything or give up power she feels she deserves just because she is a woman. She is determined to not let her gender hold her back, and that makes her a rather important individual in the story. Despite her character flaws, Cersei is a much more compelling female character than your typical damsel in distress. I would much rather read about the headstrong Queen Regent, even if I don’t like her, than a flat character who can’t think for herself. Throughout A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin has created a diverse group of interesting female characters, each with different flaws, strengths and motivations. Cersei, Brienne, Dany and Arya are not your typical fantasy women who can’t take care of themselves. They are strong, independent and fierce women who can stand up to anything that they put their minds to. I look forward to seeing more characters like them make an appearance in the world of fantasy.
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‘WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE’ REVIVES RADIO DRAMAS The Rec List
by Katherine Palleschi
In 1938, a radio dramatization of H. G. Wells’ 1898 novel The War of the Worlds caused panicked listeners to flee their homes in fear of an actual alien invasion. I love that. I love the idea of radio dramas—of sitting and listening, eyes closed and imagination gone wild. We don’t get a lot of radio dramas in the U.S. anymore. Most of our radio time is music and news, which is, you know, fine. They still do radio dramas in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. You have to look around, but they are still kicking, which is a great thing if you happen to like the same things I do. You’re probably the sort of person who likes the same sorts of things I do. It’s not terribly hard to like something that I like—the range of things that entertain me is extremely broad. For example, I like things that are realistic, except when they are not. Things that could almost be set in the world we live in, with just the slightest hint of the strange and unexplainable. For example, a podcast called Welcome to Night Vale. Each episode of Welcome to Night Vale is set up as a broadcast from Night Vale Community Radio in Night Vale, a town located somewhere in the desert. The host of the show is Cecil Baldwin, a man whom we must assume is a lifelong resident of Night Vale, as he never questions the existence of the Sheriff’s Secret Police or the angels that visit Old Woman Josie. Cecil is devoted to his town and also to Carlos, the scientist who has come to town to investigate the wide range of bizarre occurrences that the townspeople themselves seem completely used to. There are five-headed dragons running for mayor, mysterious hooded figures in the dog park, strange lights in Radon Canyon and a Glow Cloud that once rained small animals upon the town and now sits on the Board of Education, to name just a few of the things your average Night Vale resident takes for granted. I imagine that if someone from another universe were to walk accidentally into ours, they would feel much the same way that I feel when I listen to Welcome to Night Vale—amused and occasionally unnerved. And yes, sometimes I think about other universes. Science is cool, okay? The show is produced by a multimedia company called Commonplace Books and is co-written by its co-owners, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. New episodes come out twice a month (so far there are 31) and can be found on iTunes. So if that’s the sort of thing that you’re interested in, let me just say, welcome to Night Vale. If odd stories with strange and unexplained goings-on are your kind of thing but podcasts just aren’t, here are some other options: You could travel back in time with David Lynch to the year 1990 and spend 30 episodes with FBI Agent Dale Cooper as he tries to solve the murder of Laura Palmer in Twin Peaks. Twin Peaks, Washington is a strange little town full of strange little people, my favorite of whom is
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affectionately called The Log Lady because she takes a log of wood with her everywhere she goes. I kid you not. Or, you could look into Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs. This is the story of orphans with strange abilities. It was inspired by the author’s love for old photographs and the way sometimes they messed up and made it look as if that little girl in the corner has no face. Those sorts of pictures are included in the book, and I will confess that I was very much afraid of them. If strange little towns full of strange little people are your thing, but you’d rather be happy, try these. Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio is a collection of vignettes about the inhabitants of a small town in the late 1800s. The characters are not
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easily forgotten and are certainly up to their own era-appropriate shenanigans, such as running naked through town one night in the rain. And of course, there is always room for a trip to Stars Hollow, Conn., where you can enjoy the constant pop-culture references of The Gilmore Girls while also being disappointed that Luke and Lorelai didn’t get together the minute they met. This is not a spoiler, don’t worry. I hope that you give Welcome to Night Vale a listen and that you enjoy the episodes as much as I do (and if you do, please check out the Welcome Night Vale tag on Tumblr, because good grief there is some fantastic fanart out there). If there’s something that you’ve totally fallen in love with and want to tell the world about, let me know—I’m always looking for new things to love.
“I imagine that if someone from another universe were to walk accidentally into ours, they would feel much the same way that I feel when I listen to Welcome to Night Vale—amused and occasionally unnerved.”
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU GOT
Why PSU's health plan is a really great deal
The Campus Critic by Theo Burke
I talk to a lot of students who don’t really know if they should feel good, bad or indifferent about the mandatory PSU health insurance. If you are carrying this insurance, you have a “Cadillac” plan, whether you know it or not. It has tons of benefits and it’s super cheap. It’s time you learned what you’re sitting on. The PSU mandatory student health plan is a major medical plan, covering all doctors visits, specialists’ care, labs, x-rays, tests, hospital care, surgery, ambulance and prescription drugs, up to $500,000 per year. The old basic insurance plan at PSU was more minimal and covered up to $7,500 per year. The new plan also covers chiropractic care, acupuncture, maternity care, mental health counseling and treatment, substance abuse treatment, physical therapy, contraceptives, diabetic testing and testing for learning disabilities. Many plans do not cover these, or they charge much higher monthly premiums to do so. Unlike an HMO plan, there is no requirement for a referral from a primary care physician to see a specialist. Preventative care is paid at 100 percent, so you can go get an annual checkup, a physical or even vaccines without worrying about paying for it, all before illness strikes and it gets expensive. Arguably most important of all, the plan has no deductibles, which are common to most medical plans and require you to pay the first $250, $500, $1,000 or even $2,500 of your medical expenses before the plan will cover much of anything. A lower deductible means paying a higher monthly premium. But the PSU plan has no deductible. Zip. You will have some copays of $15 to $30 for some types of provider visits, but you don’t have to pay off a deductible first. After your copay, the plan pays 80 percent of the remaining cost if you use a provider in Aetna’s extensive Preferred Provider network. But if you need to see a certain out-of-network doctor, the plan still covers 60 percent of the remaining cost. Also, if you have a pre-existing illness or injury, the plan will cover you from the start, provided you have been continuously covered on another plan or on the old student insurance. Now consider the price for all this. The school charges you $594 per term, not per month, for this plan. The plan throws in the summer term for free! (The school wants you covered whether or not you take summer classes, graduate or even travel to Europe to “broaden your horizons,” then break your leg.) This works out to $148.50 per month over a twelve-month period. Is that a good price? Most major insurance companies will charge at least $250-$300 per month for an individual. If you work for a smaller company or buy your own insurance, expect to pay about $300 per month if you’re young and $500-$600 per month if you’re middleaged. If you are a family of two or more, expect to pay $800 to $1400 per month. Also compare this to the price PSU students with health problems, even the youngest ones, paid under the old plan. Those who carried the supplemental plan and basic plan under the old system paid around $980 per term if they were in their twenties and roughly $1800
per term if they were over 50. For even the youngest students with disease or injury, the new plan is a much better deal. Yet many students have howled about the new plan, especially over the waiver. Students can waive or opt out of the insurance and avoid the $594 insurance fee if they can show they are covered on a different health plan that has comparable benefits and meets certain criteria. A big consideration: the alternative plan must carry a deductible of $2,500 or less (as opposed to PSU’s $0 deductible). The vast majority of the waiver requests that are denied are because a student’s alternative health plan carries a deductible higher than $2,500. Some students wonder what business it is of the university to keep track of their insurance and deductibles. The waiver requirements anticipate the new requirements coming in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, which will be fully implemented on Jan. 1. Similar to PSU’s requirements, Obamacare will require all plans everywhere to carry certain minimum benefits that will be much greater than the insurance business’ average plans in the individual market in the past. Some students want to be left to their own devices; they are healthy and can afford the risk, they say. Yet many chronic diseases, athletic injuries and other health problems can manifest in your twenties. And
you don’t have to look far around campus to find students with major health problems. One student I talked to came to PSU last year with pre-existing health problems. She paid $6,000 herself in medical care the year before attending PSU. Her temporary insurance plan chipped in only $75. Prior to that, she had an employer plan that charged as much as PSU’s old supplemental plan, but with about half the coverage. Until now, I would’ve always argued that you wouldn’t find a plan this generous and also this cheap after you leave school if you have to buy your own insurance. But with the Obamacare state exchanges opening now and coverage beginning on Jan. 1, the individual insurance market in the “real world” may start catching up to the current PSU student health insurance. So many people will be eligible for subsidies under Obamacare that it may well bring their plans’ prices close to the PSU plan. For example, my sister estimates her family of six will pay $2,100 per year in premiums, with the government paying the rest, to buy their insurance—only slightly more than the PSU plan. Even so, the plan she will be able to buy may not be quite as generous as the PSU student plan. So appreciate what you have, Vikings. Use the benefits. Get around to those doctor visits before you graduate. You don’t know what you got until you lose it.
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PSU Art Building, room 160 12-2 p.m.
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COVER Portland is a city of designers. Creative types flock here from all over the country, enticed by the promise of a community that cares about art and the people who make it. But the popularity and density of Portland’s creative scene can sometimes lead to confusion, especially for students looking to break into the industry. With such concerns looming, it became clear: The designers needed to turn their talents inward. They needed an aggregator. Enter Design Week Portland, a citywide, weeklong celebration of art and design that’s happening right now. This week, designers will host presentations about their craft, and studios will open their doors to the public. Since its wildly successful debut last year, the number of artists participating in Design Week Portland has doubled and the number of studios putting on open houses has tripled. Kate Bingaman-Burt, a member of the core action team for Design Week Portland and an assistant professor at PSU, said that now, with so many studios and artists putting themselves out there, is the perfect time for students to start networking and making connections. “We have open houses that are happening every single day,” Bingaman-Burt said. “And this is the best chance students will get to wander into an agency that they’re interested in and just check it out, to see what’s happening there, to see the type of work that’s going on and to meet people without having to cold call.” Bingaman-Burt said that Design Week Portland, which falls on the second week of classes for the new term, could not come at a better time. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to get out and explore the city that they live in,” Bingaman-Burt said. “I feel like this is a really good kickoff to the year because it gives students a good taste of all the different studios, all of the different maker spaces, all of the different events that go on within the city.” “It’s also early enough in the term that they don’t feel so super bogged down with homework that they say ‘I can’t do it, I have a proj-
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ect due!’ because that’s not the case yet,” she said. After last year’s Design Week Portland, Bingaman-Burt said she saw a change in her students. Students told her they felt like they had more context for what they were learning; they seemed excited. “I saw a tremendous impact on students who were still trying to figure out ‘what is graphic design?’ and ‘how did I pick this major?’” Bingaman-Burt said. “Because they were able to experience design firsthand, it was a really great out-of-classroom experience.”
Do what you love Sarah Giffrow, creative director at the design and photography agency Upswept Creative, is one of the many designers hosting open houses. Upswept Creative works mostly with Portland-area businesses and entrepreneurs, like the Rose City Rollers and Beer Quest PDX. Giffrow said the open house also doubles as a celebration for her studio’s second anniversary. “For the Design Week Portland event, we’re hosting jewelry by Jennifer Campbell Design, fashion and costume styling by Bonnie Thor and art by Litzy Venturi,” Giffrow said. “We’ll also have wine and refreshments, including wonderful pastries provided by nom*ables.” Giffrow said she became interested in design back in 1995, when she built her first web page. “Midway through college, I realized that I was spending all of my free time on web design and was way more interested in that than any of the classes I was taking,” Griffow said. “So, I re-focused my education and became a multimedia design major. I’ve followed that path ever since.” Giffrow said that students looking to get into the design field should find out what excites them about design. “There are quite a few disciplines to explore, and what appeals to a user interface or user experience designer may not be as intriguing to an illustrator,” Giffrow said. “Once you know that, build your skills, experiment and do what excites you. And then recognize your own value and respect what your time is worth. “There’s more to design than just throwing pixels together on a screen,” Griffrow said.
Mad science Jason Blackheart, creative director at the design studio Vizify, will be hosting the sold-out “Show & Tell with Jason Blackheart: The Experience is Everything.” Blackheart has just started as an adjunct professor at PSU teaching communication design, a class that focuses on designing information. “I like to tell people I lost a bet,” Blackheart said, laughing. In reality, he had been popping his head into the PSU graphic design department for years before finally taking up an offer to teach, Blackheart said. “I’ve done guest critiques in classes and I’ve come in and done lectures,” Blackheart said. “But I haven’t stepped into a classroom on official terms in 25 years, so it’s all very new to me.”
Blackheart said his Design Week Portland presentation will focus on his perspectives as a designer and his experiences in a recent collaborative installation called Mad Science. The project asked artists to envision the year 2045, where a private institution dedicated to the protection of the planet, Mad Science, had sent the greatest minds of today forward into the future to solve the problems of tomorrow. Blackheart designed an enormous, diamond-shaped future-kiosk for Mad Science. The kiosk roused curiosity and piqued the interest of passersby—precisely Blackheart’s intent. “I’m shaping [my presentation] to focus on my experiences with UX—user experience design—and interactivity,” Blackheart said. “But I think there are a lot of lessons there that can be applied to every discipline of design. The top points of the presentation are going to involve storytelling and designing for micro-interactions, delight and the moments that we design that then add up to the story.” “When we’re happy, when we’re affected emotionally, we tend to remember things more. As a designer, as someone creating experiences for people, I think that’s incredibly important to understand,” Blackheart said. Blackheart said he never really intended to get into design, but through his love of filmmaking and a desire to elicit emotions through his art, he eventually found work in the design community. “I didn’t study design formally in school,” Blackheart said. “I took one design class and nearly failed it. I’ve sort of stumbled my way forward as someone in the discipline of design. My entire career—and I’m about 20 years in—has been a learning process and a lot about exploration.” “I think maybe I’m finally at a point where I know what I’m doing,” Blackheart said.
The man who was everywhere Adam Garcia, an adjunct professor of graphic design at PSU who also runs the design studio The Pressure, said he wished he could have hosted his own event for Design Week. Instead, he has opted to spread his talent around the events. “This year I just basically offered up work and my time. That’s the least I could do. It’s an amazing event, and we’re incredibly lucky to be able to have something like this in our city,” Garcia said. Garcia said he has contributed to numerous events, such as Homebrewed by Design, the WeMake closing party and fundraiser, and the Case of Bass boom box event, in which various artists will be given all the tools necessary to build their own boom boxes out of varying materials. He has also collaborated with Tanner Goods, a local design company known for their handcrafted products, on a series of custom coasters and has a piece in the Megabolt screen printing workshop. “I have wanted to work in design since I was in high school,” Garcia said. “I found work by always being self-motivated and putting myself out there. Be curious, ask questions, reach out to those you look up to, never stop learning, listen, fail, cry, dance and work your ass off.”
with Rory Phillips
with Jason Blackheart: The Experience is Everything
PSU Art Building, room 165 7-9:30p.m.
PSU Art Building, room 320 12-1 p.m.
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A+D PROJECTS A FORMULA FOR DESIGNING TEAMWORK RYAN CLAPPER
This fall term, the School of Art and Design has launched a new class: an in-house design agency called A+D Projects. This one-of-akind class has only just begun, but is already aimed to revolutionize Portland State’s design program. According to Kate Bingaman-Burt, professional designer, assistant professor at PSU and founder of A+D Projects, the university has lacked a functioning design program within the graphic design department for some time. The department, which operates out of Smith Memorial Student Union, provides graphic design work for the community by employing students, but the school does not assist the center with the demands for its own design work. “All of us have an incredible need for design work, but we don’t have anyone who works on design at this school,” Bingaman-Burt said. Bingaman-Burt brought this problem to the attention of the school, which, in turn, gave her an empty classroom that had previously been used for storage. With a little cleaning up and clearing out, the room was then transformed into A+D Projects. The class is intended to fill the design gap while giving much- needed experience to the students who work within the class. However, the experience Bingaman-Burt intends to teach isn’t job experience—something many graphic design students already have—but teamwork. A+D Projects is made up of 15 high-performing, talented graphic design students who are then broken up into separate, smaller teams, with each team running their own independent studio. The premise behind the class is that students within these teams will learn how to run their own studio, develop leadership skills and learn how to function as a collective.
“I’m in the role of the teacher, but I have to take a step back and let them learn,” Bingaman-Burt said. “I’m really excited about A+D Projects,” said Jordan Hoagbin, a junior in PSU’s graphic design program and member of the new project. “I think a lot of the things that I haven’t enjoyed about Portland State has been the disconnect between different departments, different programs, etc.” “I love what the graphic design program has done to create a sense of community within itself and beyond the classroom, and this class is a step into bringing the sense of community to the university as a whole and giving students the experience of working with actual clients, with projects that will have impact… I’m excited that the projects we’ll be doing will affect the experience at the School of Art and Design directly and immediately,” Hoagbin said. “This is the first time this class has been offered,” Hoagbin continued. “We are the first batch of students, and all of us were hand selected by faculty, so I’m really excited to be working with such capable people and seeing the impact we can make on the school as a whole.” The excitement over the potential and opportunity provided by a program of this kind is echoed by the staff directly involved with it. “I’m hugely excited about working with everyone on the A+D Projects team,” said PSU professor and A+D adviser Sean Schumacher. “Each term, the class will rotate between myself, Kate Bingaman-Burt and Briar Levit. As advisers, we do work together to advance things as a whole, but as each of us has different things that we’ll bring to the studio. I think the class will take on a bit of the personality of each of us as the year goes on.” Despite the class’ emphasis on change and development from se-
ALEX DESPAIN, a junior design student at PSU, prepares the A+D Projects design studio for upcoming open house.
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mester to semester, Schumacher emphasized that the students are what come first at A+D Projects. “The students…are the heart and soul of what we’ll be doing. Each has their own background, their own specialties and their own interests, and as they work together, they’ll be able to contribute to the visual culture and affect the visibility of the new School of Art and Design in a hugely positive way. Ultimately, too, it’s their talent and their gen-
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erosity with their time that has made this idea possible and will make the School of Art and Design a better place for everyone— students and teachers alike,” Schumacher said. As part of Design Week Portland, A+D Projects will be hosting an open house event to celebrate the opening of the new design studio on Oct. 8. More information and future updates about the program can be found at http://psu.gd
A+D Projects Open House 1990 S.W. 5th Ave, room 330 Portland, OR 97201 Tuesday, Oct. 8, 4-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public
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Students’ award-winning artwork now on display SHEENA MILLER
The artwork of Portland State students Patricia Vazquez Gomez and Jordan Hoagbin, the first- and second-place winners of the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize, respectively, is now on display in the Autzen Gallery, located on the second floor of PSU’s Neuberger Hall. This new prize, created thanks to a gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, seeks to recognize outstanding talent in PSU’s School of Art and Design, award its recipients with a shared total of $9,500 and raise awareness of the highquality art education PSU offers its students.
‘A Relationship is an artwork’ Gomez’s portion of the exhibit, “Everybody is welcome...”, consists of several videos and acrylic paintings on canvas. Por Ellas, one of the video projects created by Gomez, a third-year MFA and social practice student, captures long-distance exchanges between an immigrant mother from Mexico and her three daughters who had to stay behind. “People don’t necessarily see themselves as cultural producers or writers in this rural community of Mexico,” said Gomez, on the creation of the film. “It was a powerful process to see someone take ownership of their work.” The pieces she creates, Gomez said, are informed by “anti-oppression theory in terms of race, gender, sexual orientation, forms of social membership and relationships of power and privilege.” “[The aim is] not to create objects, but processes…[it’s about] getting out of the role of the artist, facilitating other things. I tried to pay at-
tention to the things that are happening around me. I’m interested in relationships… A relationship is an artwork,” Gomez said.
Unapologetically frank In the future, she said she might be focusing on “bringing painting and the social practice together… more education-based work.” Hoagbin, a sophomore studying graphic design, created “Sew Many Feelings,” a question-and-answer wall open to anonymous audience response as well as a set of pillows that corresponds in color. The process for creating the piece came from “going through portfolio reviews and making these faces,” Hoagbin said. “As a designer, [it’s about] responding to the needs of a project. You’re told, ‘This is your 30x25 [foot] space and you can do whatever you want.’ It’s very stressful and overwhelming,” Hoagbin said. The prompts used in the interactive posters on the wall in “Sew Many Feelings” stemmed from questions he would ask himself to check in, Hoagbin said. The Post-It notes, markers and stickers placed on podiums surrounding the posters allow visitors to express themselves discreetly via written word. “I always want to connect with my audience; the participatory aspect makes it more fun for people coming in. When people are held accountable, there’s going to be a façade,” Hoagbin said. “I like the anonymity, the unapologetic frankness… This show is about feeling weird showing work to people.” The exhibit will be open until Nov. 1. A formal award ceremony for the presentations of the Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize will take place Oct. 24 at 5–7 p.m.
PATRICIA VÁSQUEZ GOMEZ presents her art project, "Everybody is welcome..." at the exhibit's opening.
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CHEESY SPINACH LASAGNA (VEGETARIAN STYLE) Serves: 12 Approximate Cost: $10-$15 Ingredients 20 lasagna noodles 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms 1 cup chopped fresh onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 2 cups fresh spinach 3 cups ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 egg 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 3 cups pasta sauce of choice 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese ©2013 DESIGN BY CREATIVE GIRL MEDIA - SPINACH LASAGNA
Lasagna is a classic dish with many layers. Really, it is a lot like a typical Portlander: carefully constructed on the outside with a warm, gooey mixture on the inside. Or, you know, a band t-shirt under flannel under Gore-Tex. The point is it looks like it’s expensive and working hard to be delicious, but you can easily make it happen yourself. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Hang on to your hats, however, because that is the easy part. While your oven is preheating, you can get to work bringing a large pot of water to a boil. If you don’t boil the lasagna noodles before you try to bake them, they are going to be hard,
crunchy and generally unpleasant to eat. Make sure you lightly salt the water before you add the noodles. If you feel paranoid that you can’t be attentive enough to move them around and keep them from sticking together, you can add a dash of olive oil to the water as well. The boiling process should take 8–10 minutes, but don’t let them get too soft. Cooking the noodles just long enough to get them to the “al dente” point (that is, when they are no longer crunchy, but they aren’t too squishy and waterlogged) will make sure that they do not get overcooked in the baking process. No one likes rubbery lasagna (this writer assumes). When you’re satisfied with the state of your lasagna noodles,
remove them from the heat and drain the water from the pot. A strainer can help with this, but if you don’t have one you can grab a pot lid and use it to create a small enough opening that water can escape the pot but noodles can’t. Lasagna isn’t all noodles, of course. You’re going to need to make a filling for it. This is where your onions, mushrooms and garlic come into play. You can probably find garlic already minced at the store. The onions and mushrooms you will most likely have to cut up yourself. Once this is done, you should bring a skillet to medium heat on your stove top and cook the onions, mushrooms and garlic together until the veggies have reached a tender state. Drain
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the excess liquid. While you’re at it, you might as well boil your spinach for 5 minutes, drain the liquid and chop the spinach up as well. Best to get the chopping done while you’re on a roll. Now everything is all cut up and drained. We’re still on the same page here, right? Good. All of the ingredients, after being given a few minutes to cool down, are about to get very friendly as you put them together and add your basil, oregano, salt and pepper. You will also invite the ricotta cheese, Romano cheese and egg to the party at this time. If you have an electric mixer and want a filling that is smoother, you can beat your ingredients together for 1 minute. If you don’t have one, just make sure to use your strongest arm and really work with a
whisk until things feel sufficiently incorporated. Assimilation isn’t a bad thing in lasagna; that’s kind of the point. Now, back to that layering thing. Place five of your cooked lasagna noodles down on the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Make sure they are settled comfortably, then put down an even layer of the mixture you just made. Sprinkle the Parmesan and mozzarella over the layer in an amount that you consider appropriate. Do the same thing with the sauce of your choice. Most people use a tomato-based sauce or paste to get a classic lasagna taste. I tend to prefer a cheesy, creamy sauce myself. Repeat the layering process twice, then add a final layer of
your noodles and some more of the grated and shredded cheeses to make it look pretty. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and stick it in your oven for an hour, and you should be good. Make sure to let it cool for 15 minutes or so before you try to serve it. This recipe makes about 12 servings, so invite some friends over or enjoy your leftovers and save some money on dinner for a few nights. If you want to serve a simple side dish with your meal, you can grab a loaf of previously baked Italian bread at the store. Just add some of your extra minced garlic and cheese, along with a little bit of butter, and stick the slices under the broiler until they are as crispy as you like. Done? Congrats, friends! You’ve made lasagna.
ARTS & CULTURE TIMESHARE EP release will be at Holocene on Oct. 24.
SHY GIRLS BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO PORTLAND MUSIC SCENE BLAKE HICKMAN
© AKILA FIELDS
It’s amazing the sort of things you come across when you run internet searches for “Shy Girls.” I’ll say this, if you try this at work, be sure to play it safe and include Portland in your query. After a page or so filled with links relating to Portland-based musician Dan Vidmar’s project Shy Girls, who are releasing their first official EP later this month, I stumbled across a link to an article titled “How to Have a Relationship With a Shy Girl: 11 Steps.” It wouldn’t surprise me if listening to the new Shy Girls EP, Timeshare, was one of those steps. Timeshare is the sort of sultry, soulful record that you throw on when lights are low and expectations are hanging in the air. Like
the cute bad boy with a heart of gold, Timeshare has a heartfelt side that belies its slick ‘90s R&B throwback exterior. “I’m still falling for you / I’m still just waiting by your side,” Vidmar confesses on “Still Not Falling,” a breathtaking track documenting what Vidmar referred to as “an interesting relationship period.” The dilemma between “we can end this now or we can run it to the ground” chronicled within the song is a moving portrait of the third act of a relationship that’s either going to end or continue running along like a car without an engine. It’s the perfect example of the sort of brutal honesty that Vidmar brings to the cool, immaculately produced R&B vibes of Shy Girls. The release of Timeshare comes a scant six months after the Shy
Girls track “Under Attack” gained accolades ranging from Pitchfork Media coverage to the coveted Best New Band award from Willamette Week, which Vidmar admitted was “crazy.” At the time, Shy Girls had only played a handful of shows and had a few songs on SoundCloud and Spotify. Still, with “Under Attack” they brought something unique and fresh to a Portland scene that’s all too commonly known for cardigan-sweater-clad twee and post-grunge malaise. The more R&B-oriented songs of Shy Girls have given Portland’s scene a breath of fresh air, allowing other bands to explore similar sounds. Vidmar has mentioned local acts such as Magic Fades and DJ Porsche as examples of other Portlanders he felt are breaking the same ground.
Shy Girls have been hitting their stride at the perfect time, when even the most dour and lifeless bands seem to be embracing dance and R&B textures—witness Arcade Fire’s abysmal track “Reflektor,” which sounds like the boring midaughts version of David Bowie’s cocaine period. It’s amazing how fresh a band can sound simply by focusing on the fundamentals of tight songwriting, earnest lyrics and solid production. Timeshare breezes by in just over 26 minutes. In an era defined by the dichotomy of 80 minute double LPs and iTunes singles, an EP is certainly welcome. The record is well served by this sort of songwriter-oriented approach, allowing listeners a glimpse into what’s to come from one of Portland’s truly essential acts.
THE BRIDGE CITY BEAT TRISTAN COOPER
When it comes to comic books, it doesn’t get more Portland than Stumptown. Set in Portland, published by Portland’s Oni Press, written by Portland fan favorite Greg Rucka and drawn by Seattleite Matthew Southworth, the detective graphic novel is pure Pacific Northwest. The second book in the series, subtitled The Case of the Baby in the Velvet Case, has just been released in oversized hardcover format with an introduction from comics writer and Portland native Kelly Sue DeConnick. Stumptown centers on Dex Parios, a private investigator working in Portland. For her latest gig, Dex is hired by local musician Miriam Bracca to find her stolen guitar—the “baby” in the velvet case. The guitar is valuable on its own, belonging to a member of a popular band, but naturally there are a few extra layers at play. The story is self-contained, so you can hop into the second volume like you would with any episode of a cop TV show. It does help on a context and character level to have read the first book, but it’s not necessary. Even in the second volume, the sheer novelty of the Portland setting is still exciting. Though Portland has gained national notoriety in recent years with Portlandia, Grimm and a season of The Real World, there’s still something remarkable about recognizing our home turf in a piece of major media. At one point, I was reading Stumptown on the MAX next to Union Station and had to stop myself from showing strangers how cool it was that I could match up the iconic “Go By Train” sign with its illustrated counterpart. Your novelty mileage may vary, but the quality and accuracy of Stumptown's representation of Portland is undeniable. Rucka has been at the mystery game for years, in both novels and comics, and it shows in his tight storytelling. Though this second volume is longer than the first, no scene seems unnecessary, no panel superfluous. The dialogue is one notch removed from reality (“Now I see your hands...or I see the fine pink mist that was your brains.”), grounded enough to be believable, but exaggerated enough to be entertaining.
Whenever the book jumps up a notch, gravity pulls it down to earth. An entire chapter is devoted to a thrilling car chase that has the reader physically turning the book with the action. After the chase is over, instead of high-fives and beers all around, there are real and logical consequences. Combined with the real-world setting, Stumptown benefits from an authenticity that’s rare in detective fiction, comics or otherwise. Though Rucka’s dedication to Portland shines through in Stumptown, artist Matthew Southworth is due a fair share of credit. Southworth’s style morphs from page to page, from detailed depictions of real buildings to rough sketches that almost look like storyboards but always remains faithful to the city. The aforementioned car chase is the highlight, a marvel of plotting and execution that seems hectic and fast-paced without ever becoming indecipherable. It’s an impressive feat; fistfights in comics are a dime a dozen, but great car chases are few and far between. The asymmetrical technique isn’t for everyone. In one panel, Dex’s face might be a meticulously crafted expression of anguish, and another might resemble a common internet smiley face. Some will appreciate the inconsistency for its improvisational quality, while the unevenness might drive others up the wall. No matter the style, colorist Rico Renzi does a fantastic job filling in Southworth’s lines. Somehow he knows just the right amount of purple tint to add to a skinhead tweaker’s complexion, and the exact cherry brick red to give a treasured guitar an air of magic. Together, Renzi and Southworth deliver unique and idiosyncratic visuals deserving of the Rose City. The $29.99 price tag might sound like a tall order, even for a deluxe hardcover, but there are other options for the budget-conscious. A set of the individual issues that make up the book can be found for about $20 at one of Portland’s many fine comic shops. Barring that, the digital version can be found online at Comixology for $8.99.
© GREG RUCKA, MATHEW SOUTHWORTH, RICO RENZI
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HITCHCOCK FINDING HITCHCOCK ANDREW ECHEVERRIA
How might it feel to have witnessed the birth of a film legend? The evolution from no-name to household name laid out before your eyes in a smattering of hot white light and photographic film? Thanks to the British Film Institute and the Northwest Film Center, Portlanders will have the opportunity to experience this throughout the month of October. After painstaking restorations, the British Film Institute has rereleased Alfred Hitchcock’s nine earliest directorial endeavors, including his debut film The Pleasure Garden (1925) for a touring review. Now, thanks to the NWFC and the partnership of Portland State’s English Department, the Hitchcock 9 are being presented as an overlapping part of Portland’s annual music-themed film festival, Reel Music Fest 31 in October. In light of this, it makes sense that Portland’s Hitchcock 9 showings will hold one significant difference from other showings around the globe: the addition of live music. “These are silent films,” said Nick Bruno, PR and marketing associate with NWFC. “Either there would be live musical accompaniment when they were originally presented back in the 1920s, or a specific score was written per film for interpretation. In this case, we wanted people to not have the experience that they would normally expect to have when coming to see a silent film with live music…that nostalgia, piano, song-anddance sort of scene.” This stems from the ideas of NWFC director Bill Foster, who the presentation of the Hitchcock 9 to not fit into this nostalgic box, instead striving for a fresher, more eclectic experience. “[Foster] wanted to force more adventurous ensembles…I think we ended up with quite a few,” said Bruno. As intended, Portland’s show ings of Hitchcock’s films promise to be more adventurous than one might expect. The end product is a roster of various Portland artists and musicians whose playing styles range from classic jazz to experimental world chamber music, with acts such as The Bill Marsh Ensemble and 3 Leg Torso leading the charge. Among the films being presented as a part of the Hitchcock 9 are such classics as Blackmail (1929), accompanied by 3 Leg Torso and Mark Orton, The Ring (1927) accompanied by Tara Jane O’Neil, and The Lodger (1927)—“the first true Hitchcock movie” as stated by Hitchcock himself, which also introduced several of the various tropes and motifs that became common in his films after the director’s auteur establishment. The Lodger will be be scored by David Goldblatt and the Superjazzers, and will also feature an introduction by Dr. Amy Borden, assistant professor of film studies at PSU. Students and movie lovers alike can expect to experience the full excitement of watching Alfred Hitchcock find his own voice and unique style as a young artist, accompanied by a plethora of Portland’s talented musical outfits, when the Hitchcock 9 hits the NWFC Oct. 12.
HITCHCOCK’S first silent film, ‘The Pleasure Garden’ (1925). ©AYMON INDEPENDENT
THE HITCHCOCK 9 NORTHWEST FILM CENTER 1219 SW Park Avenue Portland, OR
SAT. OCTOBER 12 8:00pm
SUN. OCTOBER 13 7:00pm
THE LODGER 1927
WED. OCTOBER 16 8:00 pm
THE FARMER’S WIFE 1928
FRI. OCTOBER 18 8:00pm
THE RING 1927
SUN. OCTOBER 20 7:00 pm
WED. OCTOBER 23 8:00pm
FRI. OCTOBER 25 8:00pm
THE PLEASURE GARDEN 1925
For a full list of the films and showtimes, visit the NWFC’s website for the Hitchcock 9 at
SAT. OCTOBER 26 8:00pm
THE MANXMAN 1929
SUN. OCTOBER 27 7:00pm
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MYSTERY AFOOT AT OMSI THE NEW INTERACTIVE SHERLOCK HOLMES EXHIBIT at OMSI Oct. 10 world premiere.
© GEOFFREY M. CURLEY + ASSOCIATES, RENDERING: XLSCENIC
Sherlock Holmes has intrigued and inspired readers all over the world for over a century. His legacy lives on with the bestselling book series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a statue in London, hit blockbuster films and, beginning Oct. 10, an exhibit at Portland’s Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. OMSI, in cooperation with the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Exhibits Development Group, Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates and the Museum of London, has created the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, which will allow patrons to step back in time and enter the world of literature’s greatest detective.
Attendees will be able to walk down a recreation of the streets of Victorian London, sit in rooms modeled after Holmes’ famous 221B Baker Street apartment and take an interactive approach to learning more about the iconic figure. The exhibit comes at a time when the inquisitive investigator has become a worldwide phenomenon. “Sherlock is, and always has been, very popular,” said Cathie Ericson, public relations manager for OMSI. “There are currently two TV series based on Sherlock Holmes—the critically acclaimed, award-winning Sherlock on BBC, and Elementary… with another movie on
the way next summer. The final gallery of the exhibit will appeal to pop culture enthusiasts with a variety of movie and television show props and costumes.” This exhibit isn’t only for fans of the modern-day adaptations of Sherlock Holmes. It may come as a shock to some that such a seemingly pop culturefocused event is being held at OMSI, but the reason is simple. The exhibit is not only to highlight the recent adaptations of the fictional character but also to explore the scientific developments pioneered by Doyle in the field of law enforcement. “Sherlock Holmes, created in the mind of doctor-turnedauthor Arthur Conan Doyle,
changed the way police work was conducted, and remain in practice today,” said the exhibit’s press release. Doyle, through his writing, pioneered breakthroughs in forensic investigation that were not yet in use by police. Now, many of the ideas found in his work are commonplace in everyday police procedure. The exhibit will demonstrate how police work has changed in 100 years and will even allow guests to take part in examining the advances in criminology in the time of Doyle’s writing. As the press release explained, “The exhibition digs into real forensic studies in order to demonstrate the link
between the Sherlock Holmes stories’ detective science and the world of today.” The interested historian will find joy in the countless relics and artifacts of the Victorian era also featured in the exhibit. The
past is mirrored in the final segment, which is an examination of the subculture that Sherlock Holmes has created and maintained for over a century. More information can be found at omsi.edu
OMSI PRESENTS THE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES 1945 S.E. Water Ave. Portland, OR 97217 Tickets: For non-members $18 Adult; $13 Youth & Seniors; For members $5 Adult; $3 Youth & Seniors
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Top Performers Darlington Nagbe and Will Johnson, 1 gosl each. Danavan Ricketts, incredible saves.
2 PORTLAND @ SEATTLE 2 SUN. 10/13 6:00 p.m. NBA
PORTLAND vs. PHOENIX MON. 10/9 7:00 p.m.
Top Performers Taylor Leier with last goal against Kelowna.
3 vs. KAMLOOPS 6 PORTLAND SAT. 10/12 7:00 p.m. PSU FOOTBALL
PSU @ SOUTHERN UTAH
Top Performers DJ Adams rushed 18 times for 79 yards.
Top Performers Kayla Henningsen’s goal was Vik’s first on direct free kick this year
SAT. 10/11 1:00 p.m. PSU VOLLEYBALL
0 PSU @ NORTHERN COLORADO 1 THURS. 10/10 6:00 p.m.
SOUTHERN UTAH PSU
Top Performers Jaklyn Wheeler had 3rd double-digit kill performance of the year
PSU WOMEN’S SOCCER
PSU @ SOUTHERN UTAH
PSU WOMEN’S SOCCER
SAT. 10/12 1:05 p.m.
CROSS COUNTRY RUNS HARD AT BILL DELLINGER INVITATIONAL KAYLA TATUM
The Portland State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed on Saturday in the Bill Dellinger Invitational, hosted by University of Oregon at the Springfield Country Club. Seniors Andrew Landstrom and Sarah Dean led the Vikings. The race was one of the most challenging meets of the season thus far, but the team managed to place well. “Competing against the really high nationally ranked teams is always a challenge,” assistant coach (distance) Jonathan Marcus said. “It is always good to get that experience [because] it is preparing us.” One standout on Saturday was freshman Cheryn Trap, who placed 57th overall in the women’s 5,000-meter course with a time of 18:27. Trap said she is beginning to adjust to college races.
“The level of running is a lot more competitive and a lot more intense than high school competition level. But I really love it because I want to get better,” Trap said. She added, “[My teammates] are super helpful with each other and very reliable, trustworthy. They are part of my family now. We have gotten so close to each other.” Senior Sarah Dean agreed that the team works well together. “It shows, too. We had really good packs throughout the whole race. Everybody stuck together and helped each other out, which is great.” Dean is one of the most experienced runners on the team. She competed for Eastern Oregon University for two years before transferring to PSU. When asked if she considers herself like a “big sister” to the other girls on the
team she said, “Yes I do. I try to do the little things right—eat right, have a positive attitude and have fun while doing it.” Dean is the Vikings’ top runner, finishing 29th overall in the women’s 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:53. When asked what her quirky pre-game rituals are for every race, she said, “I always have a liter of coconut water before every race. It’s just something I have to do. I also have a pair of lucky socks that I always wear.” A newcomer on the team is senior Andrew Landstrom, who is a transfer student from Concordia University. On Saturday he placed 56th overall in the men’s 8,000-meter race with a time of 25:41. When asked how well he thought he did in the race he said, “It was decent— definitely wasn’t my best race. I could’ve improved on a couple
of things in the race, but it was decent overall.” When asked how he likes PSU so far he said, “I like it, I like it a lot. A lot more intense training, professors are a little bit more involved in their class. All of my professors are excited about their subject areas, all of my coaches are excited about running, [teammates] are excited to run. I feel like there is a lot more to gain here than it was at my other school.” Although he just joined the team, he said he has built connections with his teammates, “even though most of them are freshman.” One of the freshman on the team is his younger brother, Jordan Landstrom. After the Bill Dellinger Invitational, the Vikings will have three meets before the 2013 Big Sky Championship, held in Bozeman, Mont.
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MEET YOUR FALL COACHES RONNYE HARRISON
NIGEL BURTON ©PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
LAURA SCHOTT COURTESY OF NIGEL BURTON
MICHAEL SEEMANN ©PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
KENNY DOW ©PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
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Cross Country Coached by Ronnye Harrison
Football Coached by Nigel Burton
Women’s Soccer Coached by Laura Schott
Women’s Golf Coached by Kailin Downs
Women’s Volleyball Coached by Michael Seemann
Cheerleading Coached by Kenny Dow
Track and field coach Ronnye Harrison has been at Portland State since 2008. His coaching highlights are filled with a number of successful athletes. In the last few years, Harrison has coached the track and field program to a number of top-three finishes at the Big Sky conference’s indoor and outdoor meets. This year’s cross country squad is already off to a stellar start, in which Harrison has seen his team win a meet hosted by Willamette University. Four PSU athletes finished in the top 10 runners—a really solid accomplishment. Harrison is a very active coach and is constantly working with athletes to improve their technique. That coaching attitude has given Harrison major success with a number of his athletes, specifically sprinters. Harrison has coached former PSU athlete Karene King in her attempt to run in the Olympics, as well as Gerrone Black, who broke a number of records at PSU before her last year as a runner in 2013. Harrison is also a jazz musician and has performed the national anthem at PSU events on his saxophone a number of times.
Nigel Burton was named the head coach of the PSU football team on Dec. 8, 2009. Ever since then, Burton has been the man responsible for a complete turnaround in the Vikings football program. The head coach has made a number of changes to the appearance, play and attitude of PSU football, including returning the Vikings to their traditional green color and recruiting more locally. PSU has become a very big recruiter in Oregon. Of the recruits in the last couple years, most of them have been from Oregon or the Pacific Northwest. In recent success, Burton has seen former PSU Viking Julius Thomas achieve success in the NFL as a tight end for the Denver Broncos. This season has also seen a lot of achievements and potential for the Vikings, who came just short of beating PAC12 school California. The team now stands at a record of 7-4-1. Burton has 13 years of coaching experience, including time spent at Oregon State and Nevada.
Laura Schott has been the head coach of women’s soccer at PSU since February 2008. Her career as a Viking has seen a number of successes, including an incredible record both in the Big Sky Conference and out. Schott’s teams have never finished worse than second place in the Big Sky, and they have been to five straight Big Sky tournaments. Her record for games in conference is 23–7-7. Her win total at PSU is 41, which is a Viking record. The women have been on top of their game early, with five wins so far. Schott has had a long history with soccer, playing and coaching for a number of teams. The Viking head coach played at Jesuit High School and California. She also went on to play professionally. Schott appeared in five games for the women’s national team, rounding out her playing experience. In 2005, she started out at PSU as an assistant coach. Three years later, she found herself in the head coaching position.
The women’s golf team recently changed coaches, bringing in Kailin Downs after Kathleen Takaishi left PSU for a coaching position at the University of Nevada. “I would like to thank Torre Chisholm and the members of the search committee for the opportunity to lead the Portland State Women’s Golf program,” said Downs earlier this year. “I am excited about the success of the program and look forward to building upon that success and taking it to the next level. I am thrilled to be a part of the Viking family.” Before coming to PSU, Downs was an assistant coach at Oregon State, where she spent five years as a part of the program. Downs also had a very successful playing career, including time on the LPGA developmental tour. Downs is coaching a PSU team that has high hopes of competing for a Big Sky conference championship this season. The Vikings are led by Big Sky conference player of the year, A Ram Choi, who has excelled out on the course. Four of the seven Vikings on the team are returning starters.
In his seventh year as a head coach of the volleyball program at PSU, Michael Seemann has led the Vikings into becoming one of the Big Sky powerhouses. While he has coached the team, the Vikings have had a record of 122–59. PSU has only lost 19 Big Sky games in the last seven years. Not only does PSU’s win-loss record attest to Seemann’s effective coaching style, their postseason triumphs have as well. The Vikings made their first NCAA tournament in 2008 under Seemann, and made it again in 2010. This year will be much of the same for the Viks as they attempt to make it back to the tournament for the third time. A PSU graduate himself, Seemann has seen nothing but success in his six previous years as a Viking and hopes to have the same fortunes in 2013.
Kenny Dow is coming off of a season in which he coached the PSU cheerleading squad to a fourth-place finish at nationals. This year, Dow has even higher expectations for his squad. “We are looking to finish in the top two, if not win a national championship,” Dow said. The head cheerleading coach, who also works at PSU as the director of marketing and promotions, is very proud of the way his team works as a group, rather than a bunch of individuals. “We compete as a team, as a family,” Dow said. Dow came to PSU from the University of Montana, where he got his degree and later worked. On top of that, Dow also cheered for four years at Montana, competing twice at USA nationals. The success of the cheerleading program is not the only place Dow has excelled. The marketing program has also won numerous awards since Dow joined in 2009. Dow got his degree in educational leadership at PSU in 2013.
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WINTERHAWKS LOOKING FOR A BREAK DESPITE STRONG STARTS PORTLAND CONTINUES TO FALL SHORT
DEAR PORTLAND STATE BASKETBALL Dear Portland State basketball program, Hello. My name is Alex, and I am a huge sports fan. No, seriously, huge. I will watch any sport. I start SportsCenter loops all the time—you know, when you have SportsCenter on until it repeats, then you watch it again. But even with all those other sports on out there, basketball is my first love. My earliest memories are of playing ball with my dad at my old elementary school courts without nets. I used to shoot granny-style from the free-throw line because the ball was half my size and that was the only way I could muster up the strength to get it up there. Don’t worry , my shot and size have changed a little bit since then, but more importantly, my love for the game has not. While basketball may be my first love, a close runner-up is Portland. I have spent the majority of my life here. I was born here, raised here and go to college smack-dab in the heart of Portland. Add those two things up, and it’s not hard to conclude that I am a die-hard Portland Trail Blazers fan. I love the Blazers. I have never met a bigger fan than myself, other than my dad. Trust me, that guy’s crazy. But when I’m not busy screaming my head off for my team, I’m busy screaming my head off for college basketball. So Vikings basketball, this is where you come in. Portland is my city. PSU is my school. I did not come here to watch sporting events; I came here to get an education. But seeing the Vikings in the NCAA tournament and watching my two favorite things collide into yet another thing to obsess over? Now, that would be exciting. There is an obvious lack of fan involvement in the athletic program at this school. However, if there is one thing that can boost student involvement, it’s the kind of recognition basketball teams get for making it to the real deal. There is no way PSU will become a sports school overnight, and that is certainly not what I want. I just want to be able to say that, as a student, I witnessed the Vikings win their way through the Big Sky conference, through the Big Sky tournament, and on to the March Madness bracket. While this task may be daunting, it’s not impossible. The Vikings have been close before. Just ask Jeremiah Dominguez. Even Charles Odum and Chehales Tapscott had a chance a few years ago, if not for the now-Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard. PSU basketball is far from a joke—there have been a lot of talented players on that roster and there still are. Even the fandom hasn’t been that bad lately, like when Oregon State came to the Peter W. Stott Center last year. Now that was fun. The crowds are there, and it seems like the players have been there. So, Coach Geving, can you make it happen? Give us something to cheer about, Viks. Prove to every student in this school that PSU has an athletic program. Most importantly, put PSU basketball in the Big Sky and on my bracket, where they deserve to be. I’d bet on you—don’t let me down. Sincerely, Alex
THE KELOWNA ROCKETS ultimately beat the Portland Winterhawks 6-2 in last Friday’s game. ©Marissa Baecker
The Portland Winterhawks are back on the ice and have logged their first full month of play. The defending Western Hockey League champions are off to a slow start, ranking sixth in the Western Conference. Last week the Winterhawks suited up for a meeting with the No. 2-ranked Spokane Chiefs and a two-day stand with the No. 1-ranked Kelowna Rockets. The Chiefs came into the rink boasting a hot 4–0 start, but the Winterhawks were ready for the battle to come. Nearly 5,000 fans gathered at the newly named Moda Center, and the Winterhawks rode the electric energy to a 4–1 lead in just the first nine minutes. Spokane, down a player, scratched Portland’s lead to 4–2 a minute
later. As the third period played out, a power play gave the Winterhawks another goal, making it 5–2, but the Chiefs made another rally, scoring two goals, both from power plays. With the Winterhawks only up by one, the Chiefs opted to pull their goalie and hope an extra set of skates would help with the deficit. The Winterhawks’ Nic Petan closed that door quickly as he scored the final goal of the match, 6–4 Winterhawks. The Winterhawks embarked next on a two-day stand with the Rockets. The Winterhawks again logged the first goal in the opening five minutes, but the Rockets recorded the next four consecutive goals, going up 4–1 in the third period. Portland finally answered two minutes later with a goal of their own, but the Rockets
picked up their momentum again with two more goals, flashing by the Winterhawks 6–2. With Portland’s pride on the line, they again came out strong to start, scoring the first goal of Saturday’s match. Riding the revenge train, Portland recorded another goal, going up 2–0 in just the first three minutes. The Rockets were not fazed whatsoever as they reached top speed, logging an impressive three goals in the duration of two minutes, placing the Rockets in the lead at 3–2. As the Rockets continued to close down all attempts at offense for the Winterhawks, they again scored, going up 4–2. In the third period, the Winterhawks came on strong, scoring a shorthanded goal to bring the score to within one, but the Rockets showed why they hold the top spot in the Western Conference with two more quick goals to
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finish the game 6–3. The Winterhawks (3–3-0–1) have not experienced the start they were hoping for after a season in which they handily won the Western Hockey League Championship and a ticket to the Memorial Cup. To be fair, the Winterhawks are without a few of the centerpieces that led them to such success: Ty Rattie, the leading scorer in last year’s playoffs, is now in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, and WHL West First All-Star goalie Mac Curruth is in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. Portland is off until Saturday, when they will welcome the No. 9 Kamloops Blazers to Moda Center at 7 p.m. for another Western Conference battle—one they hope will give them some needed energy.
VIKINGS FOOTBALL TEAM DESERVES A CROWD JESSE TOMAINO
Just last week, the sports section of your very own Portland State Vanguard ran a story by Alex Moore addressing campus-wide apathy toward PSU sports. Alex talked about all of the teams that the university fields and cited some very good examples as to why you should be excited about the various Viking squads. We have top-tier athletes competing in 15 sports, and they all deserve our attention. However, when it comes to sports, I, like most Americans, care first and foremost about football, so I wanted to address some of the reasons that the student body isn’t giving the football team the attention it deserves. In case you haven’t noticed, the team is really good. A record of 3–3 may not inspire a lot of folks to run out and start snatching up team gear, but when you stop to consider whom the losses were to, that record starts to look a lot better. This Saturday the team suffered their worst loss of the season. It came on the road against Montana, the No. 12 team in the nation and last year’s Big Sky Conference co-champion. A Vikings win would have been very unexpected, and they did well to keep it close on the road against a quality opponent. A couple of weeks ago, the Viks lost 34–38 in a game against Cal Poly that was competitive until the very end. The Mustangs were the other co-champions of the Big Sky last year and are currently ranked No. 19 in the nation in the Football Championship Subdivision. Losing in the second week of the season to California, a Football Bowl Subdivision program, was expected. What was surprising was that the Vikings kept the game within one touchdown and had opportunities to tie it right up until the end. Keeping those games competitive deep into the fourth quarter shows that coach Nigel Burton’s team is playing at the same level as some heavyweight opponents. Keep in mind that when coach Burton took over this program in 2010, his predecessor, Jerry
Glanville, had amassed a record of 9–24 over his three-year tenure. Not only did Glanville set style back on the sidelines—football coaches should never wear cowboy hats, especially in Portland—he also demolished the perception of the program in the minds of students and area residents. Coach Burton has turned around the program rapidly, and now it’s time for Portland to take notice. Speaking of hats, in a completely informal scientific survey of Portland-area shopping emporiums, I was unable to find anywhere in Portland to buy a PSU hat besides the bookstore. Nowhere. Ducks, Beavers and Timbers merchandise is everywhere. It seems the only place in this state where you can’t buy a Ducks hat is at the OSU Beaver Store. According to athletic director Torre Chisholm, “PSU actually has product placement in a number of locations, including in select Dick’s, Fred Meyer, Lids, Champs, etc.” PSU merchandise may be out there, but as of now it’s harder to find than it should be. Chisholm acknowledges this, saying: “Ideally we want to expand beyond sporting goods stores. After all, PSU is the largest university in the city (and state) and has roughly 75,000 local alumni.” The Oregon University System calendar is also working against building support for the team by forcing a huge chunk of the football season to take place before fall term begins. This year the Vikings played half of their home schedule before students were even on campus. At most colleges, football and classes start at roughly the same time, allowing students the opportunity to go to all of the home games, get to know the players and build some excitement around the program. The other Oregon schools deal with the same scheduling challenges with differing levels of success. The Ducks don’t have any problem filling their stadium with rabid non-student fans re-
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gardless of when the games are played, but early season Beavers games suffer from a shortage of intensity in the student section. Whether that contributes to the fact that Oregon State consistently struggles in August and September is up for debate, but it certainly can’t help. These comparisons are of two high-profile schools that receive regular national attention. PSU is not that kind of school, so the problem is amplified. We need to be even more active in growing our brand and giving people in the area every chance to see what a good football team we have. Apparently, scheduling home games before classes start is unavoidable. In an email responding to the Vanguard’s questions, Chisholm laid out the realities of FCS scheduling: “Schools have 12 weeks to play 11 games, starting on Labor Day weekend. We have eight conference games, four at home, four on the road. These usually start the weekend before classes begin. So, we play the entire pre-season, including one or two home games prior to school starting. The best solution is for PSU to become a semester school!” Short of changing the entire state university system to semesters, it seems like the best fans can do this season is make a concerted effort to get to the rest of the home games. I was at the Sept. 26 game against Cal Poly, and the stands were depressing-
ly empty for what turned out to be an amazing game. And it was free! It was a Thursday night at 7 p.m., and was completely free to students and inexpensive for my non-student friends. A decent beer was $3.50 and a Bud Light was $2.50. There were onfield antics by guys in green-man suits, fans kicking field goals for
prizes, high production quality videos on the jumbotron, cheerleaders and a terrifying goth marching band at halftime. Most importantly, it was a quality football game in which I had a rooting interest, because I go to school here and I’d rather we won than lost. Go Viks! As far as value for a night out, that’s about
as good as you can get in downtown Portland. The Vikings play their home games at Jeld-Wen Field at 1844 S.W. Morrison St. They play North Dakota on Oct. 26, Weber State on Nov. 2, and Sacramento State on Nov. 16. Come help fill the stands; this team deserves a crowd.
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ETC FEATURED EVENT Richard Dawkins at Portland State 7 – 9 p.m. Smith Memorial Student Union, room 355 1825 S.W. Broadway Portland, OR 97201 World-renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will be on campus presenting his first-ever memoir, An Appetite for Wonder, in conversation with Peter Boghossian. Dawkins’ renown stems primarily from his works as The Selfish Gene and the atheist treatise The God Delusion. Join us as he launches this chronicle of his own intellectual awakening and his experience carving out his space as one of the most interesting advocates for science you’re likely to meet. Admission is free for PSU students with ID; general admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. FREE
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A Day in the Life: Memory, Authenticity and the Genre of Memoir 7 p.m. Smith Memorial Student Union, room 328 1825 S.W. Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Three speakers from varied backgrounds invite you to the Smith Memorial Student Union for a talk about the memoir genre and the power that a first perspective can hold. The talk will also feature discussion pertaining to issues raised in regard to memoirs written by under-represented writers in North America. FREE
You Say You Want Some Evolution: Gibbons and Spiders 7 p.m. Mission Theater 1642 N.W. Glisan St. Portland, OR 97209 If you are a fan of science and drinking, the Nerd Nite lectures series will be offering a perfect opportunity for you to learn about some crazy animals via a talk led by two experts on evolution, while getting in a few beers as well. Admission is $8 per person. Minors are permitted with a parent or guardian.
9:30 p.m. Lovecraft Bar 421 S.E. Grand Ave. Portland, OR 97214 Come to the Lovecraft to support some of Portland’s newest burlesque dancers and pay homage to the veterans who will be helping them out in this darkly comedic display of dance. Burlynomicon has something that every fan of burlesque can enjoy, including male and female dancers and top-notch showmanship. Admission will be $8 per person at the door. 21+
Wednesday, Oct. 9 Keep Portland Lost 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Pumpkin Patch 16511 N.W. Gillihan Rd. Portland, OR 97231 Every year around harvest time Portland’s Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch creates a fantastic corn maze with a new theme to delight visitors of all ages. This year’s “Keep Portland Lost” theme is designed to do just that. Spend a few hours wandering in the corn, or come after dark on Fridays and Saturdays for their “Haunted Maize” featuring a scare around every corner. Oh yeah, and get pumpkins too. You need a pumpkin.
Thursday, Oct. 10
The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry 1945 S.E. Water Ave. Portland, OR 97214 Oct 10 marks the opening of OMSI’s Sherlock Holmes exhibition. Come test your skills of deduction and learn detective techniques in this interactive experience. You will be given the chance not only to help solve mysteries, but to see artifacts from across the ages that inspired or were inspired by various tellings of Sherlock Holmes tales. Admission to the exhibit is $18 per adult and $13 for youths.
Friday, Oct. 11 Back Fence PDX: Russian Roulette 9 p.m. Secret Society Lounge 116 N.E. Russell St. Portland, OR 97212 Join Back Fence PDX for their “Russian Roulette” storytelling, where participants step up to spin the storytelling wheel for a prompt. They then have five minutes to write a five-minute story based on the prompt. This round features local artists for Portland
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Design Week, including fashion designer Adam Arnold, filmmaker Arthur Bradford, illustrators Kate Bingaman-Burt and Nicole J. Georges, comedian Barbara Holm, graphic designer Aaron Rayburn, writer Wm. Steven Humphrey and last show’s winner, chef Leather Storrs. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Publication Party 4 p.m. Independent Publishing Resource Center 1001 S.E. Division St., Suite 2 Portland, OR 97202 Hey, remember books? Those things with the white things inside two similarly shaped outer things that somehow make words happen, much the same way that tablets and smartphones do now? The IPRC remembers books, and not only that, they are embracing the printed word with their Publication Party. This event is hosting 20 tables of local, independent publishers and writers like Bitch Media, Tavern Books, Sparkplug comics and many others. Long live the printed word. FREE
Saturday, Oct. 12 Cookbook Fest 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Portland Farmers Market South Park Blocks between Southwest Montgomery and Harrison streets
While wandering the booths at the Portland Farmers Market, sampling the goods and seeing if you can spot Beef the pig wandering around, be sure to swing by the new Cookbook Fest. This festival showcases the growing industry of local cookbook authors and their recent publications, including sampled dishes from these cookbooks. After you eat all the samples, you can purchase a cookbook and relive the experience again and again. FREE
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding will be at Powell’s City of Books discussing his new novel, Enon. Harding gained attention after spending 32 weeks on the national bestseller list. His highly acclaimed novel, Tinkers, is followed by a related tale about Charlie Crosby, grandson of George Crosby, the protagonist of Tinkers. Enon is already receiving rave reviews. FREE
Tuesday, Oct. 15
10 p.m. Funhouse Lounge 2432 S.E. 11th Ave. Portland, OR 97214
The Science of Body Language: How to Become a Human Lie Detector
Improv is catching on again. With the return of Whose Line is it Anyway? to television, everyone needs to get a little more improv comedy in their life. Right? And what could be better than combining unscripted humor with a leather-clad dominatrix? Not much. Presented by Unscriptables, this one of a kind act is not to be missed. Apparently there will be marshmallows to throw. Admission is $10 at the door. 21+
7 p.m. Mission Theater 1642 N.W. Glisan St. Portland, OR 97209
Sunday, Oct. 13 Paul Harding at Powell’s 7:30 p.m. Powell’s City of Books 1005 W. Burnside St. Portland, OR 97209
OMSI is delighted to bring you another fantastic Science Pub experience. This time you will be learning the art of detecting lies without the aid of any machinery beyond your own human body. Join guest speaker Vanessa Van Edwards for a few drinks and turn yourself into a human lie detector. Admission is $5. Minors are admitted with adult guardians.
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Sagittarius Nov. 22 â€“ Dec. 21
Aquarius Jan. 20 â€“ Feb. 18
Aries Mar. 21 â€“ Apr. 19
Gemini May 21 â€“ Jun. 20
Leo Jul. 23 â€“ Aug. 22
With all eyes on you, doubt is surely creeping into your mind. Chaos is beginning to feel like the norm these days, which makes finding a quiet time to meditate on your goals and progress all the more unlikely. Find that time anyway, dear Libra, for your overall sense of wellbeing depends on it.
The novelty of a new venture is starting to feel stale, and now youâ€™re wondering if you can ever truly break from the routines you find yourself bored by. Keep in mind, sweet Sagittarius, that the excitement you crave may be right under your nose. You just have to open your eyes and your heart to it.
Youâ€™ve been all over the place, Aquarius, and chances are, you havenâ€™t even had a break in the scramble to acknowledge that! Keep at it, ye water bearers, for the more you do, the more energy you will have. Youâ€™ll know when itâ€™s time for a break, so be sure to listen to your body.
Youâ€™ve been talking about the next step for so long that you probably missed the fact youâ€™ve already taken it. Donâ€™t be afraid to push the pause button and take it all in. Your persistence has finally brought you some long overdue rewardsâ€”celebrate your hard work!
A busy body and mind like yours is no stranger to engaging with the outside world. Looking inward? Well, thatâ€™s a different story. Take some time for reflection, dear Gemini, itâ€™s time to start asking yourself what it is that you want out of your next venture.
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Scorpio Oct. 23 â€“ Nov. 21
Capricorn Dec. 22 â€“ Jan. 19
Pat yourself on the back, Scorpio, because believe it or not, youâ€™re finally starting to find your groove. Be sure to focus on whatâ€™s working right now rather than what isnâ€™t. Your sign is a powerful one in the way of manifestation; harbor that energy with intention.
Have you ever heard the story about the powerful ruler who ordered the wisest men in his kingdom to compile all the worldâ€™s knowledge into a book for his sons? Spoiler alert: The wise men came back with a single sentence scrawled on a small scrap of paper, and that sentence read, â€œThis too shall pass.â€?
Oftentimes we talk of change as if itâ€™s a destination rather than a process. Youâ€™ve been looking for transformation in your personal life, and the lack of visible progress may have you feeling discouraged. Take a closer look, dear Pisces; youâ€™re further along than you think. Caterpillars donâ€™t become butterflies overnight.
You recently learned how to let go of something you had fought long and hard for, and now you have too much time to think about all the things you could and should have done. Erase those thoughts from your mind this instant, Taurus, for the only thing you should be thinking about is what you can do going forward.
Where were you in life this time last year? How about two years ago? And what about five? You have a knack for looking to the future, and thatâ€™s quite a forward-thinking mindset to have! But never underestimate the power of review, dear Leo; you may find itâ€™s exactly what you need to take the next step.
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