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Proposed Salem airport expansion controversy deepens ... leads one AFP member to suggest their original letter has ‘stirred up a hornet’s nest’ ... Local Latinos work to change policies they say result in racial profiling ...individuals have no charge other than failure to carry or present ID...


Salem restaurateur works with local farmers for sustainable, tasty cuisine ”You can make a city what you want if you work at it.”


The truth about this famous decision can introduce locals to a wide range of injustices in our society The McDonald’s Hot Coffee trial has been entrenched in popular culture sodeeply...


Beatle’s songs interpreted by ballet make innovative theater at the Elsinore “I would like people to realize how poignant the songs are... “ Publisher A.P. Walther

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A new development has come to light in the story of the unusual Salem “tea party”/ liberal coalition which joined forces to question a proposed $11 million expansion of Salem’s Municipal Airport. The alliance sent a letter using the (tea-party) "Americans for Prosperity" letterhead on December 20, 2011 to the Salem City Council, asking for answers on matters of safety, capacity, documented interest of potential users, and so forth. (AFP’s letter was printed in the Vol 8 Issue 21 issue of Salem Weekly and is also available online at The letter, which was not signed by specific, named individuals, got a swift reaction – but not from the City Council. The response came instead from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, a private business group that is not a government entity. AFP presented Salem Weekly with an email from Jason Brandt, CEO of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, written before January 6, 2012. Brandt’s email is addressed to a local conservative radio show producer. He asks for the identities of the letter’s authors, saying that he wants to converse with them. (Brandt’s inquiry was forwarded to AFP’s State director, who sent it on to local AFP members.) In his email, Mr. Brandt writes, “There’s groups in town that are anti-business, anti-growth and anti-profit that will take this letter and use it to their advantage.” [sic] Brandt continues that he believes airport enlargement will “lead to more prosperity for our region long term, so I’m hoping to have a conversation… with the appropriate people that helped author this letter.” Mr. Brandt’s interest leads

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Popular Brain Agility Class Grows Apace

one AFP member to suggest their original letter has “stirred up a hornet’s nest.” AFP leaders say they remain interested in open dialogue, but they have yet to receive a response from the Salem City Council, their letter's intended recipient. Salem’s City Council will continue to consider airport expansion in upcoming months. Their meetings are open to the public and the Council encourages citizen attendence. Attendees can both learn more about the airport expansion and make their opinions heard. A consulting firm paid for by the Council may be on hand to promote the project, and may have important information that will shed light on the positive side of the matter - including answers to the questions raised by AFP’s letter. The firm couldn’t be interviewed prior to this article’s deadline. City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of every month, at 6:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers, Room 240, Vern Miller Civic Center, 555 Liberty Street SE. -Helen Caswell

Live Music in a Unique and Mod Setting

An unusual venue opened in the fall of 2011: Papa G’s Black Light Bar at 610 Marion Street NE. It’s the only place in town where you can draw with UV-reactive pens on your own paper tablecloth and make a souvenir to take home, ready to show off under your own black lights. Boasting a bar, a large show room with stage and dance floor and a separate party room - all completely illuminated by black lights – Papa G’s presents live shows of every kind: reggae, blues, country and rock. It offers open mic nights, karaoke and dancing. Black light posters and a large collection of music and pop culture memorabilia give the live music area a festive and effervescent vibe. The business offers daily food and drink specials. Bill Fletcher and Howard Widman are co-owners and anticipate a barbeque smoker cooking up favorite recipes in weeks to come. Information for the bar can be found on Reverb-

Salem Hospital is facing challenges keeping up with public demand for its popular Brain Agility Course. The 7-week, one-hour-per-week course is designed to help individuals keep a healthy and youthful cognitive function. It offers a unique program of mental exercises and weekly presentations that help attendees enhance their brain’s ability to remember, stay focused and be aware and alert. Patty Davey of the Community Health Education Center, which offers the class through the hospital, says, “The response had been overwhelming. We used to enroll 25 people each course. But we’ve had to bump it to 40 and also present it more frequently.” Marion County resident Larry Nelson, who attended in 2011, reports, “It was a great experience. Often in adult education classes you see a sharp drop-off of attendance after the first meeting or so. With this class, students couldn’t get enough of it and were sorry when it was over.”

Class is held both at Salem Hospital in Salem and at West Valley Hospital in Dallas. Space is limited and advance registration is required. New sessions begin on April 5, July 12 and October 4 of 2012. Cost is $35. To reserve a spot, contact Ms. Davey at 503-814-2432.


If the general public wasn’t aware about tSOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) and PIPA (Protect International Piracy Act) before last week, they do now, thanks to a global internet protest headed by big names like “Wikipedia” and “Google” that stymied (at least) the current version of both acts. However, Oregon senator Ron Wyden (D) deserves a lot of the credit/blame [how many record label/movie executives read this paper?] because he spearheaded a bipartisan team of senators to form a counterproposal way back in November to get the ball rolling. Without organized, active opposition within the senate, the grassroots internet protest may have been all for naught.

Mid-valley’s recent graduates struggle to find employment by Jason Stringer When the economy collapsed, many mid-valley least a master’s degree are lower, but still generresidents elected to go back to school rather than be ally around 6 percent. Below are two stories of reunemployed or underemployed. They believed that if cent graduates that are typical of the problem. they beefed up their resumes their chances of gain“Employers are receiving 100 to 300 applicants for a ful employment would skyrocket. But as these new single job opening,” said Tara Hathaway, 32, who gradugraduates re-enter the workated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in force, many are still having 2008 and has been looking for work at non“Graduating when I problems finding employment. profits and local governments. “Most jobs In a recent study by Georgethat are offered start from minimum wage did with the economic town University’s Center on to $10 an hour. How is someone supposed downfall has been very to support oneself with such a low wage?” Education and The Workforce titled “Hard Times, College Hathaway has been unemployed for discouraging. Majors, Unemployment, and more than a year, and even fell victim to an -Tara Hathaway identity theft scam on Craigslist while apEarnings: Not All College Degrees Are Created Equal,” replying for a job. “They posed as searches found unemployment for recent college a temp agency called Volt Workforce Solugraduates with a bachelor’s degree is still 8.9 percent. tions. They got my social security number, Certain majors like architecture (13.9 percent) driver’s license number and background and humanities (11.1 percent) are even higher. Uninformation ... it seemed legitimate; they employment rates for recent graduates with at had their own website and call center.”

Occupy Oregon Assembly Rally in Salem by Jennifer Hager


Marion County commissioners proven wrong

“Ha-ha! We were right and you were wrong!” Ah, it feels so good to say this to Patti Milne and Sam Brentano, Republican Marion County commissioners who were thoroughly rebuked by judges after approving a south Salem subdivision on EFU (exclusive farm use) land that threatened our rural neighborhood’s water supply. Attorneys representing the Keep Our by Brian Hines Water Safe committee kept telling Milne and Brentano what the law required of them. Yet fellow commissioner Janet Carlson kept finding herself on the losing end of 2-1 votes. Her colleagues, who never met a piece of farmland they didn’t want to pave over, kept ignoring the law, water experts, and common sense. We and our neighbors had to spend over $30,000 on the subdivision fight. When the case got to Circuit Court, Milne and Brentano were slapped down by Senior Judge Nely Johnson. The would-be developers of Ridge View Estates never appealed the decision, wisely. The Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court have issued rulings favorable to our position on other Measure 37 cases where a developer wanted to continue building even after Oregonians said “stop” by passing Measure 49 in 2007. The courts have understood that if you build three rooms of a five-room house, you could justifiably say “I’m about 60% done.” But if you’ve built three rooms of a 500-room apartment building, you’ve barely begun. Milne and Brentano owe our neighborhood an apology because they wilfully ignored this common sense. In our written appeals, oral testimony, and letters to the Marion County commissioners, we kept telling Patti Milne and Sam Brentano what the law said - and they kept ignoring it. In our case, just as in a Clackamas County case recently decided by the Court of Appeals, the subdivision developers planned a high-end project with expensive homes that would cost around $500,000. Yet after Measure 49 put an end to development, suddenly the developers claimed they’d had a change of heart and planned to build cheap homes. The Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court didn’t buy this argument. It was obvious to us that they wouldn’t, just as it should have been obvious to Milne and Brentano if they hadn’t chosen to be blinded by ideology, rather than being clear-eyed about what the law demanded of them. We and our neighbors spent a lot of time and money in court undoing the mistakes made by the Marion County commissioners. If Milne and Brentano had followed the law, rather than their personal “pave it over” right-wing political mentality, this could have been avoided. Makes me wonder what other bad-decision skeletons lie under Courthouse Square... Brian Hines is a Salem land use activist, writer, and blogger at You can reach him at If you or someone you know is interested in having your opinion published in Salem Weekly as a guest opinion, please send us a written piece under 450 words to

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Over 100 people representing Occupy communities throughout the state met in Salem on Saturday. It was the second anniversary of Citizen’s United v. FEC, the Supreme Court case that made it possible for corporations to spend unlimited amounts to back political candidates. Represented were at least 10 communities ranging from tiny Elkton to Portland, and included Cottage Grove, Klamath County, Eugene, Newport, Roseburg and Corvallis. Members of each group reported on their activities, efforts like supporting the homeless and local teachers and saving the Post Office. Mary Cooley of Elkton, inspired by news of Occupy Wall Street on Free Speech TV, spoke of standing a highway to the coast, holding Occupy signs and receiving support from passing motorists, including truckers. Jennifer Turner of Klamath Falls reported on forming a working group to monitor city commissioners who were attempting to direct library funds towards a jail proj“Anyplace can be ect that the citizens had voted down. A member of a center for change Occupy Ashland said that especially small rural his colleagues were allying with other groups to fight, the next old growth timber sale… or communities on constitutional grounds, next coal fired power plant...” would in Oregon,” a proposition by businesses never be as effective as unified ef- member of Occupy Ashland that would prohibit homeforts. “The 99% can send a message less people from sleepto Congress that we want our deing in the park. “Anyplace mocracy back” by passing “… resocan be a center for change especially small rulutions (abolishing corporate personhood) in big ral communities in Oregon,” he concluded. and small cities and towns across this country.” Kerry Topel of Marion-Polk Move to Ammend Also present was Cameron Whitten who cited Martin Luther King. “We are a new genwas arrested at the previous day’s Occupy the eration and we want to awaken those around Courts event in Portland at the Federal Courtus that we have the power...” She warned of the house in Pioneer Square. Whitten was arrested divisive tactics by corporate media who seek to after a warning was given to get off the steps and divide citizens on issues such as immigration. he held his ground. He was cited and released. Erin Madden is an environmental activist and The event was emceed by Peter Brugel attorney on the Occupy Portland Solutions Comof Oregon Peaceworks. Lightening the promittee. Madden reflected the experience of many ceedings were performances by Dr. Atomwhen she said the movement had woken her to ic Medicine Show singing anti corporate understanding that the solution to society’s proband rapper Robert Sirk. The rally concluded lems could not be piecemeal. Fighting to “stop with a march downtown led by a bagpiper.

After so much adversity, Hathaway is beginning to feel hopeless. “Graduating when I did with the economic downfall has been very discouraging. Times are rough for everyone. I haven’t seen any economic recovery yet; things still seem to be getting worse.” Thirty-year-old Meri Patterson graduated from Willamette University last spring with a masters degree in education after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 2004, and has struggled to find employment. “(My) first choice was obviously having a classroom of my own. Then I tried getting on sub lists. Then I opened it up to being an Instructional Assistant. Now I am looking to get licensed out of state and, I guess, relocate my family.”


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Latino organizations in the Salem area are working for changes in the application of federal Immigration programs here. The groups hope their efforts will improve the effectiveness of law enforcement and also show respect for the humanity of area immigrants. Briefly, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, (ICE) was formed after the events of September 11, 2001, and made a branch of the US Department of Homeland Security. Secure Communities, or SCOMM, is a component within ICE. Mano a Mano, the oldest Latino-led organization in Salem and CAUSA Oregon, an immigrant rights coalition, object to local implementation of some of SCOMM’s policies because, when fully complied with by local police and sheriff departments, they result in Hispanic residents who have no driver’s license or government-issued I.D. being arrested and deported after small traffic violations or other minor offenses. Francisco Lopez, executive director of CAUSA, says Secure Communities enforcement in areas of Marion County mean a Latino stopped for any traffic offense without a license or ID card can be taken into custody. This is not the case in Portland, Woodburn and Cornelius, where alternate IDs are accepted, and makes the application of guidelines unequal across Oregon. The charge brought against such individuals is, “failure to carry or present an ID.” While local jurisdictions have long sent fingerprints of jailed persons to the FBI, SCOMM causes the FBI to forward this data to Immigration. Lopez asserts that the practice is unfair because many times individuals have no charge against them other than their failure to carry or present ID, which in the U.S. is not a crime. Levi Herrera of Mano a Mano is further concerned that SCOMM directives have resulted in racial profiling and decreased community willingness to cooperate with police. If Immigration’s database reveals an individual to be unlawfully present in the United States he or she is eventually deported. Local advocates cite twelve cases where Marion County residents with no criminal record but lacking ID were deported in 2011, leaving behind children who are U.S. citizens without support, causing some to become homeless. Sheriff’s departments maintain that deported in-

by Helen Caswell

“In Marion County, SCOMM has resulted in creating fear of contacting police among immigrants, even those who are victims of or witnesses to a crime. - Levi Herrera

dividuals did actually commit a crime, and, according to SCOMM advocates, the program is meant primarily to remove undocumented individuals who have committed serious crimes. However, critics like Herrera say it has led to the removal of hundreds of thousands of Hispanics across the nation who were detained only for minor offenses. CAUSA believes that law enforcement should focus on addressing crimes of violence and activities that pose active threats to residents, rather than on undocumented immigrants. The Secure Communities program has drawn controversy even within law enforcement agen-

cies. Sheriff Mark Curran of Lake County, IL, has said, “The program has diverted my department from more serious law enforcement responsibilities. More than half the people arrested from Lake County under this program have no criminal convictions.” Herrera cautions that in Marion County, SCOMM has resulted in creating fear of contacting police among immigrants, even those who are victims of or witnesses to a crime. Mano a Mano research shows that families of those removed have experienced hunger and lost their homes; in many cases both the remaining parent and children who are U.S. citizens have fallen into deep depression and experience high levels of stress that manifests itself in behavioral or health problems. Mano a Mano’s position is that local jurisdictions should have the choice to opt out of the program. The organization is in communication with our local County Sheriff's office regarding the issue. Both Lopez and Herrera assert that people with no criminal record or criminal involvement should not be jailed merely because they are Hispanic and suspected to be undocumented. They are convinced that the limited benefits of SCOMM in Marion County are far outweighed by the negative impact it has on the ability of law enforcement to maintain public safety, as well as the negative impact the program has on individuals of the immigrant community. “We need to be concerned about the safety of our residents first, regardless of their immigration status,” Lopez says. “Oregon should be a state that cares about all of its people, and respects them equally.”

New restaurant offers sustainable, tasty cuisine by Brian Greggs

Adam High reaches into a heavy-gauge plastic bag and pulls out a lamb forequarter raised by Henny Farms in south Salem, Oregon. Cleaver in hand, he edges around the shoulder joint; supple pink meat shears from the bone, lined with dapplings of fat. “I really enjoy this part of the job,” he says as he breaks down the animal for use at Broken Bread, his West Salem restaurant that opened this past November. “I feel that [doing your own butchering] allows you to use more of the animal … helping me to get back to a more natural way to prepare and consume food.” It’s nearly a Portlandia joke: A hip young couple walk into a restaurant (with a name like Free Range, or Mycophage) and, when they ask to know more about the chicken who so graciously died to provide their meal, are given a capsule biography complete with photographs. But High is serious—serious about his commitment to local farmers, serious about affordability, and serious about expanding the possibilities for seriously good food in Salem, Oregon. When High was young, he couldn’t wait to get out of Salem. “It didn’t occur to me [then] that you can make a city what you want if you work at it.” When High and his business partner Doug Davault decided to start their own restaurant, they placed a priority on local, sustainable cuisine. So Adam set out to find farmers in the Willamette Valley around Salem who were doing what he was looking for, who brought a holistic approach to their work. “They’re the folks that I hope to be building relationships with for years to come.” While working as a chef at the Silver Grille in Silverton, he met Jonathan Ehmig, who has been raising Angus beef at Highland Oak Farm in Scio for the past five years. “[Adam is] interested in being very flexible and dynamic,” Ehmig says. “He’ll ask ‘What do you have available?’, ‘What do you have too much of?’” Because

High is creative in the kitchen, he finds a way to use these surpluses (which are nevertheless of the same high quality as the rest of Highland Oak’s meat). Using the same tactic with produce, he is able to pass the cost savings on to restaurant patrons. “And it allows me to use the whole animal,” Ehmig says, cutting down on waste. High and Davault envisioned a restaurant that would split the difference between fine dining-quality food, and the atmosphere of a warm and cozy casual restaurant—ideally, a community gathering place. High knew that he could find a way both to showcase the tremendous abundance of the Willamette Valley, and to keep prices relatively low for customers hoping to dine out in spite of the recession. He does this by keeping menu nimble and flexible, with a few staples (like

his Roast Beast Sandwich or Omelet of the Day) whose fillings rotate, supplemented with a selection of daily specials. High sources his pork from Jim and Wendy Parker, who run Heritage Farms Northwest in Dallas, Oregon. Though the Parkers’ farm does not technically hold an organic or grassfed certification, High and his farmers are careful to avoid a reliance on easy answers. After all, certifications can only prove so much, and they are no substitute for visiting the farm in person and judging for oneself, as Adam has. For Wendy Parker, “My first priority is animal welfare. If there’s a torrential downpour, not a dry spot on the farm, then the guinea hogs’ house is flooded. If that means going out by headlamp to fix it, so be it.” Though the Parkers are looking into the rigorous Animal Welfare Approved certification, for now “our second guiding principal is just honesty and ethics. Wanna know what we feed our animals? We’ll tell you.” So, what’s next for Broken Bread? High hopes to take on the role of an intermediary, helping to broaden the reach of local, seasonal, sustainable cuisine to populations in need in the Mid-Valley. It’s a shame that in the lush and fertile Willamette Valley, hunger still lurks, for many, just around the corner. In the end, High hopes, “Broken Bread” will not just symbolize a community sitting down to dine together, but also the the sharing of bounty and abundance.

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coverstory Salem Progressive Film Series Thursday, February 9, 2012 Grand Theater 191 High St. D.T. With speaker: Mic Alexander



by Helen Caswell


he McDonald's “Hot Coffee” trial is arguably the most famous legal event in the last fifty years.

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The elderly woman who sued McDonald's for millions and won a big settlement has entered into popular imagination as few stories do. Even the O.J. Simpson case, which once dominated our consciousness, has paled in comparison; young people born since 1995 – the general time both trials took place – usually know only vaguely of the O.J. verdict

now, though they may recognize the image of Simpson wincing as he tries on a glove. But the old lady and her successful lawsuit are referred to constantly, casually and knowingly. We enviously strategize our own jackpot – or we despise the plaintiff for her greed. According to the film playing at the Grand on February 9, our understanding of

the McDonald’s incident is completely wrong. "Hot Coffee," the 88minute, 2011 film directed by Susan Saladoff, an Oregonian living in Ashland, begins by asserting that nearly everything we thought we knew about the case is a lie, and goes on to examine the reason we’ve been scammed into believing what we do. Saladoff proposes that enormously large and well-funded forces in America have purposely eroded our ability to receive a fair trial in many civil matters. Juries’ right to decide damages have been undermined and even citizens' rights to a hearing by an unbiased State Supreme Court has eroded. The movie shows how the ability of each of us to fight large entities that may have genuinely harmed us has been deliberately limited by systematic and often immoral actions by energy, medical, tobacco and pharmaceutical corporations, chambers of commerce and powerful, privileged players like Karl Rove. The film covers a huge range of subjects without being complicated or boring. It moves swiftly and entertainingly into the lives of families damaged by a legal system that was originally intended to protect them. It introduces the subject “tort reform,” an issue that affects us all but few of us understands. It makes that topic easy to grasp and clearly presents stories in a way anyone can follow. Something interesting is constantly on-screen. Numerous cut-aways to folks on the street expressing their (inaccurate) preconceptions make viewers who are also new to these ideas feel comfortable and accepted. In "Hot Coffee" we meet a young woman raped by Halliburton employees in Iraq who has been denied the right to face her accusers for years; twin boys who live very different lives because of the severe brain damage in one caused by an easily preventable medical error, and a Mississippi Supreme Court Judge


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policies which, the film claims, not only do not protect society in general, but also actually put our least powerful members at risk for injustice and boost the costs the rest of us pay. Mic Alexander, former Oregon Trial Lawyer Association President and recipient of numerous awards, will be on hand to lead a discussion following the film. Alexander has had extensive experience in matters introduced by "Hot Coffee" and has advised several Oregon legislatures on them. In conversation with Salem Weekly, Mr. Alexander said he’s seen many examples

of how people’s rights have been limited “to maximize profits for entities unwilling to take responsibility for their actions.” Alexander has become bothered by the “pollution of public attitude towards injured people,” caused by out-and-out falsehoods he’s seen both in media and in his work with legislatures. “One anecdotal story that has been repeated in nearly every state considering tort reform is about a man who trimmed his hedge with a lawnmower, injured himself – and got a huge settlement.” This tale was told in legislatures from Vermont to Texas, and caused appropriate indignation in all who heard it. There was only one problem: hard

research determined that the incident never happened. “One advantage of us,” Alexander says, “is that we usually have truth on our side.” The McDonald’s Hot Coffee trial has been entrenched in popular culture so deeply that a reference to it – even these years later – can still get a laugh in almost any crowd. The truth of what actually happened will be a startling revelation to most viewers. Although this article has no intention of revealing the actual facts of the case, curious persons are encouraged to attend the Progressive Film Series evening on February 9 to find out for themselves. This reviewer promises you will not be bored, and you won’t be disappointed!

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who was run off the court by a powerfully funded, bitter smear campaign because he believed in the rights of average people. The matter-of-fact lack of self-pity shown by every “victim,” without exception, is testament to their courage and dignity. Without hysteria or paranoia the film presents the PR campaign that has changed the public’s view of personal injury suits. It shows the unlimited corporate spending that has gradually switched our system over to arbitration agreements and caps on damages;

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OPEN MIC AT BROWN’S TOWNE It’s time for another Open Mic at Brown’s Towne! We’re aiming for a reincarnation of the awesome readings and community from other open mics that have shut down in the past couple of years, while reaching out to new poets and musicians. Hosted by Jace Devine Sign-ups start at 6:30., Brown’s Town Lounge Free 7pm-11pm Brown’s Towne Lounge

wed.feb1 ART OF COMMUNICATION 100 ARTISTS SHOW Over 100 artists were sent blank letters which arrived with instructions and included a stamped envelope with the address of a partnered artist. Participating artists were asked to write a thought, a story, or whatever they so chose and then send to their “partnered” artist. , Mary Lou Zeek free :pm-5:30pm Mary Lou Zeek Gallery

wed.feb1 MUSICAL GRAND OPENING The “Underground Studios” of the Reed Opera House proudly announces the arrival of 5 new businesses!Music for the evening will be provided by “Succulent Dish”, Mandolin Musicians. Refreshments and prizes available., qaproperties@hotmail. com 5pm-8pm Reed Opera House


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SALEM DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE Integrate body,mind and spirit in easy-to-learn circle dances using sacred phrases and music from spiritual traditions around the world. Every first Friday. $5 donation. 7:00 pm-8:30 pm$5 donation Pam Prichard 503-8818253, Unitarian Universalist, 5090 Center St. NE, Salem


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3 SUPERSTARS IN BERLIN Three of the biggest names in opera come together for a once in a lifetime concert performance. Opera superstar Anna Netrebko returns to Berlin’s stunning Waldbuhne, one of the world’s most impressive open stages. Against this amazing backdrop, she is joined by her husband, baritone Erwin Schrott. , • $18 7pm-9:30pm Salem Cinema GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING-CABARET Come and sing to the classic 1972 film Cabaret, starring Liza Minnelli and Joel Gray. Words are displayed on the screen so you can sing along., 503.385.1876 $8/$4 under 16 years 7pm-9pm Grand Theatre WINTER PLAYSHOP: ART FOR THE BIRDS Use seeds and a variety of bird-friendly edibles to create garlands and ornaments that our feathered friends will enjoy on cold winter days. Decorate the Village garden with your creations and take home a few for the birds in your yard. Ages 3–5. www., A. C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village $14 members/$27 nonmembers. 10am-:pm A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village 8TH ANNUAL STRAUB ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE SERIES “Home Economics & Householding in the Modern World: What Does It Mean and What Would It Look Like?” January lecturer Harriet Fasenfest is owner of a small backyard canning kitchen and business called Preserve, where she teaches classes on food preservation. Held in Loucks Auditorium., 503.391.4145 Free and open to the public 7pm-8:30pm Salem Public Library “50 WORDS FOR SNOW” First Friday Event - Lunaria Gallery Lunaria Gallery shimmers with snow-themed items, adding luster to winter days or warming your corner of these long nights. Stop in and enjoy the month-long showcased talent of our 25 unique artists. 10:00 am-6:00 pm 503-873-7734, Lunaria Gallery, 113 N. Water St., Silverton, Runs from 01/0601/30 THE LETTER” This exhibit is intended to evoke a more traditional form of communication and an awareness of written or printed form rather than the pervasive and utilitarian electronic mail message. Artists include: Robert Bibler, David (nic) Nichols, Sandra (sloy) Nichols, Emily Stuart, Kristin Kuhns : pm-5:30 pmfree Mary Lou Zeek, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, 335 State St. , Salem, Runs from 01/03-01/28 WILLAMETTE WOMEN WILLAMETTE WOMEN is our 2nd Annual Heritage Invitational Extravaganza, and gives MidValley cultural and history museums and organizations the opportunity to shine a light on women from their communities. 10:00 am-5:00 pmRegular Admission Price (503)585-7012, Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem, 503-585-7012, Runs until 01/20-03/10


BELLY DANCING SHOWCASE Hosted by Sherry Calahan Local amateur and professional belly dancers of many styles - incredible night of artistic delight. 7:00 pm-9:00 pmFree info@clockworkscafe. com; 503.339.7573, Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center, 241 Commercial St. NE, Salem “GARAGE BLUES BAND” @ Half Penny Bar & Grill (27) Blues, Country, Classic Rock, Rockabilly. FUN and High energy. Your sure to Dance with the Garage Blues Band knocking them out! 9:00 pm-No Cover 503.540.5899, Half Penny Bar and Grill, 3743 Commercial St. SE, Salem, 503.540.5899 STITCHES IN BLOOM QUILT SHOW AT THE OREGON GARDEN The Quilt Show includes hundreds of quilts, vendors, workshops and lectures by artist Velda Newman. The show includes two 2-day workshops prior: French Wire Ribbon Flowers with Mary Ross Jan. 23-24 and Texture and Form 2 with Velda Newman Jan. 25-26. http:// oregongardenstitchesinbloom.blogspot. com/, 503.874.2537 $10 10am-4pm Oregon Garden WEST SALEM LIBRARY MONTHLY LEGO PARTY Kids are invited on the last Friday of every month for an hour or two of unstructured Lego play. Legos are provided. Kids only need to bring their imaginations. No sign-ups are necessary. Held at West Salem Branch Meeting Room., 503.588.6301 Free and open to the public 3pm-4pm Salem Public Library GREAT LIBRARY CAMP-IN The Library’s “No TV/Screen Week” and the Great Library Camp-In are held the last week of January. Children who keep a pledge to turn off their TVs and other screens will be eligible to come stay at the Library. Featured performer Storyteller & Musician Eric Ode. Top two floors of the Main Library., 503.588.6088 Free, with preregistration is recommended using the “My Calendar” link at 6:30pm Salem Public Library COUNTERFEIT CASH Johnny Cash Covers, free 9pm Roxxy Northwest


“GROOVE THIEF !!! @ Half Penny Bar & Grill (28) Blaine Vogt, Jarred Venti, and Tim Sieroslawski formed “Groove Thief” in April, 2010. These three men played together for nearly three years in Crossing 13th. Groove Thief started as Vogt, Sieroslawski and Venti began jamming together. 9:00 pm-No Cover 503.540.5899, Half Penny Bar and Grill, 3743 Commercial St. SE, Salem, 503.540.5899, EX VOTO: Jessie Reid Artworks Jessie Reid works out of nostalgia for what is made by hand. He seeks to perpetuate the tactility and sense of belonging inherent to those old ways. He pairs cast bronze artifacts amidst hewn log plinths that are intended to be used as chairs or places to mingle.

All you need is


Want to go to a ballet where you can’t help but sing along? Then All You Need is Love will keep you on your toes and inspire you to sing as well. All You Need is Love, a new and original ballet choreographed by Toni Pimble, Artistic director of Eugene Ballet Company, will be presented at the Historic Elsinore Theater on February 4th at 7:30 PM. Ballet fan? You might be still talking about Pimble’s ballet, Dark Side of the Moon, to the music of Pink Floyd. “When I think about the wonderful audience reaction to Dark Side of the Moon, it makes me think that this ballet will be a sellout,” states Jeff Goodyear, guest service manager of Eugene’s Hult Center. Just mention Beatle’s titles such as “Eleanor Rigby,” and “Here Comes the Sun,” or of course, “All You Need is Love,” and music and Beatle’s fans can unite, even at the ballet. The songs will be interpreted in the language of dance, through a choreographer who is uniquely able to transform music into free style movement and with a company of dancers who integrate balletic skills with the emotions of the words. Pimble has researched the Beatles motivation to write each song and used her research as the inspiration for choreographing each of the 18 dance pieces. “I would like people to realize how poignant the songs are,” states Pimble.

Tickets are available through or by visiting or calling the Elsinore Theatre box office at (503) 375-3574. Ticket prices range from $20 -$35 for adults, $18. to $31.50 for Youth and students. Visit for performance information. “As musicians, the Beatles progressed artistically and creatively as they grew older. We can now consider their music to be the classical music of our era.” Pimble relates that the song “Eleanor Rigby” is about the loneliness felt by people in post-war Britan. "Eleanor Rigby" will be danced by Jennifer Martin, in her last

season performing with the company. A lighter example of choreography is “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road,” which Pimble describes as “pure crazy dance in the middle of the stage.” The Eugene Ballet Company is composed of 21 professional dancers who tour 16 cities in 6 states each year. Ambassadorship for the arts in Oregon is a prime goal of the company as they tour. Pimble, a former resident of England, choreographs for ballet companies throughout the US, among them the New York City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet. It was the Kansas City group who commissioned the world premiere of Concerto Grosso, choreographed to the music of Ernest Bloch. Concerto Grosso will also be included in the Elsinore Theater performance.

jan26-feb9 Tue-Fri 10-5; Sat-Sun 12-5. 10:00 am-5:00 pmFree, Bush Barn Art Center, 600 Mission St., Salem, Runs from 01/12-02/25 SALEM HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING January 2012 Signature Hospice needs volunteers to provide companionship, massage therapy, music therapy, petassisted visits, and support to our Salem patients & families. Your compassionate and loving presence is all that is required to make a difference in someone’s life. We provide comprehensive training that starts on January 25th, 6-9pm, continues on Jan 28th & 29th, 9am-5pm both days, and finishes on Feb 1st, 6-9pm. 9:00 am-5:00 pmfree with pre-registration Michele Fuchs 971-2242509. ext 2031, mfuchs@4signatureservice. com, Avamere Court, 5210 River Rd. N, Keizer, Runs until 01/28 WINTER RUST BALL Presented By the Cherry City Bombers C.C. Bands Bonneville Power,Honky Tonk Union,Hot Rod Carl and Cherry City Deadbeats. Hor Dourves,$2 PBRs Dancing and Fun! (21 and older) , $10 6pm-11:30pm Columbus Hall

OLD TIME SEED SWAP Every Sat. in January, share seeds & stories of gardening successes & failures. We have plenty of seeds to share with you!, 503.623.6605 Free 8:30am-2pm Salem Public Market READ TO A PET Read to a Pet offers a chance for children to try the most relaxing, non-threatening way to practice reading

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SHOWDOWN Country music, free 7pm Roxxy Northwest JUST DUETS - FOUR AWESOME DUOS AT THE GRAND THEATRE The Widcoll Brothers, La Nunes, Christen Grainger/Dan Wetzel and Acoustic bluesmen David Plaehn and Jeff Hino bring an evening of Americana, Blues, and Indie Folk. Come one, Come All!, 503.363.4013 $10.00 advance / $15.00 at the door 7:30pm-10:30pm Grand Theatre


CAMERATA MUSICA Salem Baroque will be featured performing the music of Bach. Held in Loucks Auditorium., 503.364.3929 Free and open to the public 2:30pm-4pm Salem Public Library


WEST SALEM HISTORY Lynn Mack & Deb Meaghers will discuss the history behind their newly published book, “West Salem” in this public event. Held at West Salem Branch Meeting Room., 503.588.6301 Free and open to the public 7pm-8:30pm Salem Public Library


OPEN MIC AT BROWN’S TOWNE It’s time for another Open Mic at Brown’s Towne! We’re aiming for a reincarnation of the awesome readings and community from other open mics that have shut down in the past couple of years, while reaching out to new poets and musicians. Hosted by Jace Devine Sign-ups start at 6:30., Brown’s Town Lounge Free 7pm-11pm Brown’s Towne Lounge TUESDAY IRISH DANCE CLASS (1/31) Learn Irish ceili and set dancing (similar to contra & square dancing). Make page 12 new friends, have loads of fun, and

get some great exercise with this lively form of social dance. No partner or experience is necessary. Bring comfortable shoes and water. Ages 8 and above are welcome. 6:30 pm-8:30 pm$5 per class (What a deal!) / (503) 3839297, VFW Hall, 630 Hood St. NE, Salem,


ART OF COMMUNICATION - 100 ARTISTS SHOW Over 100 artists were sent blank letters which arrived with instructions and included a stamped envelope with the address of a partnered artist. Participating artists were asked to write a thought, a story, or whatever they so chose and then send to their “partnered” artist. , Mary Lou Zeek free :pm-5:30pm Mary Lou Zeek Gallery 3 SUPERSTARS IN BERLIN Three of the biggest names in opera come together for a once in a lifetime concert performance. Opera superstar Anna Netrebko returns to Berlin’s stunning Waldbuhne. Against this amazing backdrop, she is joined by her husband, baritone Erwin Schrott and star tenor Jonas Kaufman., movies@ • $18 7pm-9:30pm Salem Cinema MUSICAL GRAND OPENING The “Underground Studios” of the Reed Opera House proudly announces the arrival of 5 new businesses!Music for the evening will be provided by “Succulent Dish”, Mandolin Musicians. Refreshments and prizes available., 5pm8pm Reed Opera House INTRODUCTION TO ZEN MEDITATION Come learn to align body, breath and mind for Zen meditation. This is a free class that includes thirty minutes of instruction, walking and sitting meditation, silent tea, and a Dharma talk and discussion. Everyone is welcome. , free/donations welcome 7pm-9pm Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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MEET THE ARTIST - PATRICIA ST. CLAIR Local artist Patricia St, Clair will demonstrate techniques used to establish mood with acrylic paint in a workshop held 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 27 at Pop Up art gallery near the Salem Center mall food court. The event is free and part of Meet the Artist program at Pop Up art gallery, Free 4pm-6pm Salem Center Mall

out loud – reading to a dog or cat. These visiting furry friends have been trained and certified as therapy animals and are mellow and friendly. Held in Children’s Room., 503.588.6088 Free and open to the public 1pm-2:30pm Salem Public Library

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Grab you cowboy boots, your best twirl skirt and a bag of groceries, and get ready to come the Habitat for Humanity Hoedown. Local resident and Nashville recording artist/songwriter BobbiLynn Forbus is putting on a Hoedown to benefit residents of Marion and Polk counties on Saturday, February 4th from 5 to 10 p.m. The event will bring in donations for Habitat for Humanity. “I got to When: February 4th, 5 -10 p.m thinking about our state and the families, with Where: Salem Elks BPOE, 2336 Turner Rd the economy such as it SE, Salem is,” Forbus says. “We got through the holidays but Dinner? If BBQ chicken, Pork Loin and the there are so many in need. fixens sounds good, dinner is available for I figured the food bank $10 per person. Call Lonnie at (503)364was low on food, and 6839 so your dinner can be hot and families need help now.” ready! Marion/Polk Food Share supplies food items Bring: A bag of food for donation to to Marion/Polk food box Marion/Polk County Food Share distributers. Many are in need and, with the econItems most wanted? Tuna, peanut butter, omy in crisis, the group’s canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned supplies are low. More tomatoes, soup, cereal, pasta, flour and than 1,000 children eat Shelf-stable dairy products. from boxes provided by Food Share each month. Forbus hopes the event will fill some shelves. She will be singing and Joe Mendonca will perform a special “Elvis: Tribute to the King.” Seven other country, bluegrass and gospel groups are joining BobbiLynn. Ken Cartwright of KMUZ Radio 88.5 fm will emcee the vent and MHO Photos will be on hand to take pictures. Families are welcome; minors can join in on the fun until 9p.m. Pork and chicken dinners will be available for $10 per person, but it would be appreciated if those wanting to eat would call ahead and let them know. Bobilynn herslf organized the event. “I volunteer throughout the state,” she says. “I have been doing different things for the past 25 years for our communities. I like it. You help people who need it and it makes your heart feel good. You know you are doing something that matters to people, and that matters to me.” “Amazing people have come together to make this happen. I want to thank the Goldfire Band, Dave Minton and Sam Williams for stage equipment and sound engineering donations,” said Forbus. “I am so proud of our local musicians.”

TEEN PROGRAM - TEEN KNIT NIGHT Teens interested in knitting - whether wanting to learn for the first time or skilled knitters looking for a group to hang out with. Donated yarn is available, but knitters should each bring their own needles. Held in Anderson Room A., 503.588.6364 Pre-registration is recommended using the “My Calendar” link at 6:30pm-7:30pm Salem Public Library SPRING 2012 HALLIE FORD LITERARY SERIES AT WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY OPENS WITH POET SUSAN BRIANTE FEB. 2 The Hallie Ford Chair in Writing and the Department of English at Willamette University host a reading by acclaimed poet Susan Briante , 503.370.6290 Free 7:30pm Willamette University, Hatfield Room, Hatfield Library MARION COUNTY OLCV HAPPY HOUR DISCUSSION Join OLCV on Thursday, February 2nd at 5:30pm at Copperjohns in downtown Salem for a discussion on waste reduction in Marion County.Find out more by visiting!, ashley@olcv. org Free 5:30pm-7pm Copper Johns


SALEM DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE Integrate body,mind and spirit in easy-tolearn circle dances using sacred phrases and music from spiritual traditions around the world. Every first Friday. $5 donation. 7:00 pm-8:30 pm$5 donation Pam Prichard 503-881-8253, Unitarian Universalist, 5090 Center St. NE, Salem CONSTRUCT: ICONS AND ARCHETYPES CONSTRUCT: Icons and Archetypes is a group exhibition of works depicting things humans have made—houses, churches, boats, benches, buildings, bridges—portrayed in varying concepts., 503.581.2228 10am5pm Bush Barn Art Center “RED HOT ART” AND “BOUTIQUE ROMANTIQUE” - LUNARIA GALLERY FIRST FRIDAY EVENT Get in the mood with “Red Hot Art”. For February, Lunaria is showing artwork by member artists featuring the color red. Also, this month for Valentines Day, the upstairs gallery will offer an array of romantic art, gifts and cards in our “Boutique Romantque”. First Friday Opening on Feb. 3, 7-9pm., 503.873.7734 Free 10am-6pm Lunaria Gallery WORLD OF MUSIC AT THE LIBRARY - ALANDALUS Led by oud player Tarik Banzi, Al-Andalus is internationally known for their creative fusion of east and west. They weave classical, jazz, and contemporary music with musical traditions from medieval Spain. Held in Loucks Auditorium., 503.588.6052 Tickets: $5 in advance/$7 at the door 7pm8:30pm Salem Public Library BLUEVOLUTION AT THE GOVERNOR’S CUP Come Enjoy Good Food, Drinks and Live Blues featuring 2 members of Grooveology., (503) 581-9675 FREE 9pm Governors Cup


ART AND CLAY: AROUND THE WORLD AND THROUGH THE AGES WITH ANNE STECKER Develop a unique visual art project that integrates and enriches a favorite unit of study.

Super Bowl Party Sunday Feb. 5th 3pm

Tailgate Party

$1 Beers


All Day Happy Hour

Join Anne Stecker, clay artist and certificated art educator, as we explore art history and culture around the world and through the ages., 503.581.2228 $100 for the weekend workshop, Materials fee: $12 (includes firing) 10am-5pm Bush Barn Art Center SALEM AUDUBON FIELD TRIP TO KEIZER AREA Visit some parks and ponds in the Keizer area, looking for a variety of waterfowl and other birds. Meet in front of Starbucks in the Schoolhouse Shopping Center in Keizer, on the NW corner of River Road and Chemawa, Rich Ford, (503) 510-9583 Free 8am Schoolhouse Shopping Center 6TH ANNUAL FEBRUARY IS WILDLIFE MONTH SPONSORED BY TURTLE RIDGE WILDLIFE CENTER Each Saturday in Feb., learn something new about wildlife from educated Turtle Ridge staff.Animal pelts & sculls on display.Learn how to co-exist with wildlife, 503.623.6605 Free 8:30am-2pm Salem Public Market AWAKENING THE DREAMER, CHANGING THE DREAM SYMPOSIUM A profound inquiry into a bold vision: to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on Earth. We invite you to attend. More info and registration at, 503.585.2767 Sugg. Don. $5-15 :pm-5:30pm Unitarian Universalist Fellowship HOEDOWN FOR HUMANITY Winter Dance and Concert, live music, benefit for Marion Polk Foodshare. Bring canned food. Dinner served-$10. Call for more information, 503.364.6839 $10 for dinner 5pm-10pm Elks BPOE #336 FILTH MACHINE Hard Country, free 9pm Roxxy Northwest


GALLERY GUIDES MONTHLY MEETING Join the Gallery Guides this month on Tuesday, February 7, at 9:30 am where guest speaker Frank Miller, fine art photographer and exhibitor in the CONSTRUCT: Icons & Archetypes exhibition in the Camas Gallery. Gallery Guides greet visitors and guide tours in the A.N. Bush Gallery. , 503.588.2748 9:30am-11:30am Bush Barn Art Center BOOKS FOR DESSERT Book group discussion of, “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks. Held in Plaza Room., 503.588.6052 Free and open to the public 7pm Salem Public Library BOOGIE WOOGIE CONCERT Eric Herman, one of the most creative and entertaining kids’ musicians in the U.S. today, is a local favorite, with non-stop interaction and incredibly fun. Held in Loucks Auditorium. This takes the place of the regular Preschool Storytime for the day., 503.588.6088 Free and open to the public on a first-come , first-seated basis. 10:30pm-11pm Salem Public Library


STONEHENGE: NEW DISCOVERIES Professor Parker Pearson will present the results of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, and discuss the current theories about Stonehenge – an astronomical observatory, a centre of healing or a place of the ancestors – and the identity of its Neolithic builders. To be held in the Paulus Lecture Hall, College of Law, Willamette University., 503.370.6654 Free and open to the public 7:30pm-9:30pm Paulus Lecture Hall, Willamette University College of Law ZEN MEDITATION Come join this simple meditation practice offered each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (in total silence) and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (including tea and a Dharma talk)., free/donations welcome 7pm-9pm Unitarian Universalist Fellowship


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SALEM PROGRESSIVE FILM SERIES HOT COFFEE-documentary followed by guest speaker and audience discussion. 7:00 pm9:30 pm$4/$3 students 503-85-1876, Grand Theatre, 187 High St., Salem BE MY VALENTINE Preschoolers will explore the sights, sounds and textures of Valentine’s Day as they craft cards, learn friendship songs and enjoy stories about sharing and caring. Ages 3–5. $14 members/$27 nonmembers. Info: 503-371-3631 | info@ |, Dee Hendrix $27.00 10am-:pm A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village NATURE KIDS: WORMS, 2ND & 3RD GRADES The earthworm is one of nature’s top soil scientists & plays a key role in improving the quality of soil to grow healthy plants. Worms increase air & water in soil & help break down organic material. We’ll learn about the vital role worms play in our environment & build our very own worm towers., 503.391.4145 Free! 4:30pm-5:30pm Straub Environmental Learning Center WILLAMETTE VALLEY NATURAL HISTORY Using natural history, science, & narrative, we’ll paint a picture of the Willamette Valley and its namesake river and explore the forces that have shaped the area before & after European settlement, sharing stories that demonstrate the intricate connection between people & place., 503.391.4145 $5/ person 7pm-8:30pm Straub Environmental Learning Center

venuelist A Frame

5775 Gaffin Rd

A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village 116 Marion St. NE Brown’s Towne Lounge 189 Liberty St. NE 503.391.9977 , brownstowne

Brush Creek Playhouse

11535 Silverton Rd., Silverton

Bush Barn Art Center 600 Mission St.

Chemeketa Community College, Bldg 6 4000 Lancaster Drive NE

Clockworks Cafe and Cultural Center 241 Commercial St. NE

Columbus Hall

725 Shipping St NE

Community Health Education Center 939 Oak St. SE, Building D 503.814.2432

Elks BPOE #336 2336 Turner Rd SE

Governors Cup 471 Court St NE 503-581-9675

Grand Theatre

187 High St.

Keizer Lions Hall

4100 cherry ave, keizer

Mary Lou Zeek Gallery 335 State St.

Nature's Pet Market South Salem 4555 Liberty Rd S., Ste 130 503.362.4555

Oregon Garden

879 W. Main St., Silverton 503.874.8100

Oregon State University

OSU Campus - Brick Courtyard, Corvallis

Reed Opera House 189 Liberty St. NE 440 State St

Rice Auditorium

Western Oregon University, Monmouth

Roxxy Northwest 1230 State St.

Salem Armory 2320 17th St. NE 541. 619.5708

Salem Center Mall Liberty St

Salem Cinema

1127 Broadway NE 503-378-7676

Salem Public Market 1240 Rural Ave. SE

Salem Public Library 585 Liberty St. SE 503.588.6052

Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center 1865 Bill Frey Drive NE

Schoolhouse Shopping Center River Road, Keizer

Straub Environmental Learning Center 1320 A Street NE in Salem (next to Olinger Pool, near North Salem High).

The Oregon Garden

879 W Main St, Silverton

Unitarian Universalist

5090 Center St. NE Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2945 Circle Blvd, Corvallis

Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill 1313 Mill St. SE 503-585-7012

Willamette University 900 State St.

Your Place

3164 River Rd. N. , Salem

late night

by Jason Stringer

Quick look at

in Salem

Have you ever heard someone say there’s not much to do late at night in Salem but get wasted, eat and watch TV? Cherry City has a few gems you may not know about (or forgot about) that do not include watching TV and don’t have to include “getting wasted”. They are the standards that we all fell back on before we thought it was cool to drink, but knew it wasn’t cool to hang out with your parents around. The following is meant to generate ideas of what to do late at night in Salem for the kid-at-heart who’s stuck in a rut.

Try your hand at bowling? Hey, “The Dude” did it, and he’s pretty cool. Same goes with your dad ... probably, right? Did you know that Northgate Bowl (2380 Northgate Avenue N.E.) has a $10 Midnight Music Bowling Special on Fridays and Saturdays, and it goes until 2 a.m.? Plus, it’s only $10 per person, which includes the shoe rental. Friday nights are theme nights, but I’m not sure if they take suggestions. The Salem area has two other bowling alleys (Town & Country in Keizer and AMF Firebird Lanes in East Salem), but they are not open as late.

Hit up the arcade?

es. Best Little Roadhouse (1145 Commercial St. NE) has a magnificently well-manicured course they adopted from previous owners (complete with waterfalls!), while Pietro’s (see arcades) has pirate blacklight miniature golf. Yep. Pirate. Blacklight. Miniature. Golf. Keep in mind that Best Little Roadhouse’s course is outside. BLR is open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends, but call 503-365-7225 to make sure they’re still taking golfers by the time you and your caddy plan on arriving.

Just dance? What age is it when it’s not cool to dance anymore, and when does that change, and then change again? I feel like I’m either ahead or behind. Salem has several dance clubs that double as sports bars or rock venues, but FlipSide (285 Liberty St. NE, Liberty Plaza basement), and Southside Speakeasy & Dance Pub (3685 Industrial Dr. SE) are pretty much all about dancing. FlipSide is open until almost 2:30 p.m. nearly every night, and “the Speakeasy” closes around 2 p.m. Sounds better than playing Wii at home just to prove to yourself that you do use your Wii for other things than watching Netflix. Hey, and there’s always a concert, see Live Beat!

Salem has two arcades right next to each other that are open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends - Electric Castle’s Wunderland and Pietro’s Pizza on the southwest corner of the Hawthorne Ave and Market St. NE intersection. For $2.75 and a bag of nickels you can get quite of bit of play at Wunderland, and Pietro’s next door has miniature golf (more on that later) and laser tag (plus pizza, of course.)

Shoot some pool?

Mini golf? Salem does have two pretty interesting miniature golf cours-

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I’d say that Jake’s Bar & Grill (1686 12th St. NE) is more of a pool hall than bar, with a bunch of tables to accommodate tournaments. For a few quarters you can shoot a game or two with your best bud. Sure, lots of bars have a crappy little table, but if you’re going out to play pool, why not go to a pool hall? Jake’s is open late most nights (around 2 a.m.) but call ahead if you’re worried or if it’s earlier (because they may have a tournament): 503-3623600. If you aren’t old enough to go to a bar or you need to be within walking distance from downtown, The Cue Ball (1262 State St. SE) has several tables including a snooker table! Did you see that David Cross show? Wait, no T.V.

Live Beat

by Jason Stringer

Saturday, January 28 Just Duet Grand Theatre

True North’s Kristen Grainger, Dane Wetzel

Friday, January 27 Brad Creel and The Reel Deel Boon's Treasury, 888 Liberty St. NE 9 p.m., free, 21+ Portland’s Brad Creel and his band “The Reel Deel” perform tear-in-the-beer country western, which Creel describes as “dark music with a happy sound.” The frontman states in his press release that he began performing about ten years ago after a nasty divorce - sounds like the makings of a country western singer to me - and, unfortunately, one a lot of people can relate to these days. Like many of his crooning forefathers, Creel isn’t the strongest singer, but makes up for it with catchy, sing-along choruses and sharp lyrics, and is backed by a tastefully complementary group of performers. I’m guessing Creel ain’t a bad drinkin’ buddy either.

Saturday, January 28 Kopath Bear, The We Shared Milk, Foxtrot, Coronation The Triangle, 3215 Liberty Rd. S 8 p.m., free, 21+ The Triangle is hosting a free showcase of some of Salem- and Portland-area’s best local talent. Salem-Keizer favorite Kopath Bear hasn’t played a gig in a while, rockers The We Shared Milk are quickly becoming darlings of Portland’s house show scene, and Cherry City alternative rock band Foxtrot isn’t too shabby either. Opener Coronation is the new project of Josh and Molly Blanchard, and may be the most interesting of the bunch, with lush electronic and organic textures within arrangements that tip their cap to the best of the Germanic synth-prog bands of the 70s. No doubt The Triangle will be packed on the 28th, unless, of course, Salem gets blasted with an inch of snow.

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Saturday, January 28 Just Duet Grand Theatre, 191 High St. NE 7:30 p.m., $10-15, all-ages “Just Duet" is simply that - a showcase of duets. The night features four groups from an eclectic set of genres: acoustic bluesmen David Plaehn and Jeff Hino, local alternative act LeNunes, bluegrass/gospel group The Widcoll Brothers and True North’s Kristen Grainger and Dane Wetzel will perform. I hear nobody sells out the Grand Theatre like True North, so if interested, I would recommend purchasing tickets in advance at (plus they come at a discount that way, anyway.)

Saturday, January 28 Tanya Tucker and Lonestar Spirit Mountain Casino, 27100 Salmon River Hwy 8 p.m., $15, age 16-20 with adult, 21-and-older otherwise

Nine-time-Grammy-nominated country singin’ legend Tanya Tucker - known for “What's Your Mama's Name?," "Blood Red and Goin' Down," "Lizzie and the Rainman" and "Strong Enough To Bend" - is scheduled for a stop at Spirit Mountain Casino with late-90s country-pop icon Lonestar. I’m not too hip on modern country, but I’m guessing Lonestar has been on a steady decline since its 1999 No. 1 pop-chart hit “Amazed" graced so many high school dances a decade-plus ago. However, the idea of seeing former country stars at a casino seems less sad than seeing other noncomedic performers play support to slots, seafood buffets, and chocolate milk with whipped cream.

Friday, February 3 Einstein The Producer Roxxy Northwest, 1230 State St. SE 9 p.m., free, 21+ Salem’s most ambitious 21-and-older music venue has been looking to please most niches of the local music and nightlife communities, and their partnership with disc jockey “Einstein The Producer” is a prime example. Known mostly as a blues and rock club in its many incarnations over the years, the recent lighting and sound production updates give Roxxy Northwest a lot of potential to host the best dance nights in town. The place has intelligent lighting. Where else in Salem has that?

Saturday, February 4 Eugene Ballet Company: All You Need Is Love Elsinore Theatre, 170 High St. SE 7:30 p.m., $20-35, all-ages Hey! I’m trying to help you out with your Valentine’s Day-season plans. I know this event is 10 days before the big day, but it may be a nice gift for you and your companion: it’s ballet AND The Beatles. “All You Need is Love” is set to “some of the most memorable Beatles songs” to “celebrate a glorious musical legacy,” as the Eugene Ballet Company puts it. I know $40 is steep for some of us, but Salem isn’t graced with a ballet often. Just imagine Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band! Advance tickets are available at

Wednesday, February 8 Farnell Newton Christo’s Pizzeria, 1108 Broadway St. NE 7 p.m., $7-9, all-ages before 9 p.m. Jazz trumpeter Farnell Newton has had the pleasure of performing with soul legends Chaka Kahn and Gladys Knight, and on February 8, he’ll play at Christo’s, which may not be as much of a stretch as you’d think. The local gourmet pizza and Italian restaurant has been gaining a reputation of late as a top-notch stop for Northwest jazz and blues performers. Tickets are $7 in advance at the restaurant and $9 the day of the show.

by Colleen Jergenson How to get there:

From Salem, travel south on Interstate 5, exit at HWY 20 and head east towards Lebanon. Approximately 5 miles east of Lebanon look for the McDowell Creek Park exit and turn left onto Fairview Road. Follow signs for about 9 miles to the county park. There are three parking areas (lower, middle and upper) that access the waterfalls.

Distance and Elevation Gain:

There are roughly three miles of trails that wind through the canyon and connect to three waterfalls and the parking areas. It’s a very easy hike with only a 200-foot elevation gain.

Fees and Permits:

No permits or parking fees are required at this county park. It is open year round and is about 900 feet above sea level. So the only thing preventing you from visiting in the winter might be snow.



McDowell Creek Falls

What to see and do:

The day we visited this park it was 40 degrees, foggy and cold, but the reward was that we had the park to ourselves. We parked in the lower parking lot and after looking at the trail legend, decided to hike the 1.7-mile loop, which passes all three waterfalls. The first waterfall Lower McDowell Falls is a very short walk from the parking lot and through the picnic area. This is a small waterfall, less than 10 feet tall and just down from the first footbridge. It is easy to over look because it is not on the main trail. We crossed the first large wooden footbridge and followed the main trail through the lush green forest. Moss covers everything that doesn’t move, but this is typical for a temperate rain forest in Oregon. Lichen drapes from the big leaf maples; licorice ferns, sword ferns and Oregon grape are abundant. After approximately 0.2 miles, we came to another large footbridge at the base of Royal Terrace Falls. Here, Falls Creek roars over a large basalt formation and drops 119 feet. Don’t cross the creek. Instead go back to the trail and hike up the rocky staircase to a fenced viewpoint at the top of Royal Terrace Falls. After enjoying the view, cross over the creek at this point and continue along the canyon rim trail, keeping to the right as alternative trails appear to the left. There are sweeping views along the rim trail of the big leaf maple, hemlock and doug fir forest. Soon you will cross over a logging road, but continue on the trail to the upper parking lot. The trail crosses the upper parking lot and takes you down to McDowell Creek and the Majestic Falls. A large wooden porch-like viewing deck provides the opportunity for a close-up view of the 39-foot Majestic Falls, the surrounding fern covered canyon and the massive staircase that was built to access the area. I’m not sure which is the most spectacular: the falls, the basalt canyon or the tiered staircase. All three are amazing sights. The trail continues down the staircase and along

McDowell Creek to a crystal clear pool and a very small waterfall. There isn’t a well-maintained path to get close to the pool and falls and they are small, but quite lovely non-the-less. The trail continues through the canyon and along the creek to another picnic area with tables and the middle parking lot. We crossed over another footbridge, avoided the short trails on the right and continued on the main trail that led back to the base of Royal Terrace Falls, finishing the 1.7-mile loop. For a longer hike, I would recommend turning around at this point and going back the way you came, reversing the loop. The view is always different going the other way and this would make for a nice 3.4-mile hike. There are three very nice picnic areas at each parking lot and crystal clear pools to wade in on a hot summer day. The trails are easy, making it great for families. Dogs are allowed in the park on a leash. The first parking lot (also called “lower parking lot”) has barbeques and bathrooms. If you have a cell phone that has camera capabilities, I would recommend taking a photo of the trail legend so that you can refer to it as you hike. It is quite handy! This lovely little park, similar to Silver Creek Falls but on a smaller scale, is a relatively short drive from Salem and well worth the trip.

Salem Weekly Jan 26-Feb 8, 2012 • page 15

Salem Weekly Jan26.12  

January 26th 2012