LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Stravinsky Project


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An exploding egg, electronic birdsong and dancing in the lobby: maybe not what you’d expect to find at the ballet, although you will encounter all three at Oregon Ballet Theatre’s The Stravinsky Project.The three-part program, which runs through this weekend, is united by the Russian composer’s music, in live, recorded and remixed forms. It opens with Yuri Possokhov’s version of Firebird, a ...   More
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 HEATHER WISNER

JUICY SUITS: Former Teamsters Worker Says Union Fired Her for Resisting Sex, Trying to Unionize


A former bookkeeper for Teamsters Local 162 in Portland is suing the union, claiming her boss fired her for denying his sexual advances and, ironically enough, for trying to unionize her fellow office workers.In the lawsuit filed Feb. 18 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Laurie Padden says the union hired her in June 2002. Under her most recent contract, signed in 2006, she was making $23.44 an hour, ...   More
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Cylvia Hayes Has a New Job

Cylvia Hayes

 Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber, has accepted a job with the Eugene-based West Coast Regional Clean Economy Collaborative, according to Sustainable Business Oregon."We really see the benefit in building bridges between urban and rural communities around clean energy," Hayes' new boss, Craig Smith told Sustainable Business Oregon. "We don't want anyone to think that ...   More
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Petitioners to Legislature: Hands off the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program


An online petition posted over the weekend to an activist website aims at urging the Oregon Legislature not to mess with the state's medical-marijuana program.The petition, which appears under the logo for Oregon NORML, points to several bills in the Legislature that opponents say would undermine a program used by more than 38,000 Oregonians.The proposed bills would further limit the amount of cannabis ...   More
Monday, February 28, 2011 by

As the Peace Corps Turns 50, Former Volunteers Recount Their Experiences Abroad


To mark the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, the Oregon Historical Society will open an exhibit this week commemorating the organization's volunteers. With 246 Oregonians currently serving, the state ranks fourth among the states for Peace Corps volunteers per capita. The OHS exhibit will feature artifacts, oral histories and photography from former volunteers living in Oregon. Those Peace Corps ...   More
Monday, February 28, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

David Wu Dodges Print Reporters, Appears on TV, Says Ex-Staffers are "Not Physicians"

David Wu at KATU

U.S. Rep David Wu sat for interviews with KGW and KATU Saturday morning but dodged questions from Willamette Week and Oregonian reporters outside the TV stations.On television, however, the Oregon Democrat admitted that the series of bizarre emails from his federally issued BlackBerry in the early morning hours of Oct. 30 were in fact from him. Until now, that fact had remained unclear, because the ...   More
Saturday, February 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Blumenauer Dodges City Club Question on Whether He'll Run for Mayor

Earl Blumenauer

 U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), often mentioned as a possible candidate to challenge Portland Mayor Sam Adams in 2012, dodged a question today at the City Club of Portland on whether he plans to run. Instead of answering the question from a City Club member on whether he's considering a mayoral run, Blumenauer launched into a diatribe against the "corrosive" effects of nonstop political campaigns."This ...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The Oregon Idea—Minus One Big Player

Oregon State Capitol.

 OHSU, Portland State University, Oregon State University and Portland Community College are taking an unusually pro-active political stance to push a concept called "The Oregon Idea." The four academic institutions have set up a slick website and are encouraging supporters to employ social media to spread the word.Effectively, their "Idea" is aimed at pressuring lawmakers and Gov. John Kitzhaber ...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Battle Over Oregon Lottery Funds Intensifies; OEA Eyes Jackpot

Oregon State Capitol.

 Yesterday, WW reported that serious differences of opinion have arisen over Ballot Measure 76, the measure approved last year by state voters to dedicate 15 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds (more than $80 million annually) permanently to wildlife habitat and parks. The Nature Conservancy, which provided most of the measure's $1.4 million bankroll, is now waffling on a previous agreement to ...   More
Thursday, February 24, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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