Obama's $wearing-in Ceremony


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Wednesday, January 14, 2009 HANK STERN

Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser Coming to Portland... To Fight Rare Diseases?


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Indiana Jones is meeting the Mummy in Portland. And they will fight autosomal recessive metabolic disorder. The Oregon Film and Video Office has confirmed reports that Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser will arrive in Portland this April to begin shooting Crowley, a medical drama about a father and a researcher who team up to find a cure for Pompe disease. The movie, directed by What Happens ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 AARON MESH

Y'Know That Recession Thing: It's Sticking Around Awhile


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Well, that was depressing. Just got back from City Club of Portland's weekly Friday Forum where state economist Tom Potiowsky (photo below) delivered a grim forecast for this year (hence the crash photo above). Potiowsky forecasts the most recent state unemployment numbers of 8.1 percent in November will go up when December's numbers come out in 10 days. And he adds that "before this ...   More
 
Friday, January 9, 2009 HANK STERN

The Art of (Costly and Lavish) Local Weddings


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As Portland continues to buckle under the weight of a downtrodden economy and increased joblessness, it's comforting to know that there are still small pockets of people forking over money for ritzy events and expensive receptions. The Art of Weddings, a conglomeration of florists, dress retailers, chefs, and wedding planners scheduled to descend upon Luxe Autohaus on Jan. 8, claims to be “a ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 30, 2008 Samantha Herman

Restaurant Apocalypse 2008: Kinta


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Saturday, December 27, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

One Reason To Ring In The New Year


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Monday, December 29, 2008 HANK STERN

The End (of Oil) is Nigh


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If you've had your fill of hope after Tuesday's inauguration, you might try washing it down with an hour of fear at the Bagdad Theater the next night. John Kaufman (pictured above), a senior policy analyst with the Oregon Department of Energy will be talking Wednesday, Jan. 21 about peak oil and its implications. Peak oil is the idea that oil production already has or will soon begin to diminish. ...   More
 
Monday, January 19, 2009 Joshua Bolkan

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009 HANK STERN

Box Office Bingo: Coraline Smashes Opening-Weekend Expectations, Makes $16.3 Million


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Laika's stop-motion animators had better prepare themselves for more work. Coraline is a hit. Early box-office reports show Coraline, Portland animation studio Laika's expensive, oddball fantasy, rode the strength of stellar reviews to a $16.3 million opening weekend, far exceeding expectations. The Oregon-made, Nike-funded cartoon, which opened Friday after a gala premiere in Portland, finished ...   More
 
Sunday, February 8, 2009 AARON MESH

Oregon's Unemployment Phone Lines Are Fully Employed


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Out of work? Well, if you tried calling for your weekly unemployment payment on Sunday — the first day you can claim benefits for the previous week — you may have been out of luck, too. Oregon's unemployment insurance system requires claimants to call in every week, and the phone system is beginning to buckle under the strain of a 9 percent unemployment rate. Some callers report ...   More
 
Monday, February 9, 2009 Joshua Bolkan

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