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Our Theater Scene Tells True, Inspiring Oregon Stories

“I believe the very fabric of Oregon is made stronger by the contributions of our immigrants, and the diversity of our communities. Portland’s performing arts scene celebrates that sentiment."

"If you don't know Milagro Theatre, it's a gem. It formed as a nonprofit organization in the mid-'80s, creating socially conscious, forward-looking theater productions. Today, it is a vibrant channel for bringing Latino culture and experience to life in Portland. The production of Judge Torres, about the extraordinary life of Judge Xiomara Torres, helps show our youth facing similar, trying circumstances that people like them can and do succeed.

"She escaped a brutal civil war in El Salvador. She had the courage to come forward about being a victim of child abuse. She was an undocumented immigrant who persevered to work her way through law school, and it was my honor to appoint her as a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge.

"I believe the very fabric of Oregon is made stronger by the contributions of our immigrants, and the diversity of our communities. Portland's performing arts scene celebrates that sentiment. How lucky we are to see these stories come to life." — Gov. Kate Brown

1. Because we're not afraid of public displays of affection…

2. Because women are in charge…

3. Because our local theater scene tells true, inspiring Oregon stories…

4. Because Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd make even Blazer losses fun…

5. Because we're still No. 1 in semi-factual superlatives…

6. Because we have a sixth quadrant now…

7. Because the hottest rapper in the game is obsessed with us…

8. Because Oregon is gradually getting more diverse, and in unexpected ways…

9. Because we can work it out…

10. Because we helped jump-start the movement that's changing the tech 
industry…

11. Because if you want to, you can dance to…

12. Because we're so sex positive, you can take a class on…

13. Because we're working to become a bike haven again…

14. Because after walking across Antarctica, I can still come back 
to my favorite dive bar…

15. Because the Blazers' game-day posters are the coolest collectibles in sports…

16. Because our airport is Beervana…

17. Because our fake fast food beats the real thing…

18. Because the Big Pipe is keeping poop out of the river…

19. Because we're making an effort to diversify the cannabis industry…

20. Because we finally have a virtual reality playland…

21. Because we have nicer weather than Hawaii (no, really)…

22. Because Basic Rights Oregon is fighting for LGTBQ+ rights—and winning…

23. Because Portland State's gym just underwent an awesome makeover…

24. …and the courthouse is getting one, too.

25. Because our hotel bars are some of the best bars in the city…

26. Because you'll spend less time in jail here than the national average…

27. Because we make some of the best guitar pedals in the biz…

28. Because our Curry is better than that other Curry…

29. Because we're Raptorville USA…

30. Because ICE hates us…

31. Because everything that dies someday comes back…