Author: Salem Weekly

Powered Up and Painting

Mostly self-taught, painter Jeri Raynel identifies her style as an expressionistic. Her work, she says, comes from a place of emotion. Even when painting for a class, she chooses an image that resonates with her somehow. Her new show “Jeri Raynel: A Powered Up Mind” is a marked change from some of her past work which focused on the emotions surrounding the loss of loved ones to breast cancer. That work, she says, was a necessary part of the “evolution of soul, mind, and spirit” that made her newest show possible. This new series evokes the current energy in her life; love of Salem, connection with friends, the textures of the buildings, and the vibrant colors of summer in the city. As she describes it “the contrast of energy and calm that is a spectrum of life.” The bold lines and rich, vibrant colors are what you notice first, but textures are very important to Raynel’s painting. After starting with oils in her teens, Raynel moved to acrylics. She uses both wood and canvas, which she loves for different reasons. The feel of wood, and its ability to easily support the many-textured layers she favors makes wood the choice for some of her work, while canvas is better when she wants some of the piece smooth. Her style is very “hands on” sometimes literally using her fingers. For her...

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Ninety Two

An engaging parable about a man who measures his progress with modest markers of success, such as the octane of his gasoline.  While pursuing a conscientious sheltered life in Salem, he daydreams about experiencing first hand how the other half lives. – Editor   Ninety Two By John Van Dreal He thinks about this: He does ok.  Puts 92 in his car.  A Lexus (well, a 12 year old Lexus). He listens to KMUZ, 100.7 on the FM dial.  Excellent programming, all of the time.  It’s public radio, so he makes sure to pay his annual fees and even doubles them, because he can… because he should.  Has the donation swag to prove it:  a sticker on his Lexus, a cap, a coffee mug… all with monikers that read KMUZ Community Radio.  It’s quality listening from a community station.  His people.  His music.  No satellite. Buys local, gives to the shelter, doesn’t hate.  Gets angry when people do, especially when they hate the gays.  He has friends who are, and he’s passionate that they should be free to love whom they want.  Just as he is… free, that is.  He’s not gay.  But wouldn’t care if he was.  His wife might. Works in public service, but as an Administrator.  So he does ok.  Puts 92 in his car.  Safety is important.  That’s why the Lexus.  That and quality.  That’s...

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Rethinking The Way We Vote -Salem Weekly Editorial

The American electoral system is by no means the world’s most democratic one.  Indeed, our “first-past-the-post” electoral model allows candidates at the state and federal levels to win office without majority support.  Since candidates only need to get the most votes (a plurality) to finish “first,” they often “represent” their constituencies against the will of the majority of voters. In national and state elections, first-past-the-post helps secure the interests of long-established political machines like those of the Republican and Democratic Parties.  These parties use their political power and access to vast financial resources to make ballot access difficult for new rivals and, if the latter do manage to field candidates, voters often fear that selecting one of them is tantamount to “wasting” their votes.  As a  result our two party system effectively limits political choices commonplace in parliamentary systems around the world (e.g. Green, Socialist, Christian Democratic, and Nationalist parties).  While such a system may encourage stability, it also stifles and marginalizes new voices. Few democratic countries find the American model attractive.  In Europe, for example, 21 out of 28 countries use some form of proportional representation to ensure that legislative bodies actually reflect the spectrum of political opinion in the society.  Tellingly, virtually none of the new democracies in Eastern Europe adopted American electoral practices after the end of the Cold War.  While by no means perfect, these...

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Wendy Steinburg, Sandy Segna, “Entrance”

Wendy Steinburg Oaks Gallery Willamette Art Center Oregon State Fair Grounds 2330 17th St. NE The functional and whimsical work of multi-talented artist Wendy Steinburg will be featured at Willamette Art Center’s Oaks Gallery through June.  Steinburg, who has seen herself as an artist since childhood, discovered the Willamette Art Center upon moving to Salem and has been an active member there.  She  enjoys painting in her home studio, but values the WAC environment saying “There is nothing better than making art in a studio with so many amazing fellow artists.”  Her bowls are a part of the Empty...

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John Pounds Fundraiser Day, Carlos Barata and Pending Black, David Bowie

Sunday, May 29th at 2pm ‘til close at Mac’s Place in Silverton: John Pounds Fundraiser Day!  Recovering from a stroke takes time and unfortunately a grip of cash. John’s friends are true blue and continue to have these fundraisers to aid in his recovery. It really is absolutely moving. This one will have a 50/50 raffle and a portion of the daily sales will be donated to John. Syco Billy’s will be playing from 5-6pm but there will be music starting at 2pm until closing. So far they have Meziere & Ivie Band, The Flextones, Renee Hill Band NW...

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A slide toward extinction

by Helen Caswell As decisions about new logging operations are being considered in the state, conservationists are checking in on an infamous little owl. They’re finding that the news isn’t good. The northern spotted owl is in greater peril than ever, and evidence suggests that it will take a huge amount of will – public and legislative – and require significant changes in Oregon’s timber industry, to prevent the species from perishing. The owl in question is a nocturnal raptor that lives in the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, from northern California to lower British Columbia. It...

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Roberta and the Deep Blue Sea

by Jay Gipson-King The Verona Studio dives deep to uncover an unlikely romance between two broken people in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, directed by Jeff Sanders. Written by John Patrick Shanley, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea brings together Danny, a young man with anger issues, and Roberta, a woman with a troubling self-image. Danny believes he has killed a man; Roberta has committed an unspeakable act. They both suffer from unbearable guilt, and this burden—and the hope of solace—brings them together. The play is named for Danny, but it is Roberta’s story. It is she who initiates the action...

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Review: Nice and Loud -Salem Writes

Salem writer Lois Rosen has recently published her second book of poetry – Nice and Loud.  She will read her poetry Thursday March 31st at 7pm at Frozation Nation, 155 Liberty St NE, Salem, free to the public. ~Editor Review: Nice and Loud Vere McCarty Nearly every page in Lois Rosen’s new book of poems involves the sense of taste.  The opening piece “Cake and Bread” expresses wonderment for a feeling of safety. Night after night, Papa returned home unbeaten, white boxes gleaming from the bakery, bags brimming with challah, frozen-dough rolls, seeded rye. He repeated, “Never save on your stomach.” Reading this poem takes me back to my grandma bringing hot rolls out of the woodstove, and her lingering relief that her boys had come home from the war to enjoy them. Treats like honey cake and Lipton’s with grape jelly grace these poems, and also seal meat and blubber, the orange tang of marigolds, Hungarian brandy (in a summer camp that is nicer and louder than Alan Sherman’s), Wonder Bread, tapioca, even a bouquet that in a Dellwood Dairy milk bottle graced our coffee table. There is music too, from the Temptations’ shoo be doop to a Kuwaiti drummer singing about a woman lovely as a garden. The drumskin becomes a moon white and far away. The keywords “nice and loud” appear in a riff called “Strudel”...

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The Business, Poems by Stephanie Lenox -Review by Vere McCarty

It is a confident title for a book of poems, but The Business put me off at first.  Why would I read poetry if not to get my mind off the stress of business? Stephanie Lenox explains that the idea came from her co-office-worker Carla, who whispered, “You’re a writer, right? You should write about this. ” “Working in an office,” she admits, “is not particularly poetic. But I wrote this book because I wanted to address that part of our lives that few poems touch. I believe that poetry can be a way to celebrate and mourn the hours of our lives we give, out of necessity, to others in order to survive.” Agro-business is also represented.  The title poem goes right down to the farm, where my own work life began. The tractor in the field does not take things personally. It is not affronted by the way wheat bends before it, all that luscious weakness. There is no mind, just a motor, a servitude of parts churning politely together.  The oily smoke is only smoke, no more. I still think my uncle’s old combine hated me.  But the writing feels needed, like knocking off for a mid-morning break. The farm is hard on the body and easy on the spirit.  The office, for me, is just the opposite.  Nice people, benefits, a comfy chair – why should it...

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FREAKY FRIDAY FOOD TRUCK FRENZY FUNDRAISER, UPCYCLE OREGON

Friday May 13th: FREAKY FRIDAY FOOD TRUCK FRENZY FUNDRAISER On Friday the 13th come down to Willamette Humane Society for our Freaky Friday Food Truck Frenzy Fundraiser, to help pets who are down on their luck and waiting for new homes! There will be food trucks a-plenty, and beer from Santiam Brewing Co. for sale! All tips will be donated to help pets in the shelter. Willamette Humane Society will be open late until 9 pm on May 13th for adoptions and purchases in Davenport’s Den! Well behaved, on-leash dogs are welcome at the event! Supervised off-leash dog playgroups will be available. Need a babysitter? Register your kids...

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Salem safe from inundation!

by Helen Caswell Salem residents concerned about the coming Cascadia subduction earthquake can cross one potential catastrophe off their lists, says the US Army Corps of Engineers. And that is t he disaster of the Detroit Dam falling to pieces and its water engulfing the city. It’s a topic local people wonder about. “I’ve been asked repeatedly about Detroit Dam failure in a Cascadia [earthquake] since I began this job,” says Ed Flick, Marion County Emergency Manager. “The consequences would be catastrophic, but the likelihood is extremely remote.” Completed in 1953, the Detroit Dam is only 45 miles east of Salem and was built before Oregonians knew the risk of earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest . It wasn’t until the 1970s that people began to understand the state had numerous faults both off shore and onshore. In particular, geologists learned the region is subject to massive Cascadia Subduction Zone quakes which occur about once every 300 years. It’s now been 316 years since the last Cascadia , but Matt Craig, Dam Safety Program Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, says that though the Detroit Dam was not constructed with seismic concerns in mind, the corps does not anticipate a failure. “We do risk assessments on an ongoing basis,” he says, “in particular of what might happen in a 9.0.” A magnitude-9.0 earthquake is the most intense possible...

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How we move forward

by Laura Gildart Sauter I’ve been a fan of the Salem Progressive Film Series for some time.  The monthly films are always thought-provoking and informative, and discuss issues that should be important to any concerned citizen.  However, this month’s award-winning offering, Bikes vs. Cars (90min), directed by Fredrik Gertten, produced by Margarete Jangard and Elin Kamlert, is particularly relevant to the City of Salem and many of its current issues: the disagreement over the construction of a third bridge, the controversy over downtown parking, the need for expanded bus service, and the movement to reverse the one-way street grid. ...

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The Play’s the Thing -Focus on Lisa Joyce

by R.S. Stewart “I wear many hats,” says Lisa Joyce, Executive Director of Pentacle Theatre, characterizing her job as the “voice of the theatre.” Selling tickets while the front office attendant is on a coffee break and answering the phone after business hours in the Pentacle Box Office on Liberty Street are only two jobs that fall outside her official position. An executive director primarily focuses on fundraising; writing grants, policies, and newsletters. Lisa also manages the theatre’s property in the West Salem hills, supports the Board in its many decisions, and creates marketing campaigns. She emphasizes her job...

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Roberta and the Deep Blue Sea

by Jay Gipson-King The Verona Studio dives deep to uncover an unlikely romance between two broken people in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, directed by Jeff Sanders. Written by John Patrick Shanley, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea brings together Danny, a young man with anger issues, and Roberta, a woman with a troubling self-image. Danny believes he has killed a man; Roberta has committed an unspeakable act. They both suffer from unbearable guilt, and this burden—and the hope of solace—brings them together. The play is named for Danny, but it is Roberta’s story. It is she who...

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Nelson Sandgren: An Artist’s Life, Keizer Heritage, A to Z Alphabet Show, Chloe Raymond & Totem Shriver

Nelson Sandgren: An Artist’s Life The Hallie Ford Museum of Art 700 State St.  503 370 6855 May 14-July 17 Corvallis Oregon artist and teacher Nelson Sandgren (1917-2006) created art in three primary media—watercolor, oil, and lithography.  His decades long career gained him viewers across the Pacific Northwest, up and down the West Coast, in museum exhibitions nationwide, and in gallery shows in Europe.  A concise retrospective exhibition of the paintings and prints of this important local artist will be on view at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art through July 17.  Organized by Professor Emeritus and Senior Faculty...

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Making Connections and Building Community

by Judith Walden What makes a vibrant and growing art scene in a community?  Well, artists of course, but what about all the things making up the framework that artists operate in?  According to Marika Garvey, Artists in Action’s new Publicity Coordinator, a big part of the equation is volunteers. This is something Garvey is very familiar with, as she volunteers as a gallery guide at the Salem Art Association in addition to her position with AIA. Artists in Action, which was started in 1999, was established to get Salem artists involved with each other and the community, and...

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SW Music Picks

Thursday, May 12th at 7pm at Shotskis Woodfired Pizza: Willamette Music Night with Gringo Star, Rabid Habit, Frontal Lobes, Bitch Mob, Gabriel Klute, and Zachery Johnston. This is a goodbye show for Willamette Students, as this is the last day of finals. All bands hail from Willamette University and music ranges from acoustic to hip hop. There will be discounted food and drink and minors are totally welcome until 9pm. Sounds like a hoot and a great chance to hear music that you don’t usually see in Salem venues. And you know, thank all the gods I don’t have to take finals anymore. Good luck students! Saturday, May 14th at 8pm at Brown’s Towne Lounge: “A Very Incognita Birthday Benefit Show” with Grandma Dynamite, Transendia and Jesus Chrysler & the Holy Smokes – $5 suggested donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This event is raising money for immediate needs of homeless youth in the Salem area. The proceeds will be given directly to the H.O.S.T. Youth Street Outreach and Drop In Center. There will be raffle prizes that include gift certificates from Cherry City Waxworks, Court Appearance Styling Studio, various local artisans, and much more. This also a 46th birthday shindig for Tara Colvin, but she requests donations be made in lieu of gifts. Find out more about H.O.S.T. at northwesthumanservices.org. Sunday, May...

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Vote Damn It

As a citizen of this democracy it is your obligation to vote in every election. Ballots have been sent out to registered voters and can be mailed in several days before the election or dropped off before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17th. If you are an adult resident  of Oregon and are reading this you have either: a) already voted in the May 17th Primary Election, b) have received your ballot but have not cast it yet, or c) never registered to vote. If you are in the third category, we’re sorry, but you’ve lost your opportunity to participate this time around. Unlike many states, Oregon has a registration deadline for upcoming elections. That deadline has come and gone. But that should not stop you from registering for our next election. And thankfully, due to the recently passed “Motor Voter” law people registering or renewing their driver’s license will automatically become registered voters. If, on the other hand, you are registered and have already voted, then thank you. Oregon makes it so ridiculously easy to vote. All you need is a pen and a stamp. We hope you completed your entire ballot and did not “undervote.” That’s when people fail to vote for a candidate because they can’t decide or are unfamiliar with the candidates. If the names were unfamiliar, we hope you pulled out and read the...

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Non-Believers Come Out of the Closet

by Laurel Hines If you are one of the ever-growing numbers of people who don’t believe in a religion, you are “a-theist” (not part of a religion). If you don’t like the religious dogma that Ted Cruz and others hope to inflict on the nation, you must come out of the closet and declare your “a-theism”. If it worries you when legislators make policies based on religion instead of modern science, you must come out of the closet and declare yourself as “a-theist”! A Pew Research survey recently found that 23 percent of the U. S. population is nonaffiliated,...

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