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Robert Canaga, Oregon State Capitol Galleria

Robert Canaga describes his approach to his work in a unique way.  He says “I’m a purist when it comes to color. I carry precise colors in my mind’s eye. I’m fascinated by color frequencies and how those frequencies relate to each other.”  This approach is evident when viewing the Eugene based artist’s vibrantly colored landscapes. His work, large oil paintings on wax and linen mounts, is on exhibit at the Oregon State Capitol Galleria from August 23 to October 20.  The pieces were inspired by his trips to vineyards throughout Oregon. Free. Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.  For information call 503-986-1388...

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Scream – Poem and Commentary – by Miguel Saavedra

   Hearing Miguel Saavedra read “Scream” at the Salem Poetry Project, I was struck with a sense that he really wanted people to hear this.  I am glad I asked right away for a copy, because Miguel says that he often writes a poem, reads it once in public, then throws it away.    These are difficult thoughts that many people do think at some points in their lives.  Lest we pass them by without wondering what they are thinking, this poem may act as a hearing aid to boost our receptivity. Scream I can’t take this anymore, this fear of rejection is destroying my life. Why can’t anyone see my pain and loss? The only relief I find is in thoughts of death. At least God listens to me, and knows what I’m really saying. I’m feeling dead inside, because there is nothing I want outside. Companionship is fine, but it’s not compassion. I would talk, but there is nothing I need. All that I would ask for is some peace. Peace from the violence in my mind. Peace from the conditions around me. I see people with no control over their lives, who would rather die than reveal their weakness, and that is exactly like me. I can write 50,000 words without saying anything, but I can’t scream out loud. Just lay your head upon my chest,...

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Government shouldn’t be guided by irrational concepts

Recently evangelist Franklin Graham visited Salem to urge Christians to vote their “Christian values.” But does basing government on religious beliefs supported by a book written in pre-modern times make sense? The Bible condones slavery and raiding other tribes, killing their children, raping their women. The Bible contains no modern knowledge about disease, the universe, or the world. Instead, it is based on the culture and knowledge of those who wrote it long ago. Further, Bible stories were re-told and re-translated many times. None of the miraculous claims in the Bible holdup to modern scientific or anthropological scrutiny. Noah’s...

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The Free Family Building Blocks Riverfront Family Fest August 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

  Health and safety have never been this fun! The FREE Family Building Blocks Riverfront Family Fest will be held at Salem’s Riverfront Park. Over 50 local agencies & businesses will host booths with FREE hands-on, interactive activities focused on health and safety for children ages 0-8. Kids and parents will learn about water safety, healthy eating habits, fire safety, sports safety, pet safety & more. Don’t miss the helicopters landing at 11am and 1pm! New this year? Entertainment by the local RiverCity Rock Star Academy and the incredibly funny “Dunk Your Doctor” will be back! Tell your doctor...

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NUEVA CANCIÓN, A latin song tradition – Why it Matters in North America

  by Vere McCarty    “Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto” – Thanks to life, that has given me so much.  Joan Baez has been stirring audiences with this Nueva Canción standard for four decades.  The lyrics, by Chilean singer Violeta Parra, are not overtly political, but they outline our connections with life – gratitude, vision, devotion – that lay the foundation for commitment to justice and peace. In Latin America it was Native Argentine Mercedes Sosa, affectionately called “la negra”, who immortalized this and many other songs.  In her resounding voice, to the pulse of Andino instruments, Ms. Sosa also interpreted Julio Numhauser’s “Todo cambia” – Everything changes… but my love does not change. Arturo Sarmiento, host of “Hispanidades” on KMUZ radio, is a great fan of this music.  Listen to his show Thursday mornings 9 to 11. Nueva Canción, also called Canto Nuevo and Trova, is a movement that started in the 60s, with musical and political impulses comparable to the American folk music revival.  Its Brazilian branch, Tropicália, adds Afro-Latin and Bossa Nova rhythms.  The roots are diverse, but folk music is the taproot. Music and poetry, as instruments for justice, are greatly feared by tyrants.  Victor Jara, son of mestizo laborers, sang “Te recuerdo, Amanda,” empathizing with a factory worker who runs through the rain on her breaks to spend five minutes...

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SALEM BECOMES EVEN MORE PROGRESSIVE

In January, 2015, Salem Weekly reported on how Salem was a more progressive city than most people think. The secret’s out: Salem Is actually a progressive City That story presented analysis of recent election results in Salem’s eight City Council wards showing that Salem voters are actually nearly as progressive as voters in cities like Eugene and Portland. Most of the analysis for the January, 2015, article was done by Tina Calos who chairs a local organization called Progressive Salem which was formed in 2015 to elect more progressives to local office in Salem. Calos has recently done some...

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SILVERTON ESCAPISM

Staycations are becoming a thing. They are growing increasingly popular to the more spendy, more stressful alternative of a full-blown vacation. With the recession fading in our rearview, it’s high time we start venturing to some of the up-and-coming, local hot spots which boast that “vacation” feel, without the price tag or anxiety level. While I’m obviously biased to my hometown of Salem, there are plenty of quaint and exciting cities in the greater Salem area that are excellent adventuring locations. I’ve had a sweet spot for the charm of Silverton since I first visited after a hike through...

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Orchards

Ok, I know. This is a music column – not a confessional. But it’s MY column and I must confess: Forgive me Salem, for I have sinned. I discounted local band Orchards. I can’t put my finger on why I never took them seriously, but it doesn’t matter. Daniel Loren, the band’s singer, guitarist and songwriter had approached me a couple times and I kept putting them on the back burner. The day of the interview, I woke up still tired. So much bullshit happening in the world piled atop mine own. I pressed play on Orchards’ new digital...

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Ann Altman and Helen Wiens -Favorite Things 

  Ann Altman creates reverse paintings on glass. This challenging technique requires  proceeding from the foreground to the background and composing an image that will be reversed when finished.  For her current body of work the Silverton artist decided to ask people directly, “what is your favorite thing?” The paintings in this show resulted from some of the surprisingly wide-ranging answers that she received. She is joined by jewelery artist Helen Wiens, who primarily incorporates porcelain or cement with silver in nature-themed jewelry. She uses flowers, leaves, and vining stems in her designs that are inspired by the Art...

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Sue Allen @ Oaks Gallery   

  Sue Allen has always been an artist.  As a child she drew on butcher paper her dad brought home for her . By age 8 she started sewing and crafting. She took art and pottery classes in school. As an adult, Allen has experimented with toll painting, scrapbooking, crafting, wheel throwing. Her current focus is  hand building and  sculpting in clay, creating amazingly whimsical ceramic Fairy Castles and Hobbit Homes on globes. She has been hand building for about seven years. She is the current focus artist at WAC’s Oaks Gallery. Willamette Art Center Oregon State Fair Grounds...

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RADIUS 25: FOREST FOR THE TREES -Through Aug. 27

  Inspired by Salem’s 40th anniversary of being a Tree City USA,  an Arbor Day Foundation program that recognizes cities with sound urban forestry management practices.  Radius 25: Forest for the Trees  features tree themed work of artists located within 25 miles of Salem.  A portion of sales from the artwork will be given to Friends of Trees, a non-profit that brings people together to care for and plant trees in Salem and throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Debra Carus, a metalsmith and jeweler from Clackamas, Oregon who creates storied art jewelry reflecting her love of nature and her Norwegian...

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THE PORTLAND 2016 BIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART Through Sept. 18

A groundbreaking exhibition organized by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center of Portland, the Portland 2016 Biennial of Contemporary Art,  presents the work of 34 Oregon artists and artist-teams selected by Chicago-based curator Michelle Grabner.  25 venues around the state  are taking part in this exhibition.  Bush Barn is hosting Portland-based artists Pat Boas and Michael Lazarus. Boas creates drawings, paintings, digital projects and installation-based work that explore the underlying meanings of language. Lazarus uses a combination of oil and enamel sign paint on wood panel with collaged photographic images and words to create emblematic assemblage sculptures. A listing of venues...

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An interview of performance poetry: Unfathomable Distance

The name of his spaceship is Robert Gonzalez, and he has been appearing at venues around the world as a ridiculously un-structured and disheveled angst-ridden artist, to share his work solely for the sheer joy of connecting art with strangers to Something Far Greater. He comes in peace.  – RG We meet at Venti’s in south Salem and chat over pizza and beer. Salem Writes:  Okay Rob, I’m recording you, so that we can get you in your own spontaneous voice.  So, why do you do poetry?  And why do you do it the way you do it? Rob Gonzalez:  My first poem was in second grade, for Mother’s Day.  I could feel and hear it when I did it right. And then as a teenager I tried to use poetry as a vehicle to talk to girls, because I’m really shy.  Then I started using it as a vehicle for social justice.  And so I tried to explain it to other people!  Yes, in poetry!  That’s when I first heard Keith Berry do poetry in a way I’d never seen before, a lot more energy, a lot more dynamic.  I was blown away by it, I couldn’t believe it, it was amaaazing.  Then I could recognize, oh! the whole person becomes part of the poem. SW:  Your poetic delivery, Rob, is it acting or self-expression? RG:   I...

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IF ONLY TREES COULD SUE

Faced with state laws and state agencies that damage Oregon’s forests, environmental groups have resorted to lawsuits and court actions for many years. These groups say that the compromised laws that govern timber in Oregon, as well as a poorly focused Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and a legislature bought off by logging interests – combine to force them to take legal action if Oregon dwindling old-growth timberlands are not to be lost. Recently in these efforts, Cascadia Wildlands, the Audubon Society of Portland and Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild, have leveraged a small sea bird,...

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Your pet in a disaster

Oregonians who want to be fully prepared for the next Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake should remember to also take steps to protect their pets. Following these tips from the American Red Cross, the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA will give you peace of mind. Don’t put them off. Beforehand * Contact local offices of emergency management to see where local shelters accepting pets may be located * Contact hotels both nearby and out of town to learn their pet policies in case you have to move in * Find out if “no pet” policies may...

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HISTORIC SILVER FALLS DAY, SNATCH, ON YOUR FEET FRIDAY!

HISTORIC SILVER FALLS DAY July 9th @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Model T and Model A antique cars; demonstrations of antique logging tools; flint knapping; families participating in old-fashioned games; story telling of historic days in the area; and horse logging demonstrations. Carriage rides available in the afternoon. There will be music by the Roundhouse Band. Area historical societies will have displays in the historic Silver Falls Lodge. The Forest History Center will have a display of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) artifacts and a list of thousands of names of the 80,000 men who served in the CCC...

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“It’s About Time, Colors and Shapes”, Art Fair, Art In the Garden

“It’s About Time, Colors and Shapes” Currents Gallery 532 NE Third Street McMinnville 503-435-1316 July 12-Aug 15 The work of Ann Durley, one of Currents owners, and a popular  local artist, is featured at Currents through August 15th.  Durley makes one-of-a kind clocks and furniture that display her mastery in assemblage and mixed media with styles ranging from colorful and fanciful to abstract and thought-provoking. Her carpentry skills, extensive background in antiques, use of vintage parts and  found objects, combined with creativity and  sense of humor make her pieces distinctive and engaging.  An opening reception is scheduled during McMinnville’s...

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RiverCity RockFest , Salem Art Fair , Bubble Cats (pdx) and Summer Eyes

RiverCity RockFest – Sunday July 10th from 4 – 8pm at Riverfront Park Amphitheater. RiverCity Rock Academy is Salem’s version of Rock School. The performers range in age from 6 to adult. I got to see a couple of the performances at Make Music Day Salem and it is very cool. They play covers, that’s how they teach them to be rock performers, but they aren’t your run of the mill covers. I saw the Rockers (age 12 -18) perform songs by Black Flag and Bikini Kill. Yeah, no Freebird here. Another sweet aspect is it will be an...

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Dear Reader,

You may have noticed Salem Weekly’s new logo, which we’re thrilled to report is just the start of some exciting changes with the newspaper. We are now the proud owners of this brand new website, salemweeklynews.com, which we invite you to peruse and play around with at your convenience. Truth be told, Salem Weekly is at a point of immense growth; there is both an internal and external excitement with the opportunities that we’re exploring. We’ve tilted on our digital axis, giving ourselves the ability to incorporate video on our website, and introduce other interactive engagements with our readers. In...

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WORLD BEAT, DEEPWOOD WINE & JAZZ FEST, SEAHORSE

2016 WORLD BEAT FESTIVAL TO CELEBRATE CUBA Sat June 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm & Sun June 26 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm This year’s World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park will offer Salem area residents a sampling of Cuban culture with special music, cultural dance performances, Salsa lessons, food demonstrations and cultural exhibits. Melao de Cuba, a popular Cuban band from the Portland area, will headline the Festival entertainment on Saturday night. Earlier in the day, festival-goers can enjoy the sounds of Dina y Los Rumberos, a Latin band composed mostly of family members who studied at...

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