Author: Salem Weekly

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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Looking for America

by Elijah Rakha-Sheketoff As America by Simon and Garfunkel waves over the crowd, I wonder how on earth I got so lucky. Not only am I an upper middle class, cisgendered, white man, who grew up in a loving, supportive family, but I am listening to one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists, and I am about to see my candidate for president tell me, and the people of Salem, once again how we can change the world, making it a more compassionate, better place for all. Politics has flowed through my veins since the moment blood started pumping. Some of my first memories are from Portland peace rallies when before I could even talk I would make my voice heard by pounding on a Wizard of OZ cookie tin. In preschool, I got my entire class to cast their symbolic ballot for Kerry—a unanimous liberal vote (albeit from four-year-olds) from a notoriously conservative town. My is life filled with these moments, flocking to events that both challenge me intellectually, and ones where I can feel a part of something bigger. So being at a Bernie rally, and having press access to take pictures from the podium, was, for me, shangri-la; as it was for many young voters at the rally. Brandon Roth, 18, instinctively blurted out “Compassion” as the word that best describes Bernie,...

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May 1 march in Salem

Photos and story by Jason Cox Hundreds of progressive Oregonians marched on the Oregon State Capitol on Sunday, May 1, with a timely theme of “Today We March, Tomorrow We Vote!” Numerous allied groups found common cause in speaking up for workers’ rights, keeping families together and speaking up against hate. Causa Oregon and the Oregon School Employees Association organized the...

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End the Oligarchy -Salem Weekly Endorsements

Last year former President Jimmy Carter made headlines when he said the U.S. had become an “oligarchy” — a government run by a small group of wealthy and influential people. We believe this is what Salem has become in the past 14 years. Fourteen years ago, when progressive Mayor Mike Swaim decided not to run for reelection, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, along with allied business groups like the Salem Association of Realtors and the Homebuilders Association of Marion & Polk Counties, saw an opening to install a more conservative City Council that would be much more friendly...

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Election Day May 17, Get that ballot IN, Why May Matters

Get that ballot IN Marion County ballots are being mailed this week. Mark yours and turn it in as soon as possible. Why? – You won’t get phone calls. Elections officials keep track of who has turned in their ballot (though not what your vote was). That information appears in online databases. Candidates and their volunteers can see if you’ve voted. They often call tardy voters to get their ballot in. You can avoid the hassle if you mail your ballot in early. – You won’t have to find a drop box to drop your ballot by hand. Ballot drop box locations are printed on pages 4 and 5 of the Marion County Voter Pamphlet. But stamps are 47 cents now. Avoid the drive, the gas and the traffic! Mail your ballot immediately. Election Day May 17 Mail by May 10 “If you don’t mail before May 10, you are taking a chance,” says Bill Burgess, Marion County Clerk. Salem mail – even mail destined for Salem – is now routed up through Portland. This can delay mail delivery times back in Salem. For this reason, Burgess and other Marion County election officials are urging voters who want to mail their ballots to post it by May 10 – ONE FULL WEEK before election day. “We’ve seen time and again, that a few ballots don’t make it in time....

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What Salem people say

We recently asked Salem residents on Liberty Street and in South Salem if they knew who Salem’s mayor was, and if they knew who was running in May to replace her. We also wondered what issues they hoped the city would prioritize after the election. We were surprised that so many younger people were unaware of the name of their city’s top elected official, or candidates who have been running to take her job. We enjoyed the range of good ideas Salem people have as the city moves forward.                              ...

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Little school, big politics -Willamette students speak out

If you want to hear firebrand political ideas, what better place to start than at the local college? As this year’s election season kicks into gear, the students of Willamette University have thrown themselves into the national political conversation. There is a diversity of political opinion at the school that makes itself known in nearly every political conversation. Salem Weekly sat down with students to hear more about their political thoughts and engagement. The majority of students appear to support Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, while supporters of former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton number slightly fewer but are just as vocal. While the reasons students support each candidate are diverse, many students’ opinions reflect broader conversations being had around the Clinton and Sanders campaigns. For Sanders supporters, one of the main issues students consistently raised was a wariness of establishment politics. To Sam Hilburn, class of 2016, Clinton represents a deepening of existing problems seen in the status quo, particularly income inequality. Senior Shamir Cervantes, the recently-resigned student body president, elaborates on the belief that Sander is more likely to listen to outsider perspectives, pointing to issues like foreign policy. Although Cervantes cannot vote due to his status as a non-citizen legal resident, he articulates an ardent support of Senator Sanders. When asked why he believes Sanders espouses a better position on foreign policy than the experienced Sec....

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DEEP AND DARK

by R. S. Stewart “Tightly knit and heartbreaking,” says director Jeff Sanders of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Verona Studio Theatre’s final play of the current season. The play is by John Patrick Shanley, who won the Pultizer Prize in Drama for Doubt, later made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymore Hoffman. Shanley also won an Oscar for his screenplay of Moonstruck starring Cher. Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, says director Jeff Sanders of this two-character play now in rehearsal, is the story of two “battered and bruised” individuals searching for love, with “forgiveness,...

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Metal and Glass, “New Lenses”, Michael Boonstra: Between Horizons, Low Tide Landscapes

Metal and Glass River Gallery  184 S Main St. Independence  503 838-6171 May 3-28 This show features two Corvallis artists, metal sculptor Tamera Greiter, and Jerri Bartholomew a research scientist and glass artist. Greiter uses  100% recycled metal in her work, incorporating old, traditional blacksmith forging and today’s new technologies.  Bartholomew combines her two passions into what she describes as free form imagery.  Black and white photos are central to all of her pieces using a variety of fusing and cold working techniques to transform each image.   “New Lenses” Elsinore Gallery 444 Ferry St SE  503 581-4642 “Seeing...

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Two in Salem: The Holy and the Vital -The Salem Pimpernel

Enter the Dream A fever dream. An obsession. A Zen meditation. Willamette University’s double-bill of The Feathered Mantle and The Weaver & the Dress, directed by Jubilith Moore, is all of these things and more. The first is an English translation of the Japanese Noh play, Hagoromo; the second is a modern poem about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera performed in the Noh style. The combination is absolutely unique to Salem, and if you have any curiosity in theatre at all, you should see it. Noh is the oldest of the traditional Japanese forms, dating from the 14th century. A Noh play combines Buddhist stories with ritualized movement, chanting, drums, flute, and masks into an hour-long performance. That is a description of Noh. But experiencing Noh is like… eating a chocolate so rich you can only have one a year: delicious, exquisite, ephemeral, with a taste that lingers. Willamette has brought in another highly talented guest director to helm this project, Jubilith Moore, formerly of the Theatre of Yugen in San Francisco, one of only two active Noh companies in the United States. Moore translated the first piece into English and trained Willamette’s actors from scratch in just five weeks. (Traditional Noh performers practice for a lifetime, passing their secrets down family lines.) What is the play about? Both Moore and the pre-show lecturer describe Noh as a dream:...

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Eat, Drink, Thrive: Taproot Reinvents Salem’s Food Culture

by J.M. Murdoch You can’t miss him. Well over six feet in height, black-brown dreadlocks tied back with a kerchief and hanging to his waist, and that contagious, bright smile which makes you feel like his oldest and most trusted friend. Christopher Holland spies me coming in the door to his new establishment, Taproot Lounge and Café, for our scheduled interview. “Buddy!” he yells, makes his way to me in two long strides and wraps me up in the best hug ever. (I learned that he calls everyone “Buddy,” but I guarantee it doesn’t make you feel any less...

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Finding the Quiet Space

by Judith Walden Despite being a working artist and teacher for 20 years, Julie Jeanseau didn’t always see herself as an artistic person. Encouragement from her parents prompted her to take some painting classes at Chemeketa and through them she found her “artistic self.”  Jeanseau is passionate about art, describing it as “a fundamental language our brains need to communicate in.” She is especially committed to helping children develop this form of expression, which is one of the reasons she enjoys teaching. Jeanseau states that she primarily considers herself to be a painter. “Painting,” she says, “takes discipline and...

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